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WHL Top Guns – Scoring Leaders & Goalies

January 13, 2020  The WHL’s Top 30 Scoring Leaders and Top 20 Goaltenders. Scoring Leaders: WHL Top 30 – 1.13.2020               Rank Pos Name Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM 1 LW Beckman, Adam SPO 39 30 34 64 30 12 2 C Hamblin, James MH 42 23 41 Read More »

Top 200 NA skaters – NHL Central Scouting midterms

    January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting today released its midterm 2020 NHL Draft rankings. Here’s the Top 200 North American skaters listed. R Skater Ht Wt Pos Current Team League 1 LAFRENIERE, ALEXIS 6′ 1″ 196 LW RIMOUSKI QMJHL 2 BYFIELD, QUINTON 6′ 4″ 215 C SUDBURY OHL 3 DRYSDALE, JAMIE 5′ 11″ Read More »

51 WHL players crack NHL Central Scouting midterms

  January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft includes 51 WHL players. Nine WHL skaters cracked the top 30 North Americans. Four WHL goalies were listed in the top 10 North American goaltenders. The top ranked WHL skater, at #7 is defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders / Sherwood Read More »

Top 200 NA skaters – by league and country

    January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting today released its midterm 2020 NHL Draft rankings. Here’s an overview of the Top 200 North American skaters (no goalies), by country/league. In summary, players toiling in Canadian leagues (which includes some US and European players), make up almost two thirds of the total (64.5%) – 129 Read More »

Giants Prevail In A 5-4 Overtime Thriller Over Edmonton

  November 23, 2019 SOURDIF’S OT WINNER LIFTS THE GIANTS OVER THE OIL KINGS BOX SCORE 1st Period: VAN – 3:57 into the game, Milos Roman’s (11) shot from the left-wing point snuck through traffic and past Todd Scott to give the Giants the 1-0 lead. VAN – Cole Shepard (5) extended the Giants lead Read More »

Tips and Winterhawks leading WHL

  November 25, 2019 Here’s how things are looking 24 or so games into the 2019-2020 WHL regular season. In the West, it’s the US Division Everett Silvertips and Portland Winterhawks tied for first place overall, each with 33 points. The Tips have done it in 22 games, the Hawks in 23. The Kamloops Blazers Read More »

WHL – 105 players attending NHL Camps

    September 16, 2019 The Western Hockey League announced last week that 105 WHL players would be attending NHL rookie and training camps in September. All players are eligible to return to the WHL for the 2019-20 season. Of the 105 players attending, 58 were selected in the NHL Draft, including Saskatoon Blades forward Read More »

WHL Preseason comes to a close

  September 16, 2019 The final 15 games of the 2019 Western Hockey League Pre-season are in the books and the start of the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season is now only days away.   Oil Kings sweep away Cougars in Fort St. John The Edmonton Oil Kings and Prince George Cougars closed out their pre-season Read More »

WHL Pre-season – Tips, Blazers and Broncs go 3-0

  September 6, 2019 Western Hockey League pre-season action was in full swing throughout the league as 16 games took place over the Labour Day weekend. Through it all, three teams emerged with perfect records, the Everett Silvertips, Kamloops Blazers, and Swift Current Broncos.     Hosting a pre-season tournament at Angel of the Winds Arena Read More »

WHL places seven NHL first rounders

  July 2, 2019 The Western Hockey League fared best of the big three Canadian Hockey League major junior organizations in this year’s NHL Entry Level draft. Seven WHL players were selected in the 31 first slots available, compared to just four from the larger Ontario Hockey League, and just two from the Quebec Major Read More »

Cranbrook’s Bowen Byram BC’s top NHL Draft pick at #4 overall

July 2, 2019 4. Colorado Avalanche – Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL) NHL Central Scouting: No. 2 (North American skaters) Byram (6-1, 195) led Western Hockey League defenseman in goals (26) and game-winning goals (nine), and he was third with 71 points in 67 regular-season games. He also set a single-season league record with six Read More »

WHL Championship – Giants fall in G7 OT

  May 14, 2019 One of the most memorable, historic seasons of Vancouver Giants hockey ended in heartbreak at 18:25 of overtime in Game 7 Monday night in Prince Albert, SK. Dante Hannoun’s goal late in the first overtime period lifted the Prince Albert Raiders to a 2019 championship victory and a berth in the Read More »

WHL Championship – Raiders win it in OT

      May 14, 2019 by Darren Zary, Saskatoon StarPhoenix PRINCE ALBERT — WHL championship final. Seventh game. Overtime. Does it get much better than this? “Yes it does,” promised Prince Albert Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid. “In about two weeks.” Habscheid and the Raiders are probably just glad this series is finally — Read More »

