Wednesday, July 11, 2012

THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Gal Koren (Kelowna, 2010-11) signed a one-year contract extension with Medvescak Zagreb (Croatia, Austria Erste Bank Liga). He had two goals and two assists in 39 games for Medvescak last season. He also played for the Slovenian National Junior Team at the Division 1 World Junior Championships, getting four goals and three assists in five games. . . .
F Ryan Keller (Saskatoon, 2001-05) signed a two-year contract with Genève-Servette (Switzerland, NL A). He had 21 goals and 28 assists in 71 games with the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) last season. You can read the press release in Canada's other official language right here.
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Josh Brown, who covers the Kitchener Rangers for the Waterloo Region Record, reported Tuesday afternoon that the OHL team is “seeking $1 million in damages over a story published in a Michigan student newspaper that claimed the club offered to pay a player to suit up for the team.”
More from Brown: “The defamation suit against The Michigan Daily seeks $500,000 in general damages and $500,000 in punitive damages and was expected to be filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kitchener Tuesday, according to a team lawyer.”
Brown’s blog report is right here.
Sunaya Sapurji of Yahoo! Sports has even more right here.
Yes, this is one can of worms!
And this story, it seems, will have some legs. Gee, even Bob McCown and Damien Cox were kicking it around on Prime Time Sports on Tuesday.
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This will be a hot weekend in Cranbrook, no matter what happens with the weather.
That’s because it’s the Kootenay Ice’s Alumni Weekend.
Jeff Chynoweth, the Ice’s present and GM, reports that “23 players and all the staff from the 2000 WHL championship team and 2002 Memorial Cup team” will be in attendance.
If you’re in the area, there’s a Hot Stove Dinner on Thursday and a golf tournament on Friday.
Oh, and if you’re there perhaps you’ll be able to meet Chad Kletzel, the Ice’s new assistant coach. That’s Chad, not Derek. Apologies to all for my writing Derek in yesterday’s post. And thanks to those of you who pointed out that I wrote Chad, rather than Derek. (Be forewarned that it just may happen again before I get it our of my system. Just ask Matt Needham of the Kamloops Blazers how many times I referred to him as Mike in the early going.)
Anyway, Chad, good luck . . . on the golf course and behind the bench.
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G Alexandre Sirard, who played one game with the Swift Current Broncos in 2008-09 and eight in 2009-10, will attend Selkirk College in Castlegar, B.C., and play for the Saints. They play in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League. Last season, he played with the U of Regina Cougars and the junior B Pilot Butte Storm.
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And if you haven't yet heard about the family that stumbled upon a treasure trove of baseball cards, well, you should read this story right here. I know. I know. If only your mother hadn't thrown out that box . . .

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