Lamb leaving Broncos for Roadrunners

Three WHLers on U.S. national junior team camp roster

 

 

 

F Tyler Fiddler (Calgary, 2007-11) has signed a one-year contract with Esbjerg (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). Last season, he had 12 goals and 23 assists in 26 games with Mount Royal College (CIS), leading the team in assists and points. He also had six goals and 10 assists in 15 games with the Colorado Eagles (ECHL).

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The Swift Current Broncos are in the market for a general manager and head coach after the Arizona Coyotes announced that Mark Lamb has signed Tucsonon as head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners. . . . Lamb, 51, has been with the Broncos through seven seasons. Prior to leaving, he was the longest tenured head coach in the WHL. He had one year left on a three-year contract he signed in August 2014. . . . Lamb, who had a 222-236-46 regular-season record in Swift Current, got the Broncos into the playoffs in four of his seven seasons with them, but they weren’t able to advance past the first round. His playoff record was 3-12. . . . Before joining the Broncos, Lamb spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars, where he worked with Dave Tippett, who now is the Coyotes’ vice-president of hockey operations and head coach. . . . From Cadillac, Sask., Lamb also had a 403-game NHL career. . . . The Coyotes also announced that Mark Hardy, 57, will be Tucson’s assistant coach. He had been on the coaching staff of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. . . . After purchasing the AHL’s Springfield Falcons and relocating the franchise to Tucson, the Coyotes announced that head coach Ron Rolston and assistants Mark Bavis and Doug Janik wouldn’t be back.

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The Swift Current Broncos have scheduled a news conference for this morning at which the team and Mark Lamb will discuss the departure of the Broncos general manager and head coach. . . . Kelly Buchberger is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Lamb. A 49-year-old native of Langenburg, Sask., Buchberger has been with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers for the past eight seasons, six as an assistant coach and the past two as manager of player personnel. . . . He played two seasons (1984-86) with the Moose Jaw Warriors before going on to a pro career that included 1,182 regular-season NHL games.

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Three WHLers are among the 42 players invited by USA Hockey to its national junior evaluation camp in Plymouth, Mich., July 30 through Aug. 7. . . . G Evan Sarthou of the Tri-City Americans, D Caleb Jones of the Portland Winterhawks and F Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs will attend the camp. . . . From Black Diamond, Wash., Sarthou is one of four goaltenders on the camp roster. He was 26-28-2, 3.46, .888 in his third season with the Americans. He is eligible for this weekend’s NHL draft . . . Jones is from Frisco, Texas, and is one of 14 defencemen listed. He was a fourth-round selection by the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL’s 2015 draft. Last season, his first in Portland, he had 55 points, including 45 assists, in 72 games. . . . Sarthou and Jones won gold with Team USA at the 2015 U-18 world championship. . . . Yamamoto, who is from Spokane, had 71 points, including 19 goals, in 57 games as a sophomore last season. He played for Team USA in the 2016 U-18 world championship in Grand Forks, N.D. He had 13 points, including seven goals, in seven games as Team USA finished third. . . . Yamamoto will be eligible for the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . The 2017 World Junior Championship will be played in Montreal and Toronto from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

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Igor Larionov Jr., who was property of two WHL teams last season but didn’t play a game, has signed with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts. He is QMJHL the son of former NHLer Igor Larionov, who now is a player agent. . . . Larionov Jr., who was born in Detroit, will turn 18 on Aug. 24. His family moved to San Jose, which allowed the Saskatoon Blades to place him on their protected list. . . . The 6-foot-0, 165-pound forward played nine games with the Detroit-based U-18 Honeybaked team last season, scoring seven goals and adding six assists. . . . Due to a concussion, he was late in reporting to the Blades’ training camp prior to last season. Five days after arriving, he was traded to the Portland Winterhawks for the rights to F Garrett Wait and a conditional pick in the 2016 bantam draft. Wait, from Edina, Minn., was an eighth-round pick by Portland in the 2013 bantam draft. Wait, who has committed to the U of Minnesota, played with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks. . . . In Larionov’s time in Portland, the Winterhawks had him on the injury report with an upper-body injury, a lower-body injury, an illness and then another lower-body injury. . . . By late November, he had left Portland. . . . His major junior rights also once belonged to the Saginaw Spirit, which selected him in the 12th round of the OHL’s 2014 draft.

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Coaching

Spencer Carbery is the new head coach of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. A native of Victoria, he had been the director of hockey operations and OHLhead coach of the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays for the past five seasons. All told, Carbery, 34, had been with the Stingrays for eight seasons, including two as a player, and is the winningest head coach in the franchise‘s history. . . . In Saginaw, Carbery replaces Moe Mantha, who was named interim head coach in February when head coach Greg Gilbert was fired. . . . Carbery is the OHL’s third-youngest head coach, ahead of Paul McFarland, 30, of the Kingston Frontenacs and Ryan Oulahen, 31, of the Flint Firebirds. . . . The youngest head coach in the WHL? Luke Pierce of the Kootenay Ice is 32.

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Former NHL D Kerry Huffman has signed on as an assistant coach with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. He will work alongside Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon. . . . Last season, Huffman was an assistant coach with the NAHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

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