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187 WHL ALUMNI HAVE PLAYED IN NHL THIS SEASON

Apr 15, 2014 - 17:36 GMT

Calgary, AB -- The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 20% of all players who have played in the National Hockey League through the 2013-14 regular season are graduates of the WHL.

Of the 983 players who had played in the NHL this season, 187 are graduates of the WHL.

Additionally, there are 70 WHL graduates who currently occupy key coaching and management positions with NHL clubs.

The Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs each saw 10 WHL grads suit up for their Clubs this season, while the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens each boasted 10 WHL grads among those who played at least one game in the NHL this season.

All 30 teams in the NHL have at least two WHL grads who have played in the NHL this season.

The Western Hockey League continues to be a leader in developing NHL-caliber players, while also offering a World Class scholarship to every graduating player.

The following is a breakdown of WHL Alumni who have played in the NHL this season, or who are currently with NHL clubs in coaching or management positions:

ANAHEIM DUCKS
Name, Birthplace, WHL Club(s) in brackets (c-indicates WHL coach, ac - indicates assistant coach)
* indicates currently playing in WHL

Players
Emerson Etem, Long Beach, CA (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Mark Fistric, Edmonton, AB (Vancouver Giants)
Ryan Getzlaf, Regina, SK (Calgary Hitmen)
Luca Sbisa, Oberageri, SUI (Lethbridge Hurricanes, Portland Winterhawks)
Nolan Yonkman, Punnichy, SK (Kelowna Rockets, Brandon Wheat Kings)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Brad Lauer, Humboldt, SK (Regina Pats, Kootenay Ice-ac)
Asst. Coach Scott Niedermayer, Cranbrook, B.C., (Kamloops Blazers)
Asst. Coach Bob Woods, Elk Point, SK (Brandon Wheat Kings)


BOSTON BRUINS

Players
Johnny Boychuk, Edmonton, AB (Calgary Hitmen, Moose Jaw Warriors)
Zdeno Chara, Trencin, SVK (Prince George Cougars)
Craig Cunningham, Trail, B.C. (Vancouver Giants, Portland Winterhawks)
Matt Fraser, Red Deer, AB (Red Deer Rebels, Kootenay Ice)
Jarome Iginla, St. Albert, AB (Kamloops Blazers)
Milan Lucic, Vancouver, B.C. (Vancouver Giants)
Andrej Meszaros, Povazska Bystrica, SVK (Vancouver Giants)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Doug Houda, Blairmore, AB (Calgary Wranglers, Medicine Hat Tigers)

Management
Asst. General Manager Jim Benning, Edmonton, AB (Portland Winter Hawks)
Dir. Player Personnel Scott Bradley, Abbotsford, B.C. (Seattle Thunderbirds-scout)
President and Alt. Governor Cam Neely, Comox, B.C. (Portland Winterhawks)


BUFFALO SABRES

Players
Tyler Ennis, Edmonton, AB (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Nathan Lieuwen, Abbotsford, B.C. (Kootenay Ice)
Brayden McNabb, Davidson, SK (Kootenay Ice)
Tyler Myers, DeWinton, AB (Kelowna Rockets)
Mark Pysyk, Sherwood Park, AB (Edmonton Oil Kings)


CALGARY FLAMES

Players
Mikael Backlund, Vasteras, SWE (Kelowna Rockets)
Lance Bouma, Provost, AB (Vancouver Giants)
Sven Baertschi, Langenthal, SUI (Portland Winterhawks)
TJ Galiardi, Calgary, AB (Calgary Hitmen)
Blair Jones, Central Butte, SK (Red Deer Rebels, Moose Jaw Warriors)
Max Reinhart, Vancouver, B.C. (Kootenay Ice)
Kris Russell, Red Deer, AB (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Tyler Wotherspoon, Burnaby, B.C. (Portland Winterhawks)

Coaching Staff
Goaltender Coach Clint Malarchuk, Edmonton, AB (Portland Winterhawks)

Management
Senior Vice President & Asst. G.M. Michael Holditch (Calgary Hitmen – Governor)


CAROLINA HURRICANES

Players
Drayson Bowman, Littleton, CO (Spokane Chiefs)
Zach Boychuk, Airdrie, AB (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Anton Khudobin, Ust-Kamenogorsk, RUS (Saskatoon Blades)
Brett Sutter, Viking, AB (Kootenay Ice, Red Deer Rebels)
Cam Ward, Saskatoon, SK (Red Deer Rebels)

Coaching Staff
Dave Lewis, Kindersley, SK (Saskatoon Blades)

