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October 10, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The 2013-14 WHL regular season enters its second weekend of play in October with 25 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday in Canada.

AROUND THE RINKS…

In Brandon, MB, the Wheat Kings salute western Manitoba School Patrols at Friday night’s game versus the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. Over 500 school patrol crews from Brandon and the surrounding area will take in the game as guests of honor.

In Medicine Hat, AB, the Tigers invite fans to come down and Skate With The Team on Sunday afternoon. Fans can hit the ice with their favorite Tigers’ players, and help out the Big Brothers & Sisters Association of Medicine Hat & district.

In Portland, OR, the ice at Moda Center will have a Pink Hue to it as the Winterhawks host their annual Pink the Rink night when the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday. Fans can help support the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

In Red Deer, AB, there will also be Pink In The Rink at the Enmax Centrium on Saturday when the Rebels host the Spokane Chiefs. Fans are encouraged to wear pink while a special auction for autographed, game-used sticks will raise funds to support breast cancer research and awareness.

In Regina, SK, the Pats will launch Red Fridays by debuting their new red third jerseys at Friday night’s contest versus the visiting Vancouver Giants. The Pats will sport the special red jerseys, which honor the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, at every Friday night home game this season.

In Victoria, B.C., the Royals invite fans to Lace Up The Skates and join the team on the ice on Monday following their matinee game versus the Prince George Cougars.

2013-14 WHL MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD…

Calgary, AB — The 2013-14 edition of the WHL Official Guide and Record Book is now available for download.

This year’s edition of the WHL Official Guide features the 2012-13 WHL Champion Portland Winterhawks on the front cover as well as a colour page dedicated to the eight WHL players who were selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft inside. The 370-page document includes WHL history, coaching records and regular season and playoff statistics. Information on all 22 WHL Clubs is also featured including staff directories, team history, statistics and team schedules. The annual publication has WHL standings, individual leaders, and playoff results for each of the 47 WHL seasons, as well as award winners, all-time leaders and player records.

To download a copy of the 2013-14 WHL Media Guide Book (19 Mb) click following link: 

http://www.whl.ca/uploads/assets/WHL_EN_SITE/2013_14_WHL_Season/WHL_Documents/2013_14_WHL_Official_Media_Guide.pdf 

FRIDAY NIGHT CHL HOCKEY RETURNS ON SPORTSNET…

The Canadian Hockey League announced this week the broadcast schedule for November for Friday Night Hockey on Sportsnet. The first WHL broadcast of the year will feature the Edmonton Oil Kings visiting the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, November 29th.

To read more, click following link: 

http://www.whl.ca/article/sportsnet-chl-friday-night-hockey-returns/150026 

WESTERN CANADA U-16 CHALLENGE CUP: A LOOK AT TEAM SASKATCHEWAN…

Team Saskatchewan will be looking to improve upon its third-place finish from last year’s tournament. The 20-man roster for the 2013 edition of Team Saskatchewan featured 18 players selected in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Though Team Saskatchewan boasts plenty of individual talent, head coach Del Pedrick says success will need to come through a solid team effort, with everyone contributing what they can.

For more, click following link: 

http://www.whl.ca/article/team-saskatchewan-looks-for-group-effort/149973 

CATCHING UP WITH…SHEA THEODORE

A huge reason for the Seattle Thunderbirds’ early-season success has been the terrific play and leadership of 18-year-old defenceman Shea Theodore, who continues to make his name as one of the best offensive-minded blue liners in the WHL.

For more, click following link: 

http://www.whl.ca/article/catching-up-with-shea-theodore/150061 

FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW…

Ryan Pulock and the Brandon Wheat Kings take on Brayden Point and the Moose Jaw Warriors for an East Division clash on Friday night, live on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm).

The Wheat Kings fell 4-2 to the visiting Red Deer Rebels last Saturday in their most recent outing, snapping a two-game winning streak. The Wheat Kings’ power play is clicking at 30.4% on home ice this season. Pulock has two goals and six points over his first two games of the season.

The Warriors suffered a 4-2 loss to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday night, ending a two-game win streak. The Warriors have won one of their three road games this season. Point has three goals and six points this season.

It’s the third meeting of the season between the Warriors and Wheat Kings. The Wheat Kings skated to a pair of wins over the Warriors in a season-opening home-and-home set.

SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2013-14 WHL regular season. For the entire WHL on SHAW broadcast schedule, click HERE

KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UP…

Seattle Thunderbirds @ Kelowna Rockets

Friday, October 11th

Nick Merkley and the Kelowna Rockets welcome Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds for a match-up featuring two of the top rookies in the WHL so far this season.

The Rockets suffered their first regulation loss of the season with a 6-3 defeat to the Chiefs in Spokane on Tuesday night, but remain atop the B.C. Division standings. Kelowna is 3-0-0-1 at home this season. Merkley, a 16-year-old from Calgary, AB, has picked up five goals and eight points this season, and took home Denny’s WHL and CHL Player of the Week honors this past week.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a sweep of a three-game road trip through the Central Division last weekend, and currently sit in second place in the U.S. Division. Seattle netted 15 goals over their three games last weekend. Barzal, a 16-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., leads all WHL rookies in scoring with 12 points this season.

Last season, the Rockets took three of four regular-season meetings with Seattle, and eliminated them in a hard fought seven-game series in the opening round of the playoffs.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Oct. 11 – Oct. 14

All times local

WATCH WHL HOCKEY LIVE ON WHL LIVE ON DEMAND: 

http://whl.neulion.com/whl/ 

Friday, Oct. 11

  • Moose Jaw @ Brandon; 7:30
  • Spokane @ Edmonton; 7:00
  • Seattle @ Kelowna; 7:05
  • Everett @ Prince George; 7:00
  • Prince Albert @ Red Deer; 7:00
  • Vancouver @ Regina; 7:00
  • Swift Current @ Saskatoon; 7:05
  • Kamloops @ Tri-City; 7:05
  • Lethbridge @ Victoria; 7:05

Saturday, Oct. 12

  • Saskatoon @ Brandon; 7:30
  • Prince Albert @ Calgary; 7:00
  • Kootenay @ Medicine Hat; 7:30
  • Regina @ Moose Jaw; 7:00
  • Kamloops @ Portland; 7:00
  • Everett @ Prince George; 7:00
  • Spokane @ Red Deer; 7:00
  • Tri-City @ Seattle; 7:05
  • Vancouver @ Swift Current; 7:00
  • Lethbridge @ Victoria; 7:05

Sunday, Oct. 13

  • Spokane @ Calgary; 4:00
  • Prince Albert @ Kootenay; 6:00

Monday, Oct. 14

  • Lethbridge @ Kamloops; 2:00
  • Saskatoon @ Moose Jaw; 2:00
  • Brandon @ Regina; 2:00
  • Prince George @ Victoria; 1:05

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