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Monday, December 31, 2012

MLAC win the Edmonton Invitational over KC

**UPDATE - Edmonton MLAC defeat Edmonton KC in the final of the Invitational this weekend. Alex Rotundo's 3 goals were not enough as MLAC defeated KC 8-4 in the final....MLAC got balanced scoring in the final and had another big game from its top line of Jevne/Volcan and Readman who combined for 9 points.  Rotundo led the tournament in scoring with 17 goals and 5 assists in 5 games.

Edmonton Invitational Tournament Awards
MVP - Alex Rotundo - Edmonton KC
Top Forward - Nolan Volcan - Edmonton MLAC
Top Defenceman - James Miller - Spruce Grove PAC
Top Goalie - Rylie Boychuk - Edmonton MLAC

The Edmonton Invitational Tournament is now in to its final day of action and there have been some huge performances thus far.  The tournament's "AAA" portion has just six teams taking part as the Southeast Hockey Hounds, Edmonton KC, Spruce Grove PAC, Fort Saskatchewan, Calgary Edge and Edmonton MLAC are attending.

As somewhat expected, the top ranked team in the tournament - Edmonton MLAC have rolled to a 4-0-0 record and find themselves in the final against the Alex Rotundo led Edmonton KC squad.  Edmonton KC has a record in the tournament of 4-0-0 as well.  The final will feature a few of the hottest players in the tournament as tournament scoring leader Alex Rotundo will go head to head against the big MLAC line of Jevne/Volcan/Readman.  Rotundo is coming off a fabulous performance in the semi-finals last night to which he scored all 6 of his teams goals in a 6-5 win over the Southeast Hockey Hounds.  Included in those 6 goals were the gtg and gwg in the final two minutes of play.  Rotundo currently leads the tournament with 14-5-19 in the 4 games played.  The MLAC top line of Jevne/Volcan/Readman all sit in the top 8 in tournament scoring with Jevne -10 points, Volcan 14 and Readman with 9.  They combined for 15 points in the semi-finals.

It should be a very interesting final this afternoon.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

OHA Wins Burnaby Christmas Tournament

Burnaby Christmas Tournament
Prince George Win Bronze with a 4-3 victory over Coquitlam.

Coquitlam 5 - Ridge Meadows 1
- Coquitlam move on to the semi-finals vs. OHA.  Caleb Fantillo continues to lead the team in the offensive end with 2 goals and 1 assist.  Bowering also had a pair of goals and '99 born Ethan Genge with 3 points.

OHA 4 - Surrey 3

Prince George 7 - Cowichan Valley 5

Langley 3 - Arizona Bobcats 2

Semi-finals (tomorrow)
Coquitlam 0 vs. OHA 3
Prince George 2 vs. Langley 10

OHA 4 - Langley 3 GOLD
Prince George 4 - Coquitlam 3 BRONZE

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sunday Results

Burnaby Christmas Tournament
Coquitlam 7 - Alaska 3
-Caleb Fantillo with 3 goals and 1 assist.  '99 dman Scott Walford with 1-4-5.  Bromhead with 2 goals.
Ridge Meadows 4 - Vancouver Thunderbirds 3 SO

Cowichan Valley 7 - Kamloops 6 OT
Burnaby 3 - Prince George 6

OHA 16 - Arizona Firebirds 1
Surrey 6 - Richmond 1

Arizona Bobcats 14 - Nanaimo 2

Weekend Tournament Update

Burnaby Christmas Tournament
Boyd Division
Arizona Bobcats  4-0-0  (20-7)
Coquitlam Chiefs  3-1-0  (17-9)
Prince George Cougars  2-2-0 (14-18)
Richmond Blues  0-2-2  (9-12)
South Delta Storm  0-3-1  (6-21)

Wong Division
OHA  2-0-1  (11-7)
Kamloops Jardine Blazers  2-1-0  (15-10)
Vancouver Thunderbirds  0-1-2  (5-9)
Langley Eagles  0-2-1  (7-12)

Marino Division
Seafair Islanders  3-0-0  (13-3)
Ridge Meadows Rustlers  2-1-0  (6-5)
Cowichan Valley Capitals  1-2-0  (9-3)
Arizona Firebirds  0-3-3  (1-18)

Smith Division
Surrey Thunder  2-0-1  (16-10)
Burnaby Bulldogs  2-1-0  (12-12)
Alaska Jr. Aces  0-1-2  (9-11)
Nanaimo Clippers  0-1-2  (10-14)

Today's Playoff Round Match-ups
Coquitlam - Alaska
Ridge Meadows - Vancouver Thunderbirds
(winners to meet tomorrow)

Kamloops - Cowichan Valley
Burnaby - Prince George
(winners to meet tomorrow)

OHA - Arizona Firebirds
Surrey - Richmond
(winners to meet tomorrow)

Arizona Bobcats - Nanaimo
Seafair - Langley
(Winners to meet tomorrow)

Edmonton Bantam Invitational
There are six "AAA" teams taking part at the Edmonton Bantam Invitational Tournament this weekend.  In group one; MLAC, Edge Mountaineers and Spruce Grove PAC while in the other group there are; Edmonton KC, Southeast Hockey Hounds and Fort Saskatchewan.

Blue Division
Edmonton MLAC  2-0-0  (9-3)
Calgary Edge  0-2-0  (4-8)
Spruce Grove  0-2-0  (5-10)

Green Division
Edmonton KC  2-0-0  (13-8)
Southeast Hockey  Hounds  2-0-0  (9-6)
Fort Saskatchewan  0-2-0  (8-13)

Top Scorers
1.   Alex Rotundo - KC  7-3-10
2.   Michael Doneff - Southeast  3-3-6
3.   Mac Mindus - KC  2-4-6
4.   Michael Clarke - Southeast  3-2-5
5.   Brandon Paziuk - Southeast  2-3-5
6.   Nolan Volcan - MLAC  1-4-5
7.   Jordan Taupert - Southeast  1-4-5
8.   Brandon Hagel - Fort Sask  3-1-4
9.   Ryan Jevne - MLAC  2-1-3
10. Jake Schnack - KC  2-1-3

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Burnaby Christmas Tournament Results

Day 2 Results
Ridge Meadows 3 - Arizona Firebirds 1
Kamloops 7 - Langley 3
Arizona Bobcats 8 - Prince George 2
Surrey 8 - Burnaby 3

Day 1 Results
Coquitlam 5 - Prince George 4
Seafair 4 - Ridge Meadows 2
OHA 2 - Vancouver Thunderbirds 2
Arizona Bobcats  5 - South Delta 1
Prince George 4 - Richmond 2
Cowichan Valley 8 - Arizona Firebirds 0
Surrey 5 - Nanaimo 4
Burnaby 4 - Alaska 2
OHA 4 - Langley 3
Kamloops 6 - Vancouver TBirds 2
Arizona Bobcats 4 - Coquitlam 3
Ridge Meadows 1 - Cowichan Valley 0
Richmond 2 - South Delta 2
Surrey 3 - Alaska 3
Burnaby 5 - Nanaimo 2
Seafair 7 - Arizona Firebirds 0

December 27, 2012 newsletter is ready

I hope everyone is having a great holiday and enjoyed Christmas and are enjoying the WJHC.  Some players are rising and making things very interesting.  There were several tournament over the weekend and several coming.  I wish you all a Happy New Year and wish you all safe travels!

