Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Tuesday Ramblings

- The Western Hockey League is holding their Annual General Meeting today and tomorrow in Calgary. I was expecting the WHL to send out a release to highlight some of the topics on the agenda but, alas, there wasn't one. I know head hits and possible rule changes are two of the topics to be discussed over the next two days while the Board of Governors will also shortlist the teams that'll be involved in the bid process for the 2013 Memorial Cup. Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Kelowna and Prince George have all indicated a design to bid for the tournament, but only three or four teams will be involved in the final bid process.

- Fans waiting for next year's schedule will have to wait for at least another week. The Eastern Conference scheduling meeting takes place on Monday (June 20). Most teams, including the Wheat Kings, release their tentative schedules a day or two after the meeting.

- The Kamloops Blazers have signed Wawanesa product Jordan Thomson to a standard WHL education contract. Thomson was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft. The defenceman had 16 points with the Southwest Cougars of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League last season, and isn't eligible to join the Blazers on a full-time basis until the 2012-2013 season.

- The Brandon Wheat Kings' 'early bird' deadline for season tickets is today (June 14). Fans can buy tickets for the same price as a year ago, $325. After today, the price goes up to $350. As of late yesterday afternoon, just over 1,800 season tickets had been sold.

- Wheat Kings' goaltender Liam Liston's newest entry into his blog for www.sportsnet.ca is now online. You can read it at http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/2011/06/13/liston_draft_diary/

- Wheat Kings' goaltender Corbin Boes could be taking it to the floor later this summer. Boes will have a tryout for the Saskatchewan provincial ball hockey team later this month. The team will compete at the Junior National Ball Hockey Championship in his hometown of Saskatoon from July 28-31.

- A former Brandon Wheat King could soon be at the helm of the Dallas Stars. The Dallas Morning News has reported that the Stars are negotiating with Glen Gulutzan to become their next head coach. Gulutzan played with the Wheat Kings from 1989 to 1991. Gulutzan was coach of the Stars' AHL farm team, the Texas Stars, the past two seasons after being coach and general manager of the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers from 2003 to 2009.

- Former Wheat King Bob Woods is among the rumoured candidates for the head coaching job with Winnipeg's new NHL franchise. Woods was with Brandon from 1987 to 1989. Yes, that means he was a teammate of new Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. Woods is currently an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals.

- Did I jump the gun on tweeting that Victoria's new WHL team would be nicknamed the Royals? It was trending on Friday but, so far, the team's official website does not indicate it has officially been announced. Could it be a done deal and the team will just wait a couple of months to officially announce it? Naw, that would never happen in the WHL.

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