Friday, September 28, 2012

F Ty Morris (Swift Current, Vancouver, Red Deer, 2003-05) signed a try-out contract through Oct. 31 with Munich (Germany, DEL), one day after he was released from a try-out with the Ravensburg Towerstars (Germany, 2.Bundesliga). He had one goal in two games during his trial with Ravensburg. Last season, Morris had five goals and 24 assists in 31 games with the Bietigheim Steelers (Germany, 2.Bundesliga).
NHL linesman Vaughan Rody is the Prince George Cougars’ new power-skating coach. Rody operates Pro Edge Skating, is a triathlete and also a personal training. He is a former WHL linesman who has been in the NHL since 2000-01. . . .
D Martin Gernat, 19, of the Edmonton Oil Kings had shoulder surgery in Europe on Wednesday and won’t rejoin his teammates until late next month. Gernat put up 55 points for the Oil Kings last season. Evan Daum of the Edmonton Journal has more right here. . . .
D William Wrenn, who captained the Portland Winterhawks last season, has signed with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces. He is a native of Anchorage. . . . Wrenn was a second-round selection by the San Jose Sharks in the NHL’s 2009 draft and is in camp with their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. Should he not play for the AHL Sharks, he will join the Aces. . . .
The Kelowna Rockets will be without F J.T. Barnett (knee) for up to a month. He was injured on his first shift of a season-opening 6-5 OT loss to the Blazers in Kamloops. An MRI showed that has a sprain. . . . The Rockets also are without D Mitchell Chapman (ankle). He has yet to play this season and likely won’t until late next month. . . . Barnett and Chapman are two of the Rockets’ 20-year-olds. . . . The Rockets are in Portland for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader. Kelowna also will be without D Jesse Lees. The sophomore was a healthy scratch for the first two games but now is sidelined with the flu and didn’t make the trip south. . . . The Winterhawks will have D Seth Jones in the lineup tonight but not Saturday. After playing tonight, he will head for Buffalo and Saturday’s All-American Prospects game. . . .
It’s the WHL’s version of the Battle of Alberta tonight and it should be a good one. The Edmonton Oil Kings, who are 3-0-0, play host to the Calgary Hitmen, who are 2-0-0. Have fun!
The Tri-City Americans got their first victory after two losses, beating the visiting and winless Everett Silvertips, 3-1. . . . The Silvertips (0-2-1) are in Vancouver tonight where something has to give as the Giants also are winless (0-2-0). . . . Tri-City F Justin Feser scored an empty-net goal last night, giving him 250 career points.

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