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Encyclopedia > Calgary Hitmen
Calgary Hitmen
City: Calgary, Alberta
League: Western Hockey League
Conference: Eastern
Division: Central
Founded: 1995-96
Home Arena: Pengrowth Saddledome
Colours: Black, silver & copper
Head Coach: Kelly Kisio
General Manager: Kelly Kisio
Playoff game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Playoff game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Calgary Hitmen are a junior ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL). They play their home games at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Hitmen name is derived from Calgary-born wrestler, and original part owner, Bret "the Hitman" Hart. The Hitmen's original jerseys were a distinctive mix of pink, black and grey, also taken from Hart's ring attire. Image File history File links Calgary. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Saddledome and Calgary skyline at night The Pengrowth Saddledome is the main indoor arena facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is situated on the east end of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede grounds. ... Kelly Kisio (born September 18, 1959) is a former professional hockey player. ... Kelly Kisio (born September 18, 1959) is a former professional hockey player. ... Download high resolution version (1984x1488, 624 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1984x1488, 624 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... Motto: Fortis et liber(Latin) Strong and free Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Official languages English (see below) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong - Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 28 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (split from Northwest Territories) (8th [province]) Area Ranked... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Saddledome and Calgary skyline at night The Pengrowth Saddledome is the main indoor arena facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is situated on the east end of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede grounds. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bret Sergeant Hart (born July 2, 1957) is a Canadian retired professional wrestler, and part of the Hart wrestling family. ...


The Hitmen are the third WHL team to represent Calgary, preceded by the Centennials and Wranglers. In 1999, the Hitmen became the first Calgary team to win the President's Cup as league champions, and the first to represent Calgary in the Memorial Cup since the Calgary Canadians won the national junior title in 1926. City: Calgary, Alberta Existence: 1966-1977 Home Arena: Stampede Corral League Western Canada Hockey League Colours Red & White The Calgary Centennials were an ice hockey team that played in the Western Canada Hockey League from 1966-1977. ... City: Lethbridge, Alberta League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1987-88 Home Arena: ENMAX Centre Colours: dark blue, white, burgundy and silver Head Coach: Michael Dyck General Manager: Roy Stasiuk Action during a playoff game against the Calgary Hitmen at the Pengrowth Saddledome The Lethbridge Hurricanes are... The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ... The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ...

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History

Calgary had been without a WHL team since 1987, when the Calgary Wranglers moved south to become the Lethbridge Hurricanes, as the juniors could not compete against the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. Eighteen investors, however, convinced the WHL to grant the city of Calgary an expansion franchise for the 1995-96 WHL season. In addition to Hart, the ownership group included NHL stars Theo Fleury and Joe Sakic.[1] Though initially nervous of competing with the Hitmen for hockey fan's dollars, the Flames chose to purchase the Hitmen in 1997, and have since built the team into one of the premier junior hockey teams in Canada. City: Lethbridge, Alberta League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1987-88 Home Arena: ENMAX Centre Colours: dark blue, white, burgundy and silver Head Coach: Michael Dyck General Manager: Roy Stasiuk Action during a playoff game against the Calgary Hitmen at the Pengrowth Saddledome The Lethbridge Hurricanes are... Action during a playoff game against the Calgary Hitmen at the Pengrowth Saddledome The Lethbridge Hurricanes are a junior ice hockey team in the Eastern Conference (Central Division) of the Western Hockey League in Lethbridge, Alberta. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... The 1995-96 WHL season was the 30th season for the Western Hockey League. ... Theoren Wallace Fleury (born June 29, 1968 in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... Joseph Steve Sakic[2] (born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, Canada) is a professional hockey player who is the captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. ...


Controversial beginnings

The controversial original logo of the Hitmen, and the alternate they were forced to use in their first season.
The controversial original logo of the Hitmen, and the alternate they were forced to use in their first season.

