D Victor Bartley (Kamloops, Regina, 2003-09) has signed a two-year contract with Örebro (Sweden, SHL). Bartley suffered a torn triceps during exhibition season a year ago. The injury required surgery and he missed all of last season. In 2015-16, he was pointless in one game with Nashville (NHL), had one assist in 14 games with Milwaukee (AHL), was pointless in nine games with Montreal (NHL), and had one goal and two assists in 10 games with St. John’s (AHL).

The Kootenay Ice has acquired F Colton Veloso, 20, from the Portland Winterhawks for a conditional fourth-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft. . . . Veloso, who is from Winnipeg, is entering his third WHL season. In 156 game with the Winterhawks, he put up 30 goals and 22 assists. Last season, he had 18 goals and 14 assists in 71 games. . . . The Ice now has four 20-year-olds on its roster — Veloso, G Mario Petit, D Jordan Henderson and F Colton Kroeker. . . . The Winterhawks also are left with four — F Alex Overhardt, F Evan Weinger, D Keoni Texeira and G Cole Kehler. . . . Teams have to be down to three 20s by Oct. 10.

Also on Friday, the Ice signed G Will Gurski, who was a fourth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. Gurski will turn 15 on Oct. 23. . . . From Duncan, B.C., Gurski played last season with the bantam prep team at Shawnigan Lake School.

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Just the other day, a veteran hockey coach — he has coached at the midget AAA, junior A and major junior levels — and I were chatting and in the course of the conversation the subject of hometown players arose. Coincidentally, Hartley Miller of myprincegeorgenow.com has broached that very subject in his weekly Hart Attack column. . . . It’s all right here.


At Brandon, F Zach Russell scored his first two goals of the exhibition season as the Wheat Kings got past the Moose Jaw Warriors, 3-2. . . . Russell broke a 1-1 tie at 5:52 of the second period and snapped a 2-2 deadlock at 5:18 of the third. . . . An 18-year-old from Calgary, Russell had three goals and two assists in 40 games with the Wheat Kings last season. . . . Brandon starter Ethan Kruger gave up one goal on 12 shots in 33:17, with Dylan Myskiw finishing up by stopping 25 of 26 shots in 26:42. . . . The Warriors got 30 saves from Adam Evanoff. . . . The Wheat Kings improved to 2-1-0, with Moose Jaw now 3-2-0. The teams will meet again tonight in Moose Jaw. . . .

At Regina, F Devon Skoleski scored the only goal of an eight-round shootout to give the Prince Albert Raiders a 3-2 victory over the Pats. . . . The Raiders held a 2-0 lead halfway through the game, with Regina equalizing on goals from F Jeff de Wit, on a PP, at 14:35 of the second period and F Koby Morrisseau, just 38 seconds into the third. . . . De Wit, who also had an assist, has seven goals in the exhibition season. . . . The Raiders took 80 of the game’s 147 penalty minutes. There was — ch-ch-ch-ching — a multi-fight situation at 13:42 of the second period that resulted in 87 penalty minutes, including five fighting majors and the accompanying game misconducts. . . . Prince Albert F Justin Nachbaur took a charging major and game misconduct 38 seconds into the third period. . . . Prince Albert (2-2-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Regina (2-2-1) was 1-4. . . . G Nic Sanders started for Prince Albert and stopped all 14 shots in faced in 30:39. Curtis Meger came on in relief to stop 19 of 21, and was perfect in the shootout. . . . Regina got 23 saves from G Tyler Brown. . . . The two teams will play again tonight, this time in Prince Albert. . . .

At Crownest Pass, Alta., the Kootenay Ice exploded for five first-period goals en route to an 8-4 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . D Cale Fleury led the Ice with two goals and an assist, with F Peyton Krebs also scoring twice. . . . The Ice was 2-4 on the PP; the Hurricanes were 2-4. . . . The Ice now is 2-3-0, with the Hurricanes at 1-4-0. . . . The Ice and Calgary Hitmen will play tonight in Crowsnest Pass.

At Prince George, the Kamloops Blazers erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits as they beat the Cougars, 5-3. . . . F Luc Smith scored twice for Kamloops, forging a 2-2 tie at 5:29 of the second period and pulling the Blazers even, 3-3, at 5:25 of the third. . . . F Quinn Benjafield broke the tie, on a PP, at 14:08 and Swiss freshman F Justin Sigrist added insurance at 15:59. . . . Kamloops (2-2-1) was 2-5 on the PP; Prince George (3-3-0) was 0-3. . . . G Max Palaga started for Kamloops, stopping 10 of 12 shots in 29:46. Kyle Dumba came on to make 14 saves on 15 shots in 30:14. . . . The Cougars got 20 saves on 22 shots from G Tavin Grant through two periods. Isaiah DiLaura played the third, giving up three goals on nine shots. . . .

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At Everett, the Silvertips built a 3-0 lead and went on to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-3. . . . F Donovan Neuls had two goals and an assist for Seattle. . . . Neuls and F Tyler Adams pulled Seattle to within one, at 4-3, early in the third period. . . . Everett F Orrin Centazzo got the insurance goal when he scored for the fourth time in this exhibition season at 19:38. Yes, it was an empty-netter. . . . Everett (4-2-0) was 1-3 on the PP; Seattle (1-4-0) was 1-1. . . . Everett G Dorrin Luding earned the victory with 25 saves, one more than Seattle’s Matt Berlin. . . . They’ll play again tonight, this time in Kent, Wash.

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