Monday, 27 December 2010

News & Notes

- As I write this, I'm riding the bus to Red Deer, where the Wheat Kings will begin the unofficial second half of the Western Hockey League regular season on Tuesday night against the Rebels (7:30 p.m., CKLQ).

- The Moose Jaw Warriors have announced the hiring of Mike Vandenberghe as an assistant coach. Vandenberghe spent the first three months of the season as an interim assistant coach with the Brandon Wheat Kings, filling in while Dwayne Gylywoychuk recovered from a fractured vertebra in his back. Vandenberghe was offered a more permanent position with the team but could not make it work because of family commitments.

- Former Wheat King Jordin Tootoo has voluntarily entered into in-patient care through the NHL-NHLPA substance abuse and behavioural health program. For more, a story the Associated Press is available by clicking here...

- Rookie Wheat Kings Ryan Pulock, Tyrel Seaman and the rest of Team West are in Winnipeg, preparing for the start of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Wednesday. Team West faces the United States in a pre-tournament game Tuesday before opening against Team Pacific on Wednesday at the MTS Iceplex.

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