FIRE REPORT: Kevin Skrepnek, the chief information officer for the B.C. Wildfire Service reported Monday afternoon that this summer’s B.C. wildfires now have torched 1,021,674 hectares. This is by far the worst summer for fires in the province’s recorded history. The previous record, from 1958, was 855,000 ha. . . . Meanwhile, like something out of a horror movie or a Stephen King novel, 19 separate fires on the Chilcotin Plateau, west of Quesnel, have merged and formed the largest fire in B.C.’s history, one that burning at more than 467,000 ha. There are more than 400 personnel working that fire, along with 73 pieces of heavy equipment and 25 helicopters. From one end to the other, the fire measure about 130 kilometres. . . . At the same time, the Elephant Hill fire, which has been burning since early July, has been at 168,000 ha for the better part of a week. The fact that it hasn’t grown is good news. . . . The cost to the BCWS now has surpassed $350 million. . . . There still are 3,800 folks on evacuation order, meaning they are out of their homes, with another 9,700 living under evacuation alerts. . . . In Kamloops, we enjoyed our second straight mostly smoke-free day on Monday. If you are wondering, the downtown Sandman Centre, the home of the Kamloops Blazers, is still being used to house evacuees and as an emergency registration centre. The Blazers’ training camp opened on Monday with goaltenders reporting, but it is taking place at McArthur Island on the city’s north shore.
D Anatoli Yelizarov (Edmonton, 2015-17) has signed a two-year, two-way contract with Salavat Yuleav Ufa (Russia, KHL) after a successful tryout. Last season, he had seven goals and six assists in 67 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL). . . .
F Rihards Bukarts (Brandon, Portland, 2013-16) has signed a one-year contract with Zlín (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Last season, he had three assists in 14 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL), and 16 goals and 17 assists in 37 games with the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL). . . .
D Cam Barker (Medicine Hat, 2001-06) has signed a one-year contract with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). Last season, with Barys Astana (Kazakhstan, KHL), he had six goals and 10 assists in 55 games. . . .
F Tyler Shattock (Kamloops, Calgary, 2005-10) has signed a one-year contract with the Braehead Clan Glasgow (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, he had seven goals and 16 assists in 37 games as the team captain with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL), and seven goals and nine assists in 16 games with the Alaska Aces (ECHL).
The Vancouver Giants have hired veteran WHL scout Dan Bonar as their director of scouting. Bonar spent the previous four seasons on the scouting staff of the Calgary Hitmen, the past four as their head scout. . . . Vancouver general manager Glen Hanlon is from Brandon; Bonar is from the nearby community of Deloraine. The two were teammates for three seasons (1974-77) with the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . In Vancouver, Bonar fills the void created when Jason Ripplinger left the Giants to become the assistant GM with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Ripplinger had been with the Giants since their inception in 2001 and had been the director of player personnel since 2008.
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As you will have noticed in The MacBeth Report, D Anatoli Elizarov, who played the past two seasons with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, has signed a two-year, two-way deal with Salavat Yuleav Ufa, a Russian team that plays in the KHL. . . . Elizarov, 19, had nine goals and 13 assists in 125 games with the Oil Kings. . . . Despite his having eligibility remaining, the Oil Kings chose to drop him earlier this summer. Instead, they plan on going with F Artyom Baltruk of Belarus, an 18-year-old who had three goals and two assists in 60 games as a freshman last season, and F Andrei Pavlenko, 17, another Belarusian, who was selected in this summer’s CHL import draft.
The Prince Albert Raiders have hired Mark Maloney to fill the newly created position of senior advisor of player development and analytics in their hockey operations department. . . . From a news release: “Maloney will work alongside Raiders general manager Curtis Hunt and director of player personnel Ron Gunville with the team’s prospects, as well as supporting the coaching staff with analytics. He and his Global Sport Academy team of specialists will support and assist in the growth and development of Raiders prospects.”
D Troy Murray has chosen to begin his university education, rather than return for his 20-year-old season with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice. Murray, who is from White City, Sask., which is located just east of Regina, will attend the U of Regina and play for the Cougars. He was a first-round pick by the Ice in the 2012 WHL bantam draft. In 266 regular-season games (2013-17), he had seven goals and 53 assists. . . . Also joining Murray as U of R freshmen will be G Michael Herringer (Victoria, Kelowna, 2012-17), F Zak Zborosky (Kootenay, Lethbridge, 2013-17), F Ben Duperreault (Moose Jaw, Lethbridge, 2012-16) and F Jacob Cardiff (Spokane, 2012-16). . . . Herringer, 21, played two games with the Victoria Royals in 2012-13 and spent the past three seasons with the Kelowna Rockets. . . . Zborosky, who played out his junior eligibility last season, put up 99 goals, 41 of them last season, and 104 assists in 262 games with Kootenay, which selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 bantam draft, and Lethbridge. He is from Regina. . . . Duperreault, who is from Wilcox, Sask., had 11 goals and 25 assists in 142 WHL games. He played last season with the SJHL’s Notre Dam Hounds, putting up 37 goals and 42 assists in 57 games. . . . Cardiff had 13 goals and 12 assists in 154 games with Spokane. He split last season between the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds and the Maritime junior league’s Miramichi Timberwolves.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have acquired F Austin Wong from the Kootenay Ice for D Tyler Strath and a conditional fifth-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft. . . . Wong, who turns 17 on Saturday, is the younger brother of former Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong, who played out his junior eligibility last season. . . . The Ice took Austin in the 11th round of the 2015 bantam draft. Last season, with the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers, he had 10 goals and 10 assists in 53 games. . . . Strath, 17, had 10 assists in 43 games with the midget AAA Foothills CFR Bisons last season. A third-round selection in the 2015 bantam draft, he also got into one game with the Hurricanes.
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