Sunday, October 20, 2013

Clayton heads for Saskatoon

1. "As I sit here," writes a loyal reader and WHL observer, "I’m looking at my 1977-78 WCHL Guide (Barry Beck) and my 1978-79 WHL Guide (Ryan Walter)…remember those Seattle Breakers jerseys!
"Can’t remember how many times I sat on the toilet thumbing through these things. Do the hyper-critical, courageously anonymous, Internet snobs of the world bring their laptops in there with them these days? Maybe the times really have changed?"

2. Chris Mast is a photographer who is making quite a name for himself when it comes to shooting hockey. He was at Saturday's game between the Kamloops Blazers and host Everett Silvertips, and the results are available right here.

3. "I covered the NFL over four decades dating back to 1972," writes Leonard Shapiro in the Washington Post. "Now semi-retired myself and five years removed from day-to-day football coverage, I have one main regret: not focusing more of my reporting and writing on the absolute brutality of the sport, particularly the painful post-football lives of so many players." . . . That full piece is right here.

4. Bill Dwyre, the sports editor of the Los Angeles Times, takes a look at League of Denial, the NFL, brain injuries and hypocrisy and he does it right here. This pretty much sums up the whole situation in one package.

5. Quarterback Anthony Cavillo of the Montreal Alouettes has had his CFL season ended by a brain injury. As the quarterback, he is a prominent figure and has received a lot of publicity. But what of offensive lineman Andrew Woodruff, who hasn't played since July 4? Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette has his story right here, and it's a scary one.

6. The Calgary Hitmen have dealt F Chase Clayton, 19, to the Saskatoon Blades for a conditional 2014 fifth-round bantam draft pick. . . . Clayton, from Abbotsford, B.C., has five points, including one goal, in 11 games this season. A first-round pick in the 2009 bantam draft, he has 62 points, 21 of them goals, in 183 career games. . . . The Blades have only one other 1994-born forward -- Brett Stovin turns 19 on Oct. 31.

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