Saturday, September 15, 2012

Well, that takes care of the trivia question about the oldest venue to have played host to an ice hockey game.
Here’s Martin Merk, writing at iihf.com:
“It’s a famous hockey trivia: Which is the oldest venue where ice hockey is played in?
“Knowledgeable hockey fans may say Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena in Boston, originally built in 1910, or the Colosseum in Calumet, Michigan, which has been used constantly since 1913.
“These venues will take a back seat this weekend to an ice rink that redefines the term ‘classic’. It is located in Arena Pula, a Roman amphitheatre built roughly 2,000 years ago between 27 BC and 68 AD in what is now modern-day Croatia.”
Check out Merk’s nifty story and pictures right here.
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JUST NOTES: The Medicine Hat Tigers have promoted Darren Kruger from assistant coach to associate coach. He works alongside GM/head coach Shaun Clouston and assistant coach Joey Frazer. . . . Kruger, who is prepping for eighth season with the Tigers, is a former WHL defenceman who played on the 1989 Memorial Cup-winning Swift Current Broncos. . . . The Tigers also assigned D Daniel Hansen to his home club in Denmark. Hansen, 17, was selected in the second round of the CHL’s 2012 import draft. . . . The Regina Pats have released D Keaton Lubin, 18. He was acquired last week from the Calgary Hitmen for a conditional sixth-round bantam draft pick. That pick now reverts to Regina. . . . The Pats also released F Matt Hughesman, 18. . . .
The Red Deer Rebels got their roster down to 25 on Friday by assigning F Trace Elson, who turns 18 on Nov. 25, to the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines. . . . F Michael St. Croix of the Edmonton Oil Kings has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the NHL’s New York Rangers. He was a fourth-round selection in the 2011 NHL draft. St. Croix, 19, had 105 points, including 45 goals, with the Oil Kings last season. The Oil Kings selected the Winnipegger with the fourth overall pick of the 2008 bantam draft. . . . The Lethbridge Hurricanes got their roster down to 25 by assigning F Kolten Olynek, 16, to the midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts. Olynek, a second-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft, is from Saskatoon. He had 50 points in 42 games with the Contacts last season. Lethbridge is carrying three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards. . . .
Jock Callander has worked in the Lake Erie Monsters’ front office for five seasons now, as director of hockey affairs and team services. And now he has added assistant coach to his title. Callander, who played in the WHL with the Regina Pats (1978-82), will help out first-year head coach Dean Chynoweth and assistant coach David Oliver with the AHL team. Oliver also is the director of AHL operations. . . . The Saskatoon Blades have assigned F Luke McColgan, 18, to the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars. He is the younger brother of F Shane McColgan. . . . The Blades also assigned D Ross Hnidy, 16, to the midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts.

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