TCH: Mitch Topping closes in on 300 games

Brad Watson-Calgary Hitmen

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

The Chilliwack Bruins were packed up — every last jersey, stick and puck. The 5-year-old WHL franchise was sold and was relocating to Victoria, British Columbia.

The players were part of that package, too, but defenseman Mitch Topping never made it to the ferry.

Just a couple of weeks before players were to report for the Victoria Royals first camp in the fall of 2011, Topping was acquired by the Tri-City Americans for a 2013 second-round bantam draft pick and prospect Justin Spagrud.

For Topping, it seems like yesterday that the trade came down. But here it is three years later, and Topping is scheduled to play his 300th Western Hockey League game Saturday when the Americans host Spokane. He will play No. 299 tonight against Portland.

“I tell all of the young guys, ‘don’t even blink,’ ” said Topping, a native of Red Deer, Alberta. “I remember the older guys in Chilliwack telling me that. You’ll wake up and you’ll be 20 years old and coming to the close of your career. I’m coming down the last stretch here, hitting 300 games and it’s just been a blur. I realize I’ve been in the league for five years and have been through so much — so many highs, so many lows. It feels like yesterday I was getting drafted by Chilliwack (first round, 2008) and heading to my first WHL camp.”

 

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68