The Hitmen immediately generated controversy when the team logo was unveiled. While the "Jason Vorhees" style logo was instantly popular with many fans, some in the local media, as well as the league office found the look too violent, and the Hitmen were forced to use an alternate "starburst" logo in their inaugural season. The WHL relented after one year, allowing the original logo to return in 1996.[2] Image File history File links Hitmenlogos. ... Image File history File links Hitmenlogos. ... Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood Jason Voorhees is a fictional character from the Friday the 13th series of slasher films. ...


The Hitmen were caught up in a second controversy in their second season as general manager and head coach Graham James was forced to resign partway through the 1996-97 season after being charged with sexually assaulting two of his players while coaching the Swift Current Broncos. James was convicted in January 1997.[3] Graham James (born 1954) is a former ice hockey coach best known for serving prison time after being convicted of sexual abuse of several of his former players, including Sheldon Kennedy. ... The 1996-97 WHL season was the 31st season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club, founded in 1967. ...


The team on the ice did not fare much better than it did off of it. The Hitmen won only 33 games in their first two seasons, finishing safely out of playoff contention both years.


WHL championship

2005 Hitmen Teddy bear toss
2005 Hitmen Teddy bear toss

After two challenging seasons, the Hitmen quickly rose to prominence. In 1997-98, the Hitmen won 40 games and the Central Division. Entering the playoffs for the first time, the Hitmen cruised past the Saskatoon Blades, then upset the Swift Current Broncos before falling in the Eastern Conference final to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Head coach Dean Clark, brought in to replace James, won the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as WHL coach of the year for his efforts. He was also named the CHL coach of the year.[4] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (900x675, 168 KB) Photo I took of the Calgary Hitmens annual teddy bear toss game for use on the article about the teddy bear toss tradition. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (900x675, 168 KB) Photo I took of the Calgary Hitmens annual teddy bear toss game for use on the article about the teddy bear toss tradition. ... 2005 Calgary Hitmen teddy bear toss A Teddy bear toss is a popular Christmas season promotion at many minor and junior hockey arenas throughout North America. ... The 1997-98 WHL season was the 32nd season for the Western Hockey League. ... City: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: East Founded: 1964-65 Home Arena: Credit Union Centre Colours: navy blue, royal blue, silver and white Head Coach: Lorne Molleken General Manager: Lorne Molleken The Saskatoon Blades are an ice hockey team in the Eastern Division of the Western... The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club, founded in 1967. ... The Brandon Wheat Kings are a Canadian ice hockey team based in Brandon, Manitoba. ... Dean Clark (born January 16, 1964 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former ice hockey defenceman and currently the head coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. ... The Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Coach of the Year in the Western Hockey League. ... The Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award is given out annually to the Coach of the Year in the Canadian Hockey League. ...


Calgary improved to 51 wins in 1998-99, narrowly edging the Kamloops Blazers for the regular season title. Led by Brad Moran, Pavel Brendl and goaltender Alexandre Fomitchev, the Hitmen lost just five games in the playoffs, capturing their first President's Cup at home before a WHL playoff record crowd of 17,139.[5] The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... Pavel Brendl (born March 23, 1981 in Opocno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who was drafted fourth overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ...


In the 1999 Memorial Cup, the Hitmen finished atop the round robin standings earning a berth straight into the final. Calgary faced the host Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League in the championship game in an exciting back-and-forth affair. The Hitmen fell just short however, losing 7-6 in overtime.[6] The 1999 Memorial Cup occurred May 15-23 at the Ottawa Civic Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. ... A typical OHL hockey game. ...


In 1999-00, the Hitmen set franchise records for wins (58) and points (120) while capturing their second straight regular season title. After sweeping their first two playoff series, the Hitmen were stunned by the eventual WHL champion Kootenay Ice. The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing in the Western Hockey League. ...


