Pats add veteran d-man from Ice … Saskatoon, Kootenay move goalies … Warriors add some size, grit

F Rihards Burkarts (Brandon, Portland, 2013-16) has been released by mutual agreement by Zlín (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He had two goals and two assists in 17 games. . . .

F Ian McDonald (Tri-City, 2000-06) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Selb (Germany, Oberliga) after his release by mutual agreement by Gherdëina Selva Val Gardena (Italy, Alps HL) on Sunday. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 15 games with Gherdëina this season. 

When you are the host team for the next Memorial Cup, tradition dictates that your roster is in a constant state of flux prior to the Jan. 10 trade deadline.

The Regina Pats, the host team for the 2018 Memorial Cup, continued down that road on Monday when they sent a potential five assets to the Kootenay Ice, getting back veteran D Cale Fleury, who is to turn 19 on Sunday, in the exchange.

Going to the Ice: D Jonathan Smart, 18; F Cole Muir, 16; and two or three bantam draft picks — a second-rounder in 2018, a sixth in 2018 and an undisclosed conditional pick in 2019 or 2020. The latter likely is conditional on Fleury playing in the WHL as a 20-year-old.

Originally, the second-round pick belonged to the Medicine Hat Tigers. It moved to Regina in a deal that had G Jordan Hollett move to the Tigers on May 23. In exchange for Hollett, 18, the Pats got F Matt Bradley, 20, the second-round pick and a fifth-rounder in 2019.

The sixth-round pick actually goes back to the Ice after having been sent to Regina for G Kurtis Chapman, who was released by Kootenay on Monday.

Fleury, the Ice’s captain since January, is from Carlyle, Sask. The Ice selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 bantam draft. The Montreal Canadiens picked him in the third round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. His older brother, Haydn, played in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels and now is a defenceman with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.

Cale is in his fourth WHL season, all of them with Kootenay. In 218 regular-season games, he put up 86 points, including 26 goals. Last season, he had 11 goals and 27 assists in 70 games.

Smart, from Kelowna, was a first-round selection by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2014 bantam draft. He is the son of former WHLer Jason Smart, and his grandfather, Russ, is a long-time WHL scout.

This season, Jonathan has 12 points, including two goals, in 21 games. In 132 regular-season games, he has 47 points, seven of them goals.

The Pats acquired Smart from Kelowna last season, sending D James Hilsendager and F Erik Gardiner to the Rockets.

Muir, from Vista, Man., is in his first WHL season and has one assist in 12 games. The Pats selected him in the second round of the 2016 bantam draft. Last season, he had 16 goals and 16 assists in 40 games with the midget AAA Yellowhead Chiefs in Manitoba.

John Paddock, the Pats’ general manager and head coach, pulled the trigger on the trade with Kootenay after the Pats were swept by the rival Moose Jaw Warriors in a Friday-Sunday doubleheader.

The Warriors won 3-2 in Regina on Friday, then returned home and won 3-1, on Sunday. When the games were done, the Pats were six points behind the Eastern Conference-leading Warriors, who also are atop the WHL’s overall standings.

After Sunday’s game, Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post wrote:

“There were rumblings on the weekend that the Pats — and perhaps the Warriors as well — were close to making a significant trade. Paddock wouldn’t tip his hand, but he did say there won’t be a knee-jerk reaction based solely on two lacklustre games.”

Paddock also told Harder:

“That’s the last thing on my mind. With the (trade) deadline (on Jan. 10), different guys have different ideas of when they want to do things. We have different things that we’re working on all the time to tweak some things.”

Obviously, Paddock is wanting to tweak his defence, and you have to wonder if he won’t make another deal down the road to bring in a high-end defenceman. As Jan. 10 nears and the non-contenders start auctioning off assets, there could be an all-star defenceman or two come available. Paddock, you can bet, will be first in line with his shopping cart.

