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WHL Opening Night Round Up

  Opening night of the 2017-18 Western Hockey League regular season held no shortage of excitement with eight games spread across Western Canada.   Regina Pats (1) at Brandon Wheat Kings (8) Regina (0-1-0-0) // Brandon (1-0-0-0) Ty Lewis registered five points (2G-3A) as the Brandon Wheat Kings made a statement, thumping the CHL’s top-ranked Read More »

WHL BC Division Preview

  September 21, 2017 By Robert Murray, WHL As the 2017-18 Western Hockey League regular season approaches Friday, September 22, here’s a preview of the BC Division. Team capsules are presented in order of 2016-17 finish within each division.   General Manager: Todd Harkins Head Coach: Richard Matvichuk Pre-season record: 3-3-0-0 2016-17 record: 45-21-3-3, First in Read More »

Regina Pats start season ranked #1 in Canada

  September 20. 2017 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the pre-season edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2017-18 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. The 2017-18 regular season schedule opens on Thursday September 21 in the Read More »

Rockets ready for season opener

  September 15, 2017 by Kevin Bain One week from today the Kelowna Rockets will open the regular season against the Kamloops Blazers here at Prospera Place. With game one fast approaching, Assistant Coach Kris Mallette says right now is about teaching systems. “The time right now is used to work on new systems we’re trying Read More »

Reichel hattie opens Rebel pre-season

September 2, 2007 by Greg Meachem Rebels 5 Hitmen 3 Playing his first official game as a Red Deer Rebel, Kristian Reichel couldn’t have hoped for a more successful debut. The 19-year-old Czech Republic native scored just 19 seconds into Friday’s WHL preseason tournament contest at the Centrium, then added two more goals to lead Read More »

Cougars open with a pre-season win

  September 2, 2017 Vladislav Mikhalchuk scored twice and Kody McDonald scored late, as the Prince George Cougars topped the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 in WHL pre-season action at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. GAME STATS McDonald snapped a 2-2 tie in the third, as he tracked a bouncing puck to the net, Read More »

T-birds sign Byrks, Schwebius, McNelly and Huo

  KENT, August 30, 2017 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell has announced the signing of four players to WHL Standard Player Agreements. Centers Graeme Bryks, goalie Cole Schwebius, defenseman Cade McNelly and center Samuel Huo. All four players are eligible to play in the T-Birds first preseason game on Friday against the Vancouver Read More »

Giants down T-birds in pre-season opener

  September 1, 2017 The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 Friday morning in the first game for both teams at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic at Xfinity Arena in Everett. Play will continue Saturday when the T-Birds face the Everett Silvertips Saturday, September 2 at 7:00 pm. The Classic ends for the T-Birds Read More »

Rockets pare to 33 in advance of pre-season game

  September 1, 2017 Main Camp Roster Update The Kelowna Rockets wrapped up their main camp Thursday in preparation of their first preseason match up vs the Victoria Royals at home Saturday. The Rockets reassigned James Bohn, Cole Brooks, Jared Bucci, Caden Creasy, Cole De Koninck, Dylan Esau, Jordan Frey, Brett Fudger, Brandon MacKenzie-Kochen, Carter Read More »

Kelowna Rockets camp – Day 2 recap

August 28, 2017   The Kelowna Rockets main camp continued on Sunday morning with day two. “Camp’s going really good! I’ve played two scrimmages and practiced once so far. I was a little tired from the five K run and all the testing but other than that it’s good so far,” Rockets forward Tomas Soustal Read More »

Rockets wrap rookie camp

  August 25, 2017   by Kevin Bain Friday morning marked the end of the Kelowna Rockets rookie camp, and the start of main camp. Since Tuesday morning six teams of rookies have been battling out two games a day with the final game for each team going this morning. Kelowna’s 6th round selection in the Read More »

Rockets open Rookie Camp

    August 21, 2017 It’s that time of year again. The off-season officially came to a close Monday for the Kelowna Rockets as they opened their rookie camp, Monday. Players drafted by the Rockets through the past couple of seasons get the chance to showcase their skills to coaches and management and try and Read More »

Kaedan Korczack – Rockets Prospect

  August 8, 2017 By Zach Cromier, WHL Network The Kelowna Rockets have a long history of developing top-tier defensemen in the WHL.  From NHL All-Star and two-time Olympic champion Shea Weber to 2017 first-round NHL Draft pick Cal Foote, the Rockets organization has developed some of the best defensemen the league has to offer.  And with his 16-year-old season Read More »

Foote to Compete in Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

  August 1, 2017 by Kevin Bain Kelowna Rockets forward Nolan Foote was among 22 players named by Hockey Canada as they wrapped up their five-day National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp. Those named will represent the nation at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Aug. 7-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia. Foote competed for Canada once Read More »

