Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday . . .

Firstly, a note in response to a comment on yesterday’s posting . . .
Oops! Your poster is correct. Geleen is named after the Trail Smoke Eaters and the name is Smoke Eaters Geleen. They did go by Meat Eaters for a brief period in the early ’90s (a sponsorship tie-in with Meet Point Entertainment as their main sponsor) and I guess I still have that stuck in my head. They are currently known officially as Ruijters Eaters Geleen — their main sponsor is Ruijters, a Dutch real estate and financial services firm — but they use Smoke Eaters everywhere. . . .
As for Monday’s moves . . .
Medvescak Zagreb officially announced the Wacey Rabbit signing Monday morning. Rabbit (Saskatoon, Vancouver, 2001-07) signed a one-year contract with Medvescak Zagreb (Croatia, plays in Austria Erste Bank Liga). He had eight goals and 10 assists in 76 games for Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) last season. . . .
D Perry Johnson (Regina, Spokane, 1993-98) signed a one-year contract With Milano Rossoblu (Italy Serie A2). He had four goals and six assists in 33 games for Mörrum (Sweden Division 1) last season. . . .
D Paul Albers (Calgary, Regina, Vancouver, 2001-06) signed a one-year contract with the Krefeld Pinguine (Germany DEL) after a successful try-out. He had three goals and 10 assists in 49 games for Nuremberg Ice Tigers (Germany DEL) last season.
Steve Oursov is back in camp with the Red Deer Rebels. In February 2009, Oursov came out of a fight with F Charles Inglis of the Saskatoon Blades with a bad concussion. Eleven months later, he joined the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters but now admits he wasn’t “feeling great.” . . . Now, he tells Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate, “I started feeling better later in the spring and started training hard. I took it step by step and got better and better every single day. I feel good now. I’m cleared up and I’m feeling great out there. I’m just working my hardest and hopefully it will pay off.” . . . Oursov also said: “I’m here now and I consider myself fortunate. A year ago I weighed 165 pounds and I couldn’t lift a dumb-bell. Now I’m feeling great. Thank God. There’s nothing more important than your health.” . . . The complete story is right here.
The Tri-City Americans have added former WHL F Chad Kletzel to their scouting staff. Kletzel (Edmonton Ice, Lethbridge, 1996-99) will handle southern Alberta, mostly in the Lethbridge area. After playing in the WHL, Kletzel, who is from Indus, Alta., played four seasons for the U of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The Moose Jaw Warriors have signed a pair of 17-year-old forwards — Matt Grant of Ladysmith, B.C., and Sam Fioretti of Calgary. . . . Grant had 45 points with the Comox, B.C., Glacier Kings of the junior B Vancouver Island league last season. Fioretti had 21 points in 24 games with the midget Calgary Buffaloes. . . . The Warriors also announced that goaltending coach Dave Marcoux is returning for a second season. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moosse Jaw Times-Herald has more right here.
Bruce Luebke, the play-by-play voice of the Brandon Wheat Kings on radio station CKLQ, takes a look at the club’s prospects right here. The Wheat Kings open training camp with registration Tuesday.
The Regina Pats think they’ve got a blue-chip prospect in Alec McCrea, a 15-year-old California. Now all they have to do is get him to commit to playing in the WHL. Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post has that story right here.
After more than 20 years on the NHL beat, Elliott Pap now is writing about the Vancouver Giants for the Vancouver Sun. Today, he has a look at veteran F Craig Cunningham, who will be the Giants’ captain . . . unless he earns a contract with the Boston Bruins, who took him in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL draft. That story is right here. (By the way, Giants fans are the real winners here because Papp knows the way around the rink and his fingers know their way around a keyboard. Enjoy!)
The Kelowna Rockets have both their import players in camp. Warren Henderson of the Capital News takes a look at Norwegian F Andreas Stene and Slovenian F Gal Koren, and how the Rockets plan to be patient with them, right here.
Cory Wolfe of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix does a regular feature in which he interviews someone of note. Last week, he chatted up Saskatoon Blades F Curt Gogol and the results are right here.
It turns out that F Tristan King, 20, isn’t in camp with the Medicine Hat Tigers, who have lost F Taylor Gal to the U of Lethbridge Pronghorns. . . . The 20-year-olds in Medicine Hat’s camp are D Thomas Carr, D Jace Coyle, F Joey Frazer and F Wacey Hamilton. . . . Coyle has signed with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, while Hamilton has a free-agent tryout deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
G Brant Hilton (Prince Albert, Swift Current, 2003-06) has signed with the Central league’s Mississippi RiverKings. Hilton, from Winnipeg,, played the last three seasons with the U of Regina Cougars.
Yes-s-s-s-s! It’s time for the latest episode of . . . BLOG WARS!!!!
If you are familiar with the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption (PTI), you are aware that co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon frequently play games such as Toss Up and Odds Makers.
And at the end of such games, the one-sided conversation invariably goes like this:
KORNHEISER: That’s it. The game’s over. And I win. Again.
Well, folks, BLOG WARS is over . . . and I win!
Hope you enjoyed it. And thanks for the 4,000,001 emails of support.

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