The Moose Jaw Warriors got bigger and stronger up front on Monday when they acquired F Barrett Sheen, 19, from the Kootenay Ice for a fifth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Sheen, from Airdrie, Alta., has two goals, five assists and 51 penalty minutes in 18 games this season. Last season, he totalled eight goals, 10 assists and 159 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Ice. (The WHL credits Sheen with 129 penalty minutes; the league doesn’t include misconducts or game misconducts in its individual penalty totals.)

In 2015-16, Sheen had four goals and eight assists in 46 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Saskatoon Blades have made a switch with their goaltenders, dropping Joel Grzybowski, 18, and adding Nolan Maier, 16. . . . Grzbowski, from Hafford, Sask., was an 11th-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft. This season, in five appearances, he was 0-1-0, 4.20, .843. He is expected to join the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars. . . . Maier, from Yorkton, Sask., was a second-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. He has been playing with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, where he is 1-5-1, 5.15, .897. . . . The plan now is for Maier to spend the remainder of the season in Saskatoon backing up Ryan Kubic, 19.

The Kootenay Ice dropped G Kurtis Chapman, 19, from its roster on Monday. He is expected to join the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs. Chapman, who was acquired from the Regina Pats on Sept. 13, was 4-5-0, 3.91, .880 with the Ice this season. . . . The Ice now is carrying two goaltenders — Bailey Brkin, 18, who came over from the Swift Current Broncos, and Duncan McGovern, 17, who was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Everett Silvertips, who it seems once looked at playing a game on the deck of an aircraft carrier, would be interested in playing an outdoor game at Seattle’s Safeco Field. However, Zoran Rajcic, the COO of CSH International, Inc., which owns the Silvertips, has told Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald that nothing is in the works at this moment. . . . “Is there an interest level? Absolutely,” Rajcic said. “I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to that. But we haven’t done anything (about it).” . . . Craig Herkimer, the president of KevaWorks, an event-management and promotions company based in California, has expressed an interest in being involved. He told Geleynse, via email: “Nothing has been confirmed, but many people in the sports community are interested in bringing this kind of event to the area.” . . . Geleynse’s piece is right here.

The KHL is on a scheduled break these days, allowing players to leave their teams to take part in various international competitions. Patrick Conway has taken advantage of the situation to write about the KHL’s teams and attendance. It’s interesting stuff and it’s all right here. . . . You are free to read it and then wonder how these teams are able to pay the salaries they do when attendance numbers don’t seem to be awfully healthy.

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F Seth Bafaro of the Saskatoon Blades has been suspended for four games after he took a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct during a 6-4 loss to the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Friday. Bafaro has already missed one game, the Blades’ 3-1 loss to the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.


No Games Scheduled.

TUESDAY (All times local):

Calgary at Brandon, 7 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Prince Albert vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

Red Deer at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

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Davidson, Smart spark Pats … Wolf howls in Portland … Phillips king for Royals … Zack attack quiets Hurricanes

G Riku Helenius (Seattle, 2007-08) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Ilves Tampere (Finland, Liiga). This season, with KalPa Kuopio (Finland, Liiga), he was 0-4-0, 2.80, .899 in four games as an injury replacement. . . .

F Chris St. Jacques (Medicine Hat, 1999-2004) has signed a six-week contract with Bad Tölz (Germany, DEL2) as an injury replacement. Last season, he had nine goals and 21 assists in 24 games with Füchse Duisburg (Germany, Oberliga), and one goal and four assists in 11 games with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, DEL2).

F Nolan Patrick and F Kailer Yamamoto, the two 19-year-old WHL products still in the NHL, didn’t have a good week in terms of playing time.

Patrick, who played the past three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings, has missed two straight games with an “upper-body injury” that may be a concussion. He left Tuesday’s game with the Anaheim Ducks in the second period after taking a hit in a corner during which his head bounced sharply off the glass.

Patrick practised on Wednesday and was expected to play Thursday against the Ottawa Senators. But he was scratched from that game and also from Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Flyers are scheduled to entertain the Arizona Coyotes tonight (Monday).

