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DraftGeek aims to bring you the most accurate information on the top prospects in western Canada, and will be expanding our scouting reach to cover leagues ranging from major junior to bantam AAA.

Inaugural DubNetwork awards

After we put together our first, annual all-star teams, we put together our awards. Some of the voting was extremely tight, while others were nearly unanimous. Eastern Conference rookie of the year: Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos) Honourable mentions:...

WHL playoff round one preview: Calgary Hitmen vs. Regina Pats

The Regina Pats were the best team in the Canadian Hockey League throughout the season. Still, they felt there was room for improvement. When the Pats lost four straight games it was the right time to buy into some...

WHL playoff round one preview: Swift Current Broncos vs. Moose Jaw Warriors

Given their proximity, it has always been surprising that there hasn’t been more of a rivalry between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos. Sure there’s plenty of division-rival animosity, but neither team would consider the other their...

Inaugural DUBNetwork all-star teams

Photo courtesy Brian Liesse/Seattle Thunderbirds. This being our first season of covering the WHL, we thought we would throw our hats in the mix and have our own awards and all-star teams. We have a collection of writers/contributors who...

Interview With Jordan Papirny of the Swift Current Broncos

DUBNetwork works to conduct interviews with different people who are directly involved (or have been involved) in the Western Hockey League in some capacity. This includes players, prospects, alumni, team personnel and staff, radio personnel, trainers etc. We...

Everett-Victoria playoff history

We go from the two teams with the most playoff history playing this year, to the two with the least. The second wild-card Victoria Royals and the top, overall Western Conference seed Everett Silvertips will take each...

U.S. Division Playoff Preview

If the U.S. Division bracket of the WHL Playoffs is as exciting as the regular season stretch run was then we are all going to be in for a treat. It came down to the final weekend but the...

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...

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