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Raiders founding member passes
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Firefighter or Raiders founding member – it’s difficult to tell which association was the most remarkable for Ed Habetler.

He passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer.

He worked with the fire department in Prince Albert for 30 years, which left quite the impression on Jim Bristowe.

Gardiner misses draft but invited to Wild’s camp; Stewart late pick by Canucks
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Raiders forward Reid Gardiner felt opposite emotions this past weekend at the NHL Entry Draft.

After heading into the draft ranked as the 29th North American Skater by NHL Central Scouting, Gardiner watched all 210 draft picks slip by, all without “Reid Gardiner” beside it.

But the Minnesota Wild rectified that situation and gave him an opportunity he was dying to get. Shortly after the draft concluded on Saturday, the Wild invited Gardiner to their development camp July 9 to 14.

Raiders draft younger brother of former Blade at CHL Import Draft
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Although he’s never played a game in the WHL, the newest Prince Albert Raider should already be somewhat familiar to Raider fans.

The Raiders selected Czech forward Simon Stransky with the 24th overall pick in the CHL Import Draft Wednesday, the younger brother of former Raider rival and Saskatoon Blade Matej Stransky. Matej Stransky who has been drafted and signed by the Dallas Stars.

'Big Mack' goes to Vancouver; Gardiner unselected at 2014 NHL Entry Draft
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Prince Albert Raiders had a player go in the second day of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but it wasn't the one they thought.

Hulking blueliner Mackenze Stewart, who was not ranked at all by NHL Central Scouting, was selected in the seventh round, 186th overall to the Vancouver Canucks.

Forward Reid Gardiner, despite being ranked 29th overall by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters, was not selected in the draft.

Draisaitl the newest Oiler; selected by Edmonton third overall at NHL Entry Draft
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Many draft experts across the internet thought that Prince Albert Raiders forward Leon Draisaitl would be a good fit for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers agreed.

They made it official Friday at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, Pa., picking the Deutschland Dangler with the third overall pick.

Gennaro hopes great U17 tournament will help him make U18 Hlinka roster
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Raiders could have two players represent the team at 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Aug. 11-16 in Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Raiders forward Matteo Gennaro and goaltender Nick McBride were named to the Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp that will be held from Aug. 2-5 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

Raiders not ending season with traditional Blades home-and-home
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Just about every year when the WHL releases its regular season schedule, you can bet your bottom dollar the Prince Albert Raiders will begin and end their season with a home-and-home against their Highway 11 rivals, the Saskatoon Blades.

This year, that’s only half true.

Although they’re going to kick off the season against each other Sept. 19 in Prince Albert and Sept. 20 in Saskatoon, they won’t be ending the season against each other.

PA’s Anholt named as Hurricanes assistant GM
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Peter Anholt has taken on just about every role you can in the game of hockey.

He played for the Prince Albert Raiders back in the SJHL days between 1979-1981, has 17 years of coaching experience in the WHL (13 as a head coach), as well as a year in Germany and the last three years spent as a scout.

Anholt is even a hockey dad. His son Matt is a former Prince Albert Minto and is committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in the NCAA.

Raiders preseason schedule released
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The next time the Prince Albert Raiders will hit the ice in a game situation will start on Aug. 29 as the WHL’s preseason will begin then.

For the first time, the WHL has scheduled six preseason tournaments. What that means for the Raiders is their first two games will be in Regina, to play against the Lethbridge Hurricanes Aug. 29 and the Calgary Hitmen Aug. 30.

The two Raiders’ home games in the preseason will be Sept. 5 against the Saskatoon Blades and Sept. 12 against the Regina Pats.

Raiders defenceman secures spot at national camp
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Josh Morrissey's talents on the ice continue to grab the attention of scouts.

He is one of 41 players picked for Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek summer development camp in Quebec.

The camp runs the first week in August.

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced the roster on Friday.

16 of the 41 players named to the summer development camp roster are from the Western Hockey League.

Raiders sign Thompson and Maser
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The Prince Albert Raiders have added signed two more prospects from their 2014 draft class.

After locking down their first round pick Ian Scott last Wednesday, the Raiders have signed WHL standard contracts with defenceman Cody Thompson and forward Josh Maser.

Thompson was the team’s third round choice, 52nd overall. The 6’3, 185-pounder from Killarney, Man. scored 19 points in 29 games for the Southwest Cougars.

Scott signs with Raiders
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Just over a month after the Prince Albert Raiders made a splash by drafting a goaltender in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft, they’ve now signed him.

Yaremchuk excited about new challenge
By Drew Wilson Voice of the Raiders


Lance Yaremchuk is the first to admits his time with the Prince Albert Raiders didn't go according to plan.

