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Bruins update

The Chilliwack Bruins announced today that Western Hockey League veteran Josh Aspenlind will be the first Bruins Captain. Aspenlind, a right-winger, has spent three seasons in the WHL, playing 88 games with Prince George before a mid-season trade to the Swift Current Broncos, where he suited up for 98 more games. In 186 career games, Aspenlind had 40 goals and 35 assists. He has also racked up 378 minutes in penalties in that time. Stephane Lenoski, Craig Lineker and Myles Stoesz have been named Assistant Captains.

Bruins Head Coach Jim Hiller:

"These four players will have a huge responsibility as they will be pivotal in setting the foundation and culture of the Chilliwack Bruins for others to follow. It is a mature group who has won the respect of their teammates and coaches both on and off the ice."

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Bruins Weekend Preview

September 28, 2006

A busy weekend lies ahead for the Bruins as they play three games in three nights beginning Friday in Vancouver. After Sunday's game vs Tri Cities, Bruins fans will have the opportunity to skate with the team.

The Bruins kick off their trio of weekend games Friday night when they travel to Vancouver to take on the defending WHL Champion Giants. The Giants enter Friday's game after picking up their second straight victory to open up the 2006/07 regular season. Last Tuesday, the Giants doubled up the Spokane Chiefs 4-2 at the Pacific Coliseum. Tim Kraus, Garet Hunt, Kyle Lamb, and Michal Repik scored for Vancouver while netminder Tyson Sexsmith picked up the win in goal. The Giants out-shot the Chiefs 36-18 in a game which saw both teams go 0-for-6 on the power play. In their season opener September 23, the Giants shut-out the visiting Portland Winterhawks 9-0. J.D. Watt and Spencer Machacek each scored a pair of goals in the victory while Jonathon Blum had four assists. Goaltender Dustin Slade made 19 saves to record his 19th career WHL shut-out. The Giants went 4-for-18 on the power play that game and a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill.

Saturday night, the Prince George Cougars make their first visit to Prospera Centre. The Cougars head into Saturday's match after splitting last weekend's games with Seattle 1-1... The Cougars defeated the T'Birds 4-2 on Friday night in their season opener, and then fell 4-2 to Seattle the following night... Brett Robertson led the Cougars with 2 goals and 4 assists in 2 games vs. Seattle, while Jared Walker (2-1-3) and Dan Gendur (0-3-3) both chipped in with 3 points over the weekend... The Cougars, who combined for 5-25 on the PP, were outshot 54-44 by the visiting Thunderbirds this past weekend...Netminder Real Cyr stopped 54 shots in 2 games to record his first win and loss of the season.

On Sunday, Bruins fans will get their first opportunity to take to the ice with the players (Full details are listed below after the game vs the Tri Cities Americans). The Americans enter the weekend with a record 1-1 after a loss in Kootenay (7-3) and a win in Kelowna (3-1) last weekend. WHL all star goaltender Carey Price was returned to Tri Cities earlier this week by the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. Price was a first round selection by Montreal in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Each fan in attendance will receive a free Chilliwack Bruins poster courtesy of the Vancouver Province. Please note that the start time for Sunday home games is 5pm.

Hub International Barton Insurance/ Performance Honda Sunday Skates

Every Sunday home game the Bruins play, season ticket holders and fans who pick up a special voucher from a Hub International Barton Insurance location in Hope, Agassiz, Chilliwack or Abbotsford , or at the Performance Honda store in Chilliwack are afforded the unique opportunity to skate with the players following the game. Season ticket holders can also skate by simply showing their VIP cards.

Fans wanting to skate with the Bruins after Sunday home games will enter Prospera Centre through the sliding glass doors on the secondary sheet. They will then gain access to the main ice through the doors near dressing room #6. If fans wish to rent skates, they may do so by visiting The Skate Shop on the secondary sheet. The cost is $2.75 per person. If a fan wishes to use their own skates, they may do so. They may not bring their skates into Prospera Centre during the Bruins game. They must be stored elsewhere and brought in through the secondary sheet after the Bruins game is finished. Please note that hockey gear is not allowed on the ice during the Sunday Skate. This includes hockey sticks, gloves, pads etc. Excluded from this rule are helmets. Helmets are available to rent from the skate shop if a fan doesn't have their own to use.

