WHL season set to start with a bang

While NHL teams play exhibition games and look to cut their rosters down, the WHL is ready to drop the puck on the season, with 8 games on tap for Friday, September 24 and another 10 games the following night.  Here's a look at who's playing who:

Friday, September 24

Regina @ Brandon

Lethbridge @ Calgary

Red Deer @ Edmonton

Swift Current @ Moose Jaw

Prince Albert @Saskatoon

Prince George @ Kamloops

Chilliwack @ Vancouver

Seattle @ Everett

Saturday, September 25

Calgary @ Kootenay

Saskatoon @ Prince Albert

Lethbridge @ Medicine Hat

Edmonton @ Red Deer

Moose Jaw @ Swift Current

Chilliwack @ Kamloops

Vancouver @ Everett

Portland @ Seattle

Spokane @ Tri City

Sunday, September 26

Brandon @ Regina

Seattle @Tri City

Monday, September 27

Vancouver @ Portland

Wednesday, September 29

Brandon @ Moose Jaw

Edmonton @ Prince Albert

Kootenay @ Red Deer

Portland @ Vancouver

Tri City @ Kelowna


The WHL has launched an on-demand website to help fans keep up with their teams or check out other teams. There's a variety of pricing options, starting at $6.95 per game. The on-demand website is: http://whl.neulion.com. Fans living in Western Canada can also catch 30 games on SHAW. According to the WHL's website, the league plans to air games every Friday night. They'll also sprinkle in games on certain Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Here's the link to the full story and schedule if you're interested in marking your calendars or setting your DVRs. I hope that SHAW's deal also includes FSN Northwest, which has aired a fair number of games over the past few seasons.

Congratulations go out to a few WHL players who inked NHL entry level contracts over the past week. The big one is of course, Portland Winterhawks forward Nino Niederreiter, who signed with the New York Islanders. The Isles drafted El Nino 5th overall in the 2010 Draft in LA, and he has not disappointed at camp. I know a number of WHL US Division fans (and probably more across the league) who hope Nino does not return to the Winterhawks to continue running roughshod over competitors left and right.

The Minnesota Wild signed Kamloops Blazers D-man Josh Caron and former Spokane Chiefs D-man Jared Spurgeon, after inviting them to free agent tryouts. 20-year-old Spurgeon was part of the 2008 Chiefs team that won the Memorial Cup. He finished his WHL career with 8 goals and 43 assists for 51 points in 54 games last season. 19 year old Caron scored one goal and 5 assists for the Blazers last season, but spent a whopping 190 minutes in the penalty box, compared to 51 for Spurgeon. By the way, the Isles drafted Spurgeon #156 overall back in the 2008 draft. Caron went undrafted.

The San Jose Sharks signed Saskatoon Blades forward Curt Gogol. The 18-year-old had a great camp but is now back with the Blades and will play tomorrow night against Prince Albert.

Lethbridge Hurricanes goalie Brandon Anderson signed an entry level deal with the Washington Capitals. The Hurricanes say Anderson had a solid camp with the Caps, which he attended as an undrafted free agent. He recorded 12 wins, 19 losses and an .892 save percentage as a 17 year old rookie last season. He's expected to get the start against Calgary tomorrow night.

Next week, I'll take a closer look at the WHL's Eastern Conference. If you have any thoughts to share about any of the EC teams, please let me know. The following week, I'll take a look at the WHL's Western Conference and welcome any comments about WC teams.

Until then, may WHL fans overdose this opening weekend of hockey!

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