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Raiders routed by Hitmen at Regina tournament
By Drew Wilson

Voice of the Raiders

 

The two goal performance of Debden's Craig Leverton was one of few highlights for the Raiders in a 12-3 loss to the Calgary Hitmen at the Regina preseason tournament.

Raiders fall to Hurricanes in preseason opening shootout
By Drew Wilson

Voice of the Raiders

 

Nick McBride gave the Raiders a chance to win their preseason opener, but it was the player he foiled the most during regulation and overtime who would have the final say. Jamal Watson scored the shootout winner in a 2-1 Lethbridge victory after being robbed repeatedly by the Raiders 17-year-old starting goaltender.

Raider roster at 32 heading into preseason
Preseason Roster (names & ages)

 

Goal

Rylan Parenteau (18)

Nick McBride (17)

Ian Scott (15)

 

Defense

Sawyer Lange (20)

Hunter Warner (19)

Josh Morrissey (19)

MacKenze Stewart (19)

Ryan Coghlan (19)

Tomas Andrlik (19)

Ben Verrall (18)

Brendan Guhle (17)

Brennan Riddle (17)

Curtis Roach (17)

Cody Paivarinta (16)

Cody Thompson (15)

 

Forwards

Calder Brooks (20)

Dakota Conroy (20)

Raiders to go with McBride and Parenteau, announce three more signings ; intrasquad game summary
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Even though the regular season doesn’t start until Sept. 19, goaltender Rylan Parenteau already knows he’ll finally begin his WHL career with the Prince Albert Raiders this season.

The Raiders only listed three goaltenders in their main camp rosters this week: Parenteau, returning goaltender Nick McBride and underager Ian Scott, who’s not eligible to play between the pipes this year.

PHOTOS: Raiders Day raises hockey spirit in P.A.
paNOW Staff

More than 100 eager fans met in front of the Art Hauser Centre Tuesday afternoon as they celebrated Raiders Day to pre-empt the hockey season.

To help celebrate the event the Prince Albert Raiders store opened at 9:30 a.m. with special deals. Season ticket holders also had a chance to pick up their tickets.

Those looking for a quick bite had a chance to grab a cheeseburger, chips and pop from the barbecue hosted by Co-op.

Warner wows, Stransky signs at Raiders training camp
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Newcomer Hunter Warner is garnering all kinds of accolades from the Prince Albert Raiders brass after his first training camp scrimmage on Monday.

The 19-year-old defenceman from Eden Prairie, Minn. signed with the Raiders on Aug. 6. According Dale Derkatch, the Raiders director of player personnel, the Raiders are quite excited to have gotten the deal done.

Raiders’ overage situation progressing but still far from set
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Raiders 20-year-old situation continues to be interesting.

The Raiders entered the offseason with seven overagers on their team, four more than the maximum of three.

UPDATED: Main camp rosters released; Stewart and Coleman looking for Raider forward spots
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Prior to the two squad practices for the Prince Albert Raiders main camp, the team released their camp rosters.

Team Green

Defence

Sawyer Lange, 1994

Mackenze Stewart, 1995

Ryan Coghlan, 1995

Brennan Riddle, 1997

Curtis Roach, 1997

Cody Paivarinta, 1998

Ashton Heidt, 1999

Zachary Hayes, 1999

Forwards

Dakota Conroy, 1994

Jordan Tkatch, 1995

Aaron Ryback, 1995

 Backed up at blueline; not a lot of spots for Raiders D prospects
By Jeff D'Andrea

paNOW Staff

Will Morrissey be Manitoba bound or wearing Raider green?
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

With less than a month to go until the Prince Albert Raiders’ home opener, it's still not clear if last year’s captain Josh Morrissey will be playing with the team this season.

The 19-year-old will travel to Manitoba early next month to practice with the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL. Depending on how the training camp goes there, Morrissey may either stay in Winnipeg or come back and join the Raiders.

Raiders rookies in town and kicking off camp
paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Raiders are beginning their rookie camp Friday, starting with registration and fitness testing. 

Rookie camp concludes on Sunday, where main camp will begin in the afternoon. Training camp will wrap with the annual Raiders intrasquad game on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Here are the rookie camp rosters.

Team Green

 

Raiders ramping up plans for training camp
By Drew Wilson paNOW Staff

It’s that time of year again. Raider rookie camp opens Aug. 22 and general manager Bruno Campese says there is a lot to go over before the players arrive.

“Everything from who we have coming to where we see guys (players) as far as moving forward, mapping out and projecting who is going to be in the Regina tournament (Aug. 29 vs. Lethbridge, Aug. 30 vs. Calgary), there’s billets, there’s schools, there’s travel, practice planning, there is a lot going on.”

Online or in line, Raider season ticket price rises
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

A new option is being offered this year for Raiders fans.

Season tickets can now be bought online through www.raiderhockey.com, which means no more waiting in line.

"This is just something we've been talking about doing for a long time, and with the modern technology out there we are sort of catching up. Other teams have been doing it for a while," said Bruce Vance, the Raiders director of marketing.

Leon Draisaitl signs with the Edmonton Oilers
paNOW Staff

Raider Centreman Leon Draisaitl has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

The 18-year-old who posted a 105 point season with the Raiders in 2013-14 (38 goals, 67 assists in 64 games) has been training in  Edmonton since shortly after the NHL draft at the end of June.

Raiders sign USHL player Hunter Warner
By Drew Wilson paNOW Staff

The Raiders will have a new 19-year-old defenseman patrolling the blue line this season. 

Hunter Warner is leaving the USHL's Fargo Force after posting 12 points on two goals and 10 assists while spending 125 minutes in the penalty box.

General Manager Bruno Campese said the six-foot two-inch, 202 pound rearguard from Eden Prairie, Minnesota fills a need on the back line, especially as a right hand shot.

Raiders founding member passes
paNOW Staff

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
paNOW Staff

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
paNOW Staff

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.

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