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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

Draisaitl and Gardiner rated by NHL Central Scouting
By Drew Wilson Voice of the Raiders

Raider forwards Leon Drasaitl and Reid Gardiner are on the NHL Central Scouting final rankings list.

Draisaitl, who finished fourth in the WHL points race with 105 is rated fourth among North American skaters. Although Leon had nine goals and 10 assists in the final eight regular season games to earn WHL player of the month honours, he dropped two spots from the mid-term rankings.

Draisaitl named WHL player of the month
By Drew Wilson paNOW Staff

The Western Hockey League has named Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders the WHL Player of the Month for March.

Draisaitl, an 18-year-old from Cologne, Germany, recorded nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points to go with a +12 rating in eight regular-season games to close out the regular season, helping the Raiders post a 6-2-0-0 record in that span.

UPDATED: Valcourt and Craig quickly sign with AHL clubs

paNOW Staff

Former Prince Albert Raiders overagers didn't take long to find himself a new place to play. 

Just five days after his Raiders were eliminated from the playoffs by the Edmonton Oil Kings, Graeme Craig and Collin Valcourt signed with AHL teams.

Craig signed with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Monday.

Draisaitl could be done as a Raider; farewell to the 20s
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

As much as the Prince Albert Raiders don’t want to think about it, Leon Draisaitl may have played his last game at the WHL level on Wednesday. His Raiders were swept by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round of the playoffs with a 6-2 loss.

Although he just completed his 18-year-old season, Draisaitl is a can’t-miss prospect at this year’s NHL Entry Draft and is highly ranked across the board.

Raiders go from 'all in' to 'all done'; swept by Oil Kings
By Jeff D'Andrea

paNOW Staff

It’s a feeling the Prince Albert Raiders know all too well.

After Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings, they were swept in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. Last season, they lost their first four playoff games to the Red Deer Rebels.

Raiders in daunting 3-0 hole to Oil Kings after Tuesday's heartbreaker
By Jeff D'Andrea

paNOW Staff

The hill just got a lot steeper for the Prince Albert Raiders.

With their 4-3 loss Tuesday at the Art Hauser Centre, the Raiders have fallen behind 3-0 in their opening playoff series to the Edmonton Oil Kings, who have back-to-back WHL finals appearances and have won the last three WHL Eastern Conference championships.

To make their comeback possibilities seem even bleaker, no eight seed in WHL playoff history has ever defeated a top-seeded team since the league switched to the eight-seed format.

Former Raider captain Rowley and 3 other Raiders win CIS championship with UofA
By Jeff D'Andrea

paNOW Staff

Jordan Rowley shared the captaincy for the Prince Albert Raiders in 2010-2011, but this year, he led his team to a national championship.

Rowley, named a CIS First Team All-Star defenceman, helped his University of Albert Golden Bears to their 14th CIS University Cup, which is a record, Sunday in Saskatoon over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The Golden Bears won a 3-1 decision.

Raiders in a 2-0 hole to Oil Kings despite strong shows from Cheveldave
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Even though the last two games were losses, Prince Albert Raiders goaltender 20-year-old Cole Cheveldave seems to have retaken the reigns between the pipes over rookie phenom Nick McBride.

McBride rode the Raiders on a hot streak to get to the playoffs, starting eight of the last nine games and posted a 7-1 record, .906 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average.

Co-op helping celebrate Raiders playoff hockey
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Raiders and their fans are prepping for their first playoff home game at the Art Hauser Centre on Tuesday.

Edmonton leads the seven game series 2-0, so the Raiders are looking to pull out some wins at home.

Evan Poitras, marketing and media relations representative for the Raiders, said tickets are still available but they are becoming very limited.

Late rally lifts Oil Kings to 3-1 win over Raiders
By Drew Wilson Voice of the Raiders

The Raiders deserved a better fate.

It was the tight, tense, defense oriented type of playoff contest many expected in game one. The Oil Kings erupted for three unanswered third period goals to beat the Raiders 3-1 in Edmonton to take a 2-0 lead in their best of 7 Eastern conference quarterfinal.

The game was scoreless through two periods with both goaltenders thwarting the few scoring opportunities afforded at either end.

Oil Kings strike first with 5-3 win over Raiders in playoff opener
By Drew Wilson paNOW Staff

Cole Cheveldave came off the bench and gave the Raiders a chance to win before bowing 5-3 to the Oil Kings in Edmonton in the opener of their best of 7 WHL Eastern quarterfinal.

The overage netminder stopped 32 of 33 shots including a second period breakaway save off Brett Pollock and a third period skate save on a shot that totally changed direction.

Raiders manager passes on well wishes, donation to Bozon
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Bruce Vance, the business manager with the Prince Albert Raiders, stood with Tim Bozon and his family only a few days after he awoke from a coma.

