2019 World Junior Showcase Prospects – Roster by Draft Order

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  July 7, 2018 Here’s a look at the 2019 Team Canada World Junior Showcase roster, by NHL draft order. The 40 players will face off against teams from USA, Sweden and Finland in Kamloops July 28 – August 4, as Hockey Canada begins the next stage in its national team evaluation process. The final […]

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40 invited to World Junior Showcase in Kamloops

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  July 4, 2018 Hockey Canada, Calgary – For 40 of Canada’s top junior hockey players (see roster below), the quest to fulfill their dream to represent Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship – being hosted in Vancouver and Victoria this December – is well underway as they have received official invites to wear […]

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WJC Playmakers – Ron Toigo, Barry Petrachenko

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July 5, 2018 by Jessica Gowans The 2019 World Junior Championships are being hosted by Victoria and Vancouver this year. In a recent interview, the host committee co-chairs talk about bringing the World Juniors to British Columbia, helping celebrate 100 years of B.C. Hockey, and what the tournament will mean to minor hockey. Leading in […]

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Hays departure marks change in WHL culture, suggests owner

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  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 […]

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Rizzo commits to UND

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  May 28, 2018 Massimo Rizzo, who was a first-round selection, 14th overall, in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft, told the Kamloops Blazers prior to the 2018 bantam draft that he wouldn’t be playing for them. On Saturday afternoon, Rizzo tweeted that he will attend the University of North Dakota and play for the Fighting […]

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Pats repeat heartbreak – 100 years later

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  May 28, 2018 by Greg Harder, Regina Leader Post It took 100 years, but history repeated itself for the Regina Pats. One full century after losing in the very first Memorial Cup final to the University of Toronto Schools, the Pats were back where they started on Sunday night, dropping a 3-0 heartbreaker to […]

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Smallest market team, Acadia-Bathurst win Memorial Cup

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  May 28, 2018 Regina, Sask. – For the first time in franchise history, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan are Memorial Cup Champions. With a 3-0 shutout victory over the Regina Pats – Western Hockey League hosts of the 100th Memorial Cup – the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League-champion Titan earned Major Junior hockey’s most coveted trophy Sunday evening […]

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The myth of National Junior Hockey Championships

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  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 […]

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Yale’s Bowen commits to Chiefs and UND

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  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 […]

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Chilliwack Chiefs win RBC Cup after long layoff

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  May 20, 2018 CHILLIWACK, B.C. – Following a break that lasted nearly nine weeks after losing in the first round of the BCHL playoffs, the host Chilliwack Chiefs have won the 2018 RBC Cup by erasing a one-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Wellington Dukes 4-2. “I told them to believe […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – Kamloops Blazers Picks

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    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 […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – Prince George Cougars Picks

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  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 […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – Victoria Royals Picks

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  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 […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – Vancouver Giants Picks

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    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 […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – Kelowna Rockets Picks

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    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 […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – Older is Better

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    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, […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – Sports Schools up the ante again

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    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 […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – The Picks in Order

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    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, […]

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2018 Bantam Draft – The BC Picks

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    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 […]

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2018 Bantam Draft wraps up – 224 picked

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  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 […]

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