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Hitmen Announce 2017 WHL Pre-Season Roster
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The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club today announced the 32-player roster for the 2017 Western Hockey League pre-season. The roster of 18 forwards, 11 defencemen and three goaltenders includes 19 returning players from the 2016-17 club.

2017 Calgary Hitmen Pre-Season Roster

1997-born (4): Matteo Gennaro (C), Brady Reagan (D), Nick Schneider (G), Jakob Stukel (LW)

1998-born (6): Jake Bean (D), Luke Coleman (LW), Andrew Fyten (RW), Jake Kryski (C), Jakob LaPointe (D), Beck Malenstyn (LW)

1999-born (9): Matthew Armitage (G), Lucas Cullen (C), Connor Dochuk (G), Matt Dorsey (RW), Andrei Grishakov (LW), Mark Kastelic (C), Jameson Murray (D), Murphy Stratton (RW), Vladislav Yeryomenko (D)

2000-born (6): Drea Esposito (D), Justyn Gurney (LW), Zach Huber (C), Tristen Nielsen (C), Layne Toder (D), Andrew Viggars (D)

2001-born (5): Bryce Bader (LW), Hunter Campbell (RW), Devan Klassen (D), Cael Zimmerman (LW), Jackson van de Leest (D)

2002-born (2): Ryder Korczak (C), Luke Prokop (D)

FORWARDS (18) POS SH HT WT HOMETOWN 2016-17 SEASON
Dorsey, Matt RW R 6’2″ 187 Wenatchee, WA Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Stukel, Jakob LW L 6’0″ 194 Surrey, BC Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Malenstyn, Beck LW L 6’2″ 202 Delta, BC Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Kastelic, Mark C R 6’3″ 213 Phoenix, AZ Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Cullen, Lucas C R 5’7″ 150 Kelowna, BC Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Nielsen, Tristen C L 5’9″ 179 Fort St. John, BC Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Korczak, Ryder* C R 5’10” 152 Yorkton, SK Yorkton Terriers Bantam AA (SBAAHL)
Kryski, Jake C L 5’11” 181 Vancouver, BC Kelowna Rockets/Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Bader, Bryce* LW L 6’1″ 197 Sherwood Park, AB Sherwood Park Kings Midget AAA (AMHL)
Stratton, Murphy RW R 6’4″ 195 Los Angeles, CA Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Grishakov, Andrei LW R 6’1″ 200 Chelyabinsk, Russia Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Gennaro, Matteo C L 6’3″ 198 St. Albert, AB Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Gurney, Justyn LW L 6’2″ 186 Delta, BC Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Huber, Zach* C R 5’11” 186 Millarville, AB CFR Bisons Midget AAA (AMHL)
Coleman, Luke LW L 6’2″ 209 Red Deer, AB Prince Albert Raiders/Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Zimmerman, Cael* LW L 5’10” 176 Englefeld, SK Prince Albert AAA Mintos (SMAAHL)
Fyten, Andrew RW R 6’1″ 188 Sundre, AB Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Campbell, Hunter* RW R 6’0″ 190 Everett, WA Everett Junior Silvertips 16U (NAPHL)
DEFENCE (11) POS SH HT WT HOMETOWN 2016-17 SEASON
Bean, Jake D L 6’1″ 170 Calgary, AB Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Klassen, Devan* D R 6’1″ 189 Crooked Creek, AB Grande Prairie Storm Minor Midget (AMMHL)
LaPointe, Jakob D L 6’2″ 200 Leduc, AB Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Toder, Layne* D L 6’0″ 173 Elkhorn, MB Portage Terriers (MJHL)
van de Leest, Jackson* D L 6’6″ 213 Kelowna, BC Okanagan Hockey Academy (CSSHL)
Prokop, Luke* D R 6’3″ 189 Edmonton, AB POE Hockey Academy (CSSHL)
Esposito, Drea D R 6’3″ 195 Winnipeg, MB Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Yeryomenko, Vladislav D R 6’0″ 179 Vitebsk, Belarus Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Murray, Jameson D R 6’3″ 184 Kelowna, BC Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Reagan, Brady D R 6’3″ 201 Calgary, AB Hurricanes/Hitmen (WHL)
Viggars, Andrew* D L 6’3″ 197 Calgary, AB Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA (AMHL)
GOALTENDERS (3) POS CA HT WT HOMETOWN 2016-17 SEASON
Armitage, Matthew* G L 5’11” 190 Calgary, AB Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
Schneider, Nick G R 6’2″ 182 Leduc, AB Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Dochuk, Connor* G L 6’3″ 168 Edmonton, AB Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)

*Denotes rookie

The Hitmen will open exhibition play at the Red Deer Tournament against the Rebels on Friday, September 1.  The five-game pre-season schedule is highlighted by Calgary’s lone home contest on Friday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m., against the Edmonton Oil Kings.  The match-up will be played at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park.

The 72-game regular season schedule begins on the road in Cranbrook against the Kootenay ICE on Friday, September 22.  The Hitmen then return to Calgary the following night for their home opener against the ICE on Saturday, September 23.  Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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