Friday, 8 July 2011

Friday Morning Ramblings

A couple of items to update my 'projected roster' for the 2011-2012 season to begin with today...

- It's confirmed - Brendan Harms has committed to Bemidji State University. Harms visiting the campus a couple of weeks ago and the Beavers won him over. Harms would have likely played in Brandon's Top-Nine forwards this coming season, so there's no doubt his decision hurts.

- Cody Nelson was, in fact, dropped from the Wheat Kings' protected list recently and will not be in camp with Brandon this fall. The 17-year old Brandon product was apparently told that he'd have a better chance at playing in the WHL 'somewhere else' by Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon. If you looked at my projected roster on Tuesday, you'd have to agree with that statement.

- The Kootenay Ice traded D Hayden Rintoul, 20, and a conditional draft pick to the Victoria Royals yesterday for F Dylan McKinley, 19. The moves leaves Kootenay with six potential 20-year olds on their roster including D Brayden McNabb and F Cody Eakin, who are not expected to return. What's intriguing is the remaining four in F Jesse Ismond, F Joe Antilla, D James Martin and G Nathan Lieuwen. Martin and Lieuwen would appear to be locks, seemingly leaving Ismond and Antilla battling for one spot. Brandon has a 20-year old spot open, and could need a top-nine forward with Harms heading south of the border. Do you catch the way I've drifted?

- Speaking of the Ice, Jeff Hollick, the radio voice of the Ice, reports that Kootenay has added Russian F Alex Kuvaev, 18, to its protected list. Kuvaev had 11 goals and 24 points in 58 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes last season but was dropped by them prior to the CHL’s 2011 import draft. I'll alway remember Kuvaev because after scoring a goal against Brandon in a game in Lethbridge October 30th, he show-boated in front of the Wheat Kings' bench.

- As expected, Mark Ferner was introduced as Head Coach of WHL's Everett Silvertips Wednesday afternoon. Another 'worst-kept secret' candidate after the BCHL issued a release the previous day annoucing that Ferner had resigned as HC of the Vernon Vipers to take the job in Everett.

- Courtesy Gregg Drinnan, former Wheat King Todd Dutiaume has signed a one-year contract extension as player-head coach with the Fife Flyers. He had six goals and 12 assists in 14 games for the Flyers last season as they played in the UK Northern Ice Hockey League.

- The Moose Jaw Warriors second annual alumni golf tournament was held yesterday. You can read more here.  The Wheat Kings annual alumni tournament is usually held in August, though I haven't seen any information about it as of yet.

- The schedule for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton and Calgary was released earlier this week. Canada opens against Finland on Boxing Day at Rexall Place, with the Czech Republic, Denmark and United States also in Canada's pool. The Canada/U.S. game is New Year's Eve. Canada plays all their round-robin games in Edmonton, with all the playoff games including the January 5th Gold Medal Game to be held in Calgary. You can see the schedule here.  By the way, Team Canada's Development Cup including Wheat Kings' forward Mark Stone begins August 3rd in Edmonton.

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