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48 WHLer on NHL’s “Players to Watch” list

  November 15, 2018 Calgary – NHL Central Scouting has issued an updated ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2019 NHL Draft, with 48 Western Hockey League players making the grade. NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories.  The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates Read More »

College Alumni Rise in NHL Coaching Ranks

College hockey, once largely dismissed as a path to a pro hockey career, now has a large footprint throughout the NHL November 14, 2018 By Gary Santaniello – New York Times, first published October 20, 2018 When the season began this month, the league had six new coaches, four of whom played NCAA hockey. Two Read More »

BCHL Update – Week 9 – Chiefs, Grizzlies, Cents leading

    November 13, 2018 BCHL standings, top scorers and goalies after Week 9.      Island Division – Grizzlies and Kings increase lead on pack   There was little change in the standings of the Island division from a week ago. The Victoria Grizzlies still hold a five point lead over #2 Powell River Read More »

WHL Update – Giants maintain lead in West

    November 13, 2018 The Vancouver Giants kept things rolling on the weekend, with a tight win and a loss vs the visiting Prince George Cougars to maintain their eight point lead over second place Victoria Royals. The Giants won the opener Saturday 2-1 then lost the rematch Sunday 1-0. Victoria split their series Read More »

BCMML – T-Birds alone on Top

  November 13, 2018 After Week 8 of the BCMML season, the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds have moved into sole possession of first place, with a record of 11-2-1-0. And they have two games in hand over two teams sharing second place, two points back. The Okanagan Rockets and NE Chiefs are tied with 21 points, Read More »

World U17 – Russians take gold – defeat Finns 2-1

    RUSSIANS HOLD ON, BEAT FINNS TO WIN U17 GOLD November 10, 2018 Jason La Rose SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Daniil Gushchin and Ignat Kokhanin scored goals in the second period, helping Russia to a 2-1 win over Finland on Saturday night and its fourth gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The Read More »

BCMML – T-Birds still on top heading into Wk 8

  November 8, 2018 Heading into Week 8 of the BCMML season, three teams share the league lead with 20 points, however the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds are on top by virtue of posting their points in just 12 games, with an impressive record of 10-2-0-0. The T-Birds have lead since Week 4. The Okanagan Rockets Read More »

BC Hockey 100th Anniversary – Moments

November 9, 2018 BC Hockey is celebrating its 100th Year Anniversary. The organization was created on February 9, 1919 in Vancouver, BC and there has been an incredible amount of history and tradition of hockey in Pacific Canada. On June 9, 2018, BC Hockey announced the list of 100 Great Moments in BC Hockey history. Read More »

U17 – Russians blank Sweden 3-0

RUSSIANS BLANK SWEDEN TO CLOSE PRELIMS AT U17 CHALLENGE November 6, 2018 Jason La Rose SQUISPAMSIS, N.B. – Yaroslav Askarov turned away all 22 shots he faced, backstopping Russia to a 3-0 win over Sweden in the preliminary-round finale for both Tuesday at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The Russians scored once in each Read More »

U17 – Canada White take 5-1 win vs Czechs

    WHITE USES BIG SECOND PERIOD TO FINISH PERFECT PRELIMS November 6, 2018 Jason La Rose SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Connor McClennon (Wainwright, Alta./Kootenay, WHL) scored two more goals and Tristan Lennox (Cambridge, Ont./Brantford, OJHL) came within 65 seconds of a shutout as Canada White capped off an unbeaten preliminary round at the 2018 Read More »

U17 – Canada Black defeat USA 5-4

  O’ROURKE SCORES WINNER AGAIN AS BLACK EDGES U.S. November 6, 2018 Jason La Rose SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Ryan O’Rourke (Pickering, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) scored the game-winning goal for the second time in as many days, hammering in a slap shot with 91 seconds to go to give Canada Black a wild 5-4 Read More »

U17 – Canada Red down Finland 3-2 in OT

  GARAND STARS, JARVIS SCORES, RED EDGES FINNS IN GROUP B FINALE November 6, 2018 Jason La Rose QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C./Kamloops, WHL) finished with 43 saves and Seth Jarvis (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) scored in the dying seconds of overtime, giving Canada Red a 4-3 win over Finland in the Group B Read More »

Canada Black edge Czech 3-2 in OT

    November 5, 2018 Jason La Rose SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Ryan O’Rourke (Pickering, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) jammed in the game-winner in the final minute of overtime, giving Canada Black a 3-2 extra-time win over the Czech Republic on Monday afternoon at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The Canadian side worked overtime Read More »

Canada Red down Swedes 4-3 in OT

        November 5, 2018 Jason La Rose QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – William Dufour (Quebec City, Que./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) finished a two-on-one for the winner in overtime, giving Canada Red a narrow 4-3 win over Sweden in a back-and-forth Group B match-up Monday at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Dufour jumped up to join Read More »

McClennon 3G-2A in 5-2 Canada White W vs USA

      November 5, 2018 Jason La Rose SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Connor McClennon (Wainwright, Alta./Kootenay, WHL) did it all, scoring a hat trick and adding two assists to lead Canada White to a 5-2 win over the United States on Monday night at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. McClennon had a goal Read More »

