To my friend. xo J

— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) October 18, 2017

"Goodbye, Gord" – editorial cartoon by Brian Gable

— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) October 19, 2017

Only saw my Dad cry once in my life and that was the day John Lennon was shot…sadly today I finally get it. #RIPGordonDownie

— Jay Pylypuik (@JayPylypuik) October 18, 2017

Like all WHL teams that travel east through Swift Current, the Vancouver Giants made a stop last week at the memorial to the four Broncos who were killed in a bus crash on Dec. 30, 1986.

Steve Ewen of Postmedia spoke with Vancouver associate coach Dean Chynoweth, who spent six seasons as the Broncos’ GM and head coach, and a few players about what the stop meant to them.

One paragraph — this one — really got me:

“The Giants filed onto the bus afterward, and each thanked bus driver Derek Holloway on their way to their seat, as per team custom, according to Chynoweth. He maintains, though, that things ‘sounded a little different,’ that there was a little extra appreciation for Holloway.”

Ewen’s story is right here.

Now would be a good time to make mention of the fact that earlier this month the Victoria Royals announced that they have partnered with The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund for this season.

From a Royals’ news release:

“The Downie Wenjack Fund was established as part of Gord Downie’s legacy to bring awareness of the true history of indigenous people and to generate discussion to forge new relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.

“The Royals will support the fund with an awareness campaign as well as fundraising initiatives, including a pledge of 100 per cent of proceeds from the online sale of all 2016-17 Royals game-worn jerseys. Additional initiatives will be announced throughout the season.”

Cam Hope, the Royals’ president and general manager, explained:

“Gord Downie made a simple request of Canadians. “He challenged us all to ‘Do Something.’ Our response is to do our part to raise awareness and funds, to help jumpstart conversations we should all be having about ending patterns of misunderstanding.”

For more info or to donate, pay a visit to

If you like what you see here, you may want to consider donating to the cause. Should you choose to help out, simply click on the DONATE button in the upper right corner of this page and away you go. Thank you!

2017-18 #OHL Media & Information Guide available online!

Team pages, history, stats, records, and more!


— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) October 18, 2017

The Portland Winterhawks have named D Keoni Texeira, 20, as the team’s captain for this season. Texeira, from Fontana, Calif., is in his fifth season with Portland. He has played in 288 regular-season games, 10th on the team’s all-time list. Alternate captains will be F Alex Overhardt, D Brendan De Jong and F Ryan Hughes, when the team wears it reds, and F Cody Glass, D Henri Jokiharju and F Skyler McKenzie, when it wears its whites. . . . You get a letter, and you get a letter, and you get a letter . . .

The Calgary Hitmen introduced their leadership group on Wedneday, with F Matteo Gennaro, a 20-year-old from St. Albert, Alta., having been named team captain. The alternates are D Jake Bean, F Luke Coleman, F Mark Kastelic and F Beck Malenstyn.


#OilKings honour the legendary Gord Downie tonight @rogersplace.

— Edmonton Oil Kings (@EdmOilKings) October 19, 2017

At Edmonton, F Matthew Phillips scored at 4:55 of OT to give the Victoria Royals a 3-2 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Victoria improved to 9-1-1, while Edmonton now is 4-6-2, and has points in three straight (1-0-2). . . . Phillips, who also had an assist, picked off an attempted pass in the Edmonton zone and beat G Travis Child through the legs for his 10th goal of the season. . . . The visitors took a 2-0 lead on goals by F Kaid Oliver (2), at 6:53 of the first period, and F Jared Legien (5), at 2:16 of the second. . . . F Colton Kehler (5) got the home side to within a PP goal at 3:48 of the second, and F Ty Gerla (2) tied it, at 1:27 of the third. . . . F Tomas Soustal had two assists for Edmonton. . . . The Oil Kings were 1-1 on the PP; the Royals were 0-3. . . . G Griffen Outhouse earned the victory with 44 saves, 18 of them in the third period. . . . Child blocked 40 shots at the other end. . . . Announced attendance: 5,411.

The Pats offer condolences to all of Canada on the loss of Gord Downie. Appropriately tonight’s game will be played against the Wheat Kings

— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) October 18, 2017

At Regina, F Jake Leschyshyn’s shorthanded empty-net goal turned into the winner as the Pats beat the Brandon Wheat Kings, 2-1. . . . The Pats (6-4-1) have won three in a row, each of them by one goal. . . . The Wheat Kings (7-3-1) had a six-game winning streak come to an end. . . . F George King (4) gave the Pats a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 8:47 of the first period. . . . Leschyshyn (2) upped that to 2-0 at 18:20 of the third period. . . . The Wheat Kings cut into the lead at 19:19 of the third when F Ty Lewis scored his seven goal of the season. . . . Regina was 1-5 on the PP; Brandon was 0-4. . . . The Wheat Kings got 45 saves from G Logan Thompson, including 23 in the first period. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown blocked 26 shots. . . . The Wheat Kings lost F Evan Weigner with a boarding major and game misconduct after a second-period collision that sent both players sliding into the boards. Holmes suffered an undisclosed injury on the play. . . . Announced attendance: 5,417.

