D Reece Willcox of the BCHL’s Merritt Centennials has committed to the Cornell University Big Red effective next season. Wilcox was a third-round selection by the Portland Winterhawks in the 2009 bantam draft. . . . Willcox has 24 points in 77 games over two seasons. . . . In 2011, the Winterhawks used a 10th-round selection to take his brother, Rhett. . . . The Willcox boys are from Surrey, B.C.
C Kevin Sundher of the Victoria Royals has signed a three-year contract with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. They selected him in the third round of the NHL’s 2010 draft. Sundher, one of the WHL’s more under-appreciated players, has 53 points, including 21 goals, in 33 games. He is sixth in the WHL points derby. Sundher is the Chilliwack/Victoria franchise scoring leader with 230 points in 248 career games. . . . The Royals are scheduled to meet the Hurricanes tonight in Lethbridge. Victoria F Robin Soudek is eligible to return after having served a four-game suspension.
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Veteran WHL referee Derek Zalaski will work the World Junior Championship that opens Dec. 26 in Calgary and Edmonton. Curtis Stock of the Edmonton Journal profiles Zalaski right here.
Alan Caldwell, over on the right at Small Thoughts At Large, has his annual list of players who are scheduled to play in the Mac’s midget tournament and their WHL rights holders. So, if you’re interested, pay his blog a visit.
Thursday’s tweet of the day:
From Sheldon Kennedy, fresh off his appearance in Washington, D.C., before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on child abuse:
“Thx 4 all the support. Takes all of us pulling on the rope. We need persistence and patience for change to happen. Onward and upward.”
Jon Rosen, who used to hang out in WHL arenas as the radio voice of the Everett Silvertips, now is with Fox Sports West. If you click right here, you’ll find his latest blog entry. He tops it off with some concussion talk but then gets into the Kelowna Rockets and their penchant for finding quality defencemen.
———In the U.S., a number of concussion-related lawsuits have been filed against the NFL in recent months. Perhaps you are wondering whether the same thing might happen involving the NHL and some of its past and/or present players? Paul Waldie of The Globe and Mail addresses that situation right here.
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, well, you haven’t. If you haven’t already heard the story about the guy who did a No. 2 in another player’s hockey glove, uhh, here it is. Please don’t read this while you’re eating breakfast.