Hurricanes Sign Hayden Clayton

hayden-claytonThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Friday that the team has signed forward Hayden Clayton to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.

Clayton, 16, was not drafted in the WHL Bantam Draft. The Red Deer, Alberta product was invited to Hurricanes training camp where he impressed. He appeared last season with the Red Deer Northstar Chiefs in the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League where in 34 games he registered 24 points (16g-8a) along with 58 penalty minutes. Clayton added an additional five points (1g-4a) and six penalty minutes in three post-season games.

“Hayden is a big kid that I think has a lot of potential,” said Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “He had a good camp here. We felt that he was really strong and we talked about signing him but we thought we should send him back so he can focus on making Midget in Red Deer. Now the process will start with him.”

The 6’2”, 170-pound forward will skate with the Red Deer Chiefs in the Alberta Midget Hockey League during the 2016-2017 season.


GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Ice


game3-kootenayThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Kootenay ICE
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. ICE in 2015/16: 6-1-0-0
Last Meeting: March 8th/2016 (7-2 Hurricanes in Kootenay)

‘Canes Record: 1-1-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 1-0-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 0-1-0-0

ICE Record: 0-0-1-1
ICE Home Record: 
ICE Road Record: 0-0-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Calen Addison (1G, 3A, 4P)
ICE Leading Scorer: Cale Fleury (1G, 1A, 2P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a three game home stand tonight as they welcome the Kootenay Ice at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes are coming off an opening weekend split with the Medicine Hat Tigers last weekend. The ‘Canes began their 30th Anniversary Season on Friday with a 4-2 win over the Tigers in the Dairy Queen Home Opener only to drop a 9-3 decision on Saturday.

The Hurricanes were without Tyler Wong, Giorgio Estephan, Brayden Burke and Brennan Menell during the opening weekend. Three of which, Wong, Burke and Menell, are all slated to return this weekend. Giorgio Estephan remains at Buffalo Sabres training camp.

Tickets for tonight’s game are still available by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, online or by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328). The game can be heard on 106.7 ROCK starting at 6:45pm.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Guys Returning: The Hurricanes will get some troops back in the fold as Brayden Burke, Tyler Wong and Brennan Menell will be back in the line-up at some point this weekend. The three missed opening weekend as they were all attending NHL Training Camps. Burke was at Flames camp, Wong at Maple Leafs camp while Menell was at Flyers camp.


Lyons Re-Assigned: The Hurricanes announced on Monday that forward Connor Lyons had been re-assigned to the Lethbridge Hurricanes Midget AAA hockey team. The son of former Hurricanes star, Corey, appeared in the ‘Canes home opener along with three pre-season games. He signed a contract with the Hurricanes on September 8th, 2016.

Kootenay Point of View

Black ICE: The Kootenay Ice are coming off a disappointing season with a record of 12-53-6-1 last year that saw their 18 year playoff streak come to an end. Many don’t think there will a great deal of improvement for the Kootenay club this year, however, they’ve shown well in their first two games despite losing both. The Ice enter play tonight with an 0-0-1-1 record after overtime and shootout losses to the Calgary Hitmen on opening weekend.

Fleury-Murray Combination: The defensive duo of Cale Fleury and Troy Murray is one that the Ice will need to lean on for a lot of quality minutes this season. Both enter their third year in the league and both come with some pedigree. Now it’s time for them to both raise their game for the Ice to improve.

Nick Watson Leaves Hurricanes

nick-watsonThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Friday that 1999-born defenseman Nick Watson has decided to leave the hockey club and stop playing hockey.

“I’ve been struggling with this for the past three or four weeks, but I tried to tough it out because hockey has been my life the whole way through but at the end of the day, I had to make a decision that makes me happy. Hockey is hockey, it’s a sport, but if you’re not happy playing it then there no reason to play it,” said Watson. “This organization was very good to me from the start when I got drafted until now. I can’t thank the coaching staff and Pete for what they’ve done for me. My teammates have been great to me and have been a second family to me.”

Watson was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round (28th overall) in the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The product of Delta, BC, appeared in 33 games during his rookie season in 2015-2016 where he registered one assist with a plus-2 rating and 13 penalty minutes. He appeared in the Dairy Queen Home Opener this season failing to earn a point.

“I just think I’ve lost passion for [hockey]. I don’t think it’s fair to my team or to my coaches that if go out there and I’m not enjoying it and giving it half effort, I just don’t think it’s fair to the team,” Watson continued. “My plan is to go back to school back home and improve my marks and hopefully get into post-secondary and pursue my dream of entering into the sports medicine field. I need to set myself up for the future and see what happens. I want to thank the City of Lethbridge. The fans here are awesome and they’re behind us all the time.”

“First of all this is bigger than the game of hockey, it’s a life decision for Nick, not anything to do with hockey other than he’s lost his passion to play the game. It puts it in perspective of how hard this game is to play for the guys that do stick it out,” said Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “It’s not easy to lose a quality 17-year-old defenseman, but we will have to do our best to back fill in any way we possibly can.”

