Nine Former Chiefs Among Those to Compete for U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup

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The Western Hockey League announced today that 83 WHL Alumni will battle for U SPORTS supremacy at the 2019 Cavendish Farms University Cup in Lethbridge, Alta., scheduled for March 14-17. Among those competing, nine are former Spokane Chiefs, including:

  • D Nick Charif – Alberta Golden Bears
  • D Jason Fram – Alberta Golden Bears
  • F Curtis Miske – Alberta Golden Bears
  • G Garret Hughson – Lethbridge Pronghorns
  • D Jeff Rayman – Lethbridge Pronghorns
  • D Evan Fiala – Saskatchewan Huskies
  • F Wyatt Johnson – Saskatchewan Huskies
  • D Matthew Sozanski – Carleton Ravens
  • F Rykr Cole – Carleton Ravens

From the WHL’s announcement:

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that 83 WHL Alumni will compete for U SPORTS supremacy at the 2019 Cavendish Farms University Cup in Lethbridge, Alta., scheduled for March 14 to 17.

The WHL is represented with graduate players on all eight rosters of competing teams at the annual tournament, including 26 with the Canada West (CW) champion University of Alberta Golden Bears, 23 with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and 17 with the host University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

All tournament games, including the bronze medal game, will be streamed on USPORTS.LIVE. Semifinal action on Saturday, March 16 will be broadcast on Sportsnet 360 (1 p.m MT & 6 p.m. MT). The tournament closes on Sunday, March 17 with the gold medal final broadcast live on Sportsnet 360 at 6 p.m. MT.

The University Cup serves as the U SPORTS national championship for men’s university hockey in Canada. It was first presented in 1885. Having won the national title in 2018, the Alberta Golden Bears have earned Canadian University supremacy 16 times.

This year, a record 405 WHL graduates are accessing their WHL Scholarship, including 199 competing at the U SPORTS level. Established on a league-wide basis in 1993-94, over 6,000 WHL Scholarships have been accessed by WHL graduates, representing an investment of over $25 million by WHL Clubs. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.6 million to the 405 WHL graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.

Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the WHL member Clubs. Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a guaranteed, full-year WHL Scholarship including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. The WHL Scholarship is a fully-guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify. The WHL graduate can apply the funding to any post-secondary or career-enhancing program of his choice, including trades schools or professional career training programs.

CLICK HERE for a detailed list of all WHL Scholarship recipients for the 2018-19 academic season.

(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Brendan Burke Goaltender Scottsdale, Ari. Calgary Hitmen
Kenny Cameron Goaltender Calgary, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers
Zach Sawchenko Goaltender Calgary, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors
Ben Carroll Defence Sherwood Park, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings
Nick Charif Defence Edmonton, Alta. Spokane Chiefs
Graeme Craig Defence Red Deer, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders
Jason Fram Defence Delta, B.C. Spokane Chiefs
Clayton Kirichenko Defence Sherwood Park, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers
Sawyer Lange Defence Prince Albert, Sask. Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan Rehill Defence Edmonton, Alta. Kamloops Blazers
Wil Tomchuk Defence Fort McMurray, Alta. Prince George Cougars
Tyson Baillie Forward Edmonton, Alta. Kelowna Rockets
Taylor Cooper Forward Sherwood Park, Alta. Regina Pats
Trevor Cox Forward Surrey, B.C. Vancouver Giants
Jayden Hart Forward Spruce Grove, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders
Riley Kieser Forward Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings
Stephane Legault Forward Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings
Cole Linaker Forward Edmonton, Alta. Kelowna Rockets
Brandon Magee Forward Edmonton, Alta. Victoria Royals
Curtis Miske Forward Beaumont, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders
Lucas Nickles Forward Salmon Arm, B.C. Tri-City Americans
Steven Owre Forward Edmonton, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers
Grayson Pawlenchuk Forward Edmonton, Alta. Red Deer Rebels
Luke Philp Forward Canmore, Alta. Red Deer Rebels
Cole Sanford Forward Coldstream, B.C. Regina Pats
Tyler Soy Forward Cloverdale, B.C. Victoria Royals


