Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hicketts close to returning

D Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals, who hasn’t played since Oct. 26, will soon be back in action. Cleve Dheensaw of the Victoria Times Colonist reports that Hicketts needs medical clearance and then could return this weekend. Hicketts had surgery to repair a torn tendon in one arm. . . . The Vancouver Giants visit Victoria on Friday and Saturday. If Hicketts doesn’t play then, he could return Tuesday or Wednesday against the visiting Calgary Hitmen.
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F Nikita Scherbak of the Saskatoon Blades isn’t likely to play tonight against the Pats in Regina. Scherbak was injured during a late-game scrum in a 10-6 loss to the visiting Prince George Cougars on Wednesday. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has more right here.
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The Kamloops Blazers are expected to have F Jake Kryski, who will turn 16 on March 8, in their lineup for a home-and-home set with the Kelowna Rockets this weekend. They’ll play tonight in Kamloops and Saturday in Kelowna. . . . Kryski was selected by the Prince Albert Raiders with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 WHL bantam draft. The Blazers acquired him in a deal that had G Cole Cheveldave, 20, move to the Raiders. . . . Kryski, who is from Vancouver, has 32 points in 28 games with the major midget Okanagan Rockets. He earlier played two games with the Blazers, picking up two assists.
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According to the Twitter account of G Stuart Skinner (@ssskipy_74), he will be in the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ lineup tonight. . . . “Can't wait to play with the @WHLHurricanes tomorrow against red deer! Get to play with my old teammate @Gestephan_9 #canetrain,” he tweeted. . . . Skinner, who won’t turn 16 until Nov. 1, was selected by the Hurricanes with the 17th pick of the 2013 WHL bantam draft. A native of Edmonton, he is playing for the midget AAA South Side Athletic Club Athletics.
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F Mike Aviani of the Spokane Chiefs drew a three-game suspension for a hit to the head of D Connor Clouston of the host Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday night. Aviani has sat out one game to date. Aviani won’t play tonight against the Winterhawks in Portland or Saturday against the Silvertips in Everett. . . . F Rihards Bukarts of the Brandon Wheat Kings got a one-game suspension for a kneeing major he took against the host Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday night. Bukarts will sit tonight as the Wheat Kings meet the host Calgary Hitmen.
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From former WHL/NHL star Mike Modano (@9modano): “Justin Bieber arrested for assault. Not surprising since he's been doing it to my ears for years”

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