Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Schenn to stay in L.A.?

It turns out that D Corbin Baldwin of the Spokane Chiefs wasn’t hit with a gross misconduct during their 4-2 loss to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night. While the online scoresheet did at one time have Baldwin down for a gross misconduct, it has been changed to show that he received a double roughing minor, a misconduct and a game misconduct.
Chris Walker, the athletic trainer with the Everett Silvertips, writes with news of an auction in aid of Chris Garner, the equipment manager for men’s hockey at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.
“Chris and I went to school together at St. Cloud State and both worked with hockey there,” Walker writes. “Chris is battling cancer right now. He had a bone marrow transplant about two months ago and is now in process of recovering.”
The auction site is right here. When you go there, click on ONLINE AUCTIONS and go to OnLine Chris Garner Benefit Auction. When I visited Monday night, there were 189 items up for grabs, including a whole lot of jerseys from various hockey teams.
And there are links about the auction on Facebook here and here.
While at the Memorial Cup in Brandon last spring, I came to enjoy the postgame comments of Danny Flynn, the general manager and head coach of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. They were the first team out of the four-team competition, but Flynn impressed me with his obvious love and respect for his players and for the game. On Saturday, Flynn became the winningest had coach in that franchise’s history. Neil Hodges of the Moncton Times & Transcript has the story right here.
Larry McNabb, one of the toughest men ever to play hockey, is battling cancer in Nanaimo. On Saturday night, Don Cherry recalled a bout he had with McNabb during their days in the old Western Hockey League. It’s funny that McNabb doesn’t remember things quite the same way. Walter Cordery of the Nanaimo Daily News has that story right here.
The Regina Pats reassigned two players on Monday, sending D Travis Sparrow, 19, to the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars. Sparrow had one point and 46 penalty minutes in 39 games with the Pats last season. This season, he had 13 penalty minutes in 10 games. The Pats also assigned D Landon Peel, 16, to the MJHL’s Swan Valley Stampeders. He had two penalty minutes in four games with Regina this season. Regina now is carrying 23 players, including two goaltenders and seven defencemen. . . . The Pats are at home to the Saskatoon Blades tonight. . . . By the way, the Pats have four victories this season, with three of them over the Swift Current Broncos.
F Craig Cunningham of the Vancouver Giants is the WHL’s player of the week. He had a goal, eight assists and was plus-6 as the Giants went 3-0-0 during the week. . . . He is atop the WHL points derby, with 31 in 15 games. . . . Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks was nominated as the CHL’s goaltender of the week. He went 2-0-0 with a 0.48 GAA and a .979 save percentage. . . . The QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan have hired veteran coach Réal Paiement as their new head coach. Paiement is a true coaching veteran, having already spent 16 years in the league with five franchises. He has a 509-489-52. He last coached the St. John’s Fog Devils (2005-08). With the Titan, he replaces Ron Choules who was fired Wednesday despite a 10-5 record. . . . From the Dept. of Interesting Scheduling: The Portland Winterhawks have a week off after beating the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 2-1 in a shootout on Friday. And now they are preparing for a doubleheader against the Kelowna Rockets. The teams will play Friday and Saturday, with both games in Portland. . . . Earlier this season (Oct. 8 and 9), the Winterhawks went to Spokane and played a Friday-Saturday doubleheader with the Chiefs. . . . The B.C. major midget league’s Okanagan Rockets are looking for a head coach after Misko Antisin (Victoria, 1983-85) left to sign on as head coach of Engleberg in the Swiss second division. He played pro in Switzerland for 18 years. Rockets assistant coach Brandon West is the interim head coach as manager David Michaud looks for a replacement.
To listen to Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray, the Brandon Wheat Kings can forget about getting C Brayden Schenn, 19, back from the NHL team.
Schenn, the fifth overall selection in the 2009 NHL draft, was a healthy scratch Monday night when the Kings met the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn.
Murray told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times that Schenn "is going to be a real good hockey player. We just need to continually pull him aside and talk to him about his shifts, reviewing the video, putting a focus on the checking part of the game. . . . For Schenn right now, the important part is understanding the checking part of it. The part of the game that we value greatly is playing without the puck and there's some issues and some areas of the game that he's breaking down in our own D-zone coverage. So we'll go back at it and talk and review and practice and get it back in again."
Murray told Elliott the Kings don’t plan on returning Schenn to Brandon. Nor do they plan on returning F Kyle Clifford, 19, to the OHL’s Barrie Colts.
"My plan is to have them contribute as we get into February and March," Murray said.

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