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Five Cougars’ Alumni on NHL Opening Night Rosters

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 130 WHL Alumni are on National Hockey League opening day rosters for the start of the 2017-18 season.

Led by the Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers and Vegas Golden Knights whose rosters each include eight WHL grads, all 31 NHL Clubs boast at least one former WHL player. The Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders each boast seven WHL graduates while the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks will each have six WHL alumni on their roster to begin the season.

Included in the list are a pair of first round selections from the 2017 NHL Draft as Nolan Patrick and Kailer Yamamoto will make their debuts with the Flyers and Oilers respectively.

The Portland Winterhawks lead this year’s list of alumni on opening night rosters, contributing 17 players to this year’s list. The Brandon Wheat Kings and Kelowna Rockets will each see 13 of their graduates on opening night rosters. The Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels round out the top five contributors to the list with 11 players each on opening night rosters.

Of the 128 WHL graduates listed on opening day rosters, five are currently on the injured reserve lists of NHL Clubs.

Below is the complete list of WHL Alumni who are on NHL opening day rosters for the 2017-18 season:

Anaheim Ducks (1)
Ryan Getzlaf, C – Calgary Hitmen

Arizona Coyotes (3)
Kevin Connauton, D – Vancouver Giants
Jordan Martinook, LW – Vancouver Giants
Luke Schenn, D – Kelowna Rockets

Boston Bruins (4)
Brandon Carlo, D – Tri-City Americans
Zdeno Chara, D – Prince George Cougars
Jake DeBrusk, LW – Swift Current Broncos/Red Deer Rebels
Paul Postma, D – Swift Current Broncos/Calgary Hitmen

Buffalo Sabres (4)
Justin Falk, D – Calgary Hitmen/Spokane Chiefs
Evander Kane, LW – Vancouver Giants
Sam Reinhart, C – Kootenay ICE
Josh Gorges, D – Kelowna Rockets

Calgary Flames (8)
Mikael Backlund, C – Kelowna Rockets
Troy Brouwer, RW – Moose Jaw Warriors
Michael Ferland, LW – Brandon Wheat Kings/Saskatoon Blades
Travis Hamonic, D – Moose Jaw Warriors/Brandon Wheat Kings
Brett Kulak, D – Vancouver Giants
Curtis Lazar, C – Edmonton Oil Kings
Michael Stone, D – Calgary Hitmen
Kris Versteeg, RW – Lethbridge Hurricanes/Kamloops Blazers/Red Deer Rebels

Carolina Hurricanes (4)
Haydn Fleury, D – Red Deer Rebels
Victor Rask, C – Calgary Hitmen
Derek Ryan, C – Spokane Chiefs
Cam Ward, G – Red Deer Rebels

Chicago Blackhawks (6)
Lance Bouma, LW – Vancouver Giants
Cody Franson, D – Vancouver Giants
Duncan Keith, D – Kelowna Rockets
Jordin Tootoo, RW* – Brandon Wheat Kings
Michal Rozsival, D* – Swift Current Broncos
Brent Seabrook, D – Lethbridge Hurricanes

Colorado Avalanche (2)
Blake Comeau, LW – Kelowna Rockets
Tyson Barrie, D – Kelowna Rockets

Columbus Blue Jackets (5)
Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW – Portland Winterhawks
Matt Calvert, LW – Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon Dubinsky, C – Portland Winterhawks
Ryan Murray, D – Everett Silvertips
Seth Jones, D – Portland Winterhawks

Dallas Stars (4)
Jamie Benn, LW – Kelowna Rockets
Adam Cracknell, RW – Kootenay ICE
Dan Hamhuis, D – Prince George Cougars
Tyler Pitlick, C – Medicine Hat Tigers

Detroit Red Wings (2)
Mike Green, D – Saskatoon Blades
Darren Helm, LW – Medicine Hat Tigers

Edmonton Oilers (7)
Laurent Brossoit, G – Edmonton Oil Kings
Leon Draisaitl, C – Prince Albert Raiders/Kelowna Rockets
Jujhar Khaira, LW – Everett Silvertips
Milan Lucic, LW – Vancouver Giants
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C – Red Deer Rebels
Kris Russell, D – Medicine Hat Tigers
Kailer Yamamoto, RW – Spokane Chiefs

Florida Panthers (4)
Colton Sceviour, C – Portland Winterhawks
Alexander Petrovic, D – Red Deer Rebels
Mark Pysyk, D – Edmonton Oil Kings
James Reimer, G – Red Deer Rebels

