WHL announces 2010-11 pre-season schedule and home openers
Calgary, Alta. — The 2010 WHL Pre-season schedule opens on Wednesday, September 1 with the Moose Jaw Warriors hosting East Division rivals the Swift Current Broncos, while the Prince Albert Raiders host the Saskatoon Blades at the Art Hauser Centre.
The pre-season schedule also features three tournaments with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Everett Silvertips hosting tournaments on the Sept. 3-to-5 weekend and the Tri-City Americans hosting their annual tournament over the Sept. 9-to12 weekend.
The Everett Silvertips Holiday Inn Pre-season Classic runs Sept. 3 to 5, and will feature the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, the host Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Tri-City Americans, Seattle Thunderbirds and Spokane Chiefs. The three-day tournament will be played at the Comcast Arena and marks the first time that the Everett Silvertips have competed against a team outside of the WHL.
The Edmonton Oil Kings fourth annual pre-Season tournament begins Saturday, Sept. 4, and features four WHL Clubs including the host Oil Kings, Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince George Cougars and Swift Current Broncos.
The Tri-City Americans’ Red Lion Hotels Pre-Season Tournament features all five U.S. Division Clubs; the host Americans, Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds and the Spokane Chiefs. The tournament will also feature WHL Central Division foes the Kootenay Ice and Lethbridge Hurricanes with games starting on Sept. 9.
The Western Hockey League will officially launch its 45th regular season on Friday, Sept. 24, with seven games on the schedule, including the 2010 WHL Champion Calgary Hitmen hosting a Central Division rival, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, for a banner raising evening at the Pengrowth Saddledome. For more, including a full schedule, click here.
NHL-WHL draft list
Courtesy of Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post, here's a list of WHL players selected at the NHL's 2010 Entry Draft this past weekend in Los Angeles:
WHL PLAYERS CHOSEN IN THE 2010 NHL DRAFT
4. C Ryan Johansen, Portland (Columbus)
5. RW Nino Niederreiter, Portland (New York Islanders)
6. RW Brett Connolly, Prince George (Tampa Bay)
10. D Dylan McIlrath, Moose Jaw (New York Rangers)
23. D Mark Pysyk, Edmonton (Buffalo)
25. C Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw (Florida)
29. RW Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat (Anaheim)
36. D Alex Petrovic, Red Deer (Florida)
39. RW Brett Bulmer, Kelowna (Minnesota)
43. LW Brad Ross, Portland (Toronto)
48. LW Curtis Hamilton, Saskatoon (Edmonton)
49. G Calvin Pickard, Seattle (Colorado)
58. G Kent Simpson, Everett (Chicago)
64. C Max Reinhart, Kootenay (Calgary)
66. D Radko Gudas, Everett (Tampa Bay)
70. C Jordan Weal, Regina (Los Angeles)
73. D Joey Leach, Kootenay (Calgary)
75.C Kevin Sundher, Chilliwack (Buffalo)
78. D Taylor Aronson, Portland (Nashville)
83. D Matt MacKenzie, Calgary (Buffalo)
97. LW Craig Cunningham, Vancouver (Boston)
109. D Alex Theriau, Everett (Dallas)
121. G Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat (Edmonton)
124. D Austin Madaisky, Kamloops (Columbus)
133. LW Michael Ferland, Brandon (Calgary)
134. RW Cody Beach, Calgary (St. Louis)
137. D Troy Rutkowski, Portland (Colorado)
139. RW Luke Walker, Portland (Colorado)
147. RW Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver (Montreal)
155. D Kendall McFaull, Moose Jaw (Atlanta)
162. D Brandon Davidson, Regina (Edmonton)
166. LW Drew Czerwonka, Kootenay (Edmonton)
167. D Tyler Stahl, Chilliwack (Carolina)
171. C Brooks Macek, Tri-City (Detroit)
178. RW Mark Stone, Brandon (Ottawa)
182. RW Josh Nicholls, Saskatoon (Toronto)
186. D Teigan Zahn, Saskatoon (Tampa Bay)
189. RW Dylen McKinlay, Chilliwack (Minnesota)
190. RW Randy McNaught, Saskatoon (New York Rangers)
191. G Mac Carruth, Portland (Chicago)
193. RW Patrick Holland, Tri-City (Calgary)
208. LW Riley Boychuk, Portland (Buffalo)
209. LW Brendan Ranford, Kamloops (Philadelphia)
Found this the other day: A hand-held video of the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Click here. And click here for a brief TSN interview with Tyler Myers after his award speech for rookie of the year.