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)

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Pat

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)

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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)

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Tyler Wong Named CHL Humanitarian

The Canadian Hockey League last week announced the 10 national award winners for the 2016-17 season including Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters who earned Sportsnet CHL Player of the Year honours.


A trio of Western Hockey League representatives brought home hardware from the national awards, including Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings/Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect Award), Sam Steel (Regina Pats/Chrysler Top Scorer Award) and Tyler Wong (Lethbridge Hurricanes/Mastercard Humanitarian of the Year Award).

The awards were presented as part of the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup festivities in Windsor. 


Mastercard Humanitarian of the Year Award: Tyler Wong

Lethbridge Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong is the CHL’s Humanitarian of the Year after being named a finalist for the award last season, establishing himself as an exceptional ambassador for his team and the league both on and off the ice. The 21-year-old from Cochrane, AB, carried forward the ‘Canes KidSport program he introduced a year ago which donates $5 to KidSport Lethbridge & Taber for each goal he scores. Powered by 51 goals of his own and with the help from teammates, alumni, and the community, the initiative surpassed all expectations and raised over $13,000 this season. Finalists for the award were Garrett McFadden of the Guelph Storm and two-time nominee Samuel Laberge of the Rimouski Oceanic.

(From Canadian Hockey League)

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Mike Craig Not Returning as Assistant Coach

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Friday that Assistant Coach Mike Craig will not return for the 2017-2018 season as he will pursue other opportunities.

Craig, 45, spent four seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Hurricanes serving under Head Coach’s Drake Berehowsky, Peter Anholt and Brent Kisio. Craig was originally hired in August of 2013.


During his tenure with the Hurricanes, Craig was a key member in helping the franchise build towards success. After a 12 win campaign in his first year, Craig remained and was a big part of helping the ‘Canes improve every year including guiding the Hurricanes to back-to-back forty win seasons and helping them to the Eastern Conference Championship Series in 2016-2017.

“I have enjoyed my time with the Hurricanes and am grateful for the opportunity they have given me to start my career in coaching,” said Craig. “I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here but feel it is time to pursue other opportunities in hockey. I wish the Hurricanes organization continued success moving forward.”

After assuming defensive coaching responsibilities in 2015, Craig helped develop the Hurricanes defensive core as a sound and steady group. In 2016-2017, each member of the ‘Canes defensive core finished with a plus rating while totaling career high in numbers led by Brennan Menell who finished second in scoring among defenseman in the Western Hockey League with 71 points (12g-59a).

“Mike has been a great Hurricane for the last four years and was a big part of the resurgence of the ‘Canes,” said Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “He is good friend and I wish him and his family all the best in the future. Mike will always be highly regarded within our organization for what he brought to our team.”

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)

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Pat

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Kisio Named Assistant For Ivan Hlinka Tournament

Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio has been named as an Assistant Coach for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 team that will compete at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

Kisio, 34, served as the head coach of Team Canada White at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and an assistant coach with Team Pacific in 2013. The product of Calgary, Alberta was hired by the Hurricanes in the summer of 2015. In two seasons with the ‘Canes, Kisio has posted an overall record of 88-43-5-4 in 140 games behind the bench; a winning percentage of .661%.
 
He led the Hurricanes to Eastern Conference Championship Series in 2016 2017 eventually falling to the Regina Pats in six games. He currently sits fifth all-time in franchise victories among head coaches.
 

The 2017 Ivan Hlinka Tournament will take place later in the summer. 

AHL's Chicago Wolves Sign Tyler Wong

The Chicago Wolves announced Thursday that forward Tyler Wong has signed a standard player contract with the club for the 2017-18 season.

During his overage season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2016-17, Wong led the Western Hockey League with 51 goals and finished third in league scoring with 109 points (51G, 58A). Those totals also allowed him to pace all Hurricanes skaters in the regular season.

In the 2017 WHL Playoffs, he and teammate Giorgio Estephan each finished with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points to lead the club. Wong’s statistics included two game-winning goals, a short-handed marker and an overtime tally.

Wong spent his entire five-year junior career with Lethbridge and left his mark in its history book. The Cochrane, Alberta, native finished his time with the Hurricanes third in goals (143), fourth in games played (317) and sixth in points (298).

The 21-year-old served two seasons (2015-17) as team captain and was voted Fan Favorite each of his five seasons in Lethbridge. He also earned the Scholastic Player Award three consecutive seasons (2013-16), as well as the Community Relations Award for two (2015-17). Wong earned team MVP honors for the 2016-17 season and twice has been the club’s leading scorer (2014-15, 2016-17).

At the American Hockey League level, Wong skated in three games for the Toronto Marlies during the 2015-16 season. He made his professional debut on April 9, 2016, against the Syracuse Crunch and collected his first AHL point – an assist – on April 17 against the Rochester Americans.

Wong joins second-year forward Bryce Gervais on the list of skaters under contract with the Wolves for the 2017-18 campaign. The 2017-18 schedule features four new opponents: the Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls and Tucson Roadrunners. For information about tickets and schedules for the upcoming season, visit www.ChicagoWolves.com.