Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday . . .

The Everett Silvertips have acquired D Brennan Yadlowski, 19, from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for two bantam draft picks -- a second-rounder in 2011 and a fifth-rounder in 2012. . . . Yadlowski is in his fourth WHL season, all of them with Lethbridge. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2006 bantam draft. . . . He put up 58 points and 336 penalty minutes in 197 regular-season games with Lethbridge. This season, he had four assists in five games. Last season, he finished with 34 points in 70 games.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have assigned LW Carter Proft, 16, to the midget AAA team in St. Albert, Alta. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2009 bantam draft. . . . Brandon now is carrying 29 players on its roster, including C Brayden Schenn, 19, who is with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Brandon still has four goaltenders on its roster, along with 10 defencemen and 15 forwards.
The Kamloops Blazers will have five regulars sidelined when they play host to the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night.
D Josh Caron (broken collarbone) will be out for another six weeks or so, while F Jordan DePape (shoulder) and F Chase Souto (concussion) were hurt Saturday in a 6-1 loss to the Bruins in Chilliwack.
D Brandon Underwood picked up a fighting major and a game misconduct, by himself, in that one and was hit with a one-game suspension on Tuesday.
D Linden Saip will sit out Game 2 of a two-game suspension resulting from a hit he threw on Silvertips F Clayton Cumiseky in Everett on Friday night.
This all gives F Matthew Needham, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 bantam draft, the opportunity to make his WHL debut. Needham‘s father, Mike, played for the Blazers (1986-90), putting up 243 points in 176 games. Matthew is playing for the Okanagan Hockey Academy U-18 midget AAA team in Penticton, B.C., and has four goals in seven games.
F Blair Wentworth of the Chilliwack Bruins was hit with a two-game suspension for the hit that left F Chase Souto of the Kamloops Blazers with the concussion. . . . D Kendall McFaull of the Moose Jaw Warriors had his suspension, which originally was TBD, set a two games. He drew a match penalty for biting during a 6-2 loss to the Hitmen in Calgary on Saturday.
The Southwest Booster reports that the Swift Current Broncos announced a loss of $58,927 at their annual meeting. It would seem that’s the price the team paid for being out of the Credit Union iples for the first round of the playoffs. With the world women’s curling championship in Swift Current, the Broncos were forced to play first-round ‘home’ games in Regina’s Brandt Centre. In the spring of 2009, the Broncos had four home playoff games and revenue of $99,308. In 2010, that number was $39,560 for two games played in Regina. The City of Swift Current provided some compensation to the Broncos but not enough to get them into the black for the season.
“We didn’t know the affect that it was really going to have on our team and the sales and it was huge,” Mark Lamb, the Broncos general manager and head coach, told the Southwest Booster. “We gained no momentum at all and were kind of out of sight and out of mind. The curling was such a success that we were just put on the back burner and we are feeling the affects right now.
“When you break it right down and you see it on the financial statements it is a huge loss. Hopefully, it never happens again”
Perhaps the most telling figure was $820,688 -- that’s the loss in hockey operations, as the Booster reported, “before other income such as corporate sponsorship, suite rentals, the Hockey Hounds contributions, NHL developmental and draft money, and World Junior Hockey Championship incomes were factored in.”
That right there shows you just what small-market teams are up against in today’s major junior hockey world.
The Booster’s complete story is right here.
Sports columnist Rob Vanstone, in the Regina Leader-Post:
“Regina Pats goaltender Damien Ketlo is recovering from the most pointless sports-related injury in quite some time. On Friday at the Brandt Centre, Ketlo invited his opposite number — Cam Lanigan of the Edmonton Oil Kings — to take part in a fight that proved to be one-sided in favour of the visiting goalkeeper. Ketlo ended up stopping some additional shots, in the form of haymakers, and emerged from the fray with the dreaded “upper-body injury.’’ Ketlo is shelved for a week to 10 days, and it was all so avoidable. It is too easy to point the finger at Ketlo. The hockey culture is to blame here.
“Proponents of fighting in hockey assert, ad nauseam, that it is a byproduct of the heat of battle, and an emotional release that guards against stick fouls and other indiscretions of that nature. So how do you explain or justify goalies, who are largely exempt from body contact, partaking in pugilism? It is simply fighting for the sake of fighting. Sad.”
There is one player in the WHL whose name-bar had to be shrunk to prevent it from going from one elbow to the other. Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun has that story right here.

