Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 Regina Pats WHL Bantam Draft Recap

The 2016 WHL Bantam Draft is underway from the Hotel Arts in Calgary.

With the first overall pick the Kootenay Ice selected forward Peyton Krebs out of Okotoks Alberta.

The fist Saskatchewan born player drafted was Humboldt's Logan Barlage by the Swift Current Broncos, 4th overall.

- In the second round, 33rd overall the Pats selected center Cole Muir out of Vista Manitoba. Muir in 35 games with the Yellowhead Chiefs of the WBAAA had 37 goals and 39 assists for 76 points. He is listed at 6'2 and 187 lbs.

Muir says he is so excited to join the organization. "It's just an amazing feeling, I am so happy to be drafted so close to home and to a good team."

- With the 76th overall pick in the 4th round the Pats took centerman Tristen Robins out of Brandon. With the Wheat Kings Bantam AAA he scored 51 goals and had 91 points in 35 games. He is listed at 5'5" and 126 lbs. Robins is the son of former Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Trevor Robins.

Tristen Robins
- Then with the second of their back to back selections the Pats picked left winger Kjell Kjemhus 77th overall in the 4th round. Kjemhus in 25 games with the Program of Excellence Bantam Prep of the CSSBHL had 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points. He is 5'8" and 159 lbs.

Kjell Kjemhus
- With the 108th overall pick in the 5th round the Pats selected defenceman Michael Ladyman from Winnipeg. The 5'9", 126 lbs defenceman had 44 points in 35 games with the Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA. 
Michael Ladyman
-The Regina Pats traded their 6th round pick to the Everett Silvertips in the exchange for 1999 born forward Nicholas Henry. Henry was originally a 3rd round pick of the Silvertips in 2014. In 50 games with the Portage Terriers of the MJHL he had 61 points as a 16-year-old. Was the MJHL Rookie of the Year and is still playing at the Western Canada Cup in Estevan.

- In the 8th round with the 165th overall pick the Pats took forward Logan Nijhoff from Comox B.C. Playing at the Okanagan Hockey Academy he scored 4 goals and had 9 assists in 20 games. Nijhoff is listed at 5'10" and 157 lbs.

Logan Nijhoff
- The Pats in the 9th round, 187th overall. took forward Kaden Bohlsen out of Shattuck St. Mary's. The Willmar Minnesota product had 32 goals and 58 points in 60 games in 2015/16. He is committed to play NCAA with the University of Minnesota. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 157 lbs.

Kaden Bohlsen
- The Pats in round 10, 209th overall took 5'4, 114 lbs defenceman out of Calgary Ryker Evans. Evans in 36 games with the Calgary Royals Bantam AAA scored 3 goals and had 19 points in 36 games played.

Ryker Evans
- The Pats next and final pick came in round 11, 231st overall to take defenceman Riley Little from Saskatoon. Little with the Saskatoon Generals scored 4 goals and had 9 points in 30 games played. He stands 5"11 and weights 140 lbs.

- In total the Pats drafted 8 players, 5 forwards and 3 defenceman.

Post draft interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock:

Post draft interview with Director of Scouting Dale McMullin:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pats Brooks honoured at 2016 WHL Awards

Adam Brooks with the Bob Clarke Trophy
Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League held its annual WHL Awards ceremony earlier today in Calgary, AB to honour the top performances from the WHL’s 50th Season.

WHL Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy 

WINNER: Adam Brooks – Regina Pats

A 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, Brooks scored 38 goals and 82 assists for 120 points in 72 games during the 2015-16 WHL regular season. His 82 assists led all WHL players while he also posted a plus-41 rating which was tied for eighth-best amongst all skaters. Brooks was named the WHL Player of the Week three times and the CHL Player of the Week on one occasion. He recorded 33 multiple-point games, 22 of which saw him register at least three points. Drafted by Regina 25th overall in the second round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Brooks has played four seasons for the Pats, amassing 76 goals while adding 129 assists for 205 points in 251 career games.

Dryden Hunt with the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
WHL Player of the Year – Four Broncos Memorial Trophy

WINNER: Dryden Hunt – Moose Jaw Warriors

Hunt, a product of Nelson, BC, enjoyed an outstanding season for the Moose Jaw Warriors, helping the team to a 36-27-7-2 record and a trip to the 2016 WHL Playoffs. The 20-year-old scored 58 goals to lead all WHL skaters and tallied 58 assists for 116 points to go along with a plus-12 rating in all 72 games. Hunt’s 116 points ranked second in WHL scoring and first amongst all Warriors players. Hunt recorded an impressive 36 multiple-point outings and six hat-tricks, including four hat-tricks from February 6, 2016 – February 15, 2016. He also recorded eight game-winning goals for the Warriors.

