Thursday, July 2, 2015

Flames checking Kylington contract . . . Berehowsky back coaching . . . Yamamoto on U.S. team

D Tyson Marsh (Vancouver, 2001-05) signed a one-year extension with the Cardiff Devils (Wales, UK Elite). Last season, he had eight goals and 25 assists in 61 games. He was the team captain and a second-team all-star. . . .
F Mitch Wahl (Spokane, 2005-10) signed a one-year contract with Oskarshamn (Sweden, Allsvenskan). Last season, with the Florida Everblades (ECHL), he had 15 goals and a team-high 44 assists in 53 games. . . .
F Marek Kalus (Spokane, Brandon, 2010-13) signed a one-year contract with Havířov (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). Last season, with Cracovia Krakow (Poland, Ekstraliga), he had 19 goals and 23 assists in 45 games. . . .
D Kenton Smith (Calgary, 1995-2000) signed a one-year extension with the Swindon Wildcats (England, Premier). Last season, he had two goals and seven assists in 28 games. Smith will be primarily an assistant coach running the bench during games — the Wildcats have a playing head coach in D Daniel Sullivan — but will be available to play as needed. . . .
F Kris Beech (Calgary, 1996-2001) signed a one-year contract with the Belfast Giants (Northern Ireland, UK Elite). Last season, with Innsbruck (Austria, Erste Bank Liga), he had nine goals and 17 assists in 51 games.

The Brandon Wheat Kings selected D Oliver Kylington with the last pick of the first round of the CHL import draft on Tuesday. Kylington had been a second-round selection by the Calgary Flames in the NHL draft on Saturday. But he is under contract to AIK, a pro team in Sweden, for the next two seasons. Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports that Calgary “is looking into whether it has an outclause that would allow him to report to the WHL. Kylington would be eligible to play in the AHL at his age.” . . . Calgary assistant general manager Craig Conroy told Sportak: “We want to do what’s best for him. We don’t want to throw him in a situation that doesn’t benefit him. We want him to play tons of minutes and just develop.”
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Coaching Game

Former Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach Drake Berehowsky has signed on as associate coach with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves under new head coach Dave Matsos. . . . Matsos recently was promoted from associate to head coach. . . . Berehowsky was in his second season as the Hurricanes head coach when he was fired on Dec. 10. He has previous OHL coaching experience, having been an assistant with the Barrie Colts and then-Brampton Battalion. . . . The Wolves also announced that Bryan Verreault will return for a second season as an assistant coach, while Miguel Beadry is back as goaltending coach.
Bob Boughner has stepped down as head coach of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires in order to sign a three-year deal as an assistant coach with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. . . . Boughner will remain as the Spitfires’ majority owner and team president. . . . The Spitfires won the 2009 and 2010 Memorial Cups under Boughner.

USA Hockey released the roster for the team that will play at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament next month. The roster includes F Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Yamamoto had 57 points, including 23 goals last season, and was named the WHL Western Conference’s rookie of the year. . . . The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 10-15 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia. . . . The USA Hockey news release is right here, with a link to the roster.

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