Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday . . .

As you might be aware, the Vancouver Giants and Kamloops Blazers will play a regular-season game in Whitehorse, which is in Yukon, on Feb. 12.
There are two arenas in Whitehorse. One seats about 600. The other has room for about 1,500 fans.
OK . . . guess in which rink the game — at least for now — is scheduled to be played?
Jonathan Russell of the Whitehorse Daily Star has that story right here.
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Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis were scouts with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings when they went down in one of the jets on 9/11. A horse named Aces Mark is to run Saturday at Belmont; the fact that it is running there on 9/11 is strictly a coincidence. There’s a story right here.
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The Brandon Wheat Kings are continuing to go with six 20-year-olds on their roster, something they can do, should they wish, until the Oct. 15 deadline at which time each team must declare a maximum of three. . . . Brandon’s roster features G Jacob DeSerres, G Andrew Hayes, D Mark Schneider, D Darren Bestland, F Shayne Wiebe and F David Toews. . . . From the outside looking in, you have to think one spot goes to a goaltender and one spot goes to Toews. After that, it’s a dogfight. . . . The Brandon Sun reports that freshman G Liam (Sonny) Liston hasn’t practised “for over a week” because of a strained hamstring.
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Brandon F Brayden Schenn, who “tweaked” a knee during a scrimmage last week, had an MRI in Los Angeles. It didn’t show any structural damage and he, basically, is day-to-day and will work with the Kings’ medical staff. It’s not known whether he will take part in their weekend rookie camp. . . . The knee is the same one that Schenn injured during the Wheat Kings’ playoff run in the spring, so you can bet the Kings are going to be careful. He was the fifth overall pick in the NHL’s 2009 draft.
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Greg Batters, who played in the WHL with the Victoria Cougars and Moose Jaw Warriors (1984-88), is the new president of the junior B Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. And he’s looking to change the league’s image. Batters also scouts Vancouver Island on behalf of the Kamloops Blazers. Anyway . . . there is a story right here on Batters and his plans for the VIJHL.
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You may be aware that the NHL and the NHL Officials Association haven’t reached an agreement on a contract. The Hockey News reported Friday that the NHL has been talking with some on-ice officials who aren’t members of the NHLOA. It would seem that none of the officials who have been contacted are with the WHL, though.
One WHL official told me Friday night that, while WHL officials “will have a great opportunity to work the NHL rookie tournament games in Penticton, that is all I am aware of.”

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