F Tomáš Vincour (Edmonton, Vancouver, 2007-10) signed a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had one assist in seven games with the Colorado Avalanche, and he had 10 goals and 13 assists in 38 games with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL).
F Spencer Asuchak (Tri-City, Prince George, 2008-2012) has had quite a 2015. First, he was a key part of the Allen Americans’ ECHL championship. Shortly after that, he signed a one-year contract with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. . . . On Thursday, Taking Note confirmed that the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Asuchak, who is from Kamloops, will attend the main training camp of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. . . . Asuchak, 23, had 30 points, including 12 goals, in 28 regular-season games with the Americans, then had 21 points, 11 of them goals, in 25 playoff games as Allen won its second straight championship. Asuchak and the Americans had won the Central Hockey League title the previous season. . . . Last season, Asuchak also played three games with the Worcester Sharks and had six points, including two goals, in 18 games with the Providence Bruins.
The Ethan Price situation continues to play out and it might be Aug. 31 before we know what’s up. . . . One day after it was suggested that Price, a forward from Lincoln, Neb., would play this season with the USHL’s Lincoln Stars, Dickson Liong (@DLLiong) tweeted that Price is going to training camp with the Victoria Royals. . . . Their main camp is scheduled to open on Aug. 31. . . . Price started last season with the Portland Winterhawks, who had selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 bantam draft, but left in midseason and went to Lincoln. . . . It turns out that Portland dropped him from its protected list and the Royals placed him on their list earlier this month. He had four goals and five assists in 38 games with the Winterhawks last season. . . . Victoria GM Cam Hope told Taking Note that Price is “expected” to attend the Royals’ training camp. However, Price told at least one person later Thursday “that isn’t true.” . . . As they say in the TV business, stay tuned.
BTW, a tip of the cap to the Victoria Royals for something they are doing during their main training camp. A lot of teams name their scrimmage teams after former players; the Royals have chosen to salute three members of the media so will have Team King, Team Dheensaw and Team Duffy competing during camp.
From a news release:
“Team King is named after current CHEK News Sports Director Jeff King, who has been with the television company since 2001. Team Dheensaw pays homage to Royals’ beat reporter Cleve Dheensaw, who is a writer for the Times Colonist and has covered sports in Victoria for 34 years. Team Duffy is named after Steve Duffy, who for the last 40 years has been a radio broadcaster throughout Vancouver Island and now is with CFAX 1070.”
No one works harder than those who cover a team/league on a full-time basis and it’s great to see a team recognize that.
F Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. Bittner, from Crookston, Minn., was the 38th overall selection in the NHL’s 2015 draft. In three seasons with Portland, Bittner has 143 points, including 68 goals. Last season, he had 71 points, 34 of them goals, in 66 games. . . . Earlier this month, Bittner took part in USA Hockey’s national junior team evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Victoria Royals have signed Lynden Sammartino as their goaltending coach. He takes over from Brady Robinson, who now is with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers as their goaltending development coach and goaltender scout. . . . Sammartino, from Surrey, B.C., owns and operates Lynden Sammartino Goaltending Consulting. He also has worked with Advanced Goaltender Consulting and the Goaltending Development Institute. . . . He played three seasons (2005-08) with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, winning a league title in 2006. . . . Here’s hoping his nickname is Bruno.
F Anthony Ast left for Germany on Wednesday where he is hoping to begin his professional hockey career. Ast, 20, played three seasons in the WHL. From Richmond, B.C., he was selected by the Vancouver Giants with the 19th overall pick of the WHL’s 2010 bantam draft. His mother is German, so he will be classified as a non-import over there. . . . Ast’s departure -- and that of F Chad Labelle, who will attend the U of Prince Edward Island -- still leaves the Tigers with a lot of options when it comes to 20-year-olds. Eligible to return are D Kyle Burroughs, F Trevor Cox, F Markus Eisenschmid, who is German so would be a two-spotter, F Dryden Hunt, F Cole Sanford, D Ty Stanton, D Matt Staples and D Tommy Vannelli. Burroughs and Vannelli have signed NHL contracts so likely won’t be back in Medicine Hat. . . . Sean Rooney of the Medicine Hat News has more right here.
Former WHL D Dale Purinton (Moose Jaw, Tacoma, Kelowna, Lethbridge, 1992-97) is in the Oneida, N.,Y., County jail after an Aug. 11 incident. Purinton, 38, has been charged with felony first-degree burglary. From Shawnigan Lake, B.C., Purinton is the head coach of the junior B Kerry Park Islanders who play in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. . . . The Utica Observer-Dispatch has more right here.
Later Thursday, Islanders president/owner Mark Osmond released this statement:
“Effective immediately, the Kerry Park Islanders Junior B Hockey Club has released Dale Purinton from his coaching responsibilities pending the outcome of the current investigation.
“Due to this being a legal matter, we are unable to comment further on the situation.
“The Kerry Park Islanders are currently in the process of selecting our 2015-16 team. We have a number of well-qualified coaches who have been with program for several years to finalize this year’s team.
“Any further questions should be directed to the Oneida County sheriff’s office in New York.”
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