Sunday, 31 August 2014

Hurricanes 1-1 After First Two Pre-Season Games

The Lethbridge Hurricanes spit their firs two WHL pre-season games this weekend.

The Canes came from behind Friday to beat the Prince Albert Raiders 2-1 in a shootout. Carter Amson scored the lone regulation time goal for the Canes, while the game winner was scored by Jamal Watson in the shootout. The Canes played a strong game, out shooting the Raiders 38-24. Zac Robidoux & Stuart Skinner split time in goal.

The next day the Regina Pats broke a 2-2 tie in the 3rd period with three goals in the final frame to get past the Hurricanes 5-2. The Pats out shot the Hurricanes 38-23 in that game. Stuart Skinner and Jonny Hogue split the goaltending duties.  Jaeger White and Riley Sheen scored the two Lethbridge goals. The loss dropped the Hurricanes early exhibition record to 1-1 with four more games to go in the pre-season schedule.

The Canes are back in southern Alberta for the remainder of their exhibition schedule. Their next action is Friday (Sept. 5) when they take on the Calgary Hitmen in Coaldale. Game time is 7:00 pm MDT. 


Friday, 29 August 2014

(F) Reid Duke Rejoins Lethbridge Hurricanes

The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Reid Duke returned to the hockey club on Thursday.

General Manager, Brad Robson says “the hockey club, Reid Duke, his family and agent came to an agreement beneficial to both sides.”

Duke is expected to play in the second game of the tournament the team is competing at this weekend in Regina.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)

Duke was suspended by the team last week for failing to report to training camp. His absence was a surprise to many. GM Robson told me earlier this week that he had been working hard to try and find a resolution to the issue. It appears he has.


Hurricanes Annual General Meeting Sept. 30

The Lethbridge Hurricanes have announced the date of their 29th Annual General Meeting. It'll take place Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00 pm in the Lounge at the ENMAX Centre.

A meeting of the Shareholders of the LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES HOCKEY CLUB shall be held for the purpose of:
(a) Receiving the Annual Report, Financial Statements and Report of the Auditors for the past fiscal year:
(b) Electing Directors:
(c) Appointing Auditors and authorizing the Directors to fix their remuneration;
(d) Considering and, if thought fit, approving and ratifying all acts and proceedings of the Board of Directors, and of the Officers of the Company since the last Annual Meeting of Shareholders, as set forth or described
in the Minute Books or in the Financial Statements of the Company;
(e) Transacting such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Hurricanes Sign Prospect (D) Connor Rokosh

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are pleased to announce prospect Connor Rokosh has signed the Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.

Rokosh, a 6’5, 205 pound defenceman was the Hurricanes 4th round (74th overall) pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The 1998-born blueliner from Edmonton last played with the SSAC Bulldogs in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League (AMMHL) where he chipped in 16 points in 36 games to go along with his 28 penalty minutes.

Hurricanes Head Scout, Blake Robson says “he plays hard in both ends. He’s good on the penalty kill, along the wall and he skates well for his size.” Rokosh and the Bulldogs played at the AMMHL Provincial Championships where they won the Bronze medal. “Rokosh made good plays in his zone, he engages physically, showed good hockey sense and is good in front of his net” commented Scout Darin Sceviour.

Following training camp, Rokosh was named to the Hurricanes pre-season roster and he’ll be with the hockey club as they kick off their six-game pre-season schedule this weekend at a tournament in Regina.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Canes Sign Prospect (F) Ryan Vandervlis

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are pleased to announce prospect Ryan Vandervlis has signed the Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.


The 1998-born forward from Red Deer, AB was listed by the Hurricanes in October 2013. Vandervlis played for his hometown Red Deer Chiefs in the AMMHL last season and was the captain of his team. He registered 26 points, including 14 goals, in his 37 games played while also adding 36 penalty minutes.


At 6’2 and 193 pounds, the Hurricanes scouting staff like his size and his ability to score. “He’s a big, strong player that works very hard and competes in all areas of the game and ice” commented Hurricanes General Manager Brad Robson. He added “Ryan works hard, goes to the net hard and takes the body. He battles and is a leader on his team; he is the captain for a reason.”


