Friday, 15 July 2011

Friday Morning Ramblings

Reported this morning that former Wheat Kings' goaltender Rick Knickle (1977-80) has left the NHL's Nashville Predators after 11 seasons, and joined the Phoenix Coyotes in an amateur scouting capacity. That after spotting this Tweet from Darren Pang (@panger40) last night.

Congrats to old goalie partner Rick Knickle as he joins #coyotes management in Amateur scouting capacity. Did well with #predators.

Could not spot a release or any information on either the Predators or Coyotes site but aside from this work on TSN and NBC, Pang is also in the broadcast booth with St. Louis and previously had the same job with Phoenix so he's pretty credible.

Courtesy of Kristian Kvasnica, I spotted this interview with Bruno Mraz, whom the Wheat Kings selected in the second round of the CHL Import Draft back on June 29.

The interview conducted in Slovakian, and I think a little is lost in the translation but though it might make an interesting read regardless.

Yesterday took place the CHL Import Draft. Brandon Wheat Kings have chosen you as the last of the 93rd place. How does it feel that you were chosen?

I think number 93 is miraculous powers. (Smile) I was born in 93rd The fact that I pulled, I have not much believe. Import I looked around the 53rd drawing and went to lie down instead. I was nervous (smile). In the morning I woke up and my friend later said the agent. I wish now that my jersey number was in the next season 93 (smile).

You should have evidence that Brandon will be just about you interested?

Club I do not know, just know that it has strong ambitions for promotion. Although I sense that it will be another club and the other league.

Last season he played mostly in the junior Slav, for 7 playoff games in nine matches and adolescents in junior representation in Puchov. As you draftovanĂ˝ player for next season are three options, remain in Slovan, go to Canada to play for representation in Puchov 20. Which variant is inclined are you?

At this moment I can not answer where I am. In the coming days to decide.


Defenceman Josh Hanson of the Portland Winter Hawks is the only Western Hockey League player named to U.S. squad for Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tourney next month in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Hockey Canada's National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, runs from July 30 to August 2 at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.

Tyrel Seaman and Ryan Pulock of the Wheat Kings are among the 42 players invited to attend.


Former Wheat Kings' player and assistant coach Mike Vandenberghe may have re-signed with the Moose Jaw Warriors but he'll be in Brandon next week.

Vandenberghe runs Red Goat United Sports, and is putting on a Female Skills Camp at the Sportsplex, with daily on-ice sessions from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Current Wheat Kings' assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk and Westman Wildcats Female Midget team coach Steve Vandenberghe are scheduled to help out.


Peter Loubardias is out as the voice of junior hockey on Sportsnet, according to this story in the Calgary Herald.

I've known Peter for many years, and got to know him even better during the 2010 Memorial Cup last May and consider him to be a major promoter of junior hockey.

As surprising as it is to hear the news, these things do create opportunities for others.

So, who do I need to start sucking up to?

Have a great weekend!!

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