Hurricanes Ink Tyler Strath

2014-2015-Website-News-Article-Photo-Strath-SignedThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have signed prospect Tyler Strath to a Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.

Strath, who will turn 15 on May 25th, was selected in the third round, 59th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes. The 6’2”, 161-pound rearguard collected 23 points (4g-19a) in 31 games while adding 32 penalty minutes this past season with the Rocky Mountain Raiders Bantam AAA.

Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt says it’s yet another domino to fall, “I think it’s another building block for our organization. My goal was certainly to get our top three picks signed this year and at this point we’re two of three, so I think that’s continuing to build from the back.”

Anholt said he was thrilled to select Strath in the third round, “I was really pleased. As every pick went by that he wasn’t picked, I got a little bit more antsy and ansty all the time thinking we were going to get a chance at him; this guy’s a legit player.”

“Strath is a big, strong defensive defenseman. He takes care of his own end, makes good first passes and he skates really well for a big man. It’s a real important building block for our organization,” Anholt added.

Strath joins Calen Addison as the second of the ten players chosen in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft to sign a Standard Player Agreement.

Hurricanes Swap Overagers With Seattle

2014-2015-Website-News-Article-Photo-Watson-Millette-TradeThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced on Friday that they have acquired overage forward Cory Millette and a fifth round draft pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam draft from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for Captain Jamal Watson.

Millette, who is from Storthoaks, Saskatchewan, scored 47 points (24g-23a) while appearing in 71 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatoon Blades last season. He scored five points (2g-3a) in six playoff games with the Thunderbirds this past spring. The 5’10”, 194-pound forward has played in 238 career WHL games with the T-birds, Raiders, Blades and Red Deer Rebels scoring a total of 121 points (60g-61a).

Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt, says Millette is a smart player, “Cory is one of those players that has really good hockey sense. He has some offensive ability around the net. I kind of compare him to [Tomas] Holmstrom of Detroit; his skating isn’t the best, but he makes up for it with his hockey sense. He’ll be a good add for us.”

Watson, who hails from Calgary, Alberta, was named the 24th Captain in franchise history last year and set career highs in goals (26), assists (28) and points (56) while appearing in 66 games. During his four years with the Hurricanes, Watson appeared in 270 games which ranks him tied for seventh in franchise history. He was also tied for 26th in franchise history with 69 goals, 39th in assists with 79, and 34th in career points with 148.

Anholt says trading the Captain was a difficult decision, “It was really hard. He’s played here four years and he was a real good warrior for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. It’s tough, he was our Captain but it’s maybe time for him to move on and moving to the Western Conference it will be kind of a fresh start for Watty.”

The Hurricanes still have two open overage spots heading into the 2015-2016 hockey season.

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Hurricanes Hire Head Scout

Lethbridge HurricanesThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Thursday that Rob MacLachlan has been hired as the team’s new Head Scout on a multi-year deal, while Todd Hassen has been named as Assistant Head Scout.

MacLachlan, a native of Moose Jaw, spent the last 14 years with the Warriors in a scouting capacity with the last 11 as the teams Head Scout. During his tenure with the Moose Jaw franchise, MacLachlan was instrumental in the drafting of players like Brayden Point, Morgan Rielly, and Travis Hamonic.

MacLachlan, 57, says he’s looking forward to a fresh start, “I’m very excited. For me I think it was time for a change and I was hoping to go to a club that I can help to get back on track.”

“I think teams go through times where it takes a while to rebuild, I see Lethbridge on the right track with Peter being here and the changes he’s made already. My philosophy is to build from the back end out and I’m very excited to come in here and help out,” added MacLachlan.

Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt says, MacLachlan’s resume speaks for itself, “His experience in the league is as good as there is around the whole Western League. He’s been with the Moose Jaw Warriors the last 14 years and has shown that he has a really good eye for talent and has been able to project players as they move from the bantam level to the major junior level.”

“He’s been through a number of cycles and I think having that experience of going through cycles of players is so, so valuable,” continued Anholt. “He’s got a good track record with the draft and he has a real good network of people that he’s developed over the years. It all points in the right direction for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.”

Todd Hassen, who has been with the Hurricanes for a number of years in a scouting capacity, has been named as the Assistant Head Scout under MacLachlan.

