Wednesday, June 10, 2015

McGill to coach Wheat Kings? . . . Heffley to join Tigers . . . Warriors' ticket sales up



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Ryan McGill as the next head coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings? . . . Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press weighs in right here on the decision facing Kelly McCrimmon, the owner, general manager and head coach of the Wheat Kings.
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F/D Colton Heffley, who played out his junior eligibility this season, will attend Dalhousie University and play for the Tigers. Heffley, from Swift Current, played in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets and Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Heffley was a second-round selection by the Rockets in the 2009 bantam draft. After playing four-plus seasons — 270 regular-season games — with the Rockets, he was dealt to the Raiders on Dec. 2 for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft.
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The Moose Jaw Warriors early bird season-ticket deadline passed by and the team revealed that sales are ahead of last season. They have sold 2,154 season tickets, up 212 from the 1,942 they had sold a year ago.
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In the AHL, the host Utica Comets scored a 3-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs in Game 3 of the Calder Cup final. . . . The Monarchs hold a 2-1 edge going into Game 4 in Utica on Friday. . . . F Cal O’Reilly had a goal, his first of the playoffs, and an assist for the Comets. . . . The Monarchs lost G Jean-Francois Berube to an undisclosed injury at 7:51 of the first period, with Patrik Bartosak, who wasn’t dressed for Games 1 or 2, coming on to replace him. Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels, 2011-14) stopped 27 of 29 shots. . . . Attendance was 3,835.
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In the ECHL, the South Carolina Stingrays beat the visiting Allen Americans 4-1 to force a seventh game in the Kelly Cup final. . . . Game 7 is scheduled for Allen on Sunday. . . . The series followed a 3-3-1 format. . . . The Stingrays scored the game’s first three goals. . . . Attendance was 4,078.
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The junior B Kootenay International Junior Hockey League held its annual meeting last weekend in Osoyoos. As Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman reports right here, expansion and the suspensions of traded players who refuse to report were among the items on the agenda.
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