WHL THIS WEEK: February 16, 2012

Calgary, AB – The 2011-12 WHL regular season enters its third weekend of play in February with 23 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Three afternoon games are scheduled for Monday, which is a holiday in Canada and the U.S.


In Cranbrook, B.C., the Kootenay Ice Fan Club is hosting a Chicken ‘N’ Pasta buffet dinner on Sunday.  Ice players will be on hand for the event.

In Lethbridge, AB, the Hurricanes are holding their Skills Competition on Sunday as part of their Family Weekend.  Fans can see their favorite ‘Canes player battle in one of several skill events.

In Medicine Hat, AB, the Tigers will hold their own Skills Competition next Thursday, and recently held a Fantasy Draft to select the teams that will compete in the skills event.

In Saskatoon, SK, it’s Faith Night next Wednesday when the Blades host the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  WHL graduate Darcy Hordichuk will be a guest speaker, via the big screen, and fans can skate with the team following the game.

In Swift Current, SK, fans can help celebrate Broncos’ mascot Charley Horse’s 20th Birthday on Saturday night when the Saskatoon Blades come to town.

In Vancouver, B.C., Friday night is Giants’ Alumni Night when the Edmonton Oil Kings come to town.  Former Giants star defenceman Cody Franson will take his place in the team’s Ring of Honor, and fans could win one of 500 limited-edition Cody Franson bobblehead dolls.

In Victoria, B.C., Friday night is Guides and Scouts Night and Saturday night is Ladies Night when the Royals host the visiting Prince George Cougars for a pair of weekend meetings.



Calgary – Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison, on behalf of the WHL Board of Governors, announced today that one of the longest serving members of the Swift Current Broncos Board of Directors Ben Wiebe, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011-12 WHL Governors Award. 

The WHL Governors Award is presented annually to an individual who, through his outstanding services as a builder of the League has made a contribution to the growth and development of the WHL.

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EVERETT, WA – The Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League today announced the hiring of Garry Davidson as their new General Manager.  The announcement was made by Silvertips and Consolidated Sports Holdings President Gary Gelinas during a press conference this afternoon at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena.

Davidson, 60, becomes General Manager of the Silvertips after spending the past four years as Director of Player Personnel for the Portland Winterhawks.  In a hockey career spanning more than three decades, Davidson has served as a Head Coach, General Manager and Owner at various levels in both the junior and professional ranks.  The Manitoba native has worked extensively in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and WHL since the early 1990’s.

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CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League wrapped up League-wide Arena and Business Conferences on Monday in Calgary.  The conference included representatives from all WHL Clubs and Arena facilities.

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Congratulations to Emerson Etem of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who became the first Western Hockey League player in 11 seasons to record 50 goals in 50 of fewer games.

The 19-year-old from Long Beach, CA, scored a pair of goals – his 50th and 51st of the season – on Sunday in a 4-2 victory over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.  It was his 50th game of the season.

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Jamie Crooks and the Victoria Royals (17-34-2-4) host Troy Bourke and the Prince George Cougars (18-35-0-2) for a key Western Conference match-up on Friday night.

Friday’s contest between the Royals and Cougars can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm PT).

The Royals are coming off a 5-3 loss to the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night for their fifth straight setback, but remain clinging to eighth place in the Western Conference.  The Royals have dropped five of their last six home games.  Crooks leads the Royals with 30 goals and 59 points this season.

The Cougars pulled off a 3-1 win over the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday for their second victory over their last three outings, and currently trail the Royals by just two points for eighth place in the Western Conference.  The Cougars are 10-17-0-1 on the road this season.  Bourke enjoyed a three-poing effort on Wednesday, netting a goal and two assists.

It’s the fifth meeting of the season between the Royals and Cougars.  The Royals won three of four previous meetings versus the Cougars.  The teams will meet up again in Victoria on Saturday night.

SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2011-12 WHL regular season.  For the entire WHL broadcast schedule, click HERE



Branden Troock and the Seattle Thunderbirds (20-34-1-1) welcome Brendan Shinnimin and the Tri-City Americans (38-15-1-2) for a U.S. Division battle on Friday.

