THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Joni Lindlöf (Kelowna, Lethbridge, 2002-04) signed a one-year contract with Björklöven Umeå (Sweden Division 1). He had 14 goals and 10 assists in 22 games for Briançon (France Ligue Magnus) last season. He had previously re-signed with Briançon, but was released for financial reasons last month. . . .
D Anton (Toni) Bader (Swift Current, Tri-City, Calgary, Seattle, 1997-2002) signed a one-year contract with Duisburg (Germany Oberliga). He had eight goals and 25 assists in 38 games for Herne (Germany Oberliga) last season.
The Victoria Winterhawks? Don’t laugh. The Portland Winterhawks have gotten involved in the debate over what to do with that city’s Memorial Coliseum and team president Doug Piper is talking relocation. Negotiating ploy or the facts? The story is right here.
The Prince George Cougars have dealt D Bruin McDonald, 18, to the Spokane Chiefs for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. A seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft, McDonald played 107 games with the Cougars, totalling 10 points and 71 penalty minutes. He is from Coquitlam, B.C.
In advance of the World Hockey Summit, Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post has more on the CHL-NCAA debate. That piece is right here.
Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald takes a look at Joe Colborne, who went the NCAA route after not being selected in the WHL’s bantam draft. That story is right here.
The Red Deer Rebels have signed Jesse Wallin, the vice-president of hockey operations and head coach, to a contract extension. Also signing extensions were assistant coach Bryce Thoma, trainer Dave Horning and athletic therapist Terence Robertson. . . . The Rebels didn’t release the length of the extensions or any other contract details. . . . Red Deer also signed Chris Neiszner, who played four seasons with the Rebels (2001-05) as an assistant coach and named Brent Belecki as goaltending consultant. He replaced Andy Nowicki who, according to a news release, “has chosen to step down from his position . . . to pursue other interests.” Belecki played four seasons (1994-98) with the Portland Winterhawks and was on the team that won the 1998 Memorial Cup.
The Spokane Chiefs have scheduled a news conference for this afternoon at which they are expected to announce that they will play an outdoor game against the Kootenay Ice on Jan. 15. The news conference is to be held at Avista Stadium, a 52-year-old facility that has 7,162 seats and is home to the Class A Spokane Indians.
The Indians and Chiefs are owned by Bobby Brett.
This will be the first outdoor game in WHL history. The Regina Pats and Calgary Hitmen are to meet at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium on Feb. 22.
The Vancouver Giants are expected to announce the signing of John Becanic as an assistant coach. Becanic was on the Everett Silvertips’ first coaching staff in 2003-04 and took over as head coach on May 31, 2007. He was fired after two seasons as head coach and spent last season as an assistant coach with the Seattle Thunderbirds, who didn’t re-sign him after the season.
The Giants need an assistant coach to replace Yogi Svejkovsky, who now is the director of hockey operations for the Seafair Minor Hockey Association in Richmond, B.C.
The roster for the Tampa Bay Lightning team at the Traverse City, Mich., prospects tournament carries a definite WHL flavour. (The tournament runs Sept. 11-15.) . . . Included on the Lightning roster are D Radko Gudas (Everett), D Teigan Zahn (Saskatoon), F Carter Ashton (Regina), F Brett Connolly (Prince George) and James Wright (Vancouver), all of whom played in the WHL last season. The roster also includes three former WHLers — G Dustin Tokarski, F Mitch Fadden and F Dana Tyrell.