WHL League Updates – Fall 2019
By Brian Cheeseman
Edmonton Oil Kings
As I write this article today it is hard to believe that we are already over a month into our season here in ?The Dub? and the race to the Memorial Cup in Kelowna is well underway. We have undergone quite a few changes in personnel here in the WHL this offseason and I would like to take the time to welcome our new members. On the PHATS side we have: William Sadonick-Carriere (Brandon), Mike Matthies (Prince George), JT Ward (Victoria) and Darris Hardern (Winnipeg). For SPHEM I?d like to welcome back Chayden Johnson (Kelowna) and extend a welcome aboard greeting to Riley Kosmolak (Saskatoon) and Jorge Lopez (Seattle). In addition to these personnel changes we have also seen the relocation of the Ice franchise from Kootenay (Cranbrook, BC) to Winnipeg. We wish Darcy and Darris all the best on their inaugural season in Manitoba?s capital.
I am excited to announce that all of our Athletic Therapists and Athletic Trainers have begun using the Athlete RMS platform this season. Special thank you to our team services committee members, General Managers and Governors for approving this platform. A very big thank you to Gaetan Lefebvre and his staff at Athlete RMS as well!
Best of luck to our PHATS/SPHEM members who will be participating in international duty with Hockey Canada in the coming months. PHATS member Brooke Kosolofski (Moose Jaw) as well as SPHEM members Ramandeep ?Chico? Dhanjal (Prince George) and Chayden Johnson (Kelowna) will represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Mike Burnstein (Vancouver Giants) will be a part of the Team Canada Staff at the IIHF U20 World Championships this year as well.
Good luck to everyone across the league this season and I look forward to catching up with you all along the way.