Patrick, the second overall selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft, has a goal and two assists in nine games.

Meanwhile, Yamamoto, a product of the Spokane Chiefs, has three assists in seven games with the Edmonton Oilers.

However, he didn’t play in Edmonton’s 5-2 loss to the visiting Washington Capitals on Saturday night. He has been a healthy scratch from two straight games now.

The Oilers don’t play again until Wednesday when they meet the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

If Yamamoto gets into a 10th game, the first year of his three-year entry-level contract kicks in.

The Edmonton Oil Kings dropped a 5-3 decision to the visiting Regina Pats on Sunday, then announced that D Jordan Dawson “is no longer with the team and has decided to pursue other hockey opportunities.” . . . From Delta, B.C., Dawson, 19, was one of eight defencemen on Edmonton’s roster. He was a fourth-round selection by the Oil Kings in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . This season, he missed time with an undisclosed “upper-body” injury and had played in only two of Edmonton’s 15 games. He was pointless in those two games. In 66 career regular-season games, he had two goals and four assists. . . . Dawson’s departure leaves Edmonton with only two 19-year-olds on its roster.

The horror flick Jigsaw was No. 1 at the box office in Canada and the U.S. on the weekend. It will have brought in an estimated US$16.3 million when the counting is done. It is the eighth instalment of the Saw movies. . . . Why do I mention this here. Because Jigsaw was co-produced by former WHLer Oren Koules, who also produced its predecessors. Koules played three seasons (1979-82) in the WHL, playing with the Portland Winter Hawks, Great Falls Americans, Medicine Hat Tigers, Spokane Flyers, Calgary Wranglers and Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . There’s more on this weekend at the box office right here.

Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, suspended Yuri Gurriel of the Houston Astros for five regular-season games following his racist actions directed at Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher You Darvish during the third game of the World Series. At first blush, I thought that Manfred’s actions weren’t nearly harsh enough. . . . But then I realized that had Gurriel been suspended for World Series games it wouldn’t have cost him any money and, besides, an appealed would have been filed on his behalf and he would have played while awaiting resolution. . . . And then I read the column written by Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post, who was in Houston. . . . That column is right here.

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At Edmonton, D Dawson Davidson had a goal and three assists, and D Jonathan Smart drew four assists, as the Regina Pats skated to a 5-3 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Regina (9-6-2) had lost its previous two games (0-1-1). . . . The Oil Kings (5-8-2) have lost two in a row. . . . The teams were tied 2-2 after one period, but Regina took control with three PP goals in the second half of the middle period. Davidson scored one of those goals and was in on the other two; Smart drew assists on each of them. . . . F Bryan Lockner (2) gave the Pats a 1-0 lead at 7:26 of the first period, with Edmonton F Nick Bowman (3) equalizing at 19:00, on a PP. . . . F Matt Bradley (13) gave Regina a 2-1 lead just five seconds later, with F Tomas Soustal (3), on another PP, tying it at 19:58. . . . Yes, there were three goals scored in the final minute of the opening period. . . . The Pats took over with this second-period PP goals from Davidson (4), at 10:16, F Braydon Buziak (2), at 14:49, and F Wyatt Sloboshan (3), at 17:42. . . . F David Kope, with his first WHL goal, scored for Edmonton at 6:28 of the third period. . . . Sloboshan also had an assist. . . . The Pats acquired Davidson and Smart in trades last season, Davidson from the Kamloops Blazers and Smart from the Kelowna Rockets. This was the first career four-point game for each of them. . . . Davidson has two goals and five assists in his past two games. . . . D Conner McDonald had two assists for Edmonton. . . . Regina was 3-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 2-5. . . . G Max Paddock stopped 37 shots for Regina. . . . G Travis Child allowed four goals on 20 shots in 36:23, while reliever Boston Bilous surrendered one goal on 10 shots. . . . Child started but left for 3:37 at 7:08 of the second period after being shaken up. Bilous came on, but Child returned at 10:45. However, Bilous finished up by playing the third period. . . . Regina was without F Sam Steel, the reigning WHL scoring champion, for a second straight game. He is sidelined with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Pats were playing their third game in a third city in fewer than 48 hours. They went (1-1-1). . . . Regina also finished a four-game swing at 2-1-1. The Pats were on the road because Skate Canada was in the Brandt Centre. . . . Announced attendance: 5,730.

