Americans add veteran forward … Blazers trim roster by one … Quite a story from Kimberley

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Saturday we raised $14,000 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada (@kidneycanada) all thanks to our great fans. @CoachsCornerDC #CanadaDonates pic.twitter.com/9YR0XpvXdR

— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) October 16, 2017

The Brandon Wheat Kings are the next participants in the organ donor awareness program in which the WHL’s 17 Canadian teams are taking part. They will be wearing special edition Don Cherry sweaters on Friday when they entertain the Vancouver Giants. Yes, the sweaters will be auctioned off, with proceeds to the Kidney Foundation.

Here’s a look at the teams that haven’t yet had their nights: Brandon Wheat Kings, Oct. 20; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Oct. 27; Calgary Hitmen, Oct. 28; Edmonton Oil Kings and Kamloops Blazers, March 2; Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince George Cougars and Swift Current Broncos, March 3; Victoria Royals, March 9; and Kelowna Rockets, Red Deer Rebels and Saskatoon Blades, March 10.

The Tri-City Americans have added D Brett Clayton, who will turn 18 on Nov. 22, to their roster. Clayton, from Abbotsford, B.C., has played in 87 WHL regular-season games, all with the Portland Winterhawks. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder has three goals and five assists in those 87 games. He was pointless in one game with the Winterhawks this season, but was dropped from their roster late in September. He also was dropped from Portland’s protected list, and the Americans added him. . . . The Americans are looking for some forward depth as they have some guys nicked up and may lose two forwards to the U-17 World Hockey Challenge next month.

The Americans also revealed via Twitter that Olaf Kolzig, a former WHL/NHL goaltender who owns a piece of the Tri-City franchise, will help out in an assistant-coaching role for the next three games. The Americans are at home to the Kelowna Rockets tonight (Tuesday).

The Kamloops Blazers dropped veteran F Erik Miller, 18, from their roster on Monday. He is expected to join the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. . . . Miller, who is from Sherwood Park, was a third-round pick by the Blazers in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . This season, he had one assist in seven games, but had been a healthy scratch on four occasions. In 100 regular-season games, he put up six goals and eight assists. . . . Kamloops now is carrying 24 players, including eight defencemen and 14 forwards.

D David Quenneville of the Medicine Hat Tigers picked up his 100th career assist recently; actually, he now has 103 assists. In 187 regular-season games, he has put up 148 points. He and his brothers, John and Peter, both of whom now are playing professionally, have combined for 471 points. . . . Having seen that in a tweet from Perry Bergson of the Brandon Sun, I got to wondering how many points the six Sutter brothers — Darryl, Brian, Brent, Duane, Rich and Ron — put up in their WHL careers. The answer is an even 1,000, including 457 goals, in a combined 775 regular-season games.

The Edmonton Oil Kings revealed via Twitter on Monday afternoon that F Tyson Gruninger “is no longer with the team and has decided to pursue other hockey opportunities.” . . . Gruninger, 19, is from Drayton Valley, Alta. He had 10 goals and 12 assists in 119 regular-season games, all with the Oil Kings. He had one assist in eight games this season. Last season, he had three goals and five assists in 34 games.

The Victoria Royals have signed F Alex Bolshakov, 15, to a WHL contract. From Auburn, Wash., Bolshakov was a fourth-round selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. Last season, Bolshakov had 36 goals and 16 assists in 36 games with the Seattle Sno-Kings U-14 Junior Thunderbirds of the Pacific Coast Bantam Hockey League. This season, he is playing for the Everett Jr. Silvertips Elite U-16s in the North American Prospect Hockey League.

Neate Sager, a veteran junior hockey observer, has been writing a weekly CHL notebook for sportsnet.ca. This week, Sager checks in with F Tyler Steenbergen of the Swift Current Broncos, who leads the WHL in goals (16) and is tied for the points lead. He and F Ty Lewis of the Brandon Wheat Kings have 25 points each. . . . There’s that and more right here.

When the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the visiting Vancouver Giants a week ago, Dan and Lindsey Leckelt were in the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., and they were more than interested spectators. They are the new owners of the Thunderbirds, the reigning WHL champions. . . . Andy Eide of 710 ESPN Seattle chatted with them and his story is right here.

Ken Dryden’s latest book — Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey — is scheduled to hit book stores today. Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider, has read the book and offers up a review right here. . . . However, McKenzie offers up a whole lot more, explaining how he once was a loud voice for the “anti-concussion, anti-head hit bandwagon in hockey,” and how he basically became battle-fatigued. . . . This is good stuff, some real inside stuff from the original Insider.

There were about 700 fans in the Kimberley Civic Centre on Friday night. They were there to watch the junior B Dynamiters face the Grand Forks Border Bruins in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game. They got the game and a whole lot more. Prior to the game, Mike Gould, who was born in Cranbrook and raised in Kimberley, pledged $7.5 million to minor hockey in Kimberley, including the Dynamiters. The 38-year-old Gould told The Canadian Press that he won a EuroMillions lottery in 2008, although he wouldn’t say how much he won. These days, he works at investing his money. . . . The CP story is right here.

Carolyn Grant of the Kimberley Bulletin has a story right here that was filed on Saturday morning.

Josh Lockhart, who blogs about the Dynamiters, posted this piece right here.

I haven’t had a favourite NBA team in recent years, but that has changed over the last while. Yes, I have become a fan of the San Antonio Spurs. More accurately, I have become a big fan of Gregg Popovich, their head coach, and it isn’t because of his first name. . . . It’s because Popovich does things like this right here.

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— Cody Porter (@CodyPorter31) October 17, 2017

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