Photo by Brian Liesse

Photo by Brian Liesse

WHL News and Notes

Where are they now?

Forward Luke Philip was acquired by the Red Deer Rebels on Jan. 3, 2016. In his final WHL season, Philip was stellar for the Rebels with 16 goals in 17 games. In 17 playoff games, the Canmore, Alta. native had 13 points.

After his stint in Red Deer, Philip attended the University of Alberta to play for the Golden Bears. In his first year, the five-foot-10, 174-pound centre had 18 points in 26 games. He was part of the Golden Bears group that won the U Sports Men’s Hockey national championship last season.

He’s off to a fantastic start this year, with 20 points in 12 games. The hot-start got him named the Canada West Men’s Hockey First Half Top Performer. is one of four Golden Bears inside the conference’s top 10 in scoring at the December break, as Alberta sits second in the CW standings heading into 2019.

Minor Trade

The Red Deer Rebels made a minor swap this week, acquiring goalie Eric Ward from the Seattle Thunderbirds. Red Deer sent a seventh-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft to Seattle.

Ward is currently playing with the Edmonton Canadian Athletic Club in the Alberta (AAA) Midget Hockey League. He has played in 12 games this season with CAC, he has a record of 5-4-3, a 3.42 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Ward played 2 preseason games with the Thunderbirds this fall; his record was 1-1-0-0 witha 2.90 goals against average of 2.90 and .913 save percentage. He will remain in Edmonton with the Edmonton Canadian Athletic Club. The Rebels only had two signed goalies in Byron Fancy and Ethan Anders, so they needed a third under contract.

WHL Goalie of the Week

Everett Silvertips goalie Dustin Wolf was the WHL and CHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending Dec. 9. Wolf won all three games during that stretch, stopping 89 of 92 shots while also posting a shutout. His week started with a 25-save, 4-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs.

Saturday he turned aside 43 shots in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds and was third star for his efforts. Sunday, he stopped 21 saves to earn a 2-0 shutout over the Chiefs and earned first star for his play.

The five-foot-11, 160-pound product of Tustin, Cali. improved to 23-7-1- on the year with a 1.84goals against average and .928 save percentage. He is currently ranked a “C-prospect” on the NHL Central Scouting players to watch list for the 2019 NHL Draft.

WHL Player of the Week

Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo was the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 9. Woo, who was selected in the second round, 37th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2018 NHL Draft, posted seven points (1G-6A) in three games this week.

At home Wednesday he recorded his first WHL four-point game with a goal and three assists during a 6-5 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Friday in Saskatoon he had a pair of primary assists in a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades and he closed out the week with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Blades.

Woo is currently on an eight-game point streak, during that stretch he has 13 points. The 6-foot-0, 203-pound product of Winnipeg, Man. has 23 points in 24 games this year, nearly eclipsing his career-high 25 last season.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta recorded a single-day record of over 57,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered. (Photo courtesy Alberta Health Services Twitter)
Alberta hits daily record of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

Central zone has administered 111,735 doses of the COVID-19

Alberta reported an additional 1,980 cases of COVID-19 Friday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer adds 37th death from COVID-19, active cases drop

Alberta Health identified an additional 1,980 cases of the virus province-wide

A rodeo south of Bowden drew a huge crowd on May 1 and 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy Mom’s Diner’s Facebook page)
FILE - A firefighter wears a mask as he drives his truck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward, File
VIDEO: Flames rip through Edmonton-area seniors complex, but no fatalities

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex… Continue reading

Jennifer Coffman, owner of Truffle Pigs in Field, B.C., poses beside her business sign on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in this handout photo. Her restaurant and lodge have been hit hard by a closure of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway and by the British Columbia government discouraging Alberta residents from visiting during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jennifer Coffman, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘Why we survive’: B.C. boundary towns struggle without Albertans during pandemic

Jennifer Coffman didn’t expect to get hit with a double whammy at… Continue reading

A courtroom at the Edmonton Law Courts building, in Edmonton on Friday, June 28, 2019. The effect of the coronavirus pandemic will have a lasting impact on the Canadian justice system warn a number of legal experts. The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench announced Sunday it would adjourn all scheduled trials across the province for at least 10-weeks limiting hearings to only emergency or urgent matters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton mother found guilty of manslaughter in death of five-year-old girl

EDMONTON — An Edmonton woman was found guilty Friday of manslaughter in… Continue reading

A Statistics Canada 2016 Census mailer sits on the key board of a laptop after arriving in the mail at a residence in Ottawa, May 2, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Statistics Canada sees more demand to fill out census online during pandemic

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the response to the census is higher… Continue reading

Travellers, who are not affected by new quarantine rules, arrive at Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Ottawa will create a new digital platform to help in processing immigration applications more quickly and efficiently after COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for a faster shift to a digital immigration system, the immigration department said. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ottawa to create new system to tackle delays in processing immigration applications

Ottawa says it will create a new digital platform to help process… Continue reading

A man on a skateboard and a young woman pass large letters spelling out UBC at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on November 22, 2015. The federal government is writing off more than $200 million in outstanding student loan payments that officials will never be able to collect. Recently released spending documents show the government won't collect $203.5 million in debts from 34,240 students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to hear complaint against UBC Okanagan

VANCOUVER — A B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing is set to start… Continue reading

In this file photo, a lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018. (By THE CANADIAN PRESS)
No winning ticket for Friday’s $25 million Lotto max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $25 million jackpot… Continue reading

FILE - In this April 19, 2021, file photo, Keidy Ventura, 17, receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in West New York, N.J. States across the country are dramatically scaling back their COVID-19 vaccine orders as interest in the shots wanes, putting the goal of herd immunity further out of reach. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

MADISON, Wis. — States asked the federal government this week to withhold… Continue reading

Toronto FC coach Chris Armas talks with his players during a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Mexico's Cruz Azul at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Fernando Llano
Toronto FC coach Chris Armas returns to Red Bull Arena to face former team

Toronto FC coach Chris Armas returns to Red Bull Arena to face former team

Most Read