Seattle import signs deal in Sweden

Some coaching news from hither and yon

F Andreas Schumacher won’t be returning to the WHL for his 20-year-old season. Schumacher, who is to turn 20 on Aug. 11, has signed with
Kallinge/Ronneby IF, a team that plays in Hockeyettan, the third tier of pro hockey in Sweden. . . . From Stenungsund, Sweden, he split last season between the Swift Current Broncos and Seattle Thunderbirds, who acquired him in January. He had seven points, including one goal, in 33 games with Seattle, after putting up three points, two of them goals, in 17 games with Swift Current. In 2014-15, as a freshman, he had eight goals and nine assists in 65 games with the Broncos. . . . The Thunderbirds now have one import on their roster — Danish F Alexander True, who had 32 points, 14 of them goals, in 65 games as a sophomore.

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Coaching

Darryl Sydor, who owns a piece of the Kamloops Blazers, has interviewed for an assistant coaching position with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but NHL the NHL team is believed to have offered the position to Brad Shaw. . . . Sydor had been an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild, but was told last month that he won’t be on new head coach Bruce Boudreau’s staff. . . . Shaw spent the previous 10 seasons as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues. . . . Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch has more on the Blue Jackets situation right here.

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The AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines are in the market for a new general manager/head coach after Joey Bouchard resigned in order to join the AJHL QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes as an assistant coach. Bouchard has been the Wolverines’ GM and head coach since the franchise moved into the AJHL for the 2012-13 season. In four seasons, Bouchard was 123-82-25 with Whitecourt. Last season, the Wolverines set franchise records with 42 victories and 90 points.

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The OHL’s Kitchener Rangers have added Matthew Barnaby as an assistant coach. Barnaby played in the NHL for 14 seasons after being a fourth-OHL round pick by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL draft. Barnaby and Kitchener head coach Jay McKee were teammates in Buffalo (1995-99) and also with the Dundas, Ont., Real McCoys, a senior team with which they won the Allan Cup. Barnaby later turned to broadcasting and most recently has been a co-host of NHL Game Day on Sirius XM satellite radio.

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The ECHL’s Brampton Beast has signed head coach Colin Chaulk to a two-year contract that runs through 2017-18. . . . Chaulk, 39, a Toronto native, is preparing for his second season as the Beast’s head coach. Brampton was 23-38-7-4 in 2015-16. Chaulk was an assistant coach with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings for one season before joining the Beast.

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