The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club today announced the return of Riley Stotts and Vladislav Yeryomenko for the 2018-19 Western Hockey League season.
Both players were attending training camps after being selected in the 2018 NHL Draft. Stotts was taken by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 83rd overall, while Yeryomenko was drafted in the fifth round, 151st overall, by the Nashville Predators.
“As we move closer to Saturday’s start of the regular season this is a huge boost to our team,” said General Manager Jeff Chynoweth. “These two players are a big part of our group and the experience they gained at NHL camps will be invaluable to our hockey club.”
Stotts, an 18-year-old who can play both centre and the wing, was acquired by the Hitmen on Nov. 25, 2017 in a trade with the Swift Current Broncos. Selected 10th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, he recorded a breakout season in 2017/18 collecting almost a point a game in Calgary with 41 points in 47 games. Stotts also registered 15 points (7g, 8a) in his final 15 appearances to finish fourth in team scoring.
Yeryomenko, a 19-year-old defenceman from Vitebsk, Belarus, was named Calgary’s top defenceman this past season after posting a career high 13 goals and 41 points. He also suited up for his home country at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship posting four points (1g, 3a) in six games.
Only Hitmen defenceman Egor Zamula remains at an NHL camp. The 18-year-old is expected to play for the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in an exhibition game against the New York Islanders.
The Hitmen, who finished the 2018 pre-season 6-0, will start the 68-game regular season schedule in Cranbrook against the Kootenay ICE on Saturday, September 22.
The Hitmen home opening weekend begins Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Papa John’s Pizza Home Opener against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Calgary returns to Scotiabank Saddledome ice the next day in a Sunday matinee, September 30, against the Red Deer Rebels. It’s the annual Shrine Challenge presented by the Al Azhar Shriners Society. Game time is 4:00 p.m.
The 2018-19 Hitmen Hockey Pass is on sale and includes 34 game tickets to be used anytime, in any combination. Pass holders also receive a $50 Scotiabank Saddledome gift card and a complimentary ticket to a select Flames, Roughnecks or Stampeders game. Passes start at less than $7 per ticket for kids and under $15 for adults.