Recent years

Hitmen in action against the Saskatoon Blades
Hitmen in action against the Saskatoon Blades

In the past several seasons, the Hitmen have settled in as a middle of the road team on the ice. Despite this, the team has become a perennial attendance leader, finishing atop the WHL standings each of the past four years. In 2004-05, the Flames heavily marketed the Hitmen in the wake of the 2004-05 NHL lockout. As a result, the Hitmen averaged 10,062 fans, the first junior team to average 10,000, and the highest average of any junior or professional team in North America. Their season total of 362,227 set WHL and CHL records.[7] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixels Full resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 151 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo I took at the Calgary Hitmen game on December 3, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixels Full resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 151 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo I took at the Calgary Hitmen game on December 3, 2006. ... City: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: East Founded: 1964-65 Home Arena: Credit Union Centre Colours: navy blue, royal blue, silver and white Head Coach: Lorne Molleken General Manager: Lorne Molleken The Saskatoon Blades are an ice hockey team in the Eastern Division of the Western... The 2004-05 WHL season was the 39th season for the Western Hockey League. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


While the team has not been extremely successful in recent years, the Hitmen have developed several players who have gone onto success in the NHL and at major international tournaments. Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Ladd were both members of the dominating Canadian team that won the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[8] Justin Pogge emerged as the unlikely hero for team Canada as they defended their gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[9] Pogge would also be named the WHL and CHL goaltender of the year in 2005-06.[10] Ryan Getzlaf (born on May 10, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian professional hockey player who plays for the Anaheim Ducks. ... Andrew Ladd born December 12, 1985 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia in a Canadian ice hockey player who plays for the NHLs Carolina Hurricanes. ... The 2005 World Junior (Under 20) Ice Hockey Championships was held between December 25, 2004 and January 4, 2005 at the United States. ... Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, now lives in Penticton, British Columbia) is professional ice hockey goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). ... The 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships were held in Vancouver, Kelowna (Okanagan valley), and Kamloops (Okanagan valley), British Columbia, Canada. ... The Del Wilson Trophy is awarded to the top goaltender of the Western Hockey League. ... The CHL Goaltender of the Year Award is given out annually to the top goaltender in the Canadian Hockey League. ... The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ...


Ladd also became the first Hitmen alumnus to win the Stanley Cup, which he did with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.[11] The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The NHL unveiled a new logo for the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. ...


Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties OTL = Overtime losses Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1995-96 72 18 51 3 - 222 359 39 5th Central Out of playoffs
1996-97 72 15 53 4 - 199 360 34 4th Central Out of playoffs
1997-98 72 40 28 4 - 265 232 84 1st Central Lost Eastern Conference final
1998-99 72 51 13 8 - 319 187 110 1st Central Won championship; Memorial Cup finalist
1999-00 72 58 10 2 2 313 182 120 1st Central Lost Eastern Conference final
2000-01 72 37 27 5 3 284 250 82 3rd Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2001-02 72 33 33 5 1 271 281 72 3rd Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2002-03 72 27 36 7 2 240 260 63 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2003-04 72 34 24 8 6 220 187 82 3rd Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2004-05 72 34 23 9 6 200 183 83 3rd Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2005-06 72 47 18 3 4 195 155 101 2nd Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2006-07 72 39 26 3 4 251 205 85 3rd Central In progress


Source: [12] The 1995-96 WHL season was the 30th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1996-97 WHL season was the 31st season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1997-98 WHL season was the 32nd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ... The 1999 Memorial Cup occurred May 15-23 at the Ottawa Civic Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2000-01 WHL season was the 35th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2001-02 WHL season was the 36th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2002-03 WHL season was the 37th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2003-04 WHL season was the 38th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2004-05 WHL season was the 39th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2006-07 WHL season will be the 41st season for the Western Hockey League. ...


Players

The Hitmen presently have 25 players on their active roster,[13] while 21 former Hitmen have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.[14] “NHL” redirects here. ...


