Taking Note By Gregg Drinnan, Co-author: Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos.

Winterhawks, Silvertips get new imports

D Nolan Yonkman (Kelowna, Brandon, 1996-2001) has signed a two-year extension with JYP Jyvaskyla (Finland, Liiga). Last season, he had a goal and seven assists in 57 games. . . . D Renat Mamashev (Moose Jaw, 2000-01) has signed a one-year extension with Sochi (Russia, KHL). He had five goals and 16 assists in 53 games last season. ——— The Portland Winterhawks have signed Finnish D Henri Jokiharju and Danish F Joachim  Blichfeld, both of whom were selected in last month’s CHL import draft. . . . The signings leave the Winterhawks with three imports on their roster, the other ...
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Royals’ forward signs with KHL team

G Thomas Raffl (Kelowna, Swift Current, 2005-06) has signed a one-year contract with Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, he had a goal and an assist in one game with Red Bull Salzburg, and also had five goals and five assists in 31 games with the Manitoba Moose (AHL). . . . F Vladimir Bobylev (Vancouver, Victoria, 2014-16) has signed a two-year contract with Spartak Moscow (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had 28 goals and 39 assists in 72 games with the Victoria Royals (WHL). ——— The Victoria Royals didn’t make a selection in last month’s two-round ...
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Frog Lake First Nation wants WHL team

The Frog Lake First Nation, which is located 90 kilometres north of Lloydminster, Alta., wants a WHL franchise. In order to attain that goal, it says a 7,500-seat arena will be part of the $100-million Lloydminser Regional Entertainment Complex project, something that is referred to in a news release as an “entertainment district.” The WHL is twice referred to in the news release that is right here. First, the news release refers to a “Western Hockey League arena.” Later, the arena is referred to as being the “home of a future Western Hockey League franchise.” The population of Lloydminster and ...
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Race on to play host to ’18 Memorial Cup

The race is on to see who will play host to the 2018 Memorial Cup. Tim Baines of the Ottawa Citizen has reported that the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s plan to get in on the bidding. The 67’s last played host to the tournament in 1999. Jeff Hunt, the president of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, told Baines: “One hundred per cent, we’re bidding. We’ve had that Memorial Cup in our sights for a number of years so it’s not a spontaneous thing.” Any team planning on bidding will have to declare its intention by Sept. 1. Each of the ...
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Hay joins Silverbacks’ coaching staff

D Jonathan Harty (Everett, 2004-08) has signed a one-year contract with Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, with Grenoble (France, Ligue Magnus), he had three goals and 10 assists in 22 games. He led the league in plus/minus, at +25. . . . F Aaron Gagnon (Seattle, 2001-07) has signed a one-year extension with Lukko Rauma (Finland, Liiga). Last season, he had 48 points, including 25 goals, in 60 games. He led his team in goals and points. He was third in the league in goals and fourth in points, while leading in shorthanded goals, with four. ...
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AHL makes move to limit fighting

F Patrik Valčák (Lethbridge, Kelowna, 2003-04) has signed a one-year extension with the Manchester Storm (England, UK Elite). Last season, he had 15 goals and 40 assists in 61 games. . . . F Ned Lukacevic (Spokane, Swift Current, 2001-06) has signed a one-year contract with Chamonix-Morzine (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, he had four goals and nine assists in 21 games with the Coventry Blaze (England, UK Elite), and nine goals and 12 assists in 25 games with the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite). . . . D Garrett Klotz (Red Deer, Saskatoon, 2005-08) has signed a one-year contract ...
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A look inside the Mongeon Report

Rick Westhead, a senior correspondent at TSN, has been keeping tabs on a lawsuit that has been filed against the Canadian Hockey League — the umbrella under which the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League operate. This lawsuit, brought by a Toronto law firm on behalf of players, hopes to have major junior hockey players declared as employees, as opposed to student-athletes, so that they will have to be paid at least the minimum wage in their jurisdictions. On Thursday, Westhead provided a link to a study conducted by Dr. Kevin Mongeon, an assistant ...
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Rockets introduce new head coach

