Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday . . .

F Dan Lapointe (Seattle, Portland, Prince George, Spokane, 2001-05) signed a one-year contract with Meat Eaters Geleen (Netherlands Eredivisie). He had 20 goals and 24 assists in 70 games split between the Dayton Gems and Flint Generals (both IHL) last season.
The Prince Albert Raiders appear to have settled on their goaltending tandem for the approaching season. John MacNeil of the Prince Albert Herald reports that the Raiders have released G Jacob Edwards, a sixth-round pick in the 2007 bantam draft. That means that Eric Williams, a fourth-round pick in 2008, is likely to be backing up Jamie Tucker when the season opens. “We went into training camp with an open mind, and at the end of the day, we just thought Eric Williams had a better camp than Jacob Edwards, and (Williams is) a year younger,” Raiders GM/head coach Bruno Campese told MacNeil “We just decided to make a decision sooner rather than later, just to get everything somewhat settled in that position and just move forward.” . . . G Brenden Fiebelkorn, 16, remains in camp but is seen as a stopper of the future. . . . The Raiders already are down to 32 players, including two 15-year-olds. . . . F Shane Danyluk, a second-round pick in 2009, is on crutches after suffering a sprained ankle in Saturday’s final scrimmage. It’s a high-ankle sprain, which is the worst, and he is out indefinitely.
The U of Lethbridge Pronghorns have three former WHLers in their recruiting class for the 2010-11 season. . . . F Taylor Gal (Medicine Hat, 2007-10) has chosen to pass up his 20-year-old season and return to his hometown in order to attend classes. He had 57 points last season with the Tigers. . . . F Ryan Letts, a native of Newport Beach, Calif., played five seasons in the WHL, splitting his time between the Calgary Hitmen and Spokane Chiefs. He had eight points in 52 games as a 20-year-old with Spokane last season. . . . Nick Hotson (Portland, Lethbridge, 2004-08) enrolled at the U of Manitoba after leaving the WHL. He played for the Bisons in 2009-09 but sat out last season, so is eligible to play for the Pronghorns this season. . . . The head coach of the Pronghorns is Greg Gatto (Brandon, Spokane, Prince Albert, Regina, Portland, 1990-92).
Gal’s decision leaves the Tigers with five 20-year-olds on their roster — D Thomas Carr, D Jace Coyle, F Wacey Hamilton, F Tristan King and F Joey Frazer. . . . Medicine Hat has both its import players in camp. D Sebastian Owuya, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, is from Sweden, while 5-foot-9, 160-pound F Patrik Parkkonen is from Finland. Owuya was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2010 draft.
F Corey Tyrell, a veteran WHL forward, ended up not reporting to camp with the Regina Pats, as was expected. Tyrell, who turns 20 in December, played last season with the SJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers after two seasons with the Prince George Cougars. . . . His decision leaves the Pats with one 20-year-old in camp, that being F Cass Mappin, who scored twice in a veterans’ scrimmage Sunday.
Cory Wolfe of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports: “RW Walker Wintoneak, who graduated from the Blades last season, is close to signing with the Boston Bruins’ ECHL affiliate in Reading, Penn.”
And now for your reading enjoyment . . . and if you ain’t chuckling, you ain’t breathing . . . we bring you the latest installment of . . .

If you’re a fisherman, you know the feeling. You bait the hook and you get it in the water and . . . nothing. So you change spots and . . . nothing. . . . Sometimes you go home empty-handed.
But then there are those days when you get the hook in the water and — BANG! — you get the big one.
Well, Sunday started out like the former and ended like the latter. It ended when this showed up:
“Hey Gregg,
The (bleep) Pedersen continues to show his classless and immature ways. Here is an excerpt from his "Monday Morning Goalie" (already posted on his blog Sunday night):
“And finally .... he bit.
“Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News got snippy on his blog Saturday regarding the comments I made about his website in Friday's column. At one point, he referred to me as a ‘fatheaded blogger’. I love it!! Here's a delicious excerpt from his Saturday post:
"But why, oh why, would the god of gods, the icon of icons, the cheerleader of cheerleaders fire the first shot? Geez, he hasn’t spoken to me since that night more than 10 years ago when I asked him on the record to explain how he felt about lying to his listeners. (In two preseason games, the Pats had played a player under an assumed name and he, knowing full well what was going on, didn’t let on to his listeners that Connor McRae actually was Konrad McKay. The later-to-be king of bloggers turned his back and walked away without answering. The Pats later were disciplined by the WHL.)"
“In truth, if you read closely, I never actually spoke to Drinnan in the above exchange either so I guess I haven't spoken to him and (sic) much more than 10 years. And it will go on much longer. And it feels grrrrrrrrrreat!
“The fact is he's a bully, and I don't care much for bullies. He doesn't scare me anymore although I know he still scares quite a few in the Dub. So, it's going to be a very fun season of blogging and following the WHL!”
Now I will admit to having been called a few things during my career in newspapering, but a bully wasn’t one of them. Until now, that is. All I ask is that you keep in mind that that comment comes from a guy who, I’m told, once had a picture of me in his cubicle at work and used it as a dartboard.
A bully?
Sheesh, I started the Christmas Cheer Fund at the Regina Leader-Post, and the Christmas Cheer Fund at the Kamloops Daily News. Between those two funds, more than $1.8 million has been passed along to charities.
And, by the way, I have never, ever made a fool of myself by verbally attacking an on-ice official.
A bully? You decide: Who is the bully?
Hey, Sheila, hold all my calls. Yeah, and get Lucas back on the line, will you please. Yeah, that Lucas . . . George Lucas.
Yeah, the guy who did Star Wars. Yeah, that’s the same guy who called a few minutes ago when I was on another line.
Who knows? Maybe he’s interested in doing something on BLOG WARS!!!!!!

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