At Cranbrook, B.C., D Cale Fleury scored his second goal of the game at 2:27 of OT to give the Kootenay Ice a 5-4 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Ice (7-7-1) has won two in a row. . . . The Rebels (8-6-1) found themselves in OT for the third time in fewer than 48 hours. They had won the previous two games, both on home ice. . . . Fleury, who has five goals, gave his guys a 1-0 lead at 1:09 of the first period. . . . Red Deer tied it at 8:00 when F Chris Douglas (2) scored. . . . The Ice scored the next two goals, with F Cameron Hausinger (2) finding the range at 10:56 of the first and F Colton Kroeker (7) counting at 6:53 of the second. . . . The Rebels bounced back with three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. . . . F Kristian Reichel (5) scored at 12:20 of the second period, with F Austin Pratt (4) making it 3-3 at 14:24. . . . F Reese Johnson (5) gave Red Deer the lead at 17:39 of the third period. . . . Ice F Alex Baer (4) forced OT when he scored on a PP at 18:09. . . . Kroeker drew assists on each of the last two goals, while Baer also was in on the winner. . . . Kroeker ended up with three assists, while Baer and F Keenan Taphorn finished with two assists each, and Hausinger had one. . . . The Rebels got three assists from D Brandon Schuldhaus and two from D Alex Alexeyev. . . . Kootenay was 1-4 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-2. . . . G Kurtis Chapman stopped 22 shots for the winners, with Byron Fancy also making 22 saves for the Rebels. . . . Fancy, a 16-year-old from Claresholm, Alta., was making his first appearance of the season and the second of his career. He was a second-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. The Rebels added Fancy last week from the midget AAA Lethbridge Hurricanes and plan on keeping him until G Riley Lamb (thumb) is cleared to return. . . . Announced attendance: 2,300.

At Victoria, F Matthew Phillips’ shorthanded goal at 8:10 of the third period was the difference as the Royals beat the Vancouver Giants, 4-3. . . . The Royals (12-4-1) have won two in a row. They had beat the visiting Giants, 6-5, on Saturday with Phillips getting the shootout winner. . . . Victoria is 8-0-0 inside the B.C. Division and leads the WHL’s overall standings by three points over the idle Moose Jaw Warriors (11-4-0). . . . The Giants (5-7-3) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). This was their third game in fewer than 48 hours. They went 0-2-1. . . . D Matt Barberis (2) got Vancouver on the scoreboard first, at 9:56 of the first period. . . . Phillips, who has 15 goals, tied it at 4:30 of the second period. . . . F Ty Ronning (12) put Vancouver back in front just 15 seconds later. . . . The Royals took the lead on goals from F Ryan Peckford (9), on a PP, at 7:49, and F Regan Nagy (16), at 18:34. Nagy has six goals over his past four games. . . . F Milos Roman (5) got the Giants back into a tie at 2:23 of the third period. . . . Phillips ran his point streak to 17 games; yes, he has at least one point in each of Victoria’s games this season. . . . F Tyler Soy and F Dante Hannoun each had two assists for the winners. . . . The Royals have a CHL-leading seven shorthanded goals. . . . The Giants got two assists from F Brad Morrison and one each from Ronning and Roman. . . . F Tyler Benson played his second game in three nights for the Giants, after last playing on Jan. 2. He was held pointless but had seven shots on goal. . . . Victoria was 1-5 on the PP; Vancouver was 0-7. . . . G Dean McNabb came up with 32 saves in earning his second WHL victory. . . . The Giants got 20 saves from G Todd Scott. . . . Vancouver was without D Darian Skeoch, who has missed two games while serving a TBD suspension that came out of a game against the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday night. . . . Announced attendance: 4,337.

