Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WHL grad takes slapshot to mouth. Not pretty!

Mitch Callahan of the Grand Rapids Griffins took
a slapshot to the mouth on Wednesday and tweeted
this selfie before going for X-rays.
THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Milan Jurik (Prince Albert, 2006-07) has signed a one-year deal with Mulhouse (France, Division 1). This season, with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga), he had 16 points, including three goals, in 56 games.
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F Mitch Callahan of the Grand Rapids Griffins took a slapshot from teammate Ryan Sproul right in the mouth during an AHL game with the visiting Iowa Wild on Wednesday night.
Callahan, who played in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets (2008-11), was taken to hospital for X-rays. But before departing, yes, he took a selfie and posted it on Twitter at his account (@MCally15). The above photo was accompanied by one word: Ouch.
Although he already was missing two front teeth, he obviously lost more teeth and suffered other damage.
If you want to see the video, it’s right here.
Peter J. Wallner of mlive.com has more right here.
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Morris Dalla Costa, a sports columnist with the London, Ont., Free Press thought he was going to cover a basketball game on Wednesday night. That didn’t happen because management from one team asked him to leave the arena. Seriously! . . . Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star opines right here.
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F Anthony Ast is back practising with the Medicine Hat Tigers, just in time for the start of the second round of the playoffs. The Tigers open at home to the Kootenay Ice on Saturday night. . . . Ast underwent surgery on March 17, as he had his appendix removed and also had a small hernia taken care of. “I am feeling pretty good right now,” Ast told Darren Steinke of the Medicine Hat News. “There is always a little bit of lactic acid in your legs. I have been going hard in the gym the last couple of days and hard on the ice. I am confident by Saturday I will be good to go, and I will have fresh legs and be one of the quicker guys on the ice.” . . . Ast was selected 19th overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2010 bantam draft. They traded him to the Tigers in January and he put up 17 points, including 12 goals, in 27 games with Medicine Hat. . . . With Ast out of the lineup, F Chad Butcher moved up a line and contributed three game-winning goals in a six-game victory over the Swift Current Broncos.
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The Eastern Conference-champion Edmonton Oil Kings may have F Reid Petryk back in their lineup tonight at home as they open a second-round series against the No. 7 Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . Petryk, who turned 21 on Feb. 3, has been out with an undisclosed injury since March 12. He had 56 points, including 17 goals, in 62 games when he was hurt. The injury kept him out of the first-round sweep of the Prince Albert Raiders.
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D Madison Bowey, the captain of the Kelowna Rockets, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals, who selected him in the second round of the 2013 NHL draft. . . . Bowey, who turns 19 on April 22, is completing his third season with the Rockets, who picked him in the second round of the 2010 bantam draft. This season, he had 60 points, including 21 goals, in 72 games. . . . The Rockets, who took out the Tri-City Americans in five games in the first-round of playoffs, open a second-round series against the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds tonight.
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THE SECOND ROUND (best-of-seven; all times local):
(x - if necessary)
EASTERN CONFERENCE

EDMONTON (1) vs. BRANDON (7)
Season series: Edmonton, 3-1-0; Brandon, 1-2-1.
Thursday: Brandon at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Brandon at Edmonton, noon
Tuesday: Edmonton at Brandon, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Edmonton at Brandon, 7 p.m.
x-Friday, April 11: Brandon at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
x-Monday, April 14: Edmonton at Brandon, 7 p.m.
x-Wednesday, April 16: Brandon at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
INJURIES
Edmonton: F Brandon Baddock, day-to-day; D Blake Orban, day-to-day; F Reid Petryk, day-to-day.
Brandon: None.
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WHL Playoffs
MEDICINE HAT (4) vs. KOOTENAY (6)
Season series: Medicine Hat, 3-3-0; Kootenay, 3-3-0.
Saturday: Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 10: Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
x-Saturday, April 12: Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
x-Monday, April 14: Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
x-Wednesday, April 16: Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.
(NOTE: Kootenay plays home games in Cranbrook, B.C.)
INJURIES
Medicine Hat: F Anthony Ast, day-to-day; F Gavin Broadhead, day-to-day; F Hunter Shinkaruk, indefinite.
Kootenay: F Tim Bozon, indefinite; F Ryan Chynoweth, indefinite; D Tyler King, day-to-day; D Tanner Faith, 3-5 months.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE

KELOWNA (1) vs. SEATTLE (4)
Season series: Kelowna, 2-1-1; Seattle, 2-1-1.
Thursday: Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday: Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday: Kelowna at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday: Kelowna at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
x-Friday, April 11: Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
x-Sunday, April 13: Kelowna at Seattle, 5:05 p.m.
x-Tuesday, April 15: Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
(NOTE: Seattle plays home games in Kent, Wash.)
INJURIES
Kelowna: F Myles Bell, day-to-day; D Jesse Lees, indefinite.
Seattle: F Connor Honey, indefinite.
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PORTLAND (2) vs. VICTORIA (3)
(Series televised by Shaw-TV)
Season series: Portland, 1-1-2; Victoria, 3-1-0.
Friday: Victoria at Portland (Veterans Memorial Coliseum), 7 p.m.
Saturday: Victoria at Portland (Moda Center), 7 p.m.
Monday: Portland at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday: Portland at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
x-Thursday, April 10: Victoria at Portland (Moda Center), 7, p.m.
x-Saturday, April 12: Portland at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
x-Monday, April 14: Victoria at Portland (Veterans Memorial Coliseum), 7 p.m.
INJURIES
Portland: None.
Victoria: None.
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From Portland Winterhawks D Josh Hanson (@HansoloCup4): “How did no one put 2 and 2 together when Batman and Bruce Wayne mysteriously happened to die at the same time? #ThingsIWontEverUnderstand”

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