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Blazers sign two more 2015 draft picks

City of Brandon to honour ex-Wheat Kings
By Gregg Drinnan
September 8, 2015 11:07 P.M.


BroncosThe Swift Current Broncos have signed a new lease for the iPlex, the city-owned facility that they call home. . . . Swift Current Online reports that it’s a five-year deal that includes the private suites “as well as a two-year agreement for the video scoreclock.” . . . The previous lease expired on Sept. 1. . . . The Broncos now have three goaltenders on their roster, although only two are left in camp. . . . Logan Drackett, who turns 17 on Oct. 1, is expected to join the AJHL’s Calgary Canucks. . . . With veteran Landon Bow, 20, having left to join the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, the Broncos have sophomore Travis Child, 18, and freshman Caiden Kreitz, 17, in camp.
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The Prince Albert Raiders have signed D Lane Kirk, who was a fifth-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft. Kirk, from Swan River, Man., had 35 points, including 12 goals, in 32 games with the bantam AAA Parkland Rangers last season. The 5-foot-10, 146-pounder will play for the midget AAA Parkland Rangers this season.
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The Kamloops Blazers have signed F Brodi Stuart and F Carson Denomie, both of whom were selected in the 2015 bantam drtaft. . . . Stuart, from Langley, B.C., was a fourth-round pick. He played last season with the Delta Academy bantam prep team, picking up 20 points, including seven goals, in 18 games. This season, the 5-foot-9, 150-pounder will move up to the midget prep team. . . . The 6-foot-0, 178-pound Denomie is from Regina and likely will play this season with the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians. Last season, he had 59 points, 36 of them goals, in 30 games with the bantam AA Regina Blues. . . . Kamloops has signed five of its top six selections from the 2015 bantam draft.
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Over at Luber’s Lounge, Bruce Luebke, the veteran radio voice of the Brandon Wheat Kings, reports that “Brandon City Council voted Tuesday to name streets after Bill Derlago, Ron Chipperfield, Glen Hanlon and Bill Fairbairn in a new development being built on the southwest side of the city.” . . . Chipperfield, Derlago, Fairbairn and Hanlon all are former Wheat Kings who have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. . . . A boulevard in Brandon also will be named after the late Brad McCrimmon, who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash four years ago. . . . Luber’s Lounge is right here.
luberslounge.blogspot.ca
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When Todd McLellan took over as the general manager and head coach of the Swift Current Broncos, he replaced Graham James, who had won, among other things, a Memorial Cup. At that time, McLellan, then 26, was taking over from a legend. Little did he know what was to come. . . . Kevin Mitchell of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has more on the McLellan, now the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, right here.
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Brantt Myhres was suspended four times by the NHL before being banned for life, all for drug-related discretions. Now he has been hired by the Los Angeles Kings as their player assistance director. Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times has more right here on Myhres, who played four seasons in the WHL (Portland, Lethbridge, Spokane, 1990-94).
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The Victoria Royals have acquired D Jordan Wharrie, 18, from the Everett Silvertips for D Carter Stephenson, 17. . . . Wharrie, who is from Port Moody, B.C., had four points, including two goals, in 50 games with the Silvertips last season. Wharrie was a fifth-round pick by the Silvertips in the 2012 bantam draft. . . . Stephenson, from North Vancouver, hasn’t signed a WHL contract. Last season, he had 28 points, six of them goals, in 40 games with the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants. The Royals selected him in the ninth round of the 2013 bantam draft.

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In Cranbrook, F Ben Duperreault, F Barrett Sheen and D Brandon Kennedy each had a goal and an assist as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Kootenay Ice 6-1 in an exhibition game. . . . Lethbridge D Arvin Atwal had two assists as the visitors held a 50-31 edge in shots. . . . They played the game in Memorial Arena, the home of the Ice before what is now Western Financial Place was built. . . . Attendance was announced at 653. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has more right here.
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Concussion Report
F Ryley Grantham told Regan Bartel, the radio voice of the Kelowna Rockets, on Tuesday that he is “retiring after a series of concussions.” . . . Grantham, 27, is from Hanna, Alta. . . . Grantham played three seasons in the WHL (Moose Jaw, Kelowna, 2006-09). He was acquired by Kelowna from Moose Jaw during 2008-09 and helped the Rockets to the WHL championship that season. . . . Grantham was a sixth-round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2008 NHL draft. . . . Last season, he played 17 games with the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks, putting up four points and accumulating 116 penalty minutes. In 2013-14, he split 28 games between the CHL’s Allen Americans, the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, and the ECHL’s Evansville Icemen and Toldeo Walleye.
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