Category Archives: WHL

Raiders Swing Major Deal: I’m Not Joshin’ Ya

The Prince Albert Raiders have traded Josh Morrissey and Gage Quinney to the Kelowna Rockets for defenseman Jesse Lees, forward Austin Glover, and two WHL bantam draft picks – a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2017.

Jesse Lees was a first round draft pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft being selected 9th overall by the Kelowna Rockets. The 95-born Calgary native is a right-handed defenseman who has spent the past four seasons in Kelowna. Lees is 5’11, 182 pounds. “Jesse is a quality player in our league that will provide us with experience and depth on the backend for not only this year but next as well,” Bruno Campese Raider General Manager.

Jesse Lees’ Stats

Canes Can Staff: Anholt Back Behind The Bench

At an afternoon news conference ahead of their game against Kelowna Wednesday, the Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Brad Robson is no longer with the Hurricanes Hockey club effectively immediately.

“Going forward and seeing where we were at as an organization felt a change was necessary that was in the best interest of our players, shareholders and fans moving forward” stated Lethbridge Hurricanes Board President, Doug Paisley.

At the same time, the Hurricanes announced Assistant General Manager, Peter Anholt, who was hired in June, will take the reins as both General Manager and Head Coach of the hockey club.

Anholt started his coaching career as an assistant with the Prince Albert Raiders before taking his turn as a head coach. For more than a decade Anholt was a head coach in the Western Hockey League with the Raiders, Red Deer Rebels, Kelowna Rockets and Seattle Thunderbirds. Prior to joining the Hurricanes Anholt had been a scouting with the Thunderbirds.

Peter will arrive in Lethbridge later tonight and will be available to the media after practice Thursday afternoon.

New Boss In PA After Raiders’ Clouston Walks The Plank

he Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League are pleased to announce that Marc Habscheid has been hired as the 14th Head Coach in the team’s history and will make his debut in Prince Albert tonight when the Raiders host the Saskatoon Blades at 7:00 PM. Habscheid has been signed for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

Habscheid, who hails from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, has an extensive playing and coaching career at many levels, including the NHL. As a player, he was a member of the Blades and Kamloops Junior Oilers from 1979-83 and was a 6th round NHL draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 1981. Habscheid would play 345 games in the NHL for the Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames from 1981-92. As a player he also represented Canada twice internationally at the 1988 Olympics and 1992 World Championships. He also played in the AHL and overseas before retiring in 1996.

Habscheid’s coaching career started in the SJHL with the Melfort Mustangs. He then went on to be the Head Coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL from 1997-99 before taking over the Kelowna Rockets as Head Coach from 1999-2004 including winning the Memorial Cup in 03-04 with current Raider Assistant Coach Kelly Guard as his goalie. In 2003 he was named the CHL Coach of the Year, the same year he coached Canada at the World Junior Championships. He was then named by Hockey Canada as an international coach, winning gold at the World Championships in 2004 and silver in 2005. He served as an assistant coach for the 2006 Olympics.  Habscheid then was an Associate Coach with the Boston Bruins of the NHL in the 06-07 season before returning to the WHL to be the Head Coach and GM of the expansion Chilliwack Bruins from 2009-12 including the transition year of that organization when they moved to Victoria to become the Royals in 11-12.  After the 2012 season he joined the Royals parent company GSL Holdings in an executive role and has been ranching south of Swift Current.

“This is a very exciting day for me as I look forward to returning to coaching in my home province”, said Habscheid. “I am very grateful to have the opportunity to join the Raiders and be part of this community”.

Blades Set For Ice

(Photo Courtesy STEVE HISCOCK)

BLADES vs. ICE
7:05pm – SaskTel Centre

OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (3-7-0) play the third of a six-game homestand tonight as they face off against Kootenay Ice (3-8-0). … The Blades and Ice are tied for 10th in the east with six points, one back of the Red Deer Rebels for ninth and four back of the Prince Albert Raiders for the eighth and final playoff spot. … The Ice coming off a 3-2 loss to the Raiders last night. … Kootenay is led in scoring by Jaedon Descheneau, who has five goals and four assists for nine points in nine points.

LAST TIME OUT: Led by Andrew Koep and Blake Orban, the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings handed the Blades a 6-4 defeat this past Saturday at SaskTel Centre. Koep and Orban each recorded a pair of goals, while Dysin Mayo and Cole Benson did the rest offensively. In goal, rookie netminder Patrick Dea made 25 saves in the victory, snapping Saskatoon’s three-game winning streak. For the Blades, Alex Forsberg scored a pair on the power-play – his third and fourth goals of the season – while Ryan Graham and Austin Adamson chipped in with singles, the latter fuelling a late Blades rally, but it wasn’t enough. Alex Moodie suffered his first loss in four consecutive starts, surrendering six goals on 35 shots.

CHL Responds To Lawsuit

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the world’s premier development hockey league and the number one supplier of player talent for the NHL, Canadian university hockey and Canada’s national hockey teams. Our players are some of the best amateur student athletes in the world and we are proud to provide them with the support, programs and tools to ensure they have the best player experience.

