Monday, July 3, 2017

Rizzo commits to Vees; Blazers' first-rounder picks BCHL ... A July 4 look at hot dogs


F Gaelan Patterson (Saskatoon, 2006-10) has signed a one-year contract with the Coventry Blaze (England, UK Elite). Last season, with Chamonix-Morzine (France, Ligue Magnus), he had two goals and three assists in 23 games. . . . 
F Jan Dalecký (Swift Current, 2007-09) has signed a one-year contract with the Herning Blue Fox (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). Last season, with Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic, 1. Liga), he had eight goals and six assists in 39 games. . . . 
F Jesse Schultz (Tri-City, Prince Albert, Kelowna, 1999-2003) has signed a one-year contract with Nové Zámky (Slovakia, Extraliga). Last season, he had eight goals and 11 assists in 22 games with the Sheffield Steelers (England, UK Elite). He also had four goals and seven assists in seven games with Debrecen (Hungary, MOL Liga). . . .
F Max Ross (Lethbridge, 2008-11) has signed a one-year extension with Gap (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, he had seven goals and 17 assists in 44 games, as Gap won the French league championship.
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F Massimo Rizzo, the 14th selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft, has made his decision — he will play for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees in 2017-18.
The Vees made the announcement on their Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
Each of the 13 players selected before Rizzo in that 2016 bantam draft has signed with the WHL team that picked him.
Rizzo, from Burnaby, B.C., and his father met with representatives of the Blazers in Vancouver on Wednesday. The Blazers’ group included majority owner Tom Gaglardi, part-owner Shane Doan, general manager Stu MacGregor and head coach Don Hay.
Rizzo played last season with a midget prep team at the Burnaby Winter Club, finishing with 84 points in 48 games. He also played a total of 20 games — regular-season, playoff, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup — with the Vees. While he was pointless in three regular-season games, he had one goal in seven playoff games, a goal and four assists in five games at the WCC and a goal in five games at the RBC Cup.
Rizzo is one of 111 players invited by Hockey Canada to attend an under-17 development camp in Calgary starting on July 22.
The Blazers already have signed their 2017 first-round selection. They announced the signing of F Josh Pillar of Allan, Sask., on June 12.
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“Professional athletes are tested in ways that most of us can only imagine,” writes Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa, Calif., Press Democrat. “Their jobs frequently involve pain and risk of injury. Public failure hangs over them like a swaying piano, adulation whispers to them like an untrustworthy friend. It makes sense that the emotions that consume their days would also invade their nights.” . . . So what shows up in the dreams of pro athletes? . . . Barber asked a number of them and his story is right here.
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Few wordsmiths today are able to spin it like Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated. So, on this Fourth of July, he provides a look at . . . yes, the hot dog. Click right here and enjoy.
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