We’ve seen WHL teams slowly start to release training camp rosters with most teams starting camp in less than two weeks. (Important note: it appears these rosters are mostly just signed players who are returning, so don’t be surprised if more players show up to training camps) Let’s take a look at the rosters that have been posted so far:
The Everett Silvertips have posted their training camp roster here. Notably, the team lists six overage players on the training camp roster:
- Akash Bains (25 GP, 5 G, 4 A with Everett last season) *has not played since December 14th, 2018
- Lucas Cullen (2 GP, 0 G, 0 A with Everett last season)
- Max Patterson (63 GP, 14 G, 25 A split between the Swift Current Broncos and Everett last season)
- Bryce Kindopp (67 GP, 39 G, 34 A with Everett last season)
- Jake Christiansen (67 GP, 12 G, 32 A with Everett last season)
- Wyatte Wylie (67 GP, 11 G, 36 A with Everett last season)
The Silvertips don’t have anyone from their 2018 or 2019 WHL Bantam Draft Class slated to attend camp as of this writing. Notably, 2001-born goaltender Danton Belluk is also missing from the roster. 2019 CHL Import Draft pick Michal Gut is on the roster coming off an impressive showing at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
The Kamloops Blazers roster is available here. They won’t have any competition in the overage department at training camp as Zane Franklin, Kobe Mohr, and Jackson Caller are listed as their overage players. The Blazers don’t have any prospects from the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft on the training camp roster as of yet. 2019 CHL Import Draft pick Inaki Baragano unlisted as expected at camp for the Blazers despite not yet signing with the team. From the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft class, Logan Stankoven (first-round pick), Matthew Seminoff (fifth-round pick), Caden Bankier (third-round pick) and Logan Bairos (second-round pick) will all be in attendance.
Set to host the 2020 Memorial Cup, Kelowna fans will have their first look at how the roster could be constructed come May. The Rockets are already in a good position to make additions to the team, with Kyle Topping and Leif Mattson listed as the only overage players set to attend camp. They could have competition in their import area though, as they have three imports on the roster, one above the CHL limit: Daniil Gutik (who has not yet been announced as signed by the team), Pavel Novak and Lassi Thomson. It’s believed Thomson will be returning to Finland for the 2019-20 season but perhaps the Rockets still have hope that he will be a part of their Memorial Cup push in some capacity.
They won’t have any 2004-born players at camp, but 2018 Bantam Draft picks Arvega Hovserpyan (eighth-round pick), Hayden Wilm (fifth-round pick), Trevor Wong (first-round pick), Steel Quiring (fifth-round pick) William Irvine (sixth-round pick), Ryan Nutt (seventh-round pick), Jackson DeSouza (fourth-round pick) Elias Carmichael (second-round pick) and Noah Dorey (fourth-round pick) will be at camp. They also have the largest contingent of players from their protected list on their training camp roster.
Going in alphabetical order, we get to Regina for our next training camp roster. They will have one overage player to cut with Austin Pratt, Dawson Holt, Sebastian Streu, and Robbie Holmes on their roster. Streu was reported to have signed in Germany late last month, so we’ll have to wait and see whether he shows up at camp. 2019 CHL Import Draft pick Danil Gushchin is not listed on the roster leaving the Pats with an open import spot heading into the season unless he’s added at some point. The only player from their 2018 or 2019 WHL Bantam Draft class set to attend camp is 2018 10th round pick, Jake Johnson.
Jumping to Victoria’s roster, they have cut their overage situation down to four players with Will Warm, Jameson Murray, Scott Walford and Shane Farkas attending training camp. 2019 CHL Import Draft pick Keanu Derungs has not yet signed with the team and isn’t listed on the training camp roster, which leaves them with an open import spot unless that changes. 2018 eighth-round pick Keegan Maddocks is the only player from the 2018 or 2019 WHL Bantam Draft expected to attend camp for Victoria. Notable absences also include 2001-born forward Tyus Gent who reportedly battled an injury for most of last season and 2002-born goalie Connor Martin who was on the Royals roster last year but did not play any games.
Rounding out our initial look at training camp rosters is the WHL’s newest team the Winnipeg ICE. They will have one overage player to cut with Isaac Johnson, Davis Murray, Chase Hartje and Reece Harsch on the roster. Both 2019 CHL Import Picks (Michal Teply and Nino Kinder) will be at camp. ICE fans will also get their first look at the top two 2019 WHL Bantam Draft Picks Matthew Savoie and Connor Geekie who will both be attending training camp. Sixth-round pick Daniel Hauser from this year’s Bantam Draft will also be at camp. From the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, Skyler Bruce (second-round pick), Chase Bertholet (fifth-round pick), Evan Waldie (eighth-round pick), Carson Lambos (first-round pick) and Karter Prosofsky (second-round pick are on the roster). 2000-born defenseman Brendan Kwiatkowski, who was acquired from the Moose Jaw Warriors in a mid-season trade last year, is not on the roster. He played 21 games for Kootenay after the trade, recording one assist.
Czech Roster named for U-20 4-Nations Cup
— Czech Prospects (@CZprospects) August 10, 2019
The Czech Republic has named their roster for the U-20 4-Nations Cup taking place from August 23-25th. Kamloops Blazers forward Martin Lang, Winnipeg ICE import pick Michal Teply and Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Simon Kubicek are all listed on the roster which means they will be missing their club team’s training camp.
Rockets athletic therapist survives Canadian Death Race
Our athletic therapist and speed, strength and conditioning coach Scott Hoyer survived the Canadian Death Race.
— Kelowna Rockets (@Kelowna_Rockets) August 11, 2019
Kelowna Rockets athletic therapist Scott Hoyer recently participated in the Canadian Death Race and lived to tell the tale. Participants have 24 hours to travel 125km, over three mountain summits with 17,000 feet in elevation change. You can read Hoyer’s story of survival here.