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Hays departure marks change in WHL culture, suggests owner

  May 10, 2018 Don Hay is retiring from his position as head coach of the Kamloops Blazers; Majority owner Tom Gaglardi said the local legend was not forced out Marty Hastings / Kamloops This Week Don Hay is retiring from his position as head coach of the Kamloops Blazers. Majority owner Tom Gaglardi said Read More »

The myth of National Junior Hockey Championships

  May 28, 2018 by Gregg Dreenan It is time for hockey fans and the media alike to come to the realization, if they haven’t already, that events like the Memorial Cup and Royal Bank Cup don’t decide national championships. They are entertainment vehicles and social gatherings and nothing more, and should be enjoyed as Read More »

Yale’s Bowen commits to Chiefs and UND

  May 24, 2018 The Chilliwack Chiefs have announced the commitment of 16 year-old forward Ethan Bowen for the 2018-2019 hockey season.  Bowen was an affiliate player with the Chiefs for the 2017-18 season as they hosted the RBC Cup. In addition to his commitment to the Chiefs, the Chilliwack native has accepted a full Read More »

BCHL Wenatchee Wild move on to Royal Bank Cup

May 5, 2018 The Wenatchee Wild used a combination of a punishing physical presence along with a relentless assault to post a convincing 7-2 victory over the AJHL champion Spruce Grove Saints to claim the Doyle Cup and earn a berth in the Royal Bank Cup Tournament to compete for the National Championship. Wenatchee won Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – Kamloops Blazers Picks

    May 4, 2018   Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers selected 10 players in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary on Thursday. The Blazers picked the hometown kid 5th overall as they selected right shot center . The 5’7” and 165lb forward had 57 goals, 33 assists and 90 points in 30 Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – Prince George Cougars Picks

  May 4, 2018   Red Deer, AB   The Prince George Cougars Hockey Club selected forward Craig Armstrong (9thoverall) and goaltender Tyler Brennan (21stoverall) in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, in Red Deer Alberta. “They were our top two players we targeted at their positions, so as a scouting staff Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – Victoria Royals Picks

  May 4, 2018   Red Deer, AB – The Victoria Royals selected 12 players at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Victoria’s 12 draft picks where comprised of five skaters from British Columbia, that included four who call Vancouver Island home, two players from Alberta and Manitoba, and one from Saskatchewan. The Royals’ remaining two Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – Vancouver Giants Picks

    May 4,  2018 It was a busy, rewarding day for the Vancouver Giants on Thursday in Red Deer, AB. General Manager Glen Hanlon and his team of management and scouts added six forwards, three defencemen and a goaltender to the Vancouver Giants organization. First, hear from the Vancouver Giants Director of Scouting Dan Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – Kelowna Rockets Picks

    May 4,  2018 The Kelowna Rockets added 11 prospects to the list of young players on Thursday in Red Deer at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Kelowna opened the draft with the 18th overall selection in the first round. The Rockets selected forward Trevor Wong of Vancouver, BC. The 5’8, 135 pound forward recorded Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – Older is Better

    May 5, 2018 It’s become an annual ritual now – to see how the WHL Bantam Draft breaks down according to month of birth and size (weight), round by round. Clearly at the bantam age there is a wide range of size with boys. Many 15 year boys have shot up, hit puberty, Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – Sports Schools up the ante again

    May 5, 2018     It was another record breaking year for the Canadian Sport School Hockey League at the WHL Bantam Draft as 81 student athletes, including 15 in the first round, were selected. This breaks the previous record of 66 students selected, and 13 in the first round, set at the 2017 Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – The Picks in Order

    May 5, 2018 Here’s how this year’s WHL Bantam draft unfolded, May 3, 2018 in Red Deer, in order of selection. Alberta lead the way with 69 picks, including 11 (half) first round picks, 10 second round picks and 9 third round picks. BC were second with 49 picks, including 5 first rounders, Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft – The BC Picks

    May 3, 2018 Here’s how this year’s WHL Bantam draft unfolded, for BC-based players. British Columbia As has been the case for the last few years, Canadian Sports School Hockey League teams dominated the BC player draft. Of the 49 BC picks, all but seven were from the CSSHL, including all 16 of Read More »

2018 Bantam Draft wraps up – 224 picked

  May 3, 2018 Red Deer, AB After retaining the first-overall pick from the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery, the Edmonton Oil Kings used the pick to select forward Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta./Northern Alberta Xtreme Bantam Prep). In total, 223 players were selected in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, with 124 forwards, 76 defencemen and Read More »

Jersey Day – April 12, 2018

  April 12, 2018 CBC News, with files from Canadian Press From celebrities to premiers to hockey moms in B.C., Canadians wore hockey jerseys on Thursday in a show of solidarity with the victims and survivors of a Saskatchewan bus crash that killed 16 people. Jersey Day, as it has been dubbed, was organized by Read More »

