Monday, January 28, 2013

F Quinn Hancock (Tacoma/Kelowna, Calgary, Prince George, 1994-98) signed a contract for the rest of this season with the Hannover Indians (Germany, 2. Bundesliga). He had 14 goals and 30 assists in 39 games with SønderjyskE Vojens (Denmark, AL-Bank Liga) last season.
It was about 8 p.m. in the Pacific time zone when the news, accompanied by a video link, hit Twitter.
Within an hour, TSN was using it on SportsCentre.
By today, Chris Clark, an assistant coach with the NAHL’s Wenatchee, Wash., Wild will NAHLbe an Internet sensation. The clip in which he stars is going viral. Bet on it.
The Wild dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Kenai River Brown Bears on Saturday night.
As Jon Frank of the Wenatchee World reports right here, the Wild lost head coach Bliss Littler and Clark to game misconducts.
“Dressed in a bow tie and sporting sunglasses,” Frank writes, “the assistant coach walked onto the ice using a hockey stick to imitate a walking stick as a means of commentating on the night’s officiating. The fans loved it — the officiating staff did not.”
I have a feeling even the men in stripes will laugh at this one. I also have a feeling that the Wild will be short an assistant coach for a few games in the immediate future.
But why do I wish I had been in the arena in Wenatchee on Saturday night?
You’re right. We just don’t see enough of this kind of spur-of-the-moment emotional display these days.
If you haven’t yet seen it, the video is right here.
And, hot damn, but it’s funny.
Chris Clark, thanks for the chuckles. I think you made your point, now enjoy the time off.
WHL team logoThe NHL’s Minnesota Wild have returned D Mathew Dumba, 18, to the Red Deer Rebels. Dumba, the seventh selection in the NHL’s 2012 draft, was with the Wild through the abbreviated training camp and four regular-season games. But he wasn’t dressed for even one game.
Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who once kicked a 63-yard field goal, is suffering from dementia. Why? Might the fact that he loved to hit people and sometimes served as the wedge-buster on the kickoff team have anything to do with it.
Brett Michael Dykes of The New York Times has that story right here.
In Calgary, G Mack Shields earned his second shutout of the season as the Hitmen beat the Brandon Wheat Kings, 5-0. . . . Shields stopped 16 shots. . . . The Hitmen had lost their previous two games. . . . The Hitmen went 4-0 against Brandon this season, outscoring the Wheaties, 26-6. . . . Up next for the Hitmen: A nine-game road trip. . . . Brandon G Curtis Honey faced 48 shots less than 24 hours after facing 52 in a 5-2 loss to the Oil Kings in Edmonton. . . . The game was scoreless until Calgary F Chase Lang scored his fourth goal on a shorthanded breakaway at 12:28 of the second period. . . . Sophomore F Calder Brooks, 18, played in his first game of the season with the Hitmen. After putting up 24 pints in 53 games last season, he underwent shoulder surgery and wasn’t cleared to return until recently. . . .

In Edmonton, F Henrik Samuelsson had a goal and three assists as the Oil Kings bounced the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 7-1. . . . It was t he second straight game in which Samuelsson had three assists. . . . In 51 games, Samuelsson has 61 points, including 26 goals. He has put up 10 points in his last four games. . . . Ch-ching! There was a multiple-fight situation at 17:54 of the third period, one that included both goaltenders, Laurent Brossoit of the Oil Kings and Ty Rimmer of the Hurricanes. . . . More ch-ching! Lethbridge GM/head coach Rich Preston got tossed during all of this. . . . “I didn't see the (goaltenders’) fight develop, I was having a discussion with Mr. Preston at the time," offered Edmonton head coach Derek Laxdal. . . . Lethbridge took 113 of 186 penalty minutes. . . . The Oil Kings, who have won five in a row, got two goals from F Michael St. Croix and a goal and two assists from F Dylan Wruck. . . . The Oil Kings, with the WHL’s top PP unit, were 4-for-9 with the man advantage. . . . Edmonton D Dysin Mayo, a 16-year-old from Victoria, scored his first WHL goal in his 34th game and it stood up as the winner. . . .

In Saskatoon, G Andrey Makarov stopped 27 shots as the Blades dumped the Moose Jaw Warriors, 5-0. . . . Makarov has five shutouts this season, which ties him for the WHL lead with Portland’s Mac Carruth and Edmonton’s Tristan Jarry. . . . Makarov also has seven in his career, and is tied with Braden Holtby for th franchise record. . . . Saskatoon F Lukas Sutter ran his goal-scoring streak to five games with his 10th of the season. He has seven of those 10 goals since Jan. 1.

From Tri-City Americans G Luke Lee-Knight (@LukeLeeknight): “It’s so annoying when my girlfriend interrupts me on the phone to ask if I am ‘over 18 and have a major credit card available?’ ”

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