G Evan Sarthou has chosen to retire, rather than return for his 20-year-old season, which would have been his fifth with the Tri-City Americans. . . . He is expected to focus on his education. . . . From Black Diamond, Wash., Sarthou battled injuries last season, going 11-8-2, 3.56, .901 in 25 games. In 129 career games, he was 51-59-7, 3.46, .895. . . . Sarthou’s last season took a wrong turn when he suffered an undisclosed injury while in a summer camp with the U.S. national junior team. He didn’t play again until Nov. 5. . . . That forced the Americans to look elsewhere for a goaltender, and they got veteran Rylan Parenteau, 20, from the Prince Albert Raiders for G Nick Sanders, then 18, and a 2018 third-round bantam draft pick.
G Patrick Dea is one of five 20-year-olds on the training camp roster of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans. Dea was waived by the Edmonton Oil Kings in July. Dea, who is from St. Albert, Alta., played three seasons with the Oil Kings, making 122 appearances. Last season, in 55 games, he was 19-31-3, 3.86, .882. In 123 career games, he is 48-55-8, 3.34, .890. He was a first-round selection by the Oil Kings in the 2012 bantam draft. . . . At the moment, it would appear that sophomore Beck Warm, 18, and Dea are on top of the Americans’ depth chart. Warm was 3-5-0, 3.40, .902 in 10 games last season. . . . The Americans have four goaltenders in camp, with the other two being 6-foot-4 Xavier Cannon, 16, and 6-foot-5 Talyn Boyko, who won’t turn 15 until Oct. 16. . . . Don’t discount Cannon landing the backup spot. He was 2.91, .904 with the West Vancouver Academy’s Elite 15s last season. . . . The other 20s on the Tri-City roster are D Brendan O’Reilly, F Maxwell James, Russian F Vladislav Lukin and F Jordan Topping.
G Evan Sarthou, who announced his retirement on Wednesday after playing four seasons with the Tri-City Americans, is at least the third veteran goaltender to leave the WHL this summer while still having eligibility remaining. . . . Sarthou, 20, is expected to attend school on a full-time basis now that he no longer is with the Americans. . . . Earlier, G Zach Sawchenko left the Moose Jaw Warriors, while Nick McBride left the Prince George Cougars. Both players were entering their 20-year-old seasons, and both plan on attending school this fall. Sawchenko, in fact, will be with the U of Alberta Golden Bears.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have signed Russian F Yegor Zudilov, who was selected in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. Zudilov will turn 17 on Sept. 10. . . . Last season, he had 31 goals and 34 assists in 36 games with Avangard Omsk’s entry in a Russian U-17 league. . . . The Hurricanes also will have D Igor Merezhko, 19, who is from Ukraine, on their roster. He is returning for a third season in Lethbridge. Last season, he had two goals and 19 assists in 72 games. . . . F Egor Babenko, Lethbridge’s other import last season, is with Lada Togliatti of the KHL this season. At 20, Babenko would have been a two-spotter had he returned.
Tyler Kuntz, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Giants, has signed on as an assistant coach with the Asia Hockey League’s Daemyung Killer Whales, who play out of Incheon, South Korea. . . . Former Everett Silvertips head coach Kevin Constantine is in his first season as the Daemyung’s head coach. . . . Kuntz, 38, spent eight seasons with the UBC Thunderbirds, the last one as head coach. . . . The Giants announced on May 15 that Kuntz wouldn’t be returning. They eventually filled that spot by hiring Dean Chynoweth as associate coach.
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