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by Jeff Hubert

January 31, 2014, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The 2013-14 WHL regular season closes out January and welcomes February with 21 games on the schedule for Friday and Saturday. No WHL games are scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday.

In Everett, WA, the Silvertips will honor their Local Heroes on Friday night when the Seattle Thunderbirds come to town. The spotlight will be on first responders and the men & women of local police and fire departments across Snohomish County.

In Moose Jaw, SK, the Warriors welcome members of the Grey Cup Champion Saskatchewan Roughriders to Friday’s meeting with the Prince George Cougars.

In Red Deer, AB, fans taking in Friday’s meeting with the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes will be treated to a Post-Game Fireworks Show.

In Victoria, B.C., Saturday night is Pink In The Rink night when the Royals host the second of back-to-back meetings versus the Vancouver Giants. Funds raised at the event will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation.

WHL CLUBS COLLECT OVER 94,000 BEARS AND WINTERWEAR ITEMS…

Calgary, AB — The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that WHL Member Clubs have collected over 94,000 teddy bears and winter wear items through December and January.

Each season, WHL Clubs host Teddy Bear or Toque and Mitten Toss Nights where fans are encouraged to bring a new plush toy or winter wear to toss on the ice when the home team scores their first goal of the game.  WHL Players, Club staff and countless volunteers then collect all the teddy bears and winter wear from the ice surface during this League-wide promotion.

For more, CLICK HERE

FORMER BLADES CO-OWNER BRODSKY PRESENTED WHL GOVERNORS AWARD…

Calgary, AB – Ron Robison Commissioner of the Western Hockey League announced today that the recipient of the 2013-14 WHL Governors Award is former co-owner and Governor of the Saskatoon Blades Jack Brodsky as this year’s recipient.

The award was presented to Mr. Brodsky on Saturday, January 25th at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon prior to the Blades contest with the Swift Current Broncos.

For more, CLICK HERE

WHL ANNOUNCES 2014 U.S. PROSPECTS CAMP IN ANAHEIM…

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League will be hosting the ninth annual WHL U.S. Prospects Camp in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Ice facility from April 11-13, 2014.

The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp provides a unique opportunity for U.S. born hockey players to participate with other top ranked 1999 born players in the only evaluation camp conducted by the Western Hockey League in the U.S. this season. The WHL is the largest Major Junior Hockey League in North America and is a leading supplier of player talent to the National Hockey League. Virtually all of the WHL’s 22 Member Clubs will have their General Manager or Head Scout in attendance to evaluate player’s ability to play in one of the world’s finest development League for junior aged players.

For more, CLICK HERE

ROCKETS REMAIN ATOP BMO CHL RANKING…

The Kelowna Rockets are the No. 1-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League for a fifth week in a row in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings.  The Edmonton Oil Kings and Portland Winterhawks are also among the Top 10, while the Calgary Hitmen and Victoria Royals earn honorable mention.

For more, CLICK HERE

REBELS’ BARTOSAK CLAIMS VAUGHN CHL GOALIE OF THE WEEK HONORS…

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak of the Red Deer Rebels is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 26 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with two shutout victories along with a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .984.

For more, CLICK HERE

KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UP…
Spokane Chiefs @ Portland Winterhawks
Friday, January 31st

Mitch Holmberg and the Spokane Chiefs visit Brendan Leipsic and the Portland Winterhawks for a meeting between two red-hot U.S. Division Clubs on Friday night.

The Winterhawks stretched their winning streak to eight games with an 8-1 thrashing of the visiting Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night, and remain in first place in the U.S. Division standings.  The Hawks have outscored their opposition 42-13 over their last eight games.  Leipsic has scored 10 goals and 22 points over his last 10 games.

The Chiefs carry a four-game win streak into Friday’s meeting with the Winterhawks, including a 6-5 shootout win in Kelowna over the League-leading Rockets on Wednesday, and currently sit seven points back of Portland.  The Chiefs are 15-8-1-1 on the road this season.  Holmberg leads the WHL scoring race with 46 goals and 90 points in just 50 games.

It’s the seventh meeting of the season between the Winterhawks and Chiefs.  Portland won all six previous meetings versus Spokane this season.

FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW & ROOT SPORTS…

Tristan Jarry and the Edmonton Oil Kings take on Eric Comrie and the Tri-City Americans for a match-up featuring two of the WHL top netminders on Friday night, live on SHAW (7:00pm MST) and ROOT SPORTS in the Pacific Northwest (6:00pm PST).

The Oil Kings doubled up the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 on Tuesday afternoon, pushing their win streak to six games, and currently occupy first place in the Eastern Conference.  The Oil Kings have won their last seven games at home.  Jarry, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, owns a 2.35 goals-against average this season.

The Americans are coming off a 4-1 win in Calgary on Wednesday night for their fifth victory over their last six games, and currently hold down eighth place in the Western Conference.  Comrie, a Winnipeg Jets prospect, made 39 saves in Wednesday’s win in Calgary, and currently owns a stellar .932 save percentage.

It’s the only meeting of the season between the Americans and Oil Kings.  The Americans have won five of six all-time meetings versus the Oil Kings, including the last four.

SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2013-14 WHL regular season, while ROOT will broadcast eight WHL contests through the end of March.  For the entire WHL on SHAW and ROOT SPORTS broadcast schedule, click HERE

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Jan. 31 – Feb. 1
All times local
WATCH WHL HOCKEY LIVE ON WHL LIVE ON DEMAND

Friday, Jan. 31

  • Brandon @ Calgary; 7:00
  • Tri-City @ Edmonton; 7:00 **Live on SHAW & ROOT**
  • Seattle @ Everett; 7:35
  • Kelowna @ Kamloops; 7:00
  • Prince Albert @ Kootenay; 7:00
  • Prince George @ Moose Jaw; 7:00
  • Spokane @ Portland; 7:00
  • Lethbridge @ Red Deer; 7:00
  • Saskatoon @ Regina; 7:00
  • Medicine Hat @ Swift Current; 7:00
  • Vancouver @ Victoria; 7:05

Saturday, Feb. 1

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

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