Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Crushed Can comes tumbling down.
(Photos by Lynette Biech)
The Crushed Can has fallen.
It’s true.
And we have the photographs to prove it.
Lynette Biech of Moose Jaw took a few pictures of the Moose Jaw Civic Centre on Thursday and sent them along to Taking Note.
If you click right here you will find a look back at the Crushed Can as Rob Carnie, a former radio voice of the Moose Jaw Warriors, reminisced. This piece originally appeared here on March 9, 2011.
One supposes that with the Crushed Can having hit the canvas, the Whitney Forum in Flin Flon now is the undisputed heavyweight champ among arenas at that level.
F Garrett Bembridge (Saskatoon, 1997-2001) signed a one-year contract with the Nikko Icebucks (Japan, Asia Hockey League). He had 18 goals and 18 assists in 46 games with Valpellice (italy, Serie A) and finished the season with the Wichita Thunder (CHL), going pointless in three games. Former Medicine Hat and NHL F Mark Pederson is an assistant coach with the Icebucks. The Asia League opens its regular season on Saturday.
Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reports that the Regina Pats’ scouting staff has undergone a couple of changes. Bob Trumbley of Regina has left the club after 17 seasons as a scout, while former Pats D Chris Anderson now is working in Calgary and stepped aside due to time constraints. . . . Filling those sports are Jim Shepherd, a minor hockey coach in Calgary who will keep an eye on southern Alberta for the Pats, and Mike Rooney, who has NHL scouting experience with the Nashville Predators and will keep busy in southern Saskatchewan on behalf of the Pats.
G Casey Parker is at home in Regina covering from a concussion suffered last week in the camp of the Tri-City Americans. Parker, the 17-year-old son of Regina Pats president Brent Parker, apparently got kicked behind an ear in a goalmouth collision during the last scrimmage of training camp on Wednesday.
He had hoped to see some action with the Americans during the weekend tournament in Everett, but instead was at home in Regina feeling light-headed and lethargic.
He was a 10th round selection by the Everett Silvertips in the 2010 bantam draft. He spent most of the last two seasons with the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians but now isn’t sure where he will play. First, he has to get healthy.
“Not the best timing,” Brent Parker wrote in an email. “He wants to play in the WHL so badly and he was really hoping to go to the pre-season tournament Everett.
“I don't know when he will get back on the ice. He will go the (junior A) route if need be, but wants to get an opportunity to play in our league.”
The Regina Pats apparently have signed F Rylee Zimmer, who was a fifth round selection in the 2012 bantam draft. Zimmer, from Russell, Man., played last season for the midget AAA Notre Dam Argos in Wilcox, Sask. News of his signing was tweeted by Scott Norton of Norton Sports Management.
F Brendan Persley, 19, who is in camp with the Tri-City Americans, has had his junior A rights dealt by the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers to the MJHL’s Virden Oil Capitals. . . . Persley, a native of Kelowna who was selected in the eighth round of the 2008 WHL bantam draft by the Prince Albert Raiders, has played 64 WHL games over the last three seasons — 55 with the Chilliwack Bruins (remember them?) and nine last season with the Victoria Royals. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder has nine points and 116 penalty minutes in those 64 games. . . . He had 14 points and 37 penalty minutes in 36 games with Vernon last season. . . . In exchange for Persley’s rights, Virden gave up F Mitch Van Teeling, 19. In May, Van Teeling, who is from Brandon, moved from the Dauphin Kings to the Steinbach Pistons as the future considerations from an earlier deal. In July, he was traded by Steinbach to Virden.
G Austin Smith, 19, who spent the last two seasons with the Swift Current Broncos, has joined the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers. The Calgary native got into 31 games with the Broncos over the last two seasons. He went 3.73, .885 in 20 games last season. Smith was a second-round pick by the Broncos in the 2008 bantam draft.

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