Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tuesday's Notebook

Matt Cockell
Hockey Canada has named Brandon Wheat Kings' goaltending coach Matt Cockell to the coaching staff for the upcoming Four Nations Cup.

The International Women's Hockey Tournament is set for November 9 - 14 in Sweden.

Winnipeg Jets' General Manager and former Wheat King Kevin Cheveldayoff guested on CKLQ's Monday Sports Talk last night.

One of the Jets' off-season moves was acquiring former Wheat Kings and ex WHL Player of the Year Eric Fehr from the Washington Capitals.

"We were looking at our roster, and recognized the need to get a little more experience, maybe a little bit more size and a little more skill on the front-end," said Cheveldayoff, "We're hopeful that when Eric comes back, he'll make a big impact on our team and be a part of our team for the future."

Fehr won't be in the Jets' lineup until at least November as he continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery.

The Jets' also inked Brandon's 2010-2011 captain Shayne Wiebe to an AHL contract in July.

Wiebe had a chance to play in an NHL pre-season game with the Jets before heading to the American Hockey League's St. John's IceCaps.

"He had a tremendous rookie camp in Penticton and came into a situation here on a training camp tryout at the National Hockey League level. At lot of players that come in in that situation don't get the opportunity to play an NHL pre-season game but he earned it," said Cheveldayoff, "He had a good camp. Hopefully we're going to see the best of him when we continue on in St. John's. Like many players, turning pro is the first step and now you can can kind of leave it all up to them and hopefully the sky is the limit for those type of guys."

Wiebe and the IceCaps open the AHL regular season Friday by visiting the Providence Bruins.

The Spokane Chiefs introduced their captain for the 2011-2012 season during their home opener on Saturday night in a unique way.

According to Dave Trimmer of The Spokesman-Review, after all the Spokane players and staff were introduced in pregame ceremonies Saturday, assistant coach Jon Klemm went to center ice with a folded jersey, the “C” for captain showing.

The former captain then presented the jersey to Darren Kramer as the crowd roared.

Now that's a nice personal touch to a captaincy announcement.

Brandon product Ryan White of the Montreal Canadiens is expected to miss the start of the NHL regular season, according to the Montreal Gazette.

White has been battling a groin injury throughout training camp and the pre-season.

Wheat Kings' prospect Brett Kitt has been named the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League's West Division Player of the Week.

Kitt had two goals and two assists in helping Brandon split their opening two games of the regular season.

He was a fifth round pick of Brandon in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

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