During the Hurricanes training camp, Vandervlis continued to impress the scouting and coaching staff. He was named to the pre-season roster and he’ll be with the hockey club as they kick off their six-game pre-season schedule this weekend at a tournament in Regina.

(Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Canes Pre-Season Game Tickets On-Sale

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are proud to partner with the Coaldale, Lethbridge and Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey Associations for the 2014 Pre-season presented by ENMAX.

The Hurricanes six-game exhibition schedule will include a “home” game in Coaldale on Friday, September 5th at 7:00pm when we host the Calgary Hitmen at the Coaldale Arena. Tickets for the ‘Canes vs. Hitmen game are available at the Coaldale Town Office as well as the Coaldale Food Market (1903 – 20th Ave). Tickets will also be available at the door on game day at the Coaldale Arena.

On Wednesday, September 10th, the Hurricanes will again host the Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre in support of Lethbridge Minor Hockey. Tickets can be purchased only through the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association Office (upstairs of Adams Arena, 1302-9th Ave. North) or before the game CASH ONLY (NW Entrance doors) through Lethbridge Minor Hockey.
Tickets for both pre-season games are $10.00 each with proceeds from ticket sales going towards Coaldale and Lethbridge Minor Hockey.

The Hurricanes will also be making their stop in the Crowsnest Pass for the sixth annual “Thunder Challenge” tournament. Lethbridge will play the Kootenay Ice on Friday, September 12th and the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, September 13th. Both games at 7:00pm are in support of the Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey Association.

 2014 Pre-Season Schedule:

Friday, August 29th, 3:00pm – Hurricanes at Prince Albert Raiders (in Regina)
Saturday, August 30th, 7:00pm – Hurricanes at Regina Pats (in Regina)
Friday, September 5th, 7:00pm – Calgary Hitmen at Hurricanes (in Coaldale)
Wed. September 10th, 7:00pm – Medicine Hat Tigers at Hurricanes (ENMAX Centre)
Friday, September 12th, 7:00pm – Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice (Crowsnest Pass)
Sat. September 13th, 7:00pm – Calgary Hitmen at Hurricanes (Crowsnest Pass)

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)


Monday, 25 August 2014

Canes Prepare For WHL Pre-Season

The Lethbridge Hurricanes closed the book on their 2014 Training Camp presented by ENMAX Sunday.

With a core group of veterans joined by a number of prospects, Head Coach Drake Berehowsky was pleased at how things went from fitness testing to the scrimmages. I think everyone came more prepared this year. “The expectations we had; the bar was set high last year and this year the guys realize the bar is higher for this organization and they all came in and did a great job. The young guys from last year that we couldn’t have on our team also came (to camp) in great shape and they did really well on their tests. I think maybe word got around and they did a great job.”

As Berehowsky has said before, it continues to be a process as they work hard to change the culture of the organization, but seeing the vets return to camp in peak physical shape and the leadership they possess he’s been impressed by what they’ve shown. “We have a good group that came back this year and they’re obviously realizing this is the new way, this is the new culture that we’re setting here and they’re more prepared to play this year. From talking to them they say everyone is real tight down there and it’s been a great atmosphere.”

The Hurricanes are now gearing up for their 6-game preseason schedule. They’ll have four days of practice before hitting the road to Regina Thursday afternoon for a tournament where they’ll play against the Prince Albert Raiders and the host Pats.

Heading into preseason action the Hurricanes will carry their returning roster players from the 2013-2014 season as well as nine players who earned an invitation to stay after training camp. 

Those players are:
Brandon Kennedy – 1998
Dexter Bricker - 1995
Ethan King - 1999
Zachary Goberis - 1998
Thomas Lenchyshyn – 1997
Ryan Vandervlis - 1998
Andrew Nielsen – 1997
Jaeger White - 1998
Connor Rokosh – 1998

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)