The Sunday Skate will run after each Bruins Sunday home game from 8:00pm-9:00pm. These times are subject to change if the game goes into overtime or due to other extraneous circumstances.
 

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Everett Silvertips Block Party is on Ice for the 06-07 Season

The Everett Silvertips launch their 2006-07 season this weekend with games Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30. The Silvertips battle the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night @ 7:35 pm, and Saturday night they'll face off with the Kamloops Blazers @ 7:00 pm.

Prior to the game on Saturday, the Everett Events Center will host a pre-game Block Party to launch the opening of the new Ice Box Lounge! The Ice Box's entertainment includes a new 100" projection screen with complete surround sound which will air a live feed of the games. The new bar features three cobra-shaped self-freezing ice towers delivering 12 taps including four varieties each of domestic and microbrewery beer. A margarita maker, upscale well and premium top shelf liquor choices will be available for patrons 21+.

Fans can come early and enter the indoor Block Party from the Southeast entrance located on Wall Street. The Block Party action will feature live music by local band Quick Fix, and the opportunity for avid fans to meet Lincoln, the famous Silvertips mascot, and win great prizes. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase in the new full service Ice Box Lounge.

For all games after September 30th, all full 36 game Season Ticket Holders will have access to the Ice Box Lounge through the SE doors one half hour prior to regular doors opening

Tickets ($10.00, $13.00, $15.00, $17.00, $19.00, $22.00 and $27.00) are on sale now at the Everett Events Center Box Office, everetteventscenter.com or by calling 1.866.EEC.TIXX (1.866.332.8499). All tickets are subject to fees.
 

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Hitmen defenceman Dylan Yeo to sing national anthem

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club is proud to announce a franchise first. Defenceman Dylan Yeo (Pronounced YO) will sing the national anthem before the Hitmen's next home game on Friday, October 6th against the Kootenay Ice. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

"The Hitmen take a special interest in all our players, not only on the ice, but off as well," said Director of Business Operations Kip Reghenas. "Dylan has a special talent and we'd like to help showcase that skill to all our fans."
 

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T-Birds to unveil 30th anniversary jersey at home opener

Seattle, September 28, 2006 - The Seattle Thunderbirds will unveil a special 30th Anniversary jersey at their home opener on Saturday, September 30, against the Vancouver Giants. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at KeyArena.

The special 30th Anniversary jersey will be worn at all 15 Saturday home games this season.

The 30th Anniversary jersey was a joint design effort between the T-Birds staff, led by Ana Davenport, and head coach Rob Sumner. The jersey will be black, white, silver and blue, will have two commemorative shoulder patches celebrating the T- Birds and the Seattle Breakers and will have a unique Seattle logo on the front. "We wanted to create a jersey that was unique and celebrated 30 years of WHL hockey in Seattle," said T-Birds Director of Operations Rick Ronish. "I think we did that with this jersey."

The T-Birds will continue to wear their alternate jerseys this season, meaning along with the home whites, road blues and 30th Anniversary jersey, the T-Birds will wear four jerseys this season.

The T-Birds have set the standard in the Western Hockey League by providing many new looks in the past decade including several alternate style, holiday theme and warm-up jerseys.

"T-Bird fans are so loyal, especially when it comes to wearing their team's game worn jerseys," added Ronish. "It's amazing to see so many of our jerseys at the KeyArena mixed in with our traditional style".

At the end of the season the 30th Anniversary jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the T-Birds Player Education Fund.

