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Alex Plante

ALEX
PLANTE 

 

 

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft 2007 (Round 1, 15th overall) – Edmonton
Hometown: Brandon, Manitoba
NHL Teams: Edmonton Oilers (2009-2012)

In five WHL seasons with the Hitmen from 2004-2009, Plante never missed the playoffs, playing 70 post-season games. 

Andrew Ladd

ANDREW
LADD 

 

LEFT WING

NHL Draft 2004 (Round 1, 4th overall) – Carolina 
Hometown: Maple Ridge, British Columbia 
NHL Teams: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets (2005-present)

Tallied 30 goals, 45 assists and 119 penalty minutes for the Hitmen during the 2003-2004 WHL campaign before moving on to a lengthy NHL career. Helped lift the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise to their first playoff berth in 2015, scoring a career-high 62 points in 81 games.  

Barry Brust

BARRY 
BRUST

GOALTENDER

NHL Draft 2002 (Round 3, 73rd overall) – Los Angeles
Hometown: Swan River, Manitoba 
NHL Teams: Los Angeles Kings (2006-2007)

Dealt to the Hitmen during the 2003-2004 WHL season from the Spokane Chiefs, posting a record of 12-8-3 and a 2.24 goals-against-average in Calgary. Made his NHL debut in 2007 with the Kings. 

Brad Moran

BRAD
MORAN

CENTRE

NHL Draft 1998 (Round 7, 191st overall) – Buffalo 
Hometown: Abbotsford, British Columbia
NHL Teams: Columbus Bluejackets (2001-2002, 2003-2004), Vancouver Canucks (2006-2007)

The Hitmen all-time leading scorer, Moran compiled 204 goals and 246 assists in 357 games over five WHL seasons, all in Calgary. Led the Hitmen to the franchise’s first championship in 1999 before a lengthy professional career in the NHL, AHL and SEL. 

Brad Stuart

BRAD
STUART

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft 1998 (Round 1, 3rd overall) – San Jose
Hometown: Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
NHL Teams: San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche (1999-present)

Played 30 games for the Hitmen in 1999 before being dealt to the Regina Pats. Stuart’s NHL career has seen him play 1,050 games with six teams, scoring 80 goals and 225 assists. 

Brandon Kozun

BRANDON
KOZUN

RIGHT WING

NHL Draft: 2009 (Round 6, 179th overall) – Los Angeles
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
NHL Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (2014-2015)

Posted a pair of 100-point seasons with the Hitmen in 2009 (108) and 2010 (107) before making his professional debut in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs. Made his NHL debut during the 2014-2015 season with the Maple Leafs, scoring two goals and two assists in 20 games. 

Brandon Segal

BRANDON
SEGAL

RIGHT WING

NHL Draft: 2002 (Round 4, 102nd overall) – Nashville
Hometown: Richmond, British Columbia
NHL Teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers (2008-2013)

In five seasons with the Hitmen from 1999-2004, Segal tallied 206 points in 286 WHL games before making his NHL debut with the Lightning in 2009. 

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BRENT
KRAHN

GOALTENDER

NHL Draft: 2000 (Round 1, 9th overall) – Calgary
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
NHL Teams: Dallas Stars (2008-2009)

With a WHL record of 74-32-7, Krahn is the only Hitmen goaltender to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. Spending the majority of his professional career in the AHL, Krahn found himself between the pipes for the Dallas Stars in 2009, making six saves in his only NHL game. 

Brett Carson

BRETT
CARSON

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 2004 (Round 4, 109th overall) – Carolina
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan
NHL Teams: Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames (2008-2013)

Scored 40 points in 72 games while wrapping up his junior career with the Hitmen in 2006. Made his NHL debut during the 2008-2009 series with the Hurricanes and would go on to play 90 games in The Show, tallying two goals and 11 assists. 

Brodie Dupont

BRODIE
DUPONT

LEFT WING

NHL Draft: 2002 (Round 3, 66th overall) – New York Rangers
Hometown: Russell, Manitoba
NHL Teams: New York Rangers (2010-2011)

Dupont’s most productive WHL season came in his final year in which he scored 37 goals and 33 assists for the Hitmen in 2007 before spending three seasons in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Played his first and only NHL game to date in 2011 with the Rangers. 

Carson McMillan

CARSON
MCMILLAN

RIGHT WING

NHL Draft: 2007 (Round 7, 200th overall) – Minnesota
Hometown: Brandon, Manitoba
NHL Teams: Minnesota Wild (2010-2014)

After posting a WHL career-high 72 points in 68 games with the Hitmen during the 2008-2009 campaign, McMillan immediately jumped into the pros with the AHL’s Houston Aeros. Through a series of call-ups to the NHL, he has tallied two goals and three assists in 16 NHL games, all with the Wild. 

