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Encyclopedia > Vancouver Giants
Vancouver Giants
City: Vancouver, British Columbia
League: Western Hockey League
Conference: Western
Division: B.C.
Founded: 2001-02
Home Arena: Pacific Coliseum
Colours: Black, Red and Silver
Head Coach: Don Hay
General Manager: Scott Bonner

The Vancouver Giants are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Giants won the national title, the Memorial Cup, in 2007. Their home rink is Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, the WHL's 2nd largest market, to Seattle. Image File history File links Vancouver. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Pacific Coliseum. ... Don Hay (born February 13, 1954 in Kamloops, British Columbia is a former minor league ice hockey player, and the current head coach of the Vancouver Giants. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The 2007 Memorial Cup was played in May of 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Pacific Coliseum. ... Rink may refer to: an ice rink used for ice skating a hockey rink a curling rink; this term is used to refer to both a curling team and the playing surface a roller rink used for roller skating a colloquialism used in the West of England Rink (Colloquialism) This... The Pacific Coliseum. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ...


The ownership group includes Ron Toigo, Hockey Hall of Fame member Gordie Howe and Pat Quinn, former National Hockey League coach and general manager. Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... For the Irish grocery chain entrepreneur, see Quinnsworth John Brian Patrick Pat Quinn (born January 29, 1943, in Hamilton, Ontario),[1] is a former head coach in the National Hockey League, most recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs between 1998 and 2006. ... “NHL” redirects here. ...

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History

The team first began play during the 2001-02 WHL season when they compiled 13 wins, 49 losses, and 6 ties. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Tyson Mulock in a loss to the Kamloops Blazers. The 2001-02 WHL season was the 36th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ...


In the 2002-03 WHL season the Giants went 26-37-5-4 and made their first playoff appearance, but lost in the first round to the Kelowna Rockets in four games. The 2002-03 WHL season was the 37th season for the Western Hockey League. ... City: Kelowna, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1995-96 Home Arena: Prospera Place Colours: red, turquoise and black Head Coach: Jeff Truitt General Manager: Bruce Hamilton The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ...


In the 2003-04 WHL season the Giants showed even more improvement, this time posting a 33-24-9-6 which was the first time the Giants were above .500. They lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Everett Silvertips after beating Kamloops in five games. The 2003-04 WHL season was the 38th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ...


In the 2004-05 WHL season the Giants went 34-30-4-4 and Gilbert Brule came third in the league in scoring. The Giants lost in the first round to Kelowna. Despite the early exit, the Giants drew many fans to the Coliseum that year thanks to the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Game 6 against the Rockets drew over 16,000 fans. The 2004-05 WHL season was the 39th season for the Western Hockey League. ... Gilbert Brulé (born on January 1, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta), yet grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia is a Canadian hockey player who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In the 2005-06 WHL season the Giants went 47-19-0-6, their best record in franchise history. In the first round of the playoffs the Giants beat the Prince George Cougars in five games, then the Portland Winterhawks also in five games. They then won eight straight games beating Everett in the conference finals and Moose Jaw Warriors in the President's Cup. Giants forward Gilbert Brule was named the WHL Playoff MVP after scoring 16 goals and 30 points in 18 post-season games, including notching five goals and 12 points in the four-game series versus Moose Jaw. The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Prince George Cougars are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League. ... The Portland Winter Hawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ... The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League which are based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ... Gilbert Brulé (born on January 1, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta), yet grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia is a Canadian hockey player who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. ... Each year, the Western Hockey League awards a trophy to the Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs. ...


In the 2006 Memorial Cup, the Giants finished tied for third in the round-robin, defeating the Peterborough Petes in the tie-breaker, but losing to the Moncton Wildcats in the semi-final. The 2006 MasterCard Memorial Cup is currently being held in Moncton, New Brunswick from May 19-28. ... The Peterborough Petes is an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. ... City: Moncton, New Brunswick League: Q.M.J.H.L. Conference: none Division: Eastern Founded: 1995-96 Home Arena: Moncton Coliseum Colours: Red, White, Blue & Yellow Head Coach: John Torchetti General Manager: vacant The Moncton Wildcats are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ...