Lyons Re-Assigned to Midget

lyons-home-openerThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Monday that they have re-assigned 1999-born forward Connor Lyons to the Lethbridge Hurricanes Midget AAA.

Lyons, 17, was undrafted in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and was listed by the Hurricanes before signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement on September 8th, 2016. The Lethbridge product appeared in the Dairy Queen Home Opener last Friday at the ENMAX Centre as he made his WHL regular season debut. Lyons, the son of former Hurricanes star Corey Lyons, also appeared in three pre-season games going pointless.

“One of the things that [Connor] has to keep working on his is conditioning. I think that when he goes back to midget he has to work very hard on his off-ice conditioning,” said Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “We can monitor him very closely. Plus he can come up and practice with us at any time and do off-ice conditioning with us, so we can be very close with Connor and watch him closely.”

Lyons appeared in 34 games with the Hurricanes AAA team during the 2015-2016 season where he registered 23 points (7g-16a) along with 34 penalty minutes.

“We project him to be a big part of next year’s team,” added Anholt. “His skating has come a long ways, he’s got great hockey sense. He can make a play and he can score. He’s got to go back to midget now and be the best player on the ice on any given night and be the hardest work both on and off the ice.”

The Hurricanes are now down to 25 players including two goaltenders, eight defenseman and 15 forwards. The ‘Canes will host the Kootenay Ice this coming Friday at the ENMAX Centre. Tickets are available by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

Hurricanes Roughed Up 9-3 by Tigers

lindgren-faceoff-tigersThe Lethbridge Hurricanes looked to remain perfect on the season as they traveled down Highway 3 to face the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Canalta Centre but the Tigers stormed the ‘Canes with a five goal second period en route to a 9-3 victory.

Josh Tarzwell scored his first WHL goal in the loss while Calen Addison, Zane Franklin and Kord Pankewicz all had multi-point nights. Chad Butcher led all scorers in the game with a whopping six points while Zach Fischer scored a hat-trick for the Tigers. The ‘Canes were once again without Tyler Wong, Brayden Burke, Giorgio Estephan and Brennan Menell in the hockey game.

The Tigers were charged early in the first period as they controlled the first five minutes with wave after wave of attack, however were unable to beat Stuart Skinner early in the game. The Hurricanes started to push back in the middle part of the period as they began to put more pucks on Tigers netminder Duncan McGovern. The first goal came late in the period as Zach Fischer tapped home his first of the season at the 16:48 mark on the third rebound to make it 1-0 Tigers. Shots favoured Medicine Hat 10-7 in the opening period.

The second period was an ugly one for the Hurricanes. Five goals by the Tigers saw them build a big lead after forty minutes of play. Medicine Hat outshot the ‘Canes 22-5 in the period. Just 4:55 into the period Mark Rassell jammed home a rebound on the power play to put the Tigers up 2-0. Kord Pankewicz struck just 1:35 later with a power play goal of his own – assists went to Addison and Jordy Bellerive. Fischer scored his second of the game as he kicked the puck in off a rebound by Skinner – the goal would stand with the new WHL rule of being allowed to kick pucks in the net. Just under three minutes later, maybe the turning point in the game as Pankewicz had Hamblin knock his stick and the puck go passed Skinner into the net to make it 4-1 Tigers. Medicine Hat added two more power play goals before the period was out as completed his hat-trick at the 16:30 mark before Matt Bradley netted one with 25 seconds left in the middle frame.

Newly acquired goaltender Ryan Gilchrist started the third period in place of Skinner who gave up six goals on 32 shots. It didn’t take long for the Tigers to solve Gilchrist as Butcher potted his first of the season just 29 seconds into the period to make it 7-1. With a power play, the Hurricanes scored a pretty tic-tac-toe goal that was finished off by Franklin – assists went to Pankewicz and Brady Reagan. Tigers added two more, one by Mark Rassell and one by Max Gerlach to make it 9-2. Tarzwell scored his first career goal at the 13:42 mark to round out the scoring – Addison earned another assist while rookie forward Jayden Davis picked up his first WHL point earning an assist on the play.

The Hurricanes were outshot 14-7 in the third period and 48-20 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 2/10 on the power play while the Tigers were 4/8 with the extra man.

Three stars of the game were:

1) Tigers – #21 Chad Butcher – 1 goal, 5 assists
2) Tigers – #9 Zach Fischer – 3 goals
3) Tigers – #27 Mark Rassell – 2 goals, 1 assist

The Hurricanes record drops to 1-1-0-0 on the season as they split the weekend with the Tigers. The Hurricanes are off until Friday, September 30th when they welcome the Kootenay Ice at the ENMAX Centre. Tickets are available by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328).

