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GIANTS HOME OPENER TONIGHT

Rob Wilton

Tonight at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants look to start the 2022-23 Western Hockey League season with a victory on home ice. They host a tough opponent as the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds are the reigning Western Conference Champions and had a 4-0 record against the G-Men last season. The Giants aim to build on their win over Kelowna to conclude the Preseason last Saturday in Maple Ridge. Come to the LEC early and join the Tailgate Party in the parking lot!

  • There are plenty of fresh faces for this season with Vancouver. Samuel Honzek (Slovakia) was added in the CHL Import Draft, and Kyren Gronick (Saskatoon), Brett Mirwald (Moose Jaw), and Carson Haynes (Tri City) were added via trade. Rookie Will Subject (USA) is also freshly signed and ready to debut this season.
  • F Sammy May (1G – 3A – 4PTS) had a point in each preseason game..
  • NHL Prospects Zack Ostapchuk (Ottawa Senators) and Jesper Vikman (Vegas Golden Knights) are currently away from the team at NHL Training Camps.

SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS

OVERVIEW

2022/23 Record: 0-0-0-0

2021/22 Record vs. VAN: 4-0

Head Coach: Matt O’Dette

2021/22 Playoffs: Lost 4-2 in Final vs Edmonton

Leading Preseason Scorers: Gracyn Sawchyn (0G – 6A – 6PTS), Kyle Crnkovic (3G – 2A – 5PTS)

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

2022/23 Record: 0-0-0-0

2021/22 Record vs. SEA: 0-4

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

2021/22 Playoffs: Lost 4-2 in 2nd Round vs Kamloops.

Leading Preseason Scorers: Sammy May (1G – 3A – 4PTS), Jaden Lipinski (2G – 1A – 3PTS)

 

The G-Men head to Everett tomorrow in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Quarterfinal.



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