Friday, August 19, 2011

F Andrej Kudrna (Vancouver, Red Deer, 2008-2011) signed a one year contract with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, Extraliga). He had 29 goals and 53 assists in 65 games for the Rebels last season.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes’ annual general meeting was told Wednesday night that the WHL club lost almost $400,000 in the 2010-11 season.
However, a lot of that was due to writedowns for such things as renovations at the ENMAX Centre. Take those away and the club bled more than $170,000.
For the upcoming season, the club’s board is budgeting for a $40,000 surplus.
Pat Siedlecki, the radio voice of the Hurricanes, has a thorough recap of the meeting over there on the right at Hurricane Watch. His report includes club president Brian McNaughton’s explanation for the deficit and the fact that McNaughton wasn’t re-elected to the board.
The Calgary Hitmen have picked up F Brady Brassart, 18, from the Spokane Chiefs for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft. . . . He was a second-round selection by the Chiefs in the 2008 draft. . . . A native of Vernon, B.C., Brassart had 32 points, including eight goals, in 65 games last season. That followed a freshman season in which he had 15 points in 53 games. . . .
"Brady fell behind in his development with our forwards at the similar age," Tim Speltz, the Chiefs’ GM, said in a news release. "That said, we felt it would be best for Brady to get a fresh start with another WHL team. Acquiring our choice with these draft picks we now have an asset to work with when we choose to." . . . Brassart was the Chiefs’ scholastic player of the year each of the last two seasons and also was their rookie of the year in 2009-10.
JUST NOTES: Bil La Forge is the new head scout with the Everett Silvertips. LaForge has been an Everett scout for three seasons. He replaces Scott Scoville, who left to join the Winnipeg Jets’ scouting staff. La Forge, the son of the late Bill LaForge, who coached in the WHL with Regina and Kamloops, also has scouted for the Tri-City Americans and Lethbridge Hurricanes. He is a long-time minor hockey coach in the Edmonton area. . . . Graham Skilliter, who spent six seasons as a WHL referee, has been hired by the NHL. Skilliter, 26, worked last season in the ECHL. . . . Veteran F Neil Tarnasky, who was released by the Lethbridge Hurricanes, is on the training camp roster of the Vancouver Giants. He is to turn 19 on oct. 8.
The Moose Jaw Warriors are working to get their season-ticket holders settled in their new building, Mosaic Place. Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald has a look right here.
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