F Jayden Halbgewachs, who scored 50 goals last season, struck four times in the first period on Sunday to help White to an 8-5 victory over Black in the Moose Jaw Warriors’ annual intrasquad game. . . . The Warriors will play host to a rookie game against the Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday at Mosaic Place. From the Warriors: “Admission . . . will be by donation with the proceeds going to the Canadian Mental Health Association in memory of Ethan Williams.” . . . Halbgewachs is one of four 20-year-olds in the running for one of the Warriors’ three spots. He had a break-out season in 2016-17. He finished with 101 points, including 51 assists. He went into the season with career highs of 15 goals and 26 assists. . . . The others 20s in camp with the Warriors are F Spencer Bast, F Brayden Burke and F Tanner Jeannot.
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F Bradly Goethals is in camp with the Saskatoon Blades. A native of Ile-des-Chenes, Man., Goethals, 19, had three goals and three assists in 23 games with the Everett Silvertips last season. In 2015-16, he had a huge season with the midget AAA Eastman Selects, putting up 41 goals and 33 assists in 43 games. . . . The Blades will owe Everett a seventh-round pick in the 2019 bantam draft if Goethals is on their roster after the Jan. 10 trade deadline. . . . Everett had acquired his rights from the Brandon Wheat Kings, on Oct. 11, for a conditional seventh-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft.
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F Nic Holowko scored three times to help Team Black to a 5-3 victory over Team Orange in Sunday’s first scrimmage at the Kamloops Blazers’ training camp. Holowko, who was acquired last season from the Prince Albert Raiders, is one of three 20-year-olds in Kamloops’ camp, joining F Nick Chyzowski and D Joe Gatenby. . . . Holowko played in 76 regular-season games last season. He had two goals and five assists in 26 games with the Raiders, then added five goals and eight assists in 40 games with the Blazers. . . . Kamloops is holding its training camp at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre on the city’s north shore because the Sandman Centre is being used as an evacuee reception centre during the worst wildfire season in B.C.’s recorded history. However, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District is scaling back the centre’s hours of operation, which can only be good news for the Blazers, who are hoping to hold their season-opener there, against the Kelowna Rockets, on Sept. 23.
The Kootenay Ice has signed F James Form, who was a third-round selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. From Saskatoon, Form played the past two seasons with the bantam AA Saskatoon Outlaws. Last season, he put up 29 goals and 26 assists in 30 regular-season games. . . . The Ice has signed its first three picks from the 2017 draft, having locked up F Connor McClennon, the second overall pick, and D Anson McMaster, who was taken at No. 23, earlier in the summer.
The Edmonton Oil Kings revealed Sunday afternoon that veteran D Brayden Gorda isn’t in their training camp “due to personal reasons.” . . . Gorda, an 18-year-old from Edmonton, has played two complete seasons with the Oil Kings. He had one goal and 11 assists in 60 games as a freshman. Last season, he finished with four goals and 12 assist in 56 games. . . . Gorda was selected by the Oil Kings in the third round of the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. . . . He was eligible for the NHL’s 2017 draft — NHL Central Scouting ranked him No. 147 among North American skaters — but he wasn’t selected.
G Ryan Gilchrist has chosen not to return to the Lethbridge Hurricanes, apparently choosing instead to return to the AJHL’s Canmore Eagles. . . . Gilchrist, 19, is from McLaughlin, Alta. . . . He got into 18 games last season, while backing up Stuart Skinner. Gilchrist was 9-2-2, 3.60, .890. . . . Gilchrist played with Canmore in 2015-16, going 3.77, .888 in 22 appearances.
D Loch Morrison, who has played 195 WHL games over the past four seasons, is expected to be with the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs when they open training camp on Friday. . . . Morrison, 20, is from Prince Albert. . . . The Calgary Hitmen selected him in the seventh round of the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft. . . . Over four seasons (2013-17), he played for the Hitmen, Prince Albert Raiders and Victoria Royals. Last season, he had two goals and 11 assists in 37 games with the Raiders, and a goal and four assists in 30 games with the Royals.
Lindsay Hofford, a former head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, is facing numerous charges after a late-night incident near Buffalo on Saturday. . . . Stephen T. Watson of The Buffalo News reports that, according to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, “Hofford was arrested over the weekend after deputies say he got drunk, stole a golf cart at Darien Lake, hit another vehicle and left the scene of the accident.” . . . Hofford, 53, spent five seasons as the director of amateur scouting for the OHL’s London Knights, before joining the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. He was an amateur scout in 2015-16 and the Eastern area director of scouting last season. . . . He took over as Lethbridge’s head coach during the 2003-04 season. He was fired midseason in 2005-06. . . . Watson’s story is right here.
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