F Gage Ramsay, who turns 17 on Oct. 15, has left the Vancouver Giants, according to Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province. Ramsay, from Saskatoon, was a third-round selection by the Giants in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . Last season, he scored three times in 37 games with the Giants. . . . According to a tweet from Ewen: “No word on where he's going. . . . Leaves team with 12 healthy forwards.”
If you were wondering, Shaw TV will show the WHL’s regular-season opener on Thursday (Sept. 24) from Moose Jaw as the Warriors entertain the Regina Pats. That game signals the start of the WHL’s 50th anniversary season. The pre game show will begin at 6:30 p.m. MT. . . . Two nights later, Shaw will be in Medicine Hat to show the game between the Tigers and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. It will be the first game played in the Canalta Centre. . . . Shaw is expected to reveal more of its schedule at some point next week.
If you are going to attend an NHL game this season, you are going to have to go through a metal detector in order to gain entrance to the arena. You know the drill — empty your pockets, proceed, claim your possessions on the other side. . . . Tell me again how the terrorists aren’t winning the battle. . . . “Of course, the NHL — which has mandated the Oilers bring in this increased bureaucracy — is entitled to take this approach,” writes David Staples of the Edmonton Journal. “It is, however, a symptom of our frustratingly overcautious, liability-obsessed times and of America’s pathetic gun culture. And even in the gun-goofy United States where lunatics regularly open fire at schools, restaurants and movie theatres — and could presumably do so at an NHL game — security experts suggest metal detectors are ill-advised.” . . . Staples’ complete column is right here.
The Saskatoon Blades have acquired D Jake Kohlhauser, 19, from the Edmonton Oil Kings for an eight-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . Kohlhauser, who is from St. Albert, Alta., was a second-round pick by the Vancouver Giants in the 2011 bantam draft. The Oil Kings acquired him from Victoria in October. In 25 games with Edmonton, he had one goal and two assists. . . . He has played 75 games over the past three seasons. . . . The Giants dealt him to Victoria for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft. . . . The Royals later moved him to Edmonton for a conditional eight-round pick in the 2016 draft. . . . Once again, it’s a case of the Oil Kings moving out an older player in order to make room for youth. On Tuesday, they dealt F Brandon Ralph, 19, to the Everett Silvertips. . . . The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Kohlhauser adds size and experience to the Blades’ back end.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes got down to two goaltenders on Wednesday when they released Brandon Kegler, 18, from their roster. He is expected to joint the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats. . . . That leaves the Hurricanes with veterans Stuart Skinner, who turns 17 on Nov. 1, and Jayden Sittler, 19, as their goaltenders. . . . Lethbridge has 27 players, including 16 forwards and nine defencemen, on its roster. . . .
The Everett Silvertips dropped D Cam Dykstra, 17, from their roster on Wednesday. Dykstra, a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder from Dallas, has signed with Everett and is expected to join the NAHL’s Amarillo Bulls. . . .
The Brandon Wheat Kings revealed yesterday that they have sold 2,539 season-ticket packages. Their pre-season goal had been 2,500. . . . Last season, they topped out at 2,429 season tickets.
In Wednesday’s lone exhibition game, the Prince Albert Raiders scored three third-period goals and beat the host Regina Pats, 5-2. . . . It was the Raiders’ first victory in five games. . . . The Raiders scored the game’s last four goals. . . . F Reid Gardiner broke a 2-2 tie at 10:53 of the third period. . . . Gardiner spent the weekend playing for the Vancouver Canucks at a rookie tournament in Penticton, B.C. . . . F Austin Glover and F Tim Vanstone each had a goal and an assist for the winners. . . . The Raiders lost F Luke Coleman in the third period with a kneeing major and game misconduct for a hit on Regina F Sam Steel, who wasn’t injured. Coleman actually ended up with 30 minutes in penalties as he ended up in a fight, which carries an automatic game misconduct in the exhibition season. . . . The same teams will play again Friday in Prince Albert. . . . While his Pats are 1-5-0, Regina GM/head coach John Paddock knows what it all means. “It’s totally insignificant,” he told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post. “Pre-season is what it is. We’re one of those teams that doesn’t have our players here. Everybody is going to wake up (on the weekend) and they’re still tied for first place.”
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