The December 27, 2012 newsletter is now ready.  In this edition of the newsletter, we update the Top 200 for 98's, Top 130 for 99's.  As well, stats have been updated for all players in the 98 and 99 age group with the exception of some PCAHA teams. The Top 40 western American players are updated.  The Rankings continue to be updated as scouts tournament reports come in and get reflected in the player rankings daily.

We had a chance to speak with a power forward who models his game after Dustin Brown.  His size and shot are his main attributes and should have a very good chance at going in the top 2 rounds.

Next, I interview a very physical defenceman who is also putting up good offensive numbers this year.  He choose not to pick a player to model his game after as he wants to be his own defenceman.

Then we speak with a defenceman from one of the acadamies who see's the ice extremely well and has been one of the most rapid risers in the draft rankings this season.

Lastly, interviewed is a goalie who is flying under the radar but has all the tools to be a WHL draft pick and a dark-horse pick at that!

Team Rankings
The top 20 team rankings make its Sixth appearance in the newsletter since all leagues are now under way. We also list who their next games are against.

Mid Term Provincial Category Award Winners
With the season at about its mid point, we look province by province and hand out awards in several different categories from best skater to defensive forward and so on.  We polled several WHL scouts, our own scouts and others who are close to bantam hockey.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hannoun and Clague taking part at Mac's Midget Tournament

A pair of the top talents in western Canada are taking part in the Mac's Midget Hockey Tournament in Calgary over the next week.  D - Kale Clague will be playing with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AMHL while F - Dante Hannoun will be with the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the BCMML.

Monday, December 24, 2012

AMBHL North All-Stars Announced

Stuart Skinner - Edmonton SSAC
Matthew Berlin - Edmonton SSAC
Austin McGrath - Lloydminster Heat

David Quenneville - Edmonton SSAC
Kale Clague - Lloydminster Heat
Ryan Krushen - Sherwood Park Flyers
James Miller - Spruce Grove PAC
Brayden Gorda - Edmonton MLAC
Dalton Hamaliuk - Leduc

Brayden Hyland - Edmonton CAC
Kole Gable - Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Logan Mazerolle - Grand Prairie
Alex Rotundo - Edmonton KC
Noah Gregor - Leduc
Mason Shaw - Lloydminster Heat
Ryan Jevne - Edmonton MLAC
Sam Steel - Sherwood Park Flyers
Luc Smith - Spruce Grove PAC
Tyler Benson - Edmonton SSAC
Ryan Cox - Spruce Grove PAC

AMBHL South All-Stars named

The AMBHL has named its All-Star team for the game being played January, 12, 2013 in Red Deer, AB.

G - Nick Sanders - Calgary Bisons
G - Logan Drackett - Calgary Northstar Sabres
G - Kurtis Chapman - Airdrie Xtreme

D - Ryely McKinstry - Calgary Bisons
D - Carter Cziakowski - Calgary Flames
D - Kyle Yewchuk - Calgary Northstar Sabres
D - Reece Soukoroff - Calgary Royals
D - TJ Brown - Red Deer Rebels Black
D - Tash Bowles - Southeast Hockey Hounds
D - Jared Freadrich - Camrose Vikings

F - Tyler Steenbergen - Red Deer Rebels White
F - Sean Montgomery - Calgary Royals
F - Parker Aucoin - Calgary Northstar Sabres
F - Tyler Anderson - Lethbridge Golden Hawks
F - Steven Lawrence - Calgary Flames
F - Matthew Phillips - Calgary Bisons
F - Jordan McConnell - Airdrie Xtreme
F - Owen Guenter - Okotoks Oilers
F - Jeff De Wit - Red Deer Rebels Black
F - Slater Dykema - Southeast Hockey Hounds

WEHP Release Top 10 Team Rankings

* Rankings reflect many factors and are not just subject to league or tournament play in determining position.  Strength of opponent is also a factor.

Top 10 Team Rankings for December 24, 2012
1.   Burnaby Winter Club (17-1-2  108-11) 
2.   SSAC Southgate Lions (20-0-2  151-47) 
3.   North Shore Winter Club (16-2-2 111-24) 
4.   Calgary Bisons (19-2-1  140-53) 
5.   Lloydminster Heat (16-2-5  131-66)
6.   Notre Dame  Hounds (12-2-4  82-44) Midget AA League
7.   OHA  (31-3-1 147-56) -Tournament Play/Not part of league
8.   Calgary Northstar Sabres (17-4-1  120-52)
9.   POE (11-1-0  85-20)
10.  Winnipeg Monarchs (18-2-1 107-40) 

Honorable Mention
MLAC Scott Pump (14-5-3  113-68), Sherwood Park Flyers (11-5-6  112-67), Winnipeg Hawks (14-3-1  105-37) ,  Calgary Royals (15-7-1 97-72), Southeast Hockey Hounds (13-9-2 132-90)

Top 5 Saskatchewan AA Bantam
1.  North East Wolfpack (11-3-1  72-33)
2.  Regina Pat Blues (12-3-1  86-42)
3.  West Central Wheat Kings (14-3-1  92-48)
4.  Prince Albert Venice House Raiders (11-6-0  104-74)
5.  Saskatoon Bandits (9-4-1  55-38)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday Action

Alberta - AMBHL
Spruce Grove 5 - Red Deer White 3
Spruce Grove gets 1 goal and 2 assists from ERBHL call-up AP player Ryan Peckord.  Peckford, who does appear on the WEHP top 50 '99 born rankings now has 9 pts in 5 games as an AP.  Good chance he would be at or near the top of the scoring for the team if he had played there all season.  Colin Schmidt picked up 2-2-4, giving him 17 points in 10 games.  For Red Deer, Tyler Graber scored twice, he now has 4 goals and is amongst the league PIM leaders with 93 in 21 games.  Captain Tyler Steenbergen had 1-2-3, giving him 24-16-40 in 21 games - 23 more than the next best player on the team.  Red Deer '99 born goalie Dawson Weatherill stopped 45/50.  Weatherill is also on the list for top 99's.

