Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rebels add veteran forward . . . Howden gets NHL deal . . . Constantine pays the piper

F Waltteri Hopponen (Everett, 2013-14) has been loaned by HPK Hämeenlinna (Finland, Liiga) to LeKi Lempäälä (Finland, Mestis) for one game. This season, he was pointless in 19 games with HPK, and he four goals and seven assists in 12 games with LeKi.
The Red Deer Rebels acquired F Austin Glover, 20, from the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday, sending F D-Jay Jerome, 17, and a third-round selection in the 2017 draft the other way.
From Clavet, Sask., the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Glover had put up 12 goals and 14 assists in 35 games with the Raiders this season. He was a second-round pick by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2011 WHL draft. On Dec. 10, 2014, the Rockets sent him to Prince Albert in a deal that had D Josh Morrissey end up in Kelowna.
In 190 career regular-season games, Glover has 41 goals and 73 assists.
The Rebels now have three 20s, with D Colton Bobyk and F Evan Polei the others.
Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ general manager and head coach, obviously his club is capable of making some noise between now and season’s end. Why else give up a youngster and a third-round pick? When the deal was made, the Rebels were 17-14-6 and third in the Central Division, one point behind the Lethbridge Hurricanes and four ahead of the Edmonton Oil Kings. Perhaps Glover’s experience will add some discipline and consistency to the Rebels’ game.
The 6-foot-0, 170-pound Jerome, from Lethbridge, had five goals and three assists in 23 games with the Rebels. He fits into a Prince Albert lineup that is in full rebuild mode.
With Glover gone, the Raiders had an opening for a 20-year-old, so they have brought back F Kolten Olynek, a native of Saskatoon who had been claimed off waivers by the Saskatoon Blades earlier in the season. The Blades later released him.
The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Olynek has played 217 regular-season games, and has 25 goals and 36 assists. He had played 46 games with the Raiders last season, after starting with the Spokane Chiefs, and three this season, totalling nine goals and 11 assists. He was a second-round pick by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 2011 bantam draft.
With the Raiders, he joins F Cavin Leth and F Tim Vanstone as the 20s.
F Brett Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. He was a first-round selection, 27th overall, in the NHL’s 2016 draft. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Howden went into last night’s games with 32 points, including 16 goals, in 21 games with the Warriors this season. From Oakbank, Man., he had 143 points, including 63 goals, in 162 career regular-season WHL games. . . . Later on Wednesday, Howden was named the game’s first star as the host Warriors posted a 4-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. He scored his 17th goal of the season in that one.
The Medicine Hat Tigers were without F Chad Butcher on Wednesday night as he served a one-game suspension after he was hit with a charging major and game misconduct on Tuesday night during a 5-4 shootout victory over the visiting Calgary Hitmen. Butcher was tossed at 5:55 of the second period. Originally, the penalty on the on-line scoresheet was for a headshot, but it later was changed. . . . 
The Regina Pats played without D Connor Hobbs on Wednesday night in Brandon after he was given a one-game suspension for a kneeing major and game misconduct during a 7-4 victory over the visiting Wheat Kings on Tuesday. Hobbs had himself a busy night before leaving, as he scored a goal and also was involved in two fights. . . .
Kevin Constantine, the head coach of the Everett Silvertips, has been fined $500 by the WHL after he was tossed from a Tuesday night game against the Vancouver Giants in Langley, B.C. Constantine was given a game misconduct after protesting, apparently too vehemently, a diving penalty that had been given to Everett F Dominic Zwerger in the second period.
The Tri-City Americans have signed D Samuel Stewart, 16, to a WHL contract. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound Stewart, from Winnipeg, is playing for the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives. He has five assists in 22 games. 

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