WHL Championship – Giants force Game 7 – tonight in PA

  May 13, 2019 For the Vancouver Giants, there truly is no tomorrow. It all comes down to tonight’s Game 7 in Prince Albert vs the home town Raiders, a team that has posted an almost unbeatable record all season (54-10-2-2, 112 points). But the Giants have been formidable too, especially over the final half Read More »

WHL Championship – Vancouver Giants win Game 6

  May 13, 2019 The 2019 Rogers WHL Championship Series is going the distance. Sunday night in Prince Albert, the Vancouver Giants earned a 4-2 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders, forcing a seventh and deciding game Monday night at 6 PM PT. Davis Koch paced the Giants with two goals while goaltender David Tendeck Read More »

WHL West – Giants win in OT, take 3-1 lead over Spokane

  April 25, 2019 Dawson Holt scored 7:07 into the first overtime Wednesday, elevating the Vancouver Giants to a 3-1 series lead and pushing the Spokane Chiefs to the brink of elimination. A pair of goals from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Adam Beckman gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead at the end of two, before Read More »

WHL East – All tied up – Edmonton-PA series 2-2

  April 25, 2019 The Prince Albert Raiders bounced back with a 2-1 win Wednesday to even up the Eastern Conference Championship at two games apiece. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason and Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) scored for the Raiders while Wyatt McLeod broke up the Raiders’ shutout bid late in regulation. The Read More »

WHL Western Conference final starts tonight – Giants vs Chiefs

    April 19, 2019 by Lauren Zandee A fierce battle for the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference Championship will ignite between the Vancouver Giants and Spokane Chiefs tonight in Langley. Coming off a 4-1 series win against the Everett Silvertips in the second round, the Spokane Chiefs will be hot with momentum; a characteristic Read More »

WHL Western Conference Final set – Giants vs Chiefs

  April 14, 2019 With a matching eight wins in the 2019 Western Hockey League Playoffs, the Vancouver Giants and Spokane Chiefs now serve as the final two teams standing in the Western Conference, setting up a fierce series in the Western Conference Championship. After beating the Portland Winterhawks in five games, the Chiefs dispatched Read More »

WHL Playoffs – Giants bounce back in Seattle, take 2-1 series lead

  March 26, 2019 KENT, WA The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-4 EN at accesso ShoWare Center tonight in Game 3 of a first round playoff series. Vancouver now leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 on Wednesday at 7:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center. The Giants opened at home Friday with a Read More »

Portland ends Giants 7-game winning streak

  February 19, 2019 The Vancouver Giants (39-14-2-1) dropped a 5-3 decision to the Portland Winterhawks (36-16-3-3), at home Monday afternoon, ending their seven-game winning streak. With the loss, combined with an Everett Silvertips win, the Giants slide two points back of the Tips at the top of the Western Conference. Joachim Blichfeld led the Read More »

Giants win 7th straight, now 1st overall in Western conference

  February 18, 2019 Saturday night in Kelowna the Vancouver Giants (39-13-2-1) earned their seventh straight victory, a 2-0 triumph over the Kelowna Rockets (23-28-4-1). Milos Roman and Jared Dmytriw supplied the goals for the Giants while David Tendeck stopped all 22 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season and the Read More »

Giants are 3rd WHL club to clinch playoff spot

    February 12, 2019 For a second straight season the Vancouver Giants (37-13-2-1) are headed to the WHL playoffs. Sunday afternoon in front of 3663 strong at the LEC the Vancouver Giants skated to a 4-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars (16-32-4-2), becoming the third team in the WHL to clinch a berth Read More »

Giants edge Cougars, 4-2 EN, stretch division lead

  February 3, 2019 Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in front of 4000-plus the Vancouver Giants (33-13-2-1) skated to their 33rd win of the season – A 4-2 triumph over the Prince George Cougars (16-29-3-2). On Friday in Portland, the Giants suffered their first regulation game loss in 11 games, falling 3-0 to Read More »

Byram named WHL Player of the Month

    January 31, 2019 Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants has been named the WHL McSweeney’s Player of the Month for January 2019. Byram recorded 19 points (10G-9A) and a plus-17 rating in 13 games as the Giants led all WHL teams in points earned throughout the month with a 9-3-0-1 record. Their month, which included Read More »

Giants come back from 3-0 but lose in shootout

  January 28, 2019 Sunday night at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants extended their regulation unbeaten streak to nine games after earning a single point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Kelowna Rockets. The Rockets at one point led Sunday’s game 3-0 before the Giants managed to comeback. Rockets forward Leif Mattson Read More »

Cougars drop three in Alberta

January  27, 2019 By Fraser Rodgers The Prince George Cougars are leaving Alberta without a win, after their 2-1 setback against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars lost all three games on the Central Division road trip over the weekend, and are winless in the last seven games. They started with a Read More »