Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Thunderbirds sign goaltending coach

Aus-HLF Mitch Wahl (Spokane, 2005-10) signed a one-year contract with Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). He had 19 goals and 40 assists in 45 games with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL), one goal in six games with the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) and one goal and three assists in 15 games with the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL) last season. . . .

KHLF Patrik Valcak (Lethbridge, Kelowna, 2003-04) was released after an unsuccessful tryout with Dinamo Riga (Latvia, KHL). He led Poland’s Ekstraliga in scoring and assists last season, getting 15 goals and 41 assists in 38 games for Polish champions Cracovia Krakow. Valcak had two assists in one exhibition game with Dinamo, an 8-1 victory over Toros Neftekamsk (Russia, Vysshaya Liga) on Friday. . . .

F Mark Santorelli (Chilliwack, 2006-08) signed a one-year contract with Bolzano (Italy, Austria Erste Bank Liga). He had five goals and 10 assists in 38 games with Tingsryd (Sweden, Allsvenskan) and two goals and four assists in 14 games with Västerås (Sweden, Allsvenskan) last season.
The Seattle Thunderbirds have signed Ian Gordon as their new goaltending coach. Gordon (Saskatoon, Swift Current, 1992-95) has spent the last 13 seasons playing in Germany. He went to Europe after playing four seasons in the AHL and IHL. . . . With Seattle, Gordon takes over from Dusty Imoo, who has joined the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets as a developmental goaltending coach.
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