Thunderbird tickets are currently on sale for all regular 2006-07 regular season home games. Tickets are priced at $20, $16 & $12 Tickets may be purchased by calling 206 628-0888 or 206 448 PUCK (7825) or online at www.seattlethunderbirds.com. Tickets may also be purchased at all TicketMaster Outlets, the KeyArena's West Box Office Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and The Hockey Store located at 14326 124th Ave NE in Kirkland. For additional ticket information on Season Tickets and Group Rates please call 206 448 PUCK.
 

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Kisio calls out veterans

Kelly Kisio is waiting for some of his veterans to realize the 2006-07 WHL season has started.

Last night the Hitmen (2-1) lost their first game of the season, 5-2 in Regina against the Pats, and the Calgary GM/head coach said he just wasn't seeing a quality effort from some of the senior members.

"It was kind of an uninspired effort by a lot of the guys here," Kisio said after the game.

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Disappointing homecoming

It wasn’t the homecoming Jesse Deckert was expecting.

The Prince Albert Raider netminder let in six goals Wednesday night in his first Western Hockey League regular-season game since returning from the Nashville Predators training camp.

Deckert was pulled in the middle of the third period, watching his team lose 6-3 to the visiting Red Deer Rebels at the Art Hauser Centre.

“It’s not one bit (what I expected),” Deckert said after the game. “I thought I’d be excited but I guess I was too anxious.”

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Rebels skate to first win

The Red Deer Rebels weren’t about to let another third period lead slip away.

Devon LeBlanc scored twice as the Rebels recorded their first win of the season on Wednesday night, a 6-3 decision over the Prince Albert Raiders.

“We played really well for the most part,” Rebels coach Brent Sutter said. “Our power play was really good.”

The Rebels blew a pair of 2-1 leads against Calgary on the weekend, but they didn’t allow that to happen again. Red Deer took a 5-3 advantage into the third period and Sutter was pleased with the way the team was able to finish the Raiders off.

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Warriors Ticket Office On The Move

Ticket office heading south down main street. Tickets available at the new downtown location, game days still at the Civic Centre.

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Price back; Tory not sure if he'll play in home opener

The Montreal Canadiens returned goaltender Carey Price to the Tri-City Americans, ending the 2005 first-round draft pick's three-week stay with the NHL team.

Price, 19, arrived in the Tri-Cities late Wednesday, but Americans general manager Bob Tory wouldn't say if Price would be available for games this weekend against Spokane and Chilliwack.

In two exhibition games with the Canadiens, Price allowed two goals on 33 shots and did not have a decision in either game. He had a 1.97 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.

"Carey is one of the top goaltenders in the league and this is a big year for him with an opportunity to play in the World Juniors," Tory said. "He is a big part of our team and one of our leaders."

The Americans also designated right wing Travis Gorman, 17, for assignment. The move reduces the roster to 26 players (15 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders).
 

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Blazers website under development

The Blazer website is presently undergoing renovations which should be complete by mid-October.

In the event you run across a page that doesn't display properly, or is showing inaccurate information, please be patient.

We are in the process of making our site better and we're confident you'll like what we're doing.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
 

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Wheat Kings trim roster

Brandon, Manitoba -- The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings trimmed their roster to twenty-six players Thursday afternoon by reassinging 17-yea rold defenceman Derek Robinson to the Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

A former second round draft choice of the Wheat Kings, Robinson did not appear in either of Brandon's first two regular season games last weekend, however, the 6'2" 175 lb Winnipeg product had six penalty minutes in three pre-season games earlier this month.

Today's decision leaves the Wheat Kings with eight defenceman including 17-year old rookie Matt Smith, three goalkeepers and fifteen forwards.

Brandon returns to action this weekend at the Keystone Centre against the Red Deer Rebels on Friday and the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. Friday's game is Manitoba Hydro Fridge Magnet Schedule Giveway, with the first 2,500 fans in attendance. Saturday meanwhile is the first Source for Sports / Subway Family Night of the Season. The Wheat Kings' Family Package is on sale at Source for Sports for $40 plus GST and includes 2 adult and 2 youth tickets, 4 soft drinks, 4 programs and four 6" sandwiches from Subway.

Tickets to both games are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca.
 

