Donaldson Memorial will go as planned

Ex-Portland/Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston back working

The good news today is that the second annual Ryan Donaldson Memorial tournament will go on as scheduled.

From the tournament’s Facebook page:

“Thank you so much to those who took the time to register and to those who have contacted us saying they will volunteer.

“While we did not get the minimum number of players we were hoping for we have decided that this tournament is about much more than the number of athletes participating. Wether we have 50 or 150 players the message and meaning are still the same.”

That is excellent news because this is an important event that will only grow.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 18 and 19 at the Langley Sportsplex.

For more information, send an email to ryandonaldsonmemorial@gmail.com or visit the tournament website right here.

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The championship finals for the three major junior leagues are set in stone. . . . The last one fell into place on Sunday when the visiting Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, behind two goals and three assists from F Mathieu
Boucher, went into Moncton and beat the Wildcats, 5-4, to win that QMJHL series, 4-2. The Huskies struck for three third-period goals in the victory. Moncton led 4-1 late in the second period and held a 4-3 edge with three minutes to play in the third. Boucher got his guys to within 4-3 at 0:52 of the third period and tied the game at 17:52. He drew an assist on Francis Perron’s winner at 18:26. . . . The QMJHL final, between the Huskies and Shawinigan Cataractes, is scheduled to open on Wednesday in Rouyn-Noranda. . . . The Huskies and Cataractes were the top two seeds when the QMJHL playoffs began. The Huskies are 12-3 in the playoffs; the Cataractes are 12-4. . . . In the OHL, the London Knights and Niagara IceDogs are set to open Thursday in London. . . . The WHL final, between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Seattle Thunderbirds, will begin Friday in the Wheat City. . . . The three winners will join the host Red Deer Rebels at the Memorial Cup tournament.

TeamSnap Coaches Conference 2016

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Rogers Sportsnet will televise Game 1 of the WHL final for the Ed Chynoweth Cup with Shaw-TV showing the remainder of the series. Here is the schedule, with all times local (x-if necessary):

Game 1 — Friday, at Brandon, 8 p.m. (Sportsnet)

Game 2 — Saturday, at Brandon, 7:30 p.m. (Shaw)

Game 3 — Tuesday, May 10, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m. (Shaw)

Game 4 — Wednesday, May 11, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m. (Shaw)
x-Game 5 — Friday, May 13, at Kent, Wash., 7:35 p.m. (Shaw)

x-Game 6 — Sunday, May 15, at Brandon, 7 p.m. (Shaw)

x-Game 7 — Monday, May 16, at Brandon, 7 p.m. (Shaw)

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Mike Johnston is back at work. No, he isn’t back coaching. Rather, the former Portland Winterhawks GM and head coach is helping nhl.com cover the NHL playoffs; in the second round, he is paying particular attention to the series between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks. . . . He takes a look at Game 1 right here. . . . BTW, his regular-season record with the Pittsburgh Penguins was 58-37-15 when he was fired early this season. That’s not exactly chopped liver, so perhaps another NHL team will look at that and give him another opportunity.

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Have you played the #bucciovertimechallenge? Are you aware of its history and all the good work that it is doing with hockey-related charities? . . . Julie Robenhymer of The New York Times has its neat story right here.

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Got a tip or some information you feel could be useful to me, feel free to email me at greggdrinnan@gmail.com.

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WHL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

(Best-of-seven)

SUNDAY-THURSDAY GAMES:

No Games Scheduled.

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FRIDAY’S GAME (all times local):

Seattle at Brandon, 8 p.m. (Sportsnet)

(Game 1)

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