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February 18th, 2015 In Prospects, WHL 0 comments

It is one of the most anticipated lists of the hockey season — at least within WHL circles. After taking a one-year hiatus, the Best of the West poll returned Sunday with its 26th edition offering insight into the Western Conference’s top performers as voted on by players, coaches, general managers and radio broadcasters. The poll,...

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January 14th, 2015 In CHL, WHL 0 comments

The year was 2009. Jamie Benn and Tyler Myers had just returned from helping Canada capture its fifth straight gold medal at the World Junior Championship. The Calgary Flames, in a surprising move, decided to send first-round pick Mikael Backlund to the WHL following the world juniors rather than to Sweden where he had been playing...

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December 7th, 2014 In WHL 0 comments

The Calgary Hitmen are celebrating their 20th Western Hockey League season in 2014-15. And that means there was another anniversary celebrated in Calgary - the annual Teddy Bear Toss. The December 7 game between the Hitmen and the Moose Jaw Warriors was the 20th annual installment of the Teddy Bear Toss. First held by the Hitmen on December 15,...

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October 28th, 2014 In Prospects, WHL 0 comments

This is the week most WHL fans had circled on their calendar. It marked the first meeting of the season between perennial Western Conference powerhouses, with the Kelowna Rockets visiting the Portland Winterhawks for a two-game set on Thursday and Saturday. It was to be a highly anticipated rematch of last season’s Western Conference...

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October 15th, 2014 In WHL, Winnipeg Jets 4 comments

There may not be a fiercer rivalry in the Western Hockey League than the feud that exists between the Portland Winterhawks and the Seattle Thunderbirds. The two bitter foes have met six times in the WHL playoffs, with many of those battles being nasty, physical affairs. The rivalry took a vicious turn over the weekend. Vicious Head Shot In the...

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October 15th, 2014 In CHL, WHL 0 comments

What in the world is wrong with the Portland Winterhawks? That’s a million-dollar question that everybody’s asking, but nobody really has an answer for. When the four-time defending Western Conference playoff champions opened their WHL season with a losing weekend, the reason was rather obvious. The Winterhawks were missing no fewer than...

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October 4th, 2014 In WHL 0 comments

Some of you may know that I am from Regina, Saskatchewan a.k.a. Riderville, home of Canada's best football team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Certainly, there's absolutely no argument there. Regina is also known for developing some of hockey's greatest players, all through the Western Hockey League's (and the world's) oldest junior franchise:...

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September 22nd, 2014 In Prospects, WHL 0 comments

The Brandon Wheat Kings and Kelowna Rockets are going to be REALLY good this season. That should come as no surprise — they were listed as the top two WHL teams in the pre-season edition of the CHL weekly top-10 rankings, placing third and fifth, respectively. And the THW panel echoed that sentiment in our season preview and predictions, so...

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