146 WHL ALUMNI LISTED ON NHL OPENING DAY ROSTERS

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Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 146 WHL Alumni are on National Hockey League opening day rosters for the start of the 2015-16 season.

Led by the Vancouver Canucks, whose roster includes nine WHL grads, all 30 NHL Clubs boast at least one former WHL player. The Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs enter the 2015-16 season each with seven WHL grads on their respective rosters.

Of the 146 WHL graduates listed on opening day rosters, 16 are currently on the injured reserve lists of NHL Clubs.

Below is the complete list of WHL Alumni who are on NHL opening day rosters for the 2015-16 season:

Anaheim Ducks (5)

Ryan Getzlaf; Calgary Hitmen
Anton Khudobin; Saskatoon Blades
Clayton Stoner; Tri-City Americans
*Kenton Helgesen; Calgary Hitmen
*Nate Thompson; Seattle Thunderbirds

Arizona Coyotes (7)

Kyle Chipchura; Prince Albert Raiders
Shane Doan; Kamloops Blazers
Stefan Elliott; Saskatoon Blades
Boyd Gordon; Red Deer Rebels
Martin Hanzal; Red Deer Rebels
Jordan Martinook; Vancouver Giants
Michael Stone; Calgary Hitmen

Boston Bruins (3)

Brett Connolly; Prince George Cougars
Joe Morrow; Portland Winterhawks
*Zdeno Chara; Prince George Cougars

Buffalo Sabres (7)

Tyler Ennis; Medicine Hat Tigers
Cody Franson; Vancouver Giants
Evander Kane; Vancouver Giants
Mark Pysyk; Edmonton Oil Kings
Sam Reinhart; Kootenay ICE
*Josh Gorges, Kelowna Rockets
*Brendan Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders

Calgary Flames (6)

Mikael Backlund; Kelowna Rockets
Lance Bouma, Vancouver Giants
Deryk Engelland; Moose Jaw Warriors
Micheal Ferland; Brandon Wheat Kings, Saskatoon Blades
Brett Kulak; Vancouver Giants
Kris Russell; Medicine Hat Tigers

Carolina Hurricanes (3)

Victor Rask; Calgary Hitmen
Kris Versteeg; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kamloops Blazers, Red Deer Rebels
Cam Ward; Red Deer Rebels

Chicago Blackhawks (4)

Marian Hossa; Portland Winterhawks
Duncan Keith; Kelowna Rockets
Brent Seabrook; Lethbridge Hurricanes
*Michal Rozsival; Swift Current Broncos

Colorado Avalanche (6)

Tyson Barrie; Kelowna Rockets
Blake Comeau; Kelowna Rockets
Nick Holden; Chilliwack Bruins
Jarome Iginla; Kamloops Blazers
Cody McLeod; Portland Winterhawks
Brad Stuart; Regina Pats, Calgary Hitmen

Columbus Blue Jackets (6)

Matt Calvert; Brandon Wheat Kings
Kevin Connauton; Vancouver Giants
Brandon Dubinsky; Portland Winterhawks
Scott Hartnell; Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan Johansen; Portland Winterhawks
Ryan Murray; Everett Silvertips

Dallas Stars (5)

Jamie Benn; Kelowna Rockets
Cody Eakin; Swift Current Broncos, Kootenay ICE
Vernon Fiddler; Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers
Travis Moen; Kelowna Rockets
Colton Sceviour; Portland Winterhawks, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Detroit Red Wings (3)

Landon Ferraro; Red Deer Rebels, Everett Silvertips
Mike Green; Saskatoon Blades
*Darren Helm; Medicine Hat Tigers

Edmonton Oilers (7)

Brandon Davidson; Regina Pats
Andrew Ference; Portland Winterhawks
Rob Klinkhammer; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Seattle Thunderbirds, Portland Winterhawks, Brandon Wheat Kings
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Red Deer Rebels
Griffin Reinhart; Edmonton Oil Kings
*Jordan Eberle; Regina Pats
*Martin Gernat; Edmonton Oil Kings

Florida Panthers (3)

Quinton Howden; Moose Jaw Warriors
Alex Petrovic; Red Deer Rebels
*Steven Hodges; Chilliwack Bruins, Victoria Royals

L.A. Kings (5)

Milan Lucic; Vancouver Giants
Brayden McNabb; Kootenay ICE
Jeff Schultz; Calgary Hitmen
Jordan Weal; Regina Pats
*Dwight King; Lethbridge Hurricanes

