Blazers get back arena … Ice deal another veteran … Tigers’ scorer may need surgery

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All of Ace Bailey's Stanley Cup rings at the 9/11 memorial #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/QZKRY3vmZO

— Bailey LA Kings (@BaileyLAKings) September 11, 2017

G Riku Helenius (Seattle, 2007-08) has signed a contract through Oct. 31 with KalPa Kuopio (Finland, Liiga) as an injury replacement. Last season, with Jokerit Helsinki (Finland, KHL), he was 10-6-4, 2.66, .902 in 20 appearances. . . .

F Roberts Lipsbergs (Seattle, 2012-15) has been assigned by Dinamo Riga (Latvia, KHL) to Liepāja (Latvia, Optibet Hokeja Līga). He was pointless in four games with Dinamo.

We were glad to share our home this summer! The ice is now going in at the Sandman Centre in preparation for the Home Opener Sept 23! pic.twitter.com/IcJv5iGyqv

— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) September 11, 2017

There was good news for the Kamloops Blazers on Monday as staff at the Sandman Centre began putting in the ice surface.

The Blazers have been out of their home arena while it was used as an evacuation centre during what has been the worst wildfire season in B.C.’s history.

At one point, the arena was home to evacuees and the playing surface was covered with cots.

The result was that the Blazers had to move their training camp, including two exhibition games, to the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

This week, the Blazers have scheduled practices at McArthur Island through Thursday. They will complete their five-game exhibition schedule when they meet the host Prince George Cougars on Friday. They should be practising in the Sandman Centre by Monday.

None of this means that the fire season is over, however. In fact, officials are warning people not to get complacent just because there is rain in the forecast. That story is right here.

The Seattle Thunderbirds have acquired veteran F Noah Philp, 19, from the Kootenay Ice for a pair of fifth-round bantam draft picks, one in 2018 and the other in 2019.

Philp, from Canmore, Alta., has 14 goals and 27 assists in 132 regular-season WHL games. Last season, as a sophomore, he had eight goals and 11 assists in 65 games.

This exhibition season, he had a goal and two assists in two games. That included a goal and an assist on Saturday as the Ice beat the Thunderbirds, 5-3, in Kennewick, Wash.

Philp, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, will provide the Thunderbirds with some depth up front. The Thunderbirds are the WHL’s defending champions and his experience will help offset the loss of the likes of Scott Eansor, Ryan Gropp, Alexander True, Keegan Kolesar and Mathew Barzal from the forward ranks.

Philp could make his Seattle debut on Friday when the Thunderbirds are in Everett for an exhibition game with the Silvertips.

He is the second veteran to have been traded by the Ice in two days. On Sunday, Kootenay dealt F Max Patterson, who will turn 18 on Dec. 27, to the Swift Current Broncos for G Bailey Brkin, 18, and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft.

It appears that the Medicine Hat Tigers are going to be without F Mason Shaw for up to six months due to a knee injury he suffered while with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.

Shaw hurt his right knee — it’s feared that he tore the ACL. If that’s the case — he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday — Shaw is looking at reconstructive surgery and an absence that could run to six months.

“I caught a rut in the corner and there was a bigger, heavier guy who kind of leaned on that leg,” Shaw told Ryan McCracken of the Medicine Hat News on Sunday. “I’ve got it wrapped up right now. There’s not a whole lot of pain from it, just a little discomfort, but as of right now I’m hobbling around on crutches.”

Shaw, who will turn 19 on Nov. 3, was a fourth-round selection by the Wild in the NHL’s 2017 draft. He was injured while playing against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich., on Saturday.

Last season, Shaw was the Tigers’ second-leading scorer, with 94 points in 71 games. He is the only one of the Tigers’ five-leading scorers from last season who was on the team’s roster for this training camp.

Shaw, who is from Wainwright, Alta., also would have been a top candidate to play for Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championship. He was on Team Canada’s roster for the Summer Showcase that was played in Plymouth, Mich., in July.

The Vancouver Giants are down to three goaltenders after they released Trent Miner, 16, on Monday. Miner, from Souris, Man., is expected to play a second season with the midget AAA Brandon Wheat Kings. He was a first-round selection by the Giants in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. . . . His departure leaves the Giants with two veterans — Ryan Kubic, 19, and David Tendeck, who will turn 18 on Nov. 25 — and freshman Todd Scott, a 17-year-old from Albertville, Minn., who was a 10th-round pick in the 2015 draft. . . . Kubic made 56 appearances last season, going 15-32-6, 3.67, .895, while Tendeck was 5-14-0, 4.78, .856.

If you had Brent Sutter and/or Mike Williamson in the pool, you win. Sutter, the GM and head coach of the Red Deer Rebels, and Williamson, the head coach of the Tri-City Americans, were fined $500 each after being ejected from an especially vitriolic exhibition game in Kennewick, Wash., on Friday night. The received the first fines issued by the WHL office this season. Ch-ch-ch-ching! . . . D Alexander Alexeyev of Red Deer drew a one-game suspension “for actions versus Tri-City” in that same game. . . . Meanwhile, F Hudson Elynuik of the Spokane Chiefs was hit with a two-game suspension for a kneeing major he incurred against the Portland Winterhawks in a game in Everett on Sept. 1.

The Tri-City Herald has come out in editorial favour of The Link, a proposition that is scheduled to go to the polls on Nov. 7. It’s a US$45-million project that, according to the Herald’s editorial, “would expand and update the Toyota Center, add multipurpose and exhibition space to the Three Rivers Convention Center, and link the two facilities with a 2,300-seat theater that could handle large, touring productions.” . . . The Toyota Center is home to the WHL’s Tri-City Americans. . . . The newspaper’s editorial is right here.

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The International Hockey Academy, which is located at Winsport in Calgary, announced Monday that former WHL/NHL G Mike Brodeur has signed on as the head coach of its bantam varsity team. Brodeur, 34, also will serve as the IHA goaltender coach. Brodeur is from Calgary. He played for the Moose Jaw Warriors (2003-04) before going on to a pro career that included seven appearances with the Ottawa Senators (2009-11).

Pretty heavy WHL stronghold on the bench! #Ducks/Sharks pic.twitter.com/1867AfFtQJ

— Grant Ottenbreit (@otto_terrier) September 11, 2017

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