THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Juraj Simek (Brandon, 2006-07) signed a try-out contract with Dinamo Riga (Latvia, KHL). He had 21 goals and 15 assists in 75 games for the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) last season.
The AHL’s Manitoba Moose has shuffled its deck a bit over the last couple of days. . . . Claude Noel, formerly the interim head coach with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, is the Moose’s new head coach. He replaces Scott Arniel, who signed on as head coach in Columbus. . . . The Moose also has lost equipment manager Jay McMaster, who now is the assistant equipment manager with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. McMaster, who spent a season working with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and two with the Vancouver Giants, is from Plenty, Sask., the hometown of Brad and Kelly McCrimmon. . . . Mark Grehan will fill McMaster’s position with the Moose, effective Aug. 1. Grehan spent last season as equipment manager with the ECHL’s Victoria Salmon Kings.
The Tri-City Americans have added Ken McKay to their scouting staff. He will focus on the southwestern U.S., primarily Texas. . . . McKay played five seasons in the WHL, splitting them between the Red Deer Rebels and the Americans, whom he joined during 1996-97. He went on to play four seasons with the U of Calgary Dinos and one with the Central league’s Corpus Christi Rayz.
The BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs have signed Kevin Hasselbert as assistant GM and assistant coach. Hasselberg, 34, will work alongside GM/head coach Paul Esdale. Hasselberg spent the last five seasons as the head coach of the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys.
During the winter months, Gord McGarva spends many evenings serving as the analyst on Kelowna Rockets’ radio broadcasts. In his other job, he is a school teacher. He also is a huge golf fan and, yes, he loves to play the game. His blog — Write Down the Fairway — is over there on the left. . . . Anyway, I don’t know how you’re spending your summer, but I got this note from Gord: “I will be at St. Andrews for The Open. I leave July 1 and head to Kingsbarns for my summer job as a caddy. I will be living in St. Andrews until Aug. 25.” . . . On his blog this summer, then, McGarva promises “some tales of caddying at Kingsbarns, some that can every be printed.”
From the Kingsbarns Golf Links’ website:
The Kingsbarns Golf Links site has long been known for its intimate connection with the sea. The fact that its golf origins date back to 1793 is testimony to the attributes of the site which foster ideal conditions for links turf to flourish amid interesting natural terrain. This unique part of East Fife has sandy soils, undulating ridges and hollows, Cambo burn running into the sea, all set immediately against the rugged coastline of the North Sea.