F Richard Rapáč (Moose Jaw, Prince George, 2006-07) has signed a one-year contract with EVZ Academy Zug (Switzerland, NL B). Last season, with Poprad (Slovakia, Extraliga), he had 15 goals and 19 assists in 47 games. He was second on the team in goals and points. . . . F Alex Leavitt (Swift Current, Everett, 2003-05) has signed a one-year extension with Braehead Clan Glasgow (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, he had 73 points, including 23 goals, in 58 games. He was fourth in the league’s scoring race and second in assists. He led the Clan in assists and points ...
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Valuation study of WHL, OHL teams displays rather large five-hole

Another day, another report from TSN senior correspondent Rick Westhead involving information made available through a lawsuit that has been filed against the Canadian Hockey League. The lawsuit aims to have players classified as employees, something that would result in, among other things, teams having to pay them at least minimum wage. On Wednesday, Westhead reported on a study — his story is right here — that was filed as part of the lawsuit, a study that deals in franchise economics involving the 42 OHL and WHL teams. Kevin Mongeon, an assistant professor of sport management at Brock University in ...
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Former OHL owner admits to unauthorized side deal

Was it a one-off, or has Pandora’s box been opened? There have long been rumours of under-the-table payments being made in major junior hockey, either to top-end players or imports. Until Tuesday, though, I don’t know that there ever was any proof. Yesterday, Rick Westhead, TSN senior correspondent, reported: “Sherry Bassin, a long-time Canadian junior hockey executive, gave one of his former players with the Erie Otters a side deal worth thousands of dollars that was not approved by the Ontario Hockey League. “Details of the payments to former Otters forward Jeremy Gottzmann were included in documents filed in Ontario ...
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Molleken goes from Pats to MLB

F Alexander Kuvayev (Lethbridge, Vancouver, 2010-12) has signed a tryout contract with Spartak Moscow (Russia, KHL). Last season, he was pointless in three games with Metallurgy Novokuznetsk (Russia, KHL) and also pointless in nine games with Zauralie Kurgan (Russia, Vysshaya Liga). He had a goal and three assists in 15 games with Yuzhny Ural Orsk (Russia, Vysshaya Liga). . . . Spartak opened training camp today on Monday in Pardubice, Czech Republic. ——— https://twitter.com/CoachKlipp/status/750167439904694272 Dustin Molleken of Regina made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers on Monday night during a game against the host Cleveland Indians. Molleken, 31, ...
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Mondays With Murray

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1986, SPORTS Copyright 1986/THE TIMES MIRROR COMPANY JIM MURRAY Liberty's Torch Has Lighted Our Playing Fields They're honoring a great lady today. The mother of us all, in a way, whether our families came here before she did, whether they came in steerage or on the Mayflower. She stands for not only what America meant to the world but also what she still means. We all come from huddled masses yearning to breathe free in the final analysis. Or we wouldn't be here. She is 100 years old today, yet as young as tomorrow. Liberty doesn't ...
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Two WHLers get first pro contracts

The St. Louis Blues have signed F Conner Bleackley of the Red Deer Rebels to a three-year entry-level contract. The Blues picked Bleackley, 20, in the fifth round of the NHL’s 2016 draft. If was the second time he was drafted. . . . Bleackley was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2014 NHL draft, but he never signed there. Colorado dealt his rights to Arizona, but the Coyotes chose not to offer him a contract, choosing, instead, to take a compensatory second-round 2016 draft pick instead. (Any team not signing a first-round draft pick ...
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Blazers’ owner to pay P.G. owner’s salary

https://twitter.com/globeandmail/status/749004005473390592 D Thomas Carr (Medicine Hat, 2008-11) has signed a one-year contract with Gap (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, with the University of Alberta (CIS), he had seven goals and eight assists in 28 games. He also had a goal and three assists in five games with the Allen Americans (ECHL). . . . D Nick Ross (Regina, Kamloops, Vancouver, 2004-09) has signed a one-year extension with Innsbruck (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, in 49 games, he had seven goals and 19 assists. . . . F Robin Kovář (Vancouver, Regina, 2001-04) has signed a one-year extension with the ...
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Moores takes over in Kamloops

