By Woodard, Dale on July 15, 2020.
As the National Hockey League heads into Phase 3’s Return to Play and training camps, there will healthy dose of Lethbridge Hurricanes alumni.
Eight former Canes make up eight different rosters as Calen Addison (Minnesota Wild), Brayden Burke (Arizona Coyotes), Reid Duke (Vegas Golden Knights), Brennan Menell (Minnesota Wild), Luca Sbisa (Winnipeg Jets), Colton Sceviour (Florida Panthers), Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks) and Stuart Skinner (Edmonton Oilers) get ready to help their teams make Stanley Cup runs.
A total of 21 Hurricanes alumni played professional hockey during the 2019-2020 season in either the NHL, American Hockey League or East Coast Hockey League, including NHLers Luba Sbisa (Winnipeg Jets), Colton Sceviour (Florida Panthers) and Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks).
In the AHL the Hurricanes are represented by alumni Arvin Atwal (Milwaukee Admirals), Carter Bancks (Utica Comets), Jordy Bellerive (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins), Burke (Tucson Roadrunners), Reid Duke (Chicago Wolves), Jake Elmer (Hartford Wolfpack), Macoy Erkamps (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins), Nick Henry (Colorado Eagles), Jake Leschyshyn (Chicago Wolves), Brennan Menell (Iowa Wild), Andrew Nielsen (Stockton Heat) and Skinner (Bakersfield Condors), while Alex Baer (Newfoundland Growlers), Giorgio Estephan (Newfoundland Growlers), Adam Henry (Fort Wayne Komets), Mitch Maxwell (Utah Grizzlies), Brad Morrison (Fort Wayne Komets) and Taylor Ross (Norfolk Admirals) suited up in the ECHL.
Overseas, an additional six Hurricanes alumni spent the 2019-2020 season playing in the Kontinental Hockey League: Carter Ashton (Dinamo Riga), Egor Babenko (Traktor Chelyabinsk), Jacob Berglund (Dinamo Riga), Rob Klinkhammer (Avangard Omsk), Juha Metsola (Salavat Yulaev), Tyler Wong (Kunlun Red Star).
Twenty-four NHL teams began training camp in Phase 3 of their Return to Play process with a maximum of 31 players on their camp rosters.
The NHL will move to Phase 4 Aug. 1 when 16 of the 24 teams will begin best-of-five qualifying rounds in the NHL hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto before quarter-final playoff series begin Aug. 11th.