Monday, 10 July 2017

Kisio Head Coach of Canada's Men's U-18 Team

Hockey Canada announced that Brent Kisio (Calgary/Lethbridge, WHL) will lead Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team as head coach following the departure of Paul McFarland, who has accepted an assistant coaching position with the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers.

Photo credit to Hockey Canada

Kisio is entering his third season as head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and was originally slated to work as an assistant coach under McFarland for the National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp and 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. His experience with the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence includes as head coach of Team Canada White at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and winning a silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Pacific at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

With Kisio taking the reins behind the bench, Hockey Canada has added Drew Bannister (Sudbury, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) as an assistant coach for this summer’s U18 group.

Bannister was named head coach of the Soo Greyhounds in 2015 after an 18-year pro career with Anaheim, Edmonton, the New York Rangers, and Tampa Bay of the NHL; his career also included playing in Europe. Drafted by the Lightning in 1992, he’s represented Canada on the international stage as a player and coach. Bannister won gold at the 1994 World Juniors as a player, and he’s also won gold as a head coach with Team Ontario at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Bannister was also an assistant coach with Team Ontario at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

“Both men are experienced and detail-oriented hockey coaches that know what it takes to compete and win in short-term competition,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “With both having been a part of our Program of Excellence the past couple of years, they will bring their knowledge and passion of the game in helping our players develop and succeed at an elite level.”

In the coming weeks, 44 players will be put through their paces on and off the ice as they vie for a spot on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team during a week-long selection camp. A 22-player roster will be selected to compete at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in August, leaving directly from camp to wear the red-and-white at the storied tournament hosted in the Czech Republic and Slovakia this year.

Hockey Canada’s scouting staff will continue to monitor players following their return to their home clubs, with an eye for putting together the best available team to compete at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship in Russia next spring.

(Hockey Canada Release)


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Canes' Select Russian in CHL Import Draft

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday that they have selected forward Yegor Zudilov with the 48th overall pick in the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

Zudilov, 16, will celebrate his 17th birthday on September 10th, 2017. The 6’3”, 180-pound forward appeared in 35 games with the Avangard Omsk Under-17 team in the Russia Under-17 League in 2016-2017 collecting 65 points (31g 34a) along 18 penalty minutes. The Russian-born Zudilov registered 63 points (31g-32a) with 18 penalty minutes in the Russia Under-16 League in 2015-2016 with Avangard Omsk U-16 team.

Zudilov also appeared in one game in the MHL with Omskie Yastreby in 2016 2017 where he was held pointless.

The last time the Hurricanes took part in the CHL Import Draft they selected Egor Babenko (5th overall) and Igor Merezhko (65th overall) in the 2015 Import Draft. Babenko has appeared in 133 regular season games with the ‘Canes over the last two years collected 124 points (53g-71a) with 72 penalty minutes and a plus 33 rating. In two seasons, Merezhko has dressed in 128 games registering 31 points (2g-29a) with 149 penalty minutes and a plus-22 rating.

The Hurricanes elected to pass with the second pick, 108th overall.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Four Hurricanes Heading to NHL Development Camps

The Lethbirdge Hurricanes Hockey Club would like to congratulate four members of the 2016-2017 roster on being invited to National Hockey League Development Camps as Jordy Bellerive, Giorgio Estephan, Stuart Skinner and Tyler Wong will take part in camps.

Photo credit to Lethbridge Hurricanes

Bellerive, 18, had been invited to take part at the defending two-time Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins camp. Bellerive, who was passed over in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on the weekend, is one of 24 forwards invited to take part in the Penguins camp from June 28 until July 1 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. The product of North Vancouver appeared in 70 games during the 2016-2017 regular season with the Hurricanes registering a career-high 56 points (27g-29a) along with 86 penalty minutes. He added 14 points (7g-7a) in 20 post-season games.

Estephan, 20, will take part at the Minnesota Wild’s development camp. The 1997-born forward was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft but was unsigned. Estephan had a career season with the Hurricanes in 2016 2017 scoring 89 points (35g-54a) along with 39 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. Estephan added 24 points (11g-13a) in 18 post-season games.
Skinner, 18, will compete in the Edmonton Oilers development camp. The three year Hurricanes goaltender was drafted by his hometown Oilers in the third round (78th overall) in the 2017 draft. Skinner is the all-time Hurricanes leader in games played by a goaltender (151) and saves (4,462). In a career-high 60 games in 2016-2017, Skinner posted a record of 34-18-3-2 with a 3.26 goals against average (GAA) and a .926 save percentage (SV%) with two shutouts. He appeared in all 20 Hurricanes post-season games earning a 3.09 GAA and a .916 SV%.

