Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Tri-City Americans have signed D Riley Hillis, 16, to a contract. Hillis, from Arvada, Colo., played last season with the U-16 Rocky Mountain Roughriders. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder picked up 22 points and 60 penalty minutes in 65 games. Hillis is with the Americans through the weekend and then will return home where he will play for the U-16 Colorado Thunderbirds.
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The Swift Current Broncos have signed D Max Lajoie, who was the 95th overall selection in the 2012 bantam draft. Lajoie, 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, had 12 points and 18 penalty minutes in 33 games with the bantam AAA Calgary Royals last season.
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The Edmonton Oil Kings have added Sean Brown to their coaching staff. Brown spent six season in the Edmonton Oilers’ organization, playing with the big club and the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. He retired as a player after spending 2010-11 in Germany. With the Oil Kings, he will work alongside head coach Derek Laxdal and assistant Steve Hamilton. . . . Brown takes over from Jesse Pearson, who spent last season on the coaching staff after ending his playing career due to post-concussion syndrome.
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The Brandon Wheat Kings have a new goaltending coach. The Brandon Sun reports that Brent Zelenewich, a former Brandon U Bobcats goaltender, has taken over from Matt Cockell. Cockell, who is helping the Wheat Kings in training camp, has stepped aside because he also works with the Canadian women’s national team.
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The Vancouver Giants tweeted Friday that F Jordan Martinook, 20, has agreed to terms on a contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Martinook, who blossomed into a 40-goal scorer last season, was the 58th overall selection in the NHL’s 2012 draft. . . . Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province reports right here that Martinook has been told by the Coyotes that he won’t be back with the Giants.
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JUST NOTES: The Brandon Sun reports that the Brandon Wheat Kings were without two veteran forwards in Friday’s scrimmages. F Dominick Favreau and F Jens Meilleur are out with back woes. That can’t be good for Favreau, who is one of four 20-year-olds on Brandon’s roster. . . . F J.C. Lipon’s three goals helped the Kamloops Blazers to a 5-3 victory over the Victoria Royals in Maple Ridge, B.C., on Friday night. Lipon had a career-high 19 goals last season — he scored three in each of his first two seasons — and this was his first hat trick. In 187 regular-season games, he has four two-goal games.
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Slovakian F Juraj Bezuch had 21 points in 67 games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, but, for whatever reason, he was released following the season. Now he’s in camp with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, who now have three import players, one over the limit. Not only that, but according to this story right here, Bezuch has been “dazzling” folks in the Kitchener camp.
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Fans of the QMJHL got good news earlier in the summer. Now it seems there soon may be the same good news for OHL fans. But there is no good news on this subject for WHL fans. . . . The trapezoid, which is gone from the QMJHL, is soon to be gone from the OHL, according to this piece right here. . . . The WHL has shown no signs of following suit and that's too bad. Because all the trapezoid does is penalize goaltenders who have worked hard to develop their puck-handling skills. It also prevents goaltenders from handling pucks in the corners and helping save defencemen from taking a beating from forechecking forwards.

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