Nachbaur gets No. 600 . . . The Pope is a hall of famer!


D Tomáš Mojžíš (Moose Jaw, Seattle, 2000-03)has signed a contract with Pardubice (Czech Republic, Extraliga). The term is ‘limited’ as Mojžíš is looking for a contract with a team outside Czech Republic. Last season, with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL), he had five goals and eight assists in 50 games.

Ron Butlin, a former president of the WHL, died Wednesday at his home in Victoria.

He was 89. . . . Daryl Slade of the Calgary Herald has more right here.

Head coach Don Nachbaur earned his 600th WHL victory on Saturday night as his Spokane Chiefs got past the visiting Tri-City Americans, 3-2. . . . Nachbaur also has coached the Americans and the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . He is one of four men with at least 600 WHL coaching victories, the others being Ken Hodge, Don Hay and Lorne Molleken.

There was some bad news for the Regina Pats from the camp of the NHL’s Calgary Flames on Saturday. Flames head coach Bob Hartley told Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald that Regina F Morgan Klimchuk is “going to be off for a few weeks.” . . . Klimchuk, who had 30 goals and 44 assists in 57 games last season, injured his left wrist during an exhibition game on Wednesday when he jammed it into the boards following a check.

The Regina Pats were without D Kyle Burroughs, their captain, for Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the Raiders in Prince Albert. . . . Here’s what Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reported after Friday’s 7-1 Regina victory over the host Moose Jaw Warriors: “Pats captain Kyle Burroughs, in his first game back from New York Islanders training camp, left the contest late in the first period after being propelled into the boards on an unpenalized hit by Linden Penner. Burroughs, who was visibly disoriented while making his way to the bench, did not return.”

When the Kamloops Blazers met the Royals in Victoria on Saturday night, each team was missing one suspended player, both disciplined after incidents in Friday’s 8-2 victory by the visitors. . . . Kamloops D Patrik Maier drew a tbd suspension for a third-period headshot major and game misconduct after he hit F Axel Blomqvist, who needed help leaving the ice. . . . Blomqvist didn’t play in Saturday’s rematch. . . . Victoria D Ryan Gagnon also earned a tbd suspension after he took a second-period charging major and game misconduct.

Meanwhile, the WHL also suspended Portland Winterhawks D Keoni Texeira for one game for a headshot major and game misconduct in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Giants in Vancouver, and F Luc Smith of the Regina Pats got one game for a charging major and game misconduct in Saturday’s 7-1 victory in Moose Jaw.

On Saturday, during Portland’s 5-1 loss to the visiting Everett Silvertips, Winterhawks D Paul Bittner was hit with a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct, so he almost certainly is facing a suspension. . . . Everett was 1-for-10 on the PP in that one, while Portland was 1-for-1.

Who are the top 10 Moose Jaw Warriors’ players of all-time? Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald tackles that question right here. You’re right . . . there isn’t any doubt about No. 1.

Liam O’Brien has plenty of experience in the QMJHL and now he’s writing a column about it all for Sportsnet. It’s an interesting read as he touches on a lot of aspects of the major junior game. Check it out right here. . . . Interestingly, O’Brien is in camp with the Washington Capitals right now and apparently is showing well enough that he may get a contract.

Eric Duhatschek of The Globe and Mail has an interesting piece right here on head coach Mike Johnston as he prepares for his first regular season with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

If you read just one piece on the retirement of Derek Jeter, make it this one by ESPN’s J.R. Moehringer. It is a terrific piece of writing and it’s right here.

According to Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province, the Vancouver Giants “are waiting for more info from doctors on winger Jakob Stukel, who left Friday’s win after two periods with an apparent hand injury.” . . . On Friday, the Giants beat the visiting Portland Winterhawks, 5-3. . . . The Saskatoon Blades scratched D Turner Ottenbreit for Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Warriors in Moose Jaw. He took a couple of shots to the jaw during a bout with F Jesse Gabrielle of the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night. . . .

The Moose Jaw Warriors lost D Austin Adam to an injury during Saturday’s 7-1 victory over the visiting Saskatoon Blades. Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald tweeted that the injury “sounds relatively serious. He left the game in the first period and seemed to be favouring (a) shoulder.” . . . Warriors head coach Tim Hunter told Gourlie: “It’s an upper body injury and it’s going to be a little while.” . . .

D Kord Pankewicz of the Brandon Wheat Kings scored his first WHL goal on Saturday in a 5-2 victory over the Broncos in Swift Current. Pankewicz, in his third WHL season, was playing his 88th regular-season game. . . . RG Properties, which owns the Victoria Royals, and Save-On-Foods have agreed to a 10-year extension on their agreement that includes a number of things, including the naming rights to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The partnership began in 2004 and now will run through 2024.

Congrats to old friend Larry Popein on his incuction into the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night. If you aren’t familiar with the Pope’s exploits, check him out at

Attending the 2014 Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Congrats to all the inductees

— Benny Walchuk (@BennyGX94Sports)

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