Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Mid-Week Notebook

- Cory Clouston was back where it all began this week.  The former Wheat Kings' coach was guest of honour at the first annual Edge School Skill Academy Golf Classic on Monday and, yesterday, he was one of two special guests at the Coach and Kramer luncheon hosted by the Grande Prairie Storm Alumni Association.  While in Grande Prairie, where he began his coaching career, Clouston told the Daily Herald Tribune that he's still weighing his coaching options for next season.  One of those could be with the WHL's Kootenay Ice.  Sources tell me Clouston has had discussion about the same job he held for six seasons -- head coach of the Ice.

- Congratulations to Brandon Wheat Kings' alumni Ron Hextall and Darren Granger for their role in helping the Los Angeles Kings capture the Stanley Cup earlier this week.  Hextall is the Kings' assistant GM while Granger is LA's equipment manager.  He's a picture of Darren hoisting STANLEY, courtesy his sister Deb...

- Brandon product Bryce Salvador was lauded throughout the playoffs for his strong post-season play, and for good reason.  The New Jersey Devils' defenceman finished with four goals, 14 points and a +9 rating in 24 games and became the first player in NHL history to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Final after going goalless when playing 80+ games in the preceding regular season.

- Congrats to former Wheat Kings' captain Keith Aulie, who helped the Norfolk Admirals win the AHL's Calder Cup Championship.  Aulie had one goal, six points and a +7 rating in 18 playoff games with Tampa Bay's farm team.  Keith's not this kind of a guy, but you have to think at least a small part of him got a little extra satisfaction in knocking off the Toronto Marlies in the AHL Final.

- The WHL's annual general meeting concludes today in Calgary.  There likely won't be any significant announcements but don't be surprised if there are some minor rule changes brought in for the 2012-2013 season.  One of them will likely be the elimination of the trapazoid area behind the net, which restricted where a goaltender could play the puck.

- Several WHL teams have been busy announcing the signing of prospects just selected in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  Don't expect anything similar out of the Brandon Wheat Kings, but not because of any lingering issues.  I know from past experience that Kelly McCrimmon isn't a big believer in making those kind of signings public.

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