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Around the Leagues - Week of 8/7/11


It’s that time of week again… well, actually a day late, as yesterday’s news was to juicy to pass up, and there was more news this week than I expected. Anyway, it’s news round-up time. As I bring you news tidbits from around the CHL and NCAA Hockey from the last week. Honestly, I don’t even really enjoy doing these because there isn’t a lot of “writing” involved on my part… but alas… I have yet to have any better ideas… and I’ll be quite happy once the season gets rolling.

So here we go…


Ontario Hockey League News

Niagara Hosts OHL BoGs Meeting: From Wednesday to Friday this past week, the Governors of all 20 OHL teams together got together to discuss some of the various issues throughout the league… Full Story.

Smith Signs with Columbus: On Monday (the 8th mind you) Ottawa 67’s power-forward Dalton Smith signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets… Full Story.

Koekkoek Named Assistant Captain of Canada’s U18 Team: On Monday, Peterborough Petes defenseman Slater Koekkoek has been named an Assistant Captain to Canada’s U18 Team… Full Story.

Colts Trade Chartrand to Belleville: On Thursday, The Barrie Colts traded goalie John Chartrand to the Belleville Bulls in exchange for a pair of draft picks… Full Story.

Otters Sign Evans:The Erie Otters have signed center Jake Evans, on Thursday. He was the 34th overall pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection back in May… Full Story.

Mississauga Signs Duhaime: On Thursday, the Majors announced that they have signed 37th overall pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection, defenseman Ryan Duhaime… Full Story.

IceDogs Acquire Bennett in Trade With Colts: Friday, the Niagara IceDogs acquired forward Mitch Bennett from the Barrie Colts in exchange for a 9th round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection… Full Story.

Verhaeghe Signs With IceDogs: In additional Niagara IceDogs news, on Wednesday, they announced the signing of center Carter Verhaeghe, the 37th overall pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection… Full Story.

Barron Smith Joins the University of Alberta: No, that isn’t a typo… on Wednesday, the Peterborough Petes defensemen joined the University of Alberta’s Golden Bears men’s ice hockey team for the 2011-2012 season. Also, according to the school’s website, Smith is one of 9 CHL players who have joined the team for the upcoming season. Quite the opposite of the growing trend of college players jumping ship for the CHL… Full Story.

Whalers Return to 88.1FM WSDP for Radio Coverage: Somewhat local I know (although you can tune-in online these days), but on Friday, the Plymouth Whalers announced that they will return to 88.1FM - “The Escape” as the home of the bulk of their radio broadcast coverage of games for the 2011-2012 season… Full Story.

Saginaw Claims Pawlaczyk on Waivers: Back on Monday (the 8th, as I’m a day later than usual with this update)... the Saginaw Spirit claimed forward Dean Pawlaczyk through the OHL’s waiver process… Full Story.

Spirit President Gets Promotion: Again, some additional Saginaw Spirit-related news, on Friday it was announced that Spirit President Craig Goslin, has moved from the Saginaw front office up to the OHL front office, as a part of the league’s Executive Committee, as was voted on by the OHL’s Board of Governors… Full Story.

That wraps up the OHL news for the past week… seems like a lot compared to my last update, but that aside, let’s move on to the WHL.

Western Hockey League News

Silvertips Name New Coaches: On Friday, the Everett Silvertips announced their newest coaching positions, with former team captain, Mitch Love, as an Assistant Coach as well as Strength & Conditioning Coach. They also announced the addition of Taylor Dakers as Goaltending Coach… Full Story.

Broncos Sign Gonek: Friday, the Swift Current Broncos announced the signing of 13th overall selection in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, defenseman Zack Gonek… Full Story.

Warriors Name New Arena: Friday, the Moose Jaw Warriors in combination with The Mosaic Company announced the name of their new state-of-the-art arena… surprise… it has been dubbed “Mosaic Place”... Full Story.

Thunderbirds Acquire Verdino in Trade With Broncos: Thursday, the Seattle Thunderbirds acquired defensemen Kyle Verdino from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft… Full Story.

Chiefs Hire New Goalie Coach: Thursday, the Spokane Chiefs named Ryan Cyr their new Goaltending Coach… Full Story.

Americans Make Trade for Benning: Wednesday, The Tri-City Americans acquired defenseman Matt Benning from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a conditional 3rd and 6th round picks in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft… Full Story.

Giants COO Steps Down: Wednesday, the Vancouver Giants announced that Stuart Ballantyne, the club’s Chief Operating Officer will be stepping down, effective on Friday (August 12). Taking his place will be Peter Toigo, formerly part of hockey operations with the club… Full Story.