Recently signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers, Hunt has played five seasons in the WHL and amassed 249 points (117g-132a) in 269 career games.

RUNNER UP: Joe Hicketts – Victoria Royals

WHL Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy

WINNER: Matthew Phillips – Victoria Royals

A product of Calgary, AB, Phillips made a significant impact in his first full season with the Royals. The 1998-born centre scored 37 goals and 39 assists for 76 points in 72 games, which was fourth in team scoring and first amongst all WHL rookies. His 16 power play markers also led all rookie skaters. Selected by the Royals in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Phillips also notched 10 game-winning goals during the 2015-16 season. Phillips is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.

RUNNER UP: Noah Gregor – Moose Jaw Warriors

WHL Goaltender of the Year - Del Wilson Memorial Trophy 

WINNER: Carter Hart – Everett Silvertips

Hart enjoyed a terrific season to help lead the WHL’s second-best defensive club this season, posting a 35-23-1-3 record with six shutouts in 63 appearances. The 17-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB finished second amongst WHL netminders with a 2.14 goals against average, finished with the sixth-best save percentage at .918 and placed first overall with 35 victories as the Silvertips finished second in the WHL’s U.S. Division. Hart’s consistent season saw him put together a string of five straight wins and back-to-back shutouts on two occasions while he was also named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week in late November. Heading into the 2016 NHL Draft, Hart is ranked second amongst North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.

RUNNER UP: Zach Sawchenko – Moose Jaw Warriors

WHL Defenceman of the Year - Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy 

WINNER: Ivan Provorov – Brandon Wheat Kings

In his second season in the WHL, Wheat Kings’ defenceman Ivan Provorov played a major role for Brandon at both ends of the ice. The 19-year-old from Yaroslavl, Russia finished first in scoring amongst WHL defencemen with 73 points, which included 21 goals, in 62 games while also leading the League with a plus-64 rating. A member of Russia’s National Junior Team that won silver at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, Provorov was the Wheat Kings’ first round pick, 30th overall, in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. Provorov was selected seventh overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2015 NHL Draft.

RUNNER UP: Joe Hicketts – Victoria Royals

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year - Brad Hornung Trophy 

WINNER: Tyler Soy – Victoria Royals

In his third WHL campaign, Tyler Soy had a breakthrough season for the Victoria Royals, netting 85 points (46g-39a) to finish 13th in WHL scoring. The 1997-born veteran from Cloverdale, BC made significant contributions in helping the Royals secure the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s top regular season team. Playing key minutes, Soy drew just 27 minutes in penalties and finished the regular season with a stellar plus-34 rating. So far in his three-year WHL career, Soy has attracted 71 penalty minutes in 213 career regular season games with the Royals. Soy was the Royals’ first round pick, eighth overall, in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.

RUNNER UP: Jake Bean – Calgary Hitmen

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year – Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy

WINNER: Tanner Kaspick – Brandon Wheat Kings

Kaspick had a productive season on a powerful Brandon team in 2015-16, notching 31 points (13g-18a) in just 53 games. The Brandonite completed his first semester of Grade 12 this year with a remarkable 96% average, and has since upped his average to 98% in the second semester. Kaspick currently holds a 100% grade in Chemistry 12. Ranked 76thamongst North American skaters by Central Scouting for the upcoming 2016 NHL Draft, Kaspick has completed three advanced placement courses and is described by his teachers as focused. The Wheat Kings selected Kaspick 25th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

RUNNER UP: Tristen Pfeifer – Everett Silvertips

WHL Humanitarian of the Year – Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy

WINNER: Tyler Wong – Lethbridge Hurricanes

Wong, the Eastern Conference Humanitarian of the Year for the second straight year, recently completed his fourth full season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Now the team’s captain, Wong has become an integral member of the community and was voted as the Hurricanes’ Fan Favourite Player for the fourth consecutive season last month. Prior to the start of this season, Wong created a program in which he vowed to donate $5.00 of his own money to charity for each goal he scored. After recruiting teammates Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk to join him, other individuals and local businesses soon jumped on board to create the ‘Canes KidSport program that saw over $6,000.00 donated to KidSport this season. In addition, Wong spends an hour each Monday with a local atom hockey team as part of the Hurricanes’ Mentorship Program. On his own time, the 19-year-old spends an hour and a half every Thursday he is available at Dr. Probe Elementary where he volunteers as a teacher’s assistant in a grade five classroom mentoring students and helping them with reading, math and science.

