Blazers d-man gets pro deal . . . Wheaties add blueliner. . . . Ex-Everett coach to run U.S. squad

D Stefan Elliott (Saskatoon, 2006-11) has signed a one-year contract with Ak Bars Kazan (Russia, KHL). Last season, with the Arizona Coyotes (NHL), he had two goals and four assists in 19 games. He also was pointless in two games with the Nashville Predators...

Big League

Sorry, no blog post from Saturday night. Was busy hanging out with a fellow Lynn Laker. Guy named Tom Cochrane. You may have heard of him.I will spend Sunday catching up on Saturday's goings-on.G'night.Oh, BTW, if Tom is in your neck of the woods...

After suspensions, Rockets drop Winterhawks … Tigers pull even with Hurricanes … WJC schedule released

D Craig Schira (Regina, Vancouver, 2003-09) has signed a two-year contract with Rögle Ängelholm (Sweden, SHL). This season, with Luleå (Sweden, SHL), he had six goals and nine assists in 42 games. . . .F Antonín Honejsek (Moose Jaw, 2009-11) has signed a one-year...

Mondays With Murray: They were thinking big when they paid out big

Shaq presents Linday Murray Hofmans with a Lakers top at center court on Feb. 28, 1999, at the Great Western Forum.Shaquille O’Neal — aka Shaq — was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend.In 1996, Jim Murray had some advice for Shaq. Newly acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers, much was expected from the big man, and Jim Murray didn’t hold anything back about what was expected. I think he got the message.

City gives Blazers break on lease … Ice sweeps out eight scouts … Oil Kings waive goalie

F Danis Zaripov (Swift Current, 1998-99) has been suspended by the IIHF until May 22, 2019, for using illegal substances. One of Zaripov's samples tested positive for banned stimulants, as well as substances prohibited as diuretics and masking agents. Multiple sources have said Zaripov...

Taking Note honoured with Carson Award for third straight year … SJHL champs lose head coach

F Spencer Asuchak (Tri-City, Prince George, 2008-12) has signed a one-year contract with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga). Last season, with the Allen Americans (ECHL), he had 26 goals and 40 assists in 64 games. He was pointless in three games with the Providence Bruins (AHL).———I...

What if each game was worth three points? . . . Edmonds picks a school . . . Winterhawks in mourning

So . . . you’re Les Lazaruk, the long-time radio voice of the Saskatoon Blades.Les Lazaruk, the voice of the Saskatoon Blades.On Thursday, you climbed on the team’s bus and took a 900-kilometre ride to Cranbrook, B.C., where the Blades and Kootenay Ice will...

Mondays With Murray: Scully Handles a Mic Like Ruth Did a Bat

Jim Murray and Vin Scully were two-thirds of a sports media triple threat in Los Angeles since the early 1960s, the third being Chick Hearn.This week we will watch (or listen as the case may be) to the last piece of that puzzle retire...

Paddock cracking whip in Regina . . . Tigers’ defence hurting . . . Seattle on five-game roll

F Zdeněk Bahenský (Saskatoon, 2004-06) has been released from a tryout contract with Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic, Extraliga) that was signed on Jan. 10. He didn’t appear in a game for Mladá Boleslav. This season, he had two goals and nine assists in 22...

Tigers beat Blazers on late goal . . . Warriors get past Pats . . . Cougars stay on top

Yep, seems right. #mbstorm #brrrr #TOstorm #winning pic.twitter.com/xZUWuqqGWs— Town of Lynn Lake (@TownOfLynnLake) December 17, 2016MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TAKING NOTEWe are into the second-last Saturday before the big day. To get you calm and into the right frame of mind before you tackle the...

“Michael Oher was recently cut by the (Tennessee) Titans,” writes contributor Bill Littlejohn. “Michael took the news fine, but Sandra Bullock had to be escorted off Titans property.” . . . Littlejohn, again: “Joba Chamberlain's new contract with the Detroit...

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