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Silvertips Start Regular Season on the Right Foot

The Everett Silvertips began the 2006-2007 regular season on a wonderful note by recording a 2-0 record last weekend on the road. Last Saturday night the Silvertips defeated the Chilliwack Bruins 2-1 in Chilliwack, BC and finished off the weekend with a 4-0 victory over the Kamloops Blazers in Kamloops. The Silvertips will be back in action for their home opener at the Everett Events Center against the Kelowna Rockets on Friday, September 29. Game time is set for 7:35 p.m.

SILVERTIPS LEADING SCORERS

Silvertips defenseman Jason Fransoo (1 goal, 4 assists) leads the hockey club in scoring with 5 points. Forward Zach Hamill (1 goal, 3 assists) is 2nd on the team in scoring with 4 points. In goal, Leland Irving is currently 2-0 with a .50 GAA and a 97.8% SP with 1 shutout.

SILVERTIPS SPECIAL TEAMS

After the first weekend of the WHL regular season, the Silvertips are 4th in the WHL on the power play (4 for 18, 22.2%) and 2nd in the WHL on the penalty kill (22 for 23, 95.7%).

SILVERTIPS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS

Silvertips defenseman Jason Fransoo (1 goal, 4 assists) is currently tied for 2nd in the WHL in scoring with 5 points. Fransoo is currently tied for the league lead in assists with 4. Zach Hamill (1 goal, 3 assists) is currently tied for 3rd in the WHL in scoring with 4 points. Silvertips netminder Leland Irving is currently 2nd in the WHL in GAA (0.50), 2nd in SP (97.8%) and tied for 1st in shutouts (1).

SILVERTIPS PICK UP SECOND 2-0 START IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

The Everett Silvertips recorded their second 2-0 start in franchise history by defeating Chilliwack and Kamloops last weekend. Everett's last 2-0 record to begin the regular season took place during the 2004-2005 season when the Silvertips defeated Kelowna and Kamloops. The Silvertips have never begun the season with three straight victories.

SILVERTIPS PENALTY KILL UNIT BREAK FRANCHISE RECORD

On Sunday, September 24, the Silvertips killed off 13 straight power play opportunities by the Kamloops Blazers on route to a 4-0 win. For the Silvertips, it is the most penalty kills (13) in one game in the brief history of the Silvertips franchise.

GET READY TO BE LOUD AT THE EVERETT EVENTS CENTER THIS WEEKEND

The Silvertips will hold their home opening weekend on Friday, September 29 against the Kelowna Rockets at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday, September 30 against the Kamloops Blazers at 7:05 p.m. at the Everett Events Center. For individual tickets for the Silvertips home opening weekend, log onto www.everettsilvertips.com or call the Everett Events Center Box Office at 1-866-332-8499. Be loud and be proud this weekend at the Everett Events Center.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Everett Silvertips are 1-2 all-time in home openers at the Everett Events Center.

LISTEN TO SILVERTIPS HOCKEY ON NORTH SOUND 1380 ESPN RADIO

All 72 Everett Silvertips games can be heard on the flagship station for Silvertips hockey on North Sound 1380 AM ESPN Radio. Keith Gerhart will begin his 4th season behind the microphone as the voice of the Silvertips. New color analyst Al Kinisky will join Gerhart for all Silvertips home games and selected road games. Fans can also listen to Silvertips hockey via the internet on everettsilvertips.com.

WATCH EVERETT SILVERTIPS RINKSIDE ON EVERETT CHANNEL 21

Catch an all new season of Everett Silvertips Rinkside on Everett Channel 21 all season long. The show will air daily at 4:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The show will also air during the evening at 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. every night on Channel 21.

