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CHL Weekend Review: November’s first taste of noteworthy news

 

We’re past the quarter mark of the Canadian Hockey League season and as the calendar turns to November there’s lots to follow both on and off the ice.

Here’s a closer look at some of the latest headlines and community events from coast-to-coast.

Hockey Fights Cancer

Pink in the Rink was a prevalent theme throughout October as teams helped raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.  The fight continues around the hockey world in November with the Owen Sound Attack and London Knights the latest to show their support for those battling cancer.

Theme jerseys and personal tributes by players and fans were just some of the ways both clubs made the night special.

Hitmen honour the Hitman

The Calgary Hitmen hosted ‘Bret the Hitman Hart Night’ on Saturday in the latest event to commemorate the club’s 25th anniversary season.

The Hitmen honoured their namesake, Bret Hart, by highlighting his wrestling legacy, commitment to the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre, and longstanding relationship with the team.

Saluting the Troops

While Remembrance Day and Veterans Day on Monday will yield tributes across Canada and the United States for men and women of service and war fallen heroes, the Saginaw Spirit and North Bay Battalion showed their support for the Troops during their most recent home games.

Among the highlights was a special homecoming for one family in Saginaw and special camouflage jerseys in North Bay.

Players Give Back

Giving back to the community is something all CHL teams take to heart but several players around the league have gone the extra mile.  The Kitchener Rangers and goaltender Jacob Ingham recently announced the ‘Jakes Saves Campaign’ in support of Hockey Gives Blood contributing financially to the Canadian Blood Services program with every save made by the Los Angeles Kings prospect.

Elsewhere, Kamloops Blazers captain Zane Franklin and Charlottetown Islanders goaltender Matthew Welsh showed their support for Hockey Gives Blood with donations of their own as part of the Team Ambassadors program.

Helping Hawerchuk

The Barrie Colts have launched a campaign in support of head coach Dale Hawerchuk who was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and has been on a leave of absence from behind the bench since September.

All donations in support of the Hall of Famer will be going towards stomach cancer research.

O’Rourke named Greyhounds Captain

The Soo Greyhounds have announced their 2019-20 leadership team with NHL Draft prospect Ryan O’Rourke awarded the captaincy.

The second year defenceman becomes the CHL’s 40th newly appointed captain of the current campaign taking over the ‘C’ given the departure of Barrett Hayton to the Arizona Coyotes.

Gilmour Returns to Maple Leafs

After 11 years with the Kingston Frontenacs, Doug Gilmour has announced his departure to return to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gilmour, who spent more than a decade with his hometown team as Head Coach, General Manager, and President of Hockey Operations, will join the Leafs as a Community Representative.

Revealing the Rings

The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies recently revealed the beautiful rings designed to commemorate their 2018-19 President Cup and Memorial Cup championship season.

The Huskies new hardware follows championship rings presented by the Prince Albert Raiders and the Guelph Storm to honour Ed Chynoweth Cup and Robertson Cup titles in the WHL and OHL.

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