Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl won its VHL opener on Monday, defeating Neftenik Almentyevsk 5-1, despite being outshot 23-19 before a sell-out crowd of more than 9,000 fans in Yaroslavl — the game sold out in four hours — and a national TV audience. The game story on the Russian sports website www.championat.com started with this (pardon the rough translation): “For a long time, saying the name of the Yaroslavl team, we will remember McCrimmon, Karpovtsev, Tkachenko and Galimov, Demitra and Vasicek, Sobchenko and Urychev . . . the hockey idols of Yaroslavl did not return, but they are in our heart and never left.”
Meanwhile . . .
F Ryan Watson (Lethbridge, 1998-2000) signed a contract for the rest of this season with Val Pusteria (Italy, Serie A). He had 19 goals and 21 assists in 38 games for Ritten/Renon (Italy, Serie A) last season.
The Red Deer Rebels juggled goaltenders again Monday, releasing Tyler Oswald, 18, and bringing in Deven Dubyk, 20. All this is because starter Patrik Bartosak suffered a shoulder injury last week. The Czech freshman is to have surgery and will be out indefinitely. . . . Oswald was brought in from the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers and started Sunday’s 5-0 loss the visiting Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Dubyk, who was with the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos, is expected to start tonight in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice. Dubyk has WHL experience with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . Dubyk’s arrival leaves the Rebels with four 20-year-olds, although two of them — D Aaron Borejko and F Josh Cowen — are injured. The other one is D Justin Weller. Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate reports that Borejko is on the 45-day injured list, retroactive to Nov. 11, meaning he is eligible to return Dec. 26. . . .
F Zach McPhee, 18, of the Everett Silvertips has had his junior A rights traded from the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers to the Victoria Grizzlies. McPhee has four points in 12 games with Everett, but is out with an undisclosed injury and hasn’t played since Oct. 26. . . .
F Connor Honey left the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers and now is with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. Honey, a 17-year-old from Edmonton, actually went to camp with Seattle and then joined the Gamblers. So . . . what went into his decision to return to the Thunderbirds?
Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports spoke with Honey and does a fine job of describing the anguish some of these young players go through in making a huge decision.
"You have so many things coming at you every day, people trying to persuade you one way or the other, you know what I mean?" Honey told Sager. "I think maybe I listened to too many people on which way to go and I didn't make the right assessment with myself. That's kind of what I have to say about it. You're a young guy, you take a lot of advice, perhaps you have to put more weight on your own decision.”
Sager’s piece is right here.
ESPN apparently pays more than $1 billion per season for for NFL games. And for that it gets the St. Louis Rams at the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football?
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