Friday, June 16, 2017

Taking Note honoured with Carson Award for third straight year ... SJHL champs lose head coach


F Spencer Asuchak (Tri-City, Prince George, 2008-12) has signed a one-year contract with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga). Last season, with the Allen Americans (ECHL), he had 26 goals and 40 assists in 64 games. He was pointless in three games with the Providence Bruins (AHL).
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I arrived home Wednesday evening from a short trek into Alberta to discover that Taking Note has won a Paul Carson Award for the third consecutive year.
The awards are named in honour of the late Paul Carson, who died in December 2010. He was responsible for Sports Page, an iconic sports highlight show in Vancouver and also was in on the founding of TEAM 1040, a Vancouver radio station.
In each of the past three years, Taking Note has been honoured as the Best Sports Blog in B.C., outside Vancouver.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the party last night in Vancouver, but I certainly feel honoured, and Taking Note will continue to strive to entertain and inform those who stop by here.
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The Seattle Thunderbirds have signed F Holden Katzalay, a list player, to a WHL contract. From Vancouver, Katzalay, who was Seattle’s training camp prior to the 2016-17 season, had eight goals and 12 assists in 30 games with the Burnaby Winter Club prep team in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
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Surgery to repair a sports hernia has become a lot more common in the world of hockey over the past few years. Dr. L. Michael Brunt, who has worked with the St. Louis Blues since 1994, has told The Associated Press that he believes too much repetition among young athletes in a single sport can cause problems, something others have blamed for more Tommy John surgeries among younger and younger pitchers. . . . “It’s because of the sudden propulsive movements: turning, cutting, etc., that occur at high rates of speed,” Dr. Brunt said. “Young athletes are committed to one sport very, very early on, and so there are these repetitive movements that occur because they’re not doing three or four sports year-round and mixing up their physical sports activity. They concentrate on one sport, and it’s that gradual wear and tear over the years that tends to predispose them to developing something like this.” . . . There is more on this story right here.
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Patrick Conway of Conway’s Russian Hockey Blog fame has filed Part 3 of his look at the coaches of the KHL. Click right here and you’ll find his piece on the Kharlamov Division. Look closely and you’ll find some familiar names among the assistants, including former WHLer Mike Pelino.
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Coaching

Nate Bedford is leaving the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars to return to Portage College as head coach of the Voyageurs, who play out of Cold Lake, Alta. Bedford spent two seasons (2014-16) as head coach and two seasons (2012-14) as assistant coach of the Keyano Huskies in Fort McMurray. The Huskies have since folded, but they played in the ACAC, as do the Voyageurs. . . . In 2016-17, the North Stars went 48-9-1 in the regular season and 12-0 in the playoffs as they won the SJHL title.
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