Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday . . .

No doubt F Scott Glennie of the Brandon Wheat Kings was disappointed not to have been invited to the Canadian national junior team’s selection camp. So how did he spend Monday after the announcements were made? . . . Was he moping and pouting around Brandon? Was he hiding out in his room? . . . No, he was one of the Brandon traveling party that headed west to Elkhorn, Man., as the Wheat Kings’ Hockey Caravan spent time with players from another rural minor hockey association. . . . Do you think any of those children knew, or cared, that the mucky-mucks somewhere decided Glennie wasn’t good enough to warrant a chance to earn an opportunity to play for Canada? . . . Not on your life. . . . And I’m betting that Glennie came away from there with a smile on his face. . . .
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Glennie was a first-round selection by the Dallas Stars in the 2009 NHL draft. Gary Roberts, the former NHLer who now works in player development with the Stars, was on the ice with the Wheat Kings on Monday. He was, according to the Brandon Sun’s Rob Henderson, “passing along some on-ice and off-ice tips to the players.” . . . “He’s been here for the past couple days and he’s a great guy and he knows a lot about his stuff,” Glennie told Henderson. “I was really happy that he came down here to see me. I really appreciate that.” . . .
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Still with the Wheat Kings, what is with the Los Angeles Kings and F Brayden Schenn?
Geez, make a decision already!
Schenn, who has played eight NHL games this season, completed his conditioning stint with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs and is expected to skate with the Kings today. (Schenn had three goals and four assists, and was plus-3, in seven games with Manchester.)
Schenn, 19, has to play in the NHL or be returned to Brandon. For whatever reason, the Kings seem more intent on having him practice with them and watch them play, rather than return to the Wheat Kings.
Could be the Kings will stall for another couple of weeks and then loan him to Canada’s national junior team, which opens its selection camp in Toronto on Dec. 11.
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The Prince George Cougars, who are in first place in the B.C. Division, have a chance to make some hay in December. They will play 12 of their next 14 games on home ice. The Calgary Hitmen are at the CN Centre on Wednesday night. . . . The Prince Albert Raiders have returned F Tyler Paslawski, 18, to the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks. That leaves the Raiders had 23 players, including nine defencemen and 12 forwards. . . . The Raiders have an important week ahead of them as they are in the Central Division for three games. They meet the Oil Kings in Edmonton on Wednesday, the Rebels in Red on Friday and the Hurricanes in Lethbridge on Saturday. . . . Tim Tisdale, who scored the winning goal for the Swift Current Broncos in overtime in the 1989 Memorial Cup championship game, has taken over as GM of the midget AAA Swift Current Legionnaires. Tisdale has long been involved in minor hockey in Swift Current, from coaching to refereeing to working on volunteer boards. . . . F Linden Vey of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who is leading the WHL scoring race, is the league’s player of the week. He had nine points, including four goals, as the Tigers went 3-0-0 last week. He also was plus-6. . . . Adam Brown of the Kelowna Rockets is the nominee as CHL goaltender of the week. He was 2-0-0, 1.62, .946. . . . The Spokane Chiefs are listing G James Reid (ankle) as day-to-day. He was injured Friday during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blazers in Kamloops. . . .
An interesting note from Graham Kendrick, Portland’s director of media and public relations, in his weekly Winterhawks’ update: “The Winterhawks' march to the league's top overall record . . . has been made with a roster comprised entirely of players the team drafted or listed. The Winterhawks don't have a single player on their roster acquired via trade.” That roster features 15 Portland draft picks, six players who were listed and two from the CHL import draft. . . . According to Kendrick, “No other team in the WHL has a roster without a single player having been acquired via trade.” . . . You would have to think the Winterhawks may bring in a player or two via the trade route over the next while. For starters, they have room for a 20-year-old . . .

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