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Blazers' Sideroff gets first NHL contract

StFX awards scholarship to Needham
August 4, 2016 9:14 P.M.

Deven Sideroff is having quite a week.
Sideroff, who is preparing for his third season with the Kamloops Blazers, is taking part in a summer evaluation camp

DEVEN SIDEROFF

being held by Hockey Canada for national junior team prospects.
On Thursday, the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks announced that they had signed Sideroff, a 19-year-old from Summerland, to a three-year, entry-level contract. They selected him in the third round of the NHL’s 2015 draft.
According to generalfanager.com, the contract calls for NHL salaries of US$667,500, $742,500 and $742,500, with a $70,000 salary in the AHL. The first year carries $257,500 in performance bonuses, with $182,500 in each of the last two years. Sideroff also gets a $277,500 signing bonus, payable in three annual instalments.
Sideroff went to training camp with the Ducks prior to last season, but contracted mononucleosis and missed the start of the Blazers’ season. He wasn’t 100 per cent for the first couple of months, but still finished with 59 points, including 19 goals, in 63 games.
He actually finished the season with the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ AHL affiliate. He got into one game with the Gulls.
In 141 career regular-season WHL games, he has 109 points, including 39 goals.
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F Matt Needham, who played the past five seasons with the Blazers, has been awarded a Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship by StFX Athletics.
Needham, who has used up his junior eligibility, will attend StFX in Antigonish, N.S., and play for the X-Men.
According to a news release, “The Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship was established in 1992 to honor Danny

MATT NEEDHAM

Gallivan, an outstanding Canadian and widely respected StFX alumnus. Gallivan (1917-1993) was a native of Sydney, N.S., and graduated from StFX in 1942. He was an outstanding radio and television personality who became known as 'the voice of the Montreal Canadiens' after covering play-by-play for over 1,800 Canadiens hockey games. . . .
“The Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Canadian male and female varsity athletes who combine qualities of leadership with academic excellence. The award is currently valued up to $5,000 per year and is renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient remains on the academic Dean's List.”
Danny Gallivan Jr., a member of the selection committee, said: “Since its inception, the scholarship has been awarded to exceptional athletes who have excelled academically. Matt Needham continues that tradition.”
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F Chase Schaber, like Needham a former Blazers captain, has signed with the Fife Flyers of the United Kingdom’s Elite Ice Hockey League. The Flyers play out of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, and are the oldest pro ice hockey team in the UK. They were founded in 1938.
Injuries limited Schaber, 25, to only two games with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals last season. Prior to that, he spent two seasons with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors and also got into 13 games with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons.
A native of Red Deer, Schaber played two-plus seasons with the Calgary Hitmen before being acquired by the Blazers during the 2009-10 season. He captained the Blazers for two seasons (2010-12).
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The Blazers are holding their alumni golf tournament today (Friday) at Rivershore Estates & Golf Links, with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
Among those expected to be in attendance are team co-owners Tom Gaglardi, Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla and Darryl Sydor, former coach Ken Hitchcock and former players Ryan Rehill, Matt Needham, Brendan Ranford, Colin Smith, Ryan Hanes, Scott Wasden, Ray Macias, Ajay Baines, Phil Huber and Greg Hawgood.

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