Wong, 21, will suit up at the Vegas Golden Knights camp that started on June 26. Wong completed his WHL career with the Hurricanes in 2016-2017 recording a career-high 51 goals and 109 points. He added 24 points (11g-13a) in 20 post season games. The product of Cochrane, Alberta signed an American Hockey League contract with the Golden Knights AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves on May 18th.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Monday, 26 June 2017

Hurricanes Home Opener September 22nd

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is excited to announce the 2017-2018 Dairy Queen Home Opener will take place on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00 pm as the Hurricanes will welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers.

It will be the seventh straight year that the ‘Canes will open the season against the Tigers. The ‘Canes are 4-2-0-0 in the last six season openers against Medicine Hat have defeated the Tigers 4-2 last season.

The Hurricanes posted a 3-4-0-0 record against the Tigers in the 2016-2017 regular season, posting a 2-1-0-0 record at the ENMAX Centre and a 1-3-0-0 record in Medicine Hat. The ‘Canes eliminated the Tigers in the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs defeating Medicine Hat in overtime in Game 7 at the Canalta Centre.

The full Hurricanes schedule will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27th, at 1:00pm.

Season Tickets for the 2017-2018 regular season are on sale now. To purchase your Season Tickets for next year, visit the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre of call 403-329-SEAT (7328). 

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Hurricanes Release Pre-Season Schedule

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League, have announced their 2017 ENMAX Pre-Season Schedule.

The Hurricanes will play a total of five exhibition games in 2017 including again appearing in the Crowsnest Nest Pass Tournament. The ‘Canes will begin their pre-season schedule on Friday, September 1st, 2017 when they will host the Medicine Hat Tigers at Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre in West Lethbridge.

Full exhibition schedule:

Friday, September 1st, 2017 – Hurricanes vs. Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:00 pm, Nicholas Sheran Arena

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 – Hurricanes at Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:30 pm in Taber

Friday, September 8th, 2017 – Hurricanes vs. Swift Current Broncos – 7:00 pm, ENMAX Centre

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 – Hurricanes at Swift Current Broncos – 7:00 pm in Swift Current

Friday, September 15th, 2017 – Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice – 7:00 pm in Crowsnest Pass

Season Tickets for the 2017-2018 Hurricanes season are on sale. Reserved your seat by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Monday, 5 June 2017

Skinner Named to U-20 Goaltending Camp

Hockey Canada announced Monday that Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner is one of 30 netminders from across Canada that will take part in the annual Program of Excellence goaltender camp. The camp will take place from June 9-11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Skinner, 18, is one of seven goaltenders that will take part in the Under-20 camp in preparation for the 2018 World Junior Championship summer development camp. The three-year Hurricane joins fellow Western Hockey Leaguers Carter Hart (Everett) and Ian Scott (Prince Albert) as the only other WHL goaltenders to attend the U-20 camp. Three goaltenders from the Ontario Hockey League and one of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will also take part.

Skinner just completed his third season with the Hurricanes helping them to the Eastern Conference Championship Series for the first time since 2008. The 6’4”, 195-pound puck-stopper appeared in all 20 post-season games posting a 3.09 goals against average (GAA) and a .916 save percentage (SV%). Skinner collected a record of 34-18-3-2 during the 2016-2017 regular season with a 3.26 GAA and a .905 SV%.

The Edmonton, Alberta product recently attended the National Hockey League Draft Combine in Buffalo, New York last week and is slated to be selected in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in Chicago later this month.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Canes Sign 2017 First Round Pick

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have signed prospect Noah Boyko to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.

Boyko, 15, was selected in the first round (16th overall) in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft earlier this month. The product of St. Albert, Alberta suited up in 36 regular season games with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League where he registered 52 points (25g-27a) along with 14 penalty minutes. He finished tied for second on his team in scoring.
“I was just hoping to get drafted and I’m pretty happy being drafted by Lethbridge. It’s a great organization and I’m glad to be a part of it,” said Boyko. “I didn’t even think about it, we just read over the rules and contract, and just signed.”

In two seasons with the Rangers, Boyko collected 79 points (43g-36a) in 69 games. He enjoyed a strong 2017 playoffs as well with the Rangers adding 18 points (7g-11a) with four penalty minutes in 14 post-season games finishing second in league playoff scoring. He helped the Rangers to an AMBHL and Provincial Championship, helping them advance to the 2017 Western Bantam Championships where he added ten more points (6g-4a) in five games.

“I think it’s great to sign your first round pick. We knew there wasn’t going to be any troubles but at the same sense it makes summer that much better when you can sign these guys early and you don’t have to worry about it throughout the summer,” said Hurricanes Head Scout Rob MacLachlan. “He’s very well-spoken and he’s very smart. When we signed him and looked over the contract he asked some really good questions, so that shows that he pays attention to detail and he definitely wants to be a Lethbridge Hurricane.”

“He can play centre or wing. He has good acceleration and covers a lot of ice with his long stride. He likes to be moving at full speed and he shoots the puck hard. I’d compare him to Justin Gutierrez; probably a touch better skater and maybe a little bit better skill. He’s a big tall, lanky kid with some bite in him,” added MacLachlan.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)