Through July and August, the Western Hockey League is saying ‘thank you’ to its 2019 graduating class. From July 22 to 26, we extended our gratitude to 10 players who concluded their WHL careers in the 2018-19 season.
Dylan Ferguson was selected in the eighth round, 166th overall, by the Kamloops Blazers at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Spending his entire WHL career in Kamloops, Ferguson played in 160 regular season and playoffs games. In the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, Ferguson recorded a 2.01 goals-against average and 3.01 save percentage in 29 games. After being selected by the Vegas Golden Kings in the seventh round, 194th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft, Ferguson signed with the team and will continue his career with the Knights’ affiliate team, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
WHL Champion Sean Montgomery also only played for a single team in his WHL career after he was selected by the Prince Albert Raiders in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft in the sixth round, 114th overall. In total, the alternate captain skated in 380 regular season and playoff games during his career. To conclude his time in the WHL, Montgomery recorded 59 points (29G-30A) in 67 regular-season games and 14 points (8G-6A) in 23 playoff games as he and the Raiders carved their names into WHL and Prince Albert history.
The Regina Pats alternate captain, Liam Schioler, was selected in the second round, 28th overall, by the Pats at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Schioler would go on to collect 37 points (6G-31A) in 268 regular season and playoff games before committing to Queen’s University to utilize his WHL Scholarship and play for the Queen’s Gaels.
Splitting his time between the Raiders and the Calgary Hitmen, Luke Coleman played in 317 regular season and playoff games, collecting 152 points (69G-83A). Originally, the Hitmen alternate captain was selected by the Raiders in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in the fifth round, 104th overall.
After he was selected in the fourth round, 82nd overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Taylor Ross began his career with the Spokane Chiefs. For his last two seasons, Ross played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes where he totaled 162 points (75G-87A) in 259 regular season and playoff games.
Captain of the Seattle Thunderbirds and 2017 WHL Champion, Nolan Volcan, amassed an astounding 376 career games with the U.S. Division team. Volcan was selected in the second round, 27th overall, by the Thunderbirds in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and throughout his time in Seattle he recorded 258 points (110G-148A).
Prior to joining the Vancouver Giants for their 2019 WHL Playoff run this season, Dallas Hines spent the duration of his WHL career with the Kootenay ICE after he was selected by the team in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in the fifth round, 97th overall. When combining his playing time with both teams, Hines totaled 83 points (23G-60A) in 270 regular season and playoff games.
Braydyn Chizen began his WHL career when he was selected by the Kelowna Rockets in the ninth round, 197th overall, and would then go on to play for the Brandon Wheat Kings. Throughout his time in the WHL, Chizen recorded 42 points (13G- 29A) in 253 regular season and playoff games.
Another single-team WHL player can be found in the career of Red Deer Rebels Captain Reese Johnson. In his 188 regular season and playoff games with the Rebels, Chicago Blackhawks prospect tallied 108 points (58G-50A). To continue his hockey career, Johnson will join the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL.
Nolan Yaremko finished his WHL career after playing five seasons with the Tri-City Americans and becoming their captain. After he was selected in the second round, 29th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Yaremko played in 299 games, totaling 179 points (78G-101A). To continue his career, Yaremko has committed to Mount Royal University to play with the Cougars and use his WHL Scholarship.
Thank you to our graduating players for all your contributions on and off the ice. Visit @TheWHL on Twitter from Monday through Friday for new player cards. Weekly recaps of player cards and highlights will appear at WHL.ca each Friday.