Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Tuesday Ramblings

Been on vacation for the past few days, and that will be continuing through August 19th so posts on my blog will be sporadic over the next 3-4 weeks.

So as I sit in my parents basement in Regina, here's an update on some stuff that's happened over the last five days...

- The Regina Pats will unveil former NHLer Pat Conacher as their new head coach this afternoon.  Conacher most recently was a'sst GM/Coach of the Chilliwack Bruins/Victoria Royals.  His hiring finalizes all 22 WHL teams head coaching positions heading into the 2011-2012 season.

- Souris product and former NHL coach Andy Murray has signed a five-year contract to become head coach at Western Michigan University.  You can read the WMU release here...

- Snowflake, Manitoba product Justin Falk re-signed with the NHL's Minnesota Wild, a one-year, two-way contract.  Falk, 22, played 22 games with the Wild last season and 55 games with their AHL affiliate in Houston.

- former Brandon Wheat King Dale McMullin has been named the new Director of Scouting.  McMullin, who's sixth in career scoring in Wheat Kings' history, had spent the past nine seasons with the Red Deer Rebels, most recently as their Senior Scout.

- The NHL's Dallas Stars have signed former Wheat Kings' general manager Les Jackson to a two-year contract extension.  Jackson, who's son Reid is entering his third season with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes, is the Stars' Director of Scouting and player development.

- The Giant Wheat Kings' jersey that was in the Hockey House during the 2010 Memorial Cup in Brandon has ended up in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Here's the release courtesy of the Wheat Kings...

While most Canadian troops that had been deployed to Afghanistan have returned, many remain and thanks to a number of them the large Wheat Kings’ jersey that flew during the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Brandon has found a new home.

The jersey, which was signed by volunteers and western Manitoba hockey fans during the hockey club’s 2010 Home Opener at Westman Place last September, is now a fixture at the new Canada House in Kabul.

Leanne Christie, a civilian working in Afghanistan for the past eighteen months, was instrumental in helping to get the jersey to Kabul. It was one of four oversized jerseys that hung high above the Molson Hockey House during last year’s prestigious event.

Assisting Leanne was Chief Warrant Officer Gord Cavanaugh, a former member of 2PPCLI, currently serving in Afghanistan. Cavanaugh is one of two Manitobans on the website photo. Cavanaugh, who is at far left, is joined by Captain Glen Parent (at far right).

Both are members of Operation Attention, which is the Canadian Forces contribution to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan (CCTM-A). The Canadian Forces’ contribution to the NATO Training Mission consists of up to 950 Canadian Forces personnel who will advise Afghan trainers and leaders at training institutions throughout the Kabul region.

The mission’s mandate has been extended to March 2014.

- we'll be welcoming three new radio voices into the WHL this season.  Former Lethbridge Hurricanes' voice Marlon Martens will have the call for the Victoria Royals; Travis Hunington is the new radio voice of the Everett Silvertips, replacing Jon Rosen, and the Prince George Cougars are looking for a new PBP person to replace the departing Andy Neal.

- if you missed them, there were a couple of trades last week.  The Calgary Hitmen acquired Winnipeg product Chris Driedger, a 17-year goaltenders, from the Tri-City Americans for a third-round pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft while the Lethbridge Hurricanes have traded 20-year old defenceman Cason Machacek to the Seattle Thunderbirds for a sixth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft.

- Ken Pearson left as GM/Coach of the SJHL's Battlefords North Stars to take on a similar position with the MJHL's Winkler Flyers. Ken's kids live in Emerson, so the move brings him closer to family. He replaces John Marks with the Flyers. Marks left Winkler to become HC/GM of the Fargo Force of the USHL.

- I haven't seen anything official on it yet, but I understand the date of the annual Wheat Kings' Alumni golf tournament is Tuesday, August 16th.

- Brandon Source for Sports will be holding their FREE hockey demo night on Wednesday, August 3rd from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Optimist Arena in Brandon.

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