The Everett Silvertips get their 15th WHL season rolling later this week and they do it with a new head coach, Dennis Williams having taken over from Kevin Constantine, whose contract wasn’t renewed. . . . Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald takes a look right here at the Silvertips and the organization’s relationship with Constantine, which obviously wasn’t a typical ownership/coach thing. As Geleynse reports, ownership helped Constantine build “a summer getaway, on Center Island,” an “exclusive private community” accessible by boat or plane.
It doesn’t appear likely that the Prince Albert Raiders will have German F Dominik Bokk with them this season. Bokk was the Raiders’ lone selection in the CHL’s 2017 import draft and it was hoped he would replaced Czech F Simon Stransky, their leading scorer last season, on the roster. Stransky, who won’t return for his 20-year-old season, had 22 goals and 26 assists in 57 games last season. He has signed to play professionally with HC Vitkovice in the Czech Republic. . . . General manager Curtis Hunt told Trevor Redden of paNOW that the Raiders haven’t been able to get Bokk’s release. Bokk wrote that Hunt “spoke very candidly, saying it doesn’t look promising.” . . . Czech D Vojtech Budik, who had one goal and 25 assists in 56 games last season, will return for a third season in Prince Albert.
The Kootenay Ice, in the middle of reformatting its scouting department, has hired Taras McEwen as its manager of scouting. McEwen spent last season as an assistant coach with the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds and the hockey operations assistant in the hockey office at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Sask. Before joining the Hounds, he was the general manager and head coach of the junior B Fort Knox franchise of the Prairie Junior Hockey League. . . . McEwen is the son of Brad McEwen, who recently left the NHL’s Calgary Flames’ scouting staff to become Hockey Canada’s head scout. . . . The Ice also is showing Zenon Herasymiuk as a regional scout, the only scout listed on their website, other than Garnet Kazuik, their veteran director of scouting.
The BCHL’s Penticton Vees have acquired F Shane Allan, who turns 20 on Dec. 19, from the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers for future considerations. Allan, from Calgary, was a seventh-round selection by the Kootenay Ice in the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft. He had three goals and three assists in 66 games with the Ice in 2015-16. Injuries limited him to 10 games — and one goal and one assist — with the Oilers last season.. . . The Vees open training camp today (Monday).
The KHL’s regular season opens today (Monday). The MacBeth Report, who knows something about hockey over there, filed some notes pertaining to the Finnish entry, Jokerit. . . .
Each team plays 56 games this season. Jokerit starts with a three-week, eight-game road trip, almost one-third of its road schedule. Wow!
Aug. 23— at Minsk
Aug. 25 — at St. Petersburg
Aug. 27 — at Yaroslavl
Aug. 29 — at Dynamo Moscow
This part of the trip is pretty compact. About 1.30 between all cities flying time. Now the fun begins . . .
Sept. 6 — at Spartak Moscow
Sept. 9 — at Shanghai (6,825 km, 8.32 flying time, five-hour time difference from Moscow)
Sept. 11 — at Khabarovsk (2,256 km, 3.09 flight, two-hour difference from Shanghai)
Sept. 13 — at Vladivostok (618 km, 1.14 flight, no time difference)
Flight home to Helsinki from Vladivostok is 6,748 km, 8.26 flight, seven-hour time difference. It would be take only 45 minutes longer to fly from Vladivostok to Vancouver. Vancouver to Miami is only 4,508 km, 5.48 flight.
Sept. 16 — Home-opener at Helsinki against Dinamo Riga. the first of a five-game home stand though Oct. 3. Hope they find their legs and figure out what time it is in the three days between games.
If you’re wondering, Portland and Brandon are separated by 2,146 km.
Patrick Conway sets the scene for the KHL season right here, at Conway’s Russian Hockey Blog. It could be that the most interesting part of the season will involve the bottom of the standings. That’s because the KHL has said it will contract by three teams after this season and that the bottom three teams will be gone. Now that’s pressure!
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