Saturday, June 20, 2015

Oilers fire scouts . . . Kennedy: No fixing pedophiles . . . Dom's in the picture

There’s nothing like the off-season for cooling in-season rivalries . . .


F Jordan Peddle (Swift Current, Edmonton, 2008-12) signed a contract for the rest of this season with CBR Brave Canberra (Australia, AIHL). Last season, with the Mississippi Surge (SPHL), he had 10 goals and 18 assists in 56 games. . . .
F Myles Bell (Regina, Kelowna, 2008-14) signed a one-year contract with Stjernen Fredrikstad (Norway, GET-Ligaen). Last season, with the Albany Devils (AHL), he was pointless in two games and had 10 goals and nine assists in 41 games with the Evansville Icemen (ECHL).

With the NHL draft scheduled to start Friday in Sunrise, Fla., the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers dropped the axe NHLon a few of their scouts on Saturday evening. Morey Gare, the head of their pro scouting department, was fired, as was head amateur scout Stu MacGregor. . . . Two other amateur scouts also were dropped, although their names weren’t available last night. . . . MacGregor, who I am told had one year left on his contract, once scouted for the Kamloops Blazers, and then was the team’s general manager for three seasons (1995-98). He left the Blazers to scout for the Dallas Stars, then joined the Oilers’ scouting staff in 2000. On Sept. 10, 2007, he was named the team’s director of amateur scouting.
Graham James, the former general manager and head coach of the Swift Current Broncos, had two years added to the jail sentence he already is serving when he pleaded guilty to more sexual abuse-related charges on Friday. During the proceedings, Barb Pacholik of the Regina Leader-Post reported, “Defence lawyer Robert Skinner told court that when the 62-year-old offender is one day released, he intends to find a job ‘but he would also like to consider something in the education field, dealing with counsellors and coaches and teachers to tell them about his experience, so as they don’t make the same serious mistakes.’ ” . . . Pacholik continued: “At that comment, former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy, another victim of James who came to support the latest complainant, raised his eyebrows and looked incredulous.” . . . Kennedy later told Pacholik: “There is no fixing (pedophiles.) There’s managing.” . . . Pacholik’s story is right here.
During the NBA Finals, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers felt the urge to tell the world that he is “the best player in the world.” . . . Right here, William C. Rhoden of The New York Times takes a look at the reaction resulting from that statement.

If you are familiar with Dom’s story, you know how special this picture is . . .

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