#RIPGordDownie a true Canadian legend. 🍁

— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) October 19, 2017

All Hip for warmies tonight 🔊

— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) October 19, 2017

At Saskatoon, F James Malm had a goal and two assists and F Brendan Semchuk scored twice as the Vancouver Giants doubled the Blades, 6-3. . . . The Giants (4-4-2) have points in three straight (2-0-1), while the Blades slipped to 3-6-0. . . . The visitors went out front 1-0 at 1:59 of the first period when F Milos Roman (3) scored. . . . The Blades took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Cam Hebig, at 18:47 of the first, and D Libor Hajek (3), 21 seconds into the second period. . . . Vancouver responded with the game’s next four goals. . . . They got second-period scores from Semchuk, at 0:35, and F Tyler Popowich (1), at 15:37, with Malm (2) and Semchuk (3) counting at 6:48 and 11:53 of the third. . . . Hebig (7) added a second goal at 12:14, before Giants F Owen Hardy (4) got an empty-netter at 17:40. . . . G Todd Scott of the Giants earned his first WHL victory with 32 saves. . . . The Blades got 26 stops from G Ryan Kubic. . . . Saskatoon has allowed at least four goals in eight of its nine games. . . . The Giants were 1-3 on the PP; the Blades were 1-5. . . . D Darian Skeoch, who took a headshot major and game misconduct on Tuesday night in Prince Albert, was in Vancouver’s lineup, so it would seem that the WHL decided the foul wasn’t worthy of a suspension. . . . Vancouver is 2-1-2 after five games of a seven-game road swing. . . . Announced attendance: 2,578.

The #Saskatoon #Blades pay tribute to Gord Downie pre-game on the big scree. #RIPGordDownie. #WHL.

— Darren Steinke (@StanksSports) October 19, 2017

At Spokane, the Chiefs edged the Moose Jaw Warriors, 2-1, in a game that featured three first-period goals. . . . F Tristan Langan gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 7:44. . . . The Chiefs took the lead with PP goals from F Hudson Elynuik (4), at 13:45, and D Nolan Reid (2), at 17:35. . . . D Filip Kral, in his third game with the Chiefs, had two assists. He now has a goal and three assists since joining the Chiefs last week from his native Czech Republic. . . . Spokane (6-5-0) was 2-4 on the PP; Moose Jaw (7-2-1) was 0-2. . . . Chiefs G Dawson Weatherill got the victory with 27 saves. . . . At the other end, Brody Willms stopped 24 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 2,907.

2 years ago, seeing/hearing Gord Downie live, in a Canadian venue: an experience like none other.

What an artist. Gone to soon.#RipGord

— Mike Benton (@Benton_Mike) October 18, 2017

At Everett, F Jordan Topping scored at 1:14 of OT to give the Tri-City Americans a 3-2 victory over the Silvertips. . . . Topping had been given a boarding major and game misconduct in a Tuesday night game, but the WHL obviously felt it wasn’t worth a suspension. . . . He won last night’s game with his sixth goal of the season. . . . The Americans (7-4-0) have won four in a row. . . . Everett now is 4-7-1. . . . F Patrick Bajkov (5) put the home team up 1-0, on a PP, at 16:18 of the second period. . . . The Americans took a 2-1 lead on third-period goals from F Kyle Olson (1), at 7:09, and D Juuso Valimaki (2), on a PP, at 8:56. . . . Everett F Matt Fonteyne (7) forced OT with a PP goal at 12:47. . . . D Dylan Coghlan had two assists for the Americans, with Valimaki adding one. . . . Everett got two assists from D Kevin Davis and one each from Fonteyne and Bajkov. . . . Everett was 2-8 on the PP; Tri-City was 1-3. . . . G Patrick Tea stopped 46 shots to record the victory. . . . Everett got 32 saves from G Blake Lyda. Lyda, 15, was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. He became the fourth 15-year-old goaltender in franchise history to get a start. The others? Carter Hart, Kent Simpson and Leland Irving. . . . D Anthony Bishop made his Tri-City debut after being acquired from the Victoria Royals on Tuesday. . . . Announced attendance: 2,957.

THURSDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

FRIDAY (all times local):

Vancouver at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Prince George at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Regina, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Everett, 7:35 p.m.

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Cruising on the bus through Austria & Germany on the way to Innsbruck for a game tomorrow & paying respects #thehip #RIPGord #wheatkings 🇨🇦

— Jeff Battah (@JBatts_80) October 18, 2017

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