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League: Western Hockey League
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome
Notable Players: Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Ladd, Brad Stuart, Johnny Boychuk, Victor Rask, Karl Alzner, Michael Stone, Pavel Brendl, Matt Pettinger
Calgary Hitmen TicketsThe Calgary Hitmen are a two-time champion of the major junior Western Hockey League — an organization for young amateur players up to the age of 20. Established in 1995, the franchise derived its unique name from professional wrestler and co-founder Bret "The Hitman" Hart. The city of Calgary has a long history with the WHL, dating back to the Buffaloes and Wranglers from the 1960s to the 1980s. The Hitmen had a quick ascension. In 1999, the squad captured the coveted Ed Chynoweth Cup for the first time in team history with a five-game series win over the Kamloops Blazers. Calgary then advanced to the Memorial Cup Finals to compete for the top major junior hockey team in all of Canada. However, Ottawa triumphed over Calgary in a hard-fought 7-6 overtime victory. For the next decade, Calgary continued to be a WHL contender and a perennial playoff team. The Hitmen returned to the WHL Finals in 2009 and then took home its second championship in 2010 with a five-game series victory over the Tri City Americans. You can purchase Calgary Hitmen tickets at StubHub.
What was the team's record last season?During the 2018-2019 regular season, Calgary finished third in the Central Division and sixth in the entire Eastern Conference with 78 points and a 36-26-5-1 record. Calgary proceeded to beat its divisional foe, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, in a seven-game series thriller in the first round of the playoffs. The Hurricanes came out strong by winning the first two games, including a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1. Calgary then stormed ahead by winning the next three games in the series. On the verge of defeat, Lethbridge forced a Game 7 with a 7-6 offensive barrage in overtime at the Scotiabank Saddledome, but Calgary clinched the series with a 4-2 victory on the road. Despite the hard-fought win, Calgary’s season ended with a four-game sweep against the Edmonton Oil Kings in the second round.
What is the 2019-2020 schedule for the Calgary Hitmen?The 2019-2020 regular season takes place between September 21 and March 22. Some of the top games of the season include divisional matchups against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Medicine Hat Tigers and Red Deer Rebels. Calgary finishes out the regular season with an away and home series against the Swift Current Broncos on March 20 and 22. If Calgary makes the postseason tournament, then it will begin playing no earlier than March 27.
Who is the head coach of the Calgary Hitmen?Calgary announced the hiring of Steve Hamilton as head coach on July 17, 2018. A longtime youth coach, Hamilton got his start in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Fort Saskatchewan Traders and Spruce Grove Saints, winning three Coach of the Year honors. He was also a hockey instructor for Donnan Elementary and Vimy Ridge Academy between 2001 and 2014. Hamilton was hired as the associate coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings, with which he won two out of three WHL Finals appearances between 2012 and 2014 and captured the prestigious 2014 Memorial Cup title. He was also on the staff of the Hockey Canada youth teams.
Do the Calgary Hitmen have any rivals?As the two largest cities in the province of Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton share a rivalry that spans multiple teams and sports. Their owners and parent organizations, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, are fierce rivals in the NHL, which helps stoke some of the animosity. The Hitmen also have a division rivalry with another team from Alberta, the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
What is the size of the the team's arena?The Scotiabank Saddledome, which is the home of the Calgary Flames, has a maximum seating capacity of just over 19,000. Opened in 1983 for the Winter Olympics, the arena is known for its unique saddle-like design. Get your tickets at StubHub for Calgary Hitmen games.
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