Monday, November 14, 2016

Warriors GM says he received apology . . . Burke joins new club . . . Hurricanes drop veteran forward


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D Giffen Nyren (Moose Jaw, Kamloops, Calgary, 2006-10) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Dijon (France, Ligue Magnus). This season, he was pointless in one game with the Colorado Eagles (ECHL). . . .
F Martin Šagát (Kootenay, 2003-05) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Slavia Prague (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). Last season, he had four goals and seven assists in 36 games with the Herning Blue Fox (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). . . .
F Kirill Starkov (Red Deer, 2006-07) has signed a tryout contract with La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland, NL B). Last season, he had 13 goals and 21 assists in 44 games with Red Ice Martigny (Switzerland, NL B). He was the team captain. . . . 
A completely random note: La Chaux-de-Fonds lost to Ajoie in a shootout 3-2 (4-3 in the SO) Sunday. The shootout went 23 rounds. IIHF.com indicates that this is a men's international record. The NHL record is 20 rounds.
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Peter Anholt, the general manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, has apologized for comments he made last week, according to Alan Millar, the general manager of the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Anholt traded high-scoring F Brayden Burke to the Warriors on Tuesday. Later, when asked why he moved Burke, Anholt made a number of statements for which he later was fined $1,000 by the WHL.
While Anholt and Burke haven’t spoken, Millar said that an apology has been issued.
“The apology came from my discussion with Peter,” Millar said. “Peter put a note in writing to me and Brayden and his family, and we’ve left it at that.”
Anholt couldn’t be reached for confirmation on Monday night.
As for further comment, Millar said: “We’re going to move onward and upward. I’m not going to try and
figure out why Pete made those comments. I’m not going to know what’s going on in Lethbridge. I’m going to worry about the Moose Jaw Warriors. I’m going to worry about Brayden Burke. I’m going to go to bat . . . I’m going to defend our player . . . We’re very comfortable with the trade we made. We’re very comfortable with the homework that we did.
“I’ve been in this game a long time. I understand when things aren’t going well, we can go off the handle a little bit and make comments. I might have made a few to the referee supervisor who was here the other night. It’s a competitive game, emotions run high.”
Burke also was present at the media availability in Moose Jaw, but if there were questions about Anholt’s comments directed his way they were edited from the video that was posted on the Warriors’ website.
“I’m really excited,” Burke said. “They’ve got a really good team here. I think i can come in and help and hopefully we can get a long playoff push and win some hockey games.”
Burke had 23 points, including 19 assists, at the time of the trade. Last season, he finished third in the WHL scoring race, with 109 points, including 82 assists.
“They’ve got a lot of guys that can score here,” he said. “Hopefully, I can set them up and be a good 200-foot player.”
Head coach Tim Hunter said it could be that he doesn’t find a firm spot for Burke in the lineup until F Brett Howden returns from a shoulder injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
“We’ll see,” Hunter said. “We have to find some chemistry . . . on where he’s going to fit . . . whether he’s going to play left wing or right wing . . . he’s played both (and) he’s comfortable at both spots.
“But he’s going to be a difference-maker for us.”
Moose Jaw has played two games without Burke, who was acquired on Tuesday but didn’t join the team until Sunday. The Warriors lost both games at home — 5-4 to the Regina Pats and 8-7 to the Red Deer Rebels.
The Warriors next play Thursday when they meet the Blades in Saskatoon. 
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The Lethbridge Hurricanes have dropped F Jesse Zaharichuk, 19, from their roster.
“He admittedly isn’t committed enough . . .,” general manager Peter Anholt told the podcast 110 Percent (Hurricanes This Week) on Monday.
Anholt said Zaharichuk has been “assigned” to the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons. “I don’t know if that’s
where he’ll end up,” Anholt said. “But he won’t be back with us.”
Zaharichuk had 17 points, including eight goals, in 17 games this season. A native of Sherwood Park, Alta., Zaharichuk also has played with the Kamloops Blazers and Kootenay Ice. In 125 regular-season games, he has 73 points, 23 of them goals.
Anholt had little to say about his decision to trade F Brayden Burke, 19, the team’s leading scorer, to the Moose Jaw Warriors last week.