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Disappointing homecoming

It wasn’t the homecoming Jesse Deckert was expecting.

The Prince Albert Raider netminder let in six goals Wednesday night in his first Western Hockey League regular-season game since returning from the Nashville Predators training camp.

Deckert was pulled in the middle of the third period, watching his team lose 6-3 to the visiting Red Deer Rebels at the Art Hauser Centre.

“It’s not one bit (what I expected),” Deckert said after the game. “I thought I’d be excited but I guess I was too anxious.”

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Grabner Returns

Chiefs forward Michael Grabner will return to Spokane after attending training camp with the Vancouver Canucks and is expected to be in the line-up on Saturday when Spokane travels to Tri-City. The 19- year-old was Vancouver's first round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in three exhibition games, scoring one goal.

"We are excited to have Michael back in the line-up and practicing with the team," Chiefs Head Coach Bill Peters said. "His experience at camp will benefit him individually as well as the team collectively."

The 6'0", 170 pound forward led the Chiefs in goals last season with 36, tied for 10th in the WHL, and finished the year with 50 points while appearing in 67 games. In the final 26 games of the season, the Villach, Austria native scored 23 goals and 32 points.

Grabner was the Chiefs first round selection in the 2004 CHL Import Draft and scored 13 goals and 24 points in 58 games in his rookie season of 2004-05. After overcoming a shoulder injury to begin the season, Grabner represented Austria on the under 20 National Team at the 2005 Under-20 World Championship Division I in Great Britain.

The Chiefs will travel to Tri-City on Saturday to take on the Americans at 7:00. Mike Boyle will go on the air at 6:30 with KJRB 790 the Fan with Comcast Hockey Tonight.

Spokane will open the home portion of the regular season on Saturday, October 7th on Bud Light Opening Night and Magnet Schedule Giveaway presented by the Black Book by Hagadone Directories.

Tickets to all home games are available by calling the Chiefs office at (509) 535-PUCK or TicketsWest at (800) 325-SEAT.
 

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Russell Returns To Tigers

Medicine Hat, AB - Medicine Hat Tigers are pleased to announce the return of 19-year-old defenseman Kris Russell to the Tigers from the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.

"We are extremely excited Kris will be back in our line up," said Tigers' general manager and head coach Willie Desjardins. "Kris is a premiere defenseman in our league and whenever you can add a guy like that, it helps your line up."

Russell will return in time to join the team on their 6 game road trip into the Eastern Conference beginning with Swift Current Broncos tomorrow night.
 

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Perfect Hitmen need to improve

The Calgary Hitmen know the value of getting off to a quick start.

Last season, the Hitmen busted out of the gates and posted a 7-0 record en route to a 101-point campaign.

Hitting triple digits again in '06-07 might be a bit of a stretch in the ultra-competitive Central Division.

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Wheaties, Rebels and Hitmen ready to rumble

Brandon, Manitoba - The Brandon Wheat Kings will have a couple of new faces in the lineup this weekend when they play host to the Red Deer Rebels Friday and the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday in Western Hockey League action at the Keystone Centre.

After a week of practice with the club, former Hitmen defenceman Dustin Kohn rejoins the Wheat Kings' lineup Friday after being assigned by the National Hockey League's New York Islanders last Sunday.

A former second round draft choice of the Isles, Kohn was obtained by the Wheat Kings at last January's WHL trade deadline in exchange for left-winger Derek LeBlanc. In 69 games last season, the 19-year old Edmonton product had four goals and 29 points and was one of three Wheat Kings invited to this summer's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Calgary.

Kohn won't be the only "new" face in the Brandon lineup tonight because 19-year old Slovakian born Swiss right-winger Juraj Simek is expected to get the green light to make his WHL debut.

A sixth round draft choice of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, Simek has spent the past two weeks nursing a minor shoulder strain. Brandon fans haven't had the opportunity to see the 19-year old forward since scoring three goals in the club's annual Intrasquad game earlier this month.