At Lethbridge, F Zack Andrusiak scored three goals and added an assist to help the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 7-4 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The Thunderbirds (7-5-1) have won two in a row. They were playing their third game in as many cities in fewer than 48 hours. They went 2-1-0. . . . The Hurricanes (7-6-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Seattle erased a 2-1 deficit with five straight goals, four of them in the second period. . . . F Ryan Vandervlis gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 1:33 of the first period, but F Nolan Volcan (3) tied it 1:59 later. . . . F Josh Tarzwell (1) put the Hurricanes back into the lead at 9:24. . . . Seattle took over with the four second-period goals, from F Donovan Neuls (3), at 1:07, F Sami Moilanen (10), at 2:36, and two from Andrusiak, at 12:37 and 16:04. . . . D Turner Ottenbreit (1), on a PP, gave the visitors a 6-1 lead at 6:24 of the third period. . . . The Hurricanes gave their fans something to cheer about with goals from F Giorgio Estephan (5), on a PP, at 9:36, and Vandervlis (5), at 18:09. . . . Andrusiak completed his hat trick, on a PP, at 19:22. This was his first three-goal and four-point game. . . . He has six goals and five assists in 13 games this season. He went into the season with six goals and five assists in 67 regular-season games — 52 with Seattle, eight with the Prince Albert Raiders and seven with the Tri-City Americans. . . . Seattle got two assists from each of D Austin Strand and D Jarret Tyszka, with Ottenbreit and Moilanen adding one each. . . . D Tate Olson and F Egor Zudilov had two assists each for Lethbridge and Estephan added one. . . . Seattle was 3-4 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-3. . . . G Liam Hughes stopped 17 shots for Seattle, eight fewer than Lethbridge’s Reece Klassen, who was making his first start. . . . Announced attendance: 3,343.

At Portland, G Dustin Wolf stopped 44 shots as he recorded his second WHL victory in his second start, this one by a 3-2 count over the Winterhawks. . . . The Silvertips (6-9-1), who won 3-1 behind Wolf in Kamloops on Friday night, have won two straight. . . . The Winterhawks (9-4-0) have lost three in a row. . . . Wolf, a 16-year-old from Tustin Calif., was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. The 5-foot-11, 150-pounder had off-season surgery on both hips so his start to this season was somewhat delayed. . . . The Silvertips won this one when F Patrick Bajkov scored his seventh goal of the season at 19:31 of the third period. . . . F Lane Gilliss (1) gave the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead at 2:02 of the first period. . . . The Silvertips took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Matt Fonteyne (9), at 7:42, and Bajkov, at 11:39. . . . Portland tied it when F Kieffer Bellows (10) scored at 9:38 of the third period. . . . F Sean Richards had two assists for the winners. . . . Everett was 0-4 on the PP; Portland was 0-3. . . . The Winterhawks got 23 saves from G Cole Kehler. . . . Announced attendance: 3,600.

MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Saskatoon at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Seattle at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Regina, 7 p.m.

Prince George at Portland, 7 p.m.

Kelowna vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

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Oil Kings, Rockets deal … Two Wheaties get NHL deals … Chiefs d-man to retire

F Shane Harper (Everett, 2005-10) has signed a one-year contract with Lada Togliatti (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had two goals and an assist in 14 games with the Florida Panthers (NHL); seven goals and 12 assists in 39 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL); and one goal and two assists in 19 games with the Albany Devils (AHL).

