Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mel Marshall, who played in 106 WHL games over three seasons, has died in Pincher Creek, Alta., at the age of 48. Marshall played for the Medicine Hat Tigers and Prince Albert Raiders (1981-84), compiling 13 points and 308 penalty minutes. . . . A complete obituary is right here.
Troy Jutting has been hired as an assistant coach by the U of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks. Juttings, who will work alongside head coach Dean Blais, fills the void created when Brian Renfew left for a scouting job with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. . . . Jutting spent the last 12 seasons as head coach of the Minnesota State Mavericks; he was an assistant coach there for 10 seasons before that. And he also played there for four seasons. . . . Minnesota State hired Mike Hastings to replace Jutting as head coach. Interestingly, Hastings had been the associate coach at Nebraska Omaha. . . . UNO actually replaced Hastings by hiring Steve Johnson, but then had to find another coach when Renfrew left last month.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have signed a deal through the 2016-17 season that will have their games continue to be heared on 880 CKLQ. The five-year deal between the WHL team and the Westman Communication Group begins this season. . . . CKLQ has been the radio voice of the Wheat Kings for the last 20 years. Bruce Luebke is preparing for his 20th season as the play caller.

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