Thursday, January 16, 2014








F Jakub Langhammer (Spokane, 2002-04) has been loaned to Sparta Prague by Hradec Kralove (both Czech Republic, Extraliga) for the rest of this season. In 33 games, he had six points, including four goals. . . .
D Deron Quint (Seattle, 1993-96) has been traded to CSKA Moscow by Spartak Moscow (both Russia, KHL) for monetary compensation. In 43 games, he had 23 points, 11 of them goals. . . . Quint was the fourth-highest scoring defenceman at the time of the move. He played in Saturday’s KHL All-Star Game and won the shooting accuracy in the skills competition. The West won the game, 18-16. Quint had one assist.
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Thanks to Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix for his kind words as he wrapped up a WHL notebook that is right here.
I agree with him on D Aaron Ekblad of the OHL’s Erie Otters. Were I a rating service, Ekblad would be No. 1 on my list of players eligible for the 2014 NHL draft. Yes, I also would have had Seth Jones atop my 2013 rankings. There isn’t anything like a big, skilled defenceman.
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Former WHLer Travis Young (Brandon, Prince Albert, 1998-04) is the new head coach of the Bridgewater Lumberjacks of the junior A Maritime Hockey League. Young is from Souris, Man., the hometown of the likes of Andy Murray, the head coach at Western Michigan, and Garry Davidson, the GM of the Everett Silvertips. . . . Young is the Lumberjacks’ third head coach this season. Their record (2-29-5) may have something to do with that. . . . Young, 31, replaces Matt Church, who resigned. Church had taken over from Ron Watkins, who was fired early in the season. . . . Young played three seasons at Acadia U in Wolfville, N.S., and was an assistant coach with the Axemen for six seasons before doing some coaching in Europe.
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Mike Johnston, the GM and head coach of the Portland Winterhawks, and his wife, Myrna, became naturalized U.S. citizens on Wednesday. Danny Moran of The Oregonian has more right here.
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G Cole Kehler has joined the Kamloops Blazers and will be on the bench for weekend home games against the Vancouver Giants on Friday and the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday. He will back up Bolton Pouliot. . . . G Justin Myles, acquired last week from Seattle, is out with an undisclosed injury. . . . Kehler, a sixth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft, has appeared in four games with Kamloops this season. From Altona, Man., he plays with the midget prep team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy. He is 17-4-0.
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The headline in Kamloops This Week reads — Lawyer: Tom Gaglardi, Northland are guilty. . . . The lawyer in question here is Rob Bruneau, a Kamloops defence lawyer, who is representing Gaglardi, the majority owner of the Kamloops Blazers, his father, Bob, and Northand Properties Corp. They have been charged with two counts of harmful altertation of a fish habitat. . . . Tim Petruk of KTW has more right here.
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Keith Olbermann took a swipe at Vancouver Canucks F Tom Sestito the other night on ESPN2, after the latter picked up 27 penalty minutes in one second of playing time. Sestito’s 13-year-old sister later came to her brother’s defence on Twitter. If you missed all of this, Brent Axe of syracuse.com has the story right here.
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Every year, columnist Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers up the Trite Trophy, and he does it in a column that is well worth reading. The 2013 version is right here.


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