Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tuesday . . .

F Brad Cruikshank (Calgary, Edmonton Ice, Lethbridge, 1996-98) signed a one-year contract extension with the Coventry Blaze (UK Elite). He had 19 goals and ten assists in 51 games split between Sheffield Steelers and Coventry last season. . . .
D Tyson Marsh (Vancouver, 2001-04) signed a one-year contract with Alleghe (Italy Serie A). He had six goals and seven assists in 30 games for the Alaska Aces (ECHL) last season. . . .
F Martin Hohenberger (Victoria/Prince George, Lethbridge, 1993-97) has announced his retirement. He was on the roster of the Graz 99ers (Austria Erste Bank Liga) last season but didn’t play due to injury. Two seasons ago, he had three goals and nine assists in 27 games for Innsbruck (Austria Erste Bank Liga). Hohenberger has signed on as assistant coach for ATSE Graz in Austria’s Nationalliga.
There is some discussion on-going about whether there are benefits for import players to play with CHL teams. There are some interesting numbers, too. Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports has more right here.
Bill Moores, who served as GM and head coach of the Regina Pats for one season (1985-86), is the Edmonton Oilers’ new co-ordinator of player development. . . . Moores, one of hockey's nicest guys, spent time as an Oilers’ assistant coach but got squeezed off the bench after 2008-09. Moores now will work with former NHLer Mike Sillinger (Regina, 1987-91), who is the director of player development.
The Edmonton Oil Kings are in the market for a new radio voice. A.J. Jakubec, their play-by-play man, has been dumped by Astral Media, the owner of TEAM 1260AM in Edmonton.
F Ryan Stone (Brandon, 2001-05) has signed with the NHL’s Calgary Flames. Stone, who is from Calgary, was a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2003 NHL draft. After leaving the Pittsburgh organization, Stone signed with the Edmonton Oilers. He played 27 games — earning six assists — with them last season but missed a good chunk of time with a knee injury.
You will recall reports last week that had the Calgary Flames releasing three scouts, including Blair Martin of Medicine Hat and Al Tuer, a former WHL player, GM and head coach who works out of Vernon, B.C. . . . There hasn’t been any news regarding scouts from the Flames. . . . I’m now told that no one was released and that the Flames simply are shuffling their scouting deck. . . . Makes one wonder if Tuer could end up as the head scout?
The Montreal Canadiens have 22 players at their summer camp that runs through Friday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. . . . Including on the roster are F Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver Giants) and F Ian Schultz (Calgary Hitmen). Gallagher was selected in the 2010 NHL draft, while Schultz came over from the St. Louis Blues in a trade that had G Jaroslav Halk going the other way. . . . Also in the Montreal camp is F Mark MacMillan of the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs. He is on the Giants’ protected list but has committed to attend the U of North Dakota for 2011-12. The Canadiens selected him with the 113th pick of the 2010 draft.
Former NHLer Brian Skrudland (Saskatoon, 1980-83) is the new director of player development for the NHL’s Florida Panthers. Skrudland, 46, was the first captain in Panthers’ history. He is a two-time Stanley Cup winner, having won with the Montreal Canadiens (1986) and Dallas Stars (1999).
G David Aime (Prince Albert, Red Deer, 2005-08) will attend Queen’s University and play for the Golden Gaels. They play out of Kingston, Ont. Aime played the last two seasons for the MJHL’s OCN Blizzard.


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