F Darian Dziurzynski (Saskatoon, Brandon, 2007-12) has signed a one-year contract with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga). Last season, he had 29 goals and 23 assists in 50 games with the Manchester Storm (England, UK Elite). He led the Storm in goals and points. He was third in the league in goals.
The Calgary Hitmen have signed D Andrew Viggars, 17, who was an eighth-round selection in the 2015 bantam draft. Viggars, who is from Calgary, had one goal and seven assists in 30 games with the midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes last season. In 2015-16, he had nine goals and 26 assists in 34 games with the minor midget AAA CBHA Blackhawks when he was named the league’s best defenceman.
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A note from Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post:
“Bev Bell, who died (Aug. 20) at age 82, was a wonderful man and an all-star neighbour. He scored 39 goals in 40 games for the 1954-55 Regina Pats before embarking on a 10-year professional hockey career. For years, I knew him only as ‘Bev’ before discovering that he was THE Bev Bell. He never boasted of his achievements, of which there were many, choosing instead to focus on how other people were doing. Sincere condolences to Bev’s family members and legion of friends.” . . . There is an obituary right here.
If you are at all curious about the injury problems that F Nolan Patrick has had the past couple of seasons, you should read this story right here by Sam Donnellon of philly.com. . . . A lot of the story deals with Dr. William Meyers who “has evaluated over 15,000 core muscle injuries since 2001” and they’re all different. He would like to see the term “sports hernia” disappear, pointing out that “about 50 percent of my cases now are re-dos.”
Consolidated Sports Holdings International, Inc., which owns the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, has purchased controlling interest in the Peoria, Ill., Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. CSH is the sports division of The Monarch Corporation, a private investment company. Bill Yuill of Medicine Hat is the chairman and CEO of both. . . . CSH also owns the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder, the NAHL’s Amarillo Bulls and the North Iowa Bulls of the North American Tier III Hockey League.
F Eeli Tolvanen got his professional career off to a fine start last week when he scored three times as visiting Jokerit opened the KHL season with a 6-1 victory over Dynamo Minsk on Wednesday. . . . Tolvanen, who turned 18 on April 22, is the youngest player in KHL history to score three goals in a game. . . . Tolvanen, who scored 30 goals for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers last season, was to have attended Boston College and played for the Eagles this season. However, the school’s admissions department ruled that he didn’t meet its standards. . . . One day after US Hockey Report broke that story, the Nashville Predators selected Tolvanen with the 30th overall pick of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . But how is it that Tolvanen wasn’t admitted into Boston College? Well, here’s what he had to say in an interview that was posted on the KHL website, after he was asked how he came to be with Jokerit and not on his way to school. . . . “It was my plan . . . but last year I didn’t often visit the school and didn’t get enough points to go to university. They told me that (I) could come after Christmas. Now I’m not thinking this way, I’m in KHL and it’s best option in my career right now. Here I could grow as a player, not playing at junior level. I like everything around now.” . . . The OHL’s Oshawa Generals selected him in the CHL’s 2016 import draft, but he went to Sioux City instead.
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The U of Lethbridge Pronghorns have added Kevin Higo to their staff as an assistant coach under Spiros Anastas, who is preparing for his fourth season as head coach. . . . Higo, 47, is from Lethbridge. He spent the past two-plus seasons as the general manager and head coach of the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm. He was fired during the 2016-17 season. . . . He also has coached with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Crowsnest Timberwolves and Brooks Bandits of the AJHL. He spent two seasons (2008-10) as an assistant coach with the Moose Jaw Warriors and two (2010-12) as an assistant with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. . . . With the Pronghorns, Higo will be working with assistant coach Brandon Greenside, goaltending coach Derek Purfield and Trevor Hardy, the strength-and-conditioning coach.
The Latvian Hockey Federation has agreed to terms with Bob Hartley, 56, on a five-year contract as the head coach of its national men’s team. The former head coach of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche led the Latvian team into the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Germany and France, where it finished 10th. At the 2018 World Championship in Denmark, Latvia will play in Group B with Canada, the hosts, Finland, Germany, Korea, Norway and the U.S.
Tyler Matheson is the new head coach of the junior B Westshore Wolves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Matheson, 27, retired from playing a few years ago, and after a couple of seasons away from the game decided to get into coaching. . . . Matheson was an assistant coach with the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies in 2015-16, and has coached in the Saanich Minor Hockey Association. . . . He played in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades and Kelowna Rockets (2009-10) before going on to spend three seasons in the minor leagues.
— David Bakhtiari (@DBak69) August 26, 2017
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