CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club would like to congratulate Travis Sanheim on signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

“It’s an incredible feeling and something you dream of growing up,” said Sanheim.  “To have it done so quickly after the draft and my first main camp is exciting for me and my family, but you know it’s just a start and now I have a lot of work to put in to get to that next level.”

Sanheim, 18, was selected by the Flyers in the first round, 17th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.  His 2013-14 campaign with the Hitmen was his first in the Western Hockey League where he posted 29 points (5g, 24a) in 67 games.  Sanheim’s plus-25 rating was third highest on the team and he was honoured as co-winner of the Hitmen Rookie of the Year Award.

He also played for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships in Finland where he won a bronze medal and was named the tournament’s best defencemen leading all blueliners with six points.

A native of Elkhorn, Manitoba, Sanheim was selected by the Hitmen in the ninth round, 177th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. 

“On behalf of the Hitmen organization, I would like to congratulate Travis on signing his first pro contract,” said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore. “Last season as a rookie he made huge progress each month becoming one of our best defencemen by the end of the year which is a credit to his hard work, dedication and desire to improve.  This season we expect Travis to be one of our leaders while playing in all situations.”

Sanheim and the Hitmen return to action this weekend for a pair of home games.  On Friday they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers to the Scotiabank Saddledome.  On Sunday the Lethbridge Hurricanes will be the visitors.  Friday is a 7:00 p.m. start with a matinee on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 20th anniversary season are available now at the Scotiabank Saddledome box office.  In appreciation for the continued support the Hitmen receive from the community, the purchase or renewal of select 2014-15 season ticket packages will include a complimentary 20th anniversary premium jersey.  For more ticket information or to order a limited edition jersey, visit or call 403-777-4646. 

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