Current roster

Goaltenders
# Player Born Place of Birth Drafted
1 Martin Jones 1990 North Vancouver, British Columbia Eligible 2008
33 Dan Spence 1988 Langley, British Columbia Free Agent
Defencemen
# Player Born Place of Birth Drafted
2 Brett Plouffe 1989 Winnipeg, Manitoba Eligible 2007
3 Dan Mercer 1987 West Vancouver, British Columbia Free Agent
4 Alex Plante 1989 Brandon, Manitoba Eligible 2007
5 Dylan Yeo 1986 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Free Agent
6 Eric Frere 1988 Trochu, Alberta Free Agent
26 Ryan Gillen 1987 Golden, British Columbia Free Agent
27 Karl Alzner 1988 Burnaby, British Columbia Eligible 2007
28 Michael Stone 1990 Winnipeg, Manitoba Eligible 2008
Forwards
# Player Position Born Place of Birth Drafted
7 Keegan Dansereau RW 1988 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Free Agent
9 Brodie Dupont LW 1987 St. Lazare, Manitoba NYR - 3rd round 2005
10 Flag of Sweden Fredrik Pettersson LW 1987 Gothenburg, Sweden Edm - 5th round 2005
11 Steve Covington RW 1986 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Free Agent
12 Brett Sonne C/LW 1989 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Eligible 2007
14 Carson McMillan RW 1988 Brandon, Manitoba Free Agent
15 Brandon Kozun C 1990 Calgary, Alberta Eligible 2008
16 Flag of United States Ryan Letts RW 1989 Newport Beach, California Eligible 2007
17 Ian Duval C 1988 Winnipeg, Manitoba Free Agent
18 Brendan Rowinski LW/C 1990 Winnipeg, Manitoba Eligible 2008
21 Riley Merkley C 1987 Blackie, Alberta Free Agent
22 Devon Kalinski LW/C 1990 La Corey, Alberta Eligible 2008
23 Flag of Sweden Robin Figren RW 1988 Stockholm, Sweden NYI - 3rd round 2006
24 Derek LeBlanc C 1986 Brandon, Manitoba Free Agent
25 Ryan White C 1988 Brandon, Manitoba Mtl - 3rd round 2006


Roster as of March 12, 2007 Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... The Capilano Suspension Bridge There are two municipalities in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia that use the name North Vancouver. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Mayor Peter Fassbender Councillors Jack Arnold Ted Schaffer Gayle Martin Terry Smith Sharla Mauger Teri James Population (2006 - Statistics Canada) 23,606 Area 10. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... // Born in 1989 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Plouffe started attending St. ... Motto: Template:Unhide = Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) Location City Information Established: 1738 (Fort Rouge), 1873 (City of Winnipeg) Area: 465. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... West Vancouver is a district municipality in the province of British Columbia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Brandon Manitoba, a city in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria Location of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Downtown Prince Albert Prince Albert is the third-largest city (after Saskatoon and Regina) with a population of 41,072 as of 2006, in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Trochu is a town in central Alberta located north of Three Hills at the junction of Highway 21 and Highway 585. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Golden is a town in central eastern British Columbia, Canada, located 262 kilometres (163 miles) west of Calgary, Alberta and 713 kilometres (443 miles) east of Vancouver. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Coordinates: Country  Canada Province  British Columbia District Greater Vancouver Regional District Established 1892 (municipality status) – 1992 (city status) Government  - Mayor Derek Corrigan  - MPs Peter Julian (NDP), Bill Siksay (NDP)  - MLAs Raj Chouhan, Richard T. Lee, John Nuraney, Harry Bloy Area  - City 89. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Motto: Template:Unhide = Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) Location City Information Established: 1738 (Fort Rouge), 1873 (City of Winnipeg) Area: 465. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Saskatoon is a city located in central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... St. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. 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Location of Maple Ridge, British Columbia Maple Ridge is a District Municipality in British Columbia, located east of Vancouver on the Fraser River. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Brandon Manitoba, a city in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... Motto: Fortis et liber(Latin) Strong and free Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Official languages English (see below) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong - Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 28 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (split from Northwest Territories) (8th [province]) Area Ranked... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Location of Newport Beach within Orange County, California. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Motto: Template:Unhide = Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) Location City Information Established: 1738 (Fort Rouge), 1873 (City of Winnipeg) Area: 465. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Motto: Template:Unhide = Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) Location City Information Established: 1738 (Fort Rouge), 1873 (City of Winnipeg) Area: 465. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Stockholm [, ] is the capital and the largest City of Sweden. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a city located on Long Island. ... The 2006 NHL Entry Draft Logo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... Brandon Manitoba, a city in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. ... 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NHL Alumni

List of Calgary Hitmen alumni who have played in the NHL.