Lloydminster Heat 5 - Edmonton MLAC 5
Two of the better teams in the AMBHL met on Saturday and were fit to be tied thanks to a late 3rd period goal by Lloydminster's Cole Johnson.  Leading the way for the Heat was Cole Johnson and Tre Doyon each with 1-1-2.  Johnson has a team leading 27 goals in 22 games and a league leading 104 PIMS.  D - Kale Clague scored his 22nd goal in his 22nd game.  For MLAC, it was the line of Jevne/Volcan/Readman accounting for all 5 goals as Jevne and Readman scored two each.  Jevne now has 37 goals, Volcan 27 and Readman with 13.  Lloydminster out-shot MLAC 46-24.  The Heat will play SSAC today in a showdown of the top 2 rated prospect - Benson vs. Clague and two of the top 3 teams.

Fort Saskatchewan Rangers 7 - Edmonton KC 4
In Fort Sask, it was the Rangers getting 3 goals and 1 assist from Kole Gable and 1-2-3 from Bailey Whelan in leading the way to the win.  Kole Gable leads the Rangers in scoring with 16-13-29 in 21 games.  Edmonton KC got 1-1-2 each from Alex Rotundo, Mac Mindus and Ryan Mostowich.  Rotundo now has 32-19-51 in 23 games and sits 8th in league scoring.  Brandon Vogel for Fort Sask. stopped 40/44 shots he faced.

Airdrie Xtreme 3 - Southeast Hockey Hounds 3
In Medicine Hat, it was a battle of two contrasting styles with defensive minded Airdrie taking on offensive minded Southeast.  Airdrie would build up a 2-0 lead after the 2nd period only to watch Michael Doneff/Jordan Taupert take over with Doneff scoring all 3 gaols in the 3rd and Taupert assisting on all 3 to give the  Hounds a 3-2 lead up until D - Shaye Seefried scored with just 1 second left on the clock.  Taupert leads the Southest Hounds in scoring with 56 points, while Doneff tied Michael Clarke for the team lead in goals with 25.  Kurtis Chapman stopped 45/48 shots for Airdrie.

Leduc Allen`s Transport 5 - Red Deer Black 2
In Red Deer, Noah Gregor put up 3 goals and 1 assist and Devin Allen stopping 42 of 44 shots in the win.  Gregor leads Leduc in scoring with 19-14-33 in 17 games.  D - Dalton Hamaliuk picked up 3 assists and has 16 points in 15 games this season.  For Red Deer, it was Tyrees Goodrunning with 1-1-2 and D - TJ Brown scoring his 11th goal of the season.  Leduc out-shot Red Deer 44-26.

Calgary Northstar Sabres 6 - Lethbridge Golden Hawks 2
In Lethbridge, Parker Aucoin followed up his 6 goal game with 3 goals in this one, giving him a league leading 40 goals this season.  D - Chase Goods picked up a pair of helpers, giving him a team leading 16 points from the back-end.  Nolan Hildebrand stopped 29 of 31 shots.  Lethbridge got 1-1-2 from team goal scoring leader Jed Horvath.  Horvath now has 17 goals in 22 games this season.

Calgary Royals 6 - Okotoks Oilers 2
In Okotoks, Connor Kendall scored 3 goals and Nic Harringer added 1-1-2 to pace the attack.  Kendall now has 14 goals and is 2nd on the team behind Sean Montgomery who has 19 this season.  Adam Marcoux stopped 25 of 27 for Calgary.  Okotoks, who are now 1-20-0 and have scored just 35 goals while allowing 155 got 1-1-2 from Riley Milford.

Calgary Bisons 7 - Calgary Flames 1
In a battle of crosstown rivals, it was the Bisons moving to 19-2-1 while dropping the Flames to 11-8-1.  Leading the way for the Bisons was Matthew Phillips with 1-4-5 and line-mate Jake Ashton with 2-2-4.  Phillips is 6th in league scoring with 58 points.  Josh Belisle stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced.

Saskatchewan - SBAAHL
Regina Monarchs 5 - Melville Millionaires 5
In Melville, it was Marial Beny scoring his 2nd of the game with under 3 minutes remaining to give the Millionaires a 5-5 tie against the Monarchs.  Beny is having a good season with 27 points in 11 games.  D - Dawson Davidson picked up 3 assists, giving him 21 points in 11 games and Caleb Riess added 1-1-2.  For the Monarchs, it was Mason Mullaney continuing his hot play with 2 goals and 1 assist.  Mullaney has 24 points in 18 games now.  Regina out-shot Melville 41-35.

Sask Valley Vipers 3 - North East Wolfpack 2
The Vipers pull off a minor upset over the now 11-3-1 Wolfpack on Saturday.  Brady Macpherson had 1-1-2 for the Vipers and captain Liam Maley chipped in with a pair of helpers.  Jordan Borstmayer added 1-1-2 for North East.  Sask Valley held a 24-19 shot advantage.

Yorkton Terriers 5 - Swift Current Kabos Raiders 2

Coquitlam Chiefs 3 - Vancouver Thunderbirds 3
Leading the way for the Thunderbirds was Jordan Deyrmenjian with 2 goals and Hunter with the other.  For Coquitlam it was Fantillo, Bromhead and Cho.  `99 born D - Scott Walford didn`t find the scoresheet for Coquitlam but was very strong defensively.  The top duo of Bowering and Fantillo didn`t play the first half of the game together but joined forces once again in the 2nd half.  The Thunderbirds played without talented `99 born Tyson Lin and Matt Kroeker.  The Chiefs were without Troy Robillard.

Surrey Thunder 2 - Abbotsford Hawks 1

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tyler Benson cracks 100 points last night

Saturday Action
Vancouver Thunderbirds 3 - Coquitlam Chiefs 3

Friday Action
SSAC Southgate Lions 11 - Edmonton KC 7
SSAC came in to the game at 19-0-1 but found themselves down 5-0 before the game was 15 minutes old.  However, they would storm back with the next 5 goals before the midway point of the 2nd period and were tied 7-7 after the 2nd.  SSAC would score all 4 goals in the 3rd to improve to 20-0-1 prior to the xmas break.  Tyler Benson would pick up 3 goals and 5 assists in the game and up his remarkable first half totals to 39-61-100 in 21 games.  He will need just 32 points to break Ty Rattie's 07-08 record of 131 points.  Benson is currently on track for over 160 points.  Also in the game, KC star forward Alex Rotundo continued his hot play with 4 goals, giving him 31 in 22 games.  A final note is that people are going to start taking notice, if they haven't already of '99 born Josh Patterson who is fulfilling a similar role that Benson did to Estephan last year.  Patterson has 50 points in 21 games and could come close to Benson's 83 from last season.