THIS WEEK IN SILVERTIPS HISTORY

On September 27, 2003 the Everett Silvertips recorded their first point in franchise history by earning a 1-1 tie against the Seattle Thunderbirds at Key Arena. In the hockey game Silvertips goaltender Michael Wall made 37 saves on 38 shots to secure the 1-1 draw. The lone Silvertips goal was scored by Stewart Thiessen with assists by Devin Welsh and Ryan Blatchford.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, September 29: Kelowna Rockets @ Everett Silvertips, 7:35 p.m. (Everett Events Center)

Saturday, September 30: Kamloops Blazers @ Everett Silvertips, 7:05 p.m. (Everett Events Center)

Friday, October 6: Spokane Chiefs @ Everett Silvertips, 7:35 p.m. (Everett Events Center)

Saturday, October 7: Seattle Thunderbirds @ Everett Silvertips, 7:05 p.m. (Everett Events Center)
 

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Wheaties unveil exciting ticket news

Brandon, Manitoba - Western Manitoba hockey fans will have two exciting new and affordable ways to enjoy exciting Western Hockey League action at the Keystone Centre this winter.

The WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings, in conjunction with Heritage Co-op, Brandon Source for Sports and Subway, have introduced plans for this year's Family Package as well as the new Gas 'n a Game promotion.

The 2006-2007 Wheat Kings' Family Pack, which will be sold at Brandon Source for Sports, will be good for all Saturday and Sunday home games, beginning with this Saturday's game against the visiting Calgary Hitmen.

For those fans purchasing a Family Pack for $40 plus GST, will receive two adult and two youth tickets, four Wheat Kings' 40th Anniversary programs, four soft drinks courtesy of Coca Cola Bottling as well as a voucher that entitles them to four 6" submarine sandwiches from Subway.

In addition to this Saturday's game, the Wheat Kings Source for Sports Family Pack will be available for a total of fourteen games including eight before Christmas.

Brandon Source for Sports, located at 2025 Brandon Avenue, is southwester Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan's source for sports. They specialize in hockey, athletic footwear, softball, baseball and golf equipment. As well, their service department is capable of handling any repairs that you may have.

While the Wheat Kings' Family Pack has been available in recent years, the Heritage Co-op Gas 'n a Game ticket discount offer meanwhile is brand new.

The offer, which is available at Heritage Co-op locations in Brandon, Minnedosa, Erickson, Wawanesa and Sandy Lake, includes a voucher that can be redeemed at the Keystone Centre box office for a pair of adult tickets (value of $31) as well as a $10 gas certificate for the special price of $25 plus GST.

"Heritage Co-op is very pleased to partner with the Wheat Kings in order to offer our hockey fan customers exceptional value with the 'Gas 'n a Game' promotion," says Heritage Co-op general manager Troy Verboom.

"The hockey club is pleased to have such corporate sponsors as Heritage Co-op, Subway and Source for Sports," says Wheat Kings' Marketing Director Rick Dillabough. "Both of these offers give western Manitoba hockey fans an excellent opportunity to enjoy exciting WHL action at an affordable price."

On the ice, the Wheat Kings welcomed back veteran defenceman Dustin Kohn from the New York Islanders National Hockey League training camp in Nova Scotia on Monday as they began preparations for this weekend's twin bill at the Keystone. In addition to playing Calgary on Saturday, the Wheats will host Brent Sutter's Red Deer Rebels on Friday night.

Tickets to both games will go on sale Tuesday morning at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also purchase by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca.
 

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Zimmerman returns to Chiefs

Spokane defenseman Sean Zimmerman will return to the Chiefs lineup on Tuesday after being returned to the WHL by the New Jersey Devils while Michael Grabner remains in Vancouver Canucks camp.

Zimmerman had been attending the Devils camp for the past two weeks. The four-year veteran signed a contract in the off-season with New Jersey after being selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Following the finish of the regular season last year defenseman Sean Zimmerman appeared in six games with the Albany River Rats, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Devils. In August, Zimmerman traveled back to Lake Placid, NY to participate in the United States National Junior Team Evaluation Camp. Players from that camp will be eligible to play for the United States at this year's World Junior Hockey Championship.

Last year, Zimmerman appeared in all 72 games and was named the Chiefs John "Hitman" Hern Defenseman of the Year. Zimmerman has played in 210 career WHL games.

The 19-year-old Grabner, Vancouver's first round selection this summer, played in his first exhibition game with the Canucks this weekend, a 4-3 shootout win over Anaheim on Sunday.

ROSTER NEWS The Chiefs reassigned 17-year-old Thomas Parker to the Alberta Junior Hockey League leaving Spokane's roster at 25 (two goaltenders, eight defenseman and 13 forwards).
 