Los Angeles Kings (1)
Darcy Kuemper, G – Spokane Chiefs/Red Deer Rebels

Minnesota Wild (5)
Tyler Ennis, LW – Medicine Hat Tigers
Devan Dubnyk, G – Kamloops Blazers
Matt Dumba, D – Red Deer Rebels/Portland Winterhawks
Nino Niederreiter, RW – Portland Winterhawks
Jared Spurgeon, D – Spokane Chiefs

Montreal Canadiens (4)
Karl Alzner, D – Calgary Hitmen
Brendan Gallagher, RW – Vancouver Giants
Carey Price, G – Tri-City Americans
Shea Weber, D – Kelowna Rockets

Nashville Predators (4)
Scott Hartnell, LW – Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan Johansen, C – Portland Winterhawks
Cody McLeod, LW – Portland Winterhawks
Colton Sissons, C – Kelowna Rockets

New Jersey Devils (2)
Mirco Mueller, D  – Portland Winterhawks
Damon Severson, D  – Kelowna Rockets

New York Islanders (7)
Matthew Barzal, C  – Seattle Thunderbirds
Johnny Boychuk, D – Calgary Hitmen/Moose Jaw Warriors
Jason Chimera, LW  – Medicine Hat Tigers/Brandon Wheat Kings
Jordan Eberle, RW  – Regina Pats
Andrew Ladd, LW  – Calgary Hitmen
Thomas Hickey, D – Seattle Thunderbirds
Ryan Pulock, D – Brandon Wheat Kings

New York Rangers (2)
Michael Grabner, RW – Spokane Chiefs
Nick Holden, D – Chilliwack Bruins

Ottawa Senators (5)
Clarke MacArthur, LW* – Medicine Hat Tigers
Dion Phaneuf, D – Red Deer Rebels
Zack Smith, RW – Swift Current Broncos
Mark Stone, RW – Brandon Wheat Kings
Nate Thompson, C – Seattle Thunderbirds

Philadelphia Flyers (8)
Radko Gudas, D – Everett Silvertips
Taylor Leier, LW – Portland Winterhawks
Nolan Patrick, C – Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon Manning, D – Chilliwack Bruins
Ivan Provorov, D – Brandon Wheat Kings
Travis Sanheim, D – Calgary Hitmen
Jordan Weal, C – Regina Pats
Dale Weise, RW – Swift Current Broncos

Pittsburgh Penguins (1)
Ryan Reaves, RW – Brandon Wheat Kings

San Jose Sharks (3)
Brenden Dillon, D – Seattle Thunderbirds
Jannik Hansen, RW – Portland Winterhawks
Martin Jones, G – Calgary Hitmen

St. Louis Blues (5)
Jay Bouwmeester, D* – Medicine Hat Tigers
Kyle Brodziak, C – Moose Jaw Warriors
Joel Edmundson, D – Moose Jaw Warriors/Kamloops Blazers
Brayden Schenn, C  – Brandon Wheat Kings/Saskatoon Blades
Scottie Upshall, RW  – Kamloops Blazers

Tampa Bay Lightning (3)
Braydon Coburn, D – Portland Winterhawks
Tyler Johnson, C – Spokane Chiefs
Brayden Point, C – Moose Jaw Warriors

Toronto Maple Leafs (4)
Eric Fehr, C – Brandon Wheat Kings
Patrick Marleau, LW – Seattle Thunderbirds
Martin Marincin, D – Prince Gorge Cougars/Regina Pats
Morgan Reilly, D – Moose Jaw Warriors

Vancouver Canucks (6)
Sven Baertschi, LW – Portland Winterhawks
Derek Dorsett, RW – Medicine Hat Tigers
Alexander Edler, D – Kelowna Rockets
Derrick Pouliot, D – Portland Winterhawks
Brandon Sutter, C – Red Deer Rebels
Jake Virtanen, RW – Calgary Hitmen

Vegas Golden Knights (8)
Cody Eakin, C – Swift Current Broncos/Kootenay ICE
Brendan Leipsic, LW – Portland Winterhawks
Deryk Engelland, D – Moose Jaw Warriors
Brayden McNabb, D – Kootenay ICE
Griffin Reinhart, D – Edmonton Oil Kings
Luca Sbisa, D – Lethbridge Hurricanes/Portland Winterhawks
Clayton Stoner, D* – Tri-City Americans
Calvin Pickard, G – Seattle Thunderbirds

Washington Capitals (3)
Brett Connolly, RW – Prince George Cougars
Braden Holtby, G – Saskatoon Blades
Chandler Stephenson, C – Regina Pats

Winnipeg Jets (5)
Adam Lowry, C – Swift Current Broncos
Nic Petan, LW – Portland Winterhawks
Dustin Byfuglien, D – Brandon Wheat Kings/Prince George Cougars
Josh Morrissey, D – Prince Albert Raiders
Tyler Myers, D – Kelowna Rockets
*Denotes player on injured reserve

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