He says it’s the right time for him to take on this new role, “At this point in my life, I’m very happy to be the Assistant Head Scout with Lethbridge and working with Rob and Pete. I think it works out well for me, I’ve been involved for a few years now with the scouting department and it’s going to be real good working with Rob and I think we’ll make a good team together.”

Hurricanes Sign Calen Addison

2014-2015-Website-News-Article-Photo-Addison-SignedThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have signed prospect Calen Addison to a Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.

Addison, 15, was selected second overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft last Thursday. The product of Brandon, Manitoba, led his league in scoring amassing 76 points (45g-31a) in just 31 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings Bantam AAA in the Winnipeg Bantam AAA Hockey League.

Courtesy Darren Addison

Courtesy Darren Addison

Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt, says he’s happy to get this done so quickly, “I think it sends a real important message throughout our Community and the hockey community. Calen is very excited about being a part of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and we are very excited.”

“It’s just one of the dominos that we continue to work to do away with and now we can look forward to other ones,” added Anholt.

Anholt says he’s very excited about the type of player that Addison is, “he’s a real special player. He’s not very big, but he plays the game big and he skates so, so well. His first three strides are powerful. He’s an elite player and we believe he’s going to have a really good career, not only with us but going forward at whatever level that might be.”

Addison, who tips the scales at 5’9” and 160-pounds, says he’s excited to be in the fold, “it was a huge honour to be picked by the Hurricanes [second overall] and I just want to bring a big game to the Hurricanes and hopefully have a big turn around.”

“It was an easy decision for us [to sign]. I want to be a part of that turn around that they’re trying to make and it’s just an honour to be a part of it and to be the guy they took and to join the organization,” added Addison. “I’m just excited to get things going and meet all the guys, staff, and everyone in the City of Lethbridge.”

Hurricanes Select Calen Addison Second Overall

2014-2015-Website-News-Article-Photo-2015-Draft-PickThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club selected defenseman Calen Addison second overall on Tuesday at the 2015 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft in Calgary.

The Brandon, Manitoba, product spent the 2014-2015 season playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Winnipeg Bantam AAA Hockey League where he led the league in scoring collecting 76 points (45g-31a) along with 46 penalty minutes in just 31 games. The 15-year-old scored six more goals than the second highest goal-scorer this season.

Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt, says the 5’9” and 160-pound rearguard is an exciting player, “He’s a real special player. He’s not very big, but he plays the game big and he skates so, so well. His first three strides are powerful.”

“He passes the puck so, so well and he thinks the game so good; he’s an elite player and we believe he’s going to have a really good career, not only with us but going forward at whatever level that might be,” continued Anholt. “He’s one of those guys that when you’re watching a game he’s a hard guy to take your eyes off of, you always seem to watch him.”

When asked what player Addison reminds him of, Anholt said, “We’ve all compared him to Tyson Barrie, he can really skate and push the puck up the ice.”

 

Hurricanes Extend GM Peter Anholt

Paisley-Anholt-ExtensionThe Lethbridge Hurricanes’ Board of Directors announced Monday that the organization and General Manager, Peter Anholt, have agreed to a three-year contract extension.

Anholt was originally hired by the Hurricanes in June of 2014 as Assistant General Manager and was appointed Head Coach and General Manager on December 10th.

Hurricanes President, Doug Paisley, says it’s an exciting day for the organization, “The Board of Directors are extremely pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with Peter Anholt on a three-year extension to continue to lead the hockey operations of the Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL franchise.”

Anholt says he’s excited about the opportunity, “I’m really excited that we got it put together. That’s the first domino that has to fall and now we can continue to move forward and plan accordingly for our hockey club.”

“I’d like this to be my last job,” continued Anholt. “I’m 54-years-old, I would like this to be my last job and if that could be the case I would be here for an extended period of time.”

Anholt began his career in the Western Hockey League as an assistant coach with the Prince Albert Raiders. He has served as head coach of the Raiders, Seattle Thunderbirds, Kelowna Rockets and the Red Deer Rebels. He was a scout with the Thunderbirds prior to joining the Hurricanes organization.

General Manager, Peter Anholt addresses the media:

 

President, Doug Paisley addresses the media: