WHL this week: December 5, 2013

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December 4, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The 2013-14 WHL regular season enters its first full weekend of play in December with 21 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

AROUND THE RINKS…

Teddy Bear & Toque Toss season goes into full swing this weekend with several WHL Clubs hosting the fan-favorite events.  The stuffed toys and toques will be flying this weekend in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Kamloops, Medicine Hat, Moose Jaw, Prince George, Red Deer, and Victoria.  Also, the Kelowna Rockets will hold their very first Teddy Bear Toss event this weekend.

In Kamloops, BC, the Blazers have a busy weekend planned.  In addition to holding their annual Teddy Bear game on Saturday night, the Blazers will be collecting food bank donations at Friday night’s contest versus the visiting Kootenay Ice.

In Prince George, BC, the Cougars also have their weekend jam packed with events.  The Cougars will be Sporting Pink Jerseys at Friday’s contest versus the Tri-City Americans, which will be auctioned off to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  A lucky fan will also win a trip to Cancun, Mexico.

In Saskatoon, SK, the Blades will once again brandish their Retro Jerseys for Saturday night’s contest versus the Regina Pats.

In Kent, WA, the Thunderbirds will be hosting a Toy Drive at Saturday’s meeting versus the Spokane Chiefs.  Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for donation to the Forgotten Children’s Fund.

SUCCESSFUL CHL MOVEMBER CAMPAIGN RAISES OVER $157,000…

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the results of a league-wide fundraising initiative where 39 teams consisting of 663 registered members have raised over $157,000 to date through their participation in Movember helping change the face of men’s health.

For the third straight year the ‘MOfficials’ are the top fundraising team in the CHL Movember Network raising $63,962.  The group of 150 Western Hockey League officials led by Clayton Hall who has raised $4,530 are ranked sixth among all registered teams in Canada after finishing 12th last season, and 33rd as a group in 2011.

The Prince Albert Raiders led all CHL Clubs in funds raised.  All 22 WHL Clubs participated in Movember this year.

For more, CLICK HERE

WINQUIST AND JARRY TAKE WHL MONTHLY HONORS…

Josh Winquist of the Everett Silvertips was named the WHL Player of the Month for November while Edmonton Oilers’ netminder Tristan Jarry earned Vaughn WHL Goalie of the Month honors.

Winquist, a 20-year-old from St. Albert, AB, scored 12 goals and 28 points in 14 games during November, leading the Silvertips to a solid 10-2-2 record in that span.  The WHL’s fourth-leading scorer recorded at least one point in all 14 games he played during the month.

Jarry, an 18-year-old from Delta, BC, posted a 7-1 record with two shutouts in eight starts, allowing just 10 goals on 199 shots for a 1.25 GAA and a .950 save percentage in that span as the Oil Kings skated to an 8-2-0 record during November.

COMRIE CARRIES ON AMERICANS’ LEGACY OF GIVING BACK…

Eric Comrie gets plenty of satisfaction stopping pucks for the Tri-City Americans.  After all, when you plan to make a living getting in front of flying rubber, one had better enjoy it.

Yet, the 18-year-old from Newport Beach, CA, has found even greater reward in his efforts away from the rink, helping out in the community.  Following in a long line of former Tri-City Americans players whose work in the community equals their work on the ice, Comrie has taken the initiative to do what he can to give back to the people that help fill the seats at the Toyota Centre in Kennewick, WA, night in, and night out.

To read more, CLICK HERE

NINE WHL PLAYERS, ONE WHL GRAD INVITED TO CANADIAN JUNIOR CAMP…

Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced Monday that 25 players have been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, beginning Dec. 12 at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke, Ont.

Nine of the players invited to the selection camp are from the Western Hockey League, including Edmonton Oil Kings’ defenceman Griffin Reinhart, who played for Canada’s national junior team at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.  Also included on the list of invitees is former Red Deer Rebels defenceman Mathew Dumba, who is currently playing in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild.

