Calgary Hitmen Schedule
Calgary has long been known as a hockey town, but there is much more going on there than
just the Flames of the NHL. The Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League have been a big draw in town for years. The team
last won the league championship in 2009 but are looking like they could be in the running for another one this season. The
Hitmen have been immensely popular since their founding in 1995 and are consistently among the teams in the WHL with the highest
attendance each year. There are few sporting events more exciting than junior hockey where the players are looking to prove
their mettle with hopes of eventually advancing to the next level and the fans can feel the intensity of the competition and
give it back to the players on the ice in droves. Be sure to make it out to as many Calgary Hitmen home games as you can this
This season is loaded with quality home games that no hockey fan will want to miss. On February 11th the Prince
Albert Raiders will hit the ice at Scotiabank Saddledome looking to knock off the Hitmen. If this game is anything like the
teams' past match ups fans in attendance will certainly be in for a treat. On February 14th the Hitmen have a Valentine's
Day date with hated rivals the Saskatoon Blades in a game which should be one of the most action packed of the season. Be
sure to check StubHub frequently to find out about all of the other exciting Calgary Hitmen games taking place at Scotiabank
Saddledome this season!
Success is something with which the Calgary Hitmen are very familiar.
They have finished league play with the best record in the Western Hockey League four times and won the President's Cup twice.
The first time the Hitmen won the President's Cup they became the first Canadian team to do so. Additionally, thirty seven
former players have gone on to play in the NHL so far. With all of this success on the ice comes success at the ticket booth,
and the Hitmen are regularly one of the most popular teams in the league. In fact they became the first WHL team to average
10,000 fans per game for a whole year in the 2004-2004 season. This year head coach Mike Williamson will be looking to guide
the Hitmen to yet another President's Cup and with the help of captain Jayen Rissling on the ice the Hitmen should be a force
to be reckoned with throughout the WHL. This is your chance to see some of the future stars of the NHL in smaller arenas and
giving it their all both to earn their team a victory and to stand out with hopes of impressing an NHL scout who may just
happen to be in the audience.Be sure to be on the Hitmen's bandwagon right from the start this season.
fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding junior
league hockey and fans of the Calgary Hitmen are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire WHL. On game
day at Scotiabank Saddledome, the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As
the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams
are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and
agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college
hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high
fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
Calgary Hitmen Western Hockey League
Hockey League is part of the Canadian Hockey League and has teams in the Northwestern United States as well as in Western
Canada. It is the highest junior hockey league in Canada and as such offers up some of the best hockey competition you can
find anywhere. Teams in the WHL compete for the Ed Chynoweth Cup with the winner competing for the Memorial Cup which is Canada's
junior league national championship.
The Calgary Hitmen get their name from former wrestling superstar
Bret The Hitman Hart who was one of the founders of the team. The team even gets their colors from the colors Bret The Hitman
Hart wore when he competed in the WWF as well as their logo. There was some controversy surrounding the team's name, as many
hockey fans felt that the name "Hitmen" referenced some of the more thuggish aspects of the sport that should not be glorified.