NSWC Winterhawks 12 - Richmond Blues 0
North East Wolfpack 7 - Battlefords Barons 1
The North East Wolfpack look primed at joining West Central in westerns and represent Saskatchewan for the 2nd year in a row.  Last night, they defeated Battlefords 7-1 thanks to 3 goals from Riley Mayer and a pair of markers from two '99 born players - Kris Bzdel and Connor Tuffs.  '99 born goalie Hunter Arps continues his successful rookie bantam campaign, stopped 19/20.  Arps is now 8-0-0 with a 1.88 GAA this season.  Battlefords leading scorer Brandon Lesko replied with his 13th goal of the season.  He leads Battlefords in scoring with 27 points in 13 games.

Swift Current Kabos Raiders 4 - Humboldt Broncos 4
Both teams go 2/7 on the PP and Swift Current out-shoot Humboldt 43-21 in a 4-4 tie.  Braxton Stenson turn aside 39/43 for Humboldt and has played very well this year despite a sub-par team.  '99 born Erik Gardiner, brother of PA Raiders forward and first rounder Reid Gardiner continues to impress with 2 goals for Humboldt.  Erik now has 9-7-16 in 15 games.  D - Matthew Parsons picked up 1-1-2 and has been very good this season.  For Swift Current, Dylan Rossiter and Tanner Nagel paced the attack with 1-1-2 each.  The captin - Nagle has 20 points in 13 games now.

Estevan Bruins 3 - Balgonie Prairie Storm 1
The Estevan Bruins continue their assent up the SBAAHL South Standings on the heals of another strong performance by goalie Carter Phair.  Phair has been a very under-rated goalie all season long but scouts are now taking notice.  Offensively, the Bruins were led one again by Kolten Ganson who scored twice and he now has 5 goals in his past 3 games.  Ganson leads the Bruins with 13 goals in 16 games.  '99 born forward Eamon Milligan scored his 8th of the season for Balgonie who drop to 7-8-0 on the season.

Regina Monarchs 2 - Yorkton Terriers 1
The Regina Monarchs remain hot in winning 2-1 on Friday night.  Brett Merk scored his 9th of the year and has 26 points.  Mason Mullaney scored his 11th of the year for Regina.  JJ Fofonoff scored the lone marker for Yorkton.  Yorkton held a 34-31 shot advantage with Matthew Lenz stopped 32/34.  Both teams were 0/4 on the PP.

West Central Wheat Kings 9 - Moose Jaw Warriors 2
Winnipeg Hawks 8 - Interlake Lightning 0

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays Special

This is the first time we have ever done this but in the spirit of the holiday season and a big thank you to those have have purchased the newsletter or those who were thinking about doing so - we are offering a $5.00 newsletter for the remainder of the day before I personally leave on holidays.

Thank you all once again for your support this year and we hope to see all of you back after Christmas and down the stretch drive.

Also, it should be noted, if you wish to see archived issues of the newsletter, contact me directly at and I will set you up!


Tyler Neisz
Western Elite Hockey Prospects

Thursday Night Action

News Clippings
Tom Berridge of The Record in New Westminster takes a look at the 50th annual Burnaby Christmas Tournament here:

Thursday Night Re-cap
In Sherwood Park, it was Sam Steel picking up a pair of helpers on goals by Jack Hamly and D - Ryan Krushen in a 2-2 tie vs. St. Albert.  Sherwood Park were without 5 regulars still.  St. Albert got 1-1-2 from Ryan Cox.  He has 20 points in 21 games and is 2nd to Zachary Webb in team scoring who has 21 points.  The shots were 37-23 in favor of Sherwood Park as Joshua Dechaine stopped 35/37.....In Vancouver, it was the Thunderbirds winning their 4th game in the past 5 with a 3-1 victory over Burnaby Minor - Burnaby is now 1-10-1.  Dionne had 1-1-2 for the Thunderbirds with Hunter and Hayward adding singles.  Riddell with the win for the TBirds......In Abbotsford, it was the Hawks downing Fraser Valley rival Langley 3-1.  The Eagles continue to play with out a pair of very talented '99 born players in Capstick and Malm.  Malm is expected to return right after xmas.....In Saskatoon, it was the Outlaws defeating the Maniacs 3-2 and the Generals over the Stallions 6-4.  The win for the Generals move them to 8-5-0 and now sit in 2nd place behind the 9-4-1 Bandits.  Cole Young currently leads the GSHL in scoring with 21 points in 15 games.  There is a 4-way tie atop the league goal scoring race with '99 born Jake Leschyshyn, Reece Johnson, Cody Illerbrun and Jordan Hudson who all have 10.  Ben Abrook leads all dmen with 17 points in 14 games....In Brandon, it was Pembina Valley with a 7-4 win over the Wheat Kings.  Ben Dalke and '99 born Logan Christensen continue to carry the brunt of the offence for the Hawks.  Pembina Valley is now 8-7-0 while the Wheat Kings are 3-14-0.

Western Canada Bantam Action Tonight
Interlake Lightning at Winnipeg Hawks
Edmonton SSAC at Edmonton KC
Swift Current Kabos Raiders at Humboldt Broncos
West Central Wheat Kings at Moose Jaw Warriors
North East Wolfpack at Battlefords Barons
Regina Monarchs at Yorkton Terriers
Estevan Bruins at Balgonie Prairie Storm
Richmond Blues at North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wednesday Night Action

The Calgary Northstar Sabres up their record to 15-4-1 after a 12-1 victory over the now 1-19-0 Okotoks Oilers.  Parker Aucoin scored 6 goals for the Oilers, giving him 37 goals in 20 games which is 22 more than the next best on the team.  Aucoin currently leads the AMBHL in goals with this 37, one ahead of Tyler Benson.  Brayden Juett and Austin Stang each added a pair of goals......In Calgary, it was the Bisons moving to 18-2-1 with a 5-3 win over Calgary south rival - Calgary Royals.  The Royals are now 14-7-1 and sit 3rd in the division.  '99 born Jaedon Kalupar led the way for the Bisons by scoring  a pair of goals, giving him 8.....In Coquitlam, it was the Chiefs all over the Semiahmoo Ravens 9-3.  It was the 2nd win in a week for Coquitlam over the Ravens.  They got goals from 8 different players with Campbell leading the way with 2 goals.  Bowering had a 4 point game and Bromhead with 3 points.  The Chiefs are now 4-6-0 while Semiahmoo is 6-3-1.

