137 WHL grads on NHL rosters – 35 from BC

in regular season


October 4, 2018

As the new NHL season got underway last night, 137 WHL alums had cracked opening-night lineups across the league, including 35 BC-born or raised players.

All 31 NHL teams have rostered at least one WHL Alum, with the Edmonton Oilers on top with eight players listed.

The Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Winnipeg Jets all include seven previous WHL players each while the Vegas Golden Knights and the Vancouver Canucks start the season with six WHL graduates.

Montreal Canadiens have the most BC based WHL alumni, with five. The Oilers, Nashville, San Jose and Chicago all have three BC born players.

Portland leads with 18 WHL alumni. Kelowna is next with 16.

The other leaders are Brandon Wheat Kings (12), Red Deer Rebels (11), Calgary Hitmen (10) and Moose Jaw Warriors (nine).

Of the 137 number of WHL Alumni on NHL opening day rosters, three are currently on the injured reserve lists for their respective NHL Clubs.

The list includes:

Anaheim Ducks (3):
Ryan Getzlaf, C — Calgary Hitmen
Sam Steel, C — Regina Pats
Luke Schenn, D — Kelowna Rockets

Arizona Coyotes (3):
Michael Grabner, RW — Spokane Chiefs
Kevin Connauton, D – Vancouver Giants
Darcy Kuemper, G — Spokane Chiefs/Red Deer Rebels

Boston Bruins (3):
Jake DeBrusk, LW – Swift Current Broncos/Red Deer Rebels
Brandon Carlo, D – Tri-City Americans
Zdeno Chara, D – Prince George Cougars


Buffalo Sabres (1 – BC):



Sam Reinhart, West Vancouver, 11.6.95

Sam Reinhart, C/RW, Kootenay ICE


Calgary Flames (7, 2 BC):



Curtis Lazar, Salmon Arm, 2.2.95


Dillon Dube, Golden, 7.20.98

Calgary Flames (7, 2 BC):

Mikael Backlund, C — Kelowna Rockets
Dillon Dube, C/RW — Kelowna Rockets
Curtis Lazar, C — Edmonton Oil Kings
Derek Ryan, C/RW — Spokane Chiefs
Travis Hamonic, D — Moose Jaw Warriors/Brandon Wheat Kings
Michael Stone, D — Calgary Hitmen
Juuso Valimaki, D — Tri-City Americans


Carolina Hurricanes (4):
Micheal Ferland, LW – Brandon Wheat Kings/ Saskatoon Blades
Jordan Martinook, LW – Vancouver Giants
Victor Rask, C – Calgary Hitmen
Haydn Fleury, D – Red Deer Rebels


Chicago Blackhawks (6, 3 BC):



Brandon Manning, Prince George, 6.4.90



Duncan Keith, Winnipeg, 7.16.83



Brent Seabrook, Richmond, BC, 4.20.85

Chicago Blackhawks (6, 3 BC):

Brandon Davidson, D – Regina Pats
Henri Jokiharju, D – Portland Winterhawks
Brandon Manning, D – Chilliwack Bruins
Duncan Keith, D  – Kelowna Rockets
Brent Seabrook, D – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Cam Ward, G – Red Deer Rebels


Colorado Avalanche (2, 1 BC):

Tyson Barrie, Victoria, 7.26.91

Matt Calvert, LW- Brandon Wheat Kings
Tyson Barrie, D – Kelowna Rockets


Columbus Blue Jackets (4):
Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW/LW – Portland Winterhawks
Brandon Dubinsky, C/LW – Portland Winterhawks
*Seth Jones, D – Portland Winterhawks
Ryan Murray, D – Everett Silvertips


Dallas Stars (7, 1 BC):



Jamie Benn, Victoria, 7.18.89

Dallas Stars (7, 1 BC):

Jamie Benn, LW — Kelowna Rockets
Blake Comeau, LW/RW — Kelowna Rockets
*Martin Hanzal, C — Red Deer Rebels
Tyler Pitlick, C/RW — Medicine Hat Tigers
Julius Honka, D — Swift Current Broncos
Roman Polak, D — Kootenay ICE
Anton Khudobin, G — Saskatoon Blades


Detroit Red Wings (4, 2 BC):