To read more and to view the selection camp roster, CLICK HERE

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS TO FEATURE ON HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA…

Prince George, B.C – CBC and Scotiabank have joined forces once again to celebrate the game that brings communities together across Canada with the 14th edition of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday, January 18, 2014 beginning at 9 am. The CBC broadcast includes four NHL games featuring all seven Canadian teams.

The Prince George Cougars are thrilled that their team has been selected to participate in this prestigious national event. The January 18th CBC broadcast schedule for the Prince George live hits are planned for 1:30pm – 3:00pm Pacific Time.

To read more, CLICK HERE

FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW…

Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings take on Nicolas Petan and the Portland Winterhawks in a rematch of the last two WHL Championship series’ on Friday night, live on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm MST).

The Oil Kings skated to three road wins in three nights last weekend, beating the Lethbridge Hurricanes twice while also downing the Kootenay Ice, and currently sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.  The Oil Kings have given up an Eastern Conference-low 67 goals this season.

The Winterhawks posted a 6-3 win over the Silvertips in Everett on Tuesday for their third win in a row, and moved back into first place in the overall WHL standings.  The Winterhawks have scored a WHL-best 146 goals through 29 games this season.

Friday’s meeting is the lone encounter of the regular season between the Hawks and Oil Kings.  The teams last met in the 2013 WHL Championship series, with the Winterhawks winning in six games to capture the Ed Chynoweth Cup.  The teams also met in the 2012 final, with the Oil Kings winning in seven games.

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-UPS…
Everett @ Kelowna
Friday, December 6th   

Damon Severson and the Kelowna Rockets battle Jujhar Khaira and the Everett Silvertips for a meeting between Western Conference powers on Friday night.

The Rockets edged the visiting Vancouver Giants 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory, and currently hold down first place in the B.C. Division.  The Rockets have allowed a WHL-low 61 goals this season.  Severson will head to Canada’s national junior team selection camp for the 2014 World Junior Championship.

The Silvertips are coming off a 6-3 loss to the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday, snapping a five-game winning streak and dropping them to second place in the U.S. Division standings.  The ‘Tips sit two points ahead of Kelowna for second place in the Western Conference and overall WHL standings.  Everett has lost just once in regulation play through 13 road games this season.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the ‘Tips and Rockets.  Kelowna managed a 6-3 win in Everett on October 2nd in the first meeting.

Prince Albert @ Medicine Hat Tigers
Saturday, December 7th

In Medicine Hat, AB, Hunter Shinkaruk and the Medicine Hat Tigers welcome Josh Morrissey and the Prince Albert Raiders for a meeting between top Eastern Conference Clubs on Saturday night.

The Tigers have dropped two straight and three of their last four games, but remain in first place in the Central Division standings.  The Tigers boast a 10-3-2 record at home this season.  Shinkaruk, a Vancouver Canucks prospect, will attend Canada’s national junior team selection camp.

The Raiders are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game winning streak, and currently sit three points back of Swift Current for the East Division lead.  The Raiders are 7-5-1 on the road this season.  Morrissey will join Shinkaruk at Canada’s selection camp.

It’s the third meeting of the season between the Raiders and Tigers.  Medicine Hat won both previous meetings between the Clubs.

The Raiders are in Lethbridge to face the Hurricanes on Friday before Saturday’s meeting in Medicine Hat.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Dec. 6 – Dec. 8
All times local
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Friday, Dec. 6
Swift Current @ Brandon; 7:30
Portland @ Edmonton; 7:00 **Live on SHAW**
Kootenay @ Kamloops; 7:00
Everett @ Kelowna; 7:05
Prince Albert @ Lethbridge; 7:00
Regina @ Moose Jaw; 7:00
Tri-City @ Prince George; 7:00
Seattle @ Spokane; 7:05
Vancouver @ Victoria; 7:05

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

Sunday, Dec. 8
Portland @ Calgary; 4:00
Medicine Hat @ Edmonton; 4:00

 

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