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Cole Kehler Heading To Hollywood

Portland Winterhawks goaltender Cole Kehler has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. The Kings announced the deal Friday afternoon.

Kehler, a 19-year-old product of Altona, Man., has been a stabilizing presence for the Winterhawks since being acquired from the Kamloops Blazers prior to the start of the 2016-17 WHL regular season.

“I couldn’t be more excited to sign with the LA Kings,” Kehler said. “It is an absolute honor and I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been there along the way and helped me get to this point.”

Selected by the Blazers in the sixth round (123rd) of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6-foot-4, 203-pound puck-stopper played in 32 games with Kamloops prior being dealt in exchange for a seventh-round bantam pick in July 2016. The 2016-17 campaign marked Kehler’s first as an undisputed WHL starting netminder. He appeared in a career-high 56 contests in the Portland crease, going 32-17-0-3 with a 3.10 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts, helping the Winterhawks reach the 2017 WHL Playoffs where they upset the B.C. Division-champion Prince George Cougars in the first round before falling to the Kelowna Rockets in the second round.

Kehler is proving his breakout performance from 2016-17 is far from a fluke. In 22 games to begin the 2017-18 WHL season, the big-bodied netminder has helped the Winterhawks surge to the forefront of the WHL’s Western Conference. Kehler has managed a record of 17-4-0-1 with two shutouts. His 2.20 GAA sits second among all WHL goaltenders, as does his .931 SV%. His 17 wins are good enough to sit tied atop the leaderboard and his two goose eggs rank fourth in the WHL.

“As an organization we are extremely excited for Cole and his opportunity with the Los Angeles Kings,” said Mike Johnston, head coach, general manager and vice president of the Winterhawks. “It’s a good lesson – if you work hard and stay focused on your goals, good things will happen. He is very deserving of the contract.”

Combined across his four-year WHL career, Kehler is 53-39-2-4 with a 3.34 GAA, .901 SV% and four shutouts. In 11 career WHL post-season contests, he is 5-6 with a 4.17 GAA and .897 SV%.

Prior to joining the Blazers, Kehler developed at Okanagan Hockey Academy.

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Kehler has been training with GDI through 1v1 Lessons and the G1 Off-Season Program.

Mitch Adamyk Selected To Play For Team Canada West In World Jr. A Challenge

Two Powell River Kings are off to Truro, Nova Scotia to represent Team Canada West.

Forward Carter Turnbull, of Nanaimo, and goalie Mitch Adamyk will compete in the World Junior A Challenge.

Both players were part of the sixty-man selection camp roster that was in Calgary over the last week.

This is Turnbull’s third consecutive year with the team. He won a gold medal with former Kings teammate Kyle Betts in 2015.

This is Adamyk’s first appearance with Team Canada West. The two will miss the remaining Kings games leading up to the Christmas break and are expected to return to Powell River in preparation for the Kings December 29th game against the Nanaimo Clippers.

Turnbull has 31 points on the season, with 18 goals and 13 assists. Adamyk holds a record of 10-5-0-1 and has a save percentage of 0.917 this season.

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Adamyk has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 Lessons, GDI Prospect Clinics and the G1 Off-Season Program.

Petersen Enjoying Return To MJHL

You have to hand it to the Portage Terriers – they sure know how to make a deal.

At last year’s trade deadline the Terriers acquired Josh Martin from the Swan Valley Stampeders for some veteran scoring to help them in their quest for a three-peat – which he provided. But part of that trade included the Terriers also acquiring the rights to 1997 born netminder Lasse Petersen, who was playing with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL at the time.

Fast forward 10 months and Petersen returned to the MJHL after starting the year with the Rebels, providing the Terriers an extra dividend from last year’s trade. And what a payoff – Petersen won his first six games with the Terriers, won player of the week honours (as well being named the runner-up in his first week back), all while posting all-star netminding numbers – a .940 save percentage, a 1.62 GAA and one shutout.

“It’s been going well so far – the guys have been very welcoming, and we’ve been playing pretty well,” said Petersen. “We were able to go on a bit of a winning streak, which unfortunately came to an end (against the Swan Valley Stampeders, his former team).”

Not coincidently, Petersen’s arrival led the Terriers to surge up the standings, moving from the middle of the pack to within striking distance of top spot.

Head coach and general manager Blake Spiller said the deal last January was done with an eye to possibly having Petersen join the Terriers this year – something which has instantly benefited the team.

“There’s always an opportunity for a 20-year-old to come back from the WHL with their limit of three (20-year-olds), especially goaltenders,” said Spiller. “So we thought there was an opportunity, but that he also had other options like possibly back over in Denmark.”

“So there was no guarantee he would be released or come to the Portage Terriers, but we’re glad it all worked out.”

Spiller added Petersen’s arrival helped solidify the goaltending position for the three-time defending champions.

“We had a couple of young 17-year-olds, but having Lasse come in here obviously shores up our goaltending situation,” noted Spiller. “As time has gone on I think he’s proven he’ll be really key for us moving forward.”

With a wealth of junior A, major junior and world junior experience, Petersen really provides the Terriers with another weapon in their quest for a four-peat. But what does goaltender from Denmark think of joining the Terriers mid-season?

“I just try to do my best whatever level I’m playing at,” said Petersen. “I won’t compare the two leagues much, because you will end up in the same situations whether you play in the MJHL or the WHL. I just want to contribute to the team – and whatever level I play at, I want to help the team.”

The 20-year-old puck stopper also spoke about the trade which saw his father Erik Petersen (then GM/Head Coach of Swan Valley) send his rights to the Terriers. Lasse felt it was the right move, ensuring he would chart his own path if he ever came back to the MJHL.

“I discussed it with my dad that if I was going to come back and play junior A I wanted to play for someone else,” he said. “It’s nothing against him, it’s just that I don’t know anyone that has played for their father as long as I have, and I felt it was time for a change. It’s nothing against his coaching methods, it was just time for me to move on.”

After he finishes his junior career, Petersen said he hopes to play CIS hockey, preferably here in Manitoba. With MJHL, WHL and World Junior experience, it’s hard to imagine schools such as the University of Manitoba wouldn’t consider recruiting him for next season.

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Petersen has been training with GDI through 1v1 Lessons and the G1 Off-Season Program.

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