Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday . . .

Jeff Z. Klein of The New York Times offers more insight into Derek Boogaard as he speaks with former Medicine Hat Tigers GM/head coach Willie Desjardins and Doris Sullivan, a billet mom from Medicine Hat.
How big was Boogaard?
Sullivan remembers Boogaard coming home after one game leaning against the refrigerator.
“He rested his arm on top of the refrigerator,” she said. “On top — that’s how big he was.”
Klein’s piece is right here.
Jennifer Graham of The Canadian Press attended Derek Boogaard’s funeral in Regina on Saturday. Her report is right here.
———Robin Short of the St. John’s Telegram reports that the deal is done and the AHL’s Manitoba Moose will be relocating to the Newfoundland capital. That story is right here. (It should be noted that the Moose owners have denied that a deal is in place.)
———Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun field a Day 1 notebook from the Memorial Cup. He opens with criticism of the on-ice officials. That piece is right here.
If you missed it, the Owen Sound Attack beat the Kootenay Ice 5-0 on Saturday in the Memorial Cup opener for both teams. Ice G Nathan Lieuwen kept this one from being worse than it was, especially in the game's second half.
To make matters worse, the Ice lost D Brayden McNabb, the team captain, to an elbowing major for a hit on F Joey Hishon. McNabb almost certainly will draw at least a one-game suspension, meaning he wouldn't play tonight against the host Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.
If the Portland Winterhawks were watching this one, they had to be wondering why that Ice team didn't show up for any of the games in the WHL final.
From Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:
Hockey Canada may announce a world junior head coach shortly after the Memorial Cup. Don Hay of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants is the leading candidate. One junior coach who has definitely popped onto Hockey Canada’s radar for future junior assignments is Swift Current Broncos coach-GM Mark Lamb, who assisted Mike Williamson (Calgary Hitmen) on Canada’s world under-18 squad in Germany last month. “I was really impressed with Mark’s preparation and how he related to the kids,” said Hockey Canada chief scout Kevin Prendergast. Leduc’s Williamson is definitely an up-and-comer, too. Don’t be surprised if he’s coaching somebody’s American Hockey League team soon.
Read more of Matheson’s hockey world right here.
———JUST NOTES: The Alaska Aces won the ECHL’s Kelly Cup on Saturday night, beating the host Kalamazoo Wings 5-3 to take the championship final, 4-1. F Chris Langkow (Spokane, Saskatoon, Everett, 2005-2010) had two goals for the Aces. . . . Brett Larson will be introduced Monday as the head coach of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. He had been an associate coach at the U of Minnesota-Duluth. . . . The Dubuque Fighting Saints won the USHL’s Clark Cup on Saturday, beating the visiting Green Bay Gamblers, 6-1, to win the best-of-five final, 3-1. What is nifty about this story is that the Fighting Saints were an expansion franchise when the season began.
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