Josh Maser had the perfect attitude when his WHL rights were traded this week. A native of Houston, B.C., Maser was dealt to the Prince George Cougars by the Prince Albert Raiders on Tuesday, leaving the club that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft for a new experience just three hours southeast of his hometown.
Curtis Clairmont will always have a soft spot for two young Russian goalies, Leo Lazarev and Evgeny Kiselev. As president and director of hockey operations for the Waterloo Siskins, Clairmont signed both goalies to play in the Junior B Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in back-to-back years, Lazarev in the 2013-14 season and Kiselev in 2014-15.
A few last minute trades went down in the WHL this week as the preseason wraps and the 2016-17 campaign is about to begin. The Saskatoon Blades have acquired 17-year-old defenceman Jackson Caller from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
Thirty years ago, Canadian Hockey League players might have lived fairly anonymous lives. But, in 2016, social media has made the world a much smaller place.
Western Hockey League franchises have begun preparations for the 2016-2017 season. Across the west, players have begun reporting to training camps, captains have been named, expectations are being set.
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