WHL this Week: Looking Ahead …

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Cory Flett

Calgary, AB – The 2011-12 WHL regular season enters its second weekend of play in November with 22 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

AROUND THE RINKS THIS WEEKEND…

Friday is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States, and WHL teams will be honoring veterans of the Canadian and American armed forces during games this Friday.

Special ceremonies and salutes will take place in arenas around the WHL, including Brandon, Calgary, Kamloops, Medicine Hat, and Portland on Remembrance Day.

In Kamloops, B.C., fans can lace up the skates and hit the ice with their favorite Blazers players following Friday’s afternoon contest versus the Red Deer Rebels.

In Swift Current, SK, the Broncos will be wearing special Retro Jerseys on Saturday night when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors. The jerseys are currently up for auction to Broncos fans.

In Vancouver, B.C., the Giants will be honoring the Heroes of Hastings on Saturday night. The event will honor some of the greatest moments and personalities in the history of the Pacific Coliseum, Empire Field, Hastings Racecourse and the Forum. The Giants will be wearing special jerseys for the contest, modeled after the White Spots junior hockey club from the 1940’s.

2011 SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES UNDERWAY…

The 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series is currently underway as the three CHL member Leagues battle a touring Russian select team in a six-game cross-Canada showdown.

The Russians are off to a great start to the series, having swept two games versus Team QMJHL to take a 2-0 lead. Russia won last year’s event for the first time in the nine-year history of the series, taking four of the six games.

The series heads to Ontario for Games 3 and 4, with the Russians looking for their first win versus Team OHL in the history of the event.

For complete coverage of the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series, CLICK HERE

TEAM WHL ANNOUNCES ROSTER CHANGE FOR 2011 SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES…

CALGARY, AB – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Western Hockey League and the Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats Hockey Clubs announced on Wednesday a roster change to Team WHL who will compete against Team Russia in the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series.

Due to an injury sustained this past weekend, Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman and top NHL Prospect Morgan Reilly will be unable to participate in this year’s event and has been replaced by Brandon Wheat Kings rear guard Ryan Pulock for the game in Moose Jaw. Pulock collected 42 points in his rookie campaign last year, and with a late birth date (October, 1994), is not NHL Draft eligible until 2013.

For the current Team WHL roster, CLICK HERE

WHL GRAD KYLE BORTIS NAMED CANADA-WEST HUSKY WHL GRAD OF MONTH…

CANADA WEST – The Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Western Hockey League are proud to announce that University of Saskatchewan left-winger and former Calgary Hitmen player Kyle Bortis is the Canada West men’s hockey Husky-WHL Graduate of the Month for October 2011.

Before joining the Huskies, Bortis played four seasons in the Western Hockey League – two for the Swift Current Broncos, followed by two with the Calgary Hitmen after a trade in October 2007. In 236 career WHL games, the 5-8 Saskatoon product scored 86 goals, adding 123 assists for 209 regular season points. In 40 post-season games Bortis accumulated 13-23-36, going to the Conference final in 2009 with a Hitmen team that finished first overall during the regular season.

For more, CLICK HERE.

SHINKARUK TAKES CHL WEEKLY HONORS…

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 5 after scoring seven goals and four assists for 11 points in three games.

Shinkarurk opened the week with back-to-back hat-trick performances including last Tuesday night when he scored three goals and added three assists for a career-best six-point game as part of a 10-2 win over the Everett Silvertips where he was named first star of the game. Shinkaruk would be named the game’s first star again on Saturday night in Brandon scoring three goals in a 4-3 overtime win over the Brandon Wheat Kings. His week wrapped up Sunday scoring a goal and an assist despite a 4-3 overtime loss to the Regina Pats.

FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW

Victor Rask and the Calgary Hitmen (8-8-1-1) host Marcel Noebels and the Seattle Thunderbirds (6-10-0-0) on Friday night.

Friday’s contest between the Hitmen and T-Birds can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm MT).

