Vanstone Joins The Dinos
Former Raiders captain Tim Vanstone has committed to the University of Calgary Dinos for the 2017-18 USports Season.
Vanstone played in 299 games for the Raiders after being drafted in the third round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. In his Raider career, the Swift Current product had 36 goals and 58 assists. He also served as the Raiders captain for the past two seasons.
“It’s going to be different wearing green for five years, and then hopefully red for five. It’s going to be different, but it reminds me of being 16 years old and going to a new team,” Vanstone told Jeff D’Andrea of paNOW. “It’s a little different that I could choose where I wanted to go. You’re going to step in as a rookie.”
For more, read D’Andrea’s full story here.
Guhle, Wiesblatt Earn U16 Camp Invites
Raiders prospects Kaiden Guhle and Ozzy Wiesblatt were invited to Hockey Alberta’s U16 Summer Camps, the organization announced on Thursday. Guhle and Wiesblatt are among 80 players invited to the summer camp, which takes place in Camrose from July 4 to 9.
The Alberta duo was the most recent members of the Raiders’ 2017 WHL Bantam Draft class to be named to their home province’s selection camp. Cohner Saleski, Davin Griffin, Graham Skinner and Dylan Scriven were all invited to the SaskFirst U16 Summer Camp taking place near the end of July. Braydon Clark will be a part of Team BC Green at the BC Program of Excellence in Shawinigan Lake from July 11 to 16.
Earlier this month, prospects Jakob Brook and Evan Herman took part in Hockey Manitoba’s Program of Excellence Top-40 Camp.
All nine Canadian members of the Raiders’ 2017 WHL Bantam Draft Class have now been invited to their provincial camps. Each camp will begin the selection process for each province’s team for the 2017 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, which takes place in October.
For more about each draft pick, click here.
Captain Colliton To Coach Rockford
Another former Raiders captain is starting a new position. Alumnus Jeremy Colliton was hired as the head coach for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, the minor-league affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Colliton played in 229 games for the Raiders between 2001 and 2005, serving as captain for his final two years in the league. The Blackie, AB product scored 71 goals and added 105 assists in his four-year stint in P.A.
Most recently, Colliton served as the head coach of Mora IK in Sweden, guiding his squad to a league-best 35-4-13 record and 105 points during the 2016-17 campaign. In his four years with Mora IK, he compiled a 98-18-57 record and led the team to promotion to the Swedish Hockey League for the 2017-18 campaign.
Before coaching, Colliton was a second-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in the 2003 NHL Draft. E dressed in 57 games with the Islanders across five seasons.
“I’m honored to join the Blackhawks organization as they have a proven track record of winning that I’m excited to help continue,” said Colliton in a press release. “In Rockford, we will do everything we can to help our young prospects develop into the best players and people they can be.”
For more on the Colliton hiring, click here.
Morrissey, Canada Advance To Semifinals
Two Raiders alumni met in the quarter-final of the 2017 IIHF World Championship on Thursday afternoon as Josh Morrissey and Team Canada knocked off Leon Draisaitl and Team Germany 2-1.
Morrissey has one assist in eight games with Canada as they advance to the semifinals to take on Russia on Saturday morning.
Draisaitl joined the German team after the Edmonton Oilers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. He played in three games for Germany, picking up two assists and being named one of his country’s three-best players in the tournament.