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Winterhawks Announce Neely Cup Schedule

August 14, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

The Portland Winterhawks have announced the times for the 2019 Neely Cup Tournament. The training camp will start in the early evening on Tuesday, August 20 and conclude with the championship game and Toyota Fan Fest on Saturday, August 24. Each game will be two 25 minute stop-time periods.

A complete list of the four camp rosters will be released and sent to media later this week.

Please let me know if you will be attending any of the following sessions so I can best accommodate you:

Tuesday, August 20 - Winterhawks Skating Center (Beaverton)

Rookie Camp with our recent draft class and protected 2004-born players.

4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Media Availability to take place after the on-ice session.

This will be the 14 players first on-ice session with our coaching staff. They will also be competing in the Neely Cup Tournament throughout the week.

Storylines:

Winterhawks first pick forward Kyle Chyzowski will be in attendance. He comes from a family line of hockey players. His father Barry was drafted by the New York Rangers. His uncle Dave was the 2nd overall pick by the New York Islanders in 1989 and he won the Memorial Cup with our current assistant coach Don Hay when they both were with the Kamloops Blazers. Kyle Chyzowski's cousin's Nick and Ryan combined for nearly 600 games playing in the WHL.

Continuing on the family lineage... Marek Hejduk will be skating on Tuesday. He is the son of Stanley Cup Champions and Olympic Gold Medalist Milan Hejduk who played his entire 14 year career with the Colorado Avalanche. His twin brother David was drafted six picks later by the Everett Silvertips.

Jimmy Snuggerud is another highly touted American prospect and comes from a hockey family in Minnesota. His father Dave played 265 games in the NHL.

Representing Canada... Winterhawks first two picks Carter Streek and Kyle Chyzowski along with Ethan Bono all competed at B.C.'s Provincial camp. Fifth round draft pick Ryder Thompson skated for Hockey Manitoba's camp and Marcus Nguyen and Landon Van Engelen were represented at Alberta's Provincial Camp.

Representing the U.S... Jimmy Snuggerud, Marek Hejduk and Luke Schelter all skated at Team USA's Under-15 Selection Camp.

Wednesday, August 21 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Neely Cup Day One

3:00 - 4:45 p.m.: Team Peterson vs. Team Scatchard

5:00 - 6:45 p.m.: Team Williamson vs. Team Rutkowski

Thursday, August 22 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Neely Cup Day Two

4:00 - 5:45 p.m.: Team Peterson vs. Team Williamson

6:00 - 7:45 p.m.: Team Scatchard vs. Team Rutkowski

Friday, August 23 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Neely Cup Day Three

4:00 - 5:45 p.m.: Team Williamson vs. Team Scatchard

6:00 - 7:45 p.m.: Team Peterson vs. Team Rutkowski

Saturday, August 24 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Neely Cup Championship Day

3:00 - 4:45 p.m.: 3rd place vs. 4th place

5:00 - 6:45 p.m.: 1st place vs. 2nd place

The evening will conclude with a FREE Toyota Hockey Fan Fest for all Winterhawks fans on the VMC concourse.

Storylines:

Johnny Ludvig (3rd round, Florida Panthers) and Reece Newkirk (5th round, New York Islanders) became the 29th and 30th Winterhawks players drafted in the NHL under the tutelage of Head Coach Mike Johnston. They join St. Louis Blues goaltending prospect Joel Hofer as the three current Winterhawks with ties to the NHL. Over the last decade, the Winterhawks lead all WHL teams with 32 players drafted to the NHL. The next closest is Kelowna with 20.

Seth Jarvis returns for his second season after an impressive rookie campaign. Jarvis scored 39 points as a 16 year old. That's the most points scored by any Winterhawks under the age of 17 since long-time NHLer and Memorial Cup Champion Andrew Ference did so with the Winterhawks in 1995-96. Jarvis won a silver medal while playing on the top line for Team Canada earlier this month at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup (prestigious Under-18 international tournament). He scored four points in five games. Jarvis is considered a top prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft.

Cross Hanas (USA) and recent CHL Import Draft pick Simon Knak (Switzerland) also played this month at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Hanas scored one goal and two assists for the Americans. Both Hanas and Knak are also considered top prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft.

Overall, this is the team's 44th Neely Cup Tournament and will feature around 72 players from signed players, prospects and non-roster invitees.


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