Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Ritchie Assuming Full-Time Role?

Darren Ritchie
A few odds and ends from late Tuesday...

- Hockey Canada named its Under-18 Team for the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Slovakia and the Czech Republic later this month.  The roster includes five players from the Western Hockey League but forward Tyrel Seaman and defenceman Ryan Pulock of the Brandon Wheat Kings were not among those named to the squad.  Those making the grade were defencemen Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw), Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton), Mathew Dumba (Red Deer), and Derrick Pouliot (Portland) along with forward Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat).

- the Wheat Kings will held a media reception/conference on Wednesday afternoon, where it's expected the club will make a number of announcements.  Among the things that could be announced is that Darren Ritchie will be a full-time assistant coach for the 2011-2012 season.  Ritchie has been serving in a part-time capacity over the past four seasons, but I hear he's now going to be taking on a full-time role.

- Other things that could come out of Wednesday's session include the naming of the club's new athletic therapist after Cam McGee left in the spring to continue his education at the University of Manitoba; announcing the team's theme for 2011-2012 season; an update on the club's season ticket sales and the club's training camp schedule.  Those are just educated guesses...I'll have details on exactly what was announced late Wednesday afternoon.

- Looking for an interesting read on the affects of concussions, check out Jon Keen's story on the retirement of former WHL defenceman Eric Doyle.  You can find it by clicking here.

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