GAME 1 @ LETHBRIDGE
The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers finished the 2017-18 season by clinching first in the Central Division posting a 36-28-8-0 record. The Orange and Black fell to the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.
The 2018-19 edition of the Tigers has 18 returning players along with a lot of young talent. The Tabbies posted a 3-1-1-0 in WHL Preseason action.
Tigers vs. Hurricanes
For the seventh straight season, the Tigers will open their 2018-19 campaign with a home and home series against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Orange and Black boast an 8-4-0-0 record against the Hurricanes during the home opener weekend.
View from Lethbridge
The Lethbridge Hurricanes finished their 2017-18 campaign with a 33-33-6-0 record securing 2nd place in the Central Division. The Hurricanes went on to beat the Red Deer Rebels and the Brandon Wheat Kings before falling to the eventual WHL Champions, the Swift Current Broncos, in the Eastern Division final. During WHL Preseason, the Hurricanes posted a 3-2-0-0 record.
Josh Williams is entering his second season in Orange and Black and hopes to play a bigger role on the team. Last season, the 17-year-old Langley BC native led all Tigers rookies in goals with 11 goals. He also picked up 9 assists for 20 points in his first season in Medicine Hat. Williams has a high hockey IQ, a great release and will drive to the net to create scoring opportunities.
James Hamblin will proudly captain the 2018-19 edition of the Medicine Hat Tigers. Hamblin is a speedy, hard-working, two way forward who reached career highs in assists and points last season. The 19-year-old Edmonton native racked up 64 points (21G, 43A) in 70 games last season and will look to build on that performance as he leads the team this season. “It’s an absolute honour to be able to have the responsibility of leading such a historic and world-class organization,” said Hamblin. “We have an amazing leadership group and a tremendous group of guys in the locker room that are going to make this a very exciting and very special year.”
- Joel Craven is a Third Generation Tiger and the only third generational player in the WHL. He is following in the footsteps of his father Murray and his Grandpa Ron.
- Six Tigers attended NHL Rookie Tournaments and Development Camps and all six were invited to stay for main training camp. David Quenneville (NY Islanders), Mason Shaw (Iowa Wild), Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators), Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers), Dylan MacPherson (Florida Panthers – invite) and Ryan Chyzowski (Vegas Golden Knights – invite).
- Josh Williams won gold with Team Canada at the Hlinka Gretzky cup. He had 6 points (5 goals and 1 assist) in 5 games played included the OT winner in the semifinals against Team USA.
- The average age of the Medicine Hat Tigers this season is 18.08 years-old.
About the Medicine Hat Tigers
The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL) who play out of Medicine Hat, AB and were established in 1970. In 48 seasons of playing major junior hockey, the Tigers have won 2 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophies, as well as, 210 playoff games which led to winning 43 playoff series, raising 33 banners, winning five Ed Chynoweth Cups and two Memorial Cups.