Western Canada bantam action tonight:
St. Albert at Sherwood Park
West Central Wheatkings at Regina Pat Blues
Brandon at Pembina Valley Hawks
Winnipeg Warriors at Winnipeg Monarchs
Saskatoon Maniacs at Saskatoon Outlaws
Saskatoon Generals at Saskatoon Stallions
Surrey Thunder at Semiahmoo Ravens
Langley Eagles at Abbotsford Hawks
Burnaby Minor at Vancouver Thunderbirds

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of the blog and donators to the newsletter a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.  If it weren't for the readers and all of you people, WEHP wouldn't exist and there simply wouldn't be an outlet for everyone to gather and talk bantam hockey.

This is the 3rd season of Western Elite Hockey Prospects and this season has been very interesting once again with many happenings across western Canada and the USA.  So with that said, I thought we should look at the top 10 story lines up to the point in the season.

Tyler Benson/Kale Clague battle for 1st overall
- Since the beginning of the season, there has been a 1A and 1B for 1st overall in the WHL Bantam Draft.  Benson is on a record breaking pace in the AMBHL and is on track for 152 points this season.  Of course, as we have discussed on several different occasions that Ty Rattie hold the record with 131 in the 07-08 season.  Kale Clague, now in his 3rd bantam season has been very dominant and also on track for a record breaking season for a defenceman.  It will likely depend on who is picking first overall for the draft as to who goes first.

Jaeger White to BWC 
- The biggest buzz entering the season was the move of Jaeger White from Medicine Hat to BWC. White has shown to be one of the more talented players in western Canada and has his BWC squad rated #1 one again in Western Canada.  Having won the Medicine Hat Tournament, they will enter the St. Albert Tournament as the favorite.  White has been a huge factor in the success and provides much of the offence on what is primarily a defensive type team.  Of course we all remember the notorious 22-1 win over Cloverdale to which he had a 15 point game.

Nolan Patrick entering in the conversation for 1st overall
- Nolan Patrick was injured to the start the season and as a result was a bit of an enigma in that we really weren't sure how he would measure up to the top players.  Moreover, he wasn't with the Winnipeg Hawks at the Medicine Hat Tournament.  Since his return a few weeks ago, he has been head and shoulders above everyone in the Winnipeg AAA league and by head and shoulders, we aren't talking about his 6'2 175lb size!  Patrick has 30 points in 9 games so far.

SSAC dominance of the AMBHL
- The annual powerhouse SSAC Southgate Lions have gotten off to a 19-0-1 start and have allowed less than 2 GPG while scoring 7 GPG.  Led by arguably the top forward (Benson), one of the top defenceman (Quenneville) and top goalies (Skinner) - the Lions are able to dominate at the bantam level.  Some top rookies for the Alberta Peewee Champions from 11-12 have contributed.

MLAC forward Ryan Jevne with 2 - 6 goal games.
- Ryan Jevne has shown to be a dominate goal scorer at times this season with 2 games to which he has scored 6 goals in a span of a couple weeks.  He has also had 3 - 4 goal games this year.

Jordy Bellerive proving worthy of #1 ranking for 99 born players
- Bellerive has been one of the top offensive players in western Canada on one of western Canada's top teams.  He currently leads NSWC in scoring with 46-30-76 in 37 games and is a plus-44.  Fellow '99 born deserves an honorable mention on NSWC in G - Dorrin Luding with his 1.12 GAA and 14-2-2 record.

Vancouver Thunderbirds/PCAHA Banter
- This is for the message posters!  In the three years that WEHP has been in existence, we have never seen so much back and forth banter - both good and bad, in one season.  The Thunderbirds have a good enough team to be in the PCAHA Flight 1, case closed.  Are they a top team?  No.  Are they a good team, Yes!  Lets just leave it at that for the new year.  The PCAHA has been very entertaining with the 2 winter clubs dominating again and a tier of several teams to follow.

The Academies are top teams again
- POE, Notre Dame and OHA continue to be top teams and be scrutinized as a result.  I'm in agreement of what has been spoken about in regards to perhaps a "special division" of POE, Notre Dame, OHA, Edge School and heck even BWC and NSWC could be part of this division.  I'm sure all these teams could travel and have several mini tournaments throughout the season and even join the other top teams in Medicine Hat and St. Albert.  Something worth thinking about.

Lack of high end Saskatchewan Talent
- In the scouting world, it is evident that the common belief is that Saskatchewan is in a down turn for high end talent for the '13 bantam draft.  We would be stunned if a player went in the top 10 picks at this point and some have suggested that it may be a stretch in even having a first rounder from the province.  That is not to say there isn't depth, cause there is some depth, just not high end talent as in years past.

Northern Alberta - Cream of the crop for the draft!
The lower mainland dominated the '12 bantam draft with the likes of Barzal, Harkins, Gawdin, Musil, Ronning and Soy all high picks.  In fact, the province of BC had 11- 1st round picks and 6 of the top 8.  This year, the high end talent has clearly shifted to Alberta and more specifically Northern Alberta.  Benson, Clague, Steel, Quenneville all have a very good chance on being top 10 picks and the province in general has a chance at matching the BC output of 11 first rounders if you include the players attending academies.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

50th Annual Burnaby Christmas Tournament

The tournament will begin on December 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM and wrap up with the final on December 31st at noon.  Games will be at the Bill Copeland Arena and the Burnaby Lake Arena.

Collingwood Conference
Boyd Division
Coquitlam Chiefs
Prince George Cougars
Richmond Blues
South Delta Storm

Wong Division
Kamloops Jardine Blazers
Langley Eagles
Vancouver Thunderbirds

Colbourne Conference
Marino Division
Arizona Firebirds
Cowichan Valley Capitals
Ridge Meadows Rustlers
Seafair Islanders

Smith Division
Alaska Jr. Aces
Burnaby Bulldogs
Nanaimo Clippers
Surrey Thunders

Monday, December 17, 2012

WEHP Releases Weekly Top 10 Team Rankings

* Rankings reflect many factors and are not just subject to league or tournament play in determining position.  Strength of opponent is also a factor.

Top 10 Team Rankings for December 17, 2012
1.   Burnaby Winter Club (13-1-2  100-17) 
2.   SSAC Southgate Lions (19-0-1  139-39) 
3.   North Shore Winter Club (14-2-2 95-23)
4.   Calgary Bisons (17-2-1  128-49)
5.   Lloydminster Heat (16-2-3  125-60)
6.   Notre Dame  Hounds (12-2-3  81-43) Midget AA League
7.   OHA  (31-3-1 147-56) -Tournament Play/Not part of league
8.   Winnipeg Monarchs (17-1-1 100-34)
9.   POE (11-1-0  85-20)
10.  Calgary Northstar Sabres (14-4-1  97-45) 

Honorable Mention
MLAC Scott Pump (14-5-2  108-63), Sherwood Park Flyers (11-5-5  110-65), Winnipeg Hawks (13-3-0  102-35) , Semiahmoo Ravens (10-3-4  62-29), Calgary Royals (14-6-1 89-65)

Top 5 Saskatchewan AA Bantam
1.  North East Wolfpack (10-2-1  63-29)
2.  Regina Pat Blues (123-0  82-38)
3.  West Central Wheat Kings (13-2-1  79-42)
4.  Prince Albert Venice House Raiders (11-5-0  101-63)
5.  Saskatoon Bandits (9-4-1  55-38)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Weekend Update

British Columba (5 weekend games)
Langley 4 - Vancouver Thunderbirds 6 - Friday
- 99 born Tysin Lin with 2 goals for Vancouver.

