Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday . . .

F Ivan Dornic (Portland, 2003-05) signed a one-year contract with Königsborn (Germany Oberliga). He had 12 goals and 12 assists in 45 games for MHC Martin (Slovakia Extraliga) last season. . . .
F Martin Cibak (Medicine Hat, 1998-2000) was traded by Spartak Moscow (Russia KHL) to Severstal Cherepovets (Russia KHL). He is pointless in four games with Spartak this season. Last season, Cibak had 17 goals and 15 assists in 50 games for Spartak.
F Marek Svatos (Kootenay, 2000-02) signed a one-year contract with Avangard Omsk (Russia KHL). He had seven goals and four assists in 54 games with Colorado Avalanche (NHL) last season.
It was Sept. 16 when F Marc Mackenzie intercepted a would-be burglar in his billet home in Prince Albert and became physically involved with him. Today, Mackenzie, who turns 17 on Nov. 5, is at home in Kelowna from where he told John MacNeil of the Prince Albert Daily Herald: “I just couldn’t handle it there anymore. It’s not the right place for me. . . . They won’t give me my release . .. . so hockey is probably over for me. I’m not going to play junior A to become an 18-year-old in the Dub next year, when I’ll just be put on the fourth line. It’s not worth it. They don’t want to give my rights up, so they can keep them. I’m not playing.”
Chris Turnbull, Mackenzie’s agent, told MacNeil: “There were promises made to Marc that I guess there was never any intention of keeping. His dad just got upset and said, ‘That’s it. If you’re not going to keep your word, we’re out of here.’ So, basically, that’s where it sits.”
Mackenzie played in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Blades in Saskatoon, but was scratched from Saturday’s rematch, which the Raiders lost, 6-5.
“We think, rightfully so, that Marc is a pretty special hockey player,” Turnbull told MacNeil. “He’s got a lot of talent.
“Bruno made promises of where he would play and how many games he would have to sit, which is none.
“He only had four or five shifts the first night and then got sat (Saturday) night. His dad wasn’t very happy.”
Bruno Campese, the Raiders’ GM/head coach, didn’t return a phone message left by MacNeil on Sunday.
MacNeil’s complete story should be right here on the Daily Herald’s website on Monday.
The best lead of the weekend was this, from a Tri-City Americans’ news release following Saturday’s 6-3 victory over the visiting Spokane Chiefs:
“There was a lot of red in the Toyota Center on Saturday night. First it was the pre-game pyrotechnics . . . then, it was the Americans' new third jerseys . . . then it was the goal light.”
The Prince Albert Raiders were without veteran D Jordan Rowley, 20, when they dropped a 6-5 decision to the visiting Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night. . . . John MacNeil of the Prince Albert Daily News reports that Rowley has an “apparent injury.” On Friday, during the Raiders’ 3-2 loss in Saskatoon, Rowley scrapped with Saskatoon F Curt Gogol.
On their way back from the NHL are: D Jace Coyle, to Medicine Hat, from Dallas; F Scott Glennie, to Brandon, from Dallas; F Brad Ross, to Portland, from Toronto; D Brett Ponich, to Portland, from St. Louis; D Cory Fienhage, to Kamloops, from Buffalo; D Brandon Manning, to Chilliwack, from N.Y. Rangers; F Kevin Sundher, to Chilliwack, from Buffalo; D Stefan Elliott, to Saskatoon, from Colorado.
BRANDON 3 AT REGINA 1: The Wheat Kings swept a season-opening doubleheader from the Pats. Brandon won 5-4 at home on Friday. . . . F Mark Stone and F Brenden Walker each had a goal and an assist for Brandon on Sunday. . . . Attendance was 4,219.
SEATTLE 1 AT TRI-CITY 4: F Jordan Messier scored twice to lead the Americans, while F Kruise Reddick added a goal and two helpers. . . . G Alex Pechurskiy made 15 saves for Tri-City (2-0-0-0). . . . G Calvin Pickard stopped 32 shots for Seattle (1-2-0-0). . . . The Americans now have beaten Seattle 13 straight times in the Toyota Center. . . . Tri-City has opened the season 2-0-0-0 for the fourth straight season. . . . Attendance was 4,373.
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