WHL Standings – Giants stretch lead in West

    November 4, 2018 The Vancouver Giants continue as the hottest team in the WHL Western Conference. The team is now posting 12-3-2 record overall, and are second overall in the league. The Giants’ Trent Miner is now 4-1-0-2 with a league leading 1.41 goals against average and a .953 save percentage –  partner Read More »

BCHL Update – Week 8 – Chiefs, Grizzlies, Warriors leading

    November 4, 2018 BCHL standings, top scorers and goalies after Week 8.      Mainland Division – Chiefs still on top, Spruce Kings and Express in pursuit The line of Kevin Wall, Skyler Brind’Amour, and Matt Holmes combined for 14 points to lead the Chilliwack Chiefs to a 7-4 victory over the visiting Read More »

WHL Standings – Giants continue to lead West, PA on a tear

    October 28, 2018 The Vancouver Giants remain the hottest team in the WHL Western Conference, with an 11-3-2 record overall. The Giants’ Trent Miner is now 4-0-1-0 with a league leading 1.41 goals against average and a .953 save percentage –  partner David Tendeck is 7-3-1, and .900. Right behind the Giants at Read More »

BCHL Update – Week 7 – Chiefs still #1

    October 28 2018 Here’s a quick look at the BCHL standings, top scorers and goalies after Week 7.     Mainland Division – Chiefs, Express and Spruce Kings on top The league leading Chilliwack Chiefs maintained their three point lead over Coquitlam Express in the Mainland Division, with 2W and 1L on the Read More »

BCHL Update – Week 6 – Chiefs still on top

    October 22, 2018 Here’s a look at the current standings in the BCHL after Week 6 of regular season play, along with the Top 20 scoring leaders and Top 20 goalies. Mainland Division – Chiefs, Express and Spruce Kings on top The Chilliwack Chiefs, who lead the league overall, with a 13-5-0-0 record, Read More »

Rockets victorious in Adam Foote’s debut

    October 23, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets made a winner of their new head coach on Tuesday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, winning 3-2 over the Swift Current Broncos. Lane Zablocki, Kyle Topping and Jack Cowell scored for the Rockets while Kaedean Korczak added two assists in a winning cause as the Rockets Read More »

Adam Foote takes helm for Rockets, notches first W

      October 23, 2018 Kelowna Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton today announced the hiring of Adam Foote as the team’s new head coach. The announcement comes a day after the release of Jason Smith, who was entering his third season with Rockets. The release came after a disappointing 4-10-0 start for a team Read More »

Miner named WHL Goaltender of the Week (Again)

October 22, 2018 For the second time this month, Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner (2001 – Brandon, MB) has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 21st. Miner appeared in two games this week for the Giants and turned aside 59 of the 62 shots he Read More »

#1 Giants Wrap Weekend With a 3-1 W vs Rockets

October 22, 2018 A busy stretch of games ended on a high note for the Vancouver Giants Sunday at home. Owen Hardy scored twice and goaltender Trent Miner stopped 28 of 29 shots as the Vancouver Giants (10-2-2-0) earned a 3-1 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets (4-10). Rookie Justin Sourdif added a goal for Read More »

Ben Brar named BCHL Player of the Week

  October 22, 2018 Prince George Spruce Kings forward Ben Brar has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 21, the league announced Monday. Brar was all over the scoresheet in the Spruce Kings three-game road trip over the weekend, putting up four goals and two assists, including two Read More »

Rockets release Head Coach Jason Smith

    October 22, 2018 Kelowna, BC Kelowna Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton has announced that the Rockets have released head coach Jason Smith of his duties as of Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. “Any time you let someone go that is the quality of Jason Smith it’s very tough, however the success of our hockey Read More »

Americans acquire Wil Kushniryk from Rockets for conditional draft pick

  October 22, 2018 by Robert Murray   The Tri-City Americans have acquired forward Wil Kushniryk from the Kelowna Rockets in a Monday afternoon trade. In return, the Rockets have received a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The 18-year-old Kushniryk had just entered his second season with the Rockets. Read More »

Victoria’s Scott Walford has Russians, Rockets on his mind

    October 18, 2018 by Clive Dheensaw, Times Colonist Neil Young observed that rust never sleeps. It certainly doesn’t and is insidiously relentless when inactivity occurs. So fans will know what Victoria Royals defenceman Scott Walford means when he talks about “getting rid of the rust.” The Western Hockey League certainly believes he has Read More »

6 BC players selected for Canada-Russia series

  October 18, 2018 Calgary, AB The Western Hockey League has announced its selections for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Kamloops and Vancouver. Six BC based players have made the cut. Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 in Kamloops, BC, on Read More »

BCHL Update – Week 5 – Chiefs on top

    October 15, 2018 Here’s a look at the current standings in the BCHL after the fifth weekend of regular season play, along with the Top 20 scoring leaders and Top 20 goalies. The Chilliwack Chiefs are hanging on to first place overall and still hold a narrow two point lead over the Coquitlam Read More »