Richmond 0 - BWC 7 - Saturday
Kelowna 3 - POE 6 - Saturday
Semiahmoo 1 - Coquitlam 4 - Sunday
- G - Testa stops 20/21 shots for Coquitlam and they get goals from 4 different players in the win.  

POE 5 - Kamloops 0 - Sunday

- NSWC taking part in the Super Series.

Alberta (14 weekend games)
Friday Action
Sherwood Park 5 - Edmonton KC 0
- Carter Hart turns aside all 34 shots he faced in improving Sherwood Park to 11-5-5 for the season.  Hart is having a pretty good season so far with a .920%.  Leading the attack offensively for the Flyers was Sam Steel with 1-3-4, giving him 33-30-63 in 19 games.  Brandon Wallis scored twice for the Flyers, he now has 5 goals.

Saturday Action
Red Deer White 6 - Leduc 6

Okotoks 2 - Red Deer Black 4
Red Deer Black move above .500 once again at 10-9-2 while Okotoks fall to 1-18-0.  Red Deer got goals from four different players with D - TJ Brown leading the way with 1-1-2.  Brown is amongst the defenceman scoring leaders in the AMBHL with 10-12-22 in 21 games.  Liam Izyk and Nolan Steer replied for Okotoks who were outshot 40-13.

Edmonton KC 3- Edmonton MLAC 9
MLAC move to 14-4-2 and sit 2nd place in the Nitro North, 7 points back of first place SSAC.  Leading the way once again for MLAC was 1st round ranked Ryan Jevne who scored 4 goals, giving him 35 goals in 20 games which is 2nd in the AMBHL.  Michael Dilullo and Luca Denardis had 3 point games for MLAC.  For KC, it was Alex Rotundo with all 3 goals, he has 27-17-44 in 21 games which is 20 points more than any other player on KC.  

Camrose 1 - Lloydminster  8
One of the top prospects for the bantam draft kept it going again as D - Kale Clague scored 3 goals, giving him 21-28-49 in just 21 games.  Kobe Walker and Brayden Goulet each scored twice, Goulet has 15 goals and Walker 4.  Cole Johnson and Mason Shaw put up multiple point games as well.  Shaw remains top 5 in league scoring with 59 points.

Airdrie 7 - Spruce Grove PAC 0
The Xtreme continue to be on a bit of roll, while playing strong defensive hockey in shutting out PAC 7-0.  Jake Carlson stopped all 28 shots for Airdrie.  Leading the way offensively was Noah Philp, brother of Kootenay Ice forward Luke Philp with 2-1-3.  Philp now has 6-8-14 in 21 games. '99 born Gary Haden continues to put up points with 1-2-3, giving him 7-11-18 for the season.  

Grand Prairie 1 - St. Albert 5
In a game between two of the lower ranked teams in the AMBHL, it was the Sabres coming out on top and moving to 4-13-5 and dropping Grand Prairie to 2-20-2.  Team goal scoring leader Ryan Cox scored twice, giving him 8 goals in 19 games.  Matthew Murray stopped 18/19 shots in the win for the Sabres.  

Fort Saskatchewan 2 - Southeast 8
In a wild one in Medicine Hat to which Southeast held a 60-43 shots advantage it was Southeast coming out on top.  Jordan Taupert scored 3 goals for Southeast leading the way and Zach Gladu scoring twice.  Michael Doneff had a 5 point game and Michael Clarke with 4 points.  Doneff, Clarke and Taupert are all on track for over 70 points seasons.  Kayden Pickles stopped 41/43 shots.  The Southeast Hockey Hounds are 13-8-1 and Fort Sask are 5-10-4.

Calgary Bisons 10  - Lethbridge 2
The Calgary Bisons improve to 16-2-1 with an easy 10-2 victory.  Matthew Phillips paced the attack with 3-2-5 and is now tied for 5th in league scoring with 31-22-53 in 19 games.  '99 born Kyle Olson picked up 1-3-4, giving him 39 points.  Olson is just 4 points back of SSAC F - Josh Patterson for the '99 born scoring lead.  King, Williamson and Ashton all had 3 points as well.

Sunday Action
Airdrie 1 - Calgary Flames 8
Fort Saskatchewan 4 - Lethbridge 3
Calgary Northstar Sabres 8 - Red Deer Black 0
Parker Aucoin picks up 3 goals and 2 assists in running the Northstar Sabres record to 14-4-1 on the season.  They sit 6 points back of the Bisons with a game in hand.  Aucoin now has 31-17-48 and is in the WEHP Top 2 rounds in the latest rankings.  Brayden Dunn scored twice and is second in team goals with 15.  Logan Drackett stopped all 37 shots fired his way for the shut-out.  Drackett now has a .934 save percentage which is right near the top of the league.

Grand Prairie 4 - Spruce Grove PAC 4
Red Deer White 4 - Calgary Royals 11
Carter Gosbee had a big game with 3 goals and 2 assists, giving him 7 goals on the season now.  Lucas Fraulin also had a 5 point game, going 1-4-5 and Sean Montgomery scored twice in the 11-4 win.  Montgomery leads the 14-6-1 Royals in scoring with 17-14-31 in 21 games.  For RD White, Tyler Steenbergen scored twice in the win, he now has a team leading 22-13-35 in 19 games.  The next closest on the team has just 15 points.

Edmonton MLAC 0 - Edmonton SSAC 3
SSAC remain perfect on the season in moving to a 19-0-1 record after defeating the now 14-5-2 MLAC squad.  One of the top ranked goalies for the draft - Stuart Skinner turned aside all 21 shots he faced.  Skinner moves to 12-0-0 with a 1.55 GAA and a .939%.  It was also Skinner's 3rd SO of the season.  League scoring leader Tyler Benson was held to just 1 assist, moving his league leading totals to 36-56-92.  He is still on track to break the league scoring record of 131 points with 13 games to go.  

Saskatchewan (18 weekend games)
Friday Action
Moose Jaw 3 - Yorkton 6
Zach Hagerman continues to put up points after having a very successful Prince Albert Tournament with 2-1-3.  Captain Kyle Arndt had 2 assists.  For Yorkton, it was Brennan Watson scoring 3 times, giving him 11 in 13 games.  A pair of '99 born players D - Jake Kustra and F - Logan Foster each had 1-1-2.

