GM Jim Rutherford presents the scouts with their #stanleycup rings. @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame

— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) October 7, 2017

Congrats to Wayne Meier, a Pittsburgh Penguins scout who has spent a lot of years in and around WHL arenas. That’s him to the right of the Stanley Cup. Congrats, too, to Colin Alexander, who spent a few years with the Seattle Thunderbirds. He is sixth from the left edge, right behind GM Jim Rutherford.

The Kamloops Blazers lost a forward and added one on Sunday morning. . . . Nic Holowko, 20, has left the Blazers in order to pursue his education at Simon Fraser U, which is located in his hometown of Burnaby, B.C. . . . Holowko had three goals and an assist in seven games this season. In 208 regular-season games, split between the Seattle Thunderbirds, Prince Albert Raiders and Kamloops, he put up 21 goals and 32 assists. . . . The Blazers acquired Holowko from the Raiders last season, for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft. . . . Holowko’s departure leaves the Blazers with three 20-year-olds. They added D Brady Reagan on Saturday after he was waived by the Calgary Hitmen. He joined D Joe Gatenby and F Nick Chyzowski as the 20s.

Meanwhile, the Blazers acquired F Keltie Jeri-Leon, 17, from the Tri-City Americans for a seventh-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. Last season, the West Kelowna, B.C., native had two goals and an assist in 45 games as a 16-year-old with the Americans. This season, he is pointless in two games. The Americans selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 bantam draft.

The Blazers now are carrying 25 players, including eight defencemen and 15 forwards.

With the WHL’s 20-year-old deadline arriving on Tuesday, here are the teams who were carrying four as of Sunday night:

Medicine Hat Tigers — G Michael Bullion, F Zach Fischer, F Mark Rassell. D Kristians Rubins (Latvia) two-spotter.

Portland Winterhawks — G Cole Kehler, F Alex Overhardt, D Keoni Texeira, F Evan Weinger. (Weinger was scratched last night against visiting Spokane.)

Prince George Cougars — F Aaron Boyd, F Jared Bethune, D Shane Collins, F Brogan O’Brien.

Swift Current Broncos — F Conner Chaulk, G Logan Flodell, F Glenn Gawdin, F Arthur Miller. (Miller was scratched last night in Moose Jaw.)

Some notes courtesy Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) following Saturday games:

Brandon D Kade Jensen had three assists in the Wheat Kings’ 5-2 victory over the host Red Deer Rebels. Last season, he totalled four assists in 32 games with the Wheat Kings, with just one coming after Feb. 1. . . .

F Aleksi Heponiemi had a goal and three assists to help the Swift Current Broncos to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Saturday. It was his fourth straight four-point outing. A sophomore, he d 30 goals and 73 assists in 77 regular-season games after Saturday. . . . Brandow points out that after Saturday games “there have been 542 players participate in a WHL game this season. Of those,408 (75.3 per cent) had yet to record four points.” . . .

Prince Albert F Jordy Stallard had six points, including five assists, in the Raiders’ 6-1 victory over the host Medicine Hat Tigers. The last Prince Albert skater with five assists in a game? F Justin Maylan on Jan. 25, 2012, in a 6-5 loss in Medicine Hat. . . .

Portland beat the host Seattle Thunderbirds, 10-5, marking the first time the Winterhawks had scored in double digits since 2013-14 when they did it three times (10-4 against visiting Seattle on Sept. 28; 10-2 against visiting Seattle on Nov. 12; and 10-3 against the host Tri-City Americans on Feb. 7).

Fans in Regina are learning just what it’s going to cost if they want to attend the outdoor games at Mosaic Stadium on Feb. 17 and 18, and the Memorial Cup in May.

Regarding the outdoor package, which includes a WHL/NHL alumni game and a WHL game between the Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors, there were a few posts on social media like this one from a fan who has two season-tickets:

“From what I can see they’re making you buy both outdoor games . . . for $116.88 each. My 2 tickets would end up being $467.50 for the 2 games.”

Someone else wrote:

“They remember this is junior hockey? I just bought tickets to see the Oliers for less then that on the lower level. That is just crazy!!”

One more:

“Are you kidding me??????? I’m not paying over $400 to go to the game with my 2 season tickets. I’m not paying anywhere near $100 / a ticket to see either of those games. If they were looking for $20 fee for the Pats game for season ticket holders I’d be fine with it.”

There also was this:

“The way I see it, if you don’t like the price then don’t go. Pats fans should be more concerned about the product on the ice than a price of a ticket because right now this team is nowheres near a Memorial Cup contender.”

Meanwhile, a reader of this blog who is from Regina has told me that information he received indicates that the organizing committee behind the Memorial Cup will charge “$1,000 as the approximate” ticket price to take part in all events, meaning all games and the events surrounding the games.