Michael Rasmussen, Surrey, 4.17.99



Dennis Cholowski, Langley, 2.15.98

Detroit Red Wings (4, 2 BC):

Darren Helm, C/LW – Medicine Hat Tigers
Michael Rasmussen, C – Tri-City Americans
Dennis Cholowski, D  – Prince George Cougars / Portland Winterhawks
Mike Green, D – Saskatoon Blades


Edmonton Oilers (8, 3 BC):



Jujhar Khaira, Surrey, 8.13.94



Milan Lucic, Vancouver, 6.7.88



Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Burnaby, 4.12.93


Edmonton Oilers (8):
Kyle Brodziak, C – Moose Jaw Warriors
Leon Draisaitl, C – Prince Albert Raiders / Kelowna Rockets
Jujhar Khaira, LW – Everett Silvertips
Milan Lucic, LW – Vancouver Giants
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C – Red Deer Rebels
Ty Rattie, RW – Portland Winterhawks
Kailer Yamamoto, RW – Spokane Chiefs
Kris Russell, D – Medicine Hat Tigers


Florida Panthers (5, 1 BC):



Troy Brouwer, Vancouver, 8.17.85


Florida Panthers (5):
Troy Brouwer, RW/LW – Moose Jaw Warriors
Colton Sceviour, C – Portland Winterhawks/ Lethbridge Hurricanes
Alexander Petrovic, D – Red Deer Rebels
Mark Pysyk, D – Edmonton Oil Kings
James Reimer, G – Red Deer Rebels


Los Angeles Kings (4):
Jaret Anderson-Dolan, C — Spokane Chiefs
Nate Thompson, C/LW — Seattle Thunderbirds
Dion Phaneuf, D — Red Deer Rebels
Austin Wagner, LW — Regina Pats


Minnesota Wild (5):
Eric Fehr, C/RW — Brandon Wheat Kings
Nino Niederreiter, RW/LW — Portland Winterhawks
Matt Dumba, D — Red Deer Rebels/Portland Winterhawks
Jared Spurgeon, D — Spokane Chiefs
Devan Dubnyk, G — Kamloops Blazers


Montreal Canadiens (7, 5 BC):



Brendan Gallagher, Edmonton- Vancouver raised), 5.6.92



Karl Alzner, Burnaby, 9.24.88



Noah Juulsen, Surrey, 4.2.97



Shea Weber, Sicamous, 8.14.85



Carey Price, Anahim Lake, 8.16.87


Montreal Canadiens (7):
Brendan Gallagher, RW – Vancouver Giants
Nikita Scherbak, RW/LW – Saskatoon Blades/ Everett Silvertips
Karl Alzner, D – Calgary Hitmen
Noah Juulsen, D – Everett Silvertips
David Schlemko, D – Medicine Hat Tigers
Shea Weber, D – Kelowna Rockets
Carey Price, G – Tri-City Americans


Nashville Predators (3, 3 BC):


Ryan Johansen, Vancouver, 7.31.92


Colton Sissons, North Vancouver, 11.5.93



Dan Hamhuis, Smithers, 12.13.82


Nashville Predators (3):
Ryan Johansen, C — Portland Winterhawks
Colton Sissons, C —Kelowna Rockets
Dan Hamhuis, D, Prince George Cougars


New Jersey Devils (3):
John Quenneville, C – Brandon Wheat Kings
Mirco Muller, D – Everett Silvertips
Damon Severson, D – Kelowna Rockets


New York Islanders (7, 2 BC):



Mathew Barzal, Coquitlam, 5.26.97



Andrew Ladd, Maple Ridge, 12.12.85


New York Islanders (7, 2 BC):
Mathew Barzal, C – Seattle Thunderbirds
Jordan Eberle, RW – Regina Pats
Andrew Ladd, LW – Vancouver Giants/ Calgary Hitmen
Johnny Boychuk, D – Calgary Hitmen/ Moose Jaw Warriors
Thomas Hickey, D – Seattle Thunderbirds
Ryan Pulock, D – Brandon Wheat Kings
Luca Sbisa, D – Lethbridge Hurricanes/ Portland Winterhawks


New York Rangers (2):
Brett Howden, C – Moose Jaw Warriors
Cody McLeod, LW – Portland Winterhawks


