Daily Dose of the Dub: November Players of the Month, Belluk released from active roster, Schultz off to World Juniors, Weekly report and more

Hamblin named WHL Player of the Month

DubNetwork’s Second Star of the Month for November, James Hamblin posted an impressive 24 points (11 G, 13 A) with the Medicine Hat Tigers in just 12 games this month. He recorded at least one point in 75% of those games and had eight multi-point efforts.

Hofer is the WHL Goalie of the Month

Portland Winterhawks goaltender Joel Hofer has been named the WHL’s Goaltender of the Month a day after being invited to Hockey Canada’s Training Camp for the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship. His 8-2-1-0 record, 1.75 GAA and 0.944 save percentage with one shutout as the Winterhawks in a tie with Everett for first in the U.S. Division.

Hughes named WHL Rookie of the Month 

Spokane Chiefs forward Bear Hughes has been named the WHL Rookie of the Month for November. A 2020 NHL Draft Eligible prospect, Hughes was a point-per-game player in November with five goals and seven assists in 12 games.

Schultz to represent Denmark at World Juniors

Victoria Royals import Phillip Schultz has been named to Denmark’s selection camp roster for the 2020 World Junior Division 1A Championship in Belarus. Schultz is in his second season in the WHL and has five goals and three assists in 17 games.

Pats release Belluk from the active roster 

The Regina Pats have released goaltender Danton Belluk from the active roster. He’s played seven games with the Pats this year and has a 4.13 GAA and .846 save percentage. He’s expected to join the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL.

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CHL Team of the Week

WHL Player of the Week Cole Reinhardt and WHL Goalie of the Week Roman Basran have both been named to the CHL Team of the Week. Reinhardt had eight points in two games and we here at DubNetwork named him the First Star of the Month for November. Basran posted a 0.96 GAA and .958 save percentage in two games with a 1-0-0-1 record.

Milestones

  • Edmonton’s Carson Latimer scored on his first shot on his first shift in his first game for his first WHL goal.
  • Portland’s Clay Hanus and Reece Newkirk played in their 150th WHL game.
  • Prince George’s Connor Bowie played in his 100th WHL game

Nine WHL alumni named to USports All-Star Series

The following WHL alumni were chosen to participate in the 2019 USports All-Star Series

  • Trevor Cox (324 GP, 98 G, 207 A with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Vancouver Giants from 2011-16)
  • Ryley Lindgren (259 GP, 69 G, 98 A with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Swift Current Broncos from 2012-17)
  • Grayson Pawlenchuk (282 GP, 60 G, 84 A with the Red Deer Rebels from 2012-18)
  • Steven Owre (282 GP, 74 G, 147 A with the Medicine Hat Tigers from 2012-17)
  • Cole Sanford (260 GP, 126 G, 123 A with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Regina Pats from 2012-16)
  • Collin Shirley (344 GP, 114 G, 119 A with the Kootenay ICE and Kamloops Blazers from 2012-17)
  • Clayton Kirichenko (238 GP, 25 G, 93 A with the Saskatoon Blades, Vancouver Giants and Medicine Hat Tigers from 2013-17)
  • Ryan Rehill (249 GP, 21 G, 61 A with the Kamloops Blazers from 2012-16)
  • Assistant Coach Todd Johnson (205 GP, 76 G, 123 A with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Kamloops Blazers and Red Deer Rebels from 1990-1993).

Honka staying in Finland for rest of the season

With December 1’s deadline to sign in the NHL come and gone, Julius Honka (16 G, 60 A in 62 games with the Swift Current Broncos in 2013-14) has signed with JYP Jyvaskyla for the rest of this season. In 15 games so far, he has three goals and three assists.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star Medicine Hat’s Brett Kemp had two goals and two assists

Second Star: Also with two goals and two assists, Ryan Chyzowski from the Tigers

Third Star: Portland’s Seth Jarvis had a goal and two assists

Honourable Mention 

Portland’s Joel Hofer made 23 saves in a 3-0 shutout. Medicine Hat’s Cole Sillinger had three assists.

Troubling moment

Seattle’s Cade McNelly could be hearing from the WHL after he was given a five minute major and game misconduct for this hit on Spokane’s Filip Kral. If he faces supplemental discipline, it will be the fifth time he has been suspended in his WHL career.

Weekly Report

Calgary Hitmen

  • James Malm and Riley Fiddler-Schultz are both now day-to-day with their respective injuries. Hunter Campbell has a lower-body injury and it’s unknown when he’ll be back.

Edmonton Oil Kings

  • Scott Atkinson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Kelowna Rockets

  • Jackson DeSouza has been added from the Okanagan Rockets
  • Liam Kindree is out three-to-five weeks with an upper-body injury

Moose Jaw Warriors

  • Tate Popple has returned from injury

Portland Winterhawks

  • Kade Nolan has returned from injury

Prince Albert Raiders

  • Brayden Watts is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury
  • Eric Pearce has returned from injury

Prince George Cougars

  • We now know Blake Eastman is out week-to-week with his upper-body injury.

Red Deer Rebels

  • Jaxsen Wiebe is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Regina Pats

  • Makai Mitchell is out six weeks with an upper-body injury. Carter Messier will be out at least six-to-eight more weeks. Carter Chorney will be out 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury. Robbie Holmes and Kyle Walker are day-to-day.

Seattle Thunderbirds

  • Jared Davidson is day-to-day with an illness.

Spokane Chiefs

  • Erik AtchisonCordel Larson, and Brandon Reller have returned from illness

Swift Current Broncos

  • Tyler Smithies is days away from returning while Kasper Puutio has returned to the lineup.

Tri-City Americans

  • Mitchell Brown has an upper-body injury and it’s unknown when he’ll be back
  • Nick Bowman has returned from injury.

Victoria Royals

  • Sean Gulka (lower-body) and Kaid Oliver (upper-body) is day-to-day.
  • Noah Lamb has returned from injury.

 

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