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from Don Campbell of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
With the Ontario Hockey League set to address the import draft on Friday at annual meetings in Collingwood, Ont., the QMJHL won’t be far behind with its own annual meetings scheduled for Aug. 20-24 in Victoriaville, Que.
There’s a growing sentiment in the QMJHL that the practice of importing players may have run its course.
“It will be either to reduce or completely eliminate import players,” QMJHL president Gilles Courteau said Thursday. “But before we do something, we want to get a position and take it to our Canadian Hockey League partners.
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that Doug Gilmour has been appointed assistant coach of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
“We are thrilled to have Doug join the coaching staff of the Marlies,” said Fletcher. “Doug has done so much for the Leafs organization and he brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to Greg Gilbert’s staff.”
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
A career minor leaguer, Baird recently signed on to play with the Muskegon Fury of the International League, but he will likely never suit up for them.
On July 17, Baird was working a summer job as a landscaper in Youngstown when the riding lawnmower he was steering exploded, engulfing the 27-year-old father of three in flames. Baird received third-degree burns to more than 70 percent of his body and the weeks since have seen the gritty winger in and out of surgery and fighting for his life.
Like a lot of kids in North America, Baird was keeping his dream of playing hockey for a living alive by doing what had to be done. If he could only earn about $500 a week, he would take a job in the summer and make up the income that way.
From Les Perreaux in the Globe & Mail,
The son of hockey legend Patrick Roy has been charged with assault for his part in an infamous hockey brawl last season.
Saguenay, Que., police confirmed a single charge of assault was laid against Jonathan Roy this morning in Quebec court.
The younger Roy, a goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, is the only player or coach charged in the incident March 22 when he stormed across the ice to pound on the opposing goaltender, Bobby Nadeau.
Well, at least he’s still got that music career…
From the Canadian Press,
The family of a budding hockey star who died mysteriously last winter near Windsor, Ont., says he died of an underlying heart condition.
Mickey Renaud, captain of the Ontario Hockey League Windsor Spitfires, died in February at his home in nearby Tecumseh.
In a statement, his family says an autopsy determined that the 19-year-old player died of a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
*Previous report on KK is here.
from Brendan Savage of the Flint Journal,
With all the distractions of daily life — especially for an athlete who has a spouse and kids — it isn’t difficult to get sidetracked during a long season and lose focus on the task at hand.
With that in mind, the Flint Generals have hired Flint’s John Tomlinson as their hypnotherapist in an effort to gain an advantage on the other five teams in the International Hockey League.
from the Grand Rapids Press,
The Grand Rapids Griffins have found their next leading man.
Curt Fraser will be introduced as the Griffins’ eighth coach in franchise history during a Wednesday morning news conference at Van Andel Arena.
Fraser, 50, was the first head coach in the history of the Atlanta Thrashers, who joined the NHL in 1999. He spent three and a half seasons there, compiling a 64-169-31-15 record before being fired in 2003.
from the Portland Tribune,
Brent Peterson, who coached the Portland Winter Hawks to a Memorial Cup championship in 1998 and once captained the team, is tired of watching his favorite junior hockey franchise struggle….
Peterson decided awhile back to make an effort to do something about it. While he’s not leaving the Predators – he has a two-year contract in his pocket – he’s put together a formidable team of investors seeking to buy the team from Jim Goldsmith, Jack Donovan and John Bryant.
The group includes former Winter Hawks Brenden Morrow, Marian Hossa, Ray Ferraro and Scott Nichol (to name a few), along with PGA golfer and former Portland resident Peter Jacobsen, a longtime friend of Peterson.
from Neal Rubin of the Detroit News,
Bobby Suvoy had Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and it was vicious. He’d been a boy who liked to swim and skate and catch fish, always looking for something to do. Now here he was at 16, paralyzed, with a breathing machine inflating his lungs.
Chris Terry was Bobby’s idol, his favorite hockey player. The team arranged for Terry to meet him, and it was a thrill; one of the few things Bobby could still do was smile, and he hardly stopped from the moment Terry walked in.
Then Terry dropped by the Suvoys’ house in Redford Township a few more times, on his own. And when Bobby died in early May, Terry came down from his home in Brampton, Ontario, for the funeral, driving four hours in his big green Isuzu Rodeo.
From the Buffalo Sabres:
The Portland Pirates announced today a new, long-term affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres effective with the 2008-2009 AHL season. The announcement was made by Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek, Pirates Chairman/Governor Lyman Bullard, Sabres’ Managing Partner Larry Quinn, and Sabres’ General Manager Darcy Regier.
The Anaheim Ducks made the decision to sever its ties with the Pirates earlier this month for reasons of wanting their AHL team in closer proximity.
Looking at the map, I’d have to say Buffalo didn’t share the same concern.
Update 2:47pm ET: And as a commenter just pointed out… the Portland Pirates play in Maine. More coffee for me! Let me kill that map…
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