With the Kamloops Blazers at 0-7-0 and playing host to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Sunday, Earl Seitz of CFJC-TV spotted Peter Anholt, the general manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, in the house. Do you suppose Anholt was in Kamloops because he likes the food at Señor Froggy, or was he the first WHL vulture to start circling?
On Wednesday, as the Blazers fell to 0-9-0 with a 4-2 loss to visiting Calgary, Seitz pointed out via Twitter that “all the Calgary brass are here — VP Mike Moore, GM Jeff Chynoweth, Dir. of Player Personnel Dallas Thompson.” Were they watching their own club, or was it a case of more vultures circling Kamloops?
BTW, the announced attendance in Kamloops on Wednesday was 3,123, the fourth-smallest regular-season crowd in the history of what now is the Sandman Centre. The arena opened for the 1992-93 season.
Over the previous 11 seasons, all played under the present wild-card format, it took between 54 and 80 points to grab the Western Conference’s last playoff spot. The Blazers have 63 games remaining as they begin a doubleheader weekend against the host Prince George Cougars tonight. The good news is that Kamloops is only six points out of a playoff spot right now. The bad news is that the Blazers likely are going to have to play at least .500 hockey the rest of the way if they are to get into the playoffs.
Non-reviewable missed call in 5th costs Nats 2 runs, ticky-tack review costs them huge out in 8th. Explain again how replay helps baseball?
— Janice Hough (@leftcoastbabe) October 13, 2017
Yes, the Chicago Cubs’ victory over the Washington Nationals last night seemingly took a week to play. But, come on . . . is there anything better in the world of sports than MLB playoffs?
ICYMI . . . the Toronto Blue Jays, who stumbled through an abysmal 2017 season, fired a reported 23 employees this week. None of the departed were players. The fired included Mike Frostad, an assistant trainer who had been in the organization for 22 years. According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, the Blue Jays fired employees “from various departments on the business side.” . . . Despite not making the playoffs, the Blue Jays drew 3.2 million fans, the fifth-highest total in MLB.
Hey, Sportsnet, I think if you tried really hard you could provide us with a few more promos for your hockey (read: NHL) coverage. . . . At the same time, I must note that I haven’t seen the “mount-ayn” building couple in a while, so that’s good.
One of the things that makes the MLB playoffs so watchable, at least this month, is that the TV rights holders are satisfied with two-man telecast crews. Oh, and analysts Ron Darling and John Smoltz are terrific.
Recently, a blue-chip football recruit said he would sign with Ohio State if he got 100,000 retweets. Brad Rock of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City responded: “Remember football’s simpler days when all it took was a couple of boosters to buy a kid a car?”
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) October 12, 2017
Rykr Cole hit on Ryan Hughes. Cole was given 5 min maj and gm. Hughes was helped off the ice and did not return pic.twitter.com/KTnyqeqgtL
— Brandon Rivers (@hodgesheroes) October 11, 2017
Portland F Ryan Hughes will be out indefinitely after having surgery to repair what a Winterhawks insider tells Taking Note was a “broken leg.”
Hughes was injured on Tuesday night when he was hit by F Rykr Cole of the visiting Spokane Chiefs at 7:08 of the first period. You are able to watch the incident in the video that is included in the above tweet.
Cole was given a boarding major and game misconduct at the time.
On Wednesday, the WHL suspended Cole for three games.
The Winterhawks won the game, 3-0, an outcome you know they would gladly reverse if they were able to keep Hughes in their lineup.
An 18-year-old from Edmonton, the 5-foot-9 Hughes had four goals and three assists in seven games this season. Last season, he finished with 27 goals and 30 assists in 70 games. As a freshman in 2015-16, Hughes played in 71 games, scoring three times and adding 10 assists.
The Winterhawks’ next four games all are against the Kelowna Rockets — Saturday and Sunday in Portland and Oct. 20 and 21 in the Little Apple. Those teams won’t meet again in this regular season.
D Josh Anderson of the Prince George Cougars suffered a separated shoulder on Friday night during a 7-6 OT loss to the visiting Kelowna Rockets. Anderson, 19, could be out for up to eight weeks. . . . The Cougars also are without D Jonas Harkins, 16, for a couple of weeks with an undisclosed injury. . . . Because of the injuries, and the fact that they released D Shane Collins in order to get down to three 20-year-olds, the Cougars brought in D Peter Kope, 17, from the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks. Kope played in Tuesday’s 7-1 victory over the visiting Calgary Hitmen.
Rudy Poeschek, a former WHL and NHL enforcer, is scheduled to be back in a Kamloops court room on Dec. 7 where he will face charges of breaching probation and failing to appear. Poeschek was to have appeared on June 2 but didn’t show. A warrant was issued and later was re-arrested. . . . Poeschek, 51, played for the WHL’s Kamloops Jr. Oilers and Kamloops Blazers (1983-87) before going on to a pro career that included 364 NHL games. . . . Tim Petruk of Kamloops This Week has more on Poeschek and his situation right here.
