Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday . . .

The Kamloops Blazers are down to 27 players after they reassigned F Aspen Sterzer, 16, on Monday. Sterzer, who is from Canal Flats, B.C., will return for a second season with the midget AAA EDGE Maroons in Calgary.
The Swift Current Broncos have signed D Tanner Clark, 17, to a WHL contract. From
Rosetown, Clark spent last season with the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos. The Broncos have 29 players in camp, including three imports -- Czech D Richard Nedomlel, 17; Czech F Stephan Novotny, 20; and Slovakian F Juraj Roznik, 18. Nedomlel and Roznik were selected in the 2010 CHL import draft; Novotny was acquired from the Kelowna Rockets last season.
The Tri-City Americans have reassigned F Gage Rappita, 16, to the midget AAA team in Yorkton, Sask., and F Matt Hughesman to the midget AAA ranks in Winnipeg. Hughesman, 16, is the younger brother of Americans F Adam Hughesman. . . . The Americans also have welcomed D Nikita Kardashev. His visa situation apparently has been worked out and he is ready to go. Kardashev, who turns 18 on Sept. 25, was selected in the 2010 CHL import draft.
The Prince George Cougars have acquired F Charles Inglis, 18, from the Saskatoon Blades for a 2011 second-round bantam draft pick.
In 137 regular-season games with the Blades, Inglis had 56 points, including 30 goals, and 158 penalty minutes. He was the fourth overall pick, by Saskatoon, in the 2007 bantam draft. Inglis, from Winnipeg, will be attending the Phoenix Coyotes’ camp later this week. He has a free-agent tryout deal with the NHL team.
So why did the Blades ship Inglis out of town?
“Charles had broken some team rules,” Lorne Molleken, the Blades’ GM and head coach, told Cory Wolfe of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. “It was a situation where he was warned and broke the rule again, so it was time for a change.”
The Prince George Cougars are down to three 20-year-olds with the news that D Kurt Torbohm has left the team. Torbohm, who is from Chase, B.C., played two season with the Kamloops Blazers before moving north a year ago. . . . His decision leaves the Cougars with G Morgan Clark, F James Dobrowolski and F Parker Stanfield as the 20-year-olds on their roster. “He’s not going to be with us — he may not even play hockey,” GM Dallas Thompson told the Prince George Citizen’s Jim Swanson. “He recognized the situation, which was good. He wants to get on with things. As our team moves forward, we’ll decide if we have to do something different with our 20-year-olds.” . . . The Cougars, who played in a weekend tournament in Edmonton, are down to 27 players, including just two goaltenders — Clark and James Priestner, 19.
Police divers have found the body of Gervais Munger, an administrator with the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Dominique Savard, a family spokeswoman, confirmed that Munger’s body was found Monday in a lake about 250 kilometres northwest of Quebec City.
Earlier reports had incidated that Munger was a co-owner of the team. Rather, he was a co-administrator of the team for which he had played in the 1970s. He also was first vice-president on the QMJHL’s board of governors.
Munger, 52, and three companions were thrown from a Zodiac and into the lake on Saturday afternoon. None of the four was wearing a life-jacket; however, the other three all were able to reach shore.
Darcy Huisman, a defenceman with experience in the WHL and BCHL, has decided to attend TRU and play hockey for the WolfPack this season.
Huisman, 21, played last season with the BCHL’s Powell River Kings, picking up 41 points and 45 penalty minutes in 59 games. He played in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers (2007-08). The 5-foot-10 Huisman is from Smithers.
The WolfPack opens training camp today, 6:15 p.m., at the Brock Arena. TRU will practice there until holding its intrasquad game Friday, 6:30 p.m., at Memorial Arena.
If you read anything today, make it this piece right here. Jon Paul Morosi of has spoken with Scott Schoneck, Brent Parker and Barret Jackman and gotten a whole lot of background on Nyjer Morgan. This is a terrific read.

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