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WHL – Kelowna Rockets Clinch Playoff Spot

  March 7, 2020 The Kelowna Rockets are the 15th Western Hockey League team to secure a spot in the 2020 WHL Playoffs following a 6-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday night at Prospera Place. With the victory, the Rockets improved to 28-27-3-3 on the season through 61 games, giving them 62 points. The Read More »

WHL Playoff race update

  March 1, 2010 Here’s a quick look at current standings in the WHL, as the league approaches the end of its 68 game regular season schedule. So far 13 teams have clinched playoff spots.   U.S. DIVISION # Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT ROW GF GA Streak P10 PIM 1 X Read More »

Giants Wrap Up Weekend With a 4-1 Loss to the Victoria Royals

The Vancouver Giants (32-22-3-2) earned four of six possible points this weekend against Victoria. Sunday afternoon the Victoria Royals (31-23-5-2) earned a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants in the third game of a three-in-three weekend. Brandon Cutler led the Royals with a goal and two assists while goaltender Adam Evanoff stopped 33 of Vancouver’s Read More »

Scottie Upshall hangs ’em up

  February 24, 2020 By Robert Murray Scottie Upshall has announced his retirement from professional hockey. The Fort McMurray, Alberta product most recently appeared in the National Hockey League for the St. Louis Blues. This season, Upshall had taken his talents to Europe, playing in Switzerland’s National League with HC Ambri-Piotta. After playing for his hometown Read More »

WHL – Giants win streak ends at 11

  February 24, 2020 For the first time in a span of 12 games, the Vancouver Giants lost a hockey game. Saturday night in front of nearly 8000-strong in Everett, WA the Giants (30-21-3-2) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Everett Silvertips (39-12-3-1). Gage Concalves’ power play goal late in the third period broke up Read More »

UBC to Canada West, first time in 42 years

    February 24, 2020 EDMONTON – For the first time in 42 years the UBC Thunderbirds have advanced to the Canada West final after earning a 2-1 win over the number one seed Alberta Golden Bears in game three of the semifinal series Sunday night at Clare Drake Arena. Tyler Sandhu scored the game winner Read More »

WHL – Giants win streak now at 10

  February 17, 2020 With three wins over the holiday weekend, the Vancouver Giants have extended their winning streak to 10, and are now just one point back of second place Victoria Royals in the BC Division. Their most recent win was 3-2 Monday afternoon decision in a testy rematch at home vs the Seattle Read More »

WHL – BC #1 Blazers win Wild One 7-6 OT

  February 17, 2020 Kamloops Blazer’s Logan Stankoven had two goals and two assists and Kyrell Sopotyk had three goals in a 7-6 overtime win at home Monday afternoon, over the Victoria Royals. Orrin Centazzo scored the overtime winner as the Blazers improved to 35-16-3-1 on the season and lead the B.C. Division by 10 Read More »

WHL – Giants win 7th straight

  February 14, 2020 With another strong performance last weekend, followed up by a win Wednesday, the Vancouver Giants stretched their BC Division lead to six points over the top Western Conference Wildcard Kelowna Rockets, who have been rattled with a series of injuries to key players. On Saturday, the Giants defeated the struggling Prince Read More »

WHL – Giants extend winning streak to 6

  February 10, 2020 The Vancouver Giants extended their winning streak to six on Sunday with their third straight win over #1 Kamloops Blazers. On Saturday, the Giants downed Prince George 5-2, and are now six points back of Victoria for second in the WHL’s BC division, and six clear of the Kelowna Rockets. Tyler Read More »

WHL – Giants sweep Loops, move into 3rd place

  February 3, 2020 The Vancouver Giants have climbed back into the top three of the B.C. Division standings. Saturday night in Kamloops, the Giants completed a weekend sweep of the B.C. Division leading Kamloops Blazers with a 3-2 victory. Tristen Nielsen scored twice in a three-goal second period for the Giants and goaltender David Read More »

33 CSSHL players selected in NHL Central Scouting midterms

      January 14, 2020 A total of 33 former Canadian Sport School Hockey League student athletes have landed on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of the top players eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. Twenty-eight CSSHL alums are listed on the North American Skaters list, including seventh-ranked Kaiden Guhle, while four former CSSHL Read More »

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 »