Management
Dir. Defenseman Development Glen Wesley, Red Deer, AB (Portland Winterhawks)


CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Players
Marian Hossa, Stara Lubvona, CZE  (Portland Winterhawks)
Duncan Keith, Winnipeg, MB  (Kelowna Rockets)
Michal Rozsival, Vlasim, CZE (Swift Current Broncos)
Brent Seabrook, Richmond, B.C.  (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Kent Simpson, Edmonton, AB (Everett Silvertips)
Kris Versteeg, Lethbridge, AB (Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kamloops Blazers, Red Deer Rebels)


COLORADO AVALANCHE

Players
Tyson Barrie, Victoria, B.C. (Kelowna Rockets)
Stefan Elliott, Vancouver, B.C. (Saskatoon Blades)
Nick Holden, St. Albert, AB (Chilliwack Bruins)
Cody McLeod, Binscarth, MB (Portland Winterhawks)
Cory Sarich, Saskatoon, SK (Saskatoon Blades, Seattle Thunderbirds)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Adam Deadmarsh, Trail, B.C.  (Portland Winterhawks)

Management
Executive Advisor/Alt. Governor Joe Sakic, Burnaby, B.C. (Swift Current Broncos)


COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Players
Matt Calvert, Brandon, MB (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Blake Comeau, Meadow Lake, SK (Kelowna Rockets)
Ryan Craig, Abbotsford, B.C. (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Brandon Dubinsky, Anchorage, AK (Portland Winterhawks)
Ryan Johansen, Port Moody, B.C. (Portland Winterhawks)
Ryan Murray, White City, SK (Everett Silvertips)
Nick Schultz, Strasbourg, SK (Prince Albert Raiders)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Craig Hartsburg, Stratford, ON (Everett Silvertips – c)

Management
Pres. of Hockey Operations John Davidson, Ottawa, ON (Calgary Centennials)


DALLAS STARS

Players
Jamie Benn, Victoria, B.C. (Kelowna Rockets )
Kevin Connauton, Edmonton, AB (Vancouver Giants)
Brenden Dillon, Surrey, B.C. (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Cody Eakin, Winnipeg, MB (Swift Current Broncos, Kootenay Ice)
Vernon Fiddler, Edmonton, AB (Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers)
Aaron Rome, Brandon, MB (Saskatoon Blades, Kootenay Ice, Swift Current Broncos, Moose Jaw Warriors)
Colton Sceviour, Red Deer, AB (Portland Winterhawks, Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Ray Whitney, Ft. Saskatchewan, AB (Spokane Chiefs)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Curt Fraser, Cincinnati, OH (Victoria Cougars)
Head Coach Lindy Ruff, Warburg, AB (Lethbridge Broncos)

Management
Asst. GM Les Jackson, Manning, AB  (Estevan/NWM Bruins, Great Falls Americans-c, Brandon Wheat Kings-c)
General Manager Jim Nill, Hanna, AB  (Medicine Hat Tigers )
Advisor, Hockey Ops. Mark Recchi, Kamloops, B.C. (Kamloops Blazers)


DETROIT RED WINGS

Players
Mitch Callahan, Whittier, CA (Kelowna Rockets)
Landon Ferraro, Trail, B.C. (Red Deer Rebels, Everett Silvertips)
Darren Helm, St. Andrews, MB (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Jordin Tootoo, Churchill, MB (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach Mike Babcock, Manitouwadge, ON  (Saskatoon Blades, Kelowna Wings, Moose Jaw Warriors-c, Spokane Chiefs-c)
Asst. Coach Bill Peters, Three Hills, AB (Spokane Chiefs-c)
Goaltending Dev. Coach Chris Osgood, Peace River, AB  (Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings, Seattle Thunderbirds)
Asst. Coach Tom Renney, Cranbrook, B.C. (Kamloops Blazers – c)

Management
General Manager Ken Holland, Vernon, B.C.  (Medicine Hat Tigers)


EDMONTON OILERS

Players
Jordan Eberle, Regina, SK (Regina Pats)
Andrew Ference, Edmonton, AB (Portland Winterhawks)
Boyd Gordon, Unity, AS  (Red Deer Rebels)
Roman Horak, Ceske, Budejovice, CZ (Chilliwack Bruins)
Jason LaBarbera, Burnaby, B.C. (Portland Winterhawks, Tri-City Americans)
Martin Marincin, Kosice, SVK (Prince George Cougars, Regina Pats)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Burnaby, B.C. (Red Deer Rebels)
Tyler Pitlick, Minneapolis, MN (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Ryan Smyth, Banff, AB (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Kelly Buchberger, Langenburg, SK (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Management
Dir. Player Development Mike Sillinger, Regina, SK (Regina Pats)
Sr. Dir. Player Development Rick Carriere, Edmonton, AB (Saskatoon Blades, Red Deer Rebels-c, Medicine Hat Tigers-gm)
Dir. Coaching Dev. Bill Moores  (Edmonton Oil Kings, Regina Pats-c)


