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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 »

WHL Standings, Scoring Leaders and Top Goalies

    February 4, 2018 Things are certainly looking interesting in the WHL standings these days, as the league enters the final 20 game stretch of the 72 game regular season. Western Conference The Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals are tied on top of the BC division, with 68 points, however the Rockets have two Read More »

WHL Weekend – Four hat tricks highlight Saturday games

  Medicine Hat Tigers (4) at Vancouver Giants (5) Medicine Hat (26-22-7-0) // Vancouver (28-16-5-3) The Vancouver Giants closed out an eight-game home stand with a 5-4 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday, winning a back-and-forth battle with a late third period goal from Alex Kannok Leipert. Ty Ronning (New York Rangers) and Dawson Holt each had a Read More »

CHL Prospects game ready to go – 9 WHLers suit up

  January 24, 2018 Talented NHL Draft prospects from across the Canadian Hockey League touched down in Guelph, Ont. Tuesday night with their highly anticipated Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game performance just 48 hours away. Excitement abounded during arrival interviews as players expressed a range of feelings after meeting their new teammates, some of whom Read More »

WHL Standings – Tight, tight, tight

  January 7, 2017 As the second half of the WHL regular season gets underway, things couldn’t be much tighter at the top of the Western Conference standings. The Kelowna Rockets and Vancouver Giants are now tied at 51 points in first place, though the Rockets have three games in hand. A point back, the Read More »

WHL Round Up – Jan. 6 games

    January 7, 2018 by Robert Murray     Vancouver Giants (5) at Medicine Hat Tigers (3) Vancouver (23-14-3-2) // Medicine Hat (22-16-3-0) Dawson Holt scored twice while Brad Morrison and Brayden Watts each recorded a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Giants swept their three-game road trip through Alberta Saturday with a 5-3 victory Read More »

WHL Round Up

  January 1, 2018 by Robert Murray Prince George Cougars (3) at Vancouver Giants (4) — OT Prince George (14-18-4-2) // Vancouver (20-14-3-2) James Malm’s seventh game-winning goal of the season helped the Vancouver Giants become the third team in the B.C. Division to 20 victories Monday, exacting some revenge against the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Centre. Read More »

WHL Standings – Royals still lead West

  December 12, 2017 Here’s an overview of WHL standings as the league heads toward the halfway mark. In the BC Division, Kelowna are now just two wins back of Victoria Royals, who lead the Western Conference with 43 points. The Vancouver Giants have picked it up the pace and have won the past three Read More »

Cougars sign WHL veteran Holowko, call up Beamin

      December 12, 2017 The Prince George Cougars have made a pair of roster moves ahead of the WHL Christmas break, General Manager Todd Harkins announced Tuesday. The Cougars have signed 20-year-old forward Nic Holowko off of WHL waivers. Holowko started the season with the Kamloops Blazers. In seven games with the Blazers, Read More »

Tendeck backstops Giants to W over #1 Winterhawks

    December 5, 2017 by Robert Murray Portland Winterhawks (3) at Vancouver Giants (5) Portland (20-6-0-1) // Vancouver (13-13-2-2) For the second time in three days, the top team in the WHL was held out of the win column.  Tuesday, it was a pair of goals from Owen Hardy, 43 saves from David Tendeck and a full team Read More »

Cougars Jackson Leppard – NHL Scouting Player to Watch

    November 30, 2017 By WHL Network “Growing the Game’s Best Talent” is a multipart series, sponsored by BC Tree Fruits, that highlights the next generation of WHL stars set to embark on a journey of pursuing NHL dreams. “Growing the Game’s Best Talent” can be seen monthly at WHL.ca, featuring a key member of the Read More »

WHL Roundup: Saturday and Sunday Games

  December 3, 2017 Below is a quick recap of WHL action on the weekend. Only one BC division game was played Sunday, with four games Saturday. Victoria Royals are still on top of BC division, two points behind overall Western Conference leaders Portland Winterhawks. Kelowna is now just two points back of Victoria, with Read More »

WHL Roundup & Standings – Royals stop Americans

  WHL Roundup November 19, 2017 by Robert Murray Victoria Royals (7) at Tri-City Americans (3) Victoria (16-7-1-0) // Tri-City (13-6-2-0) Matthew Phillips (Calgary Flames) had a pair of goals and an assist and four other Victoria Royals had multi-point efforts as they ended the home undefeated run by the Tri-City Americans. Morgan Geekie (Carolina Hurricanes) and Nolan Yaremko Read More »

