Friday, March 9, 2012

Marlin Murray, the general manager and head coach of the MJHL’s Dauphin Kings, got a bit excited on Thursday night. The Kings dropped a 5-1 decison to the host Winnipeg Saints. There were 448 fans in the St. James Civic Centre and you can bet they’ll be talking today about what they saw last night. Dauphin was 0-8 on the PP, while the Saints were, uhh, 4-16. . . . D Emerson Hrynyk, who has played in the WHL with Prince Albert and Chilliwack, totalled 36 minutes in penalties. All told, Dauphin picked up 124 minutes; the Saints took 46. . . . Presumably, Murray was a tad upset with referees Brett Montsion and Ryan Galley, because he emptied the bench of anything that wasn’t tied down. . . . And it’s all right here. . . . By the way, the Saints lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 in Dauphin on Saturday. I’m thinking Murray won’t be in the building for this one.
Less than 24 hours after Greg (Spike) Wallace was presented with a WHL Distinguished Service Award, he and the Kamloops Blazers parted company.
The Blazers issued a news release Thursday morning stating that the organization and Wallace had decided to end their relationship “by mutual agreement.”
According to the release, Wallace is leaving “to pursue other initiatives.”
“The Blazers and Spike have agreed that now would be an appropriate time for Spike to venture forward and pursue new opportunities,” the news release reads.
Wallace, the Blazers’ community and sponsorship co-ordinator, had been with the Blazers since 1984. A 54-year-old native of Kamloops, he started out as the team’s trainer and equipment manager. He had been in his latest role since 2005.
On Wednesday, prior to the Blazers’ 5-1 victory over the visiting Portland Winterhawks, WHL president Ron Robison presented Wallace with the Distinguished Service Award, which, according to the league, is presented “to an individual associated with the WHL who has made an extraordinary contribution over an extended period of time . . .”
The crowd of 5,693, the third-largest in franchise history, gave Wallace a standing ovation.

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