Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Canes This Week Podcast

Another Hurricanes This Week podcast is up and ready to go.

This week, host Jordan Karst welcomes Lethbridge Hurricanes play-by-play voice Dustin Forbes, Hurricanes Business Manager Terry Huisman and myself to the program.

On the show this week is Saskatoon Blades radio voice Les Lazaruk, Joe McFarland stops by with an audio blog about Tyler Wong, and I have a quick interview with Hurricanes forward Zane Franklin.

That and more on Hurricanes This Week!



Thanks,
Pat

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Hurricanes This Week

The latest edition of the Hurricanes This Week podcast is ready.

This week, host Jordan Karst welcomes Hurricanes Head Coach Brent Kisio, Hurricanes board member Ryan Tunall and former Lethbridge Herald Sports Director Dylan Purcell.

I stop by with a player interview with Hurricanes overage forward Matt Alfaro and WHL Insider Gregg Drinnan joins the program from Kamloops.

Here's the show....enjoy!



Thanks,
Pat

Skinner Named CHL Goaltender of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2017 NHL Draft prospect Stuart Skinner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 5 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.99 and save percentage of .970.
 
Skinner made 65 saves last week backstopping the Hurricanes to a pair of victories and extending their winning-streak to seven as they improve their record to 31-15-4-3 in the WHL’s Central Division.  Last Wednesday night he made 34 saves and earned second star honours in a 3-2 overtime win against the Red Deer Rebels, then turned aside all 31 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season on Saturday as first star of a 3-0 win against the Moose Jaw Warriors.  Skinner’s week also included stopping 17 of 18 shots for Team Cherry in the second half of the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game securing a 7-5 victory for his squad. 
 
An 18-year-old from Edmonton, AB, Skinner is playing in his third full season in Lethbridge after being selected by the club in the first round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  He currently holds a 26-13-3-2 record with a 3.22 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.  In NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft, Skinner was listed ninth among North American goaltenders.

Also considered for the award this week was Jeremy Brodeur of the Oshawa Generals who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 71 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .973, and Julio Billia of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens who made 42 saves posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .913.

(From Canadian Hockey League)

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Pat


Monday, 6 February 2017

Skinner Named WHL Goalie of the Week

The Western Hockey League announced Monday that Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 5, 2017.


An 18 year old product of Edmonton, Skinner went 2-0-0-0 this past week with a 0.99 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and one shutout. On Wednesday, February 1, Skinner returned to the Hurricanes from the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to make 34 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at Red Deer and was named second star for his performance. Saturday, February 4, saw Skinner shine once again as he turned away all 31 shots he faced in a 3-0 win versus Moose Jaw, earning first star honours.

Through 46 appearances in this his third full WHL season, Skinner is 26-13-3-2 with a 3.22 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and two shutouts. 

His 26 wins are tied for third among all WHL goaltenders and his two shutouts are tied for fourth among all WHL goaltenders. - WHL Release

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Pat

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Big Weekend For Lethbridge Hurricanes

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club are set for a very special weekend that will begin Friday night with the 11th Annual Celebrity Dinner at the Coast Hotel.

The Celebrity Dinner will include a celebration of the 1996-1997 Championship Hurricanes with a large number of that championship team on hand including Chris Phillips, Dale Purinton, Bryce Salvador and Travis Brigley. Just For Laughs comedian Kelly Taylor will once again be the Master of Ceremonies along with performing his own comedy routine.


The night will also include a live and a silent auction with some great items up for bids. Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm with dinner being served 7:00 pm. Select tickets are still available for the Celebrity Dinner; individual tickets are $125.00 per person or $1,000.00 for a table of 10. Call 403-328-1986 to buy your tickets today!

The weekend will include with a very special night scheduled for the Saturday night as the Hurricanes welcome the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:00 pm. The Hurricanes will be wearing special 1997 jerseys during the game. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game. The game will also include a special pre-game ceremony that will see the members of the 1997 team receive Championship rings.


Tickets for the game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:20 pm on Saturday night.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Canes This Week......January 30, 2017

The next edition of the Hurricanes This Week podcast is ready to go.

On the show this week, host Jordan Karst welcomes Hurricanes Assistant Coach Mike Craig. Also on the program is Dick Gibson and myself.

Jordan welcomes Moose Jaw Warriors longtime play-by-play voice James Gallo to the program and Joe McFarland drops by with one of his audio blogs as he goes back in time.

I will also have an interview with Hurricanes forward Ryan Vandervlis.

The podcast is ready for your listening pleasure below:



Thanks,
Pat

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Hurricanes This Week

After a one week break, the Hurricanes This Week podcast returned on Monday for another show.

Host Jordan Karst welcomed Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt and former Lethbridge Herald Sports Editor, Dylan Purcell to the program.

Plenty of talk on this edition of HTW about the recent WHL Trade Deadline and several moves made by GM Anholt.

I also stop by with an interview with one of the new players, Zak Zborosky, acquired at the deadline.

Also on the program is the long time Play-by-Play voice of the Saskatoon Blades, Les Lazaruk.



Thanks,
Pat