Monday, 14 May 2012

Monday News and Notes

Corbin Boes is headed to Hockey Canada
Goaltending Camp
Been taking a break for the past ten days or so, so here’s a some notes about of the happenings in that time:

- It’s been quite interesting to read comments by Brandon Wheat Kings’ general manager Kelly McCrimmon and head coach Cory Clouston in the Brandon Sun over the last two weeks. Several fans I’ve talked with in recent days wonder if the two men are on the same page and, if they aren’t, what that means for the team moving forward. If they aren’t, it could create a very uncomfortable situation for 2012-2013, especially considering the number of young players the Wheat Kings are expected to have in their lineup on a regular basis.

- Hockey Canada hasn’t made the official announcement, but Corbin Boes has apparently been invited to next month’s Hockey Canada Goaltending Camp. Boes is one of ten netminders invited to take part in the camp, which takes place in Calgary from June 7 – 10. Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix broke the story. You can read it here.

- I tweeted this out, but former Wheat Kings Paul Ciarelli and Aaron Lewadniuk and Brandon product Brock Sutherland officially committed to the University of Manitoba Bisons last week. More on that story here.

- We’ll get our first chance to see Brandon’s 2012 Bantam Draft picks, plus all of their other prospects, up close and personel during the club’s annual Prospects Camp. It’ll take place at the Keystone Centre from June 1 – 3. Somewhere between 30 - 35 players are expected to take part.

- If you look to the right, there’s a big ad for this summer’s Wheat Kings’ Hockey School. Click on the ad for more information.

- It’s May 14th today, which means there’s only 17 days remaining in Brandon’s current lease with the Keystone Centre. I’ve pretty much left it alone from a coverage standpoint because it’s my belief there’s no danger of a deal not getting done, and even if it isn’t prior to May 31st, I assume the two sides will continue operating under terms of the old lease until a new one is finalized.

- Congratulations to General Manager Bob Green, Head Coach Derek Laxdal and the Edmonton Oil Kings on capturing the Ed Chynoweth Cup as Western Hockey League Champions.

- The Oil Kings went from finishing in last place in the Eastern Conferenceand second last overall two years ago (2009-2010) to WHL Champions while the Winterhawks were second last three years ago (2008-2009) to WHL Finalists for two consecutive years. Just goes to show the cycle of junior hockey can come around fast if you have the proper plan and the proper people in place.

- You have to think Laxdal will be a strong candidate for a professional coaching job soon, if not this summer. The former Wheat King won a ECHL Championship as Idaho’s coach in 2006-2007 and has now won a WHL title.

- The Oil Kings are off to the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, where they’ll be joined by the host Cataractes, the OHL Champion London Knights and the QMJHL Champion Saint John Sea Dogs. The Sea Dogs are, of course, the defending Memorial Cup Champions.

- Now that the Western Hockey League post-season is over, the final tally is in for suspensions during the 2011-2012 season: 122 total suspensions for 314 games plus $10,750 in fines.

- Henrik Samuelsson was suspended for one game during the WHL Final. Conflicting evidence to support yay or nay on the suspension, but just curious that if a player is suspended for the fourth time in four months, wouldn’t he be termed a repeat offender and, possibly, deserve more than one game?

- We’re 11 days past the WHL Bantam Draft and the WHL website still is not listing all the transactions that took place on draft day, nor the four list players Portland gave up to acquire D Seth Jones from the Everett Silvertips.

- The RBC Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship concluded yesterday with the Penticton Vees downing the Woodstock Slammers 4-3 in the final. The Humboldt Broncos hosted the event and with that out of the way, you wonder if GM/Coach Dean Brockman becomes a primary candidate to move to the Western Hockey League in some capacity. Brockman has enjoyed a lot of success with the Broncos, being named SJHL Coach of the Year three times since 2007 and has led Humboldt to four league titles in the last six years. How much more does he have to prove at the Junior A level?

- Hockey Canada announced last week that the 2013 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge will take place in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Quebec from December 28 – January 4. The ten-team tournament features five teams from Canada (including Team Pacific and Team West) and five international teams.

- Hockey Canada also announced last week that the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge will take place this August. The four-game series involving junior-aged players will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series. Two games will take place in Yaroslavl, Russia on August 9 – 10 and two games in Halifax on August 13 – 14. The Canadian roster will feature more than 30 players, with the event replacing the Canadian National Junior Team’s Summer Development Camp. It will serve as part of the player evaluations for the 2013 World Junior Championship, which takes place in Ufa, Russia from December 26 – January 5.

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