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Raiders Sign Ilya Usau

August 29, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince Albert Raiders News Release

Prince Albert, SK - The Prince Albert Raiders are proud to announce the signing of 2001-born centre Ilya Usau to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

Usau, who hails from Denver, Colorado, played prep hockey for Salisbury School in Connecticut for the past two seasons. In 56 games over that span, the 6'1, 181-lb forward had 15 goals and 18 assists.

"Ilya was a walk-on along with 2001 draft class at our training camp three years ago," said Raiders General Manager Curtis Hunt. "He's a player we've been pursuing to join our program. He has extensive international experience and we're excited to bring him into our group."

Earlier in his career, Usau suited up for the Colorado Evolution at the U14 and U15 levels. In his midget year in 2016-17, he scored 26 goals and added 34 assists in 21 games. That team was also a finalist at the 2017 USA Hockey Youth 15 Tier 1 Nationals. Usau led the tournament in goals (eight) and points (14) in five games.

The Raiders' 2019 Training Camp begins on Friday and runs through the weekend. On-ice sessions are open to the public. The camp concludes with the annual Green And White Game on Monday, September 2 at 1 p.m. Admission to the game is a non-perishable food item or a $2 donation for the Prince Albert Food Bank.

Season tickets for the 2019-20 campaign are still available. Visit or call the Raiders Office for more information, or head to

The 2019-20 Home Opener is Friday, September 20 when the Saskatoon Blades visit the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m.

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