Three WHLers get NHL deals . . . Iconic BCHL franchise sold . . . Lots of WHL roster moves

F Carson McMillan (Calgary, 2005-09) has signed a one-year contract with Esbjerg (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). Last season, he was the captain of the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL). He had 19 goals and 15 assists in 70 games. . . . F Jonas Johansson (Kamloops, 2002-04)...

CHL releases financial figures … SPHL team in bus crash … Phillips burns Oil Kings again

Possible CHL & its law firm take a different view re publicizing KPMG report, but here’s what judge’s Jan. 5 confidentiality order says: pic.twitter.com/muyO5aYhl1— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) January 20, 2017While one WHL team had pre-tax net income of $9,074,157 from 2012 through 2016, another...

Ex-WHL coach off to Slovakia … Hitmen coach talking with Swiss team? … Blades sign three picks

F Brad Ross (Portland, 2007-12) has signed a one-year contract with the Heilbronner Falken (Germany, DEL2). This season, with the Iserlohn Roosters (Germany, DEL), Ross had four assists in six games. His season ended prematurely due to a hand injury. Heilbronner’s head coach is...

Americans, Raiders swap goaltenders . . . P.A. veteran gets AHL deal . . . Tri-City waives d-man

The Tri-City Americans, obviously concerned about the long-term health of starting G Evan Sarthou, have acquired G Rylan Parenteau, who is to turn 20 on Nov. 16, from the Prince Albert Raiders.In return, the Americans gave up G Nic Sanders, 18, and a third-round...

Governors approve Ice’s new owners … WHL on Shaw nears end … Lawsuit against OHL, teams certified

The Chynoweth family has been involved in the WHL for 45 consecutive years, a run that ended Thursday when the board of governors approved the sale of the Kootenay Ice, the franchise that the Chynoweths had been trying to sell since 2011.There was a...

Kamloops mourns loss of legend . . . Blades hold off Pats . . . Halbgewachs continues tear

ANDY CLOVECHOKAndy Clovechok, who was Mr. Hockey in Kamloops, died on Saturday night at the age of 93.In his latter years, Clovechok was part of induction ceremonies held by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame...

Warriors GM says he received apology . . . Burke joins new club . . . Hurricanes drop veteran forward

It's 2016 people... Stop playing Cotton-Eye Joe. Seriously. Stop it.— Sunaya Sapurji (@sunayas) November 15, 2016———D Giffen Nyren (Moose Jaw, Kamloops, Calgary, 2006-10) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Dijon (France, Ligue Magnus). This season, he was pointless in...

Gaglardi, Northland Properties guilty on environmental charges

Tom Gaglardi, the majority owner of the Kamloops Blazers, arrives at the Kamloops Law Courts on Jan. 15, 2014, during his trial on environmental charges. (Photo: Dave Eagles, Kamloops This Week) “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it...

Välimäki feted in Finland . . . Brooks’ streak at 20 . . . Blades stun Warriors

Juuso Välimäki (centre) of the Tri-City Americans shakes hands with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, who is behind hiswife Jenni Haukio (in purple). (YLE screen grab)Juuso Välimäki is greeted by Finnish First Lady Jenni Haukio.(YLE screen grab)D Juuso Välimäki of the Tri-City Americans was in...

Nanaimo on one WHL schedule … Blazers turn to business community … Giants still hurting

F Jaroslav Vlach (Prince George, 2009-11) has signed a two-year contract extension with Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga). This season, he has two goals and five assists in 29 games with Liberec. He also had one assist in five games while on loan to Benátky...

The story of Hick Abbott, a real Canadian hero

In more than 40 years as a journalist what follows may well be my favourite story. I loved researching it and I really enjoyed writing it. I post it here every Remembrance Day. . . . This is the story of Lyman (Hick) Abbott,...

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