The Lethbridge Hurricanes cleaned out their locker rooms this morning, after being ousted from the playoffs last night at Nicholas Sheran arena. The Canes lost 4-2 to the Calgary Hitmen who will advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Going into the Playoffs, the Lethbridge Hurricanes had won 10 straight. They beat the Hitmen in five of six match-ups in the regular season and finished the year with 12 more points overall. As the story goes, playoffs area different animal.
“This year obviously we made some big moves and wanted to make a long run and things didn’t go as we wanted to, but we learned a lot and we learned what it takes to win in playoffs and there’s such a great group of guys we had this year. We all wish we could’ve gone longer,” says forward Dylan Cozens
The Canes arguably sported he best offence in franchise history, with a handful players signing NHL contracts. One thing’s for sure— the training and hockey preparation will not end this summer.
“Everyone’s going to do their separate things. Some guys are going up to the A, and I think I’m going to be going to Sweden. It’s definitely something different. It’s cool, and another chance to represent my country so I’m happy about that,” added Cozens
Jake Elmer, who singed a late season entry level contract with the New York Rangers is excited for his new adventure in the American Hockey League.
“I’m going to go join the Hartford Wolf Pack, and play a couple games there and see what happens. And then, hard work in the summer—get in the gym and start training. That’s my number one goal and just enjoy it.”
The Lethbridge Hurricanes will begin training camp at the end of August.