ICYMI: Last night @JaxIcemen Head Coach Jason Christie set an #ECHL record by coaching his 1009th career game pic.twitter.com/Kp3AYFJjPi

— ECHL (@ECHL) October 22, 2017

Mike Fraser, a veteran WHL scout who now works for the Brandon Wheat Kings, used to write a weekly column that appeared in the Brandon-based Westman Journal.

These days, his writing is mostly limited to social media.

He spent the weekend at a bantam tournament in Regina. On Sunday, he posted this on Facebook:

At the Graham Tuer Challenge, scouts are in tight quarters with hockey parents. So as we wrap up another tournament, I give you my Top 10 favourite lines from hockey parents this weekend:

10. “You know if we could just score we’d have a much better chance of winning.” (You think?)

9. “If Tim takes another penalty I’m going to ring his neck.” (Classic hockey mom)

8. “You might not want to sit beside me, I’ve been known to move around with the play and may body-check you.” (And she did).

7. “SHOOT THE PUCK!” (This is great advice and all, except you’re inside, and no one can hear you except the other parents/scouts. And by the way, kids hate when you do this).

6. “How come the scouts get free Subway?” (It’s a glamorous gig, I tell you).

5. “What time does the bar open?” (It was 9:56 a.m., when that question was asked.)

4. “I really hope we lose this game so we can go home.” (Ah yes, rarely do we not hear this at least once a tournament.)

3. This isn’t a quote but I was really impressed with the guy who was waiting patiently for the bar to open, almost drooling as they opened up the gate to the bar . . . at 11 a.m. He walked away with two beers. Double-fisting to start the day.

2. “How are the Riders doing?” (No one cares.)

1. Husband to wife: “Are you okay now?” Wife: “Yeah, I’m great. I found a bra to wear today.” (I don’t even wanna know).

The Ottawa 67’s are celebrating their 50th birthday this OHL season. But the franchise that used to have 5,000 season-ticket holders now has fewer than 1,000.

Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen takes a look right here at what happened and how ownership hopes to get things back on track. This is a story that is applicable to many sporting teams as they fight to get fans into the seats.

Interestingly, Scanlan writes that Jeff Hunt, who has long been involved in the team’s ownership, “considers millennials in their early 20s kind of a dead zone.” As well, minor hockey players are able to sign up for a ‘Prospects’ program that gets them into home games for free.

If you like what you see here, you may want to consider donating to the cause. Should you choose to help out, simply click on the DONATE button in the upper right corner of this page and away you go. Thank you!


At Calgary, D Jake Bean scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give the Hitmen a 2-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars. . . . F Vladislav Mikhalchuk and D Dennis Cholowski scored for the Cougars during the skills competition, with F Jake Kryski and F Jakob Stukel doing likewise for the Hitmen. . . . Calgary took a 1-0 lead when F Tristen Nielsen (2) scored at 16:57 of the first period. . . . F Josh Curtis (1) got the Cougars even 57 seconds into the second period. . . . Calgary was 0-7 on the PP; Prince George was 0-10. . . . The Hitmen got 33 stops from G Nick Schneider through OT, with Taylor Gauthier stopping 39 shots at the other end. . . . The Hitmen (4-7-1) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Cougars (4-5-4) have points in their last three games (1-0-2). . . . Prince George was playing its third game three different cities in fewer than 48 hours. The Cougars dropped a 5-4 shootout decision in Edmonton on Friday, then won 4-1 in Red Deer on Saturday. . . . The Cougars and Hitmen have completed their season series. The Cougars had beaten the visiting Hitmen, 7-1, on Oct. 10. . . . Announced attendance: 5,809.