Humboldt 1 - Regina Pat Blues 11
The Pat Blues increase their lead atop the SBAAHL South to 8 points with an 11-1 win.  Riley Woods had a huge game for Regina with 2-5-7 and now leads the league in scoring with 15-20-35 in 14 games.  Ty Barnstable and Keelan Saworski had 5 point games which Cheason Sare had a 3 goal game.  

Regina Silver Foxes 4 - Swift Current 4
Parker McCormick figured in on all 4 goals, going 1-3-4 and Caleb Griffin put up 2-1-3 on Friday in a 4-4 tie vs. Swift Current.  Griffin leads the SBAAHL in goals with 25 in 13 games.  For Swift Current, it was Gerlach and Carter Tangen each with 2 points.

PA 7 - Weyburn 4
The Venice House Raiders improve to 11-5-0 and Weyburn falls to 2-8-2.  Pacing the attack for PA was '99 Riley Sawchuk with 1-2-3 and Braden Isbister with the same.  Sawchuk leads all '99 born players in the SBAAHL with 26 points in 15 games.  Kent Hanson scored 2 goals, giving him 9-14-23.  For Weyburn, Tristyn DeRoose and Luke Niemgeers led the way with 1-1-2.  '99 born DeRoose leads Weyburn in scoring with 15 points in 12 games.

Notre Dame AA 3 - Melville 5
Caleb Riess continues his hot play from the Prince Albert Tournament with 2-2-4.  Riess leads Melville in scoring with 28 points in 11 games.  Marial Beny and Drayson Skumoski each had 1-1-2.  Beny has 24 points in 11 games.  Melville out-shot Notre Dame 39-9.

Saskatoon Outlaws 3 - Saskatoon Frostbite 3

Saturday Action
North East 2 - West Central 1
In at battle of two of the top teams in all of Saskatchewan bantam hockey, it was North East moving to 10-2 after a 2-1 win on Saturday.  North East held a 29-14 shots advantage and got goals from Cole Jones and Elijah Pikientio.  Ryder Kissick scored his 14th of the year in his 16th game for West Central.  Justin Close and Hunter Arps were the respective goalies.  Arps has been one of the top 99 born goalies in western Canada so far this year for North East.

Humboldt 3 - Notre Dame AA 3
The Broncos out-shoot Notre Dame 39-17 and get all 3 goals from Shane Sherban in the win.  Sherban now has 9-1-10 in 8 games.  

Moose Jaw 3 - Melville 2
The Warriors get goals from three different players, which included team scoring leader '99 Chantz Petruic scoring his 13th of the season.  Marial Beny and Taylor Elmy replied for Melville.

PA 2 - Estevan 4
Kolten Ganson picks up 3 goals and 1 assists for Estevan in upsetting the VH Raiders 4-2.  Ganson now has 11-6-17 in 15 games.  Peyton Stevenson added 1-2-3 in the win.  The PA goals were scored by Drew Warkentine, his league leading 25th and '99 Riley Sawchuk.  Tanner Fiddler was out once again for Prince Albert.

Prairie Storm 1 - Yorkton 4
The Prairie Storm fall to 7-7-0 and the Harvest move to 5-6-3 after a 4-1 Yorkton win.  Kylan Shea and Matthew Wilgosh put up multiple point efforts to pace the Yorkton attack.  Jared Dmytriw scored the lone Balgonie marker.  The Prairie Storm played this one without leading scorer Jared Legien.

Regina Pat Blues 4  - Sask Valley 1
Turner Ripplinger scores 2 goals for the Pat Blues in a 4-1 win on Saturday.  Ripplinger now has 3 goals on the season.  G - Curtis Meger was solid in the victory for Regina.

Saskatoon Generals 2 - Saskatoon Frostbite 4

Sunday Action
Weyburn 1 - Estevan 3
North East 2 - Battlefords 2
PA - Regina Monarchs
Saskatoon Bandits 1 - Saskatoon Generals 4
Saskatoon Outlaws 3 - Saskatoon Frostbite 5

Manitoba (7 weekend games)
Friday Action
Winnipeg Hawks 5 - Yellowhead 4
Winnipeg Hawks - Winnipeg Monarchs
Southwest 0 - Thunder Bay 5

Saturday Action
Thunder Bay - Interlake
Thunder Bay 4 - Southwest 0

Sunday Action
Central Plains - Brandon
Interlake - Thunder Bay

Friday, December 14, 2012

98 Super Series Update

The lone western Canada team taking part in the 98 Super Series down in Denver are the North Shore Winterclub Winterhawks.  So far the Winterhawks are fit to be tied as they have gone 1-0-3 in 4 games thus far.  '99 born Justin Almeida is leading the team in scoring with 5-1-6 and Tak Anholt has 0-6-6 so far.  '99 Jordy Bellerive has been very good as well with 3-2-5.  Dorin Luding has been amongst the top goalies with a very good .923 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA.

Other strong players so far in the series have been Phillip Knies and Blake Bargar from Arizona.  Hank Crone and Max Gildon from Dallas.  Max Gerlach and Douglas Dendy from Colorado.  More to come tomorrow.

Weekend Primer

After a frantic and busy weekend last weekend with five tournaments taking place all over western Canada from Prince George to Victoria and all the way to Steinbach, this weekend will see primarily just league action in bantam hockey.

Denver Super 98 Series Preview
- Here is a preview from Chris Grosso who covers hockey in the western States.
Starting Friday, six of the top bantam major teams will compete in the Colorado Super98 Series for a chance to take home the championship title. In addition to the host team, the No. 5 ranked Colorado Thunderbirds, the tournament also features the No. 21 Indiana Jr. Ice, No. 11 Dallas Stars Elite, No. 18 Russell Stover, Arizona Bobcats and North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks. 

Colorado Thunderbirds - The No. 5 Thunderbirds enter the tournament with a 22-3-5 record. In their last Super98 Series in St. Louis, they only lost once, but tied four times, with one of ties coming against the Indiana Jr. Ice. The Thunderbirds have some quality wins over some of the best teams in the country, including as the No. 8 Chicago Mission, No. 4 St. Louis Blues, and No. 9 New Jersey Devils. The Tbirds have won 10 of their past 11 games so they have a lot of momentum. They also defeated Russell Stover 9-0 earlier in the season, and they’ll hope for the same result. On offense, they have Trey Bagwell, Josiah Slavin, Brandon Yi, Trystan Isenhour, Brian Hawkinson, Dillon Scala, Ashton Fry, Jaden Anderson, Max Gerlach and Zach Walker. In net, Colorado has Austin Park and Douglas Dendy behind blueliners Anea Ferrario, Charlie Kiefer, Keegan Mantaro, Jovan ZImmerman, Bryan Yoon, and Cal Foote.

