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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Some Tuesday notes . . .

The move has begun. The Seattle Thunderbirds announced Tuesday that they have officially moved their offices to Kent, Wash. They are in temporary facilities until the Kent Event Center is completed, but are well on their way to moving to the new digs. . . .

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The MacBETH REPORT: Lots of movement in Europe and our man, Garth MacBeth, as usual, is on top of it. . . . F Lauris Darzins (Kelowna) signs with Moscow-based HK MVD Balashikha (Continental Hockey League). He had 17 goals and 17 assists in 32 games for HK Gomel in Belarus this season. . . . Mike Sirant, who played five games with the Calgary Wranglers in 1978-79, has been fired as head coach of the Danish national team. . . . G Rastislav Stana (Moose Jaw/Calgary) has signed with Severstal Cherepovets (Continental Hockey League). He was with Linköping (Sweden Elitserien) last year, posting a 2.76 GAA and a save percentage of .901 in 40 games. . . . F Blake Evans (Spokane/Tri-City/Regina) signs with Vålerenga (Norway Elitserien). He had 16 goals and 33 assists in 36 games with Milan Vipers (Italy Serie A) this season.

F Marian Havel (Vancouver/Swift Current) signs with MHK Dolny Kubin (Slovakia 1.liga). He had 23 goals and 13 assists in 22 games with Garges (France Division 1). . . . F Ryan Gaucher (Saskatoon) signs with Kassel (Germany DEL). He had 11 goals and 32 assists in 38 games for SönderjyskE (Denmark Elitserien). . . . G Jody Lehman (Moose Jaw/Brandon) re-signs with Sheffield Steelers (UK Elite Ice Hockey League). He had a 2.45 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 58 games. . . . D Robby Sandrock (Spokane/Swift Current/Medicine Hat/Kelowna) signs with EC VSV Villach (Austria Erste Bank Liga). He had nine goals and 18 assists in 54 games for Wolfsburg (Germany DEL).

F Jade Galbraith (Saskatoon) signs with Nottingham Panthers (UK Elite Ice Hockey League). He had 17 goals and 22 assists in 44 games for EHC Munchen (Germany 2.Bundesliga). . . . Former Portland assistant coach Julius Supler has signed as head coach of Dinamo Riga (Continental Hockey League). . . . G Dusan Salficky (Tri-City) signs with Usti nad Lebem (Czech 1.Liga). He had a 2.49 GAA in 46 games with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Superliga). . . . Wayne Fleming has signed as head coach of Dynamo Minsk (Continental Hockey League). He was an assistant with the Calgary Flames who, as you can see from this story in the Calgary Herald, seem to be in disagreement over whether Fleming has signed.

Glen Hanlon, in addition to his head-coaching position at Jokerit Helsinki next season, has been named the new head coach for the Belarus national team, replacing former Victoria Cougars F Curt Fraser. This is not a new position for Hanlon, as he was Belarus head coach for three years before giving way to Fraser for the past two. Wayne Fleming will be one of his assistant coaches with the national team, in addition to his head coaching duties at Dynamo Minsk. Also on the Belarus staff as an assistant is former Los Angeles and Buffalo F Vladimir Tsyplakov. Both Hanlon and Tsyplakov were with Belarus as assistant coaches at the World Championships earlier this month. . . . D Kevin Seibel (Prince George/Swift Current/Vancouver) signs with HC Appiano in Italy Serie A. He played the past three seasons at UBC.

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