Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Some early Tuesday notes . . .

D Martin Grundling (Moose Jaw, 2005-2007) signed a one-year contract with Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic Extraliga). He had three goals and 12 assists in 53 games for HK 36 Skalica (Slovakia Extraliga) this season. . . .
D Michal Gulasi (Lethbridge, 2003-05) signed a one-year contract with Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic Extraliga). He had one goal and 12 assists in 49 games for Sparta Praha (Czech Republic Extraliga) this season. . . .
F Ondrej Vesely (Portland, Tri-City, 1996-98) signed a two-year contracft with Zlin (Czech Republic Extraliga). He had 10 goals and 11 assists in 50 games with Kometa Brno (Czech Republic Extraliga) this season. . . .
G Michael Garnett (Red Deer, Saskatoon, 1999-2002) signed a two-year contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia KHL). He had a 2.24 GAA and a .916 save percentage for OHK Dynamo Moscow (Russia KHL) this season. . . .
D Juraj Valach (Tri-City, Vancouver, Regina, Red Deer, 2006-08) signed a two-year contract with Kometa Brno (Czech Republic Extraliga). He had one goal and eight assists in 56 games for Zvolen (Slovakia Extraliga) this season. . . .
F Radek Meidl (Seattle, Tri-City, 2006-08) signed a one-year contract with Zvolen (Slovakia Extraliga). He had three goals and two assists in 16 games for Olomouc (Czech Republic 1.Liga) this season. . . .
F T.J. Mulock and F Tyson Mulock (T.J. — Vancouver, Regina, Kamloops, 2001-06; Tyson — Medicine Hat, Regina, 1999-2003) signed one-year contract extensions with the Eisbären Berlin (Germany DEL). T.J. had 12 goals and 13 assists in 34 games while Tyson had two goals and 14 assists in 39 games this season. . . .
F Jozef Balej (Portland, 1999-2002) signed a two-year contract with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia Extraliga). He had 10 goals and four assists in 27 games for Kometa Brno (Czech Republic Extraliga) this season.
Derek Spalding of the Nanaimo Daily News has taken a look back at the history of the WHL in Nanaimo, and also examines the present-day situation. Included in his story, which is right here, is this sentence: “WHL president Ron Robison said there have been informal talks with Clippers owners about moving a team to Nanaimo, but nothing concrete.”
With the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads looking for a head coach, here’s an early Monday tweet from Willy Palov of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald: “Hearing the Halifax job is between Darren Rumble and Dominique Ducharme. Brad Lauer is third choice. Decision should be made this week.”
F Max Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice is the WHL’s player of the week after scoring six goals in two games last week. That included one five-goal outing that tied the WHL record for most goals by a player in a playoff game.
Well, that’s it for the ECHL’s Victoria Salmon Kings.
F Scott Howes scored twice, including the winner at 19:25 of the third period, as the visiting Anchorage Aces beat the Salmon Kings 3-2 Monday night to sweep the Western Conference final, 4-0.
The Salmon Kings are owned by Vancouver-based RG Properties, which holds the management contract for Victoria’s Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. RG Properties recently purchased the Chillwack Bruins and is moving the WHL team to Victoria. The Salmon Kings, then, have played their final game in the B.C. capital.
F Chad Klassen (Spokane, Saskatoon, 2001-06), who joined the Salmon Kings from the U of Alberta Golden Bears in time to play in one regular-season game before the playoffs, scored the last goal in franchise history.
Attendance was 3,153.
THE COACHING GAME: Roman Vopat (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, 1994-96) has agreed to serve as a volunteer assistant coach with the KIJHL’s Kimberley Dynamiters. Vopat played this season with HC Litvinov in his native Czech Republic but has chosen to retire after 18 seasons as a pro. He was the Litvinov captain for the last two seasons. "It's always difficult when you do something for such a long time and it's been pretty much your whole life," Vopat, 35, told Matt Coxford of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. "But on the other hand I was playing in Europe the last 10 years and this year was especially hard because the family stayed behind." Vopat, his wife and two sons live in Cranbrook. . . . The junior B Dynamiters haven’t yet named a head coach.

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