Portland d-man may have knee injury … Hockey Canada has head scout … Alos goes Wild


F Adam Courchaine (Medicine Hat, Vancouver, 2001-05) has signed a one-year contract with the Coventry Blaze (England, UK Elite). Last season, he had five goals and five assists in 16 games with Fehérvár AV19 Székesfehérvár (Hungary, Erste Bank Liga), and two goals and nine assists in 32 games with Dusseldorf (Germany, DEL). . . . Coventry announced that Courchaine will be studying for an MBA in sports management at Coventry University while playing for the Blaze. . . .

D David Musil (Vancouver, Edmonton, 2009-13) has signed a one-year contract with Třinec (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Last season, he had four goals and 10 assists in 47 games with the Bakersfield Condors (AHL), and four assists in 13 games with the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL). . . . Třinec’s head coach is Vaclav Varada (Tacoma/Kelowna, 1994-96).

D Henri Jokiharju of the Portland Winterhawks appears to have suffered a knee injury while with Team Finland at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich. Brian Hedger, who writes for nhl.com, theathletic.com and the Chicago Sun-Times, tweeted Monday night that “source says Henri Jokiharju will likely miss the rest of the (event) . . . with a knee injury.” . . . Jokiharju was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . Hedger also tweeted: “Not sure on severity of Jokiharju’s injury. Source says the hope is still to start the season with Portland. Not sure on Blackhawks’ camp.” . . . Team Finland didn’t practise on Monday so head coach Jussi Ahokas wasn’t available to the media. . . . Jokiharju was injured Sunday during a 4-1 loss to USA Blue. It appeared that Jokiharju was hit on the left knee by a knee belonging to Blue F Tim Gettinger. . . . Last season, his first in the WHL, Jokiharju had nine goals and 39 assists in 71 games.

According to a Swiss radio station Gilian Kohler is joining @WHLKootenayICE this season. Kohler was selected 3rd overall

— Dennis Schellenberg (@ScoutingFactory) July 30, 2017

Judging from the above tweet, the Kootenay Ice appears poised to have both of its 2017 CHL import draft selections in its lineup in 2017-18. . . . Last week, the Ice signed Slovakian D Martin Bodak, who played last season in Finland with Tappara’s U-20 team in the Jr. A SM-Liiga. Bodak, who will turn 19 on Nov. 28, had seven goals and 15 assists in 38 games. . . . Kohler, 17, is from Biel, Switzerland. He had eight goals and 42 assists in 43 games with Biel-Bienne’s U-20 team last season, finishing third in the Elite Jr. A league’s scoring race. . . . The Ice has yet to announce Kohler’s signing.


Brad McEwen has joined Hockey Canada as the head scout for the Program of Excellence. McEwen, a veteran scout, most recently worked with the NHL’s Calgary Flames. . . . McEwen, who is from Whitewood, Sask., has worked as a scout, coach or GM, mostly in the WHL, going back to 1995-96 when he was the head coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . Hockey Canada lost Ryan Jankowski, its director of player personnel, to the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres earlier in the summer. Jankowski now is the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting. . . . McEwen will work with Jankowski to select the U-18 team that will represent Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia, Aug. 7-12. . . . After that, McEwen will concentrate on the U-17 World Hockey Challenge, that is scheduled for Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., Nov. 5-11, and then the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

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Larry Brooks, in the New York Post:

“We understand the NHL is in the midst of what could be extremely costly litigation with players over past concussion practices and that may preclude the administration from speaking honestly about related current medical issues regarding the potential link of brain injury to sustaining head shots on the rink.

“Though it is an impossible stretch to correlate the findings of the Boston University School of Medicine on the relationship between chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the chronically violent sport of football to hockey, it is even more of a stretch for commissioner Gary Bettman to continue to be an outspoken skeptic on the matter of CTE and his sport.

“This is the time for progressive leadership outside the courtroom. Players of all ages and in all leagues depend on it.”

Tyler Alos, who left the coaching staff of the Seattle Thunderbirds after last season, has joined the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild as a part-time assistant coach. According to a news release, Also will help “on game days with video and analytics” and will work the bench on occasion when either of the other two assistant coaches are on recruiting trips. . . . Alos spent four seasons with Seattle. . . . The Wild has added Leigh Mendelson as ssociate head coach and recruiting co-ordinator, replacing Tom Rudrud, who left the Wild “to handle family matters at home.” . . . Mendelson spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at the U of Nebraska-Omaha. He also spent one season (2008-09) as an assistant coach with the Spokane Chiefs. . . . As well, Wild assistant coach Chris Clark has had assistant GM added to his title.

Billy Burke has been named the head coach of the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs. Burke has been an assistant coach with the IceDogs for the past eight seasons. . . . Burke played four seasons at Queen’s U after playing in the OHL with the Barrie Colts. . . . With the IceDogs, he replaces Dave Bell, who left after one season and now is an assistant coach with the AHL’s Ontario Reign. Bell, who spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Niagara, had signed a three-year extension with the IceDogs in April. . . . The IceDogs are owned by Denise and Bill Burke, the new head coach’s parents. The team plays out of St. Catharines, Ont.

Jay Leach is the new head coach of the AHL’s Providence Bruins. Leach, 37, was an assistant coach with the Bruins last season, under head coach Kevin Dean. Dean now is an assistant coach with the NHL’s Boston Bruins. . . . Before working with Providence, Leach was with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. . . . Providence also has signed Spencer Carbery, 35, as an assistant coach. Last season, Carbery, who is from Victoria, was the head coach of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.

Cory Chupp has signed on as head coach of the USHL’s Lincoln Stars. He had been an assistant coach with the Green Bay Gamblers for the previous three seasons. Chupp, 32, is from Big Rapids, Mich. . . . In Lincoln, Chupp takes over from Chris Hartsburg, who now is the head coach of the OHL’s Erie Otters. Hartsburg spent three seasons with the Stars.

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— Veritas Hockey (@VeritasHockey) July 31, 2017

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