Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CHL Import Draft

The Tigers have the 54th pick in the first round. The Tigers will be making one pick as Parkonnen looks like a good candidate to be back for next year, as despite his smallish stature and limited ice he showed a good deal of potential.

Sebastien Ouywa is still eligible to come back and depending on pro opportunities / 20 year old situation he may or may not be back.

1st Round
54. Medicine Hat Tigers – Adam Rehak 19 year old.
D.O.B: Sept. 26, 1992
Last Team: HC Vitkovice U20
Country: Czech Republic
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 5.11 179
Draft Status: Was eligible this year. Wasn't drafted. Ranked 96 overall for European skaters

Last Years Stats:
GP:50 G:31 A:31 PTS:62 PIM:101 +/-:33

Looks like the Tigers got a guy who is capable of scoring and not afraid to battle judging by his penalty minutes.
WHL Schedule IS OUT
Schedule is out very early this year, which is very surprising considering they just moved a franchise. Tigers Season and Home Opener is against Lethbridge again. September 24th.

The Tigers do the bulk of their traveling in the first two months of the season. They do not have a U.S road trip this year so their road schedule in the second half is extremely light with the exception of a small 2 games in 2 day trip to Prince George.

They also only have 2 occasions where they play 3 games in 3 nights. So overall a more balanced schedule with the long road trips early in the season.

Monday - 0
Tuesday - 6
Wednesday - 7
Thursday - 1
Friday - 6
Saturday - 15
Sunday - 1

Saturday, June 25, 2011

One Tiger + 1 Hatter Drafted in NHL Entry Draft

Kale Kessy Was selected 111th overall by the phoenix coyotes in the 4th round.


One interest of Note Medicine Hat Born Darren Deitz was selected in the 5th round 138 overall to the Montreal Canadiens.

Congratulations to both players.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WHL Puts Pressure On Tigers/City

I've decided to take a bit of a break from blogging, hence the no posts for the last month. This story is a little hard not to post something about, especially when the possible future of the Tigers playing in Medicine Hat is in jeopardy.

Tigers' future in Medicine Hat depends on new arena

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. -- The commissioner of the Western Hockey League says the failure of the City of Medicine Hat to fund a new arena is surprising and disappointing.

Ron Robison says the Tigers are the only WHL franchise to have an arena that doesn't meets league standards.

He says the construction of a new arena and event centre is necessary for the Tigers' future in Medicine Hat.

Robison says a meeting between hockey officials and the city is being scheduled immediately.

In 2004, WHL updated its arena standards and Medicine Hat is the only city to not meet the requirements.


A new arena without question is needed. My understanding is that there are a couple important parts in the ice making process that could fall apart at any time. Combine that with the fact that the Medicine Hat Arena is now the only arena that doesn't meet league standards.

With the new police expansion, parking is going to be absolutely atrocious.

The biggest reason why the issue was defeated because a large sum would be taken out of the capital reserve fund. In terms of long term planning $51 million can generate a shit ton of cash on interest. Calculating the economic gain of building the events center vs taking out the cash from the reserve fund is tough to calculate.

The 96$ million dollar price tag seems extremely high, and I believe that was the biggest factor of alderman voting against the project. If The City could trim that price by 20-30 million, I think we'd get a better response.

P.S If the Tigers were to build a new Arena, they would become a prime candidate for hosting the memorial cup if they were to put in a bid.