There are still 12 WHL teams yet to hold their second annual Organ Donation Awareness games.
Actually, the official name of the promotion — deep breath — is RE/MAX Presents: WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation.
All 17 of the WHL’s Canadian teams play host to one game a night to raise money for the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
There are three of these games scheduled for this weekend, with the Regina Pats and Vancouver Giants playing host to their games on Friday and the Brandon Wheat Kings holding their game on Saturday.
Teams wear Don Cherry-themed uniforms, with the sweaters available via auction at some point.
Games still to come:
Fri., Feb. 15 – Regina Pats, Vancouver Giants.
Sat., Feb. 16 – Brandon Wheat Kings.
Fri., Feb. 22 – Lethbridge Hurricanes, Swift Current Broncos.
Fri., March 1 – Kootenay Ice.
Sat., March 2 – Victoria Royals.
Sun., March 3 – Calgary Hitmen.
Fri., March 8 – Prince George Cougars.
Sat., March 9 – Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers, Saskatoon Blades.
According to a tweet from Steve Ewen of Postmedia, the Vancouver Giants “have been told by the WHL that D Bowen Byram won’t receive an additional suspension for his checking-to-the-head major on Sunday.” . . . Byram was hit with the major and game misconduct at 13:48 of the third period for a hit on Cougars F Mitch Kohner. . . . The Giants won the game, 4-1, to clinch a playoff spot for a second straight season. . . . The Giants also lost F Brayden Watts with an undisclosed injury in that game. Ewen reports that Watts already has been ruled out for a game on Friday against the visiting Spokane Chiefs.
The Calgary Hitmen have made four roster moves, adding F Orca Wiesblatt and D Andrew Viggars to their roster, while returning D Tyson Galloway and F Sean Tschigerl to their club teams. . . . Wiesblatt, 18, is from Calgary. He has six goals and nine assists in 16 games with the MJHL’s Portage Terriers. He has earned one assist in six earlier games with Calgary this season. Last season, Wiesblatt had five goals and eight assist in 49 games with the Hitmen. . . . Viggars, 19, also is from Calgary. This season, he had one goal and nine assists in 40 games with the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors. He played with the Hitmen last season, earning five assists in 39 games. . . . Galloway, from Kamloops, was a second-round pick in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. He is on his way back to the Kamloops-based major midget Thompson Blazers after getting into three games with the Hitmen. . . . Tschigerl was the fourth-overall pick in the 2018 bantam draft. From Whitecourt, Alta., he has gone back to the OHA Edmonton prep team. This season, he has played in six games with the Hitmen.
The Seattle Thunderbirds have signed F Brendan Williamson, 16, to a WHL contract. Williamson, from Abbotsford, B.C., visited Seattle over the weekend and the signing was announced Monday morning. . . . The Thunderbirds acquired Williamson’s rights in a Jan. 1 deal in which they also got F Sean Richards, a second-round pick in the 2019 bantam draft, a third-rounder in 2021 and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2022 from the Everett Silvertips for F Zack Andrusiak. . . . This season, Williamson has 12 goals and 28 assists in 29 games with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League.
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