— Krista Wilde (@kristawilde) October 3, 2017
Tara Roe, the 34-year-old wife of former WHL D Zach Roe, was among those killed in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
CBC.ca reported that “the mother of two young children, who was originally from Brandon, became separated from her husband and friends when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel across the street from the country music show.”
The Roes live in Okotoks, Alta. Tara worked as an educational assistant with the Foothills School Division in High River, Alta. She also was a model with Sophia Models out of Calgary.
Zach, a Regina native, was a seventh-round selection by the Pats in the 1998 bantam draft. He played two games with Regina in each of three seasons (1998-2001), then had four assists in 63 games in 2001-02.
As you can see from the above tweet, a GoFundMe page has been started in support of the Roe family.
The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes returned D Jake Bean, 19, to the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday. Bean, from Calgary, is entering his fourth season with the Hitmen. Last season, he had eight goals and 37 assists in 43 games. A hand injury cost him 20 games. . . . In 162 career regular-season games with the Hitmen, he has 37 goals and 111 assists. . . . The Hurricanes selected Bean with the 13th overall pick in the NHL’s 2016 draft.
Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips, the WHL’s goaltender of the year each of the past two seasons, has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be out week-to-week. He is shown on the WHL’s weekly injury report as being out with an “upper body” injury.
Hart sat out the first two games of the regular season, then returned to practice. He went the distance in a 4-3 shootout victory over the host Kelowna Rockets on Friday. He didn’t start Saturday against the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Wash., because he wasn’t feeling well. However, he entered the game in the second period when starter Dorrin Luding was forced out with an undisclosed injury.
G Dustin Wolf, a 16-year-old freshman from Tustin, Calif., is on the Everett roster but is out for up to six weeks with an undisclosed injury.
Luding, 18, has recovered and will have to carry the mail with Hart out. Luding, from Prince George, was a third-round pick by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2014 bantam draft. Luding has played in five regular-season games, three of them this season where he is 1-0-0, 3.62, .903 in 116 minutes played.
The Silvertips will visit the Spokane Chiefs tonight and then head into the Central Division for six games in nine days, starting against the Calgary Hitmen on Friday.
D Alex Alexeyev of the Red Deer Rebels underwent an MRI on his injured shoulder on Tuesday and now is listed as week-to-week. Alexeyev was injured on Friday in Brandon. . . . “It’s the best-case scenario,” Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ general manager and head coach, told Greg Meachem of reddeerrebels.com. “We can’t put a timetable on his return. It will depend on his rehab.” . . . Alexeyev missed the last couple of months last season with a knee injury that required surgery.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have released D Aiden Mucenski, who will turn 18 on Nov. 15, from their roster. He is expected to join the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys. From Calgary, Mucenski played the past two seasons with the midget AAA Calgary Flames. This season, he was pointless in one game with the Wheat Kings. He got into four games with them last season and also was pointless.
The Saskatoon Blades got their roster down to 25 on Tuesday by releasing D Payton McIsaac, who will turn 17 on Dec. 26, and F Logan Doust, 16. . . . McIsaac is headed to the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders, with Doust off to the Vancouver-Northwest Giants of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. . . . McIsaac, from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., was a second-round selection by the Blades in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. He had one assist in 10 games with the Blades in 2015-16 and was pointless in one game last season. He played most of last season with the midget AAA Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, recording seven goals and 16 assists in 34 games. . . . Doust, from North Vancouver, B.C., was a ninth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. Last season, he had 13 goals and 13 assists in 26 games with the Giants.
Meanwhile, Ryan Flaherty of Global TV tweeted that neither F Lukus MacKenzie nor G Ryan Kubic practised with the Blades on Tuesday. Head coach Dean Brockman told Flaherty that both are day-to-day. The Blades don’t play until Friday when they entertain the Swift Current Broncos, will reassess things on Thursday to see whether they need to bring in a goaltender in support of Joel Grzybowski, the second goaltender on their roster.
Jack Todd, who follows the Montreal Canadiens and writes in the pages of the Montreal Gazette, had an interesting column on Sunday about what he refers to, correctly, as the “Hate Fan.” . . . He writes that instead of intelligent discourse, “We get the Hate Fan, riled up and furious, venting his or her spleen at everything connected with the team, the fan who seems to revel in every loss. The rise of the Hate Fan is, I think, rather recent, a phenomenon created in part by social media and in part by the rise of all these fly-by-night websites that pretend to cover the team, usually with a team of illiterate, unpaid writers.” . . . Todd’s column is right here.
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At this time I cannot comment on anything. I can say thank u for all the calls from my players!!!! U R why I do this!!
— Matthew Barnaby (@MattBarnaby3636) October 4, 2017
The OHL’s Kitchener Rangers have “parted ways” with assistant coach Matthew Barnaby, according to a two-paragraph statement posted on the team’s website. Barnaby, 44, is a former NHL player who was in his second season on the Rangers’ coaching staff. . . . Barnaby was one of two assistants on head coach Jay McKee’s staff, the other being Andreas Karlsson. . . . The Rangers are 2-3-1 in the early going.
#KHL: Alexei Kudashov has stepped down as head coach of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, will be replaced by Dmitry Kvartalnov.
— Patrick C (@ChunkletsHockey) October 4, 2017
I think it has more do to with the hit, and turner's history… pic.twitter.com/dQY72wCyaC
— devin davidson (@duhvidson) October 4, 2017
D Turner Ottenbreit of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been suspended for six games by the WHL office after he took a headshot major and game misconduct against the Winterhawks in Portland on Saturday night. Ottenbreit got what is considered by some observers to be a harsh suspension because he is a repeat offender and the victim, Portland F Joachim Blichfeld, was injured. Blichfeld was diagnosed with a concussion and is out week-to-week. . . . Ottenbreit served his first game of that suspension on Tuesday night when the Thunderbirds visited the Tri-City Americans.
Meanwhile, D Cale Fleury of the Kootenay Ice was suspended for three games after taking a cross-checking major and game misconduct against the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday. F Davis Murray, who absorbed the hit, is listed as being out TBD with an upper-body injury.
At Kennewick, Wash., F Morgan Geekie scored the only goal of a shootout to give the Tri-City Americans a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Geekie was Tri-City’s first shooter. . . . F Michael Rasmussen, in his first game since being returned to the Americans by the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 1:23 of the first period. . . . The Thunderbirds went ahead 2-1 on goals from F Nolan Volcan (1), at 10:51 of the second period, and F Noah Philp (1), at 4:03 of the third. . . . Tri-City F Carson Focht (1) forced OT when he scored at 16:14. . . . G Patrick Dea earned the victory with 23 saves through OT and three more in the shootout. . . . The Thunderbirds got 27 stops from Matt Berlin. . . . Tri-City (2-2-0) was 1-3 on the PP; Seattle (2-1-1) was 0-3. . . . The Thunderbirds were without their captain, D Turner Ottenbreit, 20, who began serving a six-game suspension. . . . With Ottenbreit suspended, the Thunderbirds could only dress two 20-year-olds. They scratched F Tyler Adams, while playing F Donovan Neuls and D Austin Strand. . . . Announced attendance: 2,475.
WEDNESDAY (all times local):
Prince George at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Victoria at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Everett at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
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