2008-09: Carter Bancks had a difficult start to his fourth season with the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes when he was sidelined for the first 17 games of the season. The feisty winger scored 13 goals (four goals on the Power play) along with 34 assists and a plus 14 rating while taking 68 PIMs (six fighting majors) in 53 WHL games. The Hurricanes were swept By the Calgary Hitmen in the second round of the WHL playoffs without the help of Bancks. The Hurricanes’ sparkplug winger was injured in the first round series against the Saskatoon Blades when he suffered a shoulder injury that would require off-season surgery.
2009-10: Bancks started his final season in the WHL being named the Captain of the Hurricanes. The physical captain was changed to the centerman position where he scored 19 goals with 36 assists but a terrible minus 20 rating and 96 PIMs (six fighting majors). The weak Hurricanes team failed to make the playoffs but Bancks was signed to an amateur try-out contract with the AHL Abbottsford Heat. He played nine AHL regular season games with the Heat but was unable to obtain any points while having a respectable rating of minus one. Bancks was given the opportunity to play in the Calder Cup playoffs due to many injuries to the Heat starters. He earned his first professional assist and finished with a minus one rating while taking seven PIMs (one fighting major) in 13 AHL Playoff games.
2010-11: Bancks started his rookie season with the Heat on an AHL level contract. The physical winger was making an offensive impact on the team when he was struck in the head with an elbow by Steve Kamfer (BOS) on November 12, 2010 and suffered a concussion. The rookie returned to play on December 7th, scoring a key goal in a 3-2 overtime win but immediately started suffering concussion symptoms following the game. Bancks finally returned to the Heat line-up on March 24, 2011 for the rest of the regular season. He scored five goals (one shorthanded goal) along with 14 assists and a plus four rating while taking just 16 PIMs (two fighting majors) in only 29 AHL games.
2011-12: Signed to a two-year free agent contract by the Flames in July 2011 after skating for Calgary's AHL affiliate Abbotsford in 2010-11, Bancks returned to the Heat after Calgary's training camp and spent the season in Abbotsford. He skated in 55 of 76 games for the Heat, missing time due to a shoulder injury and then breaking his hand on a blocked shot. Bancks scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was plus-three with 57 penalty minutes. The Heat finished second in the West Division and advanced to the second round in the playoffs. Bancks was minus-three with no points and 14 penalty minutes in eight playoff games.
Bancks plays a physical two-way game while being a feisty energy guy who can produce some offense as well as play on both the power play and penalty killing units. He is a hardworking, character guy who isn't afraid to stand up for his teammates. The aggressive forward must continue to add size to his frame in order to play his type of game at the professional level.
Bancks will probably be assigned to the AHL Heat for the year while being given the chance to show the sparkplug that he can be for the team. The feisty winger will need to continue working hard and stay healthy playing his style for the whole season.