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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 »

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 »

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 »

BCMML Week 4 – T-Birds move into first place

  October 15, 2018 The BC Major Midget League wrapped up Week 4 of the regular season Sunday, with another weekend of five two-game matches. While it’s still too early in the season to read too much into the results so far – just two wins separate the first place team from the next five, Read More »

BCMML Week 3 – North West Hawks move into first place

  October 10, 2018 The BC Major Midget League wrapped up Week 3 of the regular season Sunday, with another series of five matches, all played in an MML Showcase in Abbotsford. At the end of the weekend, one leader had emerged, while one team remained undefeated, tied with two others in second place.   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 »

BCMML Week 2 – 4 tied at top, Hawks McLean leads scoring

  October 4, 2018 The BC Major Midget League wrapped up Week 2 of the regular season this Sunday, with another series of five matches. At the end of the weekend, four teams were tied at the top with six points each, after four games (scroll down for standings).   Kootenay sweep South Island The 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 »

BCMML gets underway

  September 23, 2018 The BC Major Midget League got underway this weekend with a full slate of five two-game series. North Island Silvertips had the bye-weekend. SI Royals vs NE Chiefs, Split The South Island Royals hosted the Vancouver North East Chiefs in two games, winning the first 4-2 on Saturday in Saanich, then Read More »

BCMML – Playoffs Schedule

    March 12, 2018 Playoff matchups The BCMML 40 game regular season wrapped up Sunday, March 12, and the stage is now set for round 1 of the playoffs, featuring the Top 8 teams. All first round playoff series are a best of three, with the top-seeded team having home ice advantage in all Read More »

BCMML – Wrap of Final weekend – Playoff Matchups Set

      March 12, 2018 Week 22 The final weekend of BCMML regular season play wrapped up Sunday, with very little change in the standings from a week ago. Both top teams split their final series against lower ranked opponents and so failed to create any drama at the top of the standings. The Read More »

WHL Roundup: Royals keep Div title alive

    March 12, 2018 by Robert Murray Prince George Cougars (3) at Victoria Royals (4)  Prince George (23-37-5-4) // Victoria Royals (39-25-4-2) The Victoria Royals kept their B.C. Division title hopes alive Sunday afternoon at home with a 4-3 win over their Prince George Cougars, earning the Royals their 20th one-goal victory of the season. Royals Read More »

BCMML – Hawks back on top with one weekend to go

      March 7, 2018 Week 21 Just like last weekend, there was only one change in the BCMML standings after the competition wrapped up Sunday – and again it was a swap at the top, with the Valley West Hawks edging ahead of the idle Cariboo Cougars, to recapture the #1 seed. The Read More »

WHL Roundup: Hughes holds off Americans as T-Birds move closer to playoff spot

    March 7, 2018 by Robert Murray Portland Winterhawks (4) at Prince George Cougars (3)  Portland (41-20-1-4) // Prince George (23-35-4-4) It was productive return to Prince George for Dennis Cholowski (Detroit Red Wings) and Portland Winterhawks as each of them picked up a pair of points in a 4-3 win over the Prince George Cougars Tuesday evening. Read More »

BCMML Week 20 – Cougars move into 1st

      February 26, 2018 There was only one change in the BCMML standings after Week 20 wrapped up Sunday. Cariboo Cougars climbed back into first place after two wins in Vancouver over the #6 North West Giants, although it took an OT win in game two to get the sweep. #2 Valley West Read More »

BCMML Week 19 – Hawks and Cougars still at top, 3 weeks to go

  February 19, 2018 There was virtually no change in the standings after Week 19 in the BCMML this past weekend. Both top teams won two games, adding four points to their totals. Valley West Hawks and Cariboo Cougars are tied in first place, with 57 points each. #1 Valley West are still the top Read More »