Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hurricanes Add to Hockey Staff

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday the hiring of Darcy Wakaluk as the team’s new Goaltending Coach and Bob Bartlett as the new Director of Player Development and Senior Scout. The team also announced that Assistant Coaches Mike Craig and Josh MacNevin will return for the 2016-2017 season.

Wakaluk joins the Hurricanes after spending the past 12 seasons as the Goaltending Coach of the Calgary Hitmen. Before his time with the Hitmen, Wakaluk also spent three seasons as the Goaltending Coach of the Kamloops Blazers and one season as an Assistant Coach with the Vancouver Giants.

Prior to his coaching career, the Pincher Creek, Alberta product played three season in the Western Hockey League from 1983 to 1986 with the Kelowna Wings/Spokane Chiefs franchise. A Buffalo Sabres seventh round draft pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Wakaluk went on to play 181 games in the American Hockey League and 191 games in the National Hockey League with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes. He was a member of the 1987 Calder Cup Champion Rochester Americans and was the first goaltender in AHL history to score a goal in 1987. He was also a teammate of Hurricanes assistant coach Mike Craig for three seasons with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise.

“We’re adding a real good person, any time you can add good people to your staff that’s first and foremost, along with that Darcy’s experience speaks for itself. Playing in our league, being an NHL player and he’s coached in that league for a number of years, it really, really fits for us,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt.

Bartlett joins the Hurricanes after spending the past five seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Bartlett in no stranger to Lethbridge or the Hurricanes as he was an instrumental person in bringing the Hurricanes to Lethbridge after the Broncos were relocated to Swift Current in 1986. He spent 11 years (1974 to 1985) as a scout for the Broncos. After acting as an Advisor to the Hurricanes, he served as the team’s General Manager from 1990 to 1995 leading the team to the 1991 WHL Final and Division Title.

“Bob being the person that he is makes it such a great add for us. His history here in Lethbridge speaks for itself and his hockey history speaks for itself, it’s just a really good fit for us to add Bob to our staff, but also for [Bob] to be able to finish his hockey career with our organization is important too,” said Anholt.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Four Hurricanes Taking Part in Hockey Canada Summer Camps

Hockey Canada announced Monday the rosters for the upcoming Summer Showcase to be held in Calgary, Alberta from July 26th to August 6th and four Hurricanes will take part. The Summer Showcase will see the Under-17 and the Under-18 age groups compete.

Hurricanes prospects Calen Addison and Josh Tarzwell will take part in Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp in preparation for the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge to take place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, from October 30th to November 5th. A total of 111 players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defenceman and 63 forwards – will participate in practices and games on one of six different teams.

Addison, 16, was the second overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes. The Brandon, Manitoba product appeared in four regular season games and three playoff games last season with the Hurricanes. He registered 15 points (8g-7a) in 15 regular season games with the Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA team after recovering from a broken leg.

Tarzwell, 16, was selected 24th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. The Red Deer, Alberta native collected 18 points (9g-9a) along with 14 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Red Deer Chiefs Midget AAA. He also added three points (1g-2a) in five post-season games with the Chiefs. Tarzwell made his WHL debut on January 23rd against the Moose Jaw Warriors and appeared in two games with the Hurricanes.

Current Hurricanes players Jordy Bellerive and Brett Davis were named to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp. A total of 44 players – four goaltenders, 16 defenceman and 24 forwards – will participate in practices and three Red-White intrasquad games.

Bellerive, 17, was selected by the Hurricanes second overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. The North Vancouver, BC, product had a productive rookie season with the Hurricanes collecting 36 points (11g-25a) along with 75 penalty minutes in 65 games finishing second in WHL scoring among 1999-born players. Bellerive represented Canada-Red at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last fall.


Davis, 17, was selected in the fourth round (78th overall) in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes. In his first full season in the WHL, Davis collected nine points (5g-4a) along with 17 penalty minutes. The Oakbank, Manitoba native represented Canada-White at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last fall winning a Gold Medal.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Hurricanes 2016 Pre-Season Schedule

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club, in partnership with the Western Hockey League, have announced their 2016 pre-season schedule.

The Hurricanes will play a total of six exhibition games that will include again appearing in the Crowsnest Pass Tournament with the Kootenay Ice and Calgary Hitmen. The Hurricanes will begin their exhibition schedule on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 when they will host the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Coaldale Ice Arena.

It will be the third consecutive season that the Hurricanes will play a pre-season game in the Town of Coaldale. Last year, the Hurricanes dropped a 2-1 decision to the Swift Current Broncos. In each year, the Hurricanes have played in front of a sold-out Coaldale Ice Arena. Tickets for the game will be for sale at a later date.

Full Exhibition Schedule:

* Friday, September 2, 2016 – Hurricanes vs. Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:00 pm in Coaldale
* Saturday, September 3, 2016 – Hurricanes at Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:00 pm in Taber
* Friday, September 9, 2016 – Hurricanes vs. Swift Current Broncos – 7:00 pm at ENMAX Centre
* Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Hurricanes at Swift Current Broncos – 7:00 pm at Credit Union i-Plex
* Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice – 7:00 pm in Crowsnest Pass
* Friday, September 16, 2016 – Hurricanes vs. Calgary Hitmen – 7:00 pm in Crowsnest Pass

The Hurricanes and the WHL will announced the regular season schedule later this month. The Hurricanes will begin their defense of the 2015-2016 Central Division title when they open the 2016-2017 regular season on Friday, September 23rd against the Tigers at the ENMAX Centre.
Season Tickets are now available for purchase for the 2016-2017 hockey season by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328).

