WHL News and Notes

WHL News and Notes

WHL Goalie of the Week

Portland Winterhawks goalie Joel Hofer was the WHL goalie of the week for the week ending Oct. 13. He pitched a shutout and added a win in three games last week. The St. Louis Blues prospect stopped 79 of 82 shots along the way. Playing his former team Wednesday, Hofer turned aside 24 shots in an 8-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos.

He stopped all 16 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over the Red Deer Rebels Friday, followed by a 39-save gem in a losing cause against the Edmonton Oil Kings. He allowed a goal in the first, but held the Oil Kings scoreless in the second and third plus overtime. He allowed only one shooter to score in the shootout.

The 6-foot-5, 172-pound product of Winnipeg, Man. has started the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season strong with a 5-2-0-1 record, 1.99 GAA, .928 SV%, and one shutout.

WHL Player of the Week

Medicine Hat Tigers forward James Hamblin was the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 13. Hamblin recorded seven points in three wins for the Tigers. The five-foot-10, 181-pound product of Edmonton picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks. He also had a pair of assists in a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Ice Friday. His best of the week came in a 9-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels Saturday. He scored once and added two assists in the drubbing. The Tigers captain has 14 points in 10 games. The 20-year-old was originally picked by the Tigers 17th overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Canada/Russia Series roster named

Earlier this week, the WHL announced the roster for the Canada/Russia Series on Nov. 13 and 14 in Saskatchewan. The roster features seven returning players and a collection of homegrown products.

Three top 10 picks from the 2019 NHL draft are back, including Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades, Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants, and Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Returning forward Nolan Foote of the Kelowna Rockets will add to the team’s strength at the forward position while three of 2018 NHL Draft selections, including Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs, Jett Woo of the Calgary Hitmen, and Calen Addison of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, will once again bolster the team’s blue line.

Saskatchewan products Carson Focht, Cole Fonstad, Kaeden Korczak and Nolan Maier will all suit up. NHL Draft eligible players Connor Zary and Prince Albert product Braden Schneider will also play.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 5 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Saskatoon on Nov. 13, before continuing on to Prince Albert for Game 6 to conclude the series on Nov. 14.

Where Are They Now?

Carsen Germyn played his final two WHL seasons with the Red Deer Rebels and was particularly a force in his final year. The left-winger recorded 59 points in 63 games while notching 108 penalty minutes along the way.

He graduated straight to the American Hockey League in the 2003-04 season and held his own, scoring 11 goals and adding 16 assists, with 104 penalty minutes.

In four NHL games with the Calgary Flames between 2005-07, he didn’t record a point. His AHL career finished with the Abbotsford Heat in 2010, when he had 15 points in just 21 games. Over seven seasons with five different AHL teams, he picked up 668 penalty minutes. Germyn has carved a successful career in the German Elite League, playing most of the last five years with the Straubing Tigers. This season, in nine games he has four points and 33 penalty minutes.

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