RUNNER UP: Jerret Smith – Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy 

WINNER: Dave Lowry – Victoria Royals

As head coach of the Victoria Royals, Dave Lowry helped lead the Club to the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the League’s top Club in the 2015-16 regular season, posting an impressive 50-16-3-3 record for 106 points along the way. Lowry’s Royals wrapped up the regular season on a 14-game point streak and finished six points higher than any other team in the Western Conference. Under Lowry’s leadership, the Royals led the WHL in road victories with 24 and scored the third-most goals while allowing the fewest. Lowry claimed the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy following the 2013-14 season.

RUNNER UP: Brent Kisio – Lethbridge Hurricanes

WHL Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy 

WINNER: Peter Anholt – Lethbridge Hurricanes

Peter Anholt spearheaded a turnaround season as general manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2015-16. Anholt’s Hurricanes posted a 46-24-1-1 record for 94 points to finish first overall in the Central Division and qualify for the 2016 WHL Playoffs, ending a six-year absence. Under Anholt’s guidance, the Hurricanes improved their win total by 26 and their point total by 46 from the 2014-15 season while also reducing their goals against by 86. Anholt engineered several moves that aided the team’s success this season, including adding impact players such as Egor Babenko and Cory Millette to support a newly-defined core group.

RUNNER UP: Cameron Hope – Victoria Royals

WHL Marketing/Business Award

WINNER: Victoria Royals

In just five years, the Victoria Royals have stood out with their high number of business and marketing initiatives and enjoyed extensive growth throughout the 2015-16 WHL regular season. The Royals achieved a 300% increase in sold out games from last year to this season and enjoyed a 10% increase in corporate sponsorship sales. The Royals used several innovative promotions with ticket sales such as the Holiday Voucher Pack in which more than 4,000 tickets were sold to exceed expectations. Additionally, 3,000 more tickets were sold via the Friends and Family promotion where the Royals partnered with a local pizza place for tickets and slices. The Royals have enhanced and grown all of their existing local campaigns this year, including the successful Hat Trick for Literacy program in which the Royals form a partnership with local schools that includes player visits and ticket rewards for completed book reports. The Royals continue to actively work with dozens of groups including Special Olympics, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, United Way, BC Cancer Agency, Mustard Seed Food Bank, and several minor hockey associations on Vancouver Island. Furthermore, the Royals incorporated special annual fundraising games such as the Teddy Bear Toss and Pink in the Rink which resulted in more than $20,000 raised for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.  

RUNNER UP: Brandon Wheat Kings

WHL Scholastic Team of the Year

WINNER: Spokane Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs’ education program saw numerous academic achievements from its players during the 2015-16 season. The Chiefs ensured that student athletes fulfilled their academic requirements at both the high school and university level. This season, every Chiefs player in high school is completing an academic program which will result in a university-ready transcript. Of that group, three have been enrolled in college-level advanced placement courses. The nine players enrolled in high school recorded a collective average of 86% in 11th and 12th grade courses with two of those students completing their high school graduation requirements by the end of the first semester. The Chiefs’ post-secondary philosophy has always been to make Athabasca University courses available to every interested graduate, and a total of nine players were enrolled in 11 classes this year. The Chiefs have designed a model that addresses the scholastic ambitions of every player and recognizes real-world realities for young men at different stages in their academic, personal and social development.

WHL Top Official – Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy

WINNER: Chris Schlenker

Chris Schlenker is in his third season as a referee in the Western Hockey League.  The 30-year-old from Medicine Hat, AB, is a police officer and is married with three children. Schlenker was a former player in the WHL, having played for the Regina Pats and Prince Albert Raiders from 2001-2005. Schlenker’s commitment to officiating has helped him develop all the skills necessary to be successful, including his composure, commitment and excellent judgement. Along with his WHL experience, Schlenker’s impressive officiating resume includes working as an official for the American Hockey League. 