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Taz Burman Goaltender Vancouver, B.C. Swift Current Broncos
Jonny Hogue Goaltender Lethbridge, Alta. Lethbridge Hurricanes
Garret Hughson Goaltender Medicine Hat, Alta. Spokane Chiefs
Clint Filbrandt Defence Calgary, Alta. Kootenay ICE
Spenser Jensen Defence Airdrie, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors
Blake Orban Defence Calgary, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings
Jeff Rayman Defence Fernie, B.C. Vancouver Giants
Dallas Valentine Defence Red Deer, Alta. Kamloops Blazers
Evan Wardley Defence Calgary, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds
Ryan Chynoweth Forward Lethbridge, Alta. Kootenay ICE
Brooks Maxwell Forward Calgary, Alta. Red Deer Rebels
Russell Maxwell Forward Magrath, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds
Sam McKechnie Forward Airdrie, Alta. Saskatoon Blades
Jordan Roy Forward Kimberley, B.C. Red Deer Rebels
Connor Sanvido Forward Maple Ridge, B.C. Saskatoon Blades
Dalton Sward Forward Abbotsford, B.C. Vancouver Giants
Torrin White Forward Balzac, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Travis Child Goaltender Killam, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings
Taran Kozun Goaltender Nipawin, Sask. Seattle Thunderbirds
Gordie Ballhorn Defence Wetaskiwin, Alta. Kelowna Rockets
Shane Collins Defence Rosetown, Sask. Prince George Cougars
Evan Fiala Defence Clavet, Sask. Saskatoon Blades
Jesse Forsberg Defence Walheim, Sask. Moose Jaw Warriors
Colby Harmsworth Defence Saskatoon, Sask. Calgary Hitmen
Tanner Lishchynsky Defence Saskatoon, Sask. Kootenay ICE
Sam Ruopp Defence Regina, Sask. Prince George Cougars
Kohl Bauml Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Everett Silvertips
Levi Cable Forward Hudson Bay, Sask. Kootenay ICE
Carter Folk Forward Regina, Sask. Victoria Royals
Alex Forsberg Forward Waldheim, Sask. Victoria Royals
Connor Gay Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Saskatoon Blades
Andrew Johnson Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Swift Current Broncos
Wyatt Johnson Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Spokane Chiefs
Logan McVeigh Forward Kenaston, Sask. Kamloops Blazers
Donovan Neuls Forward Grenfell, Sask. Seattle Thunderbirds
Collin Shirley Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Kamloops Blazers
Michael Sofillas Forward Morden, Man. Lethbridge Hurricanes
Carson Stadnyk Forward Saskatoon, Sask. Everett Silvertips
Jordan Tkatch Forward Prudhomme, Sask. Prince Albert Raiders
Jaimen Yakubowski Forward Dalmeny, Sask. Moose Jaw Warriors


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Darian Skeoch Defence New Liskeard, Ont. Vancouver Giants
Matthew Sozanski Defence Calgary, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors
Aaron Boyd Forward Winnipeg, Man. Prince George Cougars
Rykr Cole Forward Moosomin, Sask. Spokane Chiefs
Brogan O’Brien Forward Prince George, B.C. Prince George Cougars
Dakota Odgers Forward Spy Hill, Sask. Moose Jaw Warriors


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Seth Swenson Forward Parker, Colo. Lethbridge Hurricanes


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Luke Lee-Knight Goaltender Calgary, Alta. Tri-City Americans
Rylan Parenteau Goaltender Saskatoon, Sask. Tri-City Americans
Joe Gatenby Defence Kelowna, B.C. Kamloops Blazers
Mark Rassell Forward Calgary, Alta. Medicine Hat Tigers


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Luke Bertolucci Forward Montrose, B.C. Edmonton Oil Kings
Jared Bethune Forward Fort Frances, Ont. Prince George Cougars
Duncan Campbell Forward Brandon, Man. Brandon Wheat Kings


(Name / Position / Hometown / Last WHL Club)

Cole MacDonald Defence Wetaskiwin, Alta. Everett Silvertips
Mitchell Wheaton Defence Sherwood Park, Alta. Brandon Wheat Kings
Matthew Needham Forward Kamloops, B.C. Kamloops Blazers

About the Western Hockey League

Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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