Monday, October 14, 2013

Bruns burning it up

1. The note here the other day about the WHL discontinuing the publication of its annual Guide brought this response from a long-time season-ticket holder:
"Sad to note the impending demise to the WHL official guide. Not embarrassed to admit that it is likely to most-opened volume on my shelves on an annual basis.....from Ken Franski in Regina in the '60s to the host of players that have followed, the guide information is easilly retreived good memories of long past and recent times. May result in loss of my season tickets in favour of periodic visits to the games. Nothing like nostalgia to help fan the emotions of hard core followers. Sad news!"

2. Hey, how about G Cole Bruns and the start he is off to this season with the USHL's Omaha Lancers? On Saturday night, the Lancers dumped the visiting Des Moines Buccaneers 7-0, improving their record to 5-0.
Bruns, who is from Prairie Grove, Ill., has been in goal for each of those games and, in fact, has yet to allow a goal. That's right! He has opened the season with five straight shutouts, stopping 117 straight shots in the process.
Omaha next plays Thursday when it meets the host Waterloo Black Hawks.

3. William C. Rhoden of The New York Times argues right here that Daniel Snyder, the owner of the NFL's Washington Redskins, is headed towards moral bankruptcy, and it's hard to disagree with him. Yes, it all has to do with Snyder's refusal to change the nickname of his football team.

4. Things got scary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday evening when Dylan Chanter, 18, of the Dubuque Fighting Saints fell during a fight in a USHL game with the RoughRiders. Chanter hit his head on the ice and appeared to suffer a seizure, after which the game was suspended. Thankfully, no serious damage appears to have been done, as Chanter, who is from Armstrong, B.C., was released from hospital later in the evening. He also tweeted that he was "awake and okay." . . . Frankly, I was stunned to learn that the USHL, which is a major supplier of talent to the NCAA, hadn't banned fighting. I still can't figure out why it hasn't. . . . Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports has more on the Chanter story, including a video of the incident, if you haven't already seen it. All of that is right here. . . . Chanter's WHL rights belong to the Portland Winterhawks -- he is on their college list as he has committed to the U of New Hampshire. Mike Johnston, the GM and head coach of the Winterhawks, was in contact with the Chanter family on Saturday night. . . . There's more on the Chanter situation right here.

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