The OHL’s London Knights have added D Shane Collins, 20, to their roster. He was waived by the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday as each WHL team declared a maximum of three 20-year-olds. Collins was in his fourth season with the Cougars when he was waived. He actually was claimed by the OHL’s Barrie Colts, who dealt him to the Knights for a 14th-round selection in the OHL’s annual draft. . . . From Rosetown, Sask., he put up five goals and 34 assists in 186 regular-season WHL games, all with Prince George. . . . His arrival in London leaves the Knights with four 20-year-olds, so there will be another move coming there in the near future. . . . Collins made his OHL debut last night — he was minus-2 with one shot — as the Knights dropped a 3-1 decision to the host Windsor Spitfires.
Rob Daum, a former WHL coach, is back in the game having taken over as the head coach of the Iserlohn Roosters of Germany’s DEL. Daum, 59, replaces Jari Pasanen, who was fired last week. . . . Daum has coaching experience in Europe, having spent six seasons as the head coach of the Austrian club EHC Linz. He also has been on the coaching staff of the Austrian national team. . . . A native of Churchbridge, Sask., he spent six seasons as a WHL coach, two each with the Prince Albert Raiders, Swift Current Broncos and Lethbridge Hurricanes. He also spent 10 seasons as the head coach of the U of Alberta Golden Bears, then was in the Edmonton Oilers’ organization for five seasons.
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Dave Lozo of sports.vice.com was in Las Vegas for the Golden Knights’ first game. Yes, he witnessed the pregame ceremony. “But sadly,” he wrote, “doing nothing has become one of the final stages in our national ritual of grief after mass shootings. Gun violence has become so commonplace that even gestures like the one in Vegas by pro sports teams have become normal. The blueprint is always the same — tragedy, a moment of silence, a symbolic gesture, some distracting sports, and then we move on without having had any discussion about gun violence or having using the event to foster any real change when we so desperately need it. The game grabs the headlines. The tragedy recedes.” . . . Lozo, I am guessing, wrote what a lot of people have been thinking, and his piece is right here.
At Moose Jaw, G Adam Evanoff stopped 40 shots for his first WHL victory as the Warriors beat the Edmonton Oil Kings, 4-2. . . . A 17-year-old from Penticton, B.C., Evanoff, a 10th-round pick in the 2015 WHL bantam draft, played in 10 exhibition games over the past three training camps, but this was his first regular-season appearance. . . . F Noah Gregson had two goals and an assist for the winners. . . . The Warriors (6-1-0) scored the game’s first three goals. . . . Gregor, who has five goals, made it 1-0 at 10:58 of the first period. . . . D Oleg Sosunov, the 6-foot-8 Russian freshman, scored his fourth goal at 12:20 of the second period for a 2-0 edge. . . . Gregor upped it to 3-0 at 14:12. . . . The Oil Kings made it interesting on goals from F Colton Kehler (4), at 14:31 of the seocnd, and F Kobe Mohr (3), at 14:12 of the third. . . . The Warriors iced it when F Tanner Jeannot (2) scored at 17:17. . . . The Warriors got three assists from F Brayden Burke, with Jeannot getting one. . . . Kehler added an assist to his goal. . . . Moose Jaw was 0-2 on the PP; Edmonton (3-6-0) was 0-3. . . . The Oil Kings got 28 saves from G Travis Child. . . . Announced attendance: 3,028.
At Cranbrook, B.C., F Mason McCarty struck for three goals and added an assist to lead the Red Deer Rebels to a 5-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . McCarty, a 20-year-old from Blackie, Alta., played five games for the Rebels in 2013-14 and nine in 2014-15. He then was traded to the Saskatoon Blades, who dealt him back to Red Deer last summer. Last season, he had career highs in goals (21) and assists (16) in 45 games. . . . McCarty started this season with goals in five straight games. He then went two games without a goal before erupting last night. . . . After five career two-goal games, this was McCarthy’s first three-goal outing. . . . The Rebels opened a 3-0 lead on a goal from F Reese Johnson (4) and two from McCarty, the first on a PP. . . . The Ice was never able to catch up. It got to within a goal when F Vince Loschiavo (2) and F Colton Veloso (1) scored in the first three minutes of the second period. . . . F Kristian Reichel (4) restored Red Deer’s two-goal lead, on a PP, at 6:35 of the third period. . . . The Ice got back to within a goal on F Alex Baer’s third of the season, at 9:09. . . . McCarty completed his hat trick at 17:51. . . . Ice F Colton Kroeker (3) closed out the scoring at 19:53. . . . F Brandon Hagel had three assists for the Rebels, and F Grayson Pawlenchuk had two. . . . Baer had one assist for the Ice. . . . Red Deer (5-3-0) was 2-3 on the PP; Kootenay (2-5-1) was 0-3. . . . G Lasse Petersen stopped 30 shots for the Rebels, five more than Kootenay’s Kurtis Chapman. . . . The Ice was without D Cale Fleury, who completed a three-game suspension, but had D Martin Bodak after an illness kept him out of two games. Loschiavo also returned. He had been a healthy scratch on Saturday when the Ice dropped a 5-2 decision to the host Swift Current Broncos. . . . Announced attendance: 2,238.
FRIDAY (all times local):
Vancouver at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Everett at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Regina at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Saskatoon at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Kamloops at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Victoria at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
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— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 12, 2017
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