Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday . . .

After I reported here yesterday that Don Nachbaur will be the next head coach of the Spokane Chiefs, Dave Trimmer of the Spokane Spokesman-Review filed a story that carried the headline — Chiefs GM: Report on new coach incorrect.
Trimmer’s story is right here.
You will note that Spokane general manager Tim Speltz doesn’t state that Nachbaur won’t be the Chiefs’ next head coach.
Former Chiefs head coach Bill Peters may end up in the NHL before another season gets here.
Peters left the Chiefs prior to the 2008-09 season to join the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks as the head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
Numerous reports on Wednesday had the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers about to name Craig Ramsay as their new head coach and that John Torchetti would be joining him as an assistant coach.
Torchetti has been on Chicago's coaching staff for the last two seasons.
His departure would open a slot that perhaps could be filled by Peters.
The Prince George Cougars have signed 2010 bantam draft selections Jordan Tkatch and Jarrett Fontaine. . . . The two are first cousins and both played for the bantam Humboldt, Sask., Broncos last season. . . . Tkach, a second-round pick, had 100 points, including 57 goals, in 24 games. He is ticketed for the midget AAA Prince Albert Mintos in the fall. . . . Fontaine, a third-round selection, had 102 points, 61 of them goals, in 24 games. He is likely to play for the midget AAA Tisdale Trojans. . . . Fontaine won the Centre Four league’s scoring title; his cousin was second.
Greg Poss is the new head coach of the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. He was an assistant coach with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign last season. Prior to that, Poss, 45, spent eight seasons as a head coach with three different teams in the German DEL. He played NCAA hockey at Wisconsin. . . . Poss replaces Malcolm Cameron, who resigned after last season and later signed on as GM and head coach of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.
Matt Bardsley doesn’t get a whole lot of credit from the ticket-buying public, but he is a big reason why the Portland Winterhawks are on the way back from near-ruin. Scott Sepich, a freelancer who covers the Winterhawks for The Oregonian, has a good look at Bardsley right here.
The AHL’s Charlotte Checkers will have Jeff Daniels as their GM and head coach as they enter into their first season in the AHL and their first season as the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. . . . Daniels is entering his third season as head coach of Carolina’s AHL team; he was with the Albany River Rats for the last two seasons. The Albany franchise moved to Charlotte following the conclusion of the 2009-10 season. . . . Former pro defenceman Gord Kinnear was named as a Charlotte assistant coach. He has been an AHL assistant for seven seasons, the last three in Carolina’s organization. . . . Derek Wilkinson, the Checkers’ head coach last season, has been named senior vice-president of business operations.
Matthew Wuest of in Halifax reports that Czech F Martin Frk is the top-ranked player for the CHL import draft that is scheduled for June 29. . . . Wuest’s story is right here.
The Prince George Cougars hold the first overall pick, followed by the Sarnia Sting and the Halifax Mooseheads.
The Moose Jaw Warriors have signed F Brandon Potomak, a second-round pick in the 2010 bantam draft. Potomak, from Aldergrove, B.C., played last season with the Kelowna-Pursuit of Excellence program.


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