WHL Regular Season Champion - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy 

WINNER: Victoria Royals

The Royals posted a 50-16-3-3 record for 106 points in 72 games this season, finishing first overall for the first time in franchise history. This also marked the Royals’ first Western Conference and BC Division titles. During the 2015-16 regular season, the Victoria Royals battled with the Kelowna Rockets for the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy and the Royals clinched the award after defeating the Kelowna Rockets 7-4 on March 16th, 2016. The Royals defeated the Everett Silvertips in both meetings on March 18th and March 19th to cap off a productive campaign. The Victoria Royals allowed the fewest goals against in the WHL with only 166 while scoring 281 goals, third-best amongst all WHL Clubs. Victoria was consistent as they posted 26 of their wins at home and the remaining 24 on the road.

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Happy Wednesday everybody!

- It's a big week in the WHL starting with today's annual Awards Luncheon in Calgary and then the 2016 Bantam Draft tomorrow. Let's get right to it!

Regina Pats forward Adam Brooks will be in Calgary today to receive the Bob Clarke Trophy as the leagues leading scorer in 2015/16. Brooks says he is looking forward to the ceremony. "Very excited! It's an opportunity that might only come around once in a lifetime and you never know when you will be back at an awards ceremony or get an award for that matter so for me it's definitely cool. Especially never thinking I would get here so I am pretty excited to get the trophy and just enjoy the experience."

Brooks finished the regular season with 120 points and he says while it has started to sink in the year that he had, he wishes the team was still playing. "I think it's a quick turnaround for playoffs and you don't really get a time to think about it and then after playoffs you are kind of dwelling on the loss and thinking about the way you could have played differently or the things you could have done differently. Especially for us losing a game 7. So for me I guess it's kind of sunk in that I did lead the league but at the same time a little frustrated that we are still not playing hockey."

The WHL Awards Luncheon gets underway at 11:30 this morning in Calgary. Click here for the full list of winners and nominees. Good luck to former Pat and Warrior Dryden Hunt who is up for Player of the Year against the Royals Joe Hicketts!

- Tomorrow the Pats and the rest of the WHL will take part in the biggest day of the year in the WHL Bantam Draft. The Pats will not pick in the first round, their first selection will come in round 2, 33rd overall. The club does not have a 3rd round pick but does have two in the 4th round. Head Coach and GM John Paddock says the lack of picks early does not change how they go into the selection process. "Just as we approach it normally. We expect to get a good player with our second round pick and we expect to get players that will play with our fourth round picks, they are very important."

Paddock says they have put the work in to hopefully find good players in the later rounds but as always it's a bit of a shot in the dark. "I think it matters where you pick, that's what the scouts do all year but you are projecting and it's very difficult. We were just going through a draft, the 1996 draft and maybe listed off about 9 guys in the first round that didn't play and then some more in the 2nd. So you don't know, you have to do lots of work. Some guys grow, some guys don't, some guys have maybe  family or girlfriend problems. There is all sorts of factors that come into it. That's what you are dealing with when yopu are dealing with 14-year-old kids."

The Pats went south for their third round selection last year taking Bryan Lockner out of the U.S. Paddock says they may take an American again on Thursday."We will look there, I don't know when it will be. There's lots of factors in that. We will have communicated with some of them down there and their desires and wishes and that can affect it and can not affect it. It's hard to say, it just depends whats gone around here that you feel can help you here in Western Canada. The guys might just go, there was a US kid we were going to take last year in the 8th round and he went like two picks before. He is a very high end player, I don't know what he's done and it's probably slim that he is going to play int he league so you just don't know."

Paddock says they are not looking at a specific position with their first pick. "We will look at everything, we will take the best player. I think that if it falls right you would sort of be alternating positions to keep yourself covered and guys coming through the system but that doesn't mean we will take a forward you know we will take the best player that is there because maybe the best forwards we have ranked 32 and better are gone so we won't have any choice. So it's hard to say, but I think that would be a plan if you could make good on your plan all the time but that doesn't happen."

Paddock on the prospect of a trade to acquire draft picks or a 20-year-old before or during the draft. "We definitely are going to add a 20 at some point. There wasn't much last year with trades involving draft picks this time. Draft picks are very valuable right now, starting last week and through Thursday they are more valuable than any time during the season. I don't foresee trades happening at all. We are looking to try and strengthen a fairly strong group whenever that is. We played last year with one 20 for a lot of times and we have the Adam (Brooks) question hanging over us for quite a few months but we will add a 20 at some point but I have no idea when that will be."

Here is the full breakdown of the Pats selections for the 2016 draft:

1st round -No pick, traded to Red Deer in the Jake Leschyshyn deal.

