F David Švagrovský (Seattle, 2002-04) has retired. Last season, he had seven goals and seven assists, with Litoměřice (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). He was the team captain. . . . Švagrovský will be a scout for player agent Martin Podlešák (Tri-City, Lethbridge, 2000-02). . . .
F Marek Kalus (Spokane, Brandon, 2010-13) has been assigned on loan to Havířov (Czech Republic, 1. Liga) by Vítkovice (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Last season, he had 12 goals and 13 assists in 41 games with Havířov. He signed with Vítkovice on May 3.
You may be familiar with the story of former Saskatoon Blades D Duncan MacPherson, who disappeared in the Austrian Alps in 1989. Perhaps you have read the book that was written by John Leake — Cold a Long Time: An Alpine Mystery.
On Monday, Leake took to Facebook:
“A few years ago I wrote a book about the mysterious death of Duncan MacPherson — a pro hockey player who vanished in the Austrian Alps in 1989 and whose body was found 14 years later. The German translation of my book was briefly a best-seller in Austria, but it didn’t prompt a reopening of the case, which involved extensive malfeasance on the part of Innsbruck authorities.
“A few weeks ago I was contacted by an independent investigator in Germany who offered an additional and profound insight into how exactly Duncan MacPherson died — an insight that confirmed my worst suspicions. The same investigator also pointed out that my initial conception of the crime — negligent homicide and concealment of the body in order to evade prosecution — may be inaccurate.
“The circumstances and cause of Duncan MacPherson’s death strongly suggest that he was deprived of emergency medical attention, which amounts to murder.
“I recently updated my website on the story in order to reflect these new insights. People interested in true mysteries and forensics may find it compelling though somewhat grisly. For an introduction to the story, be sure to watch the book trailer, narrated by the late Bill Paxton.”
Leake’s website is at www.coldalongtime.com.
Later, in response to a query, Leake added:
“(The investigator) offered a more specific and accurate understanding of the cause of tool marks I had already observed in a photograph of the deceased. He was able to link conclusively these tool marks to a specific part of the machine that amputated Duncan MacPherson’s left leg above the knee.
“Innsbruck authorities have long maintained the fiction that Duncan died as a result of snowboarding out of bounds and falling into a glacier crevasse.
“The same authorities have chosen to ignore an abundance of evidence that Duncan died as a result of injuries he sustained from a snow grooming machine. The recent insight to which I referred in this post demonstrates a specific cause of Duncan’s limb amputations, which did not receive medical attention from the official rescue service.”
It could be that we have not yet heard the end of this story. Perhaps the end will come with the truth.
If you haven’t yet read the book, find a copy and dig in to it. On more than one occasion, it will cause you to give pause and shake your head.
According to @WHLKootenayICE coach James Patrick, prospect Connor McClennon is "day-to-day" after injury sustained in first TC scrimmage.
— Brad McLeod (@bradleydmcleod) August 28, 2017
F Connor McLennon was selected by the Kootenay Ice with the second overall pick of the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft.
Brad McLeod of the Cranbrook Townsman later tweeted that “McClennon was on the receiving end of a large hit in the team’s first prospect vs. prospect intrasquad game at Kootenay Ice training camp.
“We’re keeping him out on (a) precautionary (basis),” head coach James Patrick told McLeod. “I know that he’s much improved but for a young player we’re certainly going to be a little cautious with him (and) make sure he’s 100 per cent before he comes back.”
McLennon, from Wainwright, Alta., had 45 goals and 54 assists in 30 games with the Pursuit of Excellence’s bantam prep team last season.
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G Cody Porter, a veteran of three WHL seasons, is in camp with the Kelowna Rockets. Porter, who is from North Vancouver, B.C., will turn 20 on Sept. 23. He played 40 games with the Vancouver Giants in 2014-15, then split 2015-16 between the Giants (two games) and Calgary Hitmen (41). Last season, he got into 34 games with the Hitmen, going 14-16-3, 3.46, .888. . . . In 117 regular-season games, he is 52-42-9, 3.30, .887. . . . In Calgary, the Hitmen are expected to go with Nick Schneider, 20, as their starter. . . . In Kelowna, the Rockets are looking to replace Michael Herringer, who played out his eligibility last season. Also in camp is Brodan Salmond, who went 12-7-2, 2.76, .891 as Herringer’s backup last season. Salmon will turn 19 on Oct. 8.
Barring any new flare ups in the TNRD. Blazers should be back at the Sandman Centre by Sept 10-12th. Still some very dry conditions though.
