Sunday, June 21, 2015

Michaud leaves Rockets for Vees . . . Oilers make changes . . . Border Bruins have new coach

D Jesse Dudas (Lethbridge, Prince George, Swift Current, Regina, 2003-09) signed a one-year extension with Miskolci Jegesmedvék (Hungary, MOL Liga). Last season, in 34 games, he had 11 goals and 32 assists. This spring, he had a tryout with TPS Turku (Finland, Liiga). . . .
G Mark Guggenberger (Portland, Swift Current, Kelowna, 2007-10) signed a one-year contract with Miskolci Jegesmedvék (Hungary, MOL Liga). Last season, with the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), he was 3.46 and .893 in 23 games. In two games with the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL), he was 1.95, .905. This summer, he is playing with the Perth Thunder (Australia, AIHL). In seven games, he is 5-2-0, 3.29, .909.

David Michaud is leaving the Okanagan Rockets after five years as their general manager. The Rockets play in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. Michaud has signed on with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, as their director of player development and corporate sales. . . . Michaud had been with the Rockets since 2010 and helped turn the organization into on of the best in the BCMML. The Rockets was the league championship in 2013-14 and went on to finish third at the Telus Cup tournament.
The Edmonton Oilers fired amateur scouts Brad Davis and Kent Hawley on Saturday, at the same time they moved out Stu MacGregor, their head amateur scout, and Morey Gare, their head pro scout. . . . Davis is a former WHL on-ice official whose late father, Lorne, was a long-time scout with the Oilers. . . . Mark Spector of Sportsnet points out that Lorne joined the Oilers in 1980, “so this will be the first time in 35 years that a Davis won’t sit at Edmonton’s draft table.“ . . . Edmonton’s moves come just prior to the two-day NHL draft that begins Friday in Sunrise, Fla. . . . The Oilers hold the first oveall selection and will take F Connor McDavid from the OHL’s Erie Otters. . . . Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal has more right here.
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada takes a look at all kinds NHL trade rumours in his latest 30 Thoughts. It’s right here.


Emery Olauson is the new head coach of the junior B Grand Forks, B.C., Border Bruins of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Olauson, 33, is from Canmore, Alta. He spent last season as head coach of the SPHL’s Fayetteville FireAntz, who let him go in April. He took over the FireAntz during the 2013-14 season, going 7-15-2. Last season, the FireAntz were 21-27-8. . . . Prior to joining the FireAntz, he was an assistant coach with the SJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers.


Curtis Baushke thought he might have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and, in death, he was found to have been current. He was a soccer player. He was 19 years of age when he figured out that he might have CTE. He was 24 when he died. . . . Dan Barry of The New York Times has his story right here.

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