Raiders’ success likely to boost franchise
By Alex Soloducha paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Raiders have a spot in the WHL playoffs, which means good news for the franchise.

Evan Poitras, media representative for the Raiders, said that they are looking forward to an increase in merchandise sales now that their team has made the playoffs.

“We expect it will be pretty crazy once we open the doors at our first two days,” said Poitras.

Wednesday was the first opportunity for season ticket holders to buy playoff game tickets.

Raiders ready for Oil Kings; Morrissey and Draisaitl receive WHL awards
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Shortly after the Prince Albert Raiders beat the Red Deer Rebels 5-3 Tuesday in a tiebreaker to qualify for the playoffs, the team took to Twitter shortly after the got back to the dressing room to show their excitement.

Some thanked fans for their support after they showed up in groves at the Ches Leach Lounge to watch the game.

POLL/VIDEO: Raiders fans ready for playoffs
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

You should have no trouble identifying a Raiders fan this morning, they will be the one without a voice.

Close to 300 Raiders fans watched the game Tuesday night at the Ches Leach Lounge at the Art Hauser Centre. The Raiders beat Red Deer 5-3, securing a playoff spot.

The crowd erupted with a chorus of cheers when the final buzzer rang.

"They did fantastic ... to go into Red Deer and beat them in their home rink, was incredible,” said Perry Hulowski.

Good buddy ol’ ‘Val’ huge in Raiders 5-3 tiebreaker win over Rebels
By Jeff D'Andrea

paNOW Staff

Collin Valcourt couldn’t have found a better way to spend his 21st birthday. 

The Prince Albert Raiders overaging forward kept up his high-scoring form in the Raiders’ 4-3 win in the do-or-die tiebreaker Tuesday against the Red Deer Rebels to complete a long and arduous journey to get into the playoffs. He scored the game tying goal in the third period and now has 12 points in his last five games, coming off of a WHL Player of the Week award.

Raiders, Rebels in do-or-die tiebreaker Tuesday
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Raiders and Red Deer Rebels will be in a one-game tiebreaker Tuesday in Red Deer with both of their seasons on the line.

The winner will get into the last playoff spot in the WHL Eastern Conference and face the Edmonton Oil Kings, while the loser will start booking tee times.

With the hole the Raiders found themselves in at the beginning of February, they're proud to have dug themselves out enough to be in this position.

POLL: Art Hauser Centre to host viewing party for Raiders tiebreaker game
paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Raiders face elimination Tuesday night in Red Deer as the two teams battle it out in a tiebreaker for the final Eastern playoff spot in the WHL.

The Raiders organization will be hosting a watch party Tuesday night in the Ches Leach Lounge starting at 6:30 p.m. with the game being shown on the big screens in the lounge.

The team will be asking for a $5 donation as admission with all the proceeds going to the Tim Bozon Trust Fund set up by the WHL last week for the Kootenay Ice forward who is battling a rare form of meningitis.

Raiders meet Red Deer in a one game playoff

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By Drew Wilson Voice of the Raiders

 

The Prince Albert Raiders will clash with the Rebels Tuesday night in Red Deer in a one game showdown for the final playoff spot in the WHL East.

The Rebels forced the tie-breaker with a 5-0 win Sunday in Edmonton. The Oil Kings who had already clinched first place in the East with Saturday's 7-4 win in Red Deer sat out several key players.

Raiders with big 6-4 win over Blades; force at least a tiebreaker
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

SASKATOON—At one point in February, the Prince Albert Raiders were nine points out of a playoff spot and at the bottom of a 6-15-0-1 downward spiral.

But the Raiders have fought and crawled back to playoff relevancy. With their 6-4 win over the Saskatoon Blades Saturday in Saskatoon, the Raiders have guaranteed themselves at the very least a tiebreaker with the Red Deer Rebels.

Raiders pump Blades 7-2; alive but still need help for playoff berth
By Jeff D'Andrea

paNOW Staff

In a do-or-die situation, the Prince Albert Raiders steamrolled their rivals from the Bride City, the Saskatoon Blades 5-1 Friday at the Art Hauser Centre to stay alive in the playoff hunt. 

The Raiders came out frothing at the mouth and led 2-0 just 1:38 into the hockey game on quick goals from Calder Brooks and Leon Draisaitl, and 3-0 after the first period.

Raiders fall 7-1 in Regina
By Drew Wilson paNOW Staff

The Pats broke open a tight game with four unanswered second period goals on their way to a 7-1 win over the Raiders in Regina.

Warriors play spoilers in Moose Jaw

By Drew Wilson

Voice of the Raiders

 

 

The Prince Albert Raiders will be happy to see the last of the Moose Jaw Warriors until next season. The Warriors who will finish well behind the Raiders in the final standings beat the Prince Albert crew for the sixth time in eight games in 2013-14.

The home side scored three unanswered third period goals in a 6-3 victory.

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