Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday . . .

THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Jaroslav Kristek (Tri-City, 1998-2000) signed a one-year contract with Kosice (Slovakia Extraliga). He had 10 goals and 14 assists in 52 games with Karlovy Vary and Zlin (both Czech Republic Extraliga) last season.
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Cory Wolfe of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix sat down with the Saskatoon Blades and watched some hockey this week . . . some of EA Sports NHL11, that is.The game includes all WHL teams this time around, part of a new four-year deal between EA Sports and the CHL. . . . In the Blades' room, it was G Adam Morrison against F Jeremy Boyer. That story is right here.
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F Shane McColgan has left the Kelowna Rockets and gone home to Manhattan Beach, Calif. McColgan, 17, left Wednesday and is to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist as soon as possible. McColgan, who put up 69 points last season as a 16-year-old freshman, “hasn’t been feeling well, and he has some tonsil issues that have to be dealt with,” Bruce Hamilton, the Rockets’ president and GM, told Doyle Potenteau of the Kelowna Daily Courier. . . . At this point, it is projected that McColgan will miss at least two weeks.
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D Tyson Barrie of the Kelowna Rockets won’t be going to NHL training camp with the Colorado Avalanche‘s top prospects. The 19-year-old Barrie, who was named the WHL’s top defenceman last season, has a partially torn right hamstring and will be out for up to six weeks. He is hoping he‘s a quick healer so that he can be ready for the Avalanche‘s main camp. . . . Barrie, a third-round pick by Colorado in the 2009 NHL draft, suffered the injury late last week during a training camp scrimmage. . . . “Somebody kind of leaned on me and I guess my leg was just over-stretched and I just felt a pop, so I knew right there it wasn’t good,” Barrie told Warren Henderson of the Capital News. . . . Barrie led the Rockets with 72 points last season.
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F Brayden Schenn of the Brandon Wheat Kings is in Los Angeles, where the Kings’ medical staff will take a look at a knee that he hurt during a Tuesday practice. Schenn, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft, is to have an MRI on Thursday afternoon. The Wheat Kings say that Schenn tweaked a knee. He didn’t practice Wednesday. Schenn, 19, had 99 points in 59 games with Brandon last season. If healthy, he’ll take part in the Kings’ rookie camp that is to open Saturday.
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The Moose Jaw Warriors are heading into their final season in the Civic Centre (aka the Crushed Can). They are to move into a new multiplex next season. For now, they and the city are trying to hammer out a lease. And it sounds like there will be some hammering going on before this is done. Part of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald story is right here.
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The Prince George Cougars have signed F Chase Witala and D Raymond Grewal, both of whom are from Prince George and 2010 bantam draft picks. . . . Witala, a fifth-round pick, had 110 points in 47 games with the bantam AAA Cougars last season. He will play for the Cougars against the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday. . . . Grewal, an eight-round pick, had 33 points in 47 games with the bantam AAA Cougars. He is scheduled to play Friday against the visiting Oil Kings.
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Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports on the impending sale of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. It seems that Tom Gaglardi, the majority owner of the Kamloops Blazers, and Bill Gallacher, who owns the Portland Winterhawks, remain in the bidding. But the group trying to sell the NHL team is trying/hoping to drum up more interest. . . . Heika’s latest report is right here.
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Hey, Mudbugs fans, are you ready for some LOVE? . . . The Central league’s Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs have signed D Mitch Love (Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Everett, 1999-2005). Love, one of the most popular players in Everett history, has played the last five seasons in the AHL. A rugged defenceman, he has had 51 fighting majors over the last two seasons. He has put up 824 penalty minutes in his five AHL seasons. Last season, with the Peoria Rivermen, he had four points and 129 PiMs in 60 games.
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Also on Wednesday, the Central league’s Wichita Thunder acquired D Jason Goulet (Saskatoon, Prince George, 2000-03). The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Goulet, who came over from Quad City, had 212 penalty minutes, including 22 fighting majors, with the Mallards last season. . . . Wichita dealt F Jason Reese (Vancouver, Moose Jaw, Tri-City, 2003-09) to Quad City as part of the trade. He had 13 points in 31 games with the Thunder after coming over in a midseason trade last season.
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The CHL announced Wednesday that the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be played Jan. 19 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
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You will recall that a few weeks ago, at the World Hockey Summit in Toronto, when Slavomir Lener, a Czech hockey coach, complained that his country was losing too much of its talent to CHL teams. Well, what do the players think? Bob Duff of the Windsor Star has that story right here.
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There were two aces at the Prince Albert Raiders golf tournament Wednesday. Jerrod Pidborchynski scored a hole-in-one on the fourth hole at Cooke Municipal. The hole was sponsored -- Affinity Insurance Services -- so he went home with 10 grand. . . . Meanwhile, Raiders D Austin Bourhis, 18, aced the 17th hold. That’s the good news. The bad news it wasn’t a sponsored hole. So no moolah. . . . Still, a good time was had by all. . . . Last year, Andrea Ring scored a hole-in-one and won $10,000.
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