WHL Commissioner Ron Robison officially launched the 2017-18 WHL regular season during a media conference Thursday morning in Regina. Beginning this Friday, the WHL enters its 52nd season as all 22 WHL Member Clubs across Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest begin their quest to hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions.
“In this the 52nd season of the WHL, our Clubs remain truly committed to providing our players with the highest standard of development, both on and off the ice,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We are proud to continue offering our players exactly that, from world-class coaching and management, to a comprehensive WHL Scholarship and education program to a series of Players First support services designed to ensure they develop in a highly positive environment.
“We are looking forward to a historic season, highlighted by the 100th anniversary of the Regina Pats, coupled fittingly with the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup, which will be hosted in Regina come May. Along the way, we will be privileged to watch the top young prospects in the world compete for the WHL Championship.”
Regina Pats Century Celebration & 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup
The 2017-18 season will be highlighted by ongoing celebratory events surrounding the Regina Pats 100thanniversary, paired fittingly alongside the Queen City hosting the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup from May 18-27, 2018.
Swift Current & Moose Jaw Host CIBC Canada-Russia Series
The Land of Living Skies will shine in 2017-18 as the cities of Moose Jaw and Swift Current welcome the CIBC Canada Russia Series on November 6 and 7, respectively. The best and brightest the WHL has to offer will take to the prairie ice surfaces of Mosaic Place and the Credit Union i-Plex to take on the Russian National Junior Team as part of a six-game series featuring all three Canadian Hockey Leagues.