Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday . . .

D Mike Card (Kelowna, 2002-06) signed a one-year contract and F Brett Breitkreuz (Kelowna, Edmonton, Vancouver, 2006-10) signed a two-year contract with Kölner Haie (Germany DEL). Card had six goals and 19 assists in 53 games for Kassel Huskies (Germany DEL) last season, while Breitkreuz had 17 goals and 18 assists in 66 games with the Oil Kings and the Giants. . . .
D Tomas Mojzis (Moose Jaw, Seattle, 2000-03) signed a one-year contract with Dynamo Minsk (Belarus, KHL). He had five goals and five assists in 52 games for MoDo Örnsköldsvik (Sweden Elitserien) last season. . . .
D Matt Suderman (Saskatoon, Everett, 1999-2004) signed a one-year contract with the Hull Stingrays (UK Elite). He had one goal and two assists in 21 games for Morzine-Avoriaz (France Ligue Magnus) last season. . . .
D Jeff Smith (Red Deer, 1998-2002) signed a one-year contract with the Coventry Blaze (UK Elite). He had five goals and 14 assists in 45 games for the Nijmegen Devils (Netherlands Eredivisie) last season. . . .
F Joni Lindlöf (Kelowna, Lethbridge, 2002-04) was released by Briançon (France Ligue Magnus) for financial reasons. Lindlöf, who had signed a one-year contract extension with the club in April, had 14 goals and 10 assists in 22 games last season. Briançon is trying to meet financial conditions so it may remain in Ligue Magnus this season. . . .
G Norm Maracle (Saskatoon, 1991-94) signed a one-year contract with Rosenheim (Germany 2.Bundesliga). He had a 3.58 GAA and a .901 save percentage 25 games with Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia, plays in Austria Erste Bank Liga) and a 3.22 GAA with a .901 SP in five games for Kölner Haie (Germany DEL) last season.
The Portland Winterhawks have moved Matt Bardsley from advance scout to director of hockey operations. Bardsley, who has been with the Winterhawks since 1999, has been the club’s advance scout since Mike Johnston took over as GM/head coach. According to a club press release, Bardsley “spent the last two seasons . . . evaluating other teams’ rosters and list players and assisting Johnston with trade discussions and player evaluations. He will retain those duties in his new position, and take an increased role in all aspects of hockey operations, including overseeing the organization’s recruiting program.”
Brad Cook has joined the BCHL’s Victoria Salmon Kings as an assistant coach. He had been the head coach of the junior B Saanich Braves, who play in the Vancouver Island junior league. Robin Gomez (Calgary, Seattle, 1999-2002) has taken over as head coach of the Braves. . . . Cook and Gomez both played for the ECHL’s Victoria Salmon Kings.
F Jordie Deagle (Medicine Hat, Prince George, Red Deer, 2004-09) has committed to attend Carleton University and play for the Ravens. Deagle played out his junior eligibility last season, putting up 26 points with the Red Deer Rebels. . . . Carleton U is in Ottawa.
George Burnett, the GM and head coach of the OHL’s Belleville Bulls, has been added to the coaching staff of Canada’s national junior team as an assistant to Dave Cameron. Burnett fills the position vacated by Bob Boughner, when he left the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires to sign on as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets. . . . Burnett will remain as head coach of the Canadian U-18 team that will play in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament early next month.
The OHL’s Soo Greyhounds have given head coach Denny Lambert a two-year extension. His contract now runs through the 2012-13 season. . . . The Greyhounds also announced the signing of assistant coach Nick Warriner to a two-year deal as assistant coach, and the addition of Pat Curcio as an assistant coach. . . . Warriner has spent two seasons with the Soo. . . . Curcio, who got a one-year deal, spent last season as the assistant coach/assistant director of hockey operations with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies. Before that, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the OHL’s London Knights.
Former NHLer Randy Cunneyworth is the new head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. The Bulldogs also have named Randy Ladouceur as assistant coach. . . . Cunneyworth was on the coaching staff of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers for the last two seasons. His resume includes seven seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Rochester Americans. . . . Ladouceur is a veteran of 10 NHL seasons as an assistant coach. He worked last season as an assistant coach with the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs.
For those of you eagerly awaiting the arrival of the WHL’s 2010-11 schedule . . . you won’t have to hold your breath for a whole lot longer.
Officials from Western Conference teams are to gather in Kelowna on Tuesday (July 27) to finish hammering it out.
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News is reporting on his blog that Portland Winterhawks owner Bill Gallacher heads a group that is on the verge of completing the purchase of the Dallas Stars. Campbell’s piece is right here.
The SJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers have extended the contract of GM/head coach Mike Reagan through 2011-12. He is preparing for his fourth season with the Bombers after going 102-58-6-6 in his first three. . . . Reagan has brought former SJHL F Michael George on board as his assistant coach, while Jon Klassen now is head scout/assistant GM.

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