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WHL – Seth Bafaro headed back to BC

  January 8, 2019 by Robert Murray Defenceman Seth Bafaro is back in his home province following a trade last Wednesday between the Saskatoon Blades and the Vancouver Giants. In return, the Blades have received a fifth-round selection in the 2021 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound defenceman from Kamloops, B.C. was originally selected Read More »

WHL Giants acquire Joseph from Pats for draft picks

  Jadon Joseph is headed to the B.C. Division following a Friday deal between the Regina Pats and Vancouver Giants. The Giants acquired the 19-year-old product of Sherwood Park, Alta. in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and a sixth-round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. “We wish Read More »

Giants Wrap 2018 With a Thrilling 2-1 Win Over PG

  December 17, 2018 The Vancouver Giants are heading into their holiday break on a winning note. Sunday night in Langley in front of 3500-plus at the LEC the Vancouver Giants (22-8-2-0) earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars (11-19-1-2). Brayden Watts notched both goals for the Giants, the latter of which Read More »

Giants win 7th straight, 2-1 OT vs Royals at the Coliseum

  December 13, 2018 It may have been the most dramatic Teddy Bear Toss victory in the 18-year history of the Vancouver Giants last Saturday night. With only a minute and 19 seconds remaining in the third period trailing by a goal, Giants defenceman Bowen Byram scored the 2018 Teddy Bear Toss game tying goal, 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 »

Giants celebrate return to Coliseum with 5-2 win

  December 2, 2018 On a night where 50 years of Vancouver hockey memories were celebrated the Vancouver Giants managed to create a few unforgettable memories of their own. Saturday night in front of 6000-plus at the Pacific Coliseum, the Vancouver Giants (19-6-2-0) grabbed their fifth straight victory, a 5-2 decision over the visiting Tri-City Read More »

Giants Wrap Up Home Stand With a 10-4 Win Over Regina

  November 17, 2018   The Vancouver Giants (14-4-2-0) wrapped up their eight-game home stand in convincing fashion Friday night with a 10-goal outburst. Milos Roman, Tristen Nielsen and Yannik Valenti each scored twice and nine Giants recorded a multi-point game in a 10-4 victory over the visiting Regina Pats. Nick Henry responded with three Read More »

Giants owner Ron Toigo awarded by BC Sports Hall of Fame

November 16, 2018 Ron Toigo, majority owner, Governor and President of the Vancouver Giants, will receive the 2019 BC Sports Hall of Fame W.A.C. Bennett Award on May 23, 2019 at the BC Sports Hall of Fame’s Induction Gala. The announcement was November 14 at the BC Sports Hall of Fame in Downtown Vancouver. Ron 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 »

Giants finish October with 3-2 SO Win

    October 28, 2018 The Vancouver Giants finished off their October schedule with a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings in front of 3,378 fans at the Langley Events Centre on Sunday afternoon. The Giants’ Brayden Watts tied the game at 10:30 of the third on the power play, and then 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 »

Giants and Royals in CHL Top 10

  October 25, 2018   Toronto – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week six edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. Retaining the number one spot this week were the Prince 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 »

Giants start season 3-1-0, with SO win Sunday

Vancouver Giants mob goalie David Tendeck after shoot out save, Sunday. October 1, 2018 The Vancouver Giants are heading into the month of October with a 3-1 record. Sunday night at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants earned a 5-4 come-from-behind shootout victory over the Spokane Chiefs. Giants forward Brayden Watts tied the game Read More »

T-birds upset Giants 3-1 Friday

  September 29, 2018 Friday night at the LEC, the Vancouver Giants dropped a 3-1 decision to the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds. Matthew Wedman broke open a 1-1 tie with a late third period marker for Seattle to help steer the visitors to their second straight victory. Dillon Hamaliuk and Nolan Volcan also struck for Seattle Read More »