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CHL Weekend Review: Honouring men and women of service

 

It’s Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States where we pause to remember the brave men and women who served and continue to serve our country.

Honouring men and women of service was the theme across Canadian Hockey League rinks this weekend.

Here’s a closer look at those events and more from coast-to-coast.

Lest We Forget

CHL teams honoured veterans, welcomed legion members and current military personnel, flag parties, held moments of silence, and wore special jerseys as part of events to remember.

Four afternoon CHL games will also be played on Remembrance Day in Charlottetown, Brandon, Edmonton, and Kamloops, in addition to Game 4 of the CIBC Canada Russia Series in London.

Warm Welcome

While Team OHL players returned to their club teams for weekend games, Team Russia prepared for Game 4 action in London with practice time in nearby Lucan where they were welcomed by Mayor Burghardt-Jesson.

Lucan was awarded the 2018 title of Hockeyville.

Rogers Hometown Hockey

Welland, Ontario, was the sixth stop on the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour where members of the Niagara IceDogs joined the festivities.

The Rose City is home to former NHL talents and CHL grads like Dan Girardi and Paul Bissonnette who were among the stars in attendance and featured on the broadcast.

Movember

It’s that time of the year where the moustache makes its mark on men’s faces around the world and CHL players are no exception.

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Cape Breton Eagles, and Sherbrooke Phoenix are among CHL teams growing their Mo’s to change the face of men’s health by raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, along with mental health and suicide prevention.

Woolley’s Warriors

Launched in August 2019, Woolley’s Warriors is a nonprofit founded by Owen Sound Attack defenceman Mark Woolley who hopes to conquer diabetes by raising support and awareness for young athletes living every day with Type 1.

Saturday night in Owen Sound marked the first ‘Woolley’s Warriors Night’ in support of Diabetes Canada.

Flint’s Longest Serving Firebird

Jake Durham is now the longest serving member of the Flint Firebirds setting a new franchise record for games played with 218.

During his four-year tenure the Port Perry native has amassed 120 points and counting.

Record Streak in Sherbrooke

Felix Robert recently set the record for longest point-streak in Sherbrooke Phoenix franchise history at 13 games but has continued his standout play for the CHL’s top ranked team accumulating 34 points across his last 16 games dating back to October 1.

Only Hamilton Bulldogs prospect Jan Jenik has a longer active streak currently at 17 games dating back to September 27 where he’s totaled 33 points.

Captain Cougar

Josh Maser has been named the 25th captain in Prince George Cougars history.

The 20-year-old forward playing in his fourth WHL season is the CHL’s 41st newly appointed captain of 2019-20.

A Taste of Home

Just an ordinary day in Peterborough turned into a pleasant surprise for Petes forward Liam Kirk when he learned his family had traveled from England to visit.

The Arizona Coyotes prospect is playing in his second OHL season and has 24 points through 19 games.

Bentley’s Memories

Country Music star Dierks Bentley recently revealed a garage full of hockey sweaters given to him as gifts over years of performances in rinks all over the globe.

Spotted in the video are classics from the Hamilton Bulldogs, Kamloops Blazers, Saint John Sea Dogs, Lewiston MAINEiacs, Saskatoon Blades, and Spokane Chiefs among others.

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