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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Winterhawks sign NHL Draft Pick

The Portland Winterhawks have signed 19-year-old defenseman Jack Dougherty, a second round pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft. The Predators signed Dougherty to a three-year entry level contract this past Friday.

Dougherty, 6’2”, 190 pounds, will join the Winterhawks after playing last season with the University of Wisconsin. In 33 games as a freshman with the Badgers he had two goals and seven assists for nine points.

Before joining the Hawks for training camp next month, Dougherty will attend the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp from August 1-8, in Lake Placid, New York. He will be competing for a spot on the U.S. team that will take part in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2015 - Jan. 5, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland. Current Hawks Paul Bittner, Dominic Turgeon and incoming defenseman Caleb Jones will also attend the camp.

“As a second round NHL Draft pick and with a year of NCAA experience, Jack will be an exciting addition to the team for the upcoming season,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. “Not only does Jack make his presence known defensively, he also provides the offensive abilities we look for in a Portland Winterhawks defenseman. We believe he will be an impact player for us in 2015-16.”

Prior to attending the University of Wisconsin, Dougherty played in the United States Hockey League for the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2013-14, where he posted 12 points in 23 games. He helped the United States win its fifth gold medal in a six-year span at the Under-18 World Championship in 2014, and led Team USA to a silver medal at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

Dougherty will become the fifth Minnesota-born player on the Winterhawks’ roster for 2015-16, joining Paul Bittner, Nick Heid, Blake Heinrich and Keegan Iverson.

Courtesy Graham Kendrick
Winterhawks PR

Vancouver Giants Unveil 15th Anniversary Logo

Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants announced on Tuesday that the club will commemorate its upcoming 15th season in the Western Hockey League with a new 15th anniversary patch that the team will wear for the entire 2015/16 season. The new patch will be worn on the upper left chest of the Giants’ jerseys and will also be featured in the ice at the Pacific Coliseum.

“We’re incredibly proud to celebrate 15 years in the WHL as an organization,” said Giants Vice President of Operations Peter Toigo. “The new logo will help us recognize our history of success, and we can’t wait for our fans to join us for what will be a 15th anniversary season to remember!”

The Giants have established a winning tradition at the Pacific Coliseum in their 15 years in the WHL. The club has racked up five BC Division Titles, two Western Conference Championships, one WHL Championship and one MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Be a part of the Vancouver Giants 15th anniversary season! 2015/16 Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now, and the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is included in the package! Guarantee your seats to see the top 2016 NHL Draft eligible players including Team Cherry, Team Orr and the Giants’ own Tyler Benson! Get your membership today, starting at under $55 per month! Call 604-4-GIANTS (604-444-2687).

Brendan Batchelor
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club

Monday, July 27, 2015

Winterhawks Sign Two Imports

The Portland Winterhawks have signed forwards Rodrigo Abols and Carl Ericson, the two players they selected in the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft last month.

Abols, a Latvian who will be entering his 19-year-old season in 2015-16, was selected by Portland in the first round with the 50th pick. Last season with HK Riga of the Molodezhnaya Hockey League he posted 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points in 35 games. He also suited up for Dinamo Riga of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, where he had a goal and four assists for five points in 15 games.

Abols has also represented his native Latvia numerous times in international play, including the 2015 World Championship, where he played against NHL stars like Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux and Evgeni Malkin.

Ericson, a Swedish forward also entering his 19-year-old season, was taken in the second round with the 110th pick. He played for Leksand J20 of the Swedish SuperElit League last season where he had 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in 43 games. He also suited up in 11 games for Leksand’s professional team in the Swedish Hockey League.

“When we spoke to Rodrigo and Carl after the Import Draft, both expressed excitement about joining the Winterhawks,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. “We are excited to have them join our organization. Their offensive abilities along with a willingness to play a 200-foot game will be a great addition to our team.”

Premier membership season tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now and start at only $42 per month and include playoffs. Visit or call 503-236-HAWK to reserve the best seat locations.

Courtesy Graham Kendrick
Winterhawks PR

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Home cooking seemed to agree with the Regina Red Sox as they beat the Melville Millionaires 7-4 Saturday night. The win ended a three game losing streak. 

Just under 800 fans were treated to a gorgeous night and a great baseball game under the lights at Currie Field.

Red Sox starter Parks Smithey faced 28 batters in his six innings of work. Smithey gave up four hits and struck out two on his way to ringing up his fourth win.

Kendal Daniels and Mike Thill each pitched a scoreless inning of relief before giving way to closer Louis Cohen, who came on in the ninth to pick up the save.