Not the first tragedy at this intersection

  Crash reminiscent of tragedy over twenty years prior – same intersection White crosses mark the spot where six people were killed in a crash in 1997. That crash killed Rod Fiddler, 33; his wife, Terri Lynne Fiddler, 30; and their children Jocelyn, 4; Jasmine, 3; and Kassandre, one month. The girls’ aunt, 26-year-old Wendy Lou Fiddler, also Read More »

The boys would say Let’s go – playoffs on

April 12, 2018 by Darren Zary, Saskatoon StarPhoenix A decision has been made to play on. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League voted Wednesday to continue with playoffs and play out the remainder of the season. That decision came five days after a bus crash involving the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos has left 16 people dead, and Read More »

Broncos Go Fund Me now +$10M

    (Click image above to make a donation). April 12, 2018 (3:57 PM) By Rebecca Joseph, Global News Since the tragic bus crash that killed 16 people and left another 11 injured, the town of Humboldt has received an abundance of well wishes, support and – in the form of a GoFundMe page – money. Read More »

Cherry’s Tribute

  April 12, 2018 The Canadian Press Don Cherry paid further tribute to the Humboldt Broncos on Coach’s Corner on Wednesday night. Cherry spoke during the first intermission of Game 1 of the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild’s first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, adding further detail to his thoughts on the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash Read More »

What was left behind

  CBC News · Posted: Apr 11, 2018 3:20 PM CT  A broken Slap Shot DVD left at the scene of the Humboldt Broncos crash site. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC) The site of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 and left 14 others injured remained littered with reminders of what happened, even well after the victims Read More »

MacKinnon illustration

  April 11, 2018 By Andrew Russell, Global News A Nova Scotia cartoonist’s illustration capturing the country’s pain in the wake of the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team is being described online as powerful, poignant and heart-wrenching. The cartoon by Bruce MacKinnon, an award-winning cartoonist with the Halifax Chronicle Herald, shows a Read More »

Humboldt Broncos bus crash: What we know so far

April 12, 2018 From Globe & Mail The basics Sixteen people are dead after a collision on Friday between a Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus and a tractor-trailer in rural Saskatchewan. The death toll increased on Wednesday after Dayna Brons, the athletic therapost for the Humboldt Broncos, died. Her family said she was previously in a Read More »

Dayna Brons – passes away – 16th fatality

  April 12, 2018 SASKATOON — The athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos became the 16th person to die following a horrific bus crash in Saskatchewan last week. Relatives of Dayna Brons of the 25-year-old say they will remember her for “joyful smile.” They say Brons died Wednesday afternoon in a Saskatoon hospital from injuries Read More »

BCHL Playoffs – Wetanchee take first two at home vs Trail

      March 31, 2018 by Arch Ecker The Wenatchee Wild and Trail Smoke Eaters traded chances, and traded goals for the first two and a half periods of Game Two on Saturday night before the Wild cemented a 4-2 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven BCHL Interior Conference Final Series. Read More »

BCHL Playoffs – Powell River hangs on with Game 3 OT win

    April 2, 2018 Ben Berard scored his third overtime game-winning goals of the playoffs, lifting the Powell River Kings to an extremely important 3-2 home win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Prince George now leads the best-of-seven series 2-1. The home side got off to the start they wanted, getting goals 14 Read More »

WHL – Victoria Royals force game 7 with Giants

  April 2, 2018 Langley, BC – The Victoria Royals’ Noah Gregor recorded the game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Vancouver Giants to force Game 7 that goes Tuesday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Game Summary Gamesheet – https://bit.ly/2uFWWSm Scoring: Royals – Matthew Phillips 2g-2a, Noah Gregor 1g-2a (Game Winner), Dante Hannoun Read More »

BCMML Fraser Valley T-Birds are BC Champions

    April 1, 2018 The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds have capped off an incredible season, winning the BC Hockey Major Midget Championship with two straight road wins over the defending league champion Cariboo Cougars. In game one Friday, the Thunderbirds jumped out to an early 2-0 first period lead and did not look back, adding Read More »

Seafair Islanders – Western Canadian Bantam Champs

    April 3, 2018 Seafair Bantam A1 posted a perfect 5-0-0 record to claim the Tier 1 Bantam Provincial title in Nanaimo a week ago, downing Prince George 3-0 in the final, March 22. On Sunday, the Islanders completed their dream season, with 2-1 double OT win in Kamloops over Alberta’s Airdrie Xtreme, to Read More »

Kelowna Rockets Playoffs – drop game two, 9-7

  March 24, 2018 by Kevin Bains The Kelowna Rockets fell 9-7 to Tri-City in game two of round one of the 2018 WHL Playoffs at Prospera Place Saturday. Nolan Yaremko slashed Dillon Dube off the opening draw to give the Rockets an early power play, and after being shutout in game one, the Rockets Read More »