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MJHL shows strong WHL advancement pipeline

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) has seen a significant amount of players spending time in the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season.  Eleven players have spent time between the MJHL and WHL this season to date along with a recent prospect signing:

Dante Giannuzzi G (2002) Winnipeg Blues/Steinbach Pistons – Portland Winterhawks

Justin Svenson F (2001) Winkler Flyers – Swift Current Broncos

Rhys Raeside F (2003) Winnipeg Blues – Winnipeg Ice

Logan Danis F (2002) Winnipeg Blues – Winnipeg Ice

Grady Lane F (2003) Winkler Flyers – Spokane Chiefs

Danton Belluk G (2001) Steinbach Pistons – Regina Pats

Layne Toder D (2000) Portage Terriers – Calgary Hitmen

Parker Malchuk D (2001) Neepawa Natives/Portage Terriers – Saskatoon Blades

Will Gurski G (2002) Winnipeg Blues – Winnipeg Ice

Baron Thompson F (1999) Dauphin Kings – Spokane Chiefs

Trentyn Crane D (2003) OCN Blizzard – Victoria Royals

*Aidan Litke F (2003) OCN Blizzard – Portland Winterhawks (Signed)


Other recent notables that played in the MJHL recently as 16-year olds:

Justin Nachbauer F (2000) OCN Blizzard – Prince Albert Raiders

                -2016/17 OCN Rookie of the Year

                -2018/18 Prince Albert Rookie of the Year

                -2018/19 WHL Champion

Nick Henry F (1999) Portage Terriers – Regina Pats/Lethbridge Hurricanes

                -2015/16 MJHL Rookie of the Year

                -2015/16 MJHL Champion

                -2017 Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche

                -2019 Signed with the Colorado Avalanche

                -Currently in the AHL with the Colorado Eagles

Zack Smith F (2001) Neepawa Natives – Red Deer Rebels

Marco Creta D (2000) Virden Oil Capitals – Regina Pats/Kootenay Ice/Winnipeg Ice/Prince George Cougars

Evan Herman F (2002) OCN Blizzard – Prince Albert Raiders

Riley McKay F (1999) Swan Valley Stampeders – Spokane Chiefs/Saskatoon Blades

                -attended 2019 Chicago Blackhawks rookie camp

James Shearer F (1997) Steinbach Pistons – Brandon Wheat Kings

                -2017/18 named captain of Brandon Wheat Kings

                -currently playing U Sports Hockey with the University of Calgary Dinos

Michael Ladyman D (2001) Winnipeg Blues – Spokane Chiefs/Winnipeg Ice

                -2017/18 MJHL All-Rookie Team

Linden McCorrister F (1998) Swan Valley Stampeders – Brandon Wheat Kings

-currently playing U Sports with University of Regina Rams

Tristan Langan F (1998) Swan Valley Stampeders – Moose Jaw Warriors

-advanced in second MJHL season as 17-year old

-WHL Top Goal Scorer (53) in 2018-19

-currently playing with San Jose Barracuda (AHL)