The 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.