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Chiefs open season with win

The Spokane Chiefs wasted no time setting the bar high for themselves with a 8-4 win to open the regular season on Saturday night at Kootenay. The eight goals matched their season high from last year when they defeated the Portland Winter Hawks 8-1 on December 11th. The last time the Chiefs had scored eight goals on the road was October 16th, 2004, a 9-5 win at Tri-City.

The victory was the first time they had won their opening game since 2001-02, also against the Ice, and now they will jump right back into the fire with a Tuesday afternoon game against the Vancouver Giants, the host of the 2007 Memorial Cup. Mike Boyle will go on the air at 6:30 with Comcast Hockey Tonight and the play-by-play will begin at 7:00 on KJRB 790 the Fan.

Spokane will continue their four game road stretch on Saturday night when they travel to Tri-City to take on the Americans at 7:00. The game will be Tri-City's home opener.

Before Spokane opens at home on Saturday, October 7th, also against the Americans, the Chiefs will travel to Everett to take on the Silvertips on Friday, October 6th.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH at VANCOUVER GIANTS

AIR-6:30 GAME

Spokane will travel to Vancouver to take on the Giants in the first of four match-ups against the BC Division opponent. In three games last year versus Vancouver, Michael Grabner scored five goals and seven points. Kevin Armstrong made three starts versus Vancouver and had a .914 save percentage. The Chiefs were 24-28 (85.7%) on the penalty kill. The Chiefs made a trade with Vancouver on September 18th by acquiring David Rutherford for a fifth round bantam selection.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH at TRI-CITY AMERICANS

AIR-6:30 GAME-7:00

The Chiefs will take on the Tri-City Americans for the first of 12 match-ups on the season. Last year, Spokane finished the regular season 5-5-1-1 versus the Tri-City Americans. The team that led after the second period was 10-1 last season in the series. In 12 games, Derek Ryan scored five goals and 12 points and Michael Grabner had nine goals and 10 points. Grabner finished the season series +9 while Sean Zimmerman was +12. In its 19th year of existence, the Chiefs lead the rivalry 108-97-1-1 with 13 ties. Spokane will host Tri-City on Saturday, October 7th when they open the home portion of their schedule. The Chiefs will be back in Tri-City on Saturday, November 4th.
 

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Warriors Unveil Banners At Home Opener

2006 East Division, Eastern Conference Champion Moose Jaw Warriors had a busy pre-game show before Saturday's home opener vs Brandon.

A 3-2 Moose Jaw Warrior win on Saturday was a fitting way to end a historic evening.

A packed Civic Centre witnessed the unveiling of the 2006 East Division and Eastern Conference Champion banners before puck drop.

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Tribe pick up first win during home opener

Persistence paid off for the Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday night.

Bad bounces and stellar goaltending by Brandon’s Tyler Plante could have left them frustrated, instead the Warriors made a trio of power play goals count as they beat the Wheat Kings 3-2 in their home opener.

The Warriors are 1-1 on the season after losing 3-2 in Brandon Friday night and will meet the Saskatoon Blades on the road Tuesday.

“We were more aggressive,” Warriors coach Steve Young noted of the difference between the two games. “We got to loose pucks and we shot the puck more. It’s important to get pucks to the net. You have to go to the net, that’s how you’re going to create offence.”

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Hellyer set for captain’s challenge

Win or lose, it promises to be one Hellyer of a season for the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Raiders made sure that promise would be kept on Thursday, naming 20-year-old winger Mike Hellyer team captain for the 2006-07 Western Hockey League season.

“The players all seem to gravitate to him and have rallied around him,” Raiders head coach Peter Anholt said after a 3-2 loss to the Swift Current Broncos in Saturday’s home opener at the Art Hauser Centre.

“And of course, he has experience, too, and that’s going to be big for us.”

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Cougars still not for sale

The owner of the Prince George Cougars made it clear in a story in Monday's Citizen that he believes in this city and he's not movin' or sellin'.

Rick Brodsky said in a story by sports editor Jim Swanson that he turned down a group's $5.5 million offer, which was led by Spruce Kings president Rick Turgeon.

“We’re not selling our team or leaving town," said Cougars business manager Brandi Brodsky.

