THE PRO GAME:
F Matej Stransky of the Saskatoon Blades has signed a three-year deal with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. He was a sixth-round selection in the NHL’s 2011 draft. Stransky, who is from Ostraa, Czech Republic, had 81 points, including 39 goals, this season, his second in the WHL.
F Marek Tvrdon of the Vancouver Giants is joining the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Tvrdon, from Nitra, Slovakia, was a fourth-round pick by the Red Wings in the 2011 NHL draft. He led all WHL freshmen in points (74) this season.
F Jordan Weal of the Regina Pats is off to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, while D Colton Jobke will finish up with the AHL’s Houston Aeros and D Martin Marincin with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Blazers. . . . Weal was a third-round selection by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2010 NHL draft. . . . Jobke has signed a free-agent deal with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. . . . The Edmonton Oilers took Marincin in the second round of the 2010 NHL draft.
F Taylor Vause, who had such a wonderful season with the Swift Current Broncos, has had his season ended by a broken foot. Vause, 20, signed an ATO with the AHL’s Texas Stars and was playing with them when he broke a foot. He finished with one goal in four games with the Stars.
F Max Reinhart and D Joey Leach of the Kootenay Ice have joined the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. . . . Both were third-round selections by the Flames in the 2010 NHL draft.
D Matthew Konan of the Medicine Hat Tigers has signed a three-year deal with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. Konan, 20, is from Tustin, Calif., and is finishing up his fifth season with the Tigers. This season, he had 54 points, 45 of them assists, and 73 penalty minutes in 72 games. He was an NHL free agent.
G Brandon Glover of the Calgary Hitmen has joined the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames. Glover, 19, is an undrafted free agent.
The Kamloops Blazers have added D Jordan Thomson, 15, and F Brayden Gelsinger, 16, to their roster through the end of the playoffs. . . . Thomson, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 bantam draft, had 29 points in 35 games with the midget AAA Southwest Cougars, who are based in Souris, Man. . . . Gelsinger, a list player, had 42 points, 22 of them goals, in 41 games with the midget AAA Tisdale, Sask., Trojans.
THE COACHING GAME:
Will Verner has resigned as general manager and head coach of the junior B Fernie Ghostriders of the Kootenay International junior league. Verner spent the last five seasons in the position.
More than a year has gone by since the NHL mandated that a player suspected of having a concussion be taken from the bench area and spend at least 15 minutes being evaluated away from the noise of the game. So, Mark Spector of Sportsnet wonders: What happened to The Quiet Room? That piece is right here.
The Canadian women’ water polo team would appear to have an excellent opportunity to win a medal at the Olympic Games in London this summer. Except for one problem – concussions. Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star has that story right here.
Roy MacGregor of The Globe and Mail writes right here about a discussion that took place in Peterborough, Ont., last week. It had to do with concussions in hockey and there are some interesting stories here, most of which involve overzealous parents.
Anne McIlroy of The Globe and Mail has a story right here on the impact of concussions on one particular minor hockey team. There are 17 players on the roster. Guess how many ended up concussed?
If you’re looking for a good read, check out Elliotte Friedman’s weekly column. It’s right here.
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