Indiana Jr. Ice - The No. 21 Indiana Jr. Ice (15-14-4) will be looking for a solid performance to jump them back into the top 20. The Ice struggled in the St.Louis Super98 Series, but they played top ten teams such as the Chicago Mission (No. 8 ranked), St.Louis Blues (No. 4 ranked), New Jersey Devils (No. 9) and Colorado Thunderbirds (No. 5 ranked). The Ice lost to the Arizona Bobcats (3-2) earlier this year, and they’ll look to get even with them this weekend. Indiana’s offense is made up of Joey Barone, Sam Swanson, Bob Fritsch, Jack MacNab, Sam Ruffin, Will Schlagenhauf, Ethan Stahlhuth, and Justin Whited, while it’s defense includes Darek Davis, Matt Sawyer, Reece Morris, Zach Lauderback, Bryant Gunn and Jackson Koblick, as well as goalies Nate Funk and Tyler Matthews.

Dallas Stars Elite - The No. 11 Stars will look to rebound from going 1-3-1 in the Philadelphia Super98 Series. Despite being 9-6-3, they have played some close games against No. 7 Long Island Gulls and Toronto Jr. Canadians (No. 2 Ontario), and have a win over the Lambton Jr. Sting (No. 14 Ontario), so they shouldn’t be underestimated. The Stars tied the North Shore Winter Club 2-2 earlier in the season, but this weekend they’ll hope to get the win. Kevin Graves and Ryan Keane have been excellent in net, only allowing a combined 41 goals all season so far with help from defensemen Trenton Lee, Azan Dorsett, Matthew O’Brien, Max Gildon, Parker Allison, and Drew Lennon. On offense, they have Solag Bakich, Cameron Donaldson, Grayson Celio, Mitchell Anderson, Kyle LeComte, Hayden Rivers, Jordan Porter, Mitchell McCoy, Hank Crone, Ethan Smith, and Daniel Patrick. 

Russell Stover - This will be the first Super98 Series of the year for Russell Stover, who are currently ranked No. 18. They may only sport a 10-10-2 record, but they have played some of the best teams in the country, including No. 2 Shattuck St.Mary’s, No. 5 Colorado Thunderbirds. They also have a win over No. 13 Belle Tire and have tied the No. 15 Buffalo Regals and Peterborough Jr. Petes (No. 18 Ontario). The T-Birds beat them 9-0 earlier this year, and you can bet they’ll have retribution on their mind. Their roster is made up of forwards Taylor Schneider, Ben Schmidling, David Schmidling, Drew Pflug, Benner Norlin, Dane Johnson, Dawson Engle, and Willie Reim, defensemen, Jeff Stack, Austin Turley, Nick Woodward, Wesley Weissend, Jordan Wishman and Brian Hurley, and goalies Preston Kostlan and Cole Weaver.

Arizona Bobcats - The Bobcats haven’t played since competing in the World Hockey Invite last month, but own quality wins over No. 18 Belle Tire, as well as tournament opponent, the No. 21 Indiana Jr. Ice. Having only allowed 53 goals thus far, their defense, which is comprised of Ethan Roswell, Ethan Osburn, Jonathan Dube, Carson Bergstrom and Zach McKena, as well as net minders Trip Hutchinson and Barrett Rosser, will be a key component in their success. Their offense is made up of Blake Bargar, Landon Quinney, Joseph Crump, Cole Cunningham, Jared Sanchez, Trey Porter, Parker Coughlin, Tyler Schulz, Phillip Knies, Leighton Fisk, Alex Heinritz, Jeffrey Wade, and Sean Mallonee.

North Shore Winter Club - This will be the second Super98 Series for the Winterhawks. Earlier in the season they hosted the Vancouver Super98 Series, where they went 2-1-2. Other than the Dallas Stars, who they tied 2-2, they have not played any of their other tournament opponents. Currently ranked 4th in Western Canada, NCWC enters the tournament with an impressive 30-4-4 record. Forwards Tanner Versluis, Kayvan Mokhtari, Desi Burgart, Brady Chin, Brett Stapley, Jordy Bellerive, Tak Anholt, Dante Hannoun, Kevin Wong, Quinn Benjafield, and Justin Almeida have helped to amass a total of 226 goals so far, while goalies Cole Demers and Dorrin Luding have only allowed a combined 66 with help from Marcus Kwan, Clint Colebourn, Nolan Kneen, Ryan Pouliot, Conner McDonald and Jamie Mcintosh.

British Columba (5 weekend games)
Langley - Vancouver Thunderbirds - Friday
Richmond - BWC - Saturday
Kelowna - POE - Saturday
Semiahmoo - Coquitlam - Sunday
POE - Kamloops - Sunday

- NSWC taking part in the Super Series.

Alberta (14 weekend games)
Friday Action
Sherwood Park - Edmonton KC

Saturday Action
Red Deer White - Leduc
Okotoks - Red Deer Black
Edmonton KC - Edmonton MLAC
Camrose - Lloydminster 
Airdrie - Spruce Grove PAC
Grand Prairie - St. Albert
Fort Saskatchewan - Southeast
Calgary Bisons - Lethbridge

Sunday Action
Airdrie - Calgary Flames
Fort Saskatchewan - Lethbridge
Calgary Northstar Sabres - Red Deer Black
Grand Prairie - Spruce Grove PAC
Red Deer White - Calgary Royals
Edmonton MLAC - Edmonton SSAC

Saskatchewan (18 weekend games)
Friday Action
Moose Jaw - Yorkton
Humboldt - Regina Pat Blues
Regina Silver Foxes - Swift Current
PA - Weyburn
Notre Dame AA - Melville
Saskatoon Outlaws - Saskatoon Frostbite

Saturday Action
North East - West Central
Humboldt - Notre Dame AA
Moose Jaw - Melville
PA - Estevan
Prairie Storm - Yorkton
Regina Pat Blues - Sask Valley
Saskatoon Generals - Saskatoon Frostbite

Sunday Action
Weyburn - Estevan
North East - Battlefords
PA - Regina Monarchs
Saskatoon Bandits - Saskatoon Generals
Saskatoon Outlaws - Saskatoon Frostbite

Manitoba (7 weekend games)
Friday Action
Winnipeg Hawks - Yellowhead
Winnipeg Hawks - Winnipeg Monarchs
Southwest - Thunder Bay

Saturday Action
Thunder Bay - Interlake
Thunder Bay - Southwest

Sunday Action
Central Plains - Brandon
Interlake - Thunder Bay