Chris Driedger

CHRIS
DRIEDGER

GOALTENDER

NHL Draft: 2012 (Round 3, 76th overall) – Ottawa
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
NHL Teams: Ottawa Senators (2014-2015)

After being acquired by the Hitmen from the Tri-City Americans in 2012, Driedger posted outstanding seasons of 24-12-3, 36-14-4 and 28-14-7 before moving up to the professional level. After spending time in the AHL and ECHL, Driedger made his NHL debut with the Senators on Mar. 26, 2015, stopping 10 shots in a relief appearance against the Rangers. 

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CHRIS 
NIELSEN

RIGHT WING

NHL Draft: 1998 (Round 2, 36th overall) – New York Islanders
Hometown: Moshi, Tanzania
NHL Teams: Columbus Bluejackets (2000-2002)

Played six games for the Hitmen in their 1996 WHL debut season and spent the remainder of his junior career in Calgary. After wrapping things up with the Hitmen in 2000, Nielsen jumped right into the NHL the next season, scoring four goals and five assists in 29 games for the Bluejackets in a professional career that saw him play 52 NHL games. 

 Darcy Hordichuk

DARCY
HORDICHUK

LEFT WING

NHL Draft: 2000 (Round 6, 180th overall) – Atlanta
Hometown: Kamsack, Saskatchewan
NHL Teams: Atlanta Thrashers, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers (2000-2013) 

Suited up as a Hitmen for three games in 1996 before moving on to the Saskatoon Blades. Wrapped up a lengthy NHL career with 20 goals and 21 assists in 542 games. 

Dustin Kohn

DUSTIN
KOHN

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 2005 (Round 2, 46th overall) – New York Isl.
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
NHL Teams: New York Islanders (2009-2010)

Totaled 66 points in 161 games patrolling the Hitmen blueline for three seasons from 2003-2006. After wrapping up his WHL career with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Kohn went on to a professional career in the AHL with the Bridgepoint Sound Tigers and in 2010, received a call-up to the big club where he played 22 games for the Isles in 2010, posting four assists. 

Fredrik Sjostrom

FREDRIK SJOSTROM

LEFT WING

NHL Draft: 2001 (Round 1, 11th overall) – Phoenix
Hometown: Fargelanda, Sweden
NHL Teams: Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs (2003-2011)

Joining Pavel Brendl as the only other Hitmen import to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, Sjostrom spent two seasons with Calgary from 2001-2003. The Swede would go on to play 489 NHL games, compiling 104 points with four teams before taking his talents to the Swedish Elite League. 

Jeff Schultz

JEFF
SCHULTZ

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 2004 (Round 1, 27th overall) – Los Angeles
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
NHL Teams: Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings (2006-2015)

Now a NHL regular with 408 games under his belt, the Hitmen alumnus is responsible for delivering the knockout blow to the ‘Canes twice in the first round of the 2006 WHL Playoffs.

Jerred Smithson

JERRED SMITHSON

CENTRE

NHL Draft: Undrafted
Hometown: Vernon, British Columbia
NHL Teams: Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs (2002-2014)

A member of the Hitmen inaugural 1995-1996 squad, Smithson posted a career-high 39 points in 66 games in his fifth and final WHL campaign before playing 606 games in the NHL. 

 Johnny Boychuk

JOHNNY
BOYCHUK

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 2002 (Round 2, 61st overall) – Colorado
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
NHL Teams: Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders (2007-present)

In 177 games with the Hitmen, Boychuk put up 20 goals, 58 assists and 204 penalty minutes before he was dealt to the Warriors midway through the 2002-2003 WHL campaign. Won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 before becoming a key cog in the Islanders defensive corps. 

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JORDAN
KRESTANOVICH

LEFT WING

NHL Draft: 1999 (Round 5, 152nd overall) – Colorado
Hometown: Langley, British Columbia
NHL Teams: Colorado Avalanche (2001-2002, 2003-2004)

Finished his four-year career with the Hitmen by posting a 100-point season in 2001. Jumped right into the pros and played 22 games with the Avalanche posting a pair of assists. 

 Justin Falk  
JUSTIN 
FALK

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 2007 (Round 4, 110th overall) – Minnesota
Hometown: Snowflake, Manitoba
NHL Teams: Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Columbus Bluejackets (2009-present)

Played nine games for the Hitmen from 2004-2006 before moving on to the Spokane Chiefs. Has spent the bulk of his professional career in the Minnesota Wild system, skating in 147 games and posting 19 points. 

