D Grant Toulmin (Swift Current, 2005-07, 2008-20) has been released by Katowice (Poland, PHL) by mutual agreement. He was pointless in three games.
Barring further transactions, the Seattle Thunderbirds will open the season with Rylan Toth and Carl Stankowski as their goaltenders. They traded G Ryan Gilchrist to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday, getting back a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . Toth, 20, was acquired from the Red Deer Rebels on Friday for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Stankowski, a 16-year-old Calgarian, was a second-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft. In 2014-15, he played with the bantam AAA Calgary Flames. He then moved to California with his family and spent last season with the U-16 Anaheim Jr. Ducks, going 1.87 and .935 in 16 games. . . . Gilchrist, 18, is from McLaughlin, Alta. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder played last season with the AJHL’s Canmore Eagles, going 3.77 and .888. . . . With Lethbridge, it is expected that Gilchrist will back up veteran Stuart Skinner. . . . The Hurricanes made room for Gilchrist by releasing G Brandon Kegler, who will turn 19 on Dec. 4. Kegler, a fourth-round pick by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2012 bantam draft, played last season with the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
The WHL and Shaw TV have released a 36-game telecast schedule for the first half of the regular season. Shaw TV’s 13th season with the WHL begins Friday night with the Everett Silvertips visiting the Vancouver (Langley?) Giants. This will be the only Shaw TV appearance by an American team in the first-half of the season. The game, the Giants’ first regular-season game in their new home, the Langley Events Centre, also will feature a salute to the late Gordie Howe, who was one of Vancouver’s co-owners. . . . The game out of Langley will feature Peter Loubardias calling the play and Bill Wilms as his sidekick. . . . Shaw also will show Sunday’s game from Saskatoon as the Blades entertain the Swift Current Broncos on ‘Thank You, Mr Hockey Day.’ Prior to the game, the ashes of Gordie and his wife, Colleen, will be interred at the base of a statue of Howe just outside the SaskTel Centre. . . . On Sunday from Saskatoon, you get Wray Morrison and Jeff Odgers in the booth. . . . A 19-game telecast schedule for the season’s second half will be revealed in December. . . . Shaw TV also confirmed that it again will televise one series in each of the four rounds of playoffs. . . . The first-half telecast schedule is right here.
The Saskatoon Blades have dropped G Dorrin Luding, 17, from their roster, meaning they will open the season with Logan Flodell, 19, and Brock Hamm, 19, as their goaltenders. . . . Luding, who is from Prince George, was a third-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft. He is expected to return to the major midget Cariboo Cougars or join a BCHL team. . . . Darren Zary in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix points out that Flodell and Hamm once were teammates on a spring team, the Saskatoon Jr. Blades, during their minor hockey days. Zary also points out that when in goal Flodell catches with his right hand. But when he’s playing baseball Flodell catches with his left hand. Flodell said his dad tried to teach him to use his left hand to catch while in goal “but I was a forward and I played right-handed. I’ve only been a goalie for 10 or 11 years now.” . . . Zary’s story is right here. . . . BTW, if it isn’t already, Flodell’s nickname while in Saskatoon should be Eggs. Right?
The Victoria Royals have signed F Gunnar Wegleitner, 18, to a WHL contract. He was placed on the team’s protected list earlier this month after he showed well at training camp. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Vancouverite had a goal and two assists in six exhibition games. . . . Last season, he had a goal and an assist in 14 games with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles. In 2014-15, he had one goal in 43 games with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips. . . .
The Regina Pats are down to 28 players after dropping F Riley Krane, 16, from their roster. He is expected to play for the major midget Caribou Cougars, who are based in Prince George. Krane, from Dawson Creek, B.C., was an eighth-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft.
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FRIDAY GAMES (all times local):
Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Kelowna at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Prince Albert at Regina, 7 p.m.
Saskatoon at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Everett at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
Prince George at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
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