Growing up in North Delta, B.C., Ryan McCracken earliest sports memory is the Vancouver Canucks’ 1994 playoff run, one that saw the team eliminated in Game 7 by the New York Rangers. Baptized in hockey heartbreak, a sportswriter was born.
After spending a year in Encinitas, Calif., McCracken moved to Ontario to attend high school in Oakville, post-secondary at Brock University in St. Catharines, where he obtained an honours degree in English Language and Literature, and a post-graduate program in new media journalism at Kitchener’s Conestoga College.
After completing his post-graduate program at Conestoga, McCracken was hired by the St. Paul Journal in St. Paul, Alta., where he spent two years and earned multiple accolades for his local coverage.
Now McCracken has moved into a solely sports position and is living the dream as WHL correspondent for HockeyNow and Medicine Hat Tigers’ beat reporter for the Medicine Hat News. He can be found at arenas, fields and gymnasiums across southeastern Alberta.
There’s no question about it, the WHL’s regular season belonged to the Regina Pats, but standout defenceman Connor Hobbs knows as well as anyone that it only gets harder from here.
The Western Hockey League’s home stretch is upon us, and the bubble is getting smaller by the day. The Prince Albert Raiders are the latest to have their hopes of a postseason dashed in Wednesday’s 6-5 overtime loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers.
When Loch Morrison was shipped from his hometown Prince Albert Raiders to the Victoria Raiders at the WHL trade deadline, he knew it meant one thing for sure — a lot of ferries.
It’s hard to believe that less than one year ago, the Medicine Hat Tigers were struggling to stay afloat — especially when you consider this year’s squad, with 15 of the same players, has already clinched.
The WHL reached its halfway point with four clear-cut division leaders, but after a wild start to 2017, only the Regina Pats still hold claim to a comfortable lead on their division.
It’s been a whirlwind week for Kootenay Ice captain Cale Fleury. The Carlyle, Sask. product got the chance of a lifetime when he earned a late addition to Team Cherry’s roster at the CHL Top Prospects Game, but that doesn’t mean it was easy.
The Regina Pats are the real deal, and they’re out to prove it. The powerhouse Pats earned the Canadian Hockey League’s No. 1 ranking in early November and have only given it up for one week in the 10 since.
It’s the time of the year when strong teams get even stronger, and 2017 was no exception. The Western Hockey League’s four juggernauts all made moves leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline, but the Regina Pats and Prince George Cougars managed to stand out above the rest with some blockbuster deals.
A well used timeout can pay off in dividends, and I’m sure Team Canada head coach Dominique Ducharme found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon in Toronto.
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