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NHL Central Scouting – 20 BC Players listed

      April 16, 2019 BC Born / Raised NHL Draft Prospects Here’s a brief look at the Top 10 BC players on the NHL Central Scouting final pre-draft prospects list. Scroll down for the full list of 20 BC born / raised players listed.     Cranbrook’s Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants, Read More »

Rockets down Blazers 2-1 in OT

  February 3, 2019 The Kelowna Rockets downed the Kamloops Blazers 2-1 in overtime Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC. Both the Rockets and Blazers each had a power play chance, but neither team could get on the board. Just like the first period, neither team could beat the opposing goaltender. Early in Read More »

PA leaves BC with 4W-1L-1SOL

January 28, 2019 The top-ranked team in the Western Hockey League all year long has been the Prince Albert Raiders, who play in the Eastern Conference, and aren’t too familiar to BC WHL fans. Their stats have been impressive all year long, clearly. But without seeing them, the question in BC at least has been, Read More »

NSWC Midgets down Semi for Gold in Phoenix

      January 23, 2019 The North Shore Winter Club Midget A1 team are U18 Champions of this year’s edition of the Arizona Cactus Cup, held in Phoenix this past weekend. The North Shore team ended up facing cross-town rivals Semiahmoo in the finals, and after falling behind 2-0, roared back to a 3-2 Read More »

Rockets finish 2018 at .500

  Marissa Baecker photo December 30, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets split their back to back home and home series vs the Kamloops Blazers with a 2-1 victory at Prospera Place Saturday night. Luke Zazula (3) got the Blazers on the board first when he squeaked the puck between Rockets starter, Roman Basran’s pad and the post Read More »

New Major Bantam League for Lower Mainland and Okanagan

  December 11, 2018 BC Hockey has announced that seven Lower Mainland and Okanagan teams will be part of a Major Bantam AAA Pilot program to be launched for the coming 2019-2020 season. The program has been launched in response to the rapid expansion of the bantam prep and bantam varsity team divisions in the Read More »

WHL Update – Giants increase lead in West

    December 5, 2018 BC Division The Vancouver Giants continue to stretch their lead at the top of the WHL BC division, and are knocking on the door for the #1 spot overall in the Western Conference. With a record of 20-6-2-0 ant 42 points, the Giants are just three back of Everett, with Read More »

WHL Trade: Kneen headed to Blades, Caller to Blazers

  November 26, 2018 by Robert Murray A swap of 19-year-old defencemen took place between the Kamloops Blazers and Saskatoon Blades Monday. Heading to the Blades is Nolan Kneen while Jackson Caller was sent the other way, heading to his hometown Blazers. In the deal, the the Blazers also received a second and third round Read More »

Stapley named NCHC Rookie of the Week

  November 16, 2018 DENVER – Denver Pioneers men’s hockey freshman forward Brett Stapley has been named NCHC Rookie of the Week, the NCHC announced on Monday. In two games against No. 2 St. Cloud State, Stapley logged one goal, two assists, an even rating and two shots on goal. The Campbell River, B.C. native Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

WHL Standings – Giants lead West

    October 15, 2018 The Vancouver Giants are currently the hottest team in the WHL Western Conference, after posting an 8-1-1 record in their last ten games, finishing with a 3-2 win Sunday vs the previously undefeated Victoria Royals. The Giants had bounced back from a 3-2 OTL to the Royals the night before. Read More »

WHL – Giants in 1st, hand Royals first loss

    October 15, 2018 Through their first 10 games, the Vancouver Giants have earned 17 of 20 available points, to post their best start in a decade. Sunday afternoon in Victoria the Giants handed the Royals their first loss, in a 3-2 decision. It was a bounce back game for the Giants, who had Read More »

WHL Standings – Victoria and PA on top to start

    October 9, 2018 While it’s still very early in the new 2018-2019 season, the Victoria Royals are currently the toast of the WHL Western Conference, undefeated after six games. Hot on their heels though, are the Vancouver Giants, at 6-1-0. Portland 4-2-0-1 is next. Perennial leaders Kelowna Rockets are off to a terrible Read More »

NHL Scouting lists 35 WHL “Players to Watch”

  October 2, 2018 Calgary – NHL Central Scouting issued its preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2019 NHL Draft Monday, with 35 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 »

WHL gets underway, Royals jump out to 4-0-0 start

October 2, 2018 The Western Hockey League kicked off its regular season last week, and so far there are still four undefeated teams. Victoria leads the BC Division with a 4-0-0 record, just ahead of the Vancouver Giants, at 3-1-0. In the Central Division, Edmonton is 5-0-0, while in the Eastern Division, Prince Albert is Read More »

WHL Royals edge Blazers 3-2

  September 29, 2018 Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals’ Phillip Schultz electrified the crowd with the game winning goal with 1:05 remaining in regulation as the club edged the Kamloops Blazers 3-2 on Friday night. Dante Hannoun lead the Royals with two assists, while Griffen Outhouse got the win, stopping 36 of 38. Hannoun’s Read More »

Cozens, Bellerive, Hughes lead WHL in opening week

  September 28, 2018 by Robert Murray Western Hockey League Three Stars  1. Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens led a Canadian Sport School Hockey League-trained sweep of the WHL Three Stars Friday, tallying a hat trick and adding an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Regina Pats by an 8-4 Read More »