The Hitmen are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Broncos in Swift Current on Tuesday to close out a six-game East Division road trip with a 3-2-1 record. The Hitmen are 3-3-0-1 on home ice this season. Rask leads the Hitmen with 10 goals and 15 points this season.

The Thunderbirds defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in Lethbridge on Wednesday night, snapping a five-game losing skid, and currently sit in fourth place in the U.S. Division. The T-Birds are now 1-3 through four games of a Central Division road trip. Noebels had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s win over the ‘Canes.

It’s the only meeting of the season between the Hitmen and Thunderbirds. The Hitmen have won the last seven meetings versus the Thunderbirds, with Seattle’s last victory coming on November 14, 2003 at the Saddledome.

SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2011-12 WHL regular season. For the entire WHL on SHAW broadcast schedule, click HERE

KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UPS…

Tri-City Americans @ Medicine Hat Tigers

Friday, November 11th

Emerson Etem and the Medicine Hat Tigers host Adam Hughesman and the Tri-City Americans for a match-up between Conference leaders on Friday night.

The Tigers currently lead the Eastern Conference and overall WHL standings with a 14-5-1-0 record and 29 points, and have won four of their last five outings. The Tigers are the highest scoring team in the WHL, having racked up 83 goals in 20 games. Etem and line mate Hunter Shinkaruk have combined for 45 goals this season, with Etem having potted 25 and Shinkaruk netting 20.

The Americans currently head up the U.S. Division and Western Conference standings with a 13-5-0-0 record and 26 points, and have won their last three outings. The Americans have scored 20 more goals than they have allowed this season. Hughesman is tied for fourth in the WHL in scoring with 32 points this season.

It’s the only meeting of the season between the Ams and Tigers. The Americans won last season’s only encounter with a 4-1 victory on home ice on December 1, 2010.

Spokane Chiefs @ Portland Winterhawks

Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 @ Portland

Ty Rattie and the Portland Winterhawks take on Anthony Bardaro and the Spokane Chiefs for a pair of games between the U.S. Division rivals this weekend.

The Winterhawks skated to back-to-back wins in Kelowna last weekend to close out a season-long nine-game road trip, and have won three straight games. The Winterhawks are 5-2-1 on home ice this season. Rattie has piled up four goals and eight points over his last three games, and ranks sixth in League scoring with 30 points.

The Chiefs are coming off an 8-1 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips on Sunday, snapping a two-game losing skid, and currently sit five points back of Portland for second place in the U.S. Division. Spokane is winless through its first four road games this season. Bardaro leads the Chiefs in scoring with 20 points, including 10 goals.

It’s the first meetings of the season between the Hawks and Chiefs. The Winterhawks knocked off the Chiefs in six games in the 2011 Western Conference Championship series.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Nov. 11 – Nov. 13

All times local

WATCH WHL HOCKEY LIVE ON WHL LIVE ON DEMAND

Friday, Nov. 11

Swift Current @ Brandon; 2:30

Seattle @ Calgary; 7:00 **Live on SHAW**

Prince George @ Everett; 7:35

Red Deer @ Kamloops; 2:00

Edmonton @ Kelowna; 7:05

Tri-City @ Medicine Hat; 7:30

Regina @ Moose Jaw; 7:00

Spokane @ Portland; 7:00

Saturday, Nov. 12

Prince Albert @ Brandon; 7:30

Prince George @ Everett; 7:05

Edmonton @ Kamloops; 7:00

Seattle @ Kootenay; 7:00

Tri-City @ Lethbridge; 7:00

Saskatoon @ Medicine Hat; 7:30

Spokane @ Portland; 5:00

Moose Jaw @ Swift Current; 7:00

Kelowna @ Vancouver; 7:00

Red Deer @ Victoria; 7:05

Sunday, Nov. 13

Lethbridge @ Calgary; 2:00

Saskatoon @ Kootenay; 6:00

Prince George @ Vancouver; 5:00

Red Deer @ Victoria; 5:05

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