Wednesday, May 14, 2014
F David Hruška (Red Deer, 1995-96) has signed a one-year contract with Orli Znojmo (Czech Republic, Erste Bank Liga). This season, in 52 games with Chomutov (Czech Republic, Extraliga), he led the team in goals (18), assists (14) and points (32). . . .
D Jesse Dudas (Lethbridge, Prince George, Swift Current, Regina, 2003-09) has signed a one-year contract with Miskolci Jegesmedvék (Hungary, MOL Liga). This season, Dudas played for the Wichita Thunder (CHL), putting up 38 points, including 14 goals, in 54 games.
D Nolan Kneen, the third overall selection in the 2014 WHL bantam draft, has signed with the Kamloops Blazers. Kneen, from North Vancouver, played with the bantam AAA North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks, putting up 60 points, including 22 goals, in 69 games. He is expected to play next season with the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who are based in Kelowna.
The Spokane Chiefs have signed 1998-born F Kailer Yamamoto, the younger brother of Keanu, a forward who just completed his freshman season. According to a Chiefs’ news release, “They will become the first pair of Spokane-native siblings to play for the local club at the same time.” . . . Kailer was a fifth-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. He had 40 points, 17 of them goals, in 34 games with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings this season. . . . Keanu finished his freshman season with 25 points, including 11 goals, in 57 games, but 15 of those points came in the final two months of the season.
THE COACHING GAME:
Kevin Flather is the new head coach of the junior B Port Moody Panthers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. He spent this season as the general manager and head coach of the junior B Grand Forks Border Bruins of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Flather actually took over the Bruins in October and guided them to their best record in nine seasons. Flather, a 27-year-old native of Surrey, B.C., owns and operates Precision Hockey Development. . . . Over time, Flather also has worked closely with Ron Johnson, who has signed on with the Panthers as their director of hockey development. Johnson is the founder, owner and technical director of Elite Hockey Shooters, focusing primarily on skill mechanics and offensive tactics for hockey players of all ages and levels. Johnson, 56, was a long-time coach, but chose to retire in 2013 after 38 years of it. . . . The Panthers relocated from Port Coquitlam in 2006. . . . The Panthers went 10-30-2-2 this season and finished last in the Harold Brittain Conference for a second straight season.
Kevin Higo is the new head coach of the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm. He spent this season coaching the Elite 15 team at the Edge School in Calgary. But he has coaching experience in the AJHL with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves and Brook Bandits. He also has worked as an assistant coach with the WHL‘s Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . With the Storm, Higo takes over from Matt Hughes, who was fired on May 2.
Tyson Ramsey is the new head coach of the midget AAA Brandon Wheat Kings. He takes over from Ken Schneider, who stepped aside after this season. Ramsey had been an assistant coach on Schneider’s staff.
(at London, Ont., all times Eastern)
(all games televised by Sportsnet)
Friday: Val-d’Or vs. London, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Guelph vs. Edmonton, 4 p.m.
Sunday: London vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Monday: Guelph vs. Val-d’Or, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Edmonton vs. Val-d’Or, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: London vs. Guelph, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 22: Tiebreaker, if necessary, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 23: Semifinal, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 24: No game scheduled.
Sunday, May 25: Final, TBA.
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