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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Pat

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.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Wong to Receive Key to City of Lethbridge

Mayor Chris Spearman will present the Key to the City to Tyler Wong, the former captain of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Bestowed at the discretion of the Mayor, the Key to the City is a municipal government’s highest honour and is given to recognize the outstanding civic contributions of each recipient. Mayor Spearman will present the Key to the City to Wong at the beginning of the regular City Council meeting on Monday, May 8 at City Hall. 

 

Wong, who played his entire five-year Western Hockey League career as a member of the Hurricanes, was recently name the 2017 winner of the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy as the league’s Humanitarian of the Year. He was also named the Eastern Conference Humanitarian of the Year for a third consecutive season. Wong’s off-ice work in the community included establishing a local ‘Canes Kidsport program which raised more than $13,000 this season, joining coaches and teammates to help local food banks deliver food hampers and toy baskets, visiting seniors’ homes during the holiday season, and volunteering elsewhere in the community. He was also voted the Hurricanes Fan Favourite Player all five years he played with the team.

Traditionally, the Key to the City is given by the mayor to a visiting dignitary or to a deserving resident. It typically is presented as a larger-than-life-sized model key, and it represents the city’s welcome by placing the city at the recipient’s disposal. The practice of presenting a Key to the City dates back to medieval times, when admission to a city was often hampered by walls, locked gates and many legal restrictions. Possession of the Key symbolized free entry. By the mid-1800s, it was customary to bestow a Key to the City as a symbol of goodwill indicating that the recipient was free to come and go at will.

(City of Lethbridge Release)

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Pat

Hurricanes Select Nine Players in WHL Draft

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club selected a total of nine players in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on Thursday in Calgary including five forwards, three defenseman and one goaltender.

With their first round selection, 16th overall, the Hurricanes drafted forward Noah Boyko from the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Bantam AAA. The product of St. Albert, Alberta shoots right-handed and is 5’11” and 164-pounds. He appeared in 33 games with the Rangers in 2016-2017 registering 52 points (25g-27a) along with 14 penalty minutes.

“[Noah] is a big forward who played wing and can play centre. He’ll probably be a 6’3” player. He skates very well and he can score; he never breaks stride and scores a lot of goals and shoots at full stride,” said Hurricanes Head Scout Rob MacLachlan. “We thought he would be around [our pick], there was a chance he could’ve been gone by then so we’re happy to get him at 16. I see him has a top three winger.”

The Hurricanes held two second round selections. At 37th overall, the ‘Canes selected goaltender Bryan Thomson from the Notre Dame Hounds. Thomson who is 6’2”, 160-pounds posted a 3.72 goals against average and a .895 save percentage in 18 games. The ‘Canes then took defenseman Jonah Regier at 38th overall, also from the Hounds. The 6’1”, 151-pound rearguard registered five points (2g-3a) in 20 games with Notre Dame.

“[Thomson] is very, very athletic and is very committed – all he wants to be is a goaltender. He was my number one ranked goaltender all year and I never faltered from Bryan being our number one guy,” said MacLachlan. “I didn’t know whether Thomson would get to us or not [at 37].”

After not having a third round draft pick, the ‘Canes selected one forward and one defenseman in the fourth round. At 73rd overall, the ‘Canes picked rearguard Owen Forfellow from the Yale Hockey Academy. In 28 games, Forfellow had six points (1g-5a) in 28 games this season. The ‘Canes then selected forward Drew Englot with the 76th overall selection. Englot recorded 14 points (4g-10a) in 30 games with the Notre Dame Hounds.

“Englot is a 6’3”, high energy power forward and he never stops. He goes hard and goes to the net, he does it all,” said MacLachlan. “He’s got pretty good skill. He isn’t going to be a pure goal scorer but he’s going to put a lot of goals up in the future.”

In the sixth round, 130th overall, the Hurricanes drafted forward Daniel O’Neill from the Delta Bantam Prep where he had eight points (2g-6a) in 29 games. The ‘Canes then selected defenseman Jeff Montoya from the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes with their seventh round, 147th overall pick.

The Hurricanes had three ninth round draft picks to round out the Bantam Draft. At 187th the ‘Canes picked forward Jacob Boucher before selecting forward Ben Mosher at 189th. The ‘Canes then traded the 192nd overall pick to the Portland Winterhawks.

“I think bringing in the Boucher kid is good. I said to our [scouts] that he reminds me of Tyler Wong. He’s a smaller body but he is full of energy and he never stops. He goes 110 percent when he steps on the ice he plays like Tyler Wong does,” explained MacLachlan.

“We had a plan going into [the draft] in what we wanted to accomplish and I think we did it. We wanted to draft some size and speed is crucial and I think we got all of that.”

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wong WHL's Humanitarian of the Year

The Western Hockey League announced Wednesday at the Year End Awards Ceremony in Calgary that Lethbridge Hurricanes Captain Tyler Wong was named the WHL’s Humanitarian of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Photo credit to Lethbridge Hurricanes

Wong, who finished his five year career with the Hurricanes on Sunday, was named the Eastern Conference nominee of the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy for the third straight season. The 21-year-old was instrumental in many initiatives in the City of Lethbridge lead by his KidSport Lethbridge and Taber program where he donated $5.00 of his own money to the charity. After he and teammates Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk raised over $6,000 during the 2015-2016 season, Wong recruited Giorgio Estephan and Jordy Bellerive, in addition to Lindgren, for the 2016-2017 campaign where they helped raise over $13,000 for KidSport – surpassing their goal of $10,000.

“It’s a pretty big honour to be recognized with this award. It feels pretty good, but at the end of the day you don’t do community work for an award. I’m just thankful I was able to participate in all the events we did this year and was able to make a difference in the community,” said Wong about earning the award for the second straight year.

“It’s always been number one for me to be able to be remembered for more than just a hockey player and more than just a guy that was in Lethbridge to play hockey. Whenever I had the chance to put a smile on a kids face or go out of my way to do something that would be appreciated in the community, I did it. It’s a very big honour for me.”

In addition to the KidSport initiative, Wong was instrumental in spearheading the “Hurricanes Spread Christmas Cheer” program where he and teammates helped deliver food hampers and toy baskets in support of local foodbanks while also visiting senior homes during the holidays. He also went above-and-beyond the call of duty as he also volunteered as a teacher’s assistant in a classroom at Dr. Probe Elementary School, served as an on-ice instructor at various minor hockey team practices during the season and also spent time with the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association where he assisted individuals with mental and physical disabilities through horseback riding.

Wong is only the second WHL player to win the Humanitarian of the Year in back-to-back years joining the Rebels’ Jesse Wallin in 1997 and 1998. It is the fourth year that a Hurricanes player has won the award (Wong 2015-2016), Jason Widmer (1993-1994) and Jamie Pushor (who was the first ever recipient in 1992-93).

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)

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Pat