Justin Pogge

JUSTIN 
POGGE

GOALTENDER

NHL Draft: 2004 (Round 3, 90th overall) – Toronto
Hometown: Fort McMurray, Alberta
NHL Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (2008-2009)

Acquired by the Hitmen from the Prince George Cougars prior to the 2004-2005 WHL campaign, Pogge posted a stellar record of 76-22-9 over two seasons in Calgary before turning pro. After nabbing the starter job of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and keeping it from 2006-2009, he made his NHL debut during the 2008-2009 season, in which he had a record of 1-4-1 with the Maple Leafs. 

Karl Alzner

KARL
ALZNER

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 2007 (Round 1, 5th overall) – Washington
Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia
NHL Teams: Washington Capitals (2008-present)

Now a staple of the Capitals’ defensive unit, Alzner tallied 19 goals and 98 assists in 260 games patrolling the blueline for the Hitmen from 2003-2008. After making his professional debut with the AHL’s Hershey Bears, Alzner went on to play 427 regular season and 45 playoff games for the Capitals. 

Konstantin Pushkarev

KONSTANTIN
PUSHKAREV

RIGHT WING

NHL Draft: 2003 (Round 2, 44th overall) – Los Angeles
Hometown: Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
NHL Teams: Los Angeles Kings (2005-2007)

Pushkarev’s only WHL campaign was in 2004-2005, in which he scored 22 goals and 30 assists in 69 games for the Hitmen before making the jump to the AHL. Before taking his talents to Russia’s KHL, he spent time with the Manchester Monarchs and Iowa Stars, appearing in 17 NHL games for the Kings. 

Kris Beech

KRIS
BEECH

CENTRE

NHL Draft: 1999 (Round 1, 7th overall) – Washington
Hometown: Salmon Arm, British Columbia
NHL Teams: Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, Columbus Bluejackets, Vancouver Canucks

After playing eight games for the Hitmen during the 1996-1997 WHL campaign, Beech never missed the playoffs, contributing a goal and four assists in the 1999 post-season to lift the team to their first championship. From there, Beech split time in the AHL and NHL before heading to an extensive European career. 

Kristopher Foucault

KRIS
FOUCAULT

LEFT WING

NHL Draft: 2009 (Round 4, 103rd overall) – Minnesota
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
NHL Teams: Minnesota Wild (2011-2012)

Acquired by the Hitmen from the Kootenay Ice during the 2008-2009 season, Foucault scored 25 goals and 23 assists in his final junior year in 2011 before joining the AHL’s Houston Aeros. In 2012, Focault played his first NHL game, taking 12 shifts against the Anaheim Ducks.  

Martin Jones

MARTIN 
JONES

GOALTENDER

NHL Draft: Undrafted
Hometown: North Vancouver, British Columbia
NHL Teams: Los Angeles Kings (2013-present)

An undrafted NHL goaltender, Jones slowly worked his way up the Los Angeles Kings depth chart, as he clawed from the American Hockey League to backing up two-time Stanley Cup Champion keeper Jonathan Quick. After attending training camp with the Kings in 2008, Jones inked an entry-level deal with the team before being shipped back down to the Hitmen in the WHL, where he was a dominant force between the pipes. Following solid rookie and sophomore campaigns with the Hitmen, Jones established himself as one of the WHL’s elite netminders when he posted a brilliant record of 45-5-4 coupled with a 2.08 goals-against-average and seven shutouts. 

Matt Pettinger

MATT
PETTINGER

LEFT WING

NHL Draft: 2000 (Round 2, 43rd overall)
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
NHL Teams: Washington Capitals, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-2004, 2005-2010)

Played just one WHL season in 1999-2000, scoring 20 points in 27 games for the Hitmen before entering the Capitals organization. Pettinger moved up and down from the Capital to their farm team, finishing his NHL career with 123 points in 422 games. 

Michael Stone

MICHAEL 
STONE

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 2008 (Round 3, 69th overall)
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
NHL Teams: Arizona Coyotes (2011-present)

In four seasons with the Hitmen, Stone amassed 181 points in 264 games. The 24-year-old defenceman drafted 69th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft hit his peak in his final year of junior, scoring 21 goals and 44 assists in 69 games en route to a WHL championship. After his time with the Hitmen, Stone jumped right up to the pro ranks, spending two seasons in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage and Portland Pirates. Stone played his first full NHL season during the truncated 2012-2013 campaign, scoring nine points in 40 games. This season, Stone has a goal and a trio of assists in 16 games with the Coyotes. 

Owen Fussey

OWEN
FUSSEY

RIGHT WING

NHL Draft: 2001 (Round 3, 90th overall) – Washington
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
NHL Teams: Washington Capitals (2003-2004)

In a four-year WHL career with the Hitmen and Moose Jaw Warriors, Fussey tallied 82 goals and 61 assists in 210 games from 1999-2003. During the 2003-2004 NHL campaign, he played four games for the Capitals, posting an assist. 

