Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Swift Current Broncos have acquired F Chance Lund, 20, from the Seattle Thunderbirds for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . Lund had 32 points, including 15 goals, in 32 games last season. In 258 career games, he has 57 points, 27 of them goals. . . . At 6-foot-5 and 223 pounds, Lund adds a good chunk of size to the Broncos’ forward ranks. . . . They also now have four 20-year-olds, as Lund joins F Christian Magnus, F Ryon Moser and D Dalton Reum. . . . Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds are down to D Brad Deagle, G Brandon Glover, F Luke Lockhart and F Brendan Rouse.
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The Portland Winterhawks have signed D Kirill Vorobev, 17, their second selection in the CHL’s 2012 import draft. Vorobev, a Russian, has been with the Winterhawks since Sunday. Last season, he played two games with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers and then joined the NAHL’s New Mexico Mustangs. He had three assists and 12 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Mustangs. . . . The Winterhawks’ first selection in that 2012 draft was Danish F Oliver Bjorkstrand, 17. He signed with the Winterhawks late in July.
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JUST NOTES: The Medicine Hat Tigers have signed F Steven Owre, who was a sixth-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. Last season, he had 39 points in 38 games with the Chicago Fury, a U16 elite midget club. He is from Edmonton. . . . Owre’s signing was tweeted by Scott Deady (@scott_deady) of International Sports Agency. . . . Paul Buker of The Oregonian revealed via Twitter (@Pnbuker) that “Taylor Leier (Flyers) pick rehabbing from abdominal tear, prob. out six weeks; F Nic Petan (shoulder) prob. out for another week.” Both are forwards with the Portland Winterhawks. . . .
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Dave Leaderhouse of the Prince Albert Daily Herald has a good piece right here about former WHLer Craig McCallum and how much he is enjoying being a role model.
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The Victoria Royals have signed G Michael Herringer and F Brandon Fushimi. . . . Herringer, from Comox, B.C., played last season with the major midget North Island Silvertips. He was a ninth-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. . . . Fushimi, a list player, had 23 points in 40 games with the Rocky Mountain Roughriders, a Tier 1 Elite midget minor team. He also had 20 points in 24 games with a CAHA U16 side. . . . Fushimi’s coach with the midget minor team was John Paris Jr., one of the Royals’ scouts. . . . Fushimi, 16, is from Thornton, Colo. . . . Both signings were announced on Twitter by Turning Point Sports Management.
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Thanks to Alan Caldwell from over there at Small Thoughts at Large for the statistics of recent WHL signees. If you aren’t aware, Small Thoughts at Large is an invaluable resource for WHL-related numbers.
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By now, you will be well aware of the number of concussion-related lawsuits filed by former NFL players against the NFL.
But what are college athletes to do when there really isn’t a league involved.
In the case of one athlete, he has launched a lawsuit against the university for which he was playing.
There’s more right here.

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