Minnesota Wild (5)

Devan Dubnyk; Kamloops Blazers
Matt Dumba; Red Deer Rebels, Portland Winterhawks
Darcy Kuemper; Red Deer Rebels
Nino Niederreiter; Portland Winterhawks
Jared Spurgeon; Spokane Chiefs

Montreal Canadiens (4)

Tomas Fleischmann; Moose Jaw Warriors
Brendan Gallagher; Vancouver Giants
Carey Price; Tri-City Americans
Dale Weise; Swift Current Broncos

Nashville Predators (5)

Victor Bartley; Kamloops Blazers, Regina Pats
Paul Gaustad; Portland Winterhawks
Barret Jackman; Regina Pats
Seth Jones; Portland Winterhawks
Shea Weber; Kelowna Rockets

New Jersey Devils (3)

David Schlemko; Medicine Hat Tigers
Damon Severson; Kelowna Rockets
Jordin Tootoo; Brandon Wheat Kings

New York Islanders (4)

Johnny Boychuk; Calgary Hitmen, Moose Jaw Warriors
Travis Hamonic; Moose Jaw Warriors, Brandon Wheat Kings
Ryan Pulock; Brandon Wheat Kings
*Thomas Hickey; Seattle Thunderbirds

New York Rangers (5)

Emerson Etem; Medicine Hat Tigers
Dylan McIlrath; Moose Jaw Warriors
Jarret Stoll; Edmonton ICE, Kootenay ICE
*Mackenzie Skapski; Kootenay ICE
*Nick Tarnasky; Vancouver Giants, Kelowna Rockets, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Ottawa Senators (6)

Jared Cowen; Spokane Chiefs
Curtis Lazar; Edmonton Oil Kings
Clarke MacArthur; Medicine Hat Tigers
Zack Smith; Swift Current Broncos
Mark Stone; Brandon Wheat Kings
*Chris Phillips; Prince Albert Raiders, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers (6)

Radko Gudas; Everett Silvertips
Brandon Manning; Chilliwack Bruins
Brayden Schenn; Brandon Wheat Kings, Saskatoon Blades
Luke Schenn; Kelowna Rockets
Nick Schultz; Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan White; Calgary Hitmen

Pittsburgh Penguins (1)

*Eric Fehr; Brandon Wheat Kings

St. Louis Blues (6)

Jay Bouwmeester; Medicine Hat Tigers
Kyle Brodziak; Moose Jaw Warriors
Troy Brouwer; Moose Jaw Warriors
Joel Edmundson; Moose Jaw Warriors, Kamloops Blazers
Ryan Reaves; Brandon Wheat Kings
Scottie Upshall; Kamloops Blazers

San Jose Sharks (3)

Brenden Dillon; Seattle Thunderbirds
Martin Jones; Calgary Hitmen
Patrick Marleau, Seattle Thunderbirds

Tampa Bay Lightning (2)

Braydon Coburn; Portland Winterhawks
Tyler Johnson; Spokane Chiefs

Toronto Maple Leafs (7)

Michael Grabner; Spokane Chiefs
Joffrey Lupul; Medicine Hat Tigers
Martin Marincin; Prince George Cougars, Regina Pats
Dion Phaneuf; Red Deer Rebels
Roman Polak; Kootenay ICE
James Reimer; Red Deer Rebels
Morgan Rielly; Moose Jaw Warriors

Vancouver Canucks (9)

Sven Baertschi; Portland Winterhawks
Adam Cracknell; Kootenay ICE
Derek Dorsett; Medicine Hat Tigers
Alexander Edler; Kelowna Rockets
Dan Hamhuis; Prince George Cougars
Jannik Hansen; Portland Winterhawks
Luca Sbisa; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Portland Winterhawks
Brandon Sutter; Red Deer Rebels
Jake Virtanen; Calgary Flames

Washington Capitals (4)

Karl Alzner; Calgary Hitmen
Jason Chimera; Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings
Braden Holtby; Saskatoon Blades
Brooks Laich; Moose Jaw Warriors, Seattle Thunderbirds

Winnipeg Jets (6)

Dustin Byfuglien; Brandon Wheat Kings, Prince George Cougars
Andrew Ladd; Vancouver Giants, Calgary Hitmen
Adam Lowry; Swift Current Broncos
Tyler Myers; Kelowna Rockets
Nicolas Petan; Portland Winterhawks
Paul Postma; Swift Current Broncos, Calgary Hitmen

* injured reserve

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