Friday, December 20, 2013

Tverdovsky retires

F Justin Taylor (Medicine Hat, Red Deer, 1999-2001, 2003-04) has signed with Sterzing/Vipiteno (Italy, Serie A) for the rest of this season. Last season, with Villach (Austria, Erste Bank Liga), Taylor had 27 points, nine of them goals, in 50 games. . . .
D Oleg Tverdovsky (Brandon, 1994-95) announced his retirement through his agent. He apparently had interest from some KHL clubs but wants to spend more time with his family — he has three children. Last season, he had five assists in 25 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Russia, KHL). . . .
F Matt MacKay (Moose Jaw, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Brandon, 2008-11) has been acquired by Red Bull Munich from Schwenninger Wild Wings (both Germany, DEL) and signed through the rest of this season. In 26 games with Schwenningen this season, he had two goals and two assists.
You couldn’t blame D Keegan Kanzig of the Victoria Royals if he celebrated Christmas a few days early. A third-round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2013 NHL draft, Kanzig signed a three-year entry-level NHL contract on Thursday. . . . Kanzig, from Athabasca, Alta., is in his third season with the Royals. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder has four points, including two goals, in 30 games this season.
Paul Brownfield of The New York Times takes a look right here at the decision faced by some 14-year-old hockey players — major junior or the NCAA?

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