THE MacBETH REPORT:
G Brian Boucher (Tri-City, 1994-97) signed a one-year contract with Zug (Switzerland, NL A). He had a 2.50 GAA and a .891 save percentage in four games with the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and a 2.57 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 16 games with the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL) last season. . . .
D Alex Plante (Calgary, 2004-09) signed a one-year contract with Dornbirn (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). He had one goal and two assists in 49 games with the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) last season. . . .
F Lance Monych (Brandon, 1999-2005) signed a one-year contract with Esbjerg (Denmark, AL-Bank Liga). He had 16 goals and 15 assists in 13 games with Löwen Frankfurt (Germany, Oberliga) last season. . . .
D Mike Card (Kelowna, 2002-06) signed a one-year contract with Heilbronner Falken (Germany, 2. Bundesliga). He had three goals and eight assists in 45 games with Tingsryd (Sweden, Allsvenskan) last season.
More from The MacBeth Report . . .
There are a total of 18 players with WHL ties who have been selected to national junior teams participating in the USA Hockey National Junior evaluation camp tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 4-10. It is a four-team tournament with Canada, Finland and Sweden joining host USA.
Fourteen players from the WHL were selected by Canada: G Eric Comrie (Tri-City), D Ryan Pulock (Brandon), D Dillon Heatherington (Swift Current), D Damon Severson (Kelowna), D Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert), D Derrick Pouliot (Portland), D Mathew Dumba (Red Deer), F Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat), F Nic Petan (Portland), F Sam Reinhart (Kootenay), F Curtis Lazar (Edmonton), F Brendan Leipsic (Portland), D Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton, not travelling to Lake Placid), and D Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw, not travelling to Lake Placid). The WHL also has four off-ice selections: head coach Brent Sutter (Red Deer), assistant coach Ryan McGill (Kootenay), equipment manager Steve Hildebrand (Saskatoon), and Bruce Hamilton (Kelowna, part of the team management group).
Finland selected two players for its roster who were chosen by WHL teams in the CHL import draft earlier this month – D Julius Honka (JYP Jyväskylä, chosen by Swift Current) and F Artturi Lehkonen (KalPa Kuopio, Kootenay).
USA Hockey has one WHL player on its roster – F Henrik Samuelsson (Edmonton).
Former Tri-City F Malte Strömwall, who signed a two-year contract with Växjö Lakers (Sweden, Elitserien) in April, was named to Sweden’s roster.
The Calgary Hitmen have signed F Beck Malenstyn to a WHL contract. Malenstyn, the 18th overall selection in the 2013 bantam draft, is from Delta, B.C. He played last season for a bantam team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, B.C. He put up 119 points, including 62 goals, in 57 games.
THE COACHING GAME:
Luke Richardson has received a one-year extension from the Ottawa Senators as head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. . . . Ottawa also agreed to one-year extensions with assistant coaches Steve Stirling and Matt Meacham. . . . All three now are signed through 2014-15. . . . Binghamton was 44-24-1-7 last season, Richardson’s first as a head coach. . . . Stirling is preparing for his four season as an assistant in Binghamton, while Meacham has been moved up from video coach to assistant coach. He has been with Binghamton for five seasons.
Rod Aldoff is the new head coach of the SPHL’s Pensacola Ice Flyers. He has spent the past three seasons as the general manager and head coach of the Superior International Junior League’s Wisconsin/Minnesota Wilderness. . . . Aldoff is a native of Lethbridge. He got the Wilderness into the RBC Cup tournament last season. . . . The Wilderness has been around for only three seasons and has a 145-15-8 record in that time.
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