Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday . . .

F Greg Watson (Prince Albert, 1998-2003) signed a one-year contract with Gardena (Italy Serie A2). He had 16 goals and 15 assists in 34 games with AaB Aalborg (Denmark AL-Bank Liga) last season. . . .
D Tomas Kudelka (Lethbridge, 2005-07) signed a try-out contract with Pardubice (Czech Republic Extraliga). He had three goals and 17 assists in 55 games with Binghamton Senators (AHL) last season. . . .
F Clarke Wilm (Saskatoon, 1991-96) signed a one-year contract with the Nuremburg Ice Tigers (Germany DEL). He had 16 goals and 32 assists in 54 games with the Hamburg Freezers (Germany DEL) last season.
Alan Caldwell, over there at Small Thoughts At Large, has completed a mileage chart that includes all 60 Canadian Hockey League teams. It’s interesting . . . very interesting. If you haven’t already, you should scoot on over and check it out. The link to his blog is over there on the left.
Hockey Canada is in the market for a new head scout following the resignation of Al Murray, who has stepped in as the director of amateur scouting with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Murray spent three years with Hockey Canada. With him serving as head scout, Canada won two world junior titles and one under-18 IIHF gold medal (2008). Canada’s U-18 team also won three straight Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournaments with Murray as head scout. . . . Murray had been the Los Angeles Kings’ director of amateur scouting for 12 years before being let go and then joining Hockey Canada.
Al Tuer, a former WHL player, general manager and head coach, is the new western pro scout with the NHL’s Florida Panthers. Tuer, who was dropped from his position as an amateur scout by the Calgary Flames following the NHL draft in June, signed with the Panthers earlier this month.
So . . . will the Kelowna Rockets have a new play-by-play voice by the time the 2010-11 regular season gets here?
Only time will tell.
Regan Bartel has been doing WHL play-by-play since 1995, first with the Swift Current Broncos and of late with the Rockets.
A couple of summers ago, he was interviewed for the Nashville Predators’ play-by-play job but, obviously, didn’t get it.
Now he has been interviewed for the play-by-play position for the Edmonton Oilers who, along with radio station 630 CHED in Edmonton, are looking to replace the retiring (and legendary) Rod Phillips. That interview took place last week.
There is no word on when the those involved in the hiring process will make a decision, meaning Bartel is playing the waiting game these days.

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