Friday’s contest between the T-Birds and Ams can be seen live throughout the Pacific Northwest on ROOT Sports (7:30pm PT).

The Thunderbirds edged the visiting Kelowna Rockets 4-3 in a shootout on Valentine’s Day for just their fourth win in 2012, and currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference.  Seattle’s last three victories have all come against Kelowna.  T-Birds’ netminder Calvin Pickard needs one more appearance to tie Jeff Calvert for third on the WHL’s list of all-time games played.

The Americans suffered a 5-3 loss to the Winterhawks in Portland on Wednesday night for their second straight setback, and now sit tied with the Hawks for the U.S. Division lead.  The Ams have dropped four of their last five games on the road.  Shinnimin is tied for third in the WHL scoring race with 91 points.

It’s the eighth meeting of the season between the Thunderbirds and Americans.  The Americans won six of the first seven clashes between the teams.



Edmonton Oil Kings @ Vancouver Giants
Friday, Feb. 17

Brendan Gallagher and the Vancouver Giants host Mark Pysyk and the Edmonton Oil Kings for a match-up between two teams closing in on playoff spots.

The Oil Kings skated to a 6-3 win in Kelowna on Wednesday for their third win through five games of a six-game road trip.  The Oil Kings will clinch at least a tiebreaker for a playoff spot with any combination of points gained and dropped points by Red Deer totaling 4. 

The Giants are coming off a 2-1 win in Spokane on Wednesday for their second win in as many nights on a U.S. Division road trip, and currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference.  The Giants need just one more point from their final 14 games to clinch a playoff berth.

It’s the third and final meeting of the season between the Giants and Oil Kings.  The Giants won both previous meetings with Edmonton this season, winning at home and on the road.


Medicine Hat Tigers vs Moose Jaw Warriors
Friday, Feb. 17 @ Moose Jaw & Saturday, Feb. 18 @ Medicine Hat

Quinton Howden and the Moose Jaw Warriors take on Emerson Etem and the Medicine Hat Tigers for a home-and-home series between two top Eastern Conference clubs on the weekend.

The Warriors earned their fifth straight win with a 5-2 triumph over the visiting Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night, and now hold a commanding nine-point lead over the Blades for top spot in the East Division.  The Warriors have won 10 straight home games, and are 13-0-1-1 over their last 15 home games.

The Tigers saw a five-game winning streak snapped with a 3-1 defeat to the visiting Regina Pats on Wednesday night, but remain in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.  The Tigers’ power play ranks fifth in the WHL, clicking at a 24.6% success rate this season.

This weekend’s meetings mark the third and fourth encounters of the season between the Warriors and Tigers.  The teams split the first two meetings, with the home team winning on each occasion.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Feb. 17 – Feb. 20
All times local

Friday, Feb. 17
Prince Albert @ Brandon; 7:30
Portland @ Everett; 7:35
Red Deer @ Kamloops; 7:00
Calgary @ Kelowna; 7:05
Spokane @ Kootenay; 7:00
Regina @ Lethbridge; 7:00
Medicine Hat @ Moose Jaw; 7:00
Swift Current @ Saskatoon; 7:05
Tri-City @ Seattle; 7:35 **Live on ROOT Sports**
Edmonton @ Vancouver; 7:30
Prince George @ Victoria; 7:05 **Live on SHAW**

Saturday, Feb. 18
Prince Albert @ Brandon; 7:30
Vancouver @ Everett; 7:05
Calgary @ Kamloops; 7:00
Red Deer @ Kelowna; 7:05
Regina @ Kootenay; 7:00
Moose Jaw @ Medicine Hat; 7:30
Seattle @ Portland; 7:00
Saskatoon @ Swift Current; 7:00
Spokane @ Tri-City; 7:05
Prince George @ Victoria; 7:05

Sunday, Feb. 19
Spokane @ Seattle; 5:05
Red Deer @ Vancouver; 5:00

Monday, Feb. 20
Medicine Hat @ Edmonton; 2:00
Prince George @ Portland; 2:00
Moose Jaw @ Swift Current; 2:00

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