The 18-year-old selected in the 6th round of the 2011 Bantam Draft is now a member of the Prince George Cougars following Monday's trade which has sent another former Minto Jordan Tkatch to the Raiders.

Yaremchuk said Monday was an emotional day.

Raiders acquire Tkatch and trade Yaremchuk
By Drew Wilson Voice of the Raiders

The Raiders have moved one of 7-20-year-olds on the roster in addition to one of the two local boys in a trade with the Prince George Cougars.

Overage winger Chance Braid and 18-year-old forward Lance Yaremchuk are headed to the Cougars for former Minto Jordan Tkatch and a 6th round draft choice in the 2016 bantam draft.

Gardiner grinds it out at the combine
By Drew Wilson Voice of the Raiders


"I held nothing back."

Raider winger Reid Gardiner is taking a well deserved break after last week's NHL combine in Toronto. It was a final chance to make an impression in front of the NHL scouts heading into the draft June 28th and 29 in Philadelphia.

The highlight of the week was the fitness testing. Gardiner said it was a grueling day.

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When the Prince Albert Raiders selected three players in the first two rounds of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, they knew they had the franchise's future pillars.

Defenceman Brendan Guhle was selected third overall,  goaltender Nick McBride at the 23rd overall position, and forward Matteo Gennaro was 41st overall.

Raiders' Gardiner ready for the daunting NHL Combine

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The NHL Combine is no joke.

It’s where players waiting to get selected at this year’s NHL Entry Draft push themselves physically to such extremes where they often vomit, in order to impress the NHL talent scouts.

On top of the draining fitness tests, teams grill the draft-eligible players with all the tough questions— sometimes even making them sing embarrassing pop songs.

Raiders goalie prospect Parenteau wins national championship, to be on TV doc
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Even though Rylan Parenteau didn’t make the Prince Albert Raiders out of training camp this year, his year went as well as you could expect.

Parenteau was named the Top Goaltender at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships ending May 3 in Montreal, Quebec and has been chosen to appear in the third season of the hockey documentary show “Hit the Ice.”

The show, that’s broadcasted on national television network APTN, covers a camp of elite aboriginal hockey prospects.

Raiders captain heading to AHL conference finals, Draisaitl wraps up successful world championship
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The captain of the Prince Albert Raiders is off to a conference final – with his AHL team.

Josh Morrissey, drafted 13th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 2013, was reassigned the AHL affiliate St. John’s Ice Caps after the Raiders’ season ended.

He and the Ice Caps are off to the Eastern Conference finals of the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs.

In the playoffs, he’s had two goals and four assists in 10 playoff games, with a plus-6 rating, after posting one assist in the Ice Caps final eight regular season games.

Draisaitl makes Team Germany for World Hockey Championships
By Drew Wilson Voice of the Raiders

Leon Draisaitl's hockey season isn't over just yet.

The 18-year-old who led the Raiders in goals and points this past season has made team Germany for the World Championships to become the youngest player in the lineup for his home country.

‘Great Scott!’ Raiders newest pick ‘speechless’ after being drafted
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Although the Prince Albert Raiders had shown a ton of interest in goaltender Ian Scott throughout the year, he still couldn’t immediately process the fact the Raiders picked him ninth overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

“At first, I was speechless, maybe a little queasy. I didn’t know what to think at the moment,” said Scott Thursday in a phone call from his native Calgary. “Then it just came to me that this is what I worked for this entire year.

Raiders take goalie in the first round of WHL Bantam Draft
By Drew Wilson Voice of the Raiders


The Raiders have selected the top rated goalie in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

The team chose Ian Scott of Calgary with the 9th overall pick.

Director of Player Personel Dale Derkatch said the 6'2" product of the Calgary Northstars is an impressive athlete.

"He is very athletic, moves very well in his net," said Derkatch.

WEHP predict Anderson-Dolan could be the newest Raider; WHL Bantam Draft Thursday
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Even though the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft hasn’t been conducted yet, there’s a good chance that Edge Mountaineer Jaret Anderson-Dolan could be the next Prince Albert Raider first round pick.

The Western Elite Hockey Prospects scouting service (WEHP) predicted the Raiders would draft Anderson-Dolan with the ninth overall pick. In the case of the Raiders, WEHP have been close to spot-on with their predictions.

Talking draft with the Deutschland Dangler
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

We were able to catch up with Prince Albert Raiders forward Leon Draisaitl, who is currently trying to crack Team Germany's national men's team for the upcoming World Champions in Belarus, May 9-25.

We talk about his thoughts about the recent draft rankings for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft June 27-28 in Philadelphia. 

Gardiner’s draft stock rises 11 spots despite second half struggles
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

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