(Lethrbidge Hurricanes)

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Hurricanes Golf Classic Goes July 18th

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is excited to announce that the 2016 Annual Hurricanes Golf Classic is set to take place Monday, July 18th at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort (185 Canyon Blvd W).

The Annual Golf Classic will begin with registration at 11:00 am with lunch provided. Shotgun will be at 1:00 pm. There will be a capacity of 144 spots available to take part in the day. Following the round of golf, there will be a dinner and a live and silent auction.

Former Hurricanes that will be taking part in this year’s event include Colton Yellow Horn (2003 2006), Zane Jones (2014-2015), Brent Henke (2008-2010) and Scott Grieco (1992-1996).

To register or to sponsor the 2016 Hurricanes Golf Classic, visit www.lethbridgehurricanes.com or call the Hurricanes Office at (403) 328-1986 for more information.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Hurricanes Sign Prospect Nolan Jones

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

Jones, 15, was selected in the second round (41st overall) in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6’0, 150-pound defenceman appeared in 28 games during the 2015-2016 campaign where he registered 44 points (24g-20a) along with 100 penalty minutes with the Moose Jaw Warriors Bantam AA to lead all rear-guards in scoring in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League.

“We’re really excited to get Nolan signed. It’s another step for us to keep adding good players into our system and get them committed to the Lethbridge Hurricanes,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “I think he’s a two-way defenceman. He certainly can defend but he has that puck moving ability also. He skated really well and competes hard. We really think he’s going to be a real strong player over his career.”

“He’s going to play triple-A in Moose Jaw next year and hopefully that will put him in a situation where he’s ready to play as a 16-year-old for us, if he’s not he can always go back to triple-A for another year,” added Anholt.

In two seasons with the Warriors Bantam AA, the left-hand shooting Jones registered a total of 74 points (36g-38a) along with 183 penalty minutes in 58 games.

“I was very excited. It’s good to get it over with early so I can focus on training for the rest of the off-season,” said Jones. “I had a lot of emotions [on draft day]. I was extremely excited and happy. I was very happy to go to [Lethbridge], it’s not too far away from home and it’s a great organization and a nice place.”


Jones is slated to take part in the Saskatchewan Under-16 Male SaskFirst Summer Camp from August 1-5 in Wilcox. He will be one of 12 defenceman.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Hurricanes Open 2016-17 Season vs. Tigers

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is excited to announce the 2016-2017 Home Opener will take place on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

It will be the sixth straight year that the Hurricanes will begin regular season play against their Highway 3 rivals. The Hurricanes are 3-2-0-0 in the last five season openers against the Tigers having defeated Medicine Hat 5-1 in their Home Opener last year.

The reigning Central Division Champion Hurricanes posted an impressive 5-2-0 0 record against the Tigers during the 2015-2016 season and were a perfect 4-0-0-0 against Medicine Hat in Lethbridge at the ENMAX Centre.
 
The full Hurricanes schedule will be released later this month. Season Tickets for the 2016-2017 regular season are on sale now.
 

To purchase your Season Tickets for next year, visit the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or call 403-329-SEAT (7328). 

(From the Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hurricanes Sign Draft Pick Dylan Cozens

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have signed prospect Dylan Cozens to a Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.

Cozens, 15, was selected 19th overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes on May 5th in Calgary. The 6’2, 159-pound centreman played with the Delta Hockey Academy during the 2015-2016 season where he registered 31 points (19g-12a) along with 18 penalty minutes in 31 games. He also added six points (5g-1a) in three post-season games.


“We’re really pleased to get him apart of the organization right off the bat here. He comes from a really good family. He’s a quality player and he’s a quality kid,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “He’s a really good player and he’s going to be a really good add for us eventually in our organization.”

“I think any time you can have a big strong centre-ice man that plays hard and is hard to play against, it makes your team a lot better. Dylan has a lot of improving to do, he has a lot of development to do. He’s not the finished product, but we know he’s going to work hard to prepare himself to be a Hurricane when that happens,” added Anholt.

The right-hand shot forward is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. Prior to joining the Delta Hockey Academy, Cozens spent two seasons with the Whitehorse Mustangs Bantam A team before moving away from home. In 35 games over two years, he registered 31 points (17g-14a).

“I was just really happy [getting drafted] by Lethbridge, my dad lived there for a bit, so it was pretty cool,” said Cozens. “I’m very excited to sign my first contract and I was really happy to do that with Lethbridge.”

Cozens is one of seven Hurricanes prospects invited to take part in Provincial U-16 summer camps in preparation for the 2016 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup in Calgary in October. He is one of 80 players invited to take part in British Columbia’s Male U-16 Provincial Camp scheduled to take place July 13-17 in Shawnigan Lake, BC.

(From the Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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