“It’s the summer of 1994,” Corey Hirsch wrote at The Players’ Tribune in February. “I am standing at the edge of a cliff in Kamloops . . . and I am checking out.” He was 22 years of age and had seen enough. In the end, though, he didn’t drive his car over that cliff. He later was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and now he’s telling his story. . . . The former WHL and NHL goaltender will be in Kamloops on Wednesday. His old junior team, the Blazers, will play the visiting Prince George Cougars later in the evening. First, the Canadian Mental Health Association, as part of its 25th anniversary, will present Hirsch and his message at 5:30 p.m., in the Valley First Lounge at the Sandman Centre. Tickets are available right here. . . . If you haven’t read his story, it’s right here. . . . This season, Hirsch is back in hockey as the analyst on the Vancouver Canucks’ radio crew.

The Edmonton Oil Kings and Kelowna Rockets moved Monday to settle roster situations.

The Oil Kings acquired Czech F Tomas Soustal, 20, from the Rockets for a fourth-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft.

That move allowed the Rockets to get down to the maximum two imports and three 20-year-olds.

Kelowna found itself with four 20s after F Carsen Twarynski returned from the camp of the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The Rockets also have D Gordie Ballhorn and James Hilsendager on their roster. Their two imports now are both Czech freshmen — D Libor Zabransky, 17, and F Marek Skvrne, 18.

The acquisition of Soustal left the Oil Kings with three imports, so they placed F Artyom Baltruk, who is from Belarus, on waivers. Baltruk, 18, had three goals and two assists in 60 games as a freshman last season. This season, he was pointless in three games. Edmonton also has freshman F Andrei Pavlenko, also from Belarus, on its roster. Pavlenko has two goals in five games.

Soustal joins G Travis Child and F Colton Kehler as Edmonton’s 20s.

Soustal should bring some offence to an Edmonton team that didn’t make the playoffs last season. He had 113 points, including 47 goals, in 175 regular-season games with the Rockets. Last season, he had 18 goals and 27 assists in 49 games. Soustal also has plenty of playoff experience, having totalled 13 goals and 14 assists in 54 games.

D Jake Toporowski of the Spokane Chiefs announced Monday that he will play his final game on Wednesday against the visiting Everett Silvertips. “Wednesday night will be a night that I grew up hoping wouldn’t come for another 20 years,” he wrote, “yet here we find ourselves. I am about to play my final hockey game. . . . This decision hasn’t been easy, but I feel it is the right one for my physical, mental and emotional health going forward. Words can’t describe the feelings, everything from the obvious sadness over it all ending to excitement about what the future holds.” . . . Toporowski, 19, is from Bettendorf, Iowa. He is the son of former Chiefs D Kerry Toporowski. . . . Injuries limited Jake to 36 games last season — he had three assists — while he didn’t play in any of the Chiefs’ first five games this season. He was a third-round selection by Spokane in the WHL’s 2013 bantam draft. . . . Luke Toporowski, Jake’s 16-year-old brother, is a freshman forward on Spokane’s roster.

Fans of the Regina Pats and Vancouver Giants are up next in the WHL/Kidney Foundation promotion that involves Don Cherry and is aimed at increasing organ donor awareness. . . . The Pats entertain the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday, while the Giants will play host to the Tri-City Americans in Langley, B.C. In both games, the home team will wear sweaters fashioned after Cherry’s wardrobe; yes, the sweaters will be available via auction. . . . The Kidney Foundation will have a booth at each game, so feel free to stop by.

Each of the 17 Canadian WHL franchises will have a night. The Prince Albert Raiders were first up last Saturday, with the Kootenay Ice and Moose Jaw Warriors to follow on Oct. 14. Here’s the remainder of the schedule: Brandon Wheat Kings, Oct. 20; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Oct. 27; Calgary Hitmen, Oct. 28; Edmonton Oil Kings and Kamloops Blazers, March 2; Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince George Cougars and Swift Current Broncos, March 3; Victoria Royals, March 9; and Kelowna Rockets, Red Deer Rebels and Saskatoon Blades, March 10.