Eight WHL Players Commit to University of Alberta: As I mentioned earlier in OHL news, several CHL players have committed to the University of Alberta’s Golden Bears for the 2011-2012 season. A whopping eight of the nine happen to be from the WHL, as was reported on Tuesday. I still find this interesting news… as it seems in stark contrast to what has become the ever-growing trend of college hockey players jumping ship for the CHL, not the other way around, although I suppose that will happen when your time in the CHL has run out and you remain undrafted, but that isn’t the case for all of these players. I recommend you check out the Full Story for more details.

Three Former WHL Players Commit to University of Regina: Tuesday, it was announced that three former WHL players, Lucas Gore, Joel Kot, and Blaine Tendler have all committed to the University of Regina’s Cougars for the 2011-12 season… Full Story.

Broncos Sign Odgers: Yet more Swift Current Broncos signing news, as back on Tuesday, they announced the signing of 24th overall pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Dakota Odgers… Full Story.

That does it for WHL news for the week. I might have missed a few things, as I didn’t check all of my WHL-sources, but anything noteworthy would have likely showed up in the main feed I used to cover the above stories. Onward to le Q!

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League News

As usual, if you want to read the full stories, have your web-translators on stand-by, as they will likely be in French.

Wildcats Trade Zafiris and Tomah: Friday, the Moncton Wildcats announced that they have traded Alex Zafiris and Matt Tomah to the Gatineau Olympiques for Gatineau’s 5th and 8th round picks in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft… Full Story.

Moosheads Acquire Weegar Via Trade With Huskies: Thursday, the Halifax Mooseheads announced a trade with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, in exchange for a 9th round pick in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft… Full Story.

Sags Launch Mobile App: As was reported sometime last week, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, will launch a new mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod, at Noon (ET) today (August 15). The app will allows users to follow all team news and updates, as well as be notified whenever the team scores a goal, and follow game stats and scoring live on the app. This marks the first OMJHL team to have their own mobile app (or at least that’s the sense I’m making of the translation)... Full Story.

Olympiques Clermont Signs ELC With New Jersey: Tuesday, the Gatineau Olympiques Goaltender, Maxime Clermont signed his entry-level contract with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, who drafted him in the 6th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft… Full Story.

Wildcats Ink Shea: Thursday, the Moncton Wildcats announced the signing of Brandon Shea, a 1st round draft pick. Shea turned down offers from Boston College as well as the US U17 National Junior Team… Full Story.

That is pretty much all there is for the Q this week… as they have been rather quiet, more so than the other CHL-leagues in recent weeks. Moving on though…

NCAA College Hockey News

Michigan and OSU to Play Outdoor Game in Cleveland: Thursday, the exciting news broke that Michigan will play Ohio State in an outdoor game at Progressive Field, home of MLB’s Cleveland Indians. The game will take place on Sunday, January 15, 2012, with a 5:05pm EST puck drop. Of course, the game has already been named “The Frozen Diamond Faceoff”... Full Story.

CCHA and WCHA Discuss Possible Merger: From August 4 - Officials from the CCHA and WCHA met in Chicago on August 4 to hold “exploratory talks” about a potential merger between the two conferences, which comes as little surprise with the soon to be changing landscape of college hockey, kicked off by the announcement that The Big Ten will start their own conference to begin play in 2013-2014. Which I’ve still yet to get into, but I will, once some of the dust settles down, and then I will explain the new landscape to everyone in its own blog post at a later time… Full Story.

Versus Nears Deal to Broadcast College Hockey: Also from August 4 - Versus (now NBC Sports Network) has been in talks with all of the currently existing major conferences to reach deals to air games on Friday or Saturday nights. Some of these deals have already been done, but NBC is waiting until the deals with all the conferences are complete before they are expected to announce anything officially… Full Story.

That’s all… not really much brewing in college hockey at the moment, but I still felt the need to include those two older stories, for the fact that they are important, and I missed them with my lack of an update last week.

Last but not least though, is one more story, which I would have been covering on a regular basis, if I hadn’t been so busy with NHL 12-related news and announcements…

Canada Wins Gold at 2011 U18 Ivan Hlinka: Canada defeated Sweden 4-1 in the Final of the U18 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Saturday. This marks their fourth-straight Gold finish in the tournament, which saw more than its fair share of up and coming CHL players representing countries from all around the hockey world… Full Story.

With that, I am done for now. As my eyes will return to the internets, awaiting the latest word on the next batch of Legends to be announced for NHL 12… which should come in two announcements sometime this week… so stay tuned for the latest.


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