EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Friday, September 28, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (3-0-0-0) vs. SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS (0-2-0-0)
Season Game: 4 Home Game: 3
A MEMORABLE START FOR THE OIL KINGS – The Edmonton Oil Kings are off to their best start to a season since the 2014-15 campaign after registering a 3-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers here at Rogers Place on Wednesday night. Their three wins are the most by any WHL Club, as the team sits atop the early season league standings with six points. The game also marked the first time the Oil Kings defeated the Tigers in 20 regular season tries, dating back to February 22, 2015. They are one of ten WHL teams who remain undefeated to start 2018-19; six who are 2-0-0-0, and three sporting a 1-0-0-0 record.
KEMP STOP, WON’T STOP – There has been plenty of praise strewn Brett Kemp’s way through the first three games of the Oil Kings season, and all of it has been well deserved. The 18-year-old, Yorkton, SK native has produced at a goal-per-game pace through the first handful of games, helping guide the Oil Kings to three straight wins. Embarking on his third full WHL campaign, the centre leans on his experience at Vegas Golden Knights’ camp this past summer as he looks to expand on his 2017-18 production which saw him register 36 points (17G, 19A) in 69 games.
ROBERTSON HLINKA – The Oil Kings will pay homage to defenceman Matthew Robertson prior to puck drop before tonight’s game. The 18-year-old, Sherwood Park, AB native was a member of the Team Canada squad that claimed gold at the 218 Hlinka Gretzky Cup right here at Rogers Place last month.
BRONCOS MAKE MOVES TO REBUILD – The Swift Current Broncos front office had their hands full earlier this week, making a plethora of deals following their 0-2-0-0 start to the 2018-19 campaign. They reacquired a pair of former Broncos in defenceman Matt Stanley and forward Owen Blocker. The 20-year-old Stanley – claimed on waivers from Lethbridge – was moved to the Hurricanes at last season’s trade deadline as part of a multi-player deal. Blocker, 18, was also returned to Swift Current via Lethbridge in a trade which saw an eighth round pick go the other way. Finally, the Broncos and Hitmen combined for a trade which saw overager Kaden Elder head to Calgary on Thursday in exchange for a third round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
OIL KINGS AND ICE MAKE MOVES – The Oil Kings also made changes to their roster yesterday as general manager Kirt Hill finalized a deal which sent forward Brendan Semchuk to the Kootenay ICE. In exchange, the Oil Kings received a conditional 4th round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. Semchuk was a member of the Vancouver Giants for parts of four seasons before being acquired by the Oil Kings on January 10, 2018. Through five WHL seasons he accumulated 21 goals and 48 points in 145 career regular season games played, including seven points (4G, 3A) in 18 regular season games with Edmonton over the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns.