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University of Lethbridge Recruits Seven WHL Grads

The University Lethbridge Pronghorns announced earlier this week the commitment of several players for the upcoming 2016-17 CWUAA season, nearly all of which recently graduated from the WHL.

Russ Maxwell, Garrett Hughson, Cory Millette, Ryan Chynoweth, Torrin White, Connor Sanvido and Ayrton Nikkel will all suit up for the Pronghorns next season.

Upon graduating from the WHL, players can access their WHL Scholarship which provides one year of tuition, books and fees for each year played in the League at any post-secondary or career-enhancing institution of their choosing. An increasing number of WHL graduates go on to play CIS Hockey, particularly in the CWUAA conference where some will receive additional financial assistance from their institution which, combined with their WHL Scholarship, creates Western Canada’s Premiere Hockey Scholarship.

Last year, nearly 350 WHL graduates accessed their WHL Scholarship which stands as the highest number in League history to date. The Pronghorns’ roster featured 13 WHL graduates last season.

RUSS MAXWELL
Shoots: L
Height: 5’8
Weight: 163
Birthdate: 1994-02-17
Hometown: Magrath, AB

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG PTS/G
2013-14 LET 42 10 17 27 -24 40 2 0 1 0.64
2013-14 SEA 29 5 5 10 6 31 2 0 2 0.34
2012-13 LET 66 22 33 55 -3 91 9 0 3 0.83
2011-12 LET 72 15 16 31 -21 66 5 1 1 0.43
2010-11 LET 69 9 15 24 -1 57 2 0 1 0.35
Total 278 61 86 147 -43 285 20 1 8 0.53

“As Russ returns from his two-year mission we are fortunate that he has had the entire summer to skate and train,” said head coach Spiros Anastas. “Russ brings a heart-and-soul element to our front line with an offensive touch.”

Garrett Hughson
Height: 6’2
Weight: 201
Birthdate: 1995-05-31
Hometown: Foremost, AB

Season Team GP GAA SAV% W L OTL SOL Min SH SAV GA SO
2015-16 SPO 4 5.44 0.833 0 2 1 0 188 102 85 17 0
2014-15 SPO 53 2.80 0.902 23 23 3 1 2981 1420 1281 139 2
2013-14 SPO 21 3.28 0.893 7 7 1 1 1007 514 459 55 0
2012-13 SPO 27 3.20 0.891 11 6 0 0 1220 598 533 65 2
Total 105 3.07 0.895 41 38 5 2 5396 2634 2358 276 4

“Adding another starting goaltender was a priority for us this offseason,” said Anastas. “Garret is a huge addition as he is from nearby Foremost, AB and has a long list of experience.”

Cory Millette
Shoots: L
Height: 5’10
Weight: 192
Birthdate: 1995-01-19
Hometown: Storthoaks, SK

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG PTS/G
2015-16 LET 72 34 30 64 4 48 11 3 5 0.89
2014-15 SAS 22 5 9 14 -16 20 3 0 1 0.64
2014-15 P.A 17 3 1 4 -7 11 0 0 0 0.24
2014-15 SEA 32 16 13 29 12 10 7 0 3 0.91
2013-14 R.D 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0.00
2013-14 SAS 61 17 17 34 -25 26 5 0 0 0.56
2012-13 R.D 47 10 9 19 -6 22 1 0 2 0.40
2011-12 R.D 56 9 12 21 -4 24 1 0 1 0.38
2010-11 R.D 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.00
Total 310 94 91 185 -43 163 28 3 12 0.60

“We are very excited to be keeping Cory in Lethbridge after a fantastic season with the Hurricanes,” said Anastas. “Cory is a scorer who plays in the tough areas and will add a much needed presence in front of the net, with natural leadership.”

Ryan Chynoweth
Shoots: L
Height: 6’1
Weight: 187
Birthdate: 1995-04-08
Hometown: Cranbrook, BC

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG PTS/G
2014-15 KTN 71 5 12 17 -13 39 0 0 0 0.24
2013-14 T.C 3 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0.33
2013-14 KTN 42 4 5 9 -7 69 0 0 0 0.21
2012-13 EVT 4 0 0 0 -3 7 0 0 0 0.00
2012-13 T.C 33 1 3 4 -9 41 0 0 1 0.12
2011-12 EVT 66 2 6 8 -15 40 0 0 0 0.12
2010-11 EVT 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 220 12 27 39 -47 200 0 0 1 0.18

“Ryan is another player with great WHL experience who put up solid numbers in the AJHL,” said Anastas. “He fills out our left side and plays a hard game every night.”

Torrin White
Shoots: R
Height: 5’9
Weight: 180
Birthdate: 1995-02-18
Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG PTS/G
2015-16 MJ 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.00
2014-15 M.J 70 17 21 38 -16 41 1 0 0 0.54
2013-14 M.J 72 16 20 36 -29 20 2 2 4 0.50
2012-13 M.J 43 6 11 17 -15 18 2 2 1 0.40
2011-12 M.J 62 10 7 17 3 16 0 0 2 0.27
2010-11 M.J 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.67
total 251 50 60 110 -56 97 5 4 7 0.44

“Torrin is a really exciting addition to our team. I strongly believe he has yet to reach his ceiling as a player and he will excel in our program environment,” said head coach Spiros Anastas. “A fast winger with a great shot, he adds versatility to our roster.”

Connor Sanvido
Shoots: R
Height: 5’10
Weight: 175
Birthdate: 1993-09-26
Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG PTS/G
2013-14 S.C 40 12 14 26 13 21 3 1 1 0.65
2013-14 SAS 28 4 10 14 -12 16 1 0 0 0.50
2012-13 SEA 72 15 14 29 -7 40 1 3 2 0.40
2011-12 SEA 58 8 9 17 -23 19 3 0 0 0.29
2010-11 SEA 51 2 4 6 -4 17 0 0 0 0.12
2009-10 SEA 3 1 0 1 -2 0 1 0 0 0.33
Total 252 42 51 93 -35 113 9 4 3 0.37

“With Connor, we become the benefactors of an unfortunate situation at St Thomas University,” said Anastas. “He adds some veteran presence on our young roster going into his 3rd year.”

Ayrton Nikkel
Shoots: L
Height: 6’1
Weight: 200
Birthdate: 1995-08-30
Hometown: Kelowna, BC

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG PTS/G
2014-15 SAS 3 0 0 0 -2 6 0 0 0 0.00
2014-15 S.C 67 2 9 11 -5 99 0 0 0 0.16
2013-14 SAS 60 5 10 15 -13 95 0 0 0 0.25
2012-13 BDN 42 0 9 9 -13 87 0 0 0 0.21
2012-13 EVT 7 0 0 0 -4 30 0 0 0 0.00
2011-12 BDN 59 3 7 10 -13 72 0 0 0 0.17
2010-11 SAS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2010-11 BDN 1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 240 10 35 45 -51 389 0 0 0 0.19

“Ayrton provides a much needed left handed shot in our top six,” said head coach Spiros Anastas. “He is a tough and physical defender who can make a great first pass out of our zone.”

The ‘Horns will open the Canada West regular season at home October 14th when the ‘Horns host the Regina Cougars.

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