Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday . . .

Bob McKenzie, who has been around hockey for longer than he cares to remember, has weighed in on the subject of major junior hockey and concussions.
Check that out right here.
Allan Maki of The Globe and Mail talks with Niagara IceDogs assistant coach Mike Van Ryn and Tim Speltz, the GM of the Spokane Chiefs, about concussions in major junior hockey.
That story is right here.
F Evan Bloodoff of the Kelowna Rockets and F Brett Lyon of the Moose Jaw Warriors each drew four-game suspensions from the WHL office on Tuesday.
Bloodoff got a charging major for a high hit that resulted in Vancouver Giants D Joel Rogers needing a stretcher to get off the ice. He later was taken to hospital. Rogers, 20, had only been back for a few games after recovering from a concussion suffered in January.
Bloodoff will miss the first four games of the Rockets’ first-round series with the Prince George Cougars. There is no timetable for Rogers’ return to the Giants, who will meet the Tri-City Americans in the first round.
Lyon was suspended under supplemental discipline for an unpenalized hit on F Jake Trask of the Saskatoon Blades. Lyon sat out the last two games of the regular season, so will be eligible to return for Game 3 of the Warriors’ first-round series against the Kootenay Ice.
JUST NOTES: The Prince Albert Raiders have added F T.J. Constant, 17, to their roster. Constant, who played five games with the Raiders earlier in the season, had 53 points and 41 penalty minutes in 57 games with the MJHL’s OCN Blizzard. . . . Dale Saip, the Vancouver Giants’ vice-president of business development, has won the federal Conservative’s nomination for the Delta-Richmond East riding in B.C. He also is a veteran on the Delta Board of Education. . . . The Red Deer Rebels hope to get F Josh Cowen (broken hand) back at some point during their first-round series with the Edmonton Oil Kings. He hasn’t played since Feb. 19. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald reports that the Warriors may be without F Cody Beach (knee) when they open in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice on Friday. Beach missed his club’s last three games. . . . Moose Jaw D Dylan McIlrath didn’t practice Tuesday but head coach Dave Hunchak told Gourlie it was a maintenance day.
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