Monday, January 30, 2012

D Vladimir Mihalik (Red Deer, Prince George, 2005-07) was loaned for the rest of the season by Lev Poprad (Slovakia, KHL) to Timrå (Sweden, Elitserien). He had one goal and three assists in 34 games for Lev Poprad this season.
Late last week, the WHL launched an Ask The Commissioner feature. . . . I have had a couple of readers forward questions to this blog, so here they are:
1. I wonder if Mr. Robison will address any questions regarding the Chilliwack situation from last year, and will admit the league handled it poorly? (From a fan who hopes the WHL returns to Chilliwack.)
2. Why so much travel? Aren’t you able to schedule fewer games or more doubleheaders in one location, maybe even hold some round-robin events (4-6 teams) in one location across three days (tournaments within your division or conference)?
In Calgary, the Hitmen erased a 1-0 deficit with two goals 29 seconds apart and they went on to a 4-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . F Brian Williams gave the Americans a 1-0 lead at 4:21 of the second period. . . . F Brady Brassart tied it at 16:21, via the PP, and F Danny Gayle gave Calgary the lead at 16:50. . . . Calgary G Chris Driedger stopped 16 shots, 15 fewer than Tri-City’s Ty Rimmer. . . . Driedger and teammates D Brock Sutherland, D Spencer Humphries and F Brooks Macek all are former Americans. Macek sat this one out with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Hitmen have won six in a row and 14 of their last 15. . . . “The boys are hot right now,” Driedger told Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun, adding that veterans Jimmy Bubnick and Cody Sylvester “have said the team we had two years ago showed the same kind of energy, work ethic and skill that we’re showing right now. I would say we’re definitely a threat. When all four of our lines are going, there’s no competing with us. We have so much depth. I would hate to play against us right now.” . . . This was the Americans’ first visit to Calgary since Game 5 of the 2009-10 championship final, which the Hitmen own in five games. . . . Calgary lost F Victor Rask to a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct at 2:35 of the third period. . . . The Americans have lost three of their last four outings and are two points behind the Kamloops Blazers, who lead the WHL’s overall standings. . . . The Hitmen now are third in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . .

In Kent, Wash., the Kelowna Rockets scored four second-period goals and beat the host Seattle Thunderbirds, 4-3. . . . Seattle D Cason Machacek gave his side a 2-1 lead at 5:59 of the second, only to have Kelowna come back with three straight goals. . . . F Cody Chikie scored his 12th at 10:50, F Colton Sissons got his 26th on the PP at 11:59 and F Brett Lyon added his 13th at 19:56. . . . Seattle has lost six straight home games. . . . Kelowna G Jordon Cooke stopped 25 shots, while Seattle’s Calvin Pickard turned aside 40. . . . The Rockets appear headed to a sixth-place finish in the Western Conference as they are 11 points behind the Vancouver Giants and 12 ahead of Seattle. . . . The Thunderbirds are one point up on the Victoria Royals.
Check out this right here and see what F Taylor Vause of the Swift Current Broncos does in his spare time. I guarantee you will be impressed.
If you happened to catch the TV show on Joe Namath that was shown on HBO on Saturday night, you will enjoy this piece right here. It’s written by David Gonzalez at The New York Times blog titled Lens and deals with Barton Silverman, a legendary photographer, and his wonderful career. Silverman will shoot his 41st Super Bowl on Sunday.
For today’s good read, we take you to the Columbia Journalism Review. It is the story of Ivan G. Goldman, who writes about the demise of The Ring, the legendary boxing magazine. . . . It seems the once venerable boxing bible isn’t of that stature these days. That story is right here.

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