Lind makes WHL debut


Shaunavon’s Kalan Lind made his Western Hockey League debut on Saturday.

The underage centre suited up for the Red Deer Rebels during their 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen. Lind finished with two shots on goal and one face-off win as the Rebels improved to 1-2-1-0 on the season.

Lind began the season with Saskatoon Contacts and was leading the Saskatchewan Male U18 AAA Hockey League with 14 points in six games before the season was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The 6’0.5’’ forward was the sixth overall selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. He finished last season with 68 goals and 52 assists in 27 regular season games with the Swift Current U15 AA Broncos before adding nine points in three playoff games.

Kalan Lind is following in the footsteps of older brother Kole Lind, who registered 224 points in 204 WHL games with the Kelowna Rockets. Kole Lind was a second round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2017 and has eight points in as many games with the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League this season.

The five-team Central Division is the only WHL division currently in action. The seven-team East Division will get underway on March 12 in Regina. The Swift Current Broncos will open their 24-game regular season the following day against the Saskatoon Blades.

The five-team U.S. Division will begin play on March 18. The five-team B.C. Division will begin play on March 26 in two ‘hubs’ located in Kamloops and Kelowna.