As the CHL we have worked hard over the last decade to continually review, refine and improve the player experience. This player experience, funded by our member teams and leagues, now includes:
• an education program, unmatched in amateur sports, that promotes academic success both during their time in the CHL and after, including post-secondary scholarship programs,
• extensive health and safety, anti-doping and mentoring programs that support our players whether they continue with the sport or pursue other careers,
• a comprehensive mental health program in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and
• out-of-pocket expense coverage, equipment, billeting and travel costs.

In all three CHL member leagues, the Commissioners have spent much time dealing directly with players and their parents on team-specific issues. The Commissioners are always available to respond to any concerns raised by players or their parents. We will also continue to review and refine our programs through research and talking to our players, their parents, and our teams. We believe that our players are amateur student athletes.

Memorial Cup Stays In The East In The West

The Western Hockey League announced today the Red Deer Rebels, the City of Red Deer and the province of Alberta will host the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup following a vote by the WHL Board of Governors.

The Red Deer Rebels will host a media conference on Thursday, October 9th after earning the right to host the event. WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, Rebels players and representatives as well as local and provincial officials will be in attendance. The 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup will mark the first time Red Deer has hosted the event and the first time since 1974 that the Canadian Hockey League’s national championship has been held in the province of Alberta.

WHL Introduces New Rules/Play-off Format

The Western Hockey League today announced a series of rule changes for the upcoming 2014-15 WHL Season, which opens Friday evening.

Rule changes for the 2014-15 WHL Season were tested during pre-season and most of the changes adopted by the National Hockey League (NHL):

*Indicates rule adopted by the NHL
1) Overtime
• During the regular season, at the end of the third period of a tied game, there will be a two minute break prior to the start of a five (5) minute sudden-death overtime period (same as in previous seasons).
• *The Clubs must change ends for the overtime period.

2) Shootout
• Should a regular season game be tied after the five (5) minute sudden-death overtime period, the Zamboni(s) will do a dry scrape of the middle of the ice (same as in previous seasons).
• *The Clubs must change ends again for the shootout.
• *The home team shall have the choice of shooting first or second, and the Clubs shall alternate shots.
• *The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360 degree turn as he approaches the goal shall not be permitted. Should a player perform such a move during the penalty shot, the shot shall be stopped immediately by the referee, and no goal shall be permitted. (This also applies on regular penalty shot situations during a game)

3) Tripping
• *A two minute minor penalty will be assessed when a defending player “dives” and trips an attacking player with his stick, body, arm or shoulder, regardless of whether the defending player is able to make initial contact with the puck.
• *In situations where a penalty shot might otherwise be appropriate, if the defending player “dives” and touches the puck first (before the trip), no penalty shot will be awarded. (In such cases, the resulting penalty will be limited to a two minute minor for tripping).

Warriors In Need Of New Head Coach

Believe it or not but for the first time in their storied history the Moose Jaw Warriors have a coach that has moved on to the professional ranks.

Head Coach Mike Stothers has been hired by the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings to be their new head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.

This marks the first time in Warrior history that a coach was not dismissed or parted ways with.

Stothers joined the Warriors in the summer of 2011, and was on the bench for their inaugural season in Mosaic Place.  With Stothers on the bench for the 2011-2012 season, the Warriors set franchise records for wins (45), home wins (30), fewest losses (19), and points (98), they also won the teams third East Division title and advanced to the 2012 Eastern Conference Final.  After three years in Moose Jaw, he coached the Warriors in 216 games, he is tied for third all-time in games coaches on a Warriors bench.

Blades Add Pick From Silvertips

(Photo Courtesy Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatoon Blades have acquired a conditional 4th round pick from the Everett Silvertips in exchange for forward Graham Millar.

The pick Saskatoon has acquired is for the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. “Given the depth we have in front of Graham, this was a move we needed to make to bring in a good asset,” said Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods.”The trade will give him a new opportunity to play more in Everett while continuing our path to rebuild this team on the ice.”

Millar, a 1996-born player from Penticton, BC, was a rookie with the Saskatoon Blades in 2013-14.

Blades Add A Dean To Coaching Staff

The Saskatoon Blades are extremely pleased to announce that they have hired Dean Brockman as their new assistant coach.

Brockman joins the Blades from the Humboldt Broncos, where he was a 4-time SJHL Coach Of The Year, most recently in 2013.

“Dean is a winner, plain and simple,” said Saskatoon Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods. “He brings experience, leadership and a winning mentality to this organization. He’s proven himself at the SJHL level and with Hockey Canada and we’re very excited to welcome him to the Saskatoon Blades.”

Brockman has spent the last 10 seasons as the general manager and head coach of the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos. During those 10 seasons he was named SJHL Coach Of The Year in 2013, 2009, 2008 and 2007. Prior to that, Brockman was the assistant coach of the club from 1997 until 2003, while also serving as general manager.

“This is obviously a great opportunity for me and one that I have been seeking for a while,” said Brockman. “The Saskatoon Blades are a team that I watched growing up, going way back to the days of Jackie McLeod. I’m certainly looking forward to doing everything that I can to help this team win games.”

Team success has been a regular theme when looking at Brockman’s history. The product of St. Benedict, Saskatchewan, guided the Broncos to four Anavet Cup Championship titles in five appearances at the event, which matches up the SJHL and MJHL Champions.