Friday, 23 December 2011

Honey Joins Wheat Kings, Cuthbert joins AAA Wheat Kings and Other Notes

Curtis Honey
Well, been away for a few days but found some downtime this afternoon for a quick little update....

The Wheat Kings announced earlier today that 17-year old goaltender Curtis Honey will be joining the team after Christmas.

Honey was 12-4-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .919 SPCT in 17 appearances with the AJHL's Bonnyville Pontiacs this season.

He was listed by the Wheat Kings last winter after he had been named the MVP of the Mac's Midget Tournament, where he led the SSAC Athletics to the 2010 title.

According to the Wheat Kings' release (which you can find here), the 5-foot-11, 170 pound Honey is joining the team for the balance of the season and not just for the period of time Corbin Boes is sidelined with his broken hand (likely until at least the end of January).

Honey's decision to join the Wheat Kings comes just two weeks after his twin brother Connor decided to leave the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers and join the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds.

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It looks like Wheat Kings' captain Mark Stone will be playing a major role for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Stone has two goals and two assists through two pre-competition games and has settled in nicely on a line with Jaden Schwartz and Freddie Hamilton.

In fact, that threesome was probably Canada's best line during last night's 7-1 win over Switzerland.

During Monday's TSN telecast of the first pre-competition game against Finland, I nearly fell off my couch in the first intermission when Bob McKenzie surmised that Stone might actually end up as the 13th forward once Quinton Howden and Jonathan Huberdeau returned from injury.

I just didn't see it happening that way because I believe that even if Stone didn't find his way onto one of the scoring lines, he would also be very good in playing on a checking line.

Canada plays its last pre-competition game tonight vs. Sweden before opening the WJHC on Boxing Day against Finland.

Bertaggia hits Canada's
Devante Smith-Pelly on
Thursday
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There's been no official word as I write this, but it looks like Alessio Bertaggia will play for Switzerland at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Bertaggia tweeted early this afternoon...

Playing for your own Country is gonna be great! #sohappy #hardwork #swiss #proud

Congrats!
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The Canadian Hockey League announced earlier this week that they have entered into a partnershup with Respect Group Inc. to implement the Respect in Sport on-line training program on a national basis.

All CHL Member Club hockey personnel will be required to take the 2.5 hour on-line training course which covers a wide spectrum of topics including recognizing the signs and symptoms of bullying, harassment and abuse as well as using positive power to create the desired environment for athletes to excel.

There's more info on the release by the WHL. You can access it by clicking here...

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The Western Hockey League also announced this week the launch of an official mobile application for Apple and Android devices.

The free mobile app is available by searching 'WHL' or 'Western Hockey League' in either the Android Market or the iTunes Store.

I've already put it on my iPhone, but I haven't used it a lot since there are no games being played this week.

It'll be interested to see if it's better than the WHL Mobile website, or if it's virtually the same thing.

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41 former WHL players earned Academic All-Canadian status in the CIS during the 2010-2011 school year.

Among those to accomplish the feat were former Wheat Kings Chad Erb and Joe Caligiuri and Brandon product Mike Hellyer.

All three play with the Manitoba Bisons.

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Great job by my co-worker at 880, CKLQ, Tyler Crayston, to flush out the story that Brandon product Brayden Cuthbert would be joining the AAA Midget Wheat Kings in the second half of the season.

Cuthbert hasn't played since suffering a concussion during his rookie season with the Moose Jaw Warriors in January of 2010.

Here's a copy of the story Tyler posted on our http://www.cklq.com/ website...

Brayden Cuthbert
Brayden Cuthbert's comeback trail will include a stop in his old stomping grounds.

He's set to join the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings in the second-half of the regular season as he continues to recover from a concussion.

"I had plenty of options on where I wanted to play this year but I thought this would be the best for my personal interests," said Cuthbert. "If it's next year I go back to Moose Jaw or if I can jump in there maybe for the playoffs at the end of the year, who knows, we'll just have to play it by ear."

Cuthbert suffered the injury during his rookie WHL season with Moose Jaw last January and hasn't played since. Before being sidelined, the 17-year-old had two goals and four points in 39 games with the Warriors and also represented Team West at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

He scored 13 goals and 27 points in 42 games with the Wheat Kings in 2009-2010.

"It's a great atmosphere, I had a great time playing here as a 15-year-old, hopefully I can bring a little bit of leadership to the table even if I don't jump into playing right away, which I'm not expecting but even in the locker room and whatever I can do to hopefully have a positive impact on the team."


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To all my readers and followers, have a Merry Christmas and, unless there's something breaking, I probably won't post again until December 27th.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and that you for all your work. As someone new to the world of the "dub" I appreciate your knowledge

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