Sunday, July 6, 2014

Source: Winterhawks lose assisant coach to Texas . . . Sloan wins big in N.S.








G Brett Jaeger (Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Saskatoon, 2000-04) has signed a one-year extension with Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven (Germany, DEL2). Last season, he put up a 2.66 GAA in 24 games with the Fischtown Pinguins.
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AHL1. The Portland Winterhawks, who apparently are close to naming a new GM/head coach, also are looking for an assistant coach. A source familiar with the situation told me Sunday that Karl Taylor has left the Winterhawks to join the Texas Stars, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, as an assistant coach under new head coach Derek Laxdal. . . . Taylor spent one season with the Winterhawks. He was hired after Travis Green, their assistant GM/assistant coach, signed on as head coach of the AHL’s Utica Comets. . . . Taylor has lots of coaching experience, having spent six seasons in the ECHL as a head coach.

2. The coaching world really is bizarre at times. . . . Consider that the Portland Winterhawks, under GM/head coach Mike Johnston, lose the WHL final to the Edmonton Oil Kings of head coach Derek Laxdal. . . . Johnston ends up signing on as head coach of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. . . . Laxdal joins the AHL’s Texas Stars. . . . The Oil Kings and Winterhawks have met in three straight WHL championship finals and supposedly are mortal enemies. . . . So, naturally, Texas hires Portland assistant coach Kris Taylor to work with Laxdal.

3. Freelance journalist Patrick Blennerhassett has written an in-depth story on The Concussion Conundrum. That’s the headline the Winnipeg Free Press put on the story that is quite interesting, simply because Blennerhassett writes about his own recent concussion problems. . . . He also talks with a handful of doctors, each of whom provides valuable insight. . . . This important story is right here.

4. Roger Sloan, who is from Merritt, B.C., won the Nova Scotia Open, a Web.com Tour stop in Halifax, on Sunday. It took Sloan, 27, an extra hole to defeat Derek Fathauer of Stuart, Fla. . . . Sloan pocketed $117,000 and moved into 12th spot on the tour’s money list. He needs a top-25 finish to get his PGA Tour card. . . . As Sloan made a 5-foot putt for the victory, fans spontaneously broke into O Canada. . . . "I love being a Canadian," Sloan said. "They just broke out in song. This means so much to win this here. I don't know which feels better — to win or to be done today. It was a long day." . . . Tropical Storm Arthur had wiped out Saturday’s third round, so golfers played two rounds Sunday. . . . If you were watching on Golf Channel, that was Sloan’s mother, Cathy, with a victory hug for her son after the final putt. She surprised him by showing up on Friday, the first time she has attended a Web.com event. . . . There’s more on Sloan’s victory right here.

5. It’s hard to believe that more than three years have passed since Roger Sloan won the Western Championship, the Canadian Tour’s only stop in Kamloops. That was quite a weekend for the Sloan family. Right here is what I wrote once it was all over.

6. Another Wimbledon fortnight came to an end on the weekend, and things went pretty well for Canada. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated puts a big bow on things right here, with 50 Parting Thoughts.

7. The Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league baseball team, celebrated “25 years of nothing” on Saturday and the park was sold out as they honoured the debut of Seinfeld. . . . They even found a real-life George Costanza to take part. . . . Hunter Atkins of the The New York Times was there and his story is right here.
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