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Four WHL clubs get CHL Top 10 pre-season kudos

  September 19, 2019 Toronto – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the pre-season edition of its Top-10 CHL Rankings for the 2018-19 season. Three WHL clubs were in the mix, with a fourth getting honorable mention. The weekly rankings are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. At the top of the Read More »

BCHL Update

  September 17, 2017 Here’s a quick look at the early standings in the BCHL after the first two weeks of play, along with the Top 20 scoring leaders and goalies. Reflecting the growing Eastern Canadian and American flavor of the league, three of the top five scoring leaders are from Quebec, and eight of Read More »

BCHL Weekend Wrap

    September 17, 2018   Seventeen games were played in the BCHL this past weekend, wrapping up week two of the new season. At the end of the weekend, three teams were still undefeated. Leading the pack are the Prince George Spruce Kings with 4 wins, followed by Trail Smoke Eaters with 3 plus Read More »

BCHL Friday Night

    September 15, 2018   Eight games were played last night in the BCHL, in the second weekend of regular season play. Here’s a quick recap of the results:   Coquitlam 3 – Prince George 5 Coquitlam Express (1-2-0-0) vs Prince George Spruce Kings (3-0-0-0) – Rolling Mix Concrete Arena, Prince George. PG remains undefeated Read More »

BCHL Opening Weekend – PG, Wild, Riv, AV start with 2Ws

  September 9, 2018 The BCHL kicked off the 2018-2019 season Friday, with seven games, and another seven on Saturday; including back to back series in Prince George, West Kelowna and Trail.  A single game Sunday wrapped the opening weekend, in Nanaimo. At the end of the weekend, four teams had opened with a pair Read More »

BCHL New Season Opens Tonight – Playoff Rivalries on Tap

  September 7, 2018 Training camp and preseason are officially over and now the action starts for real as the BCHL regular season fires up off this weekend, the 57th in league history. As usual there are plenty of storylines heading into the season, after a summer that saw a great deal of change in Read More »

BCHL 2018-2019 – Key Players to Watch

  September 7, 2018 Training camp and preseason are officially over and now the action starts for real as the BCHL regular season fires up off this weekend, the 57th in league history. As usual there are plenty of storylines heading into the season, after a summer that saw a great deal of change in Read More »

BCHL Kicks off Season Friday with 7 games

  September 7, 2018 The British Columbia Hockey League kicks off it’s new season Friday night with seven games. The action continues with another seven games Saturday. A single game Sunday wraps up the opening weekend. Here’s the schedule. Sep. 7 Alberni Valley – Cowichan Valley – Island Savings Centre 7:00 pm PDT Sep. 7 Read More »

Rockets drop preseason tilt to Cougars

September 2, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets fell 4-2 to the Prince George Cougars in WHL preseason action on Saturday night at Prospera Place. Battling back and forth, it took until the 17:45 mark of the opening frame but Cole Carrier(1) gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead that they held onto heading into the second period. Read More »

League to honor Humboldt Broncos

    September 2, 2018 CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and the other nine Jr. A leagues that comprise the CJHL, announced Saturday details of a special banner that will be presented and unveiled at upcoming regular season home games for each if its 133 Read More »

WHL Season Rewind – Rise of the Rookies

    August 22, 2018 by Austin Friesen As the Western Hockey League’s 22-member clubs prepare for the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, there is renewed hope among all teams of hoisting the Ed Chynoweth Cup at the conclusion of the 2019 WHL Playoffs. With that in mind, here’s a look back at the outstanding rookies from last Read More »

BCHL rebrands social media handles

  August 22, 2018 The BCHL has rebranded all of its social media channels with a new handle – @GoBCHL. This change applies to the league’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, which had previously been @bchllive, @BCHL Live and @realbchl respectively. The ‘bchllive’ tag was established in 2010 when the league was introducing its initial Read More »

WJC Playmakers – Ron Toigo, Barry Petrachenko

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

Pats repeat heartbreak – 100 years later

  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 Read More »

Sam Steel Memorial Cup MVP

    May 28, 2018 Regina, SK – Sam Steel of the Regina Pats has been named the Most Valuable Player for the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup. With 13 points (2G-11A) in five games, Steel led the entire tournament in scoring. This includes a record-tying performance in Game 6 of the round-robin where he racked Read More »

Smallest market team, Acadia-Bathurst win Memorial Cup

  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 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 »

Chilliwack Chiefs win RBC Cup after long layoff

  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 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 »