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83 WHL Alumni to Compete for U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup in Lethbridge

March 14, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) News Release

Calgary, Alta. - The Western Hockey League announced today that 83 WHL Alumni will compete for U SPORTS supremacy at the 2019 Cavendish Farms University Cup in Lethbridge, Alta., scheduled for March 14 to 17.

The WHL is represented with graduate players on all eight rosters of competing teams at the annual tournament, including 26 with the Canada West (CW) champion University of Alberta Golden Bears, 23 with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and 17 with the host University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

All tournament games, including the bronze medal game, will be streamed on USPORTS.LIVE. Semifinal action on Saturday, March 16 will be broadcast on Sportsnet 360 (1 p.m MT & 6 p.m. MT). The tournament closes on Sunday, March 17 with the gold medal final broadcast live on Sportsnet 360 at 6 p.m. MT.

The University Cup serves as the U SPORTS national championship for men's university hockey in Canada. It was first presented in 1885. Having won the national title in 2018, the Alberta Golden Bears have earned Canadian University supremacy 16 times.

This year, a record 405 WHL graduates are accessing their WHL Scholarship, including 199 competing at the U SPORTS level. Established on a league-wide basis in 1993-94, over 6,000 WHL Scholarships have been accessed by WHL graduates, representing an investment of over $25 million by WHL Clubs. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.6 million to the 405 WHL graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.

Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the WHL member Clubs. Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a guaranteed, full-year WHL Scholarship including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. The WHL Scholarship is a fully-guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify. The WHL graduate can apply the funding to any post-secondary or career-enhancing program of his choice, including trades schools or professional career training programs.


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Brendan Burke Goaltender Scottsdale, Ari. Calgary Hitmen

Kenny Cameron Goaltender Calgary, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers

Zach Sawchenko Goaltender Calgary, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors

Ben Carroll Defence Sherwood Park, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings

Nick Charif Defence Edmonton, Alta. Spokane Chiefs

Graeme Craig Defence Red Deer, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders

Jason Fram Defence Delta, B.C. Spokane Chiefs

Clayton Kirichenko Defence Sherwood Park, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers

Sawyer Lange Defence Prince Albert, Sask. Prince Albert Raiders

Ryan Rehill Defence Edmonton, Alta. Kamloops Blazers

Wil Tomchuk Defence Fort McMurray, Alta. Prince George Cougars

Tyson Baillie Forward Edmonton, Alta. Kelowna Rockets

Taylor Cooper Forward Sherwood Park, Alta. Regina Pats

Trevor Cox Forward Surrey, B.C. Vancouver Giants

Jayden Hart Forward Spruce Grove, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders

Riley Kieser Forward Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings

Stephane Legault Forward Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings

Cole Linaker Forward Edmonton, Alta. Kelowna Rockets

Brandon Magee Forward Edmonton, Alta. Victoria Royals

Curtis Miske Forward Beaumont, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders

Lucas Nickles Forward Salmon Arm, B.C. Tri-City Americans

Steven Owre Forward Edmonton, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers

Grayson Pawlenchuk Forward Edmonton, Alta. Red Deer Rebels

Luke Philp Forward Canmore, Alta. Red Deer Rebels

Cole Sanford Forward Coldstream, B.C. Regina Pats

Tyler Soy Forward Cloverdale, B.C. Victoria Royals


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Taz Burman Goaltender Vancouver, B.C. Swift Current Broncos

Jonny Hogue Goaltender Lethbridge, Alta. Lethbridge Hurricanes

Garret Hughson Goaltender Medicine Hat, Alta. Spokane Chiefs

Clint Filbrandt Defence Calgary, Alta. Kootenay ICE

Spenser Jensen Defence Airdrie, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors

Blake Orban Defence Calgary, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings

Jeff Rayman Defence Fernie, B.C. Vancouver Giants

Dallas Valentine Defence Red Deer, Alta. Kamloops Blazers

Evan Wardley Defence Calgary, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds

Ryan Chynoweth Forward Lethbridge, Alta. Kootenay ICE

Brooks Maxwell Forward Calgary, Alta. Red Deer Rebels

Russell Maxwell Forward Magrath, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds

Sam McKechnie Forward Airdrie, Alta. Saskatoon Blades

Jordan Roy Forward Kimberley, B.C. Red Deer Rebels

Connor Sanvido Forward Maple Ridge, B.C. Saskatoon Blades

Dalton Sward Forward Abbotsford, B.C. Vancouver Giants

Torrin White Forward Balzac, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Travis Child Goaltender Killam, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings

Taran Kozun Goaltender Nipawin, Sask. Seattle Thunderbirds

Gordie Ballhorn Defence Wetaskiwin, Alta. Kelowna Rockets

Shane Collins Defence Rosetown, Sask. Prince George Cougars

Evan Fiala Defence Clavet, Sask. Saskatoon Blades

Jesse Forsberg Defence Walheim, Sask. Moose Jaw Warriors

Colby Harmsworth Defence Saskatoon, Sask. Calgary Hitmen

Tanner Lishchynsky Defence Saskatoon, Sask. Kootenay ICE

Sam Ruopp Defence Regina, Sask. Prince George Cougars

Kohl Bauml Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Everett Silvertips

Levi Cable Forward Hudson Bay, Sask. Kootenay ICE

Carter Folk Forward Regina, Sask. Victoria Royals

Alex Forsberg Forward Waldheim, Sask. Victoria Royals

Connor Gay Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Saskatoon Blades

Andrew Johnson Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Swift Current Broncos

Wyatt Johnson Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Spokane Chiefs

Logan McVeigh Forward Kenaston, Sask. Kamloops Blazers

Donovan Neuls Forward Grenfell, Sask. Seattle Thunderbirds

Collin Shirley Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Kamloops Blazers

Michael Sofillas Forward Morden, Man. Lethbridge Hurricanes

Carson Stadnyk Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Everett Silvertips

Jordan Tkatch Forward Prudhomme, Sask. Prince Albert Raiders

Jaimen Yakubowski Forward Dalmeny, Sask. Moose Jaw Warriors


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Darian Skeoch Defence New Liskeard, Ont. Vancouver Giants

Matthew Sozanski Defence Calgary, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors

Aaron Boyd Forward Winnipeg, Man. Prince George Cougars

Rykr Cole Forward Moosomin, Sask. Spokane Chiefs

Brogan O'Brien Forward Prince George, B.C. Prince George Cougars

Dakota Odgers Forward Spy Hill, Sask. Moose Jaw Warriors


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Seth Swenson Forward Parker, Colo. Lethbridge Hurricanes


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Luke Lee-Knight Goaltender Calgary, Alta. Tri-City Americans

Rylan Parenteau Goaltender Saskatoon, Sask. Tri-City Americans

Joe Gatenby Defence Kelowna, B.C. Kamloops Blazers

Mark Rassell Forward Calgary, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Luke Bertolucci Forward Montrose, B.C. Edmonton Oil Kings

Jared Bethune Forward Fort Frances, Ont. Prince George Cougars

Duncan Campbell Forward Brandon, Man. Brandon Wheat Kings


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Cole MacDonald Defence Wetaskiwin, Alta. Everett Silvertips

Mitchell Wheaton Defence Sherwood Park, Alta. Brandon Wheat Kings

Matthew Needham Forward Kamloops, B.C. Kamloops Blazers

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