Friday, June 10, 2011

Thursday . . .

F Dylan Gyori (Tri-City, 1994-99) signed a one-year contract with the Hannover Indians (Germany, 2.Bundesliga). He had 14 goals and 18 assists in 52 games with Munich (Germany, DEL) this season.
Three cheers to the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the decision to dedicate the ENMAX Centre’s new media centre in honour of Steve Fallwell.
If you missed it, here are a few excerpts from the news release:
The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club and the Hurricanes/Bronco's Alumni Association is very proud to announce this new media centre will be dubbed the Steve (Foggy) Fallwell Media Centre.
“This was a proud decision to for the Board of Directors to make in honoring a man of Steve Fallwell's calibre,” said Dick Gibson, the chair of the Alumni Association. “Foggy was known in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta as 'the voice' of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Lethbridge Broncos and carries with him a sterling reputation for professionalism and integrity.”
Fallwell was the play-by-play voice of the Lethbridge Broncos for 11 seasons. . . . Following the hockey void of 1985-86, he returned as the voice of the Hurricanes in 1986-87. He continued to entertain hockey fans until midway through the 1996-97 season, when a sudden illness brought his broadcasting career to a halt.
Fallwell had several offers throughout his career to join the professional ranks, however he remained in Lethbridge to focus on the Hurricanes and Southern Alberta. His involvement in the Lethbridge sports scene extended far beyond the hockey rink as he tirelessly promoted other local sports, ranging from baseball, basketball, football, and curling to soccer, swimming, volleyball, and track and field.
Over the course of his play-by-play career Fallwell covered more than 1,400 regular -season junior hockey games. In 1996, he was inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in the Special Award category. In 1998 he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and received the Bell Memorial Award for Media. In 2007 Fallwell joined Steve Tambellini and Jamie McLennan as the first ever inductees into the Lethbridge Hurricanes/Broncos Alumni Hall of Fame.
Fallwell released the following statement:
"Really, there are no words that could possibly describe how I feel about this announcement. I am touched and deeply honored. I am very much looking forward to seeing the 'new’ ENMAX Centre, and of course the new Media Centre.  Also, my most sincere congratulations to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on their 25th Anniversary. My time broadcasting and travelling with the Lethbridge Broncos and the Lethbridge Hurricanes is extremely memorable. As always, I will be in the stands for the 2011-2012 season cheering them on. Again, my most sincere "Thank You" to the Lethbridge City Council, the management of the ENMAX Centre, and the Board of the Directors of the Lethbridge Hurricanes for this great honour."
JUST NOTES: G Steven Stanford (Prince Albert, Saskatoon, 2007-11) has decided to attend the U of British Columbia and play for the Thunderbirds. Stanford played out his WHL eligibility last season, putting up 40 victories in 48 games. He had a 2.78 GAA and a .910 save percentage. . . . The Red Deer Rebels have signed their first two selections from the 2011 bantam draft — F Conner Bleackley and D Haydn Fleury. Bleackley, from High River, Alta., was the 21st overall selection, while the Rebels took Fleury with the 43rd pick. Bleackley played bantam AAA in Okotoks, Alta., while Fleury, from Carlyle, Sask., played for the bantam AAA team at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Sask. . . . The MJHL’s Winnipeg Saints, who played out of St. Adolphe this season, are moving to the St. James Civic Centre in time for next season. That’ll be three homes in as many seasons for the Saints, who were in the Dakota Recreation Centre before having to leave for St. Adolphe. . . .
F Jeff Nelson (Prince Albert, 1988-92) has decided to retire. He finished off an 18-year professional career with the Central league’s Evansville IceMen. Nelson, 38, put up 42 points in 62 games in his final season. During his WHL career with his hometown Raiders, he put up 417 points in 279 games. . . . According to owner Tommy Scott, the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs are “done” just a couple of weeks after winning the Central league championship. The Mudbugs had sold about 1,000 season tickets as of Thursday, which is when Scott sent a text to Roy Lang III of the Shreveport Times: “We’re done. Can’t do it.” The Mudbugs had just completed their 14th season. . . . Two WHL players — F Emerson Etem of the Medicine Hat Tigers and Shane McColgan of the Kelowna Rockets — were among the 11 CHL players who have been invited by USA Hockey to its national junior team evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 6-13. The other nine CHL players all are from the OHL.
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