Kris Beech {b. ... Pavel Brendl (born March 23, 1981 in Opocno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who was drafted fourth overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... Barry Brust (born August 8, 1983 in Swan River, Manitoba) is a Canadian ice hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. ... Owen Fussey (born April 2, 1983 in Winnipeg,Manitoba) is a Canadian ice hockey forward who most recently played in the Washington Capitals organization. ... Ryan Getzlaf (born on May 10, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian professional hockey player who plays for the Anaheim Ducks. ... Darcy Hordichuk (born August 10, 1980 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan) is a professional hockey player for the NHLs Nashville Predators. ... Jordan Krestanovich (born June 14, 1981 in Langley, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. ... Andrew Ladd born December 12, 1985 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia in a Canadian ice hockey player who plays for the NHLs Carolina Hurricanes. ... Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... Chris Nielsen (born in Moshi, Tanzania is a professional hockey player. ... Stephen Peat (born March 10, 1980 in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian ice hockey right wing. ... Matt Pettinger (born October 22, 1980 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Washington Capitals of the NHL. Pettinger was drafted in the 2nd round, 43rd overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. ... Konstantin Pushkarev (born February 12, 1985 in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan) is a professional ice hockey player. ... Jeff Schultz is a defenseman drafted in 2004 by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round. ... Fredrik Sjostrom (born May 6, 1983 in Fargelanda, Sweden) is a professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. Sjostrom was drafted in the 1st round, 11th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. ... Jerred Smithson (February 4, 1979) in Vernon, British Columbia is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays center and right wing for the National Hockey Leagues Nashville Predators. ... Rastislav Stana (born January 10, 1980 in Kosice, Slovakia) is a Slovakian ice hockey goaltender who was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 193rd overall. ... Brad Stuart (born November 6, 1979 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey player. ...

Retired numbers

#20 - Brad Moran 1995-2000

Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ...

Head Coaches

The Hitmen have had five coaches in their history.[14]

# Name Dates Games Record Winning % Playoffs Notes
1 Graham James 1995-96 95 21-71-3 .237 0-0 Resigned 23 games into 1996-97 season
2 Dean Clark 1996-01 334 183-118-30-3 .597 40-24 1998 WHL, CHL coach of the year
3 Richard Kromm 2001-04 216 94-93-20-9 .502 7-12
4 Dean Evason 2004-05 72 34-23-9-6 .576 7-5 Co-coach with Kelly Kisio
5 Kelly Kisio 2004-present 144 81-41-9-13 .639 14-11

Graham James (born 1954) is a former ice hockey coach best known for serving prison time after being convicted of sexual abuse of several of his former players, including Sheldon Kennedy. ... The 1995-96 WHL season was the 30th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1996-97 WHL season was the 31st season for the Western Hockey League. ... Dean Clark (born January 16, 1964 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former ice hockey defenceman and currently the head coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. ... The 1996-97 WHL season was the 31st season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2000-01 WHL season was the 35th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Coach of the Year in the Western Hockey League. ... Richard Gordon Kromm (born March 29, 1964 in Trail, British Columbia, Canada) was a Canadian American ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders. ... The 2001-02 WHL season was the 36th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2003-04 WHL season was the 38th season for the Western Hockey League. ... Dean Evason (born August 22, 1964 in Flin Flon, Manitoba) is a former Canadian National Hockey League player who is currently an assistant coach for the Washington Capitals. ... The 2004-05 WHL season was the 39th season for the Western Hockey League. ... Kelly Kisio (born September 18, 1959) is a former professional hockey player. ... The 2004-05 WHL season was the 39th season for the Western Hockey League. ...

Club records

Team records held by the Hitmen and players:[12]


Season

Hitmen "Wall of Fame", hanging above section 104 at the Pengrowth Saddledome
Hitmen "Wall of Fame", hanging above section 104 at the Pengrowth Saddledome

Individual Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixels Full resolution (692 × 922 pixel, file size: 134 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A large monument hanging from the walls of the Pengrowth Saddledome I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixels Full resolution (692 × 922 pixel, file size: 134 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A large monument hanging from the walls of the Pengrowth Saddledome I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and... The Saddledome and Calgary skyline at night The Pengrowth Saddledome is the main indoor arena facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is situated on the east end of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede grounds. ...

