Sunday, August 17, 2014

Magee returning to Royals . . . Trolls are winning








D Lukáš Bohunický (Kootenay, 2005-07) has signed a one-year contract with the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, in the Czech Republic with Mladá Boleslav (1. Liga), he had a goal and three assists in 33 games. He also was pointless in eight games while on loan to České Budějovice (1. Liga). . . .
D Ty Wishart (Prince George, Moose Jaw, 2004-08) has been released by the Schwenninger Wild Wings (Germany, DEL) per his request citing personal reasons. Last season with the Wild Wings, he had five goals and 11 assists in 50 games. He had signed a one-year extension with the Wild Wings in March.
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F Brandon Magee has decided to return to the Victoria Royals for a fifth season. Magee, 20, signed a tryout deal with Kometa Brno (Czech Republic, Extraliga) in May but has since decided to opt out of that deal. . . . From Edmonton, Magee played one season with the Chilliwack Bruins and is preparing for his fourth with the Royals. Last season, he had 67 points, including 25 goals, in 65 games. In his career, he has 203 points, 90 of them goals, in 268 games. . . . He will miss the first 12 games of the season with a suspension left over from the WHL playoffs last spring. . . . The Royals expect to open the season with Magee, D Travis Brown and F Austin Carroll as their three 20-year-olds.
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The road from Bakersfield, Calif., to Moose Jaw stopped in Phoenix for F Brayden Watts, who was a third-round selection by the Warriors in the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. . . . Watts will be in Moose Jaw when camp opens on Thursday. He’s too young to stick this season, but Bob Bartlett, the Warriors’ manager of U.S. scouting and player development, says Watts has a chance to play next season. . . . Mike Griffith of the Bakersfield Californian has Watts’ story right here.
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WHL teams are preparing to open training camps this week, so it’s time to get ready. Andy Eide, who covers the Seattle Thunderbirds for 710 ESPN Seattle and helps out at thehockeywriters.com, has done his part with a WHL social media guide that is right here.
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Johnny Manziel, writes Cathal Kelly of The Globe and Mail, “is Tim Tebow through a glass darkly.” Furthermore, claims Kelly, it all started with something Charles Barkley said in a Nike commercial in 1993. . . . Kelly’s column is right here.
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If you haven’t already figured it out, the trolls are winning. On social media, it isn’t anywhere close to even a draw. Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times has more right here.
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