Petan started the the winner with end-to-end rush and chip, Koules won a battle with Bear on the boards to get it back to Petan at the dot.
— Scott Sepich (@SSepich) April 8, 2015
Jack Nicolle, who once owned a piece of the Regina Pats, died in a Regina hospital on April 1. He was 79. Nicolle, who had suffered a stroke five days earlier, owned a piece of the Pats, along with Huddy Bell, Morley Gusway, Bill Hicke and Ted Knight. . . . Nicolle was one of a kind. Oh, how I loved to listen to the man laugh. At one time, Nicolle owned part of Mutt and Jeff’s Bar & Grill, along with then-Saskatchewan Roughriders stars Jeff Fairholm and Dave Ridgway, and I sometimes would stop by just to chat and to laugh. . . . Regina is much richer for having had Nicolle, but is much poorer now that he is gone.
G Evan Sarthou of the Tri-City Americans will play for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF U-17 World championship in Switzerland, from April 16-26. Sarthou, 17, is from Black Diamond, Wash. He was 11-15-2 with seven shutouts with the Americans this season. He had a 3.10 GAA and a .906 save percentage. His six shutouts were one shy of the team’s single-season record that is held by Carey Price.
D Josh Morrissey of the Kelowna Rockets, who has been out with a leg injury since Feb. 28, is back practising and he isn’t wearing a non-contact jersey. The Rockets won’t say whether he’ll play Friday when they open at home against the Victoria Royals. Initially, it was thought he might be out until at least April 20. . . . Warren Henderson of Kelowna Capital News also reports that Rockets F Tyrell Goulbourne will play Friday after sitting out two games with an undisclosed injury, while F Justin Kirkland is still out.
F Reid Duke of the Brandon Wheat Kings, who hasn’t played since Feb. 13, is back practising, but it’s not known if he’ll play Friday in the series-opener against the visiting Regina Pats. . . . When Duke does return, the Wheat Kings’ lineup will be gaining a point-a-game forward, as he had 51 points in 52 games when he was injured.
F Coda Gordon of the Swift Current Broncos has joined the ECHL’s Rapid City Rush. Gordon, 20, played 258 games with the Broncos. He put up 244 points, including 98 goals. He was a sixth-round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL draft, but was never signed. . . .
D Dillon Heatherington of the Swift Current Broncos has signed an amateur tryout deal with the Springfield Falcons, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. Heatherington, 19, had 15 points, including one goal, in 48 games with the Broncos this season. He also was a member of the Canadian team that won the World Junior Championship. In 247 career games with the Broncos, he has 87 points, 13 of them goals. The Blue Jackets selected him in the second round of the NHL’s 2013 draft.
THE COACHING GAME:The OHL’s Sarnia Sting has fired head coach Trevor Letowski and chosen not to renew the contract of assistant coach Andy Delmore. Former NHLer Derian Hatcher, who is one of the Sting’s new owners, is the team’s new head coach. . . . Hatcher and F David Legwand of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators purchased the Sting earlier this year. . . . The Sting lost a first-round playoff series in five games to F Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters.
Jason Stephens is the new GM/head coach of the junior B Golden Rockets, who play in the Kootenay International Junior League. Stephens, from Red Deer, is a coaching veteran familiar in Alberta hockey circles. This season, he was the head coach of the Red Deer Aero Chiefs minor midget AAA team. He spent more than four years as head coach of the Sylvan Lake Admirals, a senior men’s AAA team. Stephens also is the head coach of the Canada’s national inline hockey team. . . . Stephens takes over from Ty Davidson, who resigned following the end of this season. Davidson later signed on as head coach of the KIJHL’s Sicamous Eagles.
@petan19 !!!!! Yeah baby. Love beating the birds!!!
— Brendan Leipsic (@28LEIP) April 8, 2015
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