Ten years ago, Don Moores was of the opinion that the Kamloops Blazers “should never be for sale.” Nine years ago, Moores, then a member of the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society’s board of directors, wasn’t pleased with the “process” that led to the sale of the WHL franchise. However, times change and people do, too. On Thursday, Moores, 60, was introduced as the Blazers’ president, chief operating office and alternate governor. According to a news release from the team, Moores “will have full autonomy over the business operations.” Majority owner Tom Gaglardi had been the team’s president, but his duties ...
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Johnston retires after lengthy career

F Cody Sylvester (Calgary, 2008-13) has signed a one-year contract with Dornbirn (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, he had five goals and seven assists in 48 games with the Iserlohn Roosters (Germany, DEL). ——— It appears that F Filip Ahl will report to the Regina Pats, who selected him in the CHL import draft on Tuesday. Ahl, who is from Jönköping, Sweden, was picked by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round of the NHL’s 2015 draft. . . . Ahl, 19, is in Ottawa at the Senators’ development camp. He told Craig Medaglia of the Inside The Senate ...
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Another name surfaces for Rockets’ job

F Sergei Drozd (Tri-City, 2009-10) has signed a one-year extension with Dinamo Minsk (Belarus, KHL). Last season, he had six goals and seven assists in 57 games. . . . F Spencer Edwards (Red Deer, Seattle, Moose Jaw, 2006-11) has signed a one-year contract with Dijon (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, an alternate captain, he had nine goals and seven assists in 27 games with the University of Calgary (CIS). . . . D David Turoň (Portland, 2002-03) has signed a one-year contract with the Fife Flyers (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, he had five goals and 14 assists in ...
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WHL teams pick 24 players in import draft

Teams from the WHL combined to select 24 players in the CHL’s annual import draft on Tuesday. All told, CHL teams picked 79 players from 11 countries, including 24 from Russia. The teams picked 53 forwards and 26 defencemen. Why no goaltenders? CHL rules prohibit goaltenders from playing in the WHL, OHL or QMJHL. The Kelowna Rockets, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Prince Albert Raiders, Tri-City Americans and Victoria Royals passed on their selections. Here’s a team-by-team look at the draft: BRANDON — The Wheat Kings selected defencemen Linus Nassen, 18, of Sweden and Daniel Bukac, 17, of Czech Republic. . . ...
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Blades to honour Howe at home-opener

F Toni Rajala (Brandon, 2009-10) has signed a one-year contract with Biel-Bienne (Switzerland, NL A). Last season, with Lulea (Sweden, SHL), he had 32 points, including 17 goals, in 52 games. He was second on his team in goals and points. . . . D Jesse Craige (Lethbridge, Chilliwack, 2004-10) has signed a one-year contract with Gap (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, he had five goals and seven assists in 48 games with Nippon Paper Cranes Kushiro (Japan, Asia HL). ——— https://twitter.com/sunayas/status/747552628549255169 The CHL’s 60 teams will take part in the annual import draft today (Tuesday), although why it’s called ...
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More odds and ends from NHL draft

https://twitter.com/CliffRonning7/status/746784727458144257 F Brock Nixon (Kamloops, Calgary, 2003-08) has signed a one-year extension with Esbjerg (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). Last season, he had 21 goals and 13 assists in 45 games. ——— When the NHL’s 2016 draft came to a conclusion on Saturday in Buffalo, its 30 teams had selected 211 players, with 96 of those coming from Canadian Hockey League teams. . . . The OHL had 48 players taken, tying its seven-round record from 2012. The OHL had a record 52 players selected in 1999 when it was a nine-round draft. . . . The WHL had 34 players taken, ...
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