At the same time, a ticket package just for the games will set you back $834.75 if purchased through “the Hockey Junkies offer from the CHL.”

Communication received by the source from the organizing committee reads: “We are wholly aware that the pricing outlined is higher than previous events — however, this pricing is what has been proposed and approved at the CHL level and will be the price point for the event.”

As the source put it:

“I guess the CHL never got the message from Windsor with all the empty seats and figured the way to fix the problem is to raise the prices.”

You may recall that empty seats at the 2017 Memorial Cup tournament in Windsor became something of a story and resulted in writing like this right here, which is from

“I did some math here, and the cheapest adult season-ticket package with the (Windsor) Spitfires costs $425. That’s 34 games, so it breaks down to $12.50 per ticket, great price for anyone who can afford seasons seats.

“The cheapest walk up for the playoffs was $20. That’s average for the OHL, and 20 bucks is what most people would expect for a regular-season game, some of the bigger arenas or popular teams can reach $30, but that’s where most places top out.

“There are limited $50-tickets available, but you need a special promo code to get that discount, so it’s not available to everyone.

“So, the cheapest season-tickets are $425. The cheapest full tournament package, for nine games, is $672.35 after tax, or $74.71 per ticket versus $12.50. A jump of 600% for the same seat.”

Do the math, Windsor vs. Regina, and you will find that a Regina package ($834.75) will cost at least $160 more than a Windsor package.

It will be interesting to see if Regina has enough deep-pocketed hockey fans to support these events.

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Thank you fans!! 1,035 winter items tossed out for the Thanksgiving $10 Toque Toss! You can still donate winter items at Calgary Fire Halls

— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) October 8, 2017

At Calgary, F Baron Thompson scored twice to help the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-3 victory over the Hitmen. . . . The Wheat Kings swept three games in Alberta, having won Friday in Edmonton (7-3) and Saturday in Red Deer (5-2). . . . Thompson enjoyed the first two-goal game of his career as he scored his first goals this season. Last season, he had three goals in 47 games. . . . The Wheat Kings scored the game’s first four goals. . . . G Gunnar Wegleitner (3) scored for a third straight game, at 4:31 of the first period. . . . D Kade Jensen (1) made it 2-0 at 10:03, with F Ty Lewis (4) upping it to 3-0 at 11:30. . . . Thompson got his first goal at 2:48 of the second period. . . . F Jakob Stukel (3) got Calgary to within three goals at 6:17 of the third period, but Thompson got that one back just 1:25 later. . . . Calgary F Matteo Gennaro, who has five goals, completed the scoring with a pair, at 18:28 and 19:10, both on the PP. . . . Lewis and D Kale Clague each had two assists for Brandon, with Wegleitner getting one. . . . The Hitmen got two assists from D Jake Bean. . . . Brandon (4-2-1) was 0-3 on the PP; Calgary (1-4-1) was 2-7. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 38 shots for Brandon, including all 20 he faced in the second period. . . . The Hitmen got 20 stops from G Nick Schneider. . . . Announced attendance: Not available.

At Edmonton, F Trey Fix-Wolansky scored twice and added an assist, while newly acquired F Tomas Soustal had three assists as the Oil Kings beat the Everett Silvertips, 5-1. . . . The Oil Kings opened up a 4-0 lead, scoring three times in the first period and once in the third. . . . F Davis Koch (3), Fix-Wolansky and D Conner McDonald (1) provided the home team with a 3-0 lead. . . . Fix-Wolansky (6) upped that to 4-0 at 4:19 of the third period. . . . D Kevin Davis (2) scored for Everett at 8:53, giving him goals in two straight games. . . . F Brett Kemp (2) had Edmonton’s other goal, at 18:32. . . . Soustal, a 20-year-old Czech, was acquired last week from the Kelowna Rockets. . . . Edmonton (3-4-0) was 1-7 on the PP; Everett (3-4-0) was 0-4. . . . G Josh Dechaine earned the victory with 22 stops, seven more than Everett’s Dorrin Luding. . . . The Silvertips are five games into a nine-game road trip that includes six games in the Central Division. They are (2-3-0) on the swing, including (1-1-0) in Alberta. . . . Announced attendance: 5,098.

First 6-0 start for @SCBroncos since 2008 and first one that doesn't include a shootout win since 1997. Not too shabs.