2nd round - The Pats will pick in the 2nd round with their own selection which was acquired back in the Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt trade. The Pats originally traded the pick to Medicine Hat for Boston Leier three years ago.

3rd round - Regina will not pick in the 3rd round, their pick was traded to Medicine Hat as well when the team acquired Daniel Wapple and Logan McVeigh.

4th round - Two selections, their own pick as well as Prince George's which was acquired in the Lane Zablocki for Jesse Gabrielle trade.

5th round - Do not have their own pick but have Kelowna's from the Marc McCoy trade.

6th round - The Pats have their pick.

7th round - No pick, traded to Prince George for Aaron Maclin.

8th round and later - The Pats have all their picks for the rest of the draft.

The Bantam Draft will start at 8:30 tomorrow morning in Calgary and as always I will have full coverage here.

That's all I have for today, have a great week everybody!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Thunderbirds Bow named WHL Goalie of the Week

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Landon Bow of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been named the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for April 2016.

A 20-year-old from St. Albert, AB, Bow posted a record of 8-1-0-0 for the month of April. He recorded a 1.59 goals against average and a .936 save percentage to go along with one shutout. In the nine games he appeared in, Bow held the opposition to two goals or fewer on seven occasions.

Bow’s consistent play has guided the Thunderbirds to a sweep of the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL Western Conference Championship and a trip to the 2016 WHL Championship Series. The 6’5”, 208 lb netminder claimed a pair of first star honours and one second star nod in April.

This marks the second time this season that Bow has claimed the honour after being previously named the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for March. Bow is in his first WHL campaign with the Seattle Thunderbirds and has posted a 74-56-8-5 record with 15 shutouts in 160 career regular season contests.

These accomplishments make Landon Bow a deserving choice as the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for April.

2015-16 Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month
September/October: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
November: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
December: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
January: Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes
February: Griffen Outhouse, Victoria Royals
March: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
April: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds

Brad Trojan
WHL Coordinator, Website & New Media

Wheat Kings Patrick Named WHL Player of the Month

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Brandon Wheat Kings forward Nolan Patrick is the WHL Player of the Month for April 2016.  

Patrick, a 17-year-old from Winnipeg, MB amassed 21 points (8g-13a) to go along with an impressive plus-13 rating in 12 post-season games played during the month of April. Patrick recorded multiple-point outings on six occasions, including three instances in which he collected at least four points to help propel the Wheat Kings to the 2016 WHL Championship Series.

Patrick’s performance in April saw him collect two first star honours as the Wheat Kings collected victories in 10 of their 12 post-season games played in April. The 2014-15 WHL Rookie of the Year’s efforts helped the Wheat Kings advance to the WHL Championship for the second straight year. Patrick notched his first career post-season hat-trick as part of a five point outing in the Wheat Kings series-clinching victory over the Rebels in Game 5 of the WHL Eastern Conference Championship on April 29th.

The 6’3, 195 lb forward finished fifth in scoring amongst all WHL skaters with 102 points (41g-61a) to go along with a plus-51 rating in 72 games played. Patrick is in his second season with Brandon and has amassed 159 points (72g-87a) along with a plus-60 rating in 130 career regular season contests.  Furthermore, Patrick has recorded 39 points (18g-21a) in 44 career post-season games.

Patrick’s accomplishments make him a deserving choice as the WHL Player of the Month for April. 

2015-16 WHL Player of the Month

September/October: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors
November: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
December: Chase Witala, Prince George Cougars
January: Dryden Hunt, Moose Jaw Warriors
February: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
March: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
April: Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings


For further information, please contact:

Brad Trojan

WHL Coordinator, New Media & Website

Monday, May 2, 2016

Wheat Kings Patrick named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Brandon Wheat Kings forward Nolan Patrick has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending May 1st, 2016. 

Patrick collected seven points and a plus-5 rating for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the final three games of the WHL Eastern Conference Championship against the Red Deer Rebels.

After suffering a 6-2 loss to the Rebels in Game 3 of the WHL Eastern Conference Championship on April 26th, Patrick and the Wheat Kings responded with a strong effort in Game 4 the following night. Patrick collected two assists as the Wheat Kings skated to a 4-2 victory over the Rebels to grab a 3-1 series cushion. On Friday, April 29th, Patrick was in on all five Wheat Kings’ goals as he notched a hat-trick and two assists in Brandon’s 5-2 nod over the Rebels in Game 5.  Patrick was named the game’s first star as the Wheat Kings advanced to the WHL Championship for the second straight year.

