Contributors

Paul Figler – Co-founder, CEO & Red Deer Rebels Beat, @Paul_Figler

Paul has been involved with hockey since he could put skates on his feet. The Western Hockey League became a passion for him when he moved to Red Deer in 2012. Covering junior hockey throughout North America has become a goal of his and he would like to see more leagues and teams afforded more coverage.

Brandon Rivers – Content Manager & CIO, @BriversWHL

Brandon has been watching the Portland Winterhawks since 1988 and blogger since 2011. Forced against his will to live in rival Seattle. Brandon also writes for the US Division blog on Seattle Sin Bin.

Jesse Phillips – Co-founder & CTO, @jessephil

Jesse is passionate about hockey and grew up in Kamloops, BC cheering for the Blazers. He jumped ship and sported his Cougar’s jersey in seasons ticket seats in Prince George, BC for several years. But he is back in Kamloops and sharing his passion for the Blazers with his children. Jesse played and reffed hockey for many years and is excited to bring together his love for the game and skills for web development.

Darnell Duff –  Brandon Wheat Kings & Winnipeg ICE Beat, @ItsTheDuffy1

Current Voice of the Dauphin Kings, Darnell loves all sports. An animal lover as well and loves to travel.

Fred Mayer – Calgary Hitmen Beat Writer, 

Fred is a 20-year-old student at Mount Royal University in Calgary studying Physical Literacy while minoring in Business of Sport and Recreation. Born and raised in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Fred’s family connections in professional hockey, as well as his love for playing the game, has propelled a desire to one day work in professional hockey and he is very excited to start his journey with the DUBnetwork team.

Liam Horrobin – Edmonton Oil Kings Beat Writer, @LiamHorrobin

Liam is a recent graduate of the Radio and Television program at NAIT in Edmonton. Originally from Bolton, England, but has been calling Canada home since 2010. His passion for sports led him to pursue a writing career, and since 2015, has been covering the AJHL and WHL.

Jordan Bremner – Kamloops Blazers Beat Writer, @JBremner

Kelowna Rockets Beat Writer – position available

John Easthope – Lethbridge Hurricanes Beat Writer, @vintagejohnny84

A passionate fan of hockey, John is a multi-season ticket holder to the Lethbridge Hurricanes (since 2013) with his kids, a passion he’s happy to share with them. Love for the game has driven him to cover and be involved with sports media and hopefully transition into a career in the field.

Glen Erickson – Medicine Hat Tigers Beat Writer, @glenerickson51

Glen has been a WHL supporter for more than 40 years. He spent the past 11 years in Kelowna, B.C. as WHL Writer for Hockey’s Future, collaborating on prospect rankings, covered two World Junior Championships, four Top Prospects Games, and a handful of Canada/Russia Super Series events. Still feel the sting from my beloved Saskatoon Blades never winning a league title, but enjoyed witnessing the Kelowna Rockets win two WHL championships on home ice. The passion of the players continues to draw me to the rink. Glen has recently moved to Medicine Hat and will continue his WHL coverage from there.

Moose Jaw Warriors Beat Writer – position available

Josh Critzer – Portland Winterhawks Beat, @jjcritzer

Josh is passionate about hockey and relishes covering prospects and non-NHL teams. He spent 25 years in Minnesota where high school and NCAA hockey is king. After moving to Portland, the WHL and specifically the Winterhawks now tops his list of favorites. Although, he will never waver from his stance that players under 18 should have to wear full cages or fish bowls.

Layne Lysitza – Prince Albert Raiders Beat, @llysitza

Layne is originally from Humboldt, SK. Transplanted in Prince Albert. Layne is a lifelong hockey fan, he is also the Central Saskatchewan Scout for Draftgeek.

Prince George Cougars Beat Writer – position available

Chris Clark, Regina Pats Beat Writer, @theclarksy

Chris has a passion for many sports, even cricket! He plays hockey and competitive slopitch, among other sports. He has been attending Pats games since he was young and his enthusiasm for the team has really grown recently, which coincided with co-hosting the Unofficial Regina Pats podcast.

Colton Swiderski – Saskatoon Blades Beat Writer, @coltonsiderski

Colton Swiderski is a lifelong hockey fan (go Red Wings), first lacing up the skates at two years young. From 1998 until 2015 Colton played the sport in the minor and senior levels.

From 2013 until 2015 Colton attended Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, MB, having graduated the Interactive Media Arts program with a focus in radio and television on-air. From 2015 until 2017 Colton worked as a journalist between Alberta and northern Saskatchewan. While with the Pattison Broadcast Group Colton was the beat reporter for the Saskatchewan Rush National Lacrosse League club.

Now Colton is back living in Saskatoon working in sales full-time while maintaining a busy freelance schedule with the many opportunities granted to him in sport.

Jesse Kurtti – Seattle Thunderbirds Beat, @jkurtti37

Jesse is a husband, dog lover and major junior hockey nerd. Jesse has followed the Western Hockey League since 1993. Proud to be covering the Seattle Thunderbirds

Swift Current Broncos Beat Writer – position available

Tri-City Americans Beat Writer – position available

Stephen Hawco – Vancouver Giants Beat, @stephenhawco7

Stephen is an ex-junior hockey player. Has been a hockey nerd for as long as he can remember, and has always appreciated the junior levels of hockey. Stephen grew up watching the BCHL and WHL and have continued following ever since.

Ryan Sinclair – Victoria Royals Beat, @RyanSinVic

Following the Victoria Royals since their first game in 2011, and witnessed the last season of the Victoria Cougars in 1994 at the old Memorial Arena. Ryan is a Northern Manitoba transplant who is now fortunate to call Vancouver Island home.

Zach Zaret – Senior Editor

Zach grew up during a period of hockey renaissance in Ohio, where he spent time as a season-ticket holder for teams in four different leagues.  After relocating to Portland in 2012, he discovered and fell in love with junior hockey.  When not doing hockey-related things, Zach’s favorite pastimes include correcting other people’s grammar and trying not to correct other people’s grammar.

Ben Walker – WHL Alumni Contributor @mtnmadehky

Ben is a retired professional hockey player that played for the Victoria Royals (WHL) from 2011-2014. Ben is currently a Co-Founder of Denver based Mtn Made Hky.

Ben Dooley – Daily Dose Contributor, @BenTDooley

Radio Producer by day, Junior Hockey lover by night. Ben has been following junior hockey for as long as he can remember and has an immense passion for the game.

Chad Balcom – Host of WHL Unfiltered, @hawkeyblog

Chad discovered hockey during the 1994 NHL playoffs & was hooked right away. He discovered junior hockey in the form of his hometown USHL team. After moving to Portland in 2005, he’s been a dedicated WHL fan ever since. During the 2013 WHL playoffs, he began writing for Cell Phones & Plane Tickets. The Pucklandia Podcast was born to start the 2014 WHL playoffs, & has been fortunate to have great guests.

Guy Flaming – Flaming Hot Takes, @TPS_Guy

“The Prospect Guy”… Guy Flaming has covered the world of hockey prospects since the 2002-03 season and has built relationships over that time with scouts, coaches, general managers and media contacts across North America and at several different levels of the sport.

Caden Fanshaw – Contributor, @cadenfanshaw

Currently a student in the BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism Program in Burnaby, BC. Originally from Prince George, I have been actively following the Western Hockey League since I was born in 1999. I pride myself on finding original, personal stories, giving a voice for players who otherwise wouldn’t have one.

Tyler Lowey – Contributor, @tlowey9

GIF lover and sports writer trying to find all the untold stories in the WHL.