Jesse Pearson was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oil Kings last season, his playing career having been derailed by post-concussion syndrome.
But just the other day, the Oil Kings added Sean Brown to their coaching staff, filling a spot that had been held by Pearson.
So . . . whatever happened to Jesse Pearson?
“Things are going well, just working, trying to make money and figuring out classes for next semester,” Pearson, a 21-year-old native of Winnipeg, told me. “Nothing too exciting.”
Pearson actually has returned to Winnipeg where he plans to attend the U of Winnipeg.
Unfortunately, he still has remnants of post-concussion syndrome.
Asked if everything had cleared up, he replied: “No, not really. My head is good but, regardless, I'm always gonna have headaches that I can't get rid of sometimes.”
Pearson’s WHL career amounted to 53 games with the Oil Kings. He played 35 in 2008-09, sat out the 2009-10 season and played 18 games in 2010-11. His career ended after a fight with F Curt Gogol of the Chilliwack Bruins.
But Pearson has a championship ring, thanks to his stint on the coaching staff last season.
Mark Ferner, the head coach of the Everett Silvertips, went to sleep Saturday night with a smile on his face. He woke up today and the smile was still there.
That’s because D Ryan Murray is to report to the Silvertips this week.
TSN reported Saturday that Murray will report despite concerns from his agent, Rick Valette. Yes, Valette was once the GM of the Prince Albert Raiders.
According to TSN, “Valette is concerned that if there is an NHL lockout that lasts several months, when and if the NHL season does begin, Murray will not be allowed to join the Blue Jackets.”
The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Murray with the second pick of the NHL’s 2012 draft.
Bob McKenzie of TSN reported earlier that “there is an agreement in principal between the NHL and the CHL that will allow players to join their NHL clubs should the season start late, but there may be a time limit involved.”
Valette is attempting to get a guarantee in writing that Murray will be allowed to move to the Columbus Blue Jackets whenever the NHL season gets started. That guarantee hasn’t been forthcoming, but Murray will head for Everett regardless.
The Calgary Hitmen have five 20-year-olds on their roster after having released F Danny Gayle. Gayle, from Calgary, had 39 points, including 15 goals, in 61 games last season. In fact, he had career highs in goals, assists (24) and points. . . . Gayle played 34 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2009-10 and was dealt to the Hitmen early in 2010-11. He has 70 points in 162 career regular-season games. . . . F Trevor Cheek, F Alex Gogolev, D Spencer Humphries, F Brooks Macek and F Cody Sylvester are the 20s remaining on Calgary’s roster. . . . Gogolev, who is from Moscow, would be a two-spotter (20-year-old import) should the Hitmen keep him. Cheek won’t turn 20 until Dec. 29.
JUST NOTES: The Red Deer Rebels are down to 26 players after assigning two on Saturday night. G Grant Naherniak, 16, is from Moose Jaw and will join the midget AAA Moose Jaw Warriors. D Kevin Pochuk, 17, is from Winnipeg and is off to the MJHL’s Virden Oil Capitals. . . . Naherniak was a fifth-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft; Pochuk was taken in the fifth round of the 2010 bantam draft.
The ECHL’s Elmira Jackals are looking for a head coach following the resignation of Pat Bingham on Saturday. . . . "Pat made this decision solely on what was best for his family,” Elmira GM Matt Hufnagel said in a news release. “An opportunity outside of professional hockey presented itself and he took it. While unfortunate that Pat won't be coaching the Jackals this season, we wish him, his wife, and his son the best," said Jackals general manager Matt Hufnagel.” . . . Bingham, 44, is a Vancouver native who played in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers and New Westminster Bruins (1985-89). He was head coach of the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2010-11 and the Jackals last season.
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