F Jaroslav Kristek (Tri-City, 1998-2000) signed a four-week tryout contract with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, DEL2). Last season, he had eight goals and 15 assists in 27 games with Žilina (Slovakia, Extraliga) and seven goals and six assists in 19 games with Grodno (Belarus, Extraleague). With Žilina, he finished third in team scoring even though he played only slightly more than half of its games. . . .
D David Turo? (Portland, 2002-03) signed a one-year contract with the Dundee Stars (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, he had 12 goals and 15 assists in 40 games with Sanok (Poland, PHL). He led the league’s defencemen in goals. . . .
F David Vrbata (Calgary, 2000-01) signed a one-year contract after a successful tryout with Freiburg (Germany, DEL2). Last season, with Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic, Extraliga), he had four goals and five assists in 31 games.
The Swift Current Broncos revealed Sunday afternoon that F Cole Johnson, 17, is expected to sit out “several weeks” to open the 2015-16 season. . . . According to the Broncos, Johnson “aggravated an upper-body injury in the off-season.” . . . Johnson was attempting to make the Broncos as a 16-year-old last season when he suffered an “upper-body injury.” He is shown in the WHL’s first four injury reports from last season as being out week to week. In the fifth report and for the remainder of the season, he is listed as being out indefinitely. . . . He did play in one game for the Broncos last season, taking a minor penalty in 1 5-0 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Oct. 10. . . . The Broncos selected him in the second round of the 2013 bantam draft.
F Brett Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors was Team Canada’s captain as it went 5-0 en route to winning the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament championship in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia. Canada won the tournament with a 7-3 victory over Sweden on Saturday in Breclav. . . . “It was a feeling like no other. There were so many emotions going on in that game," Howden told Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. "To finally have the relief that you won and we had accomplished our goal was a pretty special feeling.” . . . Gourlie’s story is right here.
The B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League is preparing for its 10th season and, as Trinity Western head coach Barret Kropf puts it, “signings like this of our graduating players shows how far this conference has come.” . . . He was referring to F Cody Fidgett having signed with the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards. Fidgett, 24, is from Richmond, B.C. He had 41 points, including 25 goals, in 23 games with TWU last season.
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The NHLPA has given Western University in London, Ont., a cheque for $500,000 to help the school’s efforts in concussion research. Jared Clinton of The Hockey News has more right here.
Mark Whicker of the Los Angeles Daily News tells the story right here of Scott Ross, an ex-football player who suffered the ills brought on by concussions. This isn’t a pretty story.
Going on 4-years with my Little Brother Noah! What an amazing kid! pic.twitter.com/coY65UjXJf— Colin Priestner (@colinpriestner) August 17, 2015