Daily Dose of the Dub: WHL registers as lobbyist in B.C.


WHL registers as a lobbyist in B.C.

As we first reported on Wednesday afternoon, the WHL has registered as a lobbyist in the province of B.C. We noted that the WHL has taken this step to engage the B.C. government on return to play guidelines. Taking note of the fact the WHL has not yet taken this step in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Washington State, or Oregon, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the coming weeks and months.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Hockey League has also registered as a lobbyist at the federal level, seeking federal funding.

Smith named Defenseman of the Year

Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith has been named the WHL Defenseman of the Year for the second consecutive season. His point-per-game pace rose slightly in 2019-20 as he registered 19 goals and 40 assists in 46 games in a season shortened by COVID-19 compared to seven goals and 62 assists in 57 games in 2018-19. One now wonders if this finally puts to bed the Bowen Byram vs. Ty Smith debate that keeps WHL fans up at night.

Trio of WHL alumni named to AHL All-Star Teams

Jake Bean (219 GP, 49 G, 147 A with the Calgary Hitmen and Tri-City Americans from 2014-18) and Brennan Menell (196 GP, 21 G, 124 A with the Vancouver Giants and Lethbridge Hurricanes from 2014-17) have been named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team for the 2019-20 season. Connor Ingram (158 GP, 2.68 GAA, .918 Save Percentage, 81-50-9-9 record with the Kamloops Blazers from 2014-17) was named to the AHL’s second all-star team.

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