Saturday, 13 September 2014

Hitmen improve to 3-2 in WHL Pre-Season

Coleman, AB – Terrell Draude broke a 1-1 tie scoring early in the third period to lift the Calgary Hitmen to a 2-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night in Coleman at the Crowsnest Sports Complex.

Draude also added an assist and is now tied for the team lead in pre-season scoring with six points in four games.

                                         Terrell Draude vs. Lethbridge last season

Landon Welykholowa, with his second goal of the exhibition schedule, also scored for Calgary.

The Hitmen outshot the Hurricanes 31-23 with Evan Johnson going the distance in goal making 22 saves to pick up the win.

Both teams went 0-3 on the powerplay.

The Hitmen, now 3-2 in the WHL pre-season, will wrap up their exhibition schedule tomorrow afternoon against the Kootenay Ice.  Game time is 2:00 pm at the Crowsnest Sports Complex in Coleman.

The 72-game 2014-15 regular season schedule begins on Saturday, September 20 with the Adrenalin Source for Sports Home Opener against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 7:00 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit www.hitmen20.com or call 403-777-4646.

Greg Chase inks entry level deal with Oilers

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club would like to congratulate Greg Chase on signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

“It’s unbelievable, especially signing with the Oilers, a team I grew up watching,” said Chase.  “I dreamt as a little kid playing for them. Now part of that dream is kind of true. It’s almost unexplainable at this point.”


Chase, 19, was selected by Oilers in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and had a breakout 2013-14 campaign with the Hitmen posting career highs in goals (35), assists (50) and points (85) to finish tied for 15th in the Western Hockey League scoring race.

“I think getting drafted where I did and now signing with the team a year later, I don’t think a lot of people expected that to happen so quick,” added Chase. “It shows the year that I had and the hard work that I put in. I’ve got to thank all the people who have helped me along the way like my family, my teammates and my coaching staff in Calgary.  It’s been an amazing ride.”

A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Chase was selected by the Hitmen in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft and has appeared in 204 regular season games with the Hitmen, recording 58 goals and 104 assists for 162 points.  He’s also played in 28 post season games scoring eight goals while adding 13 assists for 21 points.

“On behalf of the Hitmen organization I would like to congratulate Greg on signing his first pro contract,” said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore. “He’s made terrific strides since joining our franchise as a 16-year-old and we expect him to be an impact player for us this season.”

The Hitmen, 2-2 in the Western Hockey League pre-season, will wrap up their exhibition schedule with a pair of games this weekend in the Crowsnest Pass.  Tonight they face the Lethbridge Hurricanes before meeting the Kootenay Ice on Sunday.  Both games will be played at the Crowsnest Sports Complex in Coleman.  Tonight is a 7:00 pm start while tomorrow’s contest is a matinee with a 2:00 pm puck drop.

The 72-game 2014-15 WHL regular season schedule begins on Saturday, September 20 with the Home Opener against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 7:00 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit www.hitmen20.com or call 403-777-4646.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Ticket info for Hitmen in Crowsnest Pass

The Hitmen, 2-2 in the WHL pre-season, wrap up their exhibition schedule with a pair of games this weekend in the Crowsnest Pass.

On Saturday, September 13 they face the Lethbridge Hurricanes before meeting the Kootenay Ice on Sunday, September 14.

Both games will be played at the Crowsnest Sports Complex in Coleman.  Saturday is a 7:00 pm start while Sunday is a matinee with a 2:00 pm puck drop.

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance if you reserve with Kim by calling 403-563-8879.  Kids four and under get into the games for free.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Hitmen ranked #7 in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the pre-season edition of the BMO CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2014-15 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

The 2014-15 CHL regular season schedule begins tonight in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies visit the defending QMJHL champion Val-d’Or Foreurs.  The Western Hockey League schedule opens on Friday September 19, while the Ontario Hockey League regular season begins on Wednesday September 24.

The second edition of the BMO CHL Top-10 Rankings will be published on Wednesday October 1, 2014.


BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Pre-season

1.      Rimouski Oceanic
2.      Kingston Frontenacs
3.      Brandon Wheat Kings
4.      Quebec Remparts
5.      Kelowna Rockets
6.      Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
7.      Calgary Hitmen
8.      Guelph Storm
9.      Halifax Mooseheads
10.   Portland Winterhawks

Honourable Mention:
Charlottetown Islanders
Plymouth Whalers
Seattle Thunderbirds

Nine Hitmen heading to NHL Camps

The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club today announced nine Hitmen players will head to National Hockey League Training Camps.