While Simek plays in his first ever WHL game Friday, Brandon's other European - newly acquired Daniel Bartek - will be suiting up for his first ever game on Keystone Centre ice. The 18-year old left-winger from the Czech Republic, who was obtained from the Tri-City Americans last week for future considerations, made his Wheat King debut last Saturday night, scoring once in a losing cause against the hometown Warriors in Moose Jaw.

As for Brandon's weekend opponents - Red Deer invades the Keystone Centre on Friday, fresh off an impressive 6-3 victory over the Raiders in Prince Albert, while the Hitmen enter the weekend having won two of their first three regular season games.

In Wednesday's win over Prince Albert, Brandon product Devon LeBlanc scored twice, James Reimer made 27 saves for the Rebels, who went 3-7 with the man advantage. Through the first three games of the season, Red Deer's imports Kirill Starkov and Martin Hanzal lead the club in scoring with five points each.

As for the Hitmen, most observers believe that the club's offence, led by the likes of St. Lazare's Brodie Dupont, Sweden's Freddie Petterson and Brandon products Derek LeBlanc and Ryan White, will be much better this season. However, the club's defence, having suffered the loss of veterans Brett Carson, Jeff Schultz and Craig Lineker will be weaker. And don't forget, Calgary is without the 2005-06 WHL Player and Goaltender of the Year Justin Pogge. With Pogge skating off to the Toronto Maple Leafs' organization, the Hitmen will be counting heavily on 18-year old Daniel Spence.

The Hitmen, who feature four Brandonites in their lineup (LeBlanc, White, Alex Plante and Carson McMillan), scored a franchise record low 195 goals last winter but thanks to a stingy defence, surrendered just 155, which also represented a club record.

Friday's game is Manitoba Hydro Fridge Magnet Schedule Giveaway Night at the Keystone Centre, with the first 2,500 fans in attendance to receive one. Saturday meanwhile is the first Brandon Source for Sports / Subway Family Night of the season. This year's Family Pack, which is on sale ONLY at Source for Sports, gets you 2 adult and 2 youth tickets, four 40th Anniversary programs, 4 soft drinks and four 6" sandwiches from Subway - all for just $40 plus GST.

All other tickets are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca.

The Wheat Kings also remind fans that its not too late to order 2006-07 Season Tickets because at $250, each ticket is worth less than $7 per game or less than half of the box office admission price. Call the Wheat Kings' office at 726-3535.
 

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This Dylan sings, too!

Looks like a Calgary Hitmen defenceman's going to display his vocal talents for his teammates and fans of the WHL club.

The team announced yesterday Dylan Yeo, the nephew of former NHL defenceman Dave Manson, will sing the national anthem next Friday when the Hitmen tangle with the Kootenay Ice at the Saddledome (7 p.m.).

It's the first time a player has sang the anthem.

"The Hitmen take a special interest in all our players, not only on the ice but off as well," said team spokesman Kip Reghenas in a statement.

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A hockey fan for 62 seasons

One Everett Silvertips superfan has good reason to thrill over exploits on the ice. Anzonetta "Toni" Hause, 84, has followed the game for more than 60 years.

She'll be given flowers by members of the team at tonight's home opener.

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Silvertips Preview | Kelowna vs. Everett

SILVERTIPS PREVIEW

Kelowna Rockets @ Everett Silvertips

7:35 p.m. today at Everett Events Center

Records: Kelowna is 0-2-0-0, fifth in the B.C. Division. Everett is 2-0-0-0, first in the U.S. Division.

Radio: KRKO (1380 AM).

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T-birds netted a winner

Derek Yeomans is a winner with the jewelry to prove it.

Yeomans was the backup goaltender when the Kelowna Rockets won the Memorial Cup championship in 2004, and he carried the load when the Rockets won the Western Hockey League title in 2005.

Now, in his final season of junior hockey, Yeomans will try to carry the Seattle Thunderbirds to the next level. The T-birds play their home opener at KeyArena on Saturday against the defending WHL champion Vancouver Giants.

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