F Robin Soudek (Edmonton, Chilliwack/Victoria, 2008-12) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Briançon (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, he had four goals and two assists in nine games with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL), six goals and nine assists in 20 games with the Rapid City Rush (ECHL), and eight goals and 10 assists in 33 games with the Evansville Icemen (ECHL).
Wayne Hawrysh, a mainstay of hockey in northern Manitoba, died on Saturday in St-Pierre-Jolys, Man. He had fought cancer for more than two years. The former Flin Flon Bombers forward was 66. A native of Dauphin, Hawrysh played three seasons (1967-70) with the Bombers, putting up 208 points, including 84 goals, in 176 games. He also totalled 488 penalty minutes. He was an extremely good player on some terrific Flin Flon teams. The numbers tell you that he could score and he was tough. . . . Hawrysh and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Steven and Shayna. His family was at his side on Saturday. . . . There is an obituary right here. . . . For more on how much Hawrysh meant to the game in northern Manitoba, check out this right here from the MJHL’s OCN Blizzard.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have added F Tak Anholt, 17, to their roster. He could be in the lineup when the Wheat Kings, who returned home early Monday from an eight-game road trip, play host to the Victoria Royals. However, he is recovering from mononucleosis so that debut may end up being delayed a day or two. . . . Anholt was acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in September 2014 as part of a deal in which Brandon also landed D Macoy Erkamps and F Reid Duke. In that deal, Lethbridge acquired D Kord Pankewicz, F Brett Kitt and F Ryley Lindgren. . . . Anholt had been selected by Lethbridge in the second round of the 2013 bantam draft. . . . Anholt, 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds, is from North Vancouver. He had 64 points, including 28 goals, with the Yale Hockey Academy prep team last season. . . . He also got into five games with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees last season. He later was dealt to the Vernon Vipers, who moved his right to the Chilliwack Chiefs. This season, mononucleosis lmited him to one game with the Chiefs. . . . You’re wondering: Is Tak related to Peter Anholt, the Hurricanes’ general manager? It turns out that Tak’s grandfather is a first cousin to Peter. . . . Peter wasn’t the Lethbridge general manager who traded Tak to Brandon. That would be Brad Robson.
The Swift Current Broncos have released F Ryan Sokoloski, 17, from their roster. A Winnipegger, he was pointless in nine games this season. Sokoloski was an 11th-round selection in the 2013 WHL bantam draft. He is expected to join the MJHL’s Portage Terriers.
Keith McKittrick, an assistant coach with the Portland Winterhawks, made a court appearance in Hillsboro, Ore., on Monday. According to tweets from Portland freelance journalist Scott Sepich: 1. “Court schedule indicates that McKittrick’s appearance today had something to do with entering into a domestic violence diversion program.” . . . 2. “If someone enters into a DV diversion program, they have to plead guilty. After completing the program, charges are cleared from record.” . . . McKittrick, who was preparing for his second WHL season, is on administrative leave from the Winterhawks. McKittrick, 32, was arrested in Beaverton, Ore., on Aug. 16, and charged with assault, strangulation and harassment.
Here’s an interesting WHL-related note from the AHL. . . . F Kevin Sundher, who played with the Chilliwack Bruins, Victoria Royals and Brandon Wheat Kings (2007-12), moved from the ECHL’s Reading Royals to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms in time for a Saturday game against the host Hershey Bears. He ended up scoring the game-winning goal, too, getting the winner in the 10th round of a shootout as the Phantoms won, 5-4. . . . Sundher, 23, had three goals and three assists in three games with the Royals.
The KHL is into a 10-day break, but that hasn’t kept Patrick Conway from filing his report to Conway’s Russian Hockey Blog. The latest is right here, including one team’s decision to “suspend” its head coach and replace him with former NHL defenceman Dmitry Yushkevich.
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At Prince George, F Jesse Gabrielle and F Brad Morrison each had a goal and two assists to help the Cougars to a 4-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . The Cougars
(8-6-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Hurricanes (10-5-0) have lost three straight. They finished a six-game road swing at 3-3-0. . . . The Cougars got out front 2-0 and the Hurricanes weren’t able to catch up. . . . Morrison, at 17:21 of the first period, and D Luka Zorko, with his first WHL goal at 8:06 of the second, on a PP, gave the home side that 2-0 edge. . . . D Brady Reagan got his first goal, via the PP, for Lethbridge at 9:52 of the second. . . . The teams exchange goals the rest of the way, with Gabrielle getting his 11th for the Cougars and F Chase Witala adding his fourth. . . . F Brayden Burke, with No. 5, and F Cory Millette, also with his fifth, added Lethbridge goals. . . . Millette got the Hurricanes to within one, at 4-3, on a PP at 7:56 of the third. . . . Millette also had an assist, while F Egor Babenko had two of them. . . . Prince George G Ty Edmonds stopped 25 shots. . . . G Jayden Sittler turned aside 36 shots for the visitors. . . . Lethbridge was 2-for-7 on the PP; Prince George was 1-for-7. . . . The Cougars were without D Tate Olson (undisclosed injury) for a fourth straight game, while F Jansen Harkins (ill) missed his second game. . . . Mark Holick, the Cougars’ head coach, worked his 400th regular-season game. This was No. 184 with the Cougars. . . . Holick has 194 victories in his WHL coaching career, which includes three seasons with the Kootenay Ice. . . . Announced attendance: 2,352.
TUESDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
Victoria at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Saskatoon, 7 p.m.
Seattle at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Spokane at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Kelowna vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.