“I don’t think we have to talk about the Burke trade,” Anholt said. “I think there’s been enough said about that . . . and enough repercussions.”
If you’re a regular here, you’re aware that the WHL fined Anholt $1,000 for comments he made following the trade. On the podcast, Anholt explained his comments this way: “You don’t trade your 100-point guy and not have to say something about it. We’ll just leave it at that.”
In exchange for Burke, who finished third in the WHL scoring race last season, the Hurricanes acquired F Ryan Bowen, a second-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 draft. Bowen has a shoulder injury and it’s hoped that he will be in the Lethbridge lineup for weekend games.
As well, D Brady Reagan, who was suspended by the team on Oct. 28 for “violating team rules,” is expected to be back in the lineup on Wednesday against the visiting Kootenay Ice. Reagan, 19, will have sat out six games.
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Yes, it’s early, but there are indications that the Regina Pats are in the infancy of one of those seasons. They are 14-0-3 and continue to be the only one of the CHL’s 60 teams not have lost a game in regulation time. They have won 10 in a row. They have yet to lose in regulation time. . . . Kevin Shaw, who is the go-to guy when it comes to Pats stats, writes: “The last time the Pats won 10 straight games happened in the 1985-86 season. The streak started with a 6-4 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Oct. 13, 1985 and was ended by the Moose Jaw Warriors on Nov. 11, 1985.” . . . Shaw has a whole lot more on the Pats right here.
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Coaching
The ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears have signed Drake Berehowsky as head coach, replacing Anthony Noreen, who was fired on Monday. This is the second stint with Orlando for Berehowsky, 44. He was the franchise’s first head coach, in 2012-13. Between then an now, he has worked as the head coach of the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes and with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. He was in his second season as the Wolves’ associate coach when the Solar Bears called. . . . Orlando (5-5-1) is tied for fourth in the seven-team South Division, four points out of third place. . . . Noreen, 33, was in his second season with the Solar Bears after four seasons as GM/head coach of the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms.
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Misko Antisin has been named the interim head coach of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He is expected to be in that position for the remainder of this season, replacing Brandon West, who was fired last week. . . . Antisin was an assistant coach with the Silverbacks for the previous two seasons. He moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo., prior to this season, and was the general manager/head coach of a Tier 3 franchise that the Silverbacks purchased. . . . The Silverbacks, who won two games over the weekend with assistant coaches Brooks Christensen and Darrell Hay in charge, will have Antisin behind the bench on Thursday when they meet the host Surrey Eagles.
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JUST NOTES:

Victoria F Matt Phillips picked up his 50th goal and 100th point with the Royals during Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the visiting Tri-City Americans. He is the 18th player in franchise history with at least 100 points. . . . Phillips also set a Royals record as the quickest sniper to score 50 goals. He did in 93 games. F Oscar Moller did it in 86 games with the Chilliwack Bruins (remember them?), who morphed into the Royals. . . . 
F Dylan Stewart, 19, no longer is with the Kootenay Ice. The team tweeted Monday that the parties “have mutually agreed to part ways.” Stewart, from Edmonton, had two goals and four assists in 19 games this season. He was a fifth-round pick by the Prince Albert Raiders in the 2012 WHL bantam draft. He was dealt to the Ice, along with a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft, for F Drew Warkentine on Oct. 21, 2015. . . . He has 23 points, including 12 goals, in 143 career games. . . . The Ice now is carrying 22 players, including two goaltenders and seven defencemen. . . .
Patrick Conway’s regular team-by-team look at the KHL is right here. He also has news of the KHL and possible contraction.
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MONDAY’S GAMES:

No Games Scheduled.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Calgary at Everett, 7:05 p.m.
Prince George at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
Seattle at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Red Deer at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Prince Albert at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.



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