Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SilverBacks need some help

The Medicine Hat Tigers have dealt D Garrett Haar, 20, to the Portland Winterhawks for an undisclosed conditional selection in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . Haar, who is from Huntington Beach, Calif., played the last two seasons at Western Michigan U. Broncos head coach Andy Murray said Haar had been dropped from his program, adding that he had met more with Haar than with any other player in his coaching career. . . . Haar said that he chose to leave the program. . . . Regardless, the 6-foot-1, 198-pound had been declared academically ineligible for the start of the season. . . . Haar was a seventh round selection by the Washington Capitals in the NHL’s 2011 draft. . . . Last season, Haar had nine points in 22 games. The previous season, he had eight points in 36 games. . . . The Winterhawks now have two 20-year-olds on their roster. The other is F Shane McColgan, who was acquired earlier this summer from the Saskatoon Blades. McColgan is from Manhattan Beach, Calif. . . . Haar, who was a 10th-round bantam draft pick of the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2005, had been on Medicine Hat’s college list. When he was dropped from the Broncos’ roster, he tweeted that he likely was going to play for Medicine Hat. . . . After this trade, the Tigers are left with five 20-year-olds on their roster — forwards Dylan Bredo, Jake Doty, Boston Leier and Curtis Valk, and D Zach Hodder.
Both the Winterhawks and Tigers announced that the deal was for a conditional selection in the 2014 bantam draft. Neither team was more specific than that and, as of early this morning, the trade wasn’t listed in the transactions on the WHL website.
There was a time, and not that long ago, when the WHL didn’t allow transactions to be made public without more specifics.
Here’s Dylan Bumbarger at oregonlive.com: “Interesting that the draft pick Portland traded for him was listed as ‘conditional.’ Usually the condition is the player reporting but it seems certain that Haar will come here. Given that he seems to be a bit of a wildcard, is there some way to base the pick on how good he turns out to be, games played or something? I've never heard of that before; I suspect it's not legal, or if it was, the secret rulebook just got updated 20 minutes ago.”
Meanwhile, over at Small Thoughts at Large, Alan Caldwell has broken down the 20-year-old situation for each of the WHL’s teams. . . . That blog is linked to over there on the right.
The 2013 Hockey Coaches Conference in Burnaby, B.C., next month will include Dr. Saul Miller, a performance specialist and sports psychologist, who will present ‘The Five Biggest Mistakes that Coaches Make.’ . . . According to a news release: “In this unique and interactive session, delegates will be asked to share their own ideas on what the biggest mistakes coaches make. Delegates of the 2013 Hockey Coaches Conference and other coaches can share their thoughts through Twitter and on our Facebook page. Comments will be gathered and shared with Dr. Miller prior to his presentation at the conference.” . . . Dr. Miller has written eight books on performance and well-being, and has helped businesses, teams and individuals overcome mental obstacles and offers tools to transform stress and pressure into success. He has worked with professional teams across all levels and sports and is one of North America’s top sports psychologists. . . . The conference is scheduled for Aug. 9-11 at the Delta Hotel & Conference Centre in Burnaby. There is more information at www.thecoachessite.com.
Peggy and Rich Victor of Moses Lake, Wash., started attending some Spokane Chiefs’ games because they are big fans of rock legend Rod Stewart and his son, Liam, plays for the Chiefs.
Flash forward to this summer in Las Vegas.
Paul Turner of the Spokane Spokesman-Review picks up the story right here.
BCHLThe BCHL’s Salmon Arm SilverBacks continue to search for a trainer for the fast-approaching season. Troy Clifford, the trainer from last season, has had to step aside due to work-related commitments in his other career as a paramedic.
If you are interested in the position, call Troy Mick, the SilverBacks’ GM/head coach, at 250-938-5459 or send him an email at gm@sasilverbacks.com.
Tell him that I sent you!
The BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors have signed Rylan Ferster, their general manager and head coach, to a five-year extension. The Warriors are 52-42-6-16 in two seasons under Ferster.

If you’re a baseball fan, you may be wondering what has happened to the Los Angeles Angels, especially with the signing of Albert Pujols in December 2011. Well, Pujols’ season may be over and the Angels are struggling. Tyler Kepner of The New York Times takes a look right here.

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