Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Odds and Ends

- Canada's national junior team made its first round of cuts Tuesday morning. Among those released were five players from the WHL in Brad Ross of the Portland Winterhawks, Brendan Gallagher of the Vancouver Giants, Medicine Hat Tigers centre Linden Vey, Chilliwack's Ryan Howse and Brayden McNabb of the Kootenay Ice. The cuts reduced the camp roster to 31 players. The final 22-man team is to be announced on Wednesday.

- Meanwhile, TSN speculates that the Canadian Junior team's captaincy will go either to Windsor Spitfires defenceman Ryan Ellis or to Brandon Wheat Kings' centre Brayden Schenn.

- More on Schenn at Canadian Junior Camp here...

- With that speculation, one of my biggest pet peeves is about to become a reality again. The peeve - Hockey Canada's media releases referring to those players given A's as assistant captains, even though the official Hockey Canada rulebook, and nearly every other rulebook for the sport of hockey, correctly calls them alternate captains. It's under Rule 2.4 (a) "Each team may appoint a Captain and not more than three ALTERNATE captains..."

- Before anyone asks, yes, the IIHF Rulebook also calls them Alternate captains...

- Of course, one of my other pet peeves for hockey is a line like this "John Doe scored with 33 seconds left in overtime to..." My thinking is that when playing in sudden death overtime, once a goal is scored, the game is over. Therefore, there is never any time left in overtime.

- Former Wheat King Toni Rajala among players on Finland's preliminary roster for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship. Rajala has six goals and 12 points in 22 games with Ilves Tampere of the SM-liiga, the top professional ice hockey league in Finland, this season.

- An interesting fact in hindsight on the Ryley Miller suspension. Out of all the suspensions handed out by the Western Hockey League this season, only two have fallen under supplemental discipline (that's when a team requests the league to review an incident). Both were requested by the Everett Silvertips. The other was for then Kamloops defenceman Linden Saip in early October.

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