Thursday, May 5, 2011

D Aleksandr Boikov (Victoria/Prince George, Tri-City, 1993-96) signed a one-year contract extension with OHK Dynamo Moscow (Russia, KHL). He had one assist in 20 games for Dynamo in a season slowed by injury. . . .
F Lauris Darzins (Kelowna, 2004-06) signed a three-year contract with Ak Bars Kazan (Russia, KHL). He had 21 goals and 23 assists in 45 games with Dinamo Riga (Latvia, KHL) this season.
Former NHLer Keith Primeau and Kerry Goulet (Winnipeg, Calgary, 1976-78) are hoping to educate minor hockey players on the danger of concussions.
David Shoalts of The Globe and Mail has that story right here. And it is worth reading, especially for the comments by Primeau, who said, Shoalts writes, “it took five years for the symptoms of his last concussion to ease and it was only in the last three or four months that he could enjoy long stretches without headaches and exercise again. But he still wonders about the possibility of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and a premature death.”
Primeau said: “The last four or five months I’m in a much better place than I was the last five years. But even now, not a day goes by when I’m not reminded I damaged my brain.”
The Boston Bruins signed D Ryan Button a three-year NHL contract on Wednesday. Button, who was dealt by the Prince Albert Raiders to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Jan. 10, was a third-round selection by Boston in the NHL’s 2009 draft. After Seattle’s season was over, Button joined the AHL’s Providence Bruins, recording one assist in seven games. He will be a 20-year-old next season, so could return to Seattle for another WHL season. It seems more likely, though, that he will open in Providence.
F Max Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice is the CHL player of the week. He had six goals in two games last week, including a WHL record-tying five in one game.
The Swift Current Broncos will induct Joe Sakic into their Hall of Fame on Aug. 6 at the Credit Union i-Plex. Sakic put up 293 points in only 132 games with the Broncos (1986-88). He was the Eastern Conference’s rookie of the year and player of the year for 1986-87, and was the CHL’s player of the year the following season. He played 21 seasons in the NHL, all with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. He now is an executive advisor and alternate governor with the Avalanche. . . . Sakic’s wife, Debbie, is from Swift Current. They have three children.
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