The 17-year-old native of Winnipeg, MB recorded 102 points (41g-61a) to go along with a stellar plus-51 rating in 72 regular season contests. His 24 playoff points (10g-14a) are tied for first amongst all WHL skaters. The 6-3, 195 lb forward is in his second WHL campaign with Brandon and has amassed 159 points (72g-87a) in 130 career WHL regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Landon Bow of the Seattle Thunderbirds for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Bow, a 1995-born netminder from St. Albert, AB posted a record of 2-0-0-0 with a 2.05 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. On Tuesday, April 26th, Bow was solid as he turned aside 36 shots to lead the Thunderbirds to a 3-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 3 of the WHL Western Conference Championship. Bow was named the game’s first star for his efforts. The following night, Bow made 28 saves to guide the Thunderbirds to a dramatic 5-4 double overtime win to clinch the series over the Rockets and advance to the WHL Championship. Currently in his first WHL campaign with Seattle, Bow has posted a 74-56-8-5 record with a 2.91 goals against average and a .912 save percentage with 15 shutouts in 160 career WHL regular season appearances.

WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg, Victoria Royals
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Jon Martin, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Jesse Gabrielle, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Jackson Houck, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyson Baillie, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Justin Gutierrez, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Rihards Bukarts, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Adam Helewka, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Giorgio Estephan, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Chase Witala, Prince George Cougars
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Dryden Hunt, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 29 – Mar. 6: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat Tigers
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Vladimir Bobylev, Victoria Royals
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings
Apr. 11 – Apr. 17: Jayden Halbgewachs, Moose Jaw Warriors
Apr. 18 – Apr. 24: Scott Eansor, Seattle Thunderbirds
Apr. 25 – May. 1: Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings

Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (WHL Nominee)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 12 – Oct 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Declan Hobbs, Kootenay ICE
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Jordan Papirny, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Taz Burman, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 29 – Mar. 6: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Jordan Papirny, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Mario Petit, Everett Silvertips
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Jordan Papirny, Brandon Wheat Kings
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Apr. 11 – Apr. 17: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Apr. 18 – Apr. 24: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Apr. 25 – May. 1: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds

Friday, April 29, 2016

WHL Championship Series, Brandon vs Seattle

KENT, April 29, 2016 - The Seattle Thunderbirds will play the Brandon Wheat Kings in the best-of-seven WHL Championship series. 
The Wheat Kings defeated the Red Deer Rebels 5-2 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Championship Friday night in Brandon to win their best-of-seven series 4-1. 
Game 1 of the WHL Championship is Friday, May 6, at 6pm in Brandon.
The T-Birds will host Games 3, 4 and 5 of the WHL Championship. Game 3 is Tuesday, May 10, at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center. Game 3 will be a Directors Mortgage 2-for-Tuesday game that will feature two-for-one tickets in all price levels and $2 concession specials on beer, hot dogs, popcorn and soda.
Game 4 of the WHL Championship will be a White Out Wednesday game on May 11. The first 5,000 fans at Game 4 will receive a special, limited edition FREE T-Birds white t-shirt. The puck drops at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center for Game 4.
Single game playoff tickets for the WHL Championship against Brandon will go on sale at noon on Tuesday, May 3, on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center box office is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm.
The T-Birds have a Group Ticket Special for fans that want to purchase tickets to the WHL Championship. Fans that purchase 10 tickets to Game 4 for $220 will also receive 2 additional FREE tickets to Game 4. Fans can purchase this playoff Group Ticket Special for Game 4 online or by calling the T-Birds at 253-239-PUCK (7825). 
WHL Championship Schedule
Game 1 Friday, May 6 at Brandon, 6pm 
Game 2 Saturday, May 7 at Brandon, 5:30pm
Game 3 Tuesday, May 10 at Seattle, 7:05pm
Game 4 Wednesday, May 11 at Seattle, 7:05pm
Game 5 Friday, May 13 at Seattle, 7:35pm*
Game 6 Sunday, May 15 at Brandon, 5pm*^
Game 7 Monday, May 16 at Brandon, 5pm*
* if necessary
^ time subject to change (all times local)
The T-Birds advanced to the WHL Championship with a 4-0 sweep of the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Conference Championship. The T-Birds swept the Prince George Cougars 4-0 in Round 1 of the WHL Playoffs followed by a 4-1 series win over the Everett Silvertips in Round 2.