The Prince George Citizen didn’t assign a writer to cover the Cougars’ second home game of the season -- the Vancouver Giants posted a 3-1 victory. Is that the first time in WHL history (at least, in recent WHL history) that a Canadian team didn’t receive game coverage from the daily newspaper in its city? . . . It’ll be a special night Friday in Regina as the Pats raise three names into the Brandt Centre rafters in the Builders category of their hall of fame. Al Ritchie, Gord Staseson and Del Wilson will join initial inductees Lorne Davis, Graham Tuer and Bob Turner, who were honoured during 2007-08. Wilson was a longtime Pats GM and a driving force within the WHL. Staseson is well-known in Regina’s sporting community and was a junior player and coach in the city. He also chaired the push for the construction of the Agridome (now the Brandt Centre). Ritchie was a big, big name in the early days of Canada’s oldest junior hockey franchise. Among The Silver Fox’s many accomplishments was coaching the Pats to Memorial Cup titles in 1925 and 1930. . . . Red Deer F Josh Cowen has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, so the Rebels will have to do without him for at least three weeks. At the same time, F Turner Elson (concussion) likely won’t play until Oct. 15. . . . Red Deer placed D Brad Haber, 20, on waivers Tuesday, another victim of the 20-year-old rule. He was acquired last season from the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Rebels have D Colin Archer, G Darcy Kuemper and F Brett Ferguson as their 20-year-olds. . . . According to Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province, “League sources say (the Vancouver Giants) have added Slovak centre Andrej Stastny, 19, to their protected list.” The Saskatoon Blades selected Stastny in the 2010 import draft, but they dropped him from their list last week after being unable to garner his release.
TRI-CITY 2 at PRINCE ALBERT 5: The Raiders, who are preparing to head out on a six-game swing that will take them into the B.C. Division and finish up in Red Deer, won their third straight game to get to .500 (3-3-0-0). . . And they had to erase a 2-0 deficit to do it. . . . After a scoreless first period, power-play goals by D Brock Sutherland F Brendan Shinnimin gave the visitors a 2-0 lead by 10:57 of the second. . . . But the Raiders took a 3-2 lead into the third after getting three goals in 4:41, with F Justin Maylan, F Jonathan Parker and F Mark McNeill scoring. . . . F Igor Revenko and Parker, linemates with Maylan, added insurance in the third period. . . . Parker and MacNeill each has four goals this season. . . . D James Bettauer, 19, had three assists. He had six in 68 games with the Chilliwack Bruins last season. . . . Parker also had two assists, for a four-point night, while Maylan also drew two helpers. . . . Raiders G Jamie Tucker stopped 25 shots, five fewer than Tri-City’s Drew Owsley. . . . The Americans (4-2-0-0) were 2-for-5 on the PP; the home side was 0-for-2. . . . Raiders F Brandon Herrod, who had 10 points on the club’s first 16 goals, was pointless, but finished plus-1. . . . Attendance was 2,096. . . . The Raiders were without veteran D Jordan Rowley, 20, who has a broken right wrist and has missed five games. He is in a cast for the next couple of weeks, when he hopes to be fitted with a playing cast. . . . The Raiders, with nine defencemen on their roster, may have lost another one Tuesday when D Emerson Hrynyk, 18, left with an apparent arm injury.
RED DEER 6 at SWIFT CURRENT 0: G Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 shots for his first shutout of the season and the seventh of his career. . . . The Rebels (4-2-0-0) had lost their last two games. . . . The Broncos (1-4-0-0) now have lost four in a row. . . . Swift Current G Mark Friesen stopped 29 shots. . . . The Rebels scored once in the first period, twice in the second and three times in the third. . . . F Andrej Kudrna scored twice, giving him six goals in six games, and added an assist. . . . F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had three assists, with D Lucas Grayson getting two. . . . The Rebels were 2-for-9 on the PP; the Broncos were 0-for-5. . . . Attendance was 1,839.
SPOKANE 1 at CHILLIWACK 2: F Roman Horak set up two PP goals for the Bruins (3-1-0-0), who have won three in a row. . . . Horak has nine points in three games since returning from the camp of the NHL’s New York Rangers. . . . D Brandon Manning scored on the PP at 10:56 of the first period and F Robin Soudek got his first goal of the season at 12:12 of the third. . . . Spokane F Steven Kuhn had tied the game on the PP at 15:18 of the second period. . . . The Bruins were 2-for-7 on the PP; the Chiefs (1-3-0-0) were 1-for-6. . . . Chilliwack F Ryan Howse, who had seven goals in his club’s first three games, was held to one assist. . . . Chilliwack G Braden Gamble stopped 27 shots, three more than Spokane’s James Reid. . . . Attendance was 2,670.
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