The Giants went to seven games in the final series of the 2006-07 WHL season playoffs, losing to the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Giants won the 2007 Memorial Cup 3-1 on May 27, 2007, against the Medicine Hat Tigers, which they hosted at the Pacific Coliseum. The 2006-07 WHL season will be the 41st season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... May 27 is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... The Pacific Coliseum. ...


Players

Current roster

Number Player Position Birthyear Hometown
4 Brendan Mikkelson D 1987 St. Albert, Alberta Flag of Canada
6 Cody Franson D 1987 Sicamous, British Columbia Flag of Canada
7 Jonathon Blum D 1989 Rancho Santa Margarita, California Flag of United States
10 Lance Bouma LW 1990 Provost, Alberta Flag of Canada
11 J.D. Watt RW 1987 Cremona, Alberta Flag of Canada
12 Tim Kraus LW 1987 Garden Grove, California Flag of United States
14 Craig Cunningham LW 1990 Trail, British Columbia Flag of Canada
15 Spencer Machacek RW 1988 Lethbridge, Alberta Flag of Canada
16 Wacey Rabbit C 1986 Calgary, Alberta Flag of Canada
18 Mitch Czibere C/LW 1989 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Flag of Canada
19 James Wright C 1990 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Flag of Canada
20 Mario Bliznak C 1987 Trencin, Slovakia Flag of Slovakia
21 Brett Festerling D 1986 Quesnel, British Columbia Flag of Canada
22 Kenndal McArdle LW 1987 Burnaby, British Columbia Flag of Canada
23 AJ Thelen D 1986 Savage, Minnesota Flag of United States
24 Garet Hunt LW 1987 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Flag of Canada
25 Nolan Toigo D 1989 Delta, British Columbia Flag of Canada
26 Michel Repik LW 1988 Vlasim, Czech Republic Flag of Czech Republic
27 Milan Lucic LW 1988 Vancouver, British Columbia Flag of Canada
28 Brent Regner D 1989 Newbrook, Alberta Flag of Canada
29 Tyson Sexsmith G 1989 Priddis, Alberta Flag of Canada
30 Blaine Neufeld G 1987 Winkler, Manitoba Flag of Canada
38 Mike Wuchterl RW 1987 Edmonton, Alberta Flag of Canada

Brendan Mikkelson (born June 22, 1987 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman. ... Location of St. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Cody Franson (born August 8th, 1987, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman in the Nashville Predators system. ... Sicamous BC is a town in British Columbia located adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway at the Highway 97A junction of Mara Lake and the Shuswap Lake system. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Jonathon Blum (born on January 30, 1989 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA) is an American ice hockey player playing defence for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. ... Location Location of Rancho Santa Margarita within Orange County, California. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Provost is a town in central Alberta located east of Red Deer at the junction of Highway 13 and Highway 899. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... JD Watt is a power forward hailing from Cremona, Alberta. ... Cremona is a village in central Alberta north of Cochrane and east of Carstairs. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove Garden Grove is a city centrally located in northern Orange County, California, United States. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Trail ( ) is a city in the Kootenay region of the interior of British Columbia, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Spencer Machacek, born October 14, 1988 in Lethbridge, Alberta is a Canadian junior ice hockey right winger. ... Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Wacey Rabbit (born November 6, 1986 in Lethbridge, Alberta) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Fort Saskatchewan is a city of 14,686 (2005 census) located 25 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... There have been several people named James Wright. ... Saskatoon is a city located in central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Trenčín (German: ; Hungarian: ; Latin: Laugaricio) is a town in western Slovakia (close to the Czech border) at the Váh River. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Slovakia. ... Brett Festerling (born March 3rd, 1986 in Quesnel, British Columbia) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. ... Quesnel is a city in the Cariboo District of British Columbia, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Kenndal McArdle (born January 4, 1987 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a Canadian junior ice hockey player, currently playing for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. ... 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. ... City of Savage Logo Savage is a city in Scott County, Minnesota, United States. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... “Maple Ridge” redirects here. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Delta is a district municipality in British Columbia, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Location of VlaÅ¡im in the Czech Republic VlaÅ¡im is a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Milan Lucic (born June 7, 1988 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is an ice hockey player. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Tyson is currently the starting goalie for the Vancouver Giants who are the hosts of the 2007 Memorial Cup. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... City motto: Where People Make The Difference Location in the province of Manitoba Region Pembina Valley Mayor Martin Harder Area  - Land  - Water 17. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