Paul Postma

PAUL
POSTMA

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 2007 (Round 7, 205th overall) – Atlanta
Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta
NHL Teams: Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets (2007-2009)

Prior to his professional career, Postma earned 161 points (44 goals, 117 assists) in 270 games during his junior hockey career with Swift Current and Calgary of the Western Hockey League from 2005-2009.  Postma set franchise defenseman records with 23 goals and a plus-67 rating in 2008-09 with Calgary, and was nominated for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy, given annually to the league’s top defenseman.

Pavel Brendl

PAVEL 
BRENDL

RIGHT WING

NHL Draft: 1999 (Round 1, 4th overall) – New York Rng
Hometown: Opocno, Czech Republic
NHL Teams: Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coytoes (2001-2004, 2005-2006)

In just three seasons with the Hitmen from 1998-2001, Brendl scored 320 points to put himself behind Brad Moran as the second all-time leading scorer in franchise history. Brendl went on to play 78 NHL games for three teams, scoring 11 goals and 11 assists. 

RASTISLAV
STANA

GOALTENDER

NHL Draft: 1998 (Round 7, 193rd overall) – Washington
Hometown: Kosice, Slovakia
NHL Teams: Washington Capitals (2003-2004)

Played one season for the Hitmen in 2000, posting a record of 13-2-1 and a 2.29 before appearing between the pipes in six NHL games in 2004. 

Ray Schultz

RAY
SCHULTZ

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: 1995 (Round 8, 184th overall) – Ottawa
Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta
NHL Teams: New York Islanders (1997-2003)

After spending two seasons with the Tri-City Americans, Schultz joined the Hitmen for their inaugural season in 1996 and racked up 423 penalty minutes in two seasons  with Calgary. He went on to play 45 games in the NHL, all with the Islanders before wrapping up his career with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. 

RYAN 
BAST

DEFENCEMAN

NHL Draft: Undrafted
Hometown: Spruce Grove, Alberta
NHL Teams: Philadelphia Flyers (1998-1999)

Played three games for the Hitmen in 1996 before his professional career that saw him play two games for the Flyers in 1999. 

Ryan Getzlaf

RYAN
GETZLAF

CENTRE

NHL Draft: 2003 (Round 1, 19th overall) – Anaheim
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan
NHL Teams; Anaheim Ducks (2005-present)

After a stellar 215-point WHL career, Getzlaf went on to tally 625 points in 651 games in the NHL, all with the Anaheim Ducks organization. The Hitmen never missed the playoffs with Getzlaf on the roster. The Ducks’ all-time playoff scoring leader, Getzlaf won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2007. 

RYAN 
TOBLER

LEFT WING

NHL Draft: Undrafted
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
NHL Teams: Tampa Bay Lightning (2001-2002)

After posting three goals and 13 assists in 16 games for the Hitmen in 1996, Tobler went on to a lengthy professional career in the AHL, appearing in four NHL games in 2002 with the Lightning. 

Ryan White

RYAN
WHITE

CENTRE

NHL Draft: 2006 (Round 3, 66th overall)
Hometown: Brandon, Manitoba
NHL Teams: Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers (2009-present)

The only Hitmen in franchise history to play for the Monteal Canadiens, White is an active NHLer with 175 games under his belt. As a Hitmen, he scored 91 goals and 146 assists in 275 games from 2004-2008. 

Stephen Peat

STEPHEN
PEAT

RIGHT WING

NHL Draft: 1998 (Round 2, 32nd overall)
Hometown: Princeton, British Columbia
NHL Teams: Washington Capitals (2001-2004, 2005-2006)

Wrapped up his junior career with the Hitmen in 2000, scoring eight points in 23 games while racking up 100 penalty minutes. Split his professional career between the NHL and AHL, playing 130 games for the Capitals, posting 234 penalty minutes. 

TJ Galiardi

TJ
GALIARDI

LEFT WING

NHL Draft: 2007 (Round 2, 55th overall) – Colorado
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
NHL Teams: Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets

In his only season with the Hitmen, Galiardi scored 70 points in 72 games. Remains an active NHLer and has played 321 games with the Avalanchem Sharks, Flames and Jets. 

Victor Rask

VICTOR
RASK

CENTRE

NHL Draft: 2011 (Round 2, 42nd overall) – Carolina
Hometown: Leksand, Sweden
NHL Teams: Carolina Hurricanes (2014-Present)

Rask played his first full professional season in 2014 with the Hurricanes AHL-affiliate Charlotte Checkers, scoring 16 goals and 23 assists in 76 games. He would later make his NHL debut that season, finishing the year in The Show.