Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday . . .

F Ryan Kinasewich (Medicine Hat, Try City, 1998-2004) signed a one-year contract extension with Medvescak Zagreb (Croatia, plays in Austria Erste Bank Liga). He had 30 goals and 29 assists in 49 games this season for Zagreb. The contract extension was announced at a press conference Friday where Kinasewich was officially appointed an Ambassador of the Foundation for Humanitarian Demining of Croatia — "Croatia without Mines."
The Lethbridge Hurricanes ran a promotion earlier this season that involved Gordie Howe spending some time in town.
Some people wondered how it was that the Hurricanes were able to get Howe involved.
Well, the game did involve the Vancouver Giants, a team to which Howe has a long-time attachment through owner Ron Toigo.
But you also have to remember that Preston once played for the World Hockey Association’s Houston Aeros.
In fact, there was a time when Preston once bumped Mr. Hockey off the right wing spot on the Aeros’ top line.
Houston head coach Bill Dineen put Preston on the right side of a line that featured Gordie at centre and his son, Mark, on the left wing.
“Yeah,” a chuckling Preston recalled Friday night before his club played the Blazers in Kamloops. “They called that line Howe, Howe and Who.”
WHL commissioner Ron Robison offered up the league spin on the Chilliwack Bruins-to-Victoria story that exploded on Friday.
Tyler Olsen of the Chilliwack Times spoke with Robison and has that story right here.
In this story, WHL commissioner Ron Robison tells the Victoria Times Colonist that Victoria is the first priority for relocation.
The NHL’s San Jose Sharks have signed D Sena Acolatse, 20, of the Prince George Cougars to a three-year NHL contract. Acolatse, a free agent, got a US$270,000 signing bonus. The contract calls for a salary of $67,500 in the minors and NHL salaries of $530,000, $540,000 and $750,000.

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