WHL Roundup & Standings

    November 15, 2017 WHL Roundup Red Deer Rebels (5) at Victoria Royals (3) Red Deer (9-11-1-0) // Victoria (14-7-1-0) Not many WHL teams have made the journey to Vancouver Island and picked up a regulation win this season, but the Red Deer Rebels can now add themselves to that list. A three-goal third period helped hold Read More »

Cougars stung late in regulation, again

  November 4, 2017 The Prince George Cougars likely left XFINITY Arena Friday with a feeling of déjà vu, as they found themselves on the wrong end of more late game heroics, this time by the Everett Silvertips in their 3-1 win over the Cougars. After the Winterhawks stung the Cougars with a game winning Read More »

Rockets Dube Shines in second OT Win vs PG

    October 8, 2017 by Kevin Bains The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Prince George Cougars 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night at the CN Centre in Prince George, to make it two overtime wins in a row over the Cougars. The Rockets opened up the scoring 11:51 into the opening frame on the power Read More »

Royals remain perfect in BC Division

  October 2, 2017 Kamloops Blazers (3) at Victoria Royals (6)  Kamloops (0-5-0-0) // Victoria (4-0-0-0) The lone undefeated team in the B.C. Division remained perfect Sunday as the Victoria Royals doubled up the Kamloops Blazers. Dante Hannoun had a hat trick and four points, but it was Spencer Gerth’s first goal of the season that stood Read More »

Cougars Gavin Grant named WHL Goaltender of Week

    October 2, 2017 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince George Cougars goaltender Tavin Grant has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 2, 2017. Grant, a product of Burnaby, B.C., put Read More »

Kelowna Rockets trade Soustal

  October 2, 2017 The Kelowna Rockets have traded forward Tomas Soustal to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Soustal was entering his fourth season with the Rockets. He was picked 60th overall by Kelowna in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. “The number of overage Read More »

Twarynski reassigned to Rockets

  October 2, 2017 The Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL (affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers) have reassigned forward Carsen Twarynski to the Kelowna Rockets. The 20-year-old is entering his fourth WHL season, and second with the Rockets. Through four seasons Twarynski has collected 43 goals and 67 assists for 110 points in 189 career games Read More »

Seattle T-Birds down PG Cougars 5-1

      September 30, 2017 Eighteen year old Finnish rookie, Sami Moilanen (01-22-99) had a hat trick Friday night at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 5-1 win over the Prince George Cougars. Moilanen (5’8, 182) scored a goal in each period of the game. Seattle took a Read More »

Visiting Spokane sweeps Cougars in openers

  September 24, 2017 The Prince George Cougars will head out across the border next week still in search of their first win on the young WHL season, after dropping a 5-1 decision to the Spokane Chiefs Saturday night at the CN Centre. Jared Bethune did put the home side up early, four-minutes into the Read More »

WHL Opening Week, Sunday round up

    September 25, 2017 Sunday’s Western Hockey League action a light two-game schedule with an all-East Division and all-U.S. Division matchups. Red Deer Rebels (5) at Edmonton Oil Kings (3) Red Deer (2-0-0-0) // Edmonton (0-2-0-0) The Edmonton Oil Kings couldn’t sustain a first period lead in their home opener, falling by a 5-3 final Read More »

WHL Saturday round up

    September 24, 2017 Here’s an overview of WHL game action Saturday. Kelowna Rockets (5) at Kamloops Blazers (1) Kelowna (2-0-0-0) // Kamloops (0-2-0-0) by: Taylor Rocca Kole Lind enjoyed a five-point night, factoring into every goal the Kelowna Rockets scored en route to a 5-1 victory over the rival Kamloops Blazers. Lind, a Read More »

WHL Opening Night Round Up

  Opening night of the 2017-18 Western Hockey League regular season held no shortage of excitement with eight games spread across Western Canada.   Regina Pats (1) at Brandon Wheat Kings (8) Regina (0-1-0-0) // Brandon (1-0-0-0) Ty Lewis registered five points (2G-3A) as the Brandon Wheat Kings made a statement, thumping the CHL’s top-ranked Read More »

WHL BC Division Preview

  September 21, 2017 By Robert Murray, WHL As the 2017-18 Western Hockey League regular season approaches Friday, September 22, here’s a preview of the BC Division. Team capsules are presented in order of 2016-17 finish within each division.   General Manager: Todd Harkins Head Coach: Richard Matvichuk Pre-season record: 3-3-0-0 2016-17 record: 45-21-3-3, First in Read More »

Regina Pats start season ranked #1 in Canada

  September 20. 2017 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the pre-season edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2017-18 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. The 2017-18 regular season schedule opens on Thursday September 21 in the Read More »