THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Tomas Netik (Medicine Hat, 2000-01) signed a two-year contract with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). He had three goals and three assists in seven games with Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga) and 13 goals and eight assists in 38 games with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (Russia, KHL) last season.
How did Kevin Prendergast feel when Hockey Canada fired him as its head scout? “Shocked would be an understatement . . .,” he tells Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier. . . . Prendergast was dumped during Hockey Canada’s annual general meeting last month. . . . “I did my job,” he told Fisher, “we didn't win and I think some people in Hockey Canada really have a hard time trying to understand that the rest of the world is catching up to us.” . . . Fisher’s complete story is right here.
Here’s columnist Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports: “Aaron Hernandez wanted to be Christopher Moltisanti more than he wanted to be Kellen Winslow. Sounds crazy until you look around and see there are 1,000 times more aspiring Kim Kardashians than Hillary Clintons.” . . . Give him a read right here.
THE COACHING GAME:
Bill Rotheisler is the new general manager and head coach of the junior B Princeton Posse of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. . . . Rotheisler, who signed a contract calling for two years and an option season, spent last season as the head coach of the junior B Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the Vancouver Island junior league. . . . In Princeton, he takes over from Dale Hladun, who left the organization in May, with one year left on his contract and claiming that he was owed $15,000. The Posse has since undergone something of a makeover at the board level. . . .
The Spokane Chiefs have hired Scott Burt as their new assistant coach. He replaces Jon Klemm, who left the Chiefs following last season. Burt will be working with head coach Don Nachbaur. . . . Burt has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, the first two as a playing assistant coach. . . . Burt played four seasons in the WHL (Seattle, Swift Current, Edmonton Ice, Red Deer, 1994-98). In his first season, with Seattle in 1994-95, he played for Nachbaur, who was in his first season as a head coach.
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