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Howse and Stanyer take an impressive step forward

Three games in less than two days can be draining for any hockey player.

If he was tired, Ryan Howse certainly didn’t show it Sunday afternoon in his first game with the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The 15-year-old winger made a spectacular debut on the junior A hockey stage, collecting two assists and generating two other quality scoring chances, right after playing two games in the season-opening weekend for the major midget Cariboo Cougars.

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The Elliott equation

Stefan Elliott, the Prince George Cougars’ top pick in the most recent WHL bantam draft, fell far short of committing to the organization while in town this past weekend with the Vancouver Northwest Giants.

Elliott, a six-foot, 165-pound defenceman from North Vancouver, is taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to his hockey future.

“I think I’ll play in the WHL but I’m still trying to keep my options open right now for as long as I can,” said the 15-year-old Elliott, selected 12th overall by the Cougars in the draft.

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Wheaties welcome back Kohn

The welcome wagon was out in full force as Dustin Kohn returned to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Monday.

The 19-year-old defenceman was reassigned by the NHL’s New York Islanders on the weekend and Kohn rejoined his Wheat King teammates for the first time at practice yesterday at the Keystone Centre. Whatever disappointment he felt about not sticking around longer with the Islanders was quickly tempered by the reception he received back in Brandon where Kohn is expected to play a pivotal part in the Wheat Kings’ success this season.

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Warriors @ Blades Tonight

The Moose Jaw Warriors look to get on a streak tonight in Saskatoon.

Warriors and Blades both sitting at 1-and-1, just like the entire East Division.

All 6 teams splitting over the weekend.

Defenseman Jesse Zetariuk feels that could be an early indication of just how tight this division could be.

"Can't take a night off any night in this league, because every team's good enough to beat you. So you have to go in with the mentality that we're going to out-work them in every aspect of the game and I'm sure we'll be fine."

We'll be on the road with the Warriors tonight. The pre-game show gets underway at 6:45 on Warriors' Radio 90.9 FM.
 

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Another twist in Kalus saga

For the Regina Pats, Petr Kalus is a tantalizing symbol of how the hockey gods giveth and the hockey gods taketh away.

Regina's torment began last spring when the Czech sniper, after leading all WHL rookies with 36 goals, signed a contract with the NHL's Boston Bruins which all but guaranteed he would play somewhere in the pro ranks this season.

Or so we were led to believe.

Upon further investigation, Pats GM Brent Parker recently discovered what might be described as a loophole in the new NHL-CHL agreement which could prevent Boston from assigning the former second-round pick to the AHL's Providence Bruins.

Unfortunately for the Pats, it might not matter anyway.

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Overagers provide early spark

Not even the promotional sandwich cannon had much pop in the early stages of the Medicine Hat Tigers home opener on Saturday.
With a long player introduction ceremony and more penalties (four) than shots (three) through the first 10 minutes, the game was an ordeal to watch until Tigers’ overagers Derek Dorsett and Chris Stevens got into the mix.
Dorsett took exception to Lethbridge Hurricanes overager Kris Hogg’s celebratory leap into the glass after scoring the 1-1 tying goal. Dorsett let his displeasure be known in a scrum on the next shift.
By the time the malfunctioning sandwich cannon was fixed in the second intermission, Stevens’ line with Tyler Swystun and Matt Sokol had twice regained the lead for the Tigers.
It accounted for five goals — two in a dynamic effort by Stevens — in the win including a beauty in overtime when Swystun snapped home Steven’s breakaway rebound.
That’s the sort of emotional leadership coaches love from overagers. Players who can change the emotional complexion of a game seem more important now as games go through long, bland stages under tighter officiating.

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Broncos Prepare for Tough Weekend

The Broncos play a pair of former division rivals this weekend.

The Medicine Hat Tigers pay visit Friday night to the Civic Center before hosting the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday.

The Broncos are 1-1 to start the year after splitting games on opening weekend. After this weekend's action, the team then departs Monday for their annual west coast tour through B.C. They will play all five B.C. Division teams starting with Kelowna and ending in Prince George.

The next home action for the Broncos after the weekend isn't until October 13th when the Saskatoon Blades make the trip to the Civic Center.
 
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