FLORIDA PANTHERS

Players
Tomas Fleischmann, Koprivnice, CZE (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Scott Gomez, Anchorage, AK (Tri-City Americans)
Quinton Howden, Oak Bank, MB (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Tomas Kopecky, Ilava, SVK (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Alex Petrovic, Edmonton, AB (Red Deer Rebels)
Colby Robak, Dauphin, MB (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Scottie Upshall, Fort McMurray, AB (Kamloops Blazers)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Brian Skrudland, Peace River, AB (Saskatoon Blades)
Goaltending Coach Robb Tallas, Edmonton, AB (Seattle Thunderbirds)

Management
Dir. Of Scouting Scott Luce, London, ON (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dir. Amateur Scouting Erin Ginnell (NWM Bruins, Calgary Wranglers, Seattle Thunderbirds, Regina Pats, Swift Current Broncos)
Mgr. Player Dev. Bryan McCabe, St. Catherines, ON (Medicine Hat Tigers, Spokane Chiefs, Brandon Wheat Kings)


LOS ANGELES KINGS

Players
Colin Fraser, Sicamous, B.C. (Red Deer Rebels)
Martin Jones, North Vancouver, B.C. (Calgary Hitmen)
Dwight King, Meadow Lake, SK (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Robyn Regehr, Recife, BRA (Kamloops Blazers)
Jarret Stoll, Melville, SK (Edmonton/Kootenay Ice)
Linden Vey, Wakaw, SK (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach Darryl Sutter, Viking, AB (Lethbridge Broncos)
Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford, Brandon, MB (New Westminster Bruins)
Dir. Goaltender Development Kim Dillabaugh (Kelowna Rockets, Calgary Hitmen, Kelowna Rockets-c)


MINNESOTA WILD

Players
Jonathon Blum, Long Beach, CA (Vancouver Giants)
Kyle Brodziak, St. Paul, AB (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Brett Bulmer, Prince George, B.C. (Kelowna Rockets)
*Mathew Dumba, Calgary, AB (Red Deer Rebels, Portland Winterhawks)
Josh Harding, Regina, SK (Regina Pats, Brandon Wheat Kings)
Darcy Kuemper, Saskatoon, SK (Red Deer Rebels, Spokane Chiefs)
Carson McMillan, Brandon, MB (Calgary Hitmen)
Nino Niederreiter, Chur, SUI (Portland Winterhawks)
Jared Spurgeon, Edmonton, AB (Spokane Chiefs)
Clayton Stoner, Port McNeill, B.C. (Tri-City Americans )

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Rick Wilson, Prince Albert, SK (Prince Albert Raiders-c)
Asst. Coach Darryl Sydor, Edmonton, AB (Kamloops Blazers)


MONTREAL CANADIENS

Players
Brendan Gallagher, Delta, B.C. (Vancouver Giants)
Josh Gorges, Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna Rockets)
Patrick Holland, Lethbridge, AB (Tri-City Americans)
Travis Moen, Swift Current, SK (Kelowna Rockets)
Carey Price, Williams Lake, B.C. (Tri-City Americans)
Dustin Tokarski, Humboldt, SK (Spokane Chiefs)
Dale Weise, Winnipeg, MB (Swift Current Broncos)
Ryan White, Brandon, MB (Calgary Hitmen)


NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Players
Victor Bartley, Maple Ridge, B.C. (Regina Pats, Kamloops Blazers)
Devan Dubnyk, Regina, SK (Kamloops Blazers)
Paul Gaustad, Fargo, ND (Portland Winterhawks)
Seth Jones, Plano, TX (Portland Winterhawks)
Colton Sissons, North Vancouver, B.C. (Kelowna Rockets)
Shea Weber, Sicamous, B.C. (Kelowna Rockets)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach Barry Trotz, Winnipeg, MB (Regina Pats)
Asst. Coach Lane Lambert, Swift Current, SK (Saskatoon Blades, Moose Jaw Warriors-c, Prince George Cougars-c)

Management
Advisor, Hockey Ops. Brent Peterson, Calgary, AB (Edmonton Oil King, Portland Winterhawks, Portland Winterhawks-c)


NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Players
Bryce Salvador, Brandon, MB (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Alexander Urbom, Stockholm, SWE (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Dave Barr, Toronto, ON (Billings Bighorns, Edmonton Oil Kings, Great Falls Americans, Portland Winterhawks, Lethbridge Broncos)


NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Players
Michael Grabner, Villach, AUT (Spokane Chiefs)
Travis Hamonic, St. Malo, MB (Moose Jaw Warriors, Brandon Wheat Kings)
Thomas Hickey, Calgary, AB (Seattle Thunderbirds)
John Persson, Ostersund, SWE (Red Deer Rebels)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Brent Thompson, Calgary, AB (Medicine Hat Tigers)


NEW YORK RANGERS

Players
Aaron Asham, Portage La Prairie, MB (Red Deer Rebels)
Derek Dorsett, Kindersley, SK (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Justin Falk, Snowflake, MB (Calgary Hitmen, Spokane Chiefs)
Dylan McIlrath, Winnipeg, MB (Moose Jaw Warriors)


OTTAWA SENATORS

Players
Jared Cowen, Saskatoon, SK (Spokane Chiefs)
Matt Kassian, Edmonton, AB (Vancouver Giants, Kamloops Blazers)
Clarke MacArthur, Lloydminster, AB (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Chris Phillips, Calgary, AB (Prince Albert Raiders, Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Zack Smith, Maple Creek, SK (Swift Current Broncos)
Mark Stone, Winnipeg, MB (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Management
General Manager Bryan Murray, Shawille, QC (Regina Pats-c)
Scouting & Dev. Consultant Jason Smith, Calgary, AB (Regina Pats)


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Players
Braydon Coburn, Shaunavon, SK (Portland Winterhawks)
Scott Hartnell, Regina, SK (Prince Albert Raiders)
Brayden Schenn, Saskatoon, SK (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Luke Schenn, Saskatoon, SK (Kelowna Rockets)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach Craig Berube, Calahoo, AB (NWM Bruins, Kamloops Jr. Oilers/Blazers, Medicine Hat Tigers)
Asst. Coach Kevin McCarthy, Winnipeg, MB (Winnipeg Monarchs/Clubs)
Asst. Coach John Paddock, Brandon, MB (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Management
Asst. GM/Dir. Hockey Ops. Ron Hextall, Brandon, MB (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sr. Vice President Bob Clarke, Flin Flon, MB (Flin Flon Bombers)
Head Pro Scouting Dave Brown, Saskatoon, SK (Spokane Flyers, Saskatoon Blades)


PHOENIX COYOTES

Players
Gilbert Brule, Vancouver, B.C. (Vancouver Giants)
Kyle Chipchura, Vimy, AB (Prince Albert Raiders)
Shane Doan, Halkirk, AB (Kamloops Blazers)
Martin Erat, Krnov, CZE (Saskatoon Blades, Red Deer Rebels)
Martin Hanzal, Pisek, CZE (Red Deer Rebels)
Rob Klinkhammer, Lethbridge, AB (Lethbridge Hurricanes, Seattle Thunderbirds, Portland Winterhawks, Brandon Wheat Kings)
Brandon McMillan, Richmond, B.C. (Kelowna Rockets)
Derek Morris, Edmonton, AB (Regina Pats)
David Schlemko, Edmonton, AB (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Michael Stone, Winnipeg, MB (Calgary Hitmen)

Coaching Staff
Development Coach Dave King, North Battleford, SK (Billings Bighorns-c)
Associate Coach Jim Playfair, Ft. St. James, B.C. (Portland Winterhawks, Calgary Wranglers

Management
Asst. General Manager Brad Treliving, Penticton, B.C. (Portland Winterhawks, Brandon Wheat Kings, Spokane Chiefs, Regina Pats)
Dir. Amateur Scouting Rick Knickle, Dartmouth, NS (Brandon Wheat Kings)


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Players
Nick Drazenovic, Prince George, B.C. (Prince George Cougars)
Deryk Engelland, Edmonton, AB (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Chuck Kobasew, Vancouver, B.C. (Kelowna Rockets)
Brandon Sutter, Huntington, NY (Red Deer Rebels)


SAN JOSE SHARKS

Players
Scott Hannan, Richmond, B.C. (Kelowna/Tacoma Rockets)
Patrick Marleau, Aneroid, SK (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Brad Stuart, Rocky Mountain House, AB (Regina Pats, Calgary Hitmen)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach Todd McLellan, Melville, SK (Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos-c)
Goaltending Development Coach Corey Schwab, North Battleford, SK (Seattle Thunderbirds)