Of the nine set to depart this week, eight are drafted prospects while Pavel Padakin has received a free agent invite to the Calgary Flames 2014 prospects’ training camp.

"It’s a great achievement for our organization to have nine players from our current roster invited to attend an NHL training camp," said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore. "The experience they will gain performing against players on an elite stage will be extremely valuable and rewarding.”

                                                               Greg Chase
                                             
Player
NHL Draft Status
Departure Date
Greg Chase
7th round Edmonton Oilers 2013
September 10
Radel Fazleev
6th round Philadelphia Flyers 2014
September 11
Kenton Helgesen
7th round Anaheim Ducks 2012 / Signed
September 10
Chase Lang
6th round Minnesota Wild 2014
September 10
Pavel Padakin
Invite to Calgary Flames 2014 prospects’ training camp
September 10
Travis Sanheim
1st round Philadelphia Flyers 2014
September 11
Adam Tambellini
3rd round New York Rangers 2013
September 10
Ben Thomas
4th round Tampa Bay Lightning 2014
September 10
Jake Virtanen
1st round Vancouver Canucks 2014 / Signed
September 10

The Hitmen, 2-2 in the Western Hockey League pre-season, will wrap up their exhibition schedule with a pair of games this weekend in the Crowsnest Pass.  On Saturday they face the Lethbridge Hurricanes before meeting the Kootenay Ice on Sunday.  Both games will be played at the Crowsnest Sports Complex in Coleman.  Saturday is a 7:00 pm start while Sunday is a matinee with a 2:00 pm puck drop.

The 72-game 2014-15 WHL regular season schedule begins on Saturday, September 20 with the Home Opener against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 7:00 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit www.hitmen20.com or call 403-777-4646.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Hitmen 5 Hurricanes 3

Coaldale, AB – The Calgary Hitmen got goals from five different players en-route to a 5-3 pre-season win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday night in Coaldale.

Pavel Karnaukhov, with his third goal in as many games, scored the game winner for Calgary early in the third period breaking a 3-3 tie.

Lochlan Morrison added an insurance marker less than two minutes later helping the Hitmen improve to 2-1 in the pre-season.

Jordan Stallard, Chase Lang and Connor Rankin also scored for Calgary while Marshall Donald chipped in a pair of assists.

The Hitmen outshot Lethbridge 37-20 with Mack Shields going the distance making 17 saves to pick up the win.

Calgary is back on the pre-season ice tomorrow night in High River to face the Medicine Hat Tigers.  Game time is 7:00 pm at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex (228 12 Avenue S.E.).

Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Youth.

All the proceeds will support Foothills Area Hockey Development.

The 72 game 2014-15 regular season schedule begins on Saturday, September 20 with the Home Opener against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 7:00 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit www.hitmen20.com or call 403-777-4646.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hitmen blast Raiders

Regina, SK – The Calgary Hitmen wrapped up the Regina pre-season tournament with a 12-3 win over the Prince Albert Raiders Saturday afternoon at Co-Operators Centre.

Lane Bensmiller, Chase Lang, Ben Thomas and Jordan Stallard all had four points each.  Bensmiller and Lang both had two goals and two assists while Thomas scored once and set up three others and Stallard chipped in four assists.

Pavel Karnaukhov also had a pair of goals in the victory while Colby Harmsworth, Landon Welykholowa, Linden Penner, Carsen Twarynski and Taylor Sanheim added singles.

The Hitmen built period leads of 3-0 and 8-1 and outshot the Raiders 33-18.

Calgary was 1-4 on the powerplay while Prince Albert went 1-5.

The Hitmen are back on the pre-season ice Friday night in Coaldale with a 7:00 pm start against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The 72 game 2014-15 regular season schedule begins on Saturday, September 20 with the Home Opener against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 7:00 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit www.hitmen20.com or call 403-777-4646.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Hitmen open pre-season schedule with a loss

Regina, SK - Adam Berg snapped a 5-5 third period tie with 4:03 remaining to give the Regina Pats a 6-5 win over the Calgary Hitmen Friday night at Co-Operators Centre.

Greg Chase scored twice in the loss for the Hitmen who opened their six game WHL pre-season schedule.

Radel Fazleev, Jake Bean and Terrell Draude also scored for Calgary with Fazleev adding a pair of assists for a team leading three points.  Travis Sanheim and Elliott Peterson both chipped in pair of helpers for the Hitmen who opted for a young line-up, dressing only nine returning players from last season.

After falling behind 3-0, Calgary struck for five unanswered second period goals before the Pats bounced back in the third period.