— Jon Keen (@JonKeenNLSports) August 28, 2017
F Justin Sigrist scored three times on Monday to help Team Orange to a 5-2 victory over Team Grey in a scrimmage during the Kamloops Blazers’ training camp. . . . Sigrist, from Switzerland, was selected by the Blazers in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. They plan on having Czech D Ondrej Vala as their second import as he returns for a third season. Vala has signed a three-year free-agent deal with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. . . . The Blazers will play their annual intrasquad game on Tuesday night at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre. . . . Kamloops trimmed its roster to 41 players after Monday’s scrimmages.
If you’re looking for information on WHL teams and their training camp rosters, visit Small Thoughts At Large, the blog maintained by Alan Caldwell. . . . You will find it all right here.
The Victoria Royals have signed F Igor Martynov, who is from Krasnoye, Belarus, and was selected in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. . . . Martynov, 18, split last season between Belarus’s U-18 and U-20 teams. He had four goals and seven assists in 20 games with the U-20 side, and three goals and three assists in six games with the U-18 team. . . . He led Belarus in scoring at the IIHF U-18 World Championship, putting up seven points, including three goals, in seven games. . . . Martynov also played for Belarus in the IIHF World Junior Championship (Division I, Group A). He had two assists in five games as Belarus went 4-0-1 to earn promotion to the 2018 WJC in Buffalo.
The Royals also announced the signings of F Ty Yoder and D Noah Lamb, both of whom were selected in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . Yoder, from Camrose, Alta., had 31 goals and 35 assists in 28 games with the bantam AAA Camrose Red Wings last season. . . . Lamb, who also is from Camrose and played for the bantam AAA Red Wings, had five goals and 27 assists in 31 games last season.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have signed F Drew Englot, who won’t turn 15 until Nov. 26, and F Jacob Boucher, 15, to WHL contracts. . . . Englot, from Candiac, Sask., was a fourth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. He played last season with the bantam AAA Notre Dame Hounds, in Wilcox, Sask., recording four goals and 10 assists in 30 games. He was pointless in six games with the SJHL’s Hounds. Englot will play this season with the midget AAA Hounds. . . . Boucher, from St. Albert, Alta., was a ninth-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. Last season, he had 19 goals and 24 assists in 36 games with the bantam AAA Fort Saskatchewan Rangers. He added a goal and four assists in 14 playoff games as the Rangers won the Alberta Bantam Hockey League title.
The Spokane Chiefs have signed F Adam Beckman, who was a fifth-round selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. Beckman, 16, is from Saskatoon. He is in the Chiefs’ training camp this week. . . . Last season, he had 15 goals and 26 assists in 44 games with the midget AAA Battlefords Stars. In 2015-16, he put up 29 goals and 14 assists in 30 games with the bantam AA Saskatoon Frostbite.
The Moose Jaw Warriors have signed D Daemon Hunt, who was a first-round selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. Hunt, from Brandon, has played the past two seasons with the bantam AAA Wheat Kings. In 2015-16, he had five goals and 29 assists in 32 games. Last season, he finished with 22 goals and 38 assists in 36 games.
By my count, there are four first-round selections from the 2017 bantam draft who have yet to sign — F Ridly Greig, Brandon Wheat KIngs; D Joel Sexsmith, Swift Current Broncos; F Seth Jarvis, Portland Winterhawks; and D Ronan Seeley, Everett Silvertips.
The Warriors also signed G Ethan Fitzgerald, who was a sixth-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft, and G Jackson Berry, who was a sixth-round pick in 2017. . . . From Calgary, Fitzgerald, 16, played last season with the minor midget NWCAA Stampeders, going 8-8-2, 3.06, .921 in 18 regular-season games. . . . Berry, 15, is from Chestermere, Alta. Last season, he was 11-6-3, 2.07, .921 in 20 games with the bantam AAA Rocky Mountain Raiders.
The BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks have juggled some responsibilities involving Troy Mick, who had been the president and general manager, and Scott Atkinson, the head coach. . . . These moves were made necessary by the growth of the Salmon Arm Sports Inc., which now owns the Silverbacks, the RMJHL’s Steamboat Wranglers, the Salmon Arm Elite Hockey and Power Skating School, and the Maximum Edge hockey shop. . . . Mick now is president and general manager business operations, and will oversee all four businesses. . . . Atkinson is the general manager, director of player personnel and head coach. He will be responsible for all hockey operations pertaining to players, scouts, transactions and camps.
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