WHL to adopt 68-game schedule

By Geoff Smith
October 6, 2017 - 5:54am

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League is trimming four games from its schedule, starting with the 2018-19 season.

The league's Board of Governors says each team will play 68 games. The league has had a 72-game schedule since 1975-76. The change brings the WHL in line with the Ontario and Quebec major junior leagues.

In a news release, the league explains the schedule will be more balanced with less travel, giving players more time for training and skill development, and academic studies.

"I believe this further demonstrates our WHL club commitment to providing our players with the best possible environment to develop, both as hockey players and student athletes," commissioner Ron Robison said in a statement Thursday, Oct. 5.

Hurricanes host Prince Albert Friday night

The Lethbridge Hurricanes hope to move above the .500 mark as they host the Prince Albert Raiders Friday, Oct. 6.

Both the Hurricanes and Raiders have 2-2 records. Lethbridge is in third place in the WHL Central division. Last season the Hurricanes swept the four meetings with the Raiders.

Game time is 7 p.m.

 

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