Monday, April 1, 2013

Dmitri Uchaykin, a 33-year-old forward in the Kazakh league, died Sunday morning after taking a hit to the head in a Saturday game.
Uchaykin played for Ertis Pavlodar. He was taken to hospital after being checked by Donatas Kumeliuskas, a Lithuanian forward who plays for Arystan Temirtau.
According to, Uchaykin, who leaves a pregnant wife and young daughter, was unconscious when taken to hospital and never regained consciousness before dying of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Uchaykin, according to, “spent a big majority of his professional career with Amur Khabarovsk in multiple levels of Russian hockey, including the KHL, before getting traded to Gazovik Tyumen (Russia2) mid season in 2008-2009. He would later play two seasons with Yermak Angarsk (VHL/Russia2) before finishing off the last two seasons of his career with Ertis Pavlodar in Kazakhstan.”
“Hockey accounts for almost half of all traumatic brain injuries among Canadian children and teens taking part in team sports, says a study, which also looks at how and why kids are getting hurt.”
So begins a story by Sheryl Ubelacker of The Canadian Press that takes a look at that study and what it means. That story is right here.
D Tyler Wotherspoon of the Portland Winterhawks has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames. He was a second-round selection, taken 57th overall, in the NHL’s 2011 draft. . . . He had 37 points in ?? games during the regular season and finished at plus-62, a number that was behind only Portland F Nic Petan in the entire WHL. . . . Wotherspoon also played for the Canadian national junior team at the 2013 world championship.
Matt O’Dette won’t be back as head coach of the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors. O’Dette was told Monday that his contract won’t be renewed, but he finished out the season and told his players after a 5-1 loss to the San Francisco Bulls on Saturday. Asked what he told his players after the game O’Dette told Mike Griffith of the Bakersfield Californian: “To be honest, I let them know I'm not coming back next year. I'm not being renewed. I knew a few days ago. We wanted to finish strong, finish as pros and play right until the end. I faked it all week and didn't tell anybody. There's no point in hiding it now. That's what I told the guys. It was emotional. It was a tough speech to give the guys. That's that. It's disappointing." . . . The Condors finished 24-41-7, the poorest record in the ECHL.
Paul Buker of The Oregonian takes a look at what’s happening in the series between the Portland Winterhawks and Everett Silvertips. . . . As Buker writes right here: “Everett won’t go away, like those zombies that just seem to keep coming in ‘Walking Dead.’ ”
The WHL was quiet on Easter Sunday.
There are three series still alive, all in the Western Conference, with two of them going tonight.
The Victoria Royals, trailing 3-2, play host to the Kamloops Blazers at Bear Mountain Arena. The Royals stayed alive with a 4-2 victory in Kamloops on Saturday.
In Everett, the Silvertips hope to continue their brave stand in front of the Evil Empire tonight. The Silvertips, after winning 3-2 in Portland on Saturday, trail 3-2.
The third series resumes Tuesday with the Kelowna Rockets and Seattle Thunderbirds (of Kent) meeting in Kent, Wash. Seattle holds a 3-2 edge after dropping a 4-3 decision in Kelowna on Saturday.
The WHL’s first-round situation:
Edmonton (1) vs. Kootenay (8)
(Edmonton wins 4-1)
Saskatoon (2) vs. Medicine Hat (7)
(Medicine Hat wins 4-0)
Calgary (3) vs. Swift Current (6)
(Calgary wins 4-1)
Red Deer (4) vs Prince Albert (5)
(Red Deer wins 4-0)
Edmonton (1) vs. Medicine Hat (7)
Calgary (3) vs. Red Deer (4)
Portland (1) vs. Everett (8)
(Portland leads series 3-2; Game 6 tonight in Everett)
Kelowna (2) vs. Seattle (7)
(Seattle leads 3-2; Game 5 on Tuesday in Kent, Wash.)
Kamloops (3) vs. Victoria (6)
(Kamloops leads 3-2; Game 6 tonight in Victoria, Bear Mountain Arena)
Spokane (4) vs. Tri-City (5)
(Spokane wins 4-1)

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