Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports right here on Edmonton Oil Kings general manager Bob Green, who discovered over the summer that he has Type 2 diabetes.
D Kate Pilton has left the Regina Pats and returned home Pilton, 18, told the team Sunday that he was leaving. “It wasn’t out of left field,” Regina head coach Pat Conacher told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post. “We had talked previously about it. He was going back and forth (about what to do). He wasn’t satisfied where he was as far as his contribution as a player. He gave it his best shot. He didn’t want to bring himself down and the team down at the same time. His heart wasn’t in it. Not because he was a bad kid. It just looked like he lost his mojo for the game.” . . . The Pats had acquired Pilton from the Victoria Royals on Sept. 13, giving up F Demico Hannoun, 17, and a conditional 2014 third-round bantam draft pick. . . . Pilton, 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, had two goals and an assist in 27 games with the Pats. . . . Harder reports that the Pats, who have lost seven in a row, are down to five defencemen. Colton Jobke (hand) is gone until after Christmas. Luke Fenske (wrist) has missed three games. Tye Hand (undisclosed) was hurt in Saturday’s 9-0 loss to the Blades in Saskatoon.
The Saskatoon Blades, who visit the Wheat Kings in Brandon tonight, have added F Drake Bodie and G Patrick Johnson to their lineup. . . . Bodie had been with the MJHL’s Waywayseecappo Wolverines. He has 15 points in 17 games. . . . Johnson, 19, has been playing for the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs. He will back up Alex Moodie with starter Andrey Makarov having joined the Russian national junior team. Makarov has started the Blades’ last 24 games. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix points out that Makarov has started every Blades game going back to March 4. . . . Nugent-Bowman also reports that the Blades will be without F Nick Zajac for up to six weeks and F Brett Stovin for anywhere up to three weeks with undisclosed injuries. . . .
It seems that F Eric Walker, 19, is on his way to join the Portland Winterhawks.
Walker, who has been with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs, tweeted Monday night: “Couldnt be more excited for this opportunity, thanks to everybody with @AVBulldogs, wasn’t a long time but was definitely a good time!”
Walker had eight assists in 16 games with the Bulldogs.
He played 16 games with the Vancouver Giants in 2011-12, before being dealt to the Swift Current Broncos. He played 23 games with the Broncos last season and three this season.
In 42 WHL games, he has three assists and 51 penalty minutes.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
From Spokane F Liam Stewart (@LiamStewart11): “That awkward moment when you walk into the mall and your dads Christmas album is playing... #1intheworld baby congrats dad! @rod Stewart”
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