Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Topping chooses school

D Matt Suderman (Saskatoon, Everett, 1999-2004) has been granted his release by the Hull Stingrays (England, UK Elite) for personal reasons. In 24 games, he had one assist and 115 penalty minutes.

“In order to have a buyer, you have to have a seller,” Nevin Markwart told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post on the weekend. Markwart, a former Pats player, fronts a group that is interested in buying the WHL franchise. . . . Harder’s story is right here.
Meanwhile, Greg Harder also reports that Pats star F Morgan Klimchuk injured a hip in the third period of the Subway Super Series final game in Lethbridge on Thursday. Klimchuk told Harder that he is week-to-week; it sounds as though he won’t play again until after Christmas.
D Joel Topping, 18, has brought an end to his WHL career in the middle of his second season. Topping, who played 93 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, has chosen to return to his hometown and attend Red Deer College. His dream is to become a teacher. . . . Topping, a second-round selection in the 2010 bantam draft, put up 20 points, including one goal, with Lethbridge. . . . That one goal came on Feb. 8, pulling the Hurricanes into a 1-1 tie with the host Prince Albert Raiders at 13:17 of the third period. The Raiders went on to a 2-1 OT victory.
Scott Parker (Kelowna, 1995-98) was as tough as they come. These days, as this piece right here indicates, he is battling concussion-related problems. Oh, he also calls Bob Hartley, now the head coach of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, a bully.

From Paul Kingsmith (@paulkingsmith): “With Topping leaving for school it's down to just 9 players on the @WHLHurricanes roster who were with the team at the end of last (season).”

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