Thursday, April 30, 2015

Virtanen back for Game 5 . . . Portland signs D-man . . . Chaos in NBL








F Brent Raedeke (Edmonton, Brandon, 2007-10) signed a two-year contract with Adler Mannheim (Germany, DEL). He is a dual Canadian-German citizen. This season, with the Iserlohn Roosters (Germany, DEL), he had 13 goals and 23 assists in 52 games. . . .
D Gerhard Unterluggauer (Brandon, 1995-97) signed a one-year extension with Villach (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). This season, in 48 games, he had six goals and 22 assists. He was named Austria Hockey Superstar of the Year for the second season in a row.
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THURSDAY’S GAMES:

No Games Scheduled.

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The Calgary Hitmen will have F Jake Virtanen back in their lineup tonight as they meet the Wheat Kings in Brandon. Virtanen sat out the past three games with a suspension. The Wheat Kings lead the Eastern Conference final, 3-1. . . . Laurence Heinen wrote this story right here for the Calgary Herald.
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The Portland Winterhawks have signed D Caleb Jones, 17, the younger brother of Nashville Predators D Seth Jones, who also played in Portland. . . . This season, Caleb put up 24 points, including six goals, in 65 games with the USNTDP’s U-18 team. He was part of the U.S. team that won the IIHF U-18 world championship last weekend in Switzerland. He had five assists in seven games. . . . The Winterhawks selected the 6-foot-0, 190-pounder in the third round of the 2012 bantam draft. He is eligible for the NHL’s 2015 draft.
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The National Basketball League of Canada was to have crowned a champion on Thursday night when the Windsor Express played host to the Halifax Rainmen in Game 7 of the championship series. Instead, there was a punchup during the morning shootaround and the Rainmen went home. Seriously. You can’t make up stuff like this. Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press has more right here.


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F Bryan Moore broke a 2-2 tie at 12:55 of the third period and the visiting Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds went on to a 4-2 victory over the Erie Otters in an OHL semifinal series. The Otters lead the series 3-2 as they head to the Soo for Game 6 on Saturday night. . . . Erie F Connor McDavid had one assist, as he ran his playoff point streak to 14 games. Yes, he has at least one point in each game this spring. McDavid has 37 points, 18 of them goals, in 14 games. . . . The other semifinal, between the North Bay Battalion and Oshawa Generals, is 2-2. They’ll play Game 5 tonight in Oshawa and Game 6 on Sunday in North Bay. . . .
The QMJHL final between the Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic will open with games Tuesday and Friday in Rimouski. . . . The Remparts are the host team for the Memorial Cup, so both teams will play in the championship tournament.
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The Sauer brothers — Kurt, Michael and Craig — all were pro athletes and each of them was forced out of his chosen sport by brain injuries. If you’re a WHL fan, you may remember Kurt when he was a defenceman with the Spokane Chiefs. At the time, 1999-2002, he was as good a defenceman as there was in the WHL. . . . There’s more right here on the Sauer brothers and the involvement of a sister as they strive to regain some sense of normalcy to their lives.
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THE COACHING GAME:

Jeff Daniels won’t be returning as head coach of the Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes announced Thursday that Daniels’ contract won’t be renewed. . . . He completed seven seasons as the Checkers’ head coach, going 268-225-51. This season, Charlotte went 31-38-7, and didn’t qualify for the playoffs. . . . Daniels also is a former Hurricanes player and assistant coach.
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