The Story Coming In
The Medicine Hat Tigers are returning home to host a pair of games after a three-game Western road trip. On the road trip, the Tigers defeated the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 in a shootout and the Tri-City Americans 2-0 before falling 5-0 to Central Division Rivals, the Kootenay ICE.
The Orange and Black boast a 3-5-0-1 record to start the season.
Tigers vs. Cougars
This will be the first and only meeting between the Tigers and the Cougars this season. Over the past five years, the Tigers are 4-2-0-0 against the Cougars. The last time these two clubs faced off, Medicine Hat came out on top in a 7-3 final November 22, 2017.
View from Prince George
For the first time this season, the Prince George Cougars will play a team outside of the BC division when they come to Medicine Hat to face the Tigers. The Cougars are 2-4-0-1 and fell this past weekend to the Vancouver Giants who they hosted Friday and Saturday night at the CN Centre. Veteran defencemen Joel Lakusta and Ryan Schoettler along with forward Ethan Browne are all leading the Cougars with 5 points (2G, 3A) each.
Elijah Brown is a speedy, skilled centreman in his second season with the Orange and Black. The 18-year-old Edmonton product has a nose for the puck and brings a big presence. Brown is a very creative player who has the ability to create scoring opportunities for himself as well as his teammates. He is a thorn in the opposition’s side and he possesses a very high hockey IQ.
James Hamblin is the Captain of the 49th Edition of the Medicine Hat Tigers. The 19-year-old Edmonton native is a skilled, two way forward in his fourth season with the Orange and Black. “James brings a great deal of energy and passion to the rink every day. He is consistently our hardest worker and always leads by example. We are very fortunate to have him as our captain this season,” said Assistant Coach Joe Frazer.
- Tigers first round bantam draft picks, James Hamblin (2014), Ryan Chyzowski (2015) and Josh Williams (2016) are leading the Tigers in points. Hamblin has 8 (4G, 4A), Chyzowski has 6 (2G, 4A) and Williams has 5 (0G, 5A).
- The Tigers’ blueline currently has an average age of 17.9 years old and only two defencemen have played more than 50 WHL Career games, Dylan MacPherson (128) and Cole Clayton (69).
- Rookie defenceman Eric Van Impe is the only rookie, as well as the only defenceman, to score for the Tigers so far this season.
- The Tigers’ penalty kill is 87.5% at home
- Three of the six goal scorers from the Tigers’ last win over Prince George are currently on the roster. James Hamblin scored two goals while Ryan Jevne and Gary Haden added singles in the 7-3 Tigers’ victory.
- Tigers will be back in action at the Canalta Centre tomorrow night as they host the Kootenay ICE at 7:30 PM. It will be a New Rock Developments Chuck a Puck Night with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
- Right now at Subway you can order James Hamblin’s favourite sub for a chance to win an autographed jersey. Find the contest details on our website!
Hut 8 Community Corner
Hut 8 Mining Company is a cryptocurrency mining and blockchain infrastructure company established through an exclusive partnership with the Bitfury Group, the world’s leading full-service blockchain technology company that recently opened in Medicine Hat.
Gas City Dragonboat is the home club of the “Prairie Fire”, a mixed dragonboat team which practices only 15 minutes outside the City. Dragonboat racing offers a fun teamwork environment and a great workout with like-minded people. 2019 will mark the Gas City Dragonboat’s 13th season and they are open for new recruits. Make sure to stop by the Hut 8 Community Corner to find out more!
The Medicine Hat Tigers are excited to introduce Family Packs this season! Two adult tickets and two children tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 pops for $69.95. Family packs can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or in person at the box office.
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.