Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday . . .

THE MacBETH REPORT: F Taggart Desmet, who played seven games for Calgary in 2000-01, signed a one-year contract with Brunico (Italy Serie A). He led the
Dutch league in scoring this season, getting 53 goals and 83 assists in 56 games for Tilburg. . . . F Dylan Gyori (Tri-City) signed a one-year contract extension with
Munich (Germany 2.Bundesliga). He had 23 goals and 29 assists in 45 games for Munich this season. . . . D Darcy Werenka (Lethbridge/Brandon) signed a one-year contract
extension with Vienna (Austria Erste Bank Liga). He had 10 goals and 28 assists in 50 games in his sixth season with Vienna and is currently playing for Austria at the World championship.
There are 25 former WHL players currently playing in the World championship:
CANADA (9) - G Josh Harding (Regina/Brandon); D Dan Hamhuis (Prince George); D Chris Phillips (Prince Albert/Lethbridge); D Luke Schenn (Kelowna); D Shea Weber (Kelowna); D Ian White (Swift Current); F Colby Armstrong (Red Deer); F Shane Doan (Kamloops); F Scottie Upshall (Kamloops).
SLOVAKIA (5) - G Rastislav Stana (Calgary/Moose Jaw); D Ivan Baranka (Everett); D Jaroslav Obsut (Swift Current/Medicine Hat); F Milan Bartovic (Tri-City/Brandon); F Marcel Hossa (Portland).
GERMANY (4) - D Sven Butenschön (Brandon); D Chris Schmidt (Seattle); F T.J. Mulock (Vancouver/Regina); F Yannic Siedenberg (Medicine Hat).
RUSSIA (3) - D Oleg Tverdovsky (Brandon); F Oleg Saprykin (Seattle); F Danis Zaripov (Swift Current).
AUSTRIA (2) - D Gerhard Unterluggauer (Brandon); D Darcy Werenka (Lethbridge/Brandon).
LATVIA (1) - F Lauris Darzins (Kelowna).
CZECH REPUBLIC (1) - F Jakub Klepis (Portland).
JUST NOTES: Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province is reporting that Giants G Tyson Sexsmith didn’t leave with his teammates Sunday. The team says Sexsmith has the flu so didn’t travel with the team to Kelowna, site of Monday’s Game 6 in the Western Conference final. The Giants say that Sexsmith will join them Monday but Giants head coach Don Hay, according to Ewen, “wouldn’t guarantee that he would be capable of playing, though.” . . . Ewen added: “Keep in mind, it is the playoffs, where tweaking the truth and trying to play with the opponents’ minds is common.” . . . If Sexsmith can’t play, backup Jamie Tucker, 18, will start. He was 18-1-0-1 in the regular season. . . . Kelowna holds a 3-2 edge in the series. If necessary, a seventh game would be played Tuesday in Vancouver.
Allan Maki of The Globe and Mail has a piece on the Ladislav Scurko situation right here.

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