Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tentative agreement in The Hat . . . Elite League loses Stingrays . . . Broncos forward retires








F Justin Kelly (Prince Albert, Spokane, Saskatoon, 1997-2002) signed a one-year extension with the Bietigheim Steelers (Germany, DEL2). Last season, he had 13 goals and 11 assists in 15 games. . . .
F Roman Pšurný (Medicine Hat, 2004-06) signed a one-year contract with Přerov (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). Last season, with Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic, Extraliga), he had five goals and an assist in 40 games.
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The Medicine Hat Tigers announced late Wednesday afternoon that they and SMG “have reached a tentative agreement on a framework of understanding for a lease agreement.” . . . SMG will manage the new Canalta Centre, which is scheduled for an August opening and in which the Tigers will play. . . . Having reached a tentative agreement, the Tigers went ahead and released their 2015-16 schedule yesterday and the team says that season-ticket information will be available in the near future. . . . On Monday, Bob Ridley, the legendary voice of the Tigers on CHAT radio, tweeted: “Just returned from 2 weeks r-ving with my wife. Wonderful time.” On Wednesday, the Tigers announced a tentative agreement on a lease. . . . Coincidence?
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The 2015 U-17 World Hockey Challenge will be held in the northeastern B.C. communities of Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, from Oct. 30 through Nov. 7. . . . The tournament will feature three Canadian teams -- Black, Red and White -- along with teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the U.S. . . . The 2016 tournament is scheduled to be held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
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EIHL-UKGreat Britain’s Elite League has lost a franchise with the collapse of the Hull Stingrays. Owner Bobby McEwan folded the team when he wasn’t able to find a buyer to take it off his hands. . . . The Elite League has admitted the Manchester Storm, thus staying at 10 teams. . . . There is more right here on the Stingrays’ situation.
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THE COACHING GAME:

OHLThe OHL’s Oshawa Generals have hired Bob Jones, 45, as their newest head coach. Jones, who had been an assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires, replaces DJ Smith, who now is on staff with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. . . . Smith also had been a Windsor assistant coach when the Generals hired him. With Jones and Smith as assistant coaches, the Spitfires won the 2009 and 2010 Memorial Cup titles. . . . Smith and the Generals won the 2015 Memorial Cup last month. . . . Jones has coached in the OHL for 20 years, also working with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Brampton Battalion, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Sudbury Wolves.
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BroncosF Zac Mackay has chosen to retire, rather than return to the Swift Current Broncos for his 20-year-old season. Mackay, a fourth-round selection in the 2010 bantam draft, is from Swift Current. He had 37 points, including 19 goals, in 229 games with the Broncos. . . . The Broncos announced Mackay’s decision one day after they released three 20-year-olds — F Tanner LeSann, F Linden Penner and D Ayrton Nikkel, each of whom now is a free agent. . . . The Broncos roster now includes four 20-year-olds — G Landon Bow, D Griffin Foulk, D Dillon Heatherington and D Brent Lernout, although the latter two are expected to at least start the season the pro ranks.
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You no doubt are aware that Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open golf title on Sunday. What you may not be aware is that Spieth became the next big thing in pro golf despite the fact that his parents wouldn’t allow him to focus strictly on golf when he was younger. Yes, Spieth played multiple sports. . . . For more, give this right here a read.
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