Management
Executive VP & General Manager Doug Wilson, Ottawa, ON (Winnipeg Clubs)


ST. LOUIS BLUES

Players
Jay Bouwmeester, Edmonton, AB (Medicine Tat Tigers)
Adam Cracknell, Prince Albert, SK (Kootenay Ice)
Barret Jackman, Trail, B.C. (Regina Pats)
Brenden Morrow, Carlyle, SK (Portland Winterhawks)
Roman Polak, Ostrava, CZE (Kootenay Ice)
Ty Rattie, Airdrie, AB (Portland Winterhawks)
Ryan Reaves, Winnipeg, MB (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, Edmonton, AB (Kamloops Blazers-c)
Goaltending Consultant Corey Hirsch, Medicine Hat, AB (Kamloops Blazers)


TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Players
Keith Aulie, Rouleau, SK (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Eric Brewer, Vernon, B.C. (Prince George Cougars)
Brett Connolly, Prince George, B.C. (Prince George Cougars)
Radko Gudas, Prague, CZE (Everett Silvertips)
Tyler Johnson, Spokane, WA (Spokane Chiefs)
Nate Thompson, Anchorage, AK (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Dana Tyrell, Airdrie, AB (Prince George Cougars)

Management
Head Amateur Scour Darryl Plandowski, Halifax, NS (Seattle Thunderbirds-ac)


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Players
Carter Ashton, Winnipeg, MB (Lethbridge Hurricanes, Regina Pats, Tri-City Americans)
Troy Bodie, Portage La Prairie, MB (Kelowna Rockets)
Cody Franson, Sicamous, B.C. (Vancouver Giants)
Joffrey Lupul, Ft. Saskatchewan, AB (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Frazer McLaren, Winnipeg, MB (Portland Winterhawks, Moose Jaw Warriors)
Colton Orr, Winnipeg, MB (Swift Current Broncos, Kamloops Blazers, Regina Pats)
Dion Phaneuf, Edmonton, AB (Red Deer Rebels)
James Reimer, Winnipeg, MB (Red Deer Rebels)
Morgan Rielly, Vancouver, B.C. (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jerred Smithson, Vernon, B.C. (Calgary Hitmen)

Management
Community Rep. Wendel Clark, Kelvington, SK (Saskatoon Blades)


VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Players
Alexander Edler, Ostersund, SWE (Kelowna Rockets)
Dan Hamhuis, Smithers, B.C. (Prince George Cougars)
Jannik Hansen, Herlev, DNK (Portland Winterhawks)
Ryan Stanton, St. Albert, AB (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Glen Gulutzan, La Pas, MB (Moose Jaw Warriors, Brandon Wheat Kings, Saskatoon Blades)

Management
Dir. of Player Personnel Lorne Henning, Melfort, SK (Estevan/New Westminster Bruins)
Dir. of Player Development Stan Smyl, Glendon, AB (New Westminster Bruins)


WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Players
Karl Alzner, Burnaby, B.C. (Calgary Hitmen)
Troy Brouwer, Vancouver, B.C. (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jason Chimera, Edmonton, AB (Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings)
Eric Fehr, Winkler, MB (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Mike Green, Calgary, AB (Saskatoon Blades)
Braden Holtby, Llyodminster, SK (Saskatoon Blades)
Brooks Laich, Wawota, SK (Moose Jaw Warriors, Seattle Thunderbirds)

Coaching Staff
Asst. Coach Blaine Forsythe (Calgary Hitmen-ac)
Head Goalie Coach Olaf Kolzig, Johannesburg, RSA (New Westminster Bruins/Tri-City Americans)


WINNIPEG JETS

Players
Dustin Byfuglien, Minneapolis, MN (Brandon Wheat Kings, Prince George Cougars)
Keaton Ellerby, Strathmore, AB (Kamloops Blazers, Moose Jaw Warriors)
Evander Kane, Vancouver, B.C. (Vancouver Giants)
Andrew Ladd, Maple Ridge, B.C. (Calgary Hitmen)
Paul Postma, Red Deer, AB (Swift Current Broncos, Calgary Hitmen)
Devin Setoguchi, Taber, AB (Saskatoon Blades, Prince George Cougars)
James Wright, Saskatoon, SK (Vancouver Giants)

Coaching Staff
Goaltending Coach Wade Flaherty, Terrace, B.C. (Kelowna Wings, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Victoria Cougars)

Management
Executive V.P & General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, Saskatoon, SK (Brandon Wheat Kings)