Monday, June 25, 2012

D Ray Macias (Kamloops, 2003-07) signed a one-year contract with the Schwenningen Wild Wings (Germany, 2.Bundesliga). He had six goals and 14 assists in 38 games with the Reading Royals (ECHL), was pointless in two games on loan to Toronto Marlies (AHL), and had one goal and two assists in three games on loan to the Springfield Falcons (AHL) last season.
There is a bit of a WHL angle to Strait of Dover, the winner of the 153rd Queen’s Plate on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
Strait of Dover is owned by Terry and Wally Leong of Canyon Farms in Kelowna.
They are the parents of Jeff Sharples’ wife, Michelle. Sharples played for the Kelowna Wings, Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks (1984-87).
A pilot, Sharples now flies for Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, mostly out of Seattle. Tim Wharnsby of has more on the Queen’s Plate right here.
The late Fred Shero, one of the most influential coaches in hockey’s history, isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame? . . . Larry Brooks of the New York Post makes the case that he should be. . . . That piece is right here. . . . Oh, and Brooks is right.
With the NHL draft having come and gone, some teams, at least those holding development camps, are in the process of signing up undrafted players.
For starters, F Brandon Magee of the Victoria Royals and F Stephane Legault of the Edmonton Oil Kings will join the Edmonton Oil Kings’ camp. . . . D Myles Bell of the Kelowna Rockets is off to New York to skate with Rangers’ hopefuls. . . . F T.J. Foster of the Edmonton Oil Kings has accepted an invitation from the Dallas Stars.

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