WHL around the rinks this week: November 7th, 2013

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November 7, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The 2013-14 WHL regular season enters its first weekend of play in November with 20 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In Everett, WA, the Silvertips will Pink The Rink this Saturday when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds. The ‘Tips will sport special pink jerseys which will be auctioned off, and fans can purchase special pink T-shirts. Proceeds will help the fight against breast cancer.

In Medicine Hat, AB, the Tigers host their second annual Lids For Kids Night when the Spokane Chiefs come to town. Fans can purchase a limited number of special hats, autographed by a Tigers player, with proceeds going to benefit the Big Brother/Sisters of Medicine Hat.

In Prince Albert, SK, the Raiders will honor one of the best U.S.-born players to ever play the game when they Retire The No. 9 Jersey of former Raider Mike Modano on Friday night when the Regina Pats come to town.

In Saskatoon, SK, the Blades will be Going Retro for Friday night’s contest versus the visiting Swift Current Broncos. The Blades will be wearing special vintage jerseys, replicas of the original jerseys the Club wore when they first became the Blades.

In Swift Current, SK, the Broncos kick off Movember with a Stache Bash party following their contest versus Saskatoon on Saturday night. All proceeds from ticket sales to the party will go to the Broncos’ Movember campaign to raise money and awareness for male cancers.

In Victoria, B.C., the Royals will Turn Back The Clock on Saturday night when they host the Red Deer Rebels. Fans have a chance to get their hands on a vintage style team poster.

WHL AWARDS 305 SCHOLARSHIPS TO GRADUATE PLAYERS…

CALGARY, AB – Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison announced today that a total of 305 WHL graduate players have been awarded WHL Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year.

The WHL Scholarship recipients are enrolled as full-time students in 78 different post-secondary institutions throughout North America.

This year, 169 of the 305 WHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education while playing elite hockey in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Association. In Western Canada 111 of these student athletes are playing in the Canada West University Conference, and have combined their WHL Scholarship with additional financial assistance from their University to receive Western Canada’s Premier Hockey Scholarship.

For morehttp://www.whl.ca/article/whl-awards-305-scholarships-this-year/151593 

WESTERN CANADA U-16 CHALLENGE CUP UNDERWAY IN CALGARY…

The 2013 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup officially opened Thursday in Calgary, AB, with the top 1998-born prospects from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia set to determine who is best in the west.

The Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup is the creation of the four western provincial hockey associations, in partnership with the Western Hockey League. The tournament, now in its fourth year, sees 80 of the top prospects from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia battle it out for western Canadian supremacy.

“The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will showcase the top ranked 15-year-old players from each province and will be one of the most significant hockey events in Western Canada this season,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “This will be the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players in this age group and a high level competition such as this will definitely assist with their development as a player.”

For morehttp://www.whl.ca/article/western-canada-u16-challenge-kicks-off/151519 

2013 WESTERN CANADA U-16 CHALLENGE CUP: A LOOK AT TEAM BC…

Team BC comes into the 2013 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup as the defending tournament champions.

Last year, BC stormed to the Gold medal with a talented lineup that included current WHL rookies such as Seattle’s Mathew Barzal, Prince George’s Jansen Harkins, and Victoria’s Tyler Soy and Chaz Reddekopp. Though they obviously will boast a completely different lineup this year, Team BC head coach Trevor Sprague insists his side will be very difficult to play against.

For morehttp://www.whl.ca/article/team-bc-a-hard-nosed-skilled-group/151344 

2013 SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES TICKETS AVAILABLE…

The 2013 SUBWAY®Super Series is fast approaching, with the final two games of the six-game series set for November 27th in Red Deer, AB, and on November 28th in Lethbridge, AB.

Purchase tickets to see the stars of Team WHL take on Russia in Red Deer and in Lethbridge.

The last time the event was held in these locations, in 2004, Team WHL featured current NHL stars such as Brent Seabrook and Kris Versteeg, both former Lethbridge Hurricanes, and Dion Phaneuf and Colin Fraser, who both played for the Red Deer Rebels.

Don’t miss the chance to see the next wave of NHL stars in action versus the Russians at the 2013 SUBWAY®Super Series!

For more informationhttp://www.subwaysuperseries.ca/ 

KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UPS…

Portland Winterhawks @ Seattle Thunderbirds, Friday, November 1st

Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds host Nicolas Petan and the Portland Winterhawks for a match-up between top U.S. Division clubs in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.

The Thunderbirds skated to a 4-2 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday night for their second win in a row and their third victory in four games, and currently sit one point behind Portland for first place in the U.S. Division and overall WHL standings. The T-Birds are 6-0-0-1 on home ice this season. Barzal ranks second among all WHL rookies in scoring with 20 points.

The Winterhawks pushed their winning streak to nine games with a 5-2 win over the visiting Wheat Kings on Wednesday night, and sit atop the WHL standings with 25 points. Portland has scored a WHL-best 82 goals this season, with only 16 of those goals coming on the power play. Petan has 10 goals and 32 points in 16 games this season.

It’s the third meeting of the season between the Winterhawks and T-Birds. The teams split the first two encounters, with the home team winning on each occasion.

Edmonton Oil Kings @ Calgary Hitmen, Sunday, November 3rd

Jake Virtanen and the Calgary Hitmen welcome Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings for a battle between Central Division rivals on Sunday.

The Hitmen have been off since splitting a pair of games in Prince George versus the Cougars last weekend, and currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference standings. Calgary is unbeaten in regulation play over their last 10 games. Virtanen has eight goals this season.

The Oil Kings suffered a 3-1 loss to the Swift Current Broncos last Saturday, snapping a three-game winning streak, and currently sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Edmonton is 4-3-0 on the road this season. Lazar has 10 goals and 19 points this season.

Sunday’s meeting marks the second encounter of the season between Edmonton and Calgary. The Oil Kings downed the Hitmen 7-3 in Edmonton in the first meeting on opening weekend.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Nov. 1 – Nov. 3

All times local

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Friday, Nov. 1

  • Brandon @ Everett; 7:35
  • Tri-City @ Medicine Hat; 7:30
  • Regina @ Prince Albert; 7:00
  • Kelowna @ Prince George; 7:00
  • Swift Current @ Saskatoon; 7:05
  • Portland @ Seattle; 7:35
  • Spokane @ Vancouver; 7:30
  • Red Deer @ Victoria; 7:05

Saturday, Nov. 2

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

Sunday, Nov. 3

  • Edmonton @ Calgary; 4:00
  • Tri-City @ Kootenay; 6:00
  • Brandon @ Lethbridge; 2:00
  • Moose Jaw @ Regina; 2:00

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