Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Warriors start with victory . . . Giants d-man wants out . . . UBC looking for head coach



The Moose Jaw Warriors scored a 2-1 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos in their annual (almost all) rookie game, a contest that kicks off the WHL’s exhibition season. . . . F Luka Burzan scored the game’s first goal, putting the Warriors out front at 1:34 of the second period. . . . F Ryan Bowen upped the lead to 2-0 at 4:20. . . . D Colby Sissons got the Broncos on the board at 19:32 of the third. . . . G Evan Adamoff went the distance for the Warriors, making 27 saves. . . . Swift Current starter Bailey Brikin stopped 18 of 20 shots, with Joel Hofer finishing up with 10 stops. . . . The game marked the debut of Manny Viveiros, the Broncos’ director of player personnel and head coach.
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Glen Hanlon, the general manager of the Vancouver Giants, has told Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province that D Brennan Menell, 19, has asked to be traded. The Giants, according to Hanlon, will accommodate him. . . . Menell walked out on the Giants on Nov. 4, only to return six days later. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Menell, an offensively gifted defenceman from Woodbury, Minn., put up 53 points, including 46 assists, in 69 games. In 2014-15, as a freshman, he had 21 points, two of them goals, in 57 games. . . . Ewen also reports that F Ty Ronning and F Alec Baer sat out the Giants’ intrasquad game with undisclosed injuries.
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The Prince George Cougars have signed F Reid Perepeluk to a WHL contract. Perepeluk, from Yorkton, Sask., was a sixth-round selection in the 2015 bantam draft. The 6-foot-0, 210-pounder played last season with the major midget Cariboo Cougars, who play out of Prince George. He put up six goals and 10 assists in 29 regular-season games. . . . In 2014-15, he had 28 goals and 12 assists in 26 games with the bantam AAA Yorkton Terriers.
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The Regina Pats have signed Swedish D Filip Ahl, who was a fourth-round pick by the Ottawa Senators in the NHL’s 2015 draft. Ahl, 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, had 31 points, including 18 goals, in 18 games with HV71 Jonkoping of the Swedish SuperElit League last season. Internationally, he has played for Sweden in U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 competitions.
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F Austin Adamson’s junior A rights were acquired by the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers on Tuesday. In exchange for the 20-year-old, the Vipers sent future considerations to the Chilliwack Chiefs. . . . The 6-foot-0, 200-pounder from Richmond, B.C., was released by the Swift Current Broncos last week. He has 20 points, including eight goals, in 134 WHL regular-season games. He also has played with the Saskatoon Blades and Red Deer Rebels.
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NHLThe NHL’s Arizona Coyotes have signed Jim Hammett as an amateur scout covering the WHL. Hammett is a veteran scout who spent six seasons (2000-06) as the Colorado Avalanche’s director of scouting. He also has scouted for the Nashville Predators, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He was the Rangers’ director of amateur scouting (2007-08) and the Lightning’s director of player personnel (2008-09). For the past seven seasons, he has been the director of hockey operations for the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. He also scouted for the Prince Albert Raiders last season. . . . In 2006-07, he was Hockey Canada’s head scout, helping select the Canadian team that won the 2007 World Junior Championship.
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Coaching
The UBC Thunderbirds parted company with head coach Adam Shell on Tuesday. . . . “After a season behind the bench as head coach of the UBC men’s varsity hockey team, Adam Shell is moving on,” reads a one-paragraph news release on the UBC athletics department website. . . . Assistant coach Sven Butenschon (Brandon Wheat Kings, 1993-96) has been named the interim head coach “as the program begins the process of finding a replacement head coach.” . . . Shell was named head coach on Aug. 11, 2015. He signed on with UBC after spending eight years at the Royal Military College of Canada. . . . The Thunderbirds were 11-13-4 in one season under Shell. UBC then lost a best-of-three first-round playoff series in two games to Mount Royal.
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Laura Schuler is returning as head coach of Canada’s national women’s team. Schuler, who also is the head coach of the women’s team at Dartmouth College, an ECAC team, will go into her second season as Canada’s head coach. Last season, she guided the team into the final of the IIHF World Championship in Kamloops, where it lost in OT to Team USA. . . . Dwayne Gylywoychuk, a former Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman and coach, is returning to Team Canada as an assistant coach. . . . A complete Hockey Canada news release is right here.
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A pair of brothers, both of whom played in the WHL, are taking over as co-head coaches of the junior B Saskatoon Royals of the Prairie Junior Hockey League. . . . Brett and Derek Parker, who are from Melville, Sask., will open camp with the Royals on Sept. 9. . . . Brett, now 31, played three seasons (2002-05) with the Prince George Cougars and five games with the Vancouver Giants in 2005-06. . . . Derek, now 33, played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Moose Jaw Warriors (1999-03).
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