At Edmonton, G Dawson Weatherill stopped 22 shots to help the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-0 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . An 18-year-old from Red Deer, Weatherill posted his first career shutout. It came in his 54th career regular-season game. He has made 49 appearances with the Chiefs after getting into five games with the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Chiefs (7-5-1) have points in three straight games (2-0-1). . . . The Oil Kings (5-7-2) had points in their previous four games (2-0-2). . . . F Hudson Elynuik and F Jaret Anderson-Dolan each scored twice. Elynuik has six goals, while Anderson-Dolan has five. . . . Elynuik opened the scoring at 5:04 of the first period. Anderson-Dolan then scored twice, at 19:24 of the first and 8:01 of the second, and the Chiefs never were headed. . . . D Nolan Reid (4) and F Riley Woods (6) also scored. . . . Elynuik also had two assists for a four-point outing. D Ty Smith and Woods also has two assists. . . . Spokane was 2-4 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-5. . . . The Oil Kings started G Boston Bilous, who surrendered five goals on 21 shots through two periods. Travis Child finished up by stopping 10 of 11 third-period shots. . . . Announced attendance: 5,923.

Coach / father / daughter pregame time. Always priceless. #SilvertipCountry pic.twitter.com/MrZbdv1Ucj

— Pink The Rink: 11/4 (@WHLsilvertips) October 22, 2017

At Everett, F Dillon Hamaliuk scored twice to help the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-3 victory over the Silvertips. . . . The Thunderbirds (5-4-1) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Silvertips (4-9-1) have lost four straight (0-3-1). . . . Hamaliuk gave the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead 45 seconds into the game. . . . F Connor Dewar (7) scored two second-period PP goals — at 11:03 and 15:37 — to give the home side a 2-1 edge. . . . Seattle responded with the next three goals. . . . Hamaliuk tied it at 15:47. . . . F Noah Philp (3), who also had an assist, broke the tie at 1:07 of the third period and D Austin Strand (5) scored a PP goal at 2:41. All five of Strand’s goals have come via the PP. He went into this season with one PP goal in 199 regular-season games. . . . F Bryce Kindopp (3), on a PP, got the Silvertips to within a goal at 12:22. . . . Everett got two assists from D Kevin Davis. He has nine assists over his past six games, earning two in each of his past three games. . . . Everett was 3-6 on the PP; Seattle was 1-4. . . . The Thunderbirds got 31 saves from G Matt Berlin. . . . Blake Lyda stopped 27 shots for the Silvertips. . . . Announced attendance: 4,517.

At Lethbridge, the Hurricanes got three goals from F Zane Franklin as they dumped the Medicine Hat Tigers, 7-2. . . . Franklin, an 18-year-old from Marwayne, Alta., has six goals in 10 games this season. As a freshman last season, he finished with five goals in 64 games. . . . The Hurricanes improved to 5-5-0. . . . The Tigers (6-4-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Franklin opened the scoring 19 seconds into the first period. . . . Tigers F Mark Rassell (11), who also had an assist, tied it at 2:21, after which the Hurricanes took control with three straight goals, the first two from Franklin, at 15:05 of the first period and 5:57 of the second. . . . F Dylan Cozens (6), who also had two assists, upped the lead to 4-1 at 9:24. . . . F Ryan Vandervlis (1), F Egor Zudilov (1) and D Brady Pouteau (1) also scored for the Hurricanes, who got three assists from D Calen Addison and two from each of D Ty Prefontaine and F Giorgio Estephan. . . . F James Hamblin (2) had Medicine Hat’s other goal. . . . Medicine Hat D David Quenneville had an 11-game point streak snapped. It dated back to last season. . . . Lethbridge was 0-1 on the PP; Medicine Hat was 0-3. . . . G Stuart Skinner blocked 35 shots for the victory. . . . The Tigers got 29 saves from Jordan Hollett. . . . Announced attendance: 3,212.

MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

TUESDAY (all times local):

Spokane at Calgary, 7 p.m.

Regina vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Saskatoon 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Portland, 7 p.m.

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Season ticket holders and players enjoying Paint The Ice Day #AmsHockey pic.twitter.com/k4J8jPEd7J

— Robert (Bob) Tory (@BTORY) October 22, 2017

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