Thursday, 10 February 2011

Thursday Notes

- The Brandon Wheat Kings are no longer in a playoff spot in the WHL's Eastern Conference. Prince Albert beat Swift Current 6-1 last night, moving the Raiders into a tie with the Broncos for seventh-place. Both teams are one point ahead of the ninth-plae Wheat Kings.

- Stanley Cup winning coach Ken Hitchcock is in Brandon today as the guest speaker for the CKLQ Wheat Kings' Sportsman's Dinner. Hitchcock not only led Dallas to the 1999 Stanley Cup, he was an assistant coach with last year's gold medal winning team at the Olympics. Tonight's event is sold out for the fifth straight year.

- The head of the WHL will be on the job for five more years. Ron Robison has agreed to a five-year contract extension to remain as Commisioner. The deal runs through the 2015-2016 season.

- Brandon product Landon Cross, 16, is to join the Kamloops Blazers today and will spend the next 10 days with them. Cross has seven goals and 24 points in 41 games with the AAA Midget Wheat Kings this season. Cross, who played six games with the Blazers earlier this season, is available because Brandon completed their regular season on Wednesday night and have a first round playoff bye, meaning they won't play again until next weekend.

- Brandon product Ryan White is headed back to the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens have recalled White from the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. It's the second trip to the show for White this season. He saw action in three games just before the All-Star break.

- Former Wheat Kings' captain Keith Aulie is set to be recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs today. He could play tonight versus New Jersey.

- Former Wheat Kings' captain Ryan Craig has been recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Craig had 13 goals, 33 points in 49 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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