The Hitmen carried most of the play outshooting Regina 43-20 but Daniel Wapple was strong for the Pats making 38 saves to record the win.  Mack Shields and Kyle Dumba split the Hitmen goaltending duties.

Calgary was 3-8 on the powerplay while Regina went 1-5.

The Hitmen are back on the ice tomorrow (Saturday) to wrap up the Regina tournament with a 3pm start against the Prince Albert Raiders.

The 72 game 2014-15 regular season schedule begins on Saturday, September 20 with the Home Opener against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 7:00pm at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit www.hitmen20.com or call 403-777-4646.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hitmen roster down to 35; Pre-Season begins Friday in Regina

From the Hitmen Office:

Calgary, AB – Calgary Hitmen Main Training Camp came to a close Tuesday night as Team Black beat Team White 4-1 in the annual intra-squad game at Max Bell Centre.

Goalies Ryan Rewerts and Evan Johnson combined to make 37 saves backstopping Team Black to victory.

Connor Rankin, Dawson Martin, Jordan Stallard and Dalton Gally all scored for Team Black while Pavel Karnaukhov had a pair of assists.

Michael Zipp had the lone goal for Team White.

See the complete scoring summary below.

Team Black 4 Team White 1

First Period
No Scoring

Second Period
1. Team Black: Connor Rankin, (1) (Dalton Gally, Mark Kastelic), 2:37
2. Team Black: Dawson Martin, (1) (Ben Thomas), 10:00

Third Period
3. Team Black: Jordan Stallard, (1) (Jake Bean, Pavel Karnaukhov), 11:40
4. Team White: Michael Zipp, (1) (Radel Fazleev, Chase Lang) 19:09 PP
5. Team Black: Dalton Gally, (1) (Pavel Karnaukhov, Linden Penner) 19:36 EN

Goaltenders (shots-saves) Team Black: Ryan Rewerts (15/15), Evan Johnson (10:00 of second) (W, 1-0) (21-22); Team White: Brandon Kegler (15/16), Kyle Dumba (10:00 of second) (L, 0-1) (15/17).

After the game the club trimmed their roster from 48 players to 35.  They include 21 forwards, 10 defencemen and four goalies.

The Hitmen will now begin their six game pre-season schedule this weekend with a pair of games at the Regina pre-season tournament.  They’ll take on the host Pats Friday night at 7pm before facing the Prince Albert Raiders Saturday at 3pm.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit www.hitmen20.com or call 403-777-4646.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Hitmen roster down to 48; Intra-Squad game Tuesday night

From the Hitmen Office:

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club has trimmed their Main Camp roster from 62 players to 48.  They include 28 forwards, 15 defencemen and five goalies.

The moves come as the team prepares for tomorrow’s annual Calgary Hitmen Intra-Squad game at Max Bell Centre (1001 Barlow Trail SE).   The contest, which begins at 7pm, will feature several of the clubs NHL drafted prospects and will be will be hosted by the Calgary Canucks.  Adult tickets are $5.00, Child tickets are $2.00 with all proceeds supporting the Calgary Canucks Junior A Hockey team.

The Hitmen wrapped up their 2014 Main Camp scrimmages on Monday with three games at Don Hartman North East Sportsplex.  Each session consisted of a pair of 35 minute straight time periods with penalty shots replacing powerplays.  Below is a recap of each contest.

Game 1: Team Black 10 Team White 1
Colin Grannary had four points (2g,2a) to lead Team Black while Radel Fazleev (2g,1a), Beck Malenstyn (1g,2a) and Kenton Helgesen (3a) all had three points each.

Game 2: Team Red 5 Team Black 2
Pavel Karnaukhov had a goal and two assists for Team Red while Marshall Donald added a goal and an assist.  Ben Thomas was in on both goals for Team Black scoring once while setting up the other.

Game 3: Team White 8 Team Red 4
Terrell Draude scored twice to lead Team White’s scoring attack while Connor Rankin and Elliott Peterson both had a goal and an assist.  Travis Sanheim was the top point producer for Team Red with a goal and an assist.

Calgary Hitmen 2014 Main Camp Schedule

Tuesday, August 26

Don Hartman NE Sportsplex
10:00AM - 11:00AM       Goaltender Development (All Goalies) at Don Hartman NE Sportsplex

Max Bell Centre
7:00PM - 9:30PM           Annual Intra-Squad Game (Black vs. White)

The Hitmen will then open their six game pre-season schedule on Friday, August 29 in Regina against the Pats.  The 72 game 2014-15 regular season schedule begins on Saturday, September 20 with the Home Opener against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 7:00pm at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary premium 20th anniversary jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit www.hitmen20.com or call 403-777-4646.