Benson to miss Giants’ camp? … Hockey tonight in Salmon Arm … Ex-WHLer to coach Wildcats


D Troy Rutkowski (Portland, 2008-13) has signed a one-year contract with Sparta Sarpsborg (Norway, GET-Ligaen). Last season, he had nine goals and 26 assists in 45 games with Lillehammer (Norway, GET-Ligaen).


It could be that F Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants will miss training camp. Rick Dhaliwal of NEWS 1130 Sports in Vancouver tweeted the above note on Tuesday morning, then added that the Giants “are hoping Benson is ready for the regular-season opener.” . . . Benson, 19, was selected by Vancouver with the first overall pick of the 2013 bantam draft. He has been with the Giants for the past three seasons, but injuries and ailments limited him to 30 games in 2015-16 and 33 games in 2017-18. . . . Benson had 28 points, including nine goals, two seasons ago and 11 goals and 31 assists last season. . . . Last season, he played his last game on Jan. 2. . . . An Edmonton native, he has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Oilers, who selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft. Benson has been rehabbing since undergoing sports hernia surgery in April. He skated for the first time since the surgery at the Oilers’ development camp in Jasper, Alta., early in July.


If you happen to be in the Salmon Arm area today (Wednesday) and feel like watching some hockey, get yourself over to the Shaw Centre because puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. . . . It’s the annual Pro Am Scholarship game that is staged by the BCHL’s Silverbacks. . . . This year’s game will feature the likes of F Curtis Lazar of the Calgary Flames and F Riley Nash of the Boston Bruins. The Silverbacks announced Tuesday that D Jake Bean of the Calgary Hitmen, who was a first-round selection by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2016 NHL draft, also will play. . . . Tickets are $7 apiece, with youngsters six and under free. Ducats are available all day at the Silverbacks’ office and the Maximum Edge Hockey Shop, which recently was purchased by the team.


Travis Young is the new head coach of the Valley Wildcats, who play out of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. Nick Greenough was the general manager and head coach for the previous four seasons, but now will focus entirely on the GM’s duties. . . . Young, from Souris, Man., played five seasons (19990-2004) in the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings and Prince Albert Raiders. The 34-year-old later played three seasons with the Acadia U Axemen before his playing career was sidelined by concussion-related issues. . . . He spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Acadia, before working as the head coach of Miskolc Jegesmedvek on Hungary’s MOL. He also has worked with the MHL’s South Shore Lumberjacks. For the past two seasons, he has been coaching the Wildcats’ major bantam team, while helping the junior A team as an assistant coach.


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