THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Roman Wick (Red Deer, Lethbridge, 2004-06) has signed a three-year extension with ZSC Zurich (Switzerland, NL A). His current contract expires in 2015. The extension keeps Wick with ZSC through the 2017-2018 season. This season, in 47 games, he has 48 points, including 23 goals, leaving him second in the league’s scoring race. . . .
Klagenfurt (Austria, Erste Bank Liga) won’t renew seven players’ contracts, including F John Lammers (Lethbridge, Everett, 2001-06) and F Tyler Spurgeon (Kelowna, 2001-06). This season, Lammers had 34 points, including 14 goals, in 43 games, while Spurgeon had 22 points, 11 of them goals, in 34 games.
F Tim Bozon of the Kootenay Ice remains in critical condition in Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon as he battles Neisseria meningitis.
On Thursday, his parents, using their son’s Twitter account, tweeted: “Our Timmy is keeping fighting but . . . thank you so much for your wonderful wishes. Helene and Phil Bozon.”
The Bozons aren’t expected to offer comment unless Tim’s condition changes.
Before being hospitalized and diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis, F Tim Bozon of the Kootenay Ice played against the Blades in Saskatoon and also attended a rock concert with one of their players. . . . On the heels of Bozon’s diagnosis, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix writes, the Blades are taking precautions. That story is right here.
There’s a story right here (video) from CTV Saskatoon about a hockey fan who was sticken by meningitis 20 years ago and now is offering to help the Bozon family in way he can.
While Tim Bozon fights meningitis in a Saskatoon hospital, his Kootenay Ice teammates are preparing for weekend games. Trevor Crawley of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has that story right here.
F Kohl Bauml of the Everett Silvertips has a broken leg and, according to Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald, “is likely done for the rest of the season.” Bauml was injured early in Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets. Patterson reports that the diagnosis is a compound fracture to a tibia. . . . Bauml, 19, had 28 points, including 14 goals, in 65 games. . . . Patterson also reports that F Tyler Sandhu and F Logan Aasman, both of whom have been out with undisclosed injuries, have been cleared to return to play. . . .
The Regina Pats have brought in G Tyler Fuhr, 18, from the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves. The Pats need a goaltender to back up Dawson MacAuley this weekend after Daniel Wapple was injured in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings. Wapple went down in a goal-mouth collision and was later seen with a walking boot on one foot. . . . Fuhr, a fourth-round selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2010 bantam draft, was 13-21-0, 3.68, .903 with the Ice Wolves this season. . . .
F Austin Daae of the Estevan Bruins has won the SJHL’s scoring championship. It’s worth mentioning because Daae, a 20-year-old native of Estevan, played 11 games with the WHL Saskatoon Blades in 2010-11, 52 with the Prince George Cougars in 2011-12 and 30 with the Prince Albert Raiders in 2012-13. Daae, a 10th-round pick by the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL’s 2008 bantam draft, also is the first Estevan player in 26 years to win the SJHL scoring crown. . . . Josh Lewis of the Estevan Mercury has more right here.
IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY:
Edmonton (1) vs. Red Deer (8)
Regina (2) vs. Brandon (7)
Calgary (3) vs. Swift Current (6)
Medicine Hat (4) vs. Kootenay (5)
Kelowna (1) vs. Tri-City (8)
Portland (2) vs. Vancouver (7)
Victoria (3) vs. Everett (6)
Seattle (4) vs. Spokane (5)
FRIDAY’S WHL GAMES (all times local):
Calgary at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Moose Jaw at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Edmonton at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
Regina at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Swift Current at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Seattle at Portland, 7 p.m.
Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Everett at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
No games scheduled.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Please keep Tim Bozon (@timbozon94) and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
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