Thursday, 7 April 2011

Thursday's Notebook - Glennie Pointless in Pro Debut

**UPDATED - 11:15 A.M.**

- The Moose Jaw Warriors will have a new head coach next season. The WHL club announced today that Dave Hunchak will not have his contract renewed. Hunchak had spent four seasons with the Warriors but had not advanced past the first round of the playoffs.

- Sad news to report. NHL Central Scouting Service director E.J. McGuire passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. I had interaction with E.J. occasionally for the past 15 years, going all the way back to when he was coaching Guelph during the 1996 Memorial Cup in Peterborough. Condolences to the McGuire family.

- Former Brandon Wheat King Scott Glennie made his professional debut Wednesday night. After signing an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Texas Stars on Wednesday, Glennie was pointless and -1 as the Stars dropped a 3-2 decision to the Peoria Rivermen.

- The Florida Panthers have demoted former Wheat King Tyler Plante back to Rochester of the AHL. Plante had been up with the Panthers for the past week because of injury to Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Plante did not see any time in the net during his tenue with the Panthers.

- Oakbank, Manitoba product Quinton Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Florida Panthers. Howden was the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft

- The second round of the WHL playoffs open on Thursday night with the Portland Winterhawks hosting the Kelowna Rockets in Game #1 of their Western Conference Semifinal. The other West semifinal between Spokane and Tri-City begins on Saturday, while both Eastern Conference semifinals begin Friday with Saskatoon entertaining Kootenay and Red Deer at home to Medicine Hat.

- Three Manitobans will be in the hunt for a 2011 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship this week as the North Dakota Fighting Sioux look to win their eighth national title. Former Neepawa Native Brent Davidson, Jason Gregoire and team captain Chay Genoway lead UND against the Michigan Wolverines in the Frozen Four Semi-final tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota. Brett Hextall, son of former Wheat King Ron Hextall, also plays for UND. Notre Dame and Minnesota-Duluth meet in the other semifinal. The championship game will be played on Saturday.

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