Western Hockey League

The Kelowna Rockets are poised to make a run in the WHL (photo whl.ca)

WHL: Is This the Year for the Kelowna Rockets?

The Kelowna Rockets simply had a great year last year. Well, a great regular season anyway. After finishing atop the WHL’s B.C. Division they seemed to be destined to meet […]

by · September 17, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, WHL
Will there be happy times in Portland again?  (WHL.ca)

Don’t Count The Portland Winterhawks Out Just Yet

It’s hard to imagine the Portland Winterhawks having a better season than the one they had in 2012-2013. They finished the WHL regular season with a league best 57-12-1-2 record […]

by · August 29, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, WHL
(Marissa Baecker / shootthebreeze.ca)

Undrafted and Uncertain: What to Make of Carter Rigby

In May of 2012, I wrote a draft prospect profile on Kelowna Rockets forward Carter Rigby. Although some were high on him, including Cody Nickolet and Dan Sallows, it was […]

by · July 25, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Prospects, WHL
Photo courtesy whl.ca

Eric Roy – The Next Ones: NHL 2013 Draft Prospect Profile

Eric Roy THW Close-Up: Date of birth: 10/24/1994 Place of birth: Beauval, SASK Ht: 6’3″     Wt: 190 lbs Shoots: Left Position: D NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013 1st year eligible Twitter: @Royzy07  THW […]

by · June 26, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Entry Draft, WHL
Josh Morrissey was one of the top puckmoving defenseman available for the 2013 NHL draft. [photo: David Chan]

Josh Morrissey: The Next Ones NHL Draft Profile

Josh Morrissey THW Close-Up: (Full name: Joshua T. Morrissey; aka J.T. and Josh Morrissey) Date of birth: 1995-Mar-28 Place of birth:  Calgary, AB Ht: 6’0  Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman NHL […]

by · June 24, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Entry Draft, WHL
Greg Chase, left, of the Calgary Hitmen. (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

NHL Draft: Under-the-Radar WHL Prospects

Last week, we looked at under-the-radar prospects from the Ontario Hockey League.

Now, let’s take a look at five Western Hockey League prospects who aren’t yet household names, but are looking forward to hearing their name called on June 30 in New Jersey.

by · June 19, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, Prospects, WHL
Fans of the Seattle Thunderbirds need their team to stay. (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

NHL to Seattle: Would the Thunderbirds Be Forced Out?

With reports of the National Hockey League relocating the Phoenix Coyotes to Seattle, concern has risen for one of the Canadian Hockey League’s western markets.

by · June 16, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Arizona Coyotes, CHL, News/Commentary, The Business of Hockey, WHL
Curtis Lazar (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

Curtis Lazar: Offensive Sniper or Character Forward?

There are characters in movies with defined roles, ones whose positions are clear as day.

And there are characters of hockey such as Curtis Lazar, characters who nobody can truly figure out.

by · June 4, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, Player Profiles, Prospects, WHL
Zach Fucale is the top ranked goaltender for the NHL Entry Draft  [photo: David Chan]

2013 NHL Draft Spotlight: The Masked Men

The NHL Entry Draft is little more than a month away, and as usual there is a flood of interest in 2013 mock drafts, player profiles and NHL team needs. Most of the […]

Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin: the Halifax Mooseheads dynamic duo. (Mike Dembeck)

2013 CHL MasterCard Memorial Cup Preview

The 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup gets underway this Friday in Saskatoon with the hometown Blades getting things started against the London Knights. There are plenty of interesting storylines in this […]

by · May 16, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, OHL, Prospects, QMJHL, WHL
Cody Corbett – The Next Ones: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Cody Corbett – The Next Ones: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Cody Corbett THW Close-up: Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) Birthdate: December 14, 1993 Hometown: Lakeland, MN Height: 6’1″  Weight: 196 lbs Position: Defence Shoots: Left NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013 (2nd year […]

by · May 15, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Entry Draft, WHL
2013 NHL Draft eligble defenseman Ryan Pulock  possesses a NHL calibre shot. (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

Ryan Pulock – The Next Ones: NHL 2013 Draft Prospect Profile

Ryan Pulock THW Close-Up: Date of birth: 10/06/1994 Place of birth: Grandview, MB, CAN Ht:  6’1″ Wt: 211 Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013 1st year eligible Twitter: […]

by · April 24, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, WHL