Friday, 22 August 2014
Team Red "A"
4. J. Sheen
21. B. Sheen
12. T. Traptow
Team Blue "B"
3. N. Walters
19. R. Sheen
Team Green "C"
Team White "D"
17. J. Watson
29. Thunder Chief
14. B. Traptow
Thursday, 21 August 2014
The hockey club has a large contingent of returning players who were part of last year's team eligible to come back again this season. That of course means nothing in junior hockey. Every player has to earn his spot on the roster, but for a hockey club which has missed the playoffs for 5 years in a row, there is no doubt pressure on everyone from top to bottom to get back into the post-season. It's time this organization turns things around and for me it starts at the top. There needs to be accountability throughout the hockey club. Even WHL Commissioner Ron Robison told Lethbridge City Council a few months ago that the Hurricanes must have better leadership. He pulled no punches during that visit to Council. He also stated at the April 28, 2014 meeting that "the league intends to make sure the Hurricanes are accountable to the plan it (WHL) put in place and moving forward the league will be monitoring things very closely".
Last season when CJOC held the broadcast rights, Fred Jack and I talked many times about "relationships" and the importance of building those. That has to be a big focus. Even when Peter Anholt was announced as the new Assistant General Manager, he told local media at that time that the Hurricanes need "an identity" and that all successful clubs know what they are and where they're going. I can't disagree with that at all.
Let's be honest here. The status quo of the last 5 seasons in not acceptable. Anyone who is willing to accept that needs a reality check. This team needs to be competitive and they need the community's support. But as we all know, wins and losses dictate a lot of that. The first quarter of this 2014-2015 season is going to be a very important gauge I think as to how this season could play out for the Canes.
Besides the additions of Peter Anholt as Assistant GM and Bryan Maxwell as an Assistant Coach, the organization looks pretty much the same as the one which ended this past season with only 12 victories. That win total was the worst-ever in Hurricanes history and this team must find a way this year to get more scoring and more out of every player. If the Hurricanes want to make the playoffs, they have to shoot to be at least a .500 team. Taking a look at playoff teams over the last 4 or 5 years, a .500 record should be able to get you a post-season spot.
Camp opened Thursday with player registrations and orientation. All camp on-ice session will be open to the public at the ENMAX Centre. Some notables from Day One. Veteran Defenceman Macoy Erkamps was a no-show. I had heard a month or so ago that Erkamps may be requesting a trade and that appears to be the case. Paul Kingsmith from Global TV confirmed that on Twitter Thursday evening saying he spoke with GM Brad Robson and noted Erkamps stayed at home, did not report to Hurricanes camp and requested a trade. One other thing of note from camp is forward Giorgio Estephan. Paul Kingsmith also tweeted that Estephan will miss the next 6 weeks after re-aggravating a foot injury. Obviously two significant things on day one right there. Also Reid Duke did not report either. Paul Kingsmith stated Thursday night also on Twitter that Duke did in fact stay home, but the club spoke with Duke and his agent and it's believed he'll report on Friday.
Even though I'm no longer broadcasting the games for the Hurricanes, doesn't mean I'm no longer interested in the club or not going to follow them closely. On the contrary. I want this club to succeed like every other Hurricanes fan or shareholder. I've been involved with this team for the last 7 years. I've decided I will keep this blog going while. We'll take it from here and see what happens. I've been on holidays so I will post training camp updates provided by team when they are available.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are pleased to announce the signing of prospect Zane Franklin to the Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.
At the WHL Bantam Draft in May, the Hurricanes drafted Franklin in the 2nd round (43rd overall.) The 1999-born Centre played with the Lloydminster Heat where he recorded 89 points, including 47 goals, in 27 games. He added another 27 points in 11 games in the playoffs.
Hurricanes Head Scout, Blake Robsonsays there’s more to Franklin than just being a pure goal scorer. “He also has very good vision, he runs the powerplay but also plays hard both ends of the rink and he’ll be able to put up big numbers in the future. He was also on the Alberta Championship team in the Major Bantam Hockey League.”
In July, Franklin was also among the top 80 players in the province invited to Team Alberta’s U16 Summer Development Camp. The players will continue to be scouted and shortlisted until Team Alberta names the 20 players that will make up the roster to compete at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
(Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)
Friday, 15 August 2014
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are pleased to announce their top pick from the 2014 CHL Import Draft, Nikita Milekhin, has signed the Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.
On July 2nd, the Hurricanes used their 3rd overall pick to select Milekhin, a 1997-born right winger who played for Moscow Dynamo last season. The 6’1, 170 pound forward played in 26 games last year where he registered 21 points, including 13 goals and added 12 PIM’s. He followed that up with 6G, 1A in 15 playoff games.
Yuri Yanchenkov with International Scouting Services says Milekhin is a very good skater with good puck skills and hockey sense and his progress has been getting better and better.
(Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The 1999 born defenceman from Vernon, BC was the Hurricanes 2nd round (23rd overall) draft pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Standing 6’4 and 210 pounds, King is already a towering blue liner and in 55 games with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy he registered 36 points, including 30 assists.
Hurricanes Head Scout, Blake Robson, calls him a “big physical defenseman that is hard to play against and he’s the kind of player you love to have on your team.” Hurricanes General Manager Brad Robson added “we’re excited to have him at training camp and see the progress he has made this past year.”
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are set to open their 2014 Training Camp presented by ENMAX on Thursday, August 21st continuing right through the weekend until Sunday, August 24th concluding with the Championship Game starting at 10:45am.
All on-ice sessions will be held at the ENMAX Centre and they are free and open to the public. The full schedule will be released in the coming days.
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)
Monday, 11 August 2014
The entire training camp interview is below. Robson and I cover a number of topics in this 7 minute interview. Camp opens August 21st with the Hurricanes first pre-season games set for August 29th and 30th in Regina.