F Tanner Kaspick of the Brandon Wheat Kings has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. The 19-year-old Kaspick, a fourth-round selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft, attended the Blues’ training camp before being returned to the Wheat Kings. . . . This season, he has two goals and two assists in four games with Brandon. Last season, his third with the Wheat Kings, he had 19 goals and 26 assists in 49 games. . . . Kaspick, from Brandon, was a second-round pick in the WHL’s 2013 bantam draft.

Meanwhile, Renaud Lavoie of TVA tweeted last night that the Colorado Avalanche has signed Brandon F Ty Lewis, 19, to a three-year entry-level deal. Lewis, another Brandon native, attended Colorado’s camp as an undrafted free agent. Last season, he had 30 goals and 38 assists in 70 games. This season, his third with the Wheat Kings, he has two goals and eight assists in four games.

The Calgary Hitmen got down to three 20-year-olds on Monday as they placed D Brady Reagan on waivers. From Calgary, Reagan was a second-round pick by the Regina Pats in the 2012 bantam draft. He has split 235 regular-season games between the Pats, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Hitmen. He has 15 goals and 44 assists. Last season, he had one goal and four assists in 18 games with Lethbridge, and six goals and 16 assists in 50 games with Calgary. . . . The move leaves Calgary with F Matteo Gennaro, G Nick Schneider and F Jakob Stukel as its 20s.

D Turner Ottenbreit won’t be in the Seattle Thunderbirds’ lineup tonight when they visit the Tri-City Americans. Ottenbreit, Seattle’s captain, drew a TBD suspension for a headshot major and game misconduct on Saturday night against the host Portland Winterhawks. He hit Portland F Joachim Blichfeld, who is out indefinitely with a concussion. . . . D Cale Fleury of the Kootenay Ice also drew a TBD suspension. He took a cross-checking major and game misconduct for a hit on F Davis Murray of the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday. Murray left the game and didn’t return.


Nick Robone, an assistant coach with the hockey team at the U of Nevada-Las Vegas, was among the wounded in the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night. . . . Robone, a native of Las Vegas, is in his third season there. The 28-year-old was shot in the chest and underwent surgery on Monday morning. . . . Robone’s father, Tony, told Brian Joseph of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the bullet didn’t puncture a lung, but the organ is bruised and he was in “pretty bad shape.” Tony added that the family is “optimistically cautious” that their son will be OK.

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No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Seattle vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

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Ice adds 20-year-old, signs goalie … Russell sparks Wheaties … Skoleski wins slugfest in Regina

D Victor Bartley (Kamloops, Regina, 2003-09) has signed a two-year contract with Örebro (Sweden, SHL). Bartley suffered a torn triceps during exhibition season a year ago. The injury required surgery and he missed all of last season. In 2015-16, he was pointless in one game with Nashville (NHL), had one assist in 14 games with Milwaukee (AHL), was pointless in nine games with Montreal (NHL), and had one goal and two assists in 10 games with St. John’s (AHL).

The Kootenay Ice has acquired F Colton Veloso, 20, from the Portland Winterhawks for a conditional fourth-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft. . . . Veloso, who is from Winnipeg, is entering his third WHL season. In 156 game with the Winterhawks, he put up 30 goals and 22 assists. Last season, he had 18 goals and 14 assists in 71 games. . . . The Ice now has four 20-year-olds on its roster — Veloso, G Mario Petit, D Jordan Henderson and F Colton Kroeker. . . . The Winterhawks also are left with four — F Alex Overhardt, F Evan Weinger, D Keoni Texeira and G Cole Kehler. . . . Teams have to be down to three 20s by Oct. 10.

Also on Friday, the Ice signed G Will Gurski, who was a fourth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. Gurski will turn 15 on Oct. 23. . . . From Duncan, B.C., Gurski played last season with the bantam prep team at Shawnigan Lake School.

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Just the other day, a veteran hockey coach — he has coached at the midget AAA, junior A and major junior levels — and I were chatting and in the course of the conversation the subject of hometown players arose. Coincidentally, Hartley Miller of has broached that very subject in his weekly Hart Attack column. . . . It’s all right here.


