Former G Corey Hirsch (Kamloops, 1988-92) is the new goaltending coach with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. Hirsch will join the Blues effective July 1 and will work with the goaltenders in St. Louis and with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen, as well as the Blues’ prospects. Hirsh, 37, has been working with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also was with Hockey Canada as a goaltending consultant when the national junior team won the 2007 and 2008 world junior championships.
The Vancouver Giants have acquired F Matt MacKay from the Medicine Hat Tigers for a 2011 fourth-round bantam draft pick. MacKay, who turns 20 on Nov. 27, had 52 points last season. The Tigers acquired him from the Moose Jaw Warriors early in the season. . . . He is the son of Mark MacKay, who is the only player ever to be named the WHL’s rookie of the year as a 20-year-old. He was the WHL’s top rookie for the 1984-85 season.
There is an interesting story on the IIHF website dealing with the number of European players in the NHL. It seems that many of the numbers are down and that Sweden has supplanted Czech Republic as the No. 1 supplier of European talent to the NHL. It will be interesting to see if more Swedish players make their way to CHL teams. . . . That IIHF story is right here.