NHL alumni

Gilbert Brulé (born on January 1, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta; grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian hockey player who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. ... Triston Grant (born January 22, 1984 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a professional ice hockey winger who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL. // Stats as of November 10, 2006. ... Andrew Ladd born December 12, 1985 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia in a Canadian ice hockey player who plays for the NHLs Carolina Hurricanes. ... Andrej Meszároš, #14 (born October 13, 1985 in Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia) is a Slovak ice hockey defenceman currently with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Andrej Meszároš was drafted by the Senators in 2004, as the first pick for the Senators (23rd overall). ... Marek Schwarz (born April 1, 1986 in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic) is a Czech goaltender for the St. ... Nick Tarnasky (born November 25, 1984 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey center who currently plays for the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, the minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. Tarnasky was drafted in the 9th round, 287th overall by the...

NHL draftees

Marek Schwarz (born April 1, 1986 in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic) is a Czech goaltender for the St. ... The St. ... Andrej Meszároš, #14 (born October 13, 1985 in Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia) is a Slovak ice hockey defenceman currently with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Andrej Meszároš was drafted by the Senators in 2004, as the first pick for the Senators (23rd overall). ... The Ottawa Senators (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ... Mark Fistric (born June 1, 1986, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is an ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Gilbert Brulé (born on January 1, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta), yet grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia is a Canadian hockey player who plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. ... The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. ... Brendan Mikkelson (born June 22, 1987 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman. ... The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are a National Hockey League team based in Anaheim, California. ... Cody Franson (born August 8th, 1987, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman in the Nashville Predators system. ... The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... JD Watt is a power forward hailing from Cremona, Alberta. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome. ... The Vancouver Canucks are the professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Milan Lucic (born June 7, 1988 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is an ice hockey player. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Kenndal McArdle (born January 4, 1987 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a Canadian junior ice hockey player, currently playing for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. ... The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team who play in the Ft. ...

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
2001-02 72 13 49 6 4 198 365 36 5th B.C. Did not qualify
2002-03 72 26 37 5 4 217 292 61 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2003-04 72 33 24 9 6 215 196 81 2nd B.C. Lost Western Conference semi-final
2004-05 72 34 30 4 4 212 205 76 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2005-06 72 47 19 0 6 252 156 100 1st B.C. Won championship
2006-07 72 45 17 3 7 245 143 100 1st B.C. Lost League final; Won Memorial Cup

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 Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ... The 2006-07 WHL season will be the 41st season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ...

See also

The following is a list of ice hockey teams in British Columbia, past and present. ...

External links

Western Hockey League
Current teams : Brandon Wheat Kings | Calgary Hitmen | Chilliwack Bruins | Edmonton Oil Kings | Everett Silvertips | Kamloops Blazers | Kelowna Rockets | Kootenay Ice | Lethbridge Hurricanes | Medicine Hat Tigers | Moose Jaw Warriors | Portland Winter Hawks | Prince Albert Raiders | Prince George Cougars | Red Deer Rebels | Regina Pats | Saskatoon Blades | Seattle Thunderbirds | Spokane Chiefs | Swift Current Broncos | Tri-City Americans | Vancouver Giants
CHL: Memorial Cup | Ed Chynoweth Cup | WHL seasons | WHL history | Awards | OHL | QMJHL | WHL

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The Giants made their first playoff breakthrough in the 2005-06 WHL season, winning the B.C. Division, Western Conference title, amd the President's Cup, in a 4-game sweep of the Moose Jaw Warriors.
In the 2006 Memorial Cup, the Giants finished tied for third in the round-robin, defeated Peterborough in the tie-breaker, but lost to the Moncton Wildcats in the semi-final.
Giants forward Gilbert Brule was named the WHL Playoff MVP after scoring 16 goals and 30 points in 18 post-season games, including notching five goals and 12 points in the four-game series versus Moose Jaw.
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