Through July and August, the Western Hockey League is saying ‘thank you’ to its 2019 graduating class. From August 19th to 23rd, we extended our gratitude to 12 players who concluded their WHL careers in the 2018-19 season.
Splitting his time between the Swift Current Broncos and Lethbridge Hurricanes, Matthew Stanley played in 210 regular season and playoff games. To begin his WHL career, Stanley was selected in the 12th round, 248th overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Broncos. During his time in the WHL, the defenceman registered 22 points (7G-15A). In his last season of WHL play, Stanley also played with the ECHL’s Jacksonville IceMen before committed to the University of Manitoba to play with the Bisons and use his WHL Scholarship.
Finishing his WHL career with the Kelowna Rockets, Ryan Bowen also played for the Moose Jaw Warriors and Hurricanes. Originally, he was selected by the Warriors in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in the fifth round, 94th overall. During his 173 regular season and playoff games, Bowen recorded 60 points (23G-37A).
Bryce Platt split his time between the Calgary Hitmen and Regina Pats during his WHL career. During that time, Platt registered a total of 16 points (9G-7A) in 108 regular season and playoff games. To continue his hockey and academic career, Platt has committed to the University of Regina to play for the Cougars.
WHL Champion Artyom Minulin spent the majority of his career with the Broncos where he won the league title in 2018 and finished his career with the Everett Silvertips. After playing in 301 regular season and playoff games, Minulin collected 163 points (30G-133A). Originally, Minulin was selected 29th overall in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft in 2015 by the Broncos.
Bradly Goethals collected a total of 39 points (19G-20A) in 95 regular-season games between the Silvertips and Saskatoon Blades. To continue his hockey career, Goethals has committed to the University of Manitoba to play with the Bisons.
Backstopping for both the Prince Albert Raiders and Kootenay ICE, Curtis Meger played in 38 regular-season games. After those 38 games, Meger finished with a 3.74 goals-against average and .879 save percentage.
Jared Legien began his WHL career with the ICE after he was selected in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft ninth overall. Throughout his career, Legien also played for the Victoria Royals and the Vancouver Giants. Legion registered 63 points (29G-34A) in 154 regular season and playoff games. Continuing his hockey career, Legien has committed to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Ooks.
Skating with the Medicine Hat Tigers for the entirety of his WHL career, Ryan Jevne finished as their alternate captain during the 2018-19 season. To begin his career with the Tigers, Jevne was selected in the second round, 35th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. In total, Jevne recorded 162 points (71G-91A) in 295 regular season and playoff games. To continue his hockey and academic career, Jevne has committed to the University of Alberta to play with the Golden Bears.
After he was selected 20th overall by the Giants in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Matt Barberis spent four seasons with the team before joining the Rockets. In 186 regular season and playoff games, Barberis registered 90 points (23G-67A). Using his WHL Scholarship, Barberis has committed to the University of Carlton to continue his studies and his hockey career.
During his WHL career, Jake Kryski played for the Blazers, Rockets and Hitmen. Originally, Kryski was selected 13th overall by the Raiders in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. In total, the forward collected 216 points (80G-136A) in 332 regular season and playoff games.
To begin his WHL career, Lane Zablocki was selected in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in the fifth round, 109th overall by the Prince George Cougars. He would then go on to play for the Pats, Red Deer Rebels, Hurricanes, Royals and Rockets. During the course of his career, Zablocki collected 154 points (77G-77A) in 251 games. In 2017, Zablocki was also selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round, 79th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.
After playing four seasons with the Hurricanes, Ryan Vandervlis totaled 81 points (38G-43A) in 184 regular season and playoff games. To continue his hockey and academic career, Vandervlis has committed to Concordia University to play for the Stingers.
Thank you to our graduating players for all of your contributions on and off the ice! The WHL wishes you nothing but the best in your future hockey and academic endeavors.