— Brad Brown (@saskawhat) October 9, 2017

At Moose Jaw, the Swift Current Broncos won the battle of the Eastern Division unbeaten teams, getting past the Warriors, 4-3. . . . The Broncos broke a 1-1 first-period tie with the only two goals of the second period and took it from there. . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi (3) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 4:42 of the first period. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs (5) got Moose Jaw even at 15:22. . . . The Warriors took a 3-1 lead on second-period scores from F Tyler Steenbergen (13), at 2:05, and D Sahvan Khaira (1), at 12:26. . . . F Noah Gregor (3) scored to get Moose Jaw to within one at 3:49, but the Broncos got that one back from F Conner Chaulk (2), at 11:13. . . . The Warriors halved the deficit at 16:18 when D Jett Woo (3) scored. . . . The Broncos got five points from their hot line, as Glenn Gawdin had two assists and Heponiemi added an assist to his goal. Steenbergen had the one goal. . . . The Broncos (6-0-0) were 0-4 on the PP; the Warriors (5-1-0) were 0-5. . . . Swift Current got 31 stops from G Logan Flodell, while Moose Jaw’s Brody Willms turned aside 25 shots. . . . The Warriors lost F Noah Gregor at 12:57 of the third period when he was given a misconduct for a mouthguard violation. . . . Announced attendance: 3,103.

Scoring a power play goal today, Austin Strand now has 3 man advantage goals in 6GP this season. In his previous 199GP, he had 1 PP goal.

— TBird Tidbits (@TBirdTidbits) October 9, 2017

At Kamloops, the Seattle Thunderbirds scored four goals on 15 shots to beat the Blazers, 4-3, handing the home team its eighth straight loss to open the season. . . . The Blazers’ franchise record for most losses to start a season had been six, from 2015-16. Kamloops next plays on Wednesday when it’s at home to the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Seattle (3-2-1) had lost 10-5 to the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, then rode the bus to Kamloops for this one. It showed in the latter part of the third period as the Thunderbirds’ legs disappeared. . . . When F Jackson Shepard (2) gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead at 5:35 of the first period, it marked the first time this season that Kamloops enjoyed a lead. That lasted 6:07 until Seattle F Noah Philp (2) tied it. . . . The Thunderbirds took at the lead when D Austin Strand (3) scored, on a PP, at 1:52 of the second period. . . . Kamloops F Brodi Stuart (2) tied it at 7:02, only to have Seattle D Reece Harsch (2) scored 52 seconds later. . . . The Blazers tied it again, just 30 seconds later, as F Nick Chyzowski (2) counted. . . . The Thunderbirds got the game’s final goal, and the winner, at 11:32 of the second from F Sami Moilanen (7), on a PP. . . . The visitors got two assists from D Jarret Tyszka, with Strand and Philp adding one each. . . . Seattle was 2-4 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-5. . . . Seattle G Matt Berlin stopped 32 shots to earn the victory. . . . The Blazers got 11 saves from Max Balaga, a Kamloops native who was making his second start. . . . Palaga is believed to be the first Kamloops native to tend goal for the franchise since Grey Hollomay played five games with the Jr. Oilers in 1981-82. (A tip of the hat to Earl Seitz of CFJC-TV and hockey fan Mitch Williams on that one). . . . Announced attendance: 3,293.

Brendan de Jong crosscheck on Tanner Faith (after Faith levels Overhardt)

You be the judge:#WHL #SPOvsPOR #USdivision

— WHL Unfiltered (@WHLunfiltered) October 9, 2017

At Portland, F Ryan Hughes and F Skyler McKenzie each scored twice as the Winterhawks skated to a 7-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . The Winterhawks, who beat the host Seattle Thunderbirds 10-5 on Saturday, have outscored the opposition 36-17 in six games. They now are 5-1-0. . . . Spokane now is 4-3-0. . . . McKenzie, who has seven goals, opened the scoring at 5:09 of the first period and D Keoni Texeira (4) made it 2-0 just 55 seconds later. . . . Spokane F Riley Woods (4) pulled his guys to within one with a goal at 10:50. . . . Portland scored the next five goals, the first four in the second period as it took control. . . . D Conor MacEachern (2) had a goal and two assists for the Winterhawks. Last season, he finished with six points, including one goal, in 52 games. In 2015-16, his freshman season, he had two goals in 46 games. . . . The Winterhawks also got a goal from D Henri Jokiharju (3). . . . F Ty Kolle and F Cody Glass had two assists each for the winners. . . . F Eli Zummack (2) had Spokane’s other goal. . . . Portland was 1-3 on the PP; Spokane was 0-3. . . . G Cole Kehler earned the victory with 22 saves. . . . Spokane starter Donovan Buskey surrendered five goals on 22 shots in 28:56. Dawson Weatherill finished up, stopping 19 of 21 shots in 31:04. . . . Portland lost D Brandon De Jong to a cross-checking major and game misconduct for a hit on Chiefs D Jeff Faith at 9:51 of the second period. Faith eventually returned to finish the game. . . . Announced attendance: 4,495.

MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

TUESDAY (all times local):

Everett at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Lethbridge at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Spokane at Portland, 7 p.m.

Tri-City at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

Vancouver vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

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Thank you all for the concern, down a few good teeth and some jaw but doing well. Looking forward to getting back ASAP

— Ian Cole (@ICole28) October 8, 2017

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