2016 Memorial Cup host to be decided today . . . Everett D-man opens with Sharks


The WHL’s board of governors began meeting in Calgary on Tuesday, with the goal of selecting a host team/city for the 2016 Memorial Cup tournament. . . . The league is expecting to make an announcement today at around 2:15 p.m. Calgary time. . . . That tournament will be played in either Red Deer or Vancouver, as the Rebels and Giants both entered bids.

Players with the Tri-City Americans are making a conscious effort to be careful with how they handle social media. . . . “In today’s day and age, the guys have to be very careful,” head coach Mike Williamson told Annie Fowler of the Tri-City Herald. “They are public figures. They are in the spotlight and sometimes things get misconstrued when you put something out on social media. We haven’t told them not to do it, but we remind them to be smart and represent themselves, their families and the team in a professional manner. Things can get magnified and it stays with them forever.” . . . That story is right here.

G Eric Comrie stopped 43 shots and F Vladislav Lukin scored twice to lead the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 4-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders on Tuesday night. . . . Lukin, a freshman from Ufa, Russia, isn’t related to former WHL F Jarret Lukin (Kamloops, Medicine Hat, 2000-05), who is from Fort McMurray, Alta. . . . In Kelowna, G Jackson Whistle stopped 18 shots as the Rockets ran their record to 7-0-0 with a 4-0 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. Whistle has four career shutouts, one in each of his first four seasons. Since the start of the 2012-13 season, when he was acquired from the Vancouver Giants, Whistle is 40-6-1. . . . F Carter Rigby had two goals and an assist for Kelowna.

There has been a change at the top of the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ organizational structure. The board of directors has voted in Doug Paisley as its president, replacing Brian McNaughton. Reid Williams was voted in as vice-president. . . . McNaughton remains on the board, but no longer is an executive member. . . . Dylan Purcell of the Lethbridge Herald has more on the Hurricanes right here. He also explains why he thinks that the team’s latest trade with the Brandon Wheat Kings is a good one . . . for the Hurricanes.

BCHLThe BCHL’s Penticton Vees announced Tuesday that they have received a commitment from F Tak Anholt, 16, for the 2015-16 season. . . . Anholt’s WHL rights belong to the Brandon Wheat Kings, who acquired them from the Lethbridge Hurricanes last week in the deal that involved F Reid Duke and D Macoy Erkamps also moving to the Wheat City. . . . Anholt is playing at Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford, B.C. He has eight points, including six goals, in his first two games with the U-18 prep team. . . . Lethbridge selected him in the second round of the 2013 WHL bantam draft. . . .

Apologies to Angela MacIsaac for having attributed quotes to Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province here the other day, when they actually were from a game story she had written for the Kelowna Daily Courier. . . . Ang has been doing some freelancing for the Daily Courier, an arrangement that soon will end as she heads for Spokane and a life of wedded bliss. . . . Are you ready, Spokane? . . . You are able to follow her on Twitter (@that_angela). Be aware that her tweeting from Rockets’ games is one of a kind. LOL!


It is a story that is becoming all too familiar. A hockey player suffers one brain injury, then another, and another. Finally, while still a teenager, he has to walk away from the game that has meant so much to him. . . . Ryan Cooke of the Truro, N.S., Daily News has another of those stories right here.

James Shewaga, the sports editor of the Brandon Sun, tweets that Wheat Kings F John Quenneville will be out for a “couple weeks” with an undisclosed injury, while D Eric Roy (shoulder) is back skating. Roy, who returned from the camp of the NHL’s Calgary Flames with a shoulder injury, practised without restrictions on Tuesday. . . . The Prince Albert Raiders have released D Ben Verrall, 18, and he is expected to join the BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals. From Saskatoon, Verrall played in three exhibition games with the Raiders but didn’t get into any regular-season games. . . . The Raiders now are carrying 24 players, including 14 forwards and eight defencemen. . . .

Mirco Mueller, who played the last two seasons with the Everett Silvertips, is one of seven defencemen on the the opening-night roster of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. Mueller, 19, is from Switzerland. The Sharks selected him with the 18th overall pick in the NHL’s 2013 draft. . . . The Kamloops Blazers have released sophomore F Eric Krienke, 18. He was pointless in three games this season and has seven points, three of them goals, in 53 career regular-season games. The Calgarian was a ninth-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. . . . Kamloops’ roster now is at 25, including 14 forwards and three goaltenders. . . .

The Moose Jaw Warriors have released D Christos Zinis, 17, and he is expected to join the NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes. Zinis, from Broomfield, Colo., played one game for the Warriors last season, but didn’t see any regular-season action this time around. . . . He was an eighth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft.

Marco Gonzales just won his second game in NLDS. Only 403 fans combined saw his two home starts in Saskatoon in the WMBL three years ago.

— Matthew Gourlie (@MattGourlie)

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