Regina put on an offensive clinic pounding out 11 hits including a home run from slugger Brandon Vaughn. Vaughn finished the night two for three with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs.

The Red Sox were not the only big winner Saturday night. Lucky ticket holder Terry Fox went home with the Big Apple Raffle prize.

Regina will have Sunday off but then will look to continue their winning ways at Currie Field as they host the Swift Current Indians on Monday night.

Tony Playter, ABC
Outlaw Communications

Friday, July 24, 2015


Their road trip to Alberta was not kind to the Regina Red Sox. With a 6-0 loss Friday night, the Red Sox are looking forward to heading home after dropping three of four games to their Alberta Division rivals. 

The Regina Red Sox ran into a sizzling hot Trevor Swaney at Seaman Field. The Okotoks starter handcuffed the Regina hitters giving up just five hits in a complete game shutout.

Jordan Schulz was the only Red Sox hitter to reach base twice as he had a single and a walk.

Jesse Pratt lasted 6.1 innings in his second start with the Red Sox. Pratt took the loss after giving up five runs on 11 hits.

Regina, with a 19-23 record, is locked in a tight race for second place in the Saskatchewan Division with Melville and Yorkton.  The Sox will look to return to their winning ways when they host Melville Saturday night and Swift Current Monday night

Tony Playter, ABC
Outlaw Communications

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Red Sox drop 8-2 decision to Okotoks

The Okotoks Dawgs took a bite out of Regina Red Sox pitching banging 12 hits on their way to an 8-2 victory Thursday night. Regina managed just six hits in the game.

The Red Sox did jump out to an early 1-0 lead before the Dawgs chased Red Sox starter Tyler Vavra from the game, scoring four runs in the third inning. 

Okotoks added insurance runs in the fifth and seventh before Regina countered with a run in the top of eight. The Dawgs rounded out the scoring with two more runs in their half of the eighth inning. 

Fielding also played a role in the Red Sox second consecutive loss as they committed two errors. Defensively, Regina has now made eight errors in the first three games of their Alberta road trip. 

The loss dropped the Queen City kid’s record to 19-22. Regina will look to collar the Dawgs on Friday night at Seaman Field in the final game of their road swing. 

The Red Sox will return to the friendly confines of Currie Field for a pair of home games, on Saturday they host Melville and then on Monday Swift Current comes for a visit. 

Tony Playter, ABC
Outlaw Communications

Sask Junior Golf Championships Final Results

The 89th Saskatchewan Junior Men's and the 65th Saskatchewan Junior

Women's Championship were contested at Deer Park Municipal Golf Course this week in Yorkton. Parents and supporters in attendance were treated to some outstanding golf in which extra holes were needed for both Championship winners to be decided.


Corey Selander of Prince Albert, and Corey Bailey of Shaunavon both finished the 3 dayJUnior Men's Championship with identical 3 day totals of 218, 2 over par. Strong winds throughout the final round saw rounds climb higher than the first 2 days of play. Corey Selander, putting first on the first playoff hole, calmly stepped up and knocked in a 30 foot birdie putt that would seal the victory for the 18 year old who is playing in his final Saskatchewan Junior Championship. 


Selander, Bailey and Marc Sweeney will comprise the Saskatchewan Junior Team that will represent the province this August in Quebec. 


The 65th Saskatchewan Junior Women's Championship needed an extra 2 holes to determine the 2015 Champion. Brooke Hobson (below) and Kayla Sawchuk, both from the Cooke Municipal GC in Prince Albert, shot identical 3 day total scores of 247 to finish atop the leaderboard. 


Fighting off strong winds on the second playoff hole, Sawchuk's drive on the par 4, tenth hole, found the left rough which forced her to punch out and get the ball back on the fairway. The ball came out hot and flew through the fairway and into the brush on the opposite side of the hole. Having to get the ball back into play, Sawchuk pitched out 

once again. Meanwhile, Hobson's approach shot into the green came up a bit short and she finished the hole with a score of 5, one stroke better than, earning her the Championship title.


Kira Dereniwsky of Kimberley, British Columbia rounded out the top 3 with a 3 day total score of 259. As Dereniwski is a resident of British Columbia, she still claims 3rd place in the Championship, but is ineligible to represent the Saskatchewan Team who will compete in just over a week's time at the same Deer Park Municipal GC in Yorkton.


The feel good story of the week is 11 year old Junior participant Jenna Currie, who followed up her 1st round score of 158 with an amazing 111 in her first Provincial Championship event.