Johnny Bower, one of the great goaltenders in NHL history, will be back his hometown of Prince Albert on Wednesday and will be a guest of honour as the Raiders play host to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Bower went from the Prince Albert Black Hawks in the late 1930s and early 1940s to a career that included 15 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Toronto Maple Leafs . . . In honour of Bower, goaltenders in Wednesday’s game will go maskless and must use the pokecheck to make a save at least once a period . . .
Russia beat the U.S. 2-1 in the under-17 Four Nations Cup that ended in Dmitrov, Russia, on Sunday. The big news is that the teams engaged in a post-game bench-clearing – yes, bench-clearing – brawl. There are some photos here . . . There is some grainy video here . . . Don’t bother looking for any mention of this on USA Hockey’s website because, well, there isn’t any . . .
Tom Hicks, the owner of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, has fired general manager Doug Armstrong. And when is the last time the owner of any franchise, from major junior through the pro ranks, fired the GM and left the coaching staff in place? The Stars, by the way, are off to a simply horrific start at, uhh, 7-7-3-0 . . . "I thought that the team needed a change in direction,” Hicks said in a statement . . . By the way, Armstrong is signed through 2010-11.