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Road to the Memorial Cup: OHL Edition

This year has been no different from previous seasons – the Western Conference has been the ‘tail that wags the dog’ in this league. The Eastern Conference Champion Peterborough Petes would have finished in the fifth spot...

Seattle-Tri-City playoff history

Moving onto the last Division bracket, we have two U.S. Division teams who both are still in the hunt for their first WHL title. Of the first round series, this one has the most history as the two get...

WHL playoff round one preview: Portland Winterhawks v. Prince George Cougars

We will be previewing each of the eight first-round playoff match-ups in an on-going series. Here we have the series in the western conference bracket between Prince George and Portland. A few weeks ago it was unimaginable that the...

2017 NHL draft profiles: Aleksi Heponiemi

Photo courtesy Darwin Knelsen/Swift Current Broncos. A common story line for rookie import players in the WHL, is how much time it takes to adjust to the WHL game before finally getting comfortable and making an impact. Finnish, 1999-born...

Prince George-Portland playoff history

Zdeno Chara In the other B.C. Division match up, the top-seeded P.G. Cougars will take on the first wild-card Portland Winterhawks. The two have played each other twice since the Cougars moved to Prince George in 1994. They have...

Kelowna-Kamloops playoff history

Moving on over to the B.C. Division bracket, we get the sixth meeting between the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers. These six meetings have all happened in the last 18 years. The Rockets currently hold a 3-2 playoff series...

WHL playoff round one preview: Kamloops Blazers v. Kelowna Rockets

We will be previewing each of the eight first-round playoff match-ups in an on-going series. Here we have an all Okanagan Valley matchup, the series in the B.C. Division bracket between Kelowna and Kamloops. The Kelowna Rockets (45-22-5-0) parlayed a...

3 on 3 Overtime

3-on-3 overtime was implemented into the WHL in the 2015-16 season. Here are the teams listed in order of most wins. Team OTW OTL Regina 15 10 Edmonton 14 11 ...

2017 NHL draft profiles: Tyler Steenbergen

Photo courtesy of Darwin Knelsen/Swift Current Broncos. As far as getting NHL teams to notice you after they passed on you in the draft, you could do worse than leading the WHL in goals with 51. That is what...

Medicine Hat-Brandon playoff history

Moving on to the other part of the Central Division bracket the top-seed Medicine hat Tigers will face the first wild-card Brandon Wheat Kings. Though the two sides have faced each other six times already, the Tigers lead the...

Lethbridge-Red Deer playoff history

Moving onto the Central Division bracket, we have some teams that have far more post-season history with one another. First up we have the two-three match up between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Red Deer Rebels. The two have played...

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