|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Charlottetown Islanders||Chicoutimi Sagueneens|
|Drummondville Voltigeurs||Gatineau Olympiques|
|Halifax Mooseheads||Moncton Wildcats|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
With the clock ticking down to the WHL regular season, players are continuing to battle for position on the depth charts, one player in particular is hoping to make an impression that lands him in the Friendly City for good.
Austin Bourhis spent the last two seasons in Prince Albert, and after the Raiders let him go he decided to come to Moose Jaw where he’s fighting to occupy one of the team’s three overage roster spots. “Coach (Mike) Stothers called me in the summertime and said that they liked me to come to camp and I said I would,” Bourhis said on how he ended up at camp. “It was a pretty easy decision for me, it’s a great city and a great organization, it’s an all-around great place and I really wanted to come here.”
Bourhis admits that the feeling is different being a player looking to make the team as an overage player compared to being a rookie. “It’s a little bit different being a 20 year old. You’re supposed to be a leader but it’s a new team and you’re still trying to figure things out for yourself. You have to do as much as you can to be a leader but still try and pick up things on the way, that’s probably the toughest part.”
The Kipling, SK product made his WHL debut during the 2009-10 regular season when he played one game for the Medicine Hat Tigers, he was then dealt to Prince Albert where he played the previous two years. In total Bourhis has played in 113 games and has nine points, all assists, and 276 penalty minutes.
“I’m a two-way forward, run and gun kind of player. I’m a grinder, you want see me much on the score sheet but I do my best to put the puck in the net even though it’s a little tougher for me, I’ll do what I can and anything to help the team out,” he said when talking about the style of game that he plays. Even though he hasn’t scored his first WHL goal, he says he doesn’t let that affect his mindset. “I have kind of accepted it; I think it will come this year. If not, it’s ok.”
Bourhis and the Warriors will practice over the long weekend and take part in a team building activity; they won’t see any game action until next weekend when they have a home and home series against Swift Current. The overager is quick to admit that he’s willing to do whatever he has to in those games to catch the eye of management and coaches. “If it’s blocking shots, fighting, or putting the puck in the net, it’s whatever it takes and anything I can do.”
The first game of the weekend series is Friday, September 7th at Maple Creek, the series shifts to Moose Jaw for the back half on Sunday, September 9th at 2pm. Reminder to fans as well that season tickets will be available for pick up starting Wednesday, September 5th at 9am, they’ll be available the rest of the week during the Warriors Office regular business hours. Saturday, September 8th the office will be open from 9am to 5pm, while on Sunday, September 9th tickets will be available from 9am to 3pm.