Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League will have a new playoff format for the 2015 WHL Playoffs. The new format mirrors that of the National Hockey League and is designed to enhance Divisional rivalries in the First Round of the WHL Playoffs.
The Western Hockey League’s Eastern and Western Conferences will use a Divisional/Conference hybrid playoff format, with the inclusion of Wild Card qualifiers, for the 2015 WHL Playoffs. All playoff series are still best-of-seven affairs.
Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League today announced a series of rule changes for the upcoming 2014-15 WHL Season, which opens Friday evening.
Rule changes for the 2014-15 WHL Season were tested during pre-season and most of the changes adopted by the National Hockey League (NHL):
*Indicates rule adopted by the NHL
During the regular season, at the end of the third period of a tied game, there will be a two minute break prior to the start of a five (5) minute sudden-death overtime period (same as in previous seasons).
*The Clubs must change ends for the overtime period.
Hurricanes open season tomorrow vs. Medicine Hat
Lethbridge, AB – In less than 48 hours, the Lethbridge Hurricanes will kick off the 2014-2015 campaign against the Medicine Hat Tigers in the DQ home opener at 7:00pm.
The Hurricanes closed out their exhibition season with a 2-4 record, but Head Coach Drake Berehowsky did like what he saw in the six games. “I think our young guys have come in and earned their spots, I think our older guys are leading them in a good way, but we’re still a young team and still progressing. We still have to be patient because mistakes will be made, but overall it was a good training camp.”
The Hurricanes go into the weekend carrying 28 players (2 goalies, 9 defensemen and 17 forwards) on their roster. Both Nick Walters and Reid Duke were away at NHL camps; Walters has now returned to the club while Duke remains with Minnesota. The team is also dealing with a few players sidelined with injuries, but that is just giving others a chance to step up and help put wins on the board.
Jamal Watson will wear the “C”
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced their team captain for the 2014-2015 season and wearing the “C” will be Jamal Watson.
The 19-year old from Calgary, who becomes the 24th Captain in Hurricanes history, has played his entire WHL career with the hockey club. In 63 games last season Watson finished 4th in team scoring with 35 points, including 18 goals.
“Watson went through a lot of adversity last year, but through it all maintained his leadership qualities as well as his dedication to the team. He’s a character guy and has worked extremely hard at getting better as a hockey player each day as well as being a positive leader and role model in our dressing room” commented Head Coach Drake Berehowsky.