Team The puck dents the top of the net for a goal as the goaltender fails to block the shot A goal in ice hockey provides a team with one point. ... Pavel Brendl (born March 23, 1981 in Opocno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who was drafted fourth overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... In ice hockey, an assist is attributed to up to the two previous players of the scoring team who touched or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, meaning that they were assisting in the goal. ... Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... Point in ice hockey has two meanings: When it is given to individual hockey players, it refers to either a goal or assist a player earns during a game. ... Pavel Brendl (born March 23, 1981 in Opocno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who was drafted fourth overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behavior, or the inappropriate behavior itself (whether called or not). ... The 1997-98 WHL season was the 32nd season for the Western Hockey League. ... Goals Against Average (GAAv) is an ice hockey statistic that represents the number of goals netminders concede on average per whole-game played. ... Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, now lives in Penticton, British Columbia) is professional ice hockey goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). ... The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ... In team sports, a shutout (a clean sheet in soccer) refers to a game in which one team wins without allowing the opposing team to score. ... Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, now lives in Penticton, British Columbia) is professional ice hockey goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). ... The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ...

  • Most wins: 58, 1999-00
  • Most points: 120, 1999-00
  • Most goals for: 319, 1998-99
  • Fewest goals against: 155, 2005-06

The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ...

Career

The puck dents the top of the net for a goal as the goaltender fails to block the shot A goal in ice hockey provides a team with one point. ... Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... In ice hockey, an assist is attributed to up to the two previous players of the scoring team who touched or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, meaning that they were assisting in the goal. ... Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... Point in ice hockey has two meanings: When it is given to individual hockey players, it refers to either a goal or assist a player earns during a game. ... Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behavior, or the inappropriate behavior itself (whether called or not). ... Goals Against Average (GAAv) is an ice hockey statistic that represents the number of goals netminders concede on average per whole-game played. ... Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, now lives in Penticton, British Columbia) is professional ice hockey goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). ... In team sports, a shutout (a clean sheet in soccer) refers to a game in which one team wins without allowing the opposing team to score. ... Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, now lives in Penticton, British Columbia) is professional ice hockey goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). ...

Awards and honours

WHL and CHL awards captured by the Hitmen:[4]

President's Cup
Western Hockey League champion The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ...

  • 1998-99

Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Regular season champion The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the regular season champion of the Western Hockey League. ...

  • 1998-99, 1999-00

Central Division titles The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ...

  • 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00

Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
Player of the year The 1997-98 WHL season was the 32nd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Four Broncos Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Player of the Year in the WHL. The trophy is named in honour of four members of the Swift Current Broncos who died in an accident when the team bus was enroute to a game. ...

Bob Clarke Trophy
Top scorer Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, now lives in Penticton, British Columbia) is professional ice hockey goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). ... The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Bob Clarke Trophy is awarded annually to the top scorer in the Western Hockey League. ...

Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy
Scholastic player of the year Pavel Brendl (born March 23, 1981 in Opocno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who was drafted fourth overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy is presented annually to the top scholastic player in the Western Hockey League. ...

Brad Hornung Trophy
Most sportsmanlike player Chris Nielsen (born in Moshi, Tanzania is a professional hockey player. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Brad Hornung Trophy is awarded annually to the most sportsmanlike player of the Western Hockey League. ...

  • Matt Kinch: 1998-99, 2000-01

Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Defenceman of the year The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 2000-01 WHL season was the 35th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Defenseman of the Year in the Western Hockey League. ...

CHL Defenceman of the Year Brad Stuart (born November 6, 1979 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey player. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The CHL Defenceman of the Year Award is given out annually to the top defenseman in the Canadian Hockey League. ...

Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Rookie of the year Brad Stuart (born November 6, 1979 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey player. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top rookie in the Western Hockey League. ...

