Tuesday, August 11, 2009

WHL Schedule

Press Release

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League today released its schedule for the 2009-10 regular season.

The 2009-10 regular season will begin on Thursday, September 17th, with a special Opening Night game featuring the defending Ed Chynoweth Cup - WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets hosting the Vancouver Giants. The game will be broadcast LIVE on SHAW TV with the pre-game show starting at 7:00 pm (PT).

The 2009-10 WHL regular-season schedule gets into full swing on Friday, September 18th, with eight games.

In the WHL Eastern Conference, the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup host Brandon Wheat Kings will travel to Prince Albert to face the Raiders, the 2008-09 Conference Champion Calgary Hitmen will visit Central Division rivals the Red Deer Rebels, the reigning East Division Champion Saskatoon Blades will host the Regina Pats, the Moose Jaw Warriors will face the Swift Current Broncos and the Lethbridge Hurricanes will visit the Kootenay ice.

In the WHL Western Conference, the Chilliwack Bruins welcome the Kamloops Blazers, the Spokane Chiefs visit the Prince George Cougars, and the Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds re-new their rivalry in Kent at the ShoWare Center.

As in previous seasons, the majority of games will be played on the weekend. Of the 792 games, 556 are scheduled for the weekend, with 227 to be played on a Friday, 231 on a Saturday and 98 on a Sunday. Additionally, 14 weekday games occur on various holidays throughout the season, meaning 72% of the schedule is played on a weekend or non-school days. During the week, Wednesday night has 137 matches, 78 games are scheduled for Tuesday, 11 contests will be played on Thursday and 10 games are scheduled to be held on Monday.

The 2009-10 WHL Regular Season concludes on Sunday, March 14th with the 2009 WHL Playoffs set to begin on Friday, March 19th.

Please find, on the right hand side of the page under 'Related Documents', the complete 2009-10 WHL Regular Season schedule.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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