If you are a regular visitor here, chances are that you have visited The Dub Hub, the blog over there on the right that has been maintained mainly by Steve Ewen, who has followed the Vancouver Giants and the WHL for a number of years now.
And you may have noticed a few weeks ago that Ewen’s postings to that blog suddenly stopped.
That’s because Ewen ran into some health issues. A tumour was discovered near his spinal cord -- he has been diagnosed with Solitary Plasmacytoma -- and now is into a radiation program.
And Ewen is writing about it all right here.
The Prince George Cougars have told the WHL that they will be preparing a bid in hopes of landing the 2013 Memorial Cup.
Brandi Brodsky, the Cougars’ vice-president, told the Prince George Citizen that the team is using the Nov. 18 Subway Super Series game to be played there as something of a test run.
“The league will be looking at a number of things when they evaluate who would be the best host for the 2013 Memorial Cup,” Brodsky told Citizen sports editor Jim Swanson. “One of them is fan support, and how the city is supporting the team. We’re hoping to showcase Prince George to the CHL in an event of this calibre and show them this city can support an event as big as the Memorial Cup.”
Teams don’t have to file letters of interest until April, at which time there might be as many 10 teams expressing interest. The Lethbridge Hurricanes already are on the record as saying they will be involved in the bidding.
“The competition will be fierce,” Brodsky said. “The process is difficult to go through — it’s time-consuming, and it’s expensive. We certainly are serious about it.”
The Chilliwack Bruins have changed the starting time for their Dec. 7 game against the visiting Swift Current Broncos, a move that will allow them to hold what they are calling the Great Canadian Oil Change “Celebrating Youth Field Trip.”
The Bruins expect more than 3,000 middle school students from throughout the district to be bused to Prospera Centre for, according to a news release, “a day that will be focused on healthy living and nutrition.”
“The educational component of the Bruins game will include workbooks for the students to fill out during the contest and will feature curriculum connections to social studies, math, art, music and health. The game also will include a full program of features using the overhead videotron and static displays at Prospera Centre with an emphasis on healthy living skills, fitness, nutrition and good citizenship.”
The game, originally scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., now is to start at 10:30 a.m.
CapGeek.com has posted salary details of the three-year deal that Everett Silvertips F Landon Ferraro signed with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. The AHL salary each season will be US$65,000, with NHL salaries of $665,000, $715,000 and $765,000. . . . He gets a $270,000 signing bonus, payable in annual $90,000 increments. . . . Ferraro was selected by Detroit in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2009 draft.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have assigned RW Jon Gaudet, 18, to the MJHL’s Winnipeg Saints. The former Manitoba high school player of the year had four points, including two goals, in 10 games with the Wheat Kings. . . . Brandon now is carrying 24 players, including two goaltenders and 14 forwards. . . .
The Portland Winterhawks opened their East Division swing by beating the Swift Current Broncos, 4-2. Portland now has won nine straight games. . . . The Winterhawks (15-2-1) will play the Pats in Regina tonight. . . . Swift Current G Mark Friesen stopped F Brad Ross on a second-period penalty shot. . . . Portland F Ryan Johansen scored twice, including an empty-netter. He has seven on the season. . . . Portland F Sven Bartschi drew one assist to run his point streak to 11 games. Linemate Ty Rattie has his streak end at 10 games. . . . The Broncos had F Zac Mackay in their lineup. A fourth-round pick in the 2010 bantam draft, he has 15 points with the midget AAA Swift Current Legionnaires. . . . The Broncos’ injury list shows D Joel Rogers (ankle, day-to-day), D Tanner Muth (fractured clavicle, 4-6 weeks), D Jordan Evans (concussion, 1-2 weeks), F Brendan Silvester (back, indefinite), F Taylor Vause (hamstring, 2-3 weeks), F Cody Eakin (strained abdominal/hip flexor, day-to-day) and F Dillon Wagner (knee, week-to-week). . . .
In Saskatoon, Seattle F Luke Lockhart scored three times and F Marcel Noebels scored in regulation and in the shootout as the Thunderbird beat the Blades, 5-4. . . . D Brendan Dillon had three assists for Seattle, while F Curtis Hamilton scored twice for Saskatoon. . . . Seattle G Calvin Pickard stopped 32 shots. . . . Noebels, a freshman from Germany, is 4-for-7 in shootouts. . . . Seattle has had nine of its 16 games go to overtime. It has won four of those games, lost two in OT and won three in the shootout. . . . Saskatoon G Steven Stanford, 20, remains sidelined with a concussion suffered Oct. 28 in practice. Adam Todd, 16, who plays for the major midget Kelowna-Okanagan Rockets, backed up Adam Morrison for a sixth straight game. . . .
G Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots to lead the Red Deer Rebels to a 2-0 victory over the host Everett Silvertips. . . . It was his third shutout of the season and the ninth of his career. . . . In Chilliwack, F Mike Piluso’s fifth goal of the season, at 1:36 of OT, gave the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 victory over the Bruins. Edmonton has followed a nine-game losing streak with two victories.
TUESDAY’S CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
Swift Current F Justin Dowling
Seattle F Mitch Elliot
Chilliwack D Tyler Stahl
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