Ottawa Senators (3):
Zack Smith, LW/C – Swift Current Broncos
Mark Stone, RW – Brandon Wheat Kings
Maxime Lajoie, D – Swift Current Broncos


Philadelphia Flyers (7, 1 BC):



Jordan Weal, North Vancouver, 4.15.92

Philadelphia Flyers (7, 1 BC):
Taylor Leier, LW – Portland Winterhawks
Nolan Patrick, C – Brandon Wheat Kings
Jordan Weal, C/W – Regina Pats
Dale Weise, RW – Swift Current Broncos
Radko Gudas, D – Everett Silvertips
Ivan Provorov, D – Brandon Wheat Kings
Travis Sanheim, D – Calgary Hitmen


Pittsburgh Penguins (1, 1 BC):


Tristan Jerry, Surrey, BC, 4.29.95


Tristan Jarry, G – Edmonton Oil Kings


San Jose Sharks (4, 3 BC):



Evander Kane, Vancouver, 8.2.91



Brenden Dillon, New Westminster, 11.13.90



Martin Jones, North Vancouver, 1.10.90


San Jose Sharks (4):
Rourke Chartier, C – Kelowna Rockets
Evander Kane, LW – Vancouver Giants
Brenden Dillon, D – Seattle Thunderbirds
Martin Jones, G – Calgary Hitmen


St. Louis Blues (3):
Brayden Schenn, C — Brandon Wheat Kings
Jay Bouwmeester, D —Medicine Hat Tigers
Joel Edmundson, D — Moose Jaw Warriors/Kamloops Blazers


Tampa Bay Lightning (4):
Tyler Johnson, C/RW – Spokane Chiefs
Brayden Point, C – Moose Jaw Warriors
Braydon Coburn, D – Portland Winterhawks
Ben Thomas, D – Calgary Hitmen


Toronto Maple Leafs (4, 1 BC):



Morgan Rielly, Vancouver, 3.9.94


Toronto Maple Leafs (4):
Tyler Ennis, LW/RW – Medicine Hat Tigers
Patrick Marleau, LW – Seattle Thunderbirds
Martin Marincin, D – Prince George Cougars/ Regina Pats
Morgan Rielly, D – Moose Jaw Warriors


Vancouver Canucks (6, 1 BC):



Jake Virtanen, New Westminster, 8.17.96


Vancouver Canucks (6):
Sven Baertschi, LW/RW — Portland Winterhawks
Brandon Leipsic, C/LW — Portland Winterhawks
Brandon Sutter, C — Red Deer Rebels
Jake Virtanen, RW — Calgary Hitmen
Alexander Edler, D — Kelowna Rockets
Derrick Pouliot, D — Portland Winterhawks


Vegas Golden Knights (6, 1 BC):



Shea Theodore, Langley, 8.3.95


Vegas Golden Knights (6):
*Cody Eakin, C – Swift Current Broncos
Ryan Reaves, RW – Brandon Wheat Kings
Deryk Engelland, D – Moose Jaw Warriors
Nick Holden, D – Chilliwack Bruins
Brayden McNabb, D – Kootenay ICE
Shea Theodore, D – Seattle Thunderbirds


Washington Capitals (4, 1 BC):



Brett Connolly, Campbell River, 5.2.92


Washington Capitals (4):
Brett Connolly, RW/LW – Prince George Cougars
Chandler Stephenson, C/LW – Regina Pats
Madison Bowey, D – Kelowna Rockets
Braden Holtby, G – Saskatoon Blades


Winnipeg Jets (7, 2 BC):



Nic Petan, Delta, 3.22.95



Laurent Brossoit, Port Alberni, 3.23.93


Winnipeg Jets (7):
Adam Lowry, C — Swift Current Broncos
Nic Petan, C — Portland Winterhawks
Josh Morrissey, D — Prince Albert Raiders/Kelowna Rockets
Tyler Myers, D — Kelowna Rockets
Joe Morrow, D — Portland Winterhawks
Dustin Byfuglien, D — Brandon Wheat Kings/Prince George Cougars
Laurent Brossoit, G — Edmonton Oil Kings

*Denotes player on the injured reserved list