Del Wilson Trophy
Goaltender of the year Pavel Brendl (born March 23, 1981 in Opocno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who was drafted fourth overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Del Wilson Trophy is awarded to the top goaltender of the Western Hockey League. ...

CHL Goaltender of the Year Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, now lives in Penticton, British Columbia) is professional ice hockey goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). ... The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The CHL Goaltender of the Year Award is given out annually to the top goaltender in the Canadian Hockey League. ...

Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Coach of the year Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, now lives in Penticton, British Columbia) is professional ice hockey goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). ... The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Coach of the Year in the Western Hockey League. ...

Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award
CHL coach of the year Dean Clark (born January 16, 1964 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former ice hockey defenceman and currently the head coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. ... The 1997-98 WHL season was the 32nd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award is given out annually to the Coach of the Year in the Canadian Hockey League. ...

Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Executive of the year Dean Clark (born January 16, 1964 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former ice hockey defenceman and currently the head coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. ... The 1997-98 WHL season was the 32nd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top executive in the Western Hockey League. ...

Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
Humanitarian of the year Kelly Kisio (born September 18, 1959) is a former professional hockey player. ... The 2003-04 WHL season was the 38th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy is given out annually to the Western Hockey League humanitarian of the year. ...

WHL Playoff MVP Chris Nielsen (born in Moshi, Tanzania is a professional hockey player. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... Each year, the Western Hockey League awards a trophy to the Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs. ...

WHL Plus-Minus Award
Top plus-minus Brad Moran (born on March 20, 1979 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League player. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Plus-Minus Award is given annually to the player who finishes with the top plus/minus in the Western Hockey League. ...

St. Clair Group Trophy
Top marketing/public relations department Pavel Brendl (born March 23, 1981 in Opocno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who was drafted fourth overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... The 1998-99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. ... The 1999-00 WHL season was the 34th season for the Western Hockey League. ... Andrew Ladd born December 12, 1985 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia in a Canadian ice hockey player who plays for the NHLs Carolina Hurricanes. ... The 2003-04 WHL season was the 38th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The St. ...

  • Mark Stiles: 2003-04


The 2003-04 WHL season was the 38th season for the Western Hockey League. ...

See also

The following is a list of ice hockey teams in Alberta, past and present. ... The history of ice hockey in Calgary, Alberta, Canada extends back well over a century to the first recorded hockey game in Alberta. ...

References

  1. ^ hitmenhockey.com, "Inside the Club", Accessed October 16
  2. ^ Hart, Bret, Bret Hart's Calgary Sun column for April 30,2004 reproduced at brethart.com. Accessed October 14, 2006
  3. ^ Deacon, James, Hockey Coach Guilty of Sexual Assault, MacLean's January 13, 1997. Reproduced on thecanadianencyclopedia.com. Accessed October 14, 2006
  4. ^ a b 2005-06 WHL guide, WHL Awards, pgs. 167-170
  5. ^ WHL playoff records, whl.ca. Accessed October 14, 2006
  6. ^ Lajoie, Roger, MasterCard Memorial Cup Priceless Moment No. 9 - Ottawa scores in overtime to win Memorial Cup at home, chl.ca. Accessed October 16, 2006
  7. ^ WHL season records whl.ca. Accessed October 14, 2006
  8. ^ 2005 WJHC roster, hockeycanada.ca. Accessed October 16, 2006
  9. ^ 2006 WJHC roster, hockeycanada.ca. Accessed October 16, 2006
  10. ^ Del Wilson Trophy winners, whl.ca. Accessed October 16, 2006
  11. ^ Shea, Kevin HHOF Stanley Cup journal - Andrew Ladd], hhof.com. Accessed October 16, 2006
  12. ^ a b 2005-06 WHL guide, Calgary Hitmen, pgs 22-25
  13. ^ whl.ca Calgary Hitmen Roster
  14. ^ a b Calgary Hitmen all-time roster hockeydb.com. Accessed October 16, 2006

External links

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The Hitmen were caught up in a second controversy in their second season as general manager and head coach Graham James was forced to resign partway through the 1996-97 season after being charged with sexually assaulting two of his players while coaching the Swift Current Broncos.
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