At Brandon, F Zach Russell scored his first two goals of the exhibition season as the Wheat Kings got past the Moose Jaw Warriors, 3-2. . . . Russell broke a 1-1 tie at 5:52 of the second period and snapped a 2-2 deadlock at 5:18 of the third. . . . An 18-year-old from Calgary, Russell had three goals and two assists in 40 games with the Wheat Kings last season. . . . Brandon starter Ethan Kruger gave up one goal on 12 shots in 33:17, with Dylan Myskiw finishing up by stopping 25 of 26 shots in 26:42. . . . The Warriors got 30 saves from Adam Evanoff. . . . The Wheat Kings improved to 2-1-0, with Moose Jaw now 3-2-0. The teams will meet again tonight in Moose Jaw. . . .

At Regina, F Devon Skoleski scored the only goal of an eight-round shootout to give the Prince Albert Raiders a 3-2 victory over the Pats. . . . The Raiders held a 2-0 lead halfway through the game, with Regina equalizing on goals from F Jeff de Wit, on a PP, at 14:35 of the second period and F Koby Morrisseau, just 38 seconds into the third. . . . De Wit, who also had an assist, has seven goals in the exhibition season. . . . The Raiders took 80 of the game’s 147 penalty minutes. There was — ch-ch-ch-ching — a multi-fight situation at 13:42 of the second period that resulted in 87 penalty minutes, including five fighting majors and the accompanying game misconducts. . . . Prince Albert F Justin Nachbaur took a charging major and game misconduct 38 seconds into the third period. . . . Prince Albert (2-2-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Regina (2-2-1) was 1-4. . . . G Nic Sanders started for Prince Albert and stopped all 14 shots in faced in 30:39. Curtis Meger came on in relief to stop 19 of 21, and was perfect in the shootout. . . . Regina got 23 saves from G Tyler Brown. . . . The two teams will play again tonight, this time in Prince Albert. . . .

At Crownest Pass, Alta., the Kootenay Ice exploded for five first-period goals en route to an 8-4 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . D Cale Fleury led the Ice with two goals and an assist, with F Peyton Krebs also scoring twice. . . . The Ice was 2-4 on the PP; the Hurricanes were 2-4. . . . The Ice now is 2-3-0, with the Hurricanes at 1-4-0. . . . The Ice and Calgary Hitmen will play tonight in Crowsnest Pass.

At Prince George, the Kamloops Blazers erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits as they beat the Cougars, 5-3. . . . F Luc Smith scored twice for Kamloops, forging a 2-2 tie at 5:29 of the second period and pulling the Blazers even, 3-3, at 5:25 of the third. . . . F Quinn Benjafield broke the tie, on a PP, at 14:08 and Swiss freshman F Justin Sigrist added insurance at 15:59. . . . Kamloops (2-2-1) was 2-5 on the PP; Prince George (3-3-0) was 0-3. . . . G Max Palaga started for Kamloops, stopping 10 of 12 shots in 29:46. Kyle Dumba came on to make 14 saves on 15 shots in 30:14. . . . The Cougars got 20 saves on 22 shots from G Tavin Grant through two periods. Isaiah DiLaura played the third, giving up three goals on nine shots. . . .

At Everett, the Silvertips built a 3-0 lead and went on to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-3. . . . F Donovan Neuls had two goals and an assist for Seattle. . . . Neuls and F Tyler Adams pulled Seattle to within one, at 4-3, early in the third period. . . . Everett F Orrin Centazzo got the insurance goal when he scored for the fourth time in this exhibition season at 19:38. Yes, it was an empty-netter. . . . Everett (4-2-0) was 1-3 on the PP; Seattle (1-4-0) was 1-1. . . . Everett G Dorrin Luding earned the victory with 25 saves, one more than Seattle’s Matt Berlin. . . . They’ll play again tonight, this time in Kent, Wash.

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