Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League today announced the Pre-Season schedule for the 2012-13 season. The schedule includes 60 games beginning on Tuesday, August 28 and concluding on Sunday, September 16.

The pre-season schedule also features four tournaments with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Everett Silvertips hosting tournaments on the August 31 – September 2 weekend, the Tri-City Americans hosting their annual tournament over the September 6 – 8 weekend and the annual Crowsnest Pass tournament running September 14 – 16.

The Everett Silvertips Pre-season Classic runs August 31 – September 2 and will feature all five U.S. Division Clubs, the host Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. The Edmonton Oil Kings 6th Annual Pre-Season tournament begins Saturday, September 1 and features six WHL Clubs including the host Oil Kings, Calgary Hitmen, Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince George Cougars, Red Deer Rebels and Swift Current Broncos. The games will be played out of the Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert, AB. The Tri-City Americans Pre-Season Tournament will again feature all five U.S. Division Clubs; the host Americans, Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds and the Spokane Chiefs. The tournament will also include the Kootenay Ice with games starting on September 6. The Thunder Challenge Tournament hosted by the community of Crowsnest, Alberta, runs September 14 – 16 and features the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kootenay Ice and Calgary Hitmen.

The 2012 WHL Pre-Season schedule also features games in 10 communities outside the 22 WHL Club markets, exposing the WHL to new fans across Western Canada. In Alberta, WHL fans will have the opportunity to watch pre-season action in the Crowsnest Pass, Innisfail, Lacombe, St. Albert, Stettler and Taber. In British Columbia, the Vancouver Giants will host three games out of their practice facility in Ladner and the Victoria Royals will host two games in Maple Ridge. In Saskatchewan, the residents of Warman will be treated to the Prince Albert Raiders facing the Saskatoon Blades, while hockey fans in Gull Lake will see the Swift Current Broncos take on the Prince Albert Raiders.

The 792 game 2012-13 WHL Regular Season schedule will be released on Wednesday, June 27.

You will find below and attached a copy of the 2012 WHL Pre-Season schedule which can also be found at http://www.whl.ca/ .