Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wednesday . . .

F Petr Stoklasa (Tri-City, 2007-09) signed a one-year contract with Kiekko-Laser Oulu (Finland Mestis). He had 11 goals and 13 assists in 25 games for HC 46 Bardejov (Slovakia 1.Liga) last season. . . .
F Johannes Salmonsson (Spokane, 2005-06) signed a one-year contract with AIK Stockholm (Sweden Elitserien). He had seven goals and nine assists in 29 games split between Davos (Switzerland NL A) and Biel (Switzerland NL A).
The WHL’s annual meeting wrapped up Wednesday in Calgary.
We can only assume that not much of any importance to fans was discussed.
How do we know that?
Because the WHL issued a three-paragraph press release Wednesday to signal the end of the meeting. The first two paragraphs dealt with an Alumni Association golf tournament.
The third and final paragraph read:
“The WHL Annual General Meeting was held on June 15th and 16th at the Calgary Marriott Hotel. The WHL Board of Governors consists of the owner/representative of the 22 WHL Member franchises. Governor and General Manager of the Kelowna Rockets Bruce Hamilton was re-elected as the WHL Chairman of the Board for another two year period.”
That’s it folks.
No update on a 2010-11 schedule (the OHL and QMJHL have both released their schedules). Nothing on possible rule changes. Nothing on officiating. Nothing on the summer summit. Nada.
Unfortunately, the WHL missed another glorious opportunity to create some news, but it just doesn’t seem to understand the number of fans who are out there and are thirsting for information.
Thankfully, Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post takes a look at what happened at the meeting in Calgary and he does so right here.
I can tell you that the Eastern Conference will hold its scheduling meeting in Saskatoon on Monday (June 21). . . . The Western Conference teams will gather in Kelowna sometime during the last week in July.
Mike Yeo is the new head coach of the Houston Aeros, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Yeo spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. He is no stranger to Houston, having played five seasons with the Aeros (1994-99); he captained the Aeros when they won the IHL’s Turner Cup in 1999. Yeo replaces Kevin Constantine, who was fired following the season. Constantine was the Aeros’ head coach for three seasons after leaving the WHL’s Everett Silvertips.
The Syracuse Crunch has re-signed Jon (Nasty) Mirasty, 28, who will be starting his fourth season with the AHL team, an affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. In three seasons, he has played 166 games, scoring a goal and adding six assists, and totalling 677 penalty minutes. He is third, behind Jeremy Reich and Brandon Sugden, on the Crunch’s list of all-time penalty-minute leaders. Mirasty played in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans and Moose Jaw Warriors (2000-02). . . . From 2003-07, he played with Bakersfield (ECHL), Greenville (ECHL), Sorel-Tracy (LNAH) and Danbury (UHL). In 184 games with those teams, he had nine goals, 23 assists and 1,406 penalty minutes.
And now here are the names of three more players who skated in the WHL and then moved onto NCAA schools.
Ken Berry and Glenn Anderson both played with the New Westminster Bruins in 1977-78. Anderson appeared in one game, with Berry appearing in five, plus six more in the playoffs. They both played at the University of Denver the following season.
That information arrived from Bill O’Donovan, the news anchor at CFJC-TV in Kamloops and the public address voice of the Blazers.
Moments later he sent another email . . .
“Just after sending you Glenn Anderson and Ken Berry's names — Glenn Merkosky's name popped into my head. I checked it out and according to hockeydb, the Kamloops native played five games with the Chiefs in their last season here (1976-77) and then six games the next season with the transplanted Chiefs in Seattle (Breakers). The next season, he played at Michigan Tech.”
After one season at Michigan Tech, Merkosky returned to the WHL, this time with the Calgary Wranglers. . . . He now is a pro scout with the Detroit Red Wings.

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