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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Open 2017-2018 Season Against Familiar Foe

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes begin their 2017-2018 regular season tonight at the ENMAX Centre as they host the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Dairy Queen Home Opener at 7:00pm.

Tonight will be the first of seven head-to-head meetings between the ‘Canes and Tigers this season. The two teams met seven times last year in the regular season with Medicine Hat winning four of those games. However, the Hurricanes prevailed in a best-of-seven second round playoff match-up defeating the Tigers in Medicine Hat in overtime in Game 7.

The ‘Canes posted a 1-4-0-0 record in the ENMAX Pre-Season with their lone victory of the tune-up schedule coming at the ENMAX Centre over the Swift Current Broncos. The Tigers meanwhile posted a 2-2-0-0 record in four games.

There will be a Tailgate Party prior to tonight’s game on the main plaza of the ENMAX Centre featuring Browns Socialhouse serving burgers, chip and drinks while the Coulee Brew Company will be set up with a Beer Garden! All proceeds will go to the United Way of Lethbridge.

Tickets for tonight’s game are still available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre!

2017-2018 PRE-SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (3) – Ryan Vandervlis                                             Assists (3) – Four Players
Points (4) – Four Players
PIMS (14) – Jadon Joseph                                                                Plus/Minus (+3) – Tanner Nagel & Shawn Harke
Wins (1) – Adam Swan                                                      Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.906) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (3.18) – Stuart Skinner

2016-2017 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (11) – Giorgio Estephan & Tyler Wong                                Assists (13) – Three Players
Points (24) – Giorgio Estephan & Tyler Wong
PIMS (22) – Jordy Bellerive                                               Plus/Minus (+5) – Giorgio Estephan
Wins (10) – Stuart Skinner                                                 Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.916) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (3.09) – Stuart Skinner

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (51) – Tyler Wong                                                    Assists (59) – Brennan Menell
Points (109) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (103) – Zane Franklin                                              Plus/Minus (+29) – Tyler Wong
Wins (34) – Stuart Skinner                                                 Shutouts (2) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.905) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (3.26) – Stuart Skinner

MILESTONE WATCH:
– Kyle Yewchuk is 6 games away from 100 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 42 games away from 300 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 11 points away from 250 career points
– Jordy Bellerive is 15 games away from 150 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 8 points away from 100 career points
– Ryan Vandervlis is 7 games away from 150 career games
– Zane Franklin is 30 games away from 100 career games
– Brennan Menell is 4 games away from 200 career games
– Brennan Menell is 5 points away from 150 career points
– Stuart Skinner is 48 minutes away from 4500 career minutes played
– Stuart Skinner is 26 wins away from 100 career victories
– Brent Kisio is 12 wins away from 100 career victories

NEWS & NOTES:
Get It Going: The Hurricanes kick off their 31st season in Lethbridge with a home-and-home with their rival Medicine Hat Tigers. It will be the seventh straight season the ‘Canes will open the season against the Tigers. Lethbridge has won each of the last two season openers against Medicine Hat.

Overage Cutdown: The ‘Canes have cut down to the maximum three overage players as they currently have forward Giorgio Estephan and defensemen Brennan Riddle and Brennan Menell as their three overage skaters. Menell remains with the Minnesota Wild.

Elmer Trade: The ‘Canes announced on September 18th that they had acquired 19-year-old forward Jake Elmer and a fifth round draft pick from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for overage forward Alec Baer. Elmer registered one goal in five pre-season contests with the Ice this season.

Clayton Re-assigned: On September 20th, the Hurricanes re-assigned 17-year-old forward Hayden Clayton to the Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Clayton appeared in all five exhibition games for the ‘Canes registering one goal and a plus-1 rating.

Belly-Inked: Hurricanes forward Jordy Bellerive signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, September 16th. Bellerive was undrafted in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft but was invited to camp by the Penguins.

Stuey Back: On Sunday, September 17th the Edmonton Oilers re-assigned Stuart Skinner back to the ‘Canes. Skinner, who hails from Edmonton, was drafted by his hometown Oilers in the third round (78th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. He appeared in one game in the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton as he shutout the Winnipeg Jets young stars.

New Assistant: On June 29th, the ‘Canes announced the hiring of Jeff Hansen as the teams new Assistant Coach. Hansen joins the Hurricanes after spending the last four seasons with the Calgary Hitmen as their Video Coach. Hansen played minor pro hockey winning an Allan Cup in 2009 with the Bentley Generals.

Home Sweet Home: The Hurricanes have been one of the best teams on home ice over the last two seasons. The ‘Canes have posted an impressive 53-15-2-2 record at the ENMAX Centre the last two regular seasons (a winning percentage of .736%).

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