Lind learned on Sask frozen field

  July 24, 2017 by Kevin Woodley – NHL.com VANCOUVER — With media, fans and Vancouver Canucks management bundled up in long pants and jackets to watch drills at development camp this month, forward prospect Kole Lind could only chuckle at those who found the arena cold after coming in from the July sunshine. When you grow Read More »

Gardiner Signs AHL Contract – Kelowna Rockets

July 10, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Reid Gardiner to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season. “I’m excited for this next step and to be able to play in the AHL again,” explained Gardiner. “I feel like I’m ready to play pro hockey Read More »

Hosts Win Mem Cup after first round OHL bounce

  May 28, 201 WINDSOR, Ontario, May 23, 2017 — For the third time in franchise history the Windsor Spitfires are Mastercard Memorial Cup champions. Fourth-year veteran Aaron Luchuk scored the game winner 5:07 into the third period as the host Spitfires defeated the OHL champion Erie Otters 4-3 before a capacity crowd of 6,519 at Read More »

Sea Dogs eliminate WHL Champs

  May 23, 201 WINDSOR, Ontario, May 23, 2017 — It was an inglorious end to a terrific season, as the Quebec league champion Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Western league champion Seattle Thunderbirds 7-0 Tuesday night at the Mastercard Memorial Cup at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. The loss eliminated the T-Birds Read More »

WHL Championship – Seattle win it!

  May 15, 2017 Regina, Sask. – For the first time in 40 years, the Seattle Thunderbirds are Western Hockey League champions. History was made Sunday evening at the Brandt Centre in Regina as forward Alexander True lifted the Seattle Thunderbirds to an overtime win in Game 6 of the 2017 WHL Championship Series. The Read More »

WHL Championship – Seattle take 3-2 series lead

May 12, 2017 Kent, Wash. – The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Regina Pats 7-4 in Game 5 of the WHL Championship series Friday night in front of a ShoWare Center record 6,223 fans to take a 3-2 series lead. Seattle won Game 4, 6-1 on Wednesday, May 10 and could close out the series at Brandt Centre Read More »

WHL Championship – Seattle blast Regina 6-1, series tied 2-2

    May 11, 2017 by Taylor Rocca Kent, Wash. – After three one-goal games to open the 2017 WHL Championship Series, Game 4 took a wild and unexpected turn as the Seattle Thunderbirds rattled off six unanswered goals en route to a decisive 6-1 victory, tying the best-of-seven festivities. Veteran winger Keegan Kolesar registered Read More »

WHL Championship – Seattle vs Regina tied at 1-1

    May 7, 2017 by Taylor Rocca Regina, Sask. – More often than not, when you give the Regina Pats a power-play opportunity, they’re going to make you pay. That’s exactly what happened Saturday as the WHL Championship Series required overtime for the second consecutive night. With Keegan Kolesar serving a minor penalty for Read More »

2017 WHL Bantam Draft – Where they played

  May 4, 2017 Calgary, AB  – The Western Hockey League completed its 2017 Bantam Draft today at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary. After winning the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery, the Prince Albert Raiders used the first-overall pick to select defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park, Alta./OHA Edmonton). In total, 230 players were drafted over 14 Read More »

WHL Championship Series – Seattle vs Regina – Preview

  May 4, 2017 by Taylor Rocca The stage is set. The 2017 WHL Championship Series – presented by Rogers –  features the Regina Pats and Seattle Thunderbirds. It gets underway Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. MT. Here’s a preview of the contest for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. For the first time in WHL history, Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Seattle win title in game 6

April 30,  2017 by Kevin Bain The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Kelowna Rockets 3-1 on Sunday evening at Prospera Place in game six of the Western Conference Championship to eliminate the Rockets and advance to the Western Hockey League Championship. The Rockets opened up the scoring as Nolan Foote (2) scored on the power play at Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Seattle win game 5

April 28, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-3 on Friday night in the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington in game five of the Western Conference Championship of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Seattle opened the scoring 3:15 into the first period as Scott Eansor scored a shorthanded goal for his fifth Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Rockets/Thunderbirds game 5 Friday night

April 28, 2017 by Regan Bartel Tonight’s Preview: Welcome to game five of the Western Conference final. The Kelowna Rockets and Seattle Thunderbirds are tied at two wins apiece. Nick Merkley scored the game winner early in the second period leading the Rockets to a 4-2 win in game four Wednesday night. Nolan Foote and Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Rockets even series 2-2

April 26, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 on Wednesday night at Prospera Place in game four of the Western Conference Championship of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. The Thunderbirds opened the scoring 3:09 into the opening period as Ryan Gropp (3) scored on a Seattle power play. The Rockets Read More »