Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday . . .

G Billy Thompson (Prince George, 1999-2003) signed a two-year-plus-option contract extension with Amiens (France, Ligue Magnus). Amiens finished in fifth place in the 14-team league and is currently tied 1-1 with Briancon in a best-of-five quarterfinal series. The league doesn’t publish goaltending statistics on its website but the club's press release says that Thompson's play had a major influence in the team's results and he made a favourable impression on the club's management with his professionalism both on and off the ice.
It seems that not all of the Chilliwack Bruins’ owners are in favour of selling the team and having it relocated, likely to Victoria. Moray Keith, who is a minority owner, told Tyler Olsen of the Chilliwack Times, via email:
“I can assure you that, although (fellow minority owner) Jim Bond and I are minority shareholders in the Bruins, we are taking every step possible to ensure Bruins hockey continues in Chilliwack.
"We are unwavering in our belief that WHL hockey is viable and can flourish at Prospera Centre."
Olsen points out that Keith also is involved in the ownership of the Chiefs Development Group, which manages Prospera Centre, the home of the Bruins.
Olsen’s story is right here. And there also is news in his story of a movement afoot to pack Prospera Centre for a Saturday night visit from the Vancouver Giants.
The Vancouver Giants had quite a day, with fines, suspensions and a player released from hospital.
Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun has the story right here.

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