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Tigers

game2-medicinehatThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: Canalta Centre
When: 7:30pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2016/17: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: September 23rd/2016 (4-2 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record in 2015/2016: 46-24-1-1
‘Canes Home Record in 2015/2016: 28-7-0-1
‘Canes Road Record in 2015/2016: 18-17-1-0

Tigers Record in 2015/2016: 30-37-3-2
Tigers Home Record in 2015/2016: 
Tigers Road Record in 2015/2016: 13-21-2-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer in 2015/2016: Brayden Burke (27G, 82A, 109P)
Tigers Leading Scorer in 2015/2016: Chad Butcher (27G, 47A, 74P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to stay undefeated as they travel to face the Medicine Hat Tigers tonight at the Canalta Centre at 7:30pm

The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-2 victory Friday night over the Tigers in the Dairy Queen Home Opener at the ENMAX Centre. Calen Addison scored his first WHL goal while also added an assist in the game. Ryley Lindgren netted three points (1g-2a) while Stuart Skinner was marvelous making 41 saves for his 41st career victory.

It was the fifth straight victory over the Tigers in Lethbridge after the ‘Canes won all four meetings at the ENMAX Centre last night. The ‘Canes didn’t fare as well in the Tigers new building as they went 1-2-0-0 last season, including a 5-2 loss in the very first game at the Canalta Centre last September.

The game can be heard on 106.7 ROCK starting at 7:15pm.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Lots to Improve: Yes, the Hurricanes earned a 4-2 win last night over the Tigers at the ENMAX Centre but the ‘Canes were not very good. Players playing in roles greater than they might usually may have had an effect, but the ‘Canes need to play a better overall game if they hope to get the victory on the road.

Still Missing: The Hurricanes are still missing four regulars from their line up as Tyler Wong, Giorgio Estephan, Brayden Burke and Brennan Menell are all still attending training camps. The two players the ‘Canes got back for the home opener, Brady Reagan and Egor Babenko, were key contributors in the victory.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Stay The Course: Last night was a great night for the Tigers, result aside. The Tigers dominated the second period and parts of the third period. Medicine Hat outshot the Hurricanes 43-20 in the game but ran into a hot goaltender..

Gone Fishing: Zach Fischer last night at the ENMAX Centre was a recking ball. The bruising forward hit anyone and everything in sight. He was effected and should he continue to play on that edge, he’ll be a valuable contributor for the Tigers.

Hurricanes Double Tigers 4-2

home-opener-hurricanesThe Lethbridge Hurricanes officially kicked off their 30th Anniversary Season on Friday night with a 4-2 victory of the Medicine Hat Tigers in front of 5,009 fans at the ENMAX Centre.

Ryley Lindgren led all scorers in the game with a three point night as he registered a goal and two assists. Stuart Skinner was sharp in the game making a total of 41 saves as the ‘Canes earned their first win of the season in the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home with the Tigers.

It didn’t take long for the Hurricanes to strike after a lengthy pre-game ceremony that saw the 2015-2016 Central Division Championship banner unveiled. On a power play, sixteen-year-old Calen Addison let go with a seeing-eye wrist shot from the blue line that sailed it’s way past Tigers netminder Duncan McGovern to give the ‘Canes a 1-0 lead and Addison’s first goal in the Western Hockey League – Lindgren earned the first assist. Late in the period, Addison returned the favour to Lindgren as he fed it ahead to the overage forward and Lindgren snapped it through the legs of McGovern to give the ‘Canes another power play goal and a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes. Tigers outshot the ‘Canes 13-8 in the first period.

In the second, it was the power play that struck for the Tigers early as Matt Bradley beat Skinner short side under the glove to cut the lead to 2-1. It wasn’t a strong second period for the Hurricanes as they were outshot 17-7 in the frame and the Tigers controlled most of the play. The Hurricanes did add to their lead, however, as Brady Reagan jumped into the rush and redirected a centering pass from Lindgren through the legs of McGovern to give the ‘Canes their two goal lead back making it 3-1 after forty minutes.

The teams traded goals in the third period. Jordy Bellerive scored his first of the season at the 5:52 mark. Bellerive attempted to make a centering pass across to Babenko but the puck deflected off the defenseman and passed the Tiger netminder giving the ‘Canes a 4-1 lead – Colton Kroeker earned the lone assist on the play. Once again on the power play, the Tigers struck as Ryan Jevne one-timed a pass from Mason Shaw passed Skinner to once again cut the ‘Canes lead in half making it 4-2. The Tigers pulled the goaltender with two minutes left in the game and despite countless opportunities to get their fifth goal of the game, the ‘Canes failed to do so but went on to the 4-2 victory.

Shots favoured the Tigers 13-5 in the third period and 43-20 overall in the game. The ‘Canes went 2/5 on the power play while Medicine Hat was 2/6 with the extra man.

Three stars of the game were:

1) Canes – #2 Calen Addison – 1 goal, 1 assist
2) Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren – 1 goal, 2 assists
3) Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 41 saves

The Hurricanes have now won five straight games against the Tigers at the ENMAX Centre dating back to last season. The Hurricanes and Tigers will lock heads again Saturday night in Medicine Hat at the Canalta Centre at 7:30pm. Tune in to 106.7 ROCK starting at 7:15pm for the pre-game show.