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WHL announces schedule; Hurricanes open season Feb. 26 vs. Edmonton

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CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League has announced the first two weeks of the Central Division schedule of games for the 2020-21 Regular Season.

The first two weeks feature eight games from Friday, February 26 through Saturday, March 6.

The WHL’s Central Division will open with home-and-home series featuring the Edmonton Oil Kings taking on the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Medicine Hat Tigers facing the Red Deer Rebels. The Calgary Hitmen will open the season on Friday, March 5 when they host the Red Deer Rebels.

All Central Division games scheduled within the first two weeks will be played exclusively on weekends.

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WHL CENTRAL DIVISION SCHEDULE – Friday, February 26 to Saturday, March 6

Friday, February 26
Medicine Hat Tigers at Red Deer Rebels – 6 p.m. MT
Lethbridge Hurricanes at Edmonton Oil Kings – 7 p.m. MT

Saturday, February 27
Edmonton Oil Kings at Lethbridge Hurricanes – 6 p.m. MT
Red Deer Rebels at Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:30 p.m MT

Friday, March 5
Medicine Hat Tigers at Edmonton Oil Kings – 7 p.m. MT
Red Deer Rebels at Calgary Hitmen – 7:30 p.m. MT

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Saturday, March 6 
Calgary Hitmen at Red Deer Rebels – 6 p.m. MT
Edmonton Oil Kings at Medicine Hat Tigers – 7 p.m. MT

As previously announced, the WHL’s five Alberta-based teams in the Central Division will play all 2020-21 Regular Season games exclusively within the provincial boundaries of Alberta. The WHL’s Central Division will play a 24-game schedule, with the remainder of the schedule to be announced in early March.

The WHL has developed an extensive set of protocols, to not only provide a safe environment for players and staff, but to protect Albertans in the community. The WHL will implement an ongoing weekly private PCR testing strategy through DynaLIFE Medical Labs. If a WHL Club has one or more players or staff test positive for COVID-19 at any point in the season, the Club will be required to suspend its Club activities for a minimum of 14 days.

Enhanced screening for all WHL players, billets, team staff and officials will take place on a daily basis, including regular temperature screenings as well as symptom monitoring through the WHL Athlete RMS Mobile Application. Masks must be worn by all WHL players at all times with the exception of when participating on ice for games and practices. WHL coaches will be required to wear masks at all times, including while conducting practice and while behind the bench during games.

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As the WHL returns to play in the Central Division, no spectators will be permitted to enter WHL facilities. WHL fans can look forward to the launch of a brand-new live streaming service that will deliver the excitement of WHL hockey straight to their home.

Details on the new WHL Live will be announced at a later date.

(WHL News Release)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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