Changes are coming to Taking Note.
Effective Thursday (Oct. 1), you will be able to find my coverage of the Western Hockey League and the Kamloops Blazers in two places.
Taking Note is moving to a new host site — thecoachessite.com. If you aren’t familiar with that site, it is associated with the Hockey Coaches Conference that is held each summer in Vancouver.
At the same time, you will be able to find coverage of the Kamloops Blazers right here at newskamloops.com where I will provide off-day and game-day coverage.
What this means is that there will be more WHL and Blazers coverage than ever before spread over the two sites.
I’m hoping you will re-set your bookmarks and follow along in both places.
F Stepan Novotny (Kelowna, Swift Current, 2008-11) has signed a one-year contract with Žilina (Slovakia, Extraliga) after being released from a tryout contract by the Graz 99ers (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). He was pointless in two games with Graz.
The annual general meeting of the Swift Current Broncos was told Tuesday night that the WHL team showed a profit of $133,465 for the 2014-15 season. . . . According to a news release, the profit was “due largely from the decrease in the education fund liability.” . . . The Broncos had that profit despite the expenses incurred by changing their primary logo and bringing in a new accounting system, season-ticket holder database and a corporate advertising management system. . . . The Broncos are one of four community-owned teams in the WHL. . . . A year ago, the Broncos announced a profit of $197,244 for the 2013-14 season.
The Prince Albert Raiders have settled on their three 20-year-olds, and veteran F Craig Leverton is the odd-man out. Leverton, who is from Debden, Sask., has gone home to wait and see what happens. . . . He had 61 points, including 24 goals, in 120 games over two seasons with the Raiders. He came over from the Lethbridge Hurricanes two years ago. The Hurricanes selected him in the second round of the 2010 bantam draft. In 223 career regular-season games, Leverton put up 90 points, including 36 goals. . . . His departure leaves the Raiders with D Jesse Lees, F Jordan Tkatch and D Hunter Warner as their 20-year-olds. . . . It also leaves the Raiders with 25 players on their roster, including three goaltenders and seven defencemen.
The Prince George Cougars are down to 25 players on their roster after dropping F Zach Goberis, 18, on Tuesday. He is expected to join the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. Goberis, who is from Arvada, Colol, and was in camp as a free agent, had two goals and an assist in five exhibition games. . . . The Cougars are carrying two goaltenders, eight defencemen and 15 forwards.
The Kelowna Rockets and Edmonton Oil Kings will meet Friday in the Alberta capital and the game between the last two WHL champions will be televised by Shaw. . . . This time you get Peter Loubardias with the call and Bill Wilms providing analysis. As well, Doug Roxburgh will be rinkside and Andy Neal will be hosting WHL Central . . . The Rockets, who opened the season by playing three games in three nights last weekend, will do it again this weekend, as they stop in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge. The Rockets won’t play Monday, then will finish off their Alberta swing with their fourth game in five nights, this one in Medicine Hat.
G Cole Kehler, who was released last week by the Kamloops Blazers, has signed with the BCHL’s Merritt Centennials. He may make his BCHL debut tonight against the visiting West Kelowna Warriors or Friday against the host Penticton Vees. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Kehler, who turns 18 on Dec. 17, is from Altona, Man. He was a sixth-round pick by the Blazers in the 2012 bantam draft.
The Tri-City Americans have dropped G Beck Warm, 16, from their roster. The 16-year-old from Whistler, B.C., is expected to return to the major midget Vancouver Northwest Giants. . . . The move leaves the Americans with two goaltenders — veteran Evan Sarthou, 18, and freshman Nicholas Sanders, a 17-year-old from Calgary. Sanders was a sixth-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft.
Potential WHL players still with NHL teams:
Calgary: F Jake Virtanen, Vancouver.
Everett: D Noah Juulsen, Montreal (concussion).
Moose Jaw: F Brayden Point, Tampa Bay.
Prince Albert: D Brendan Guhle, Buffalo.
Red Deer: F Conner Bleackley, Colorado; D Haydn Fleury, Carolina.
Seattle: F Mathew Barzal, NY Islanders.
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F Jesse Shynkaruk of the Moose Jaw Warriors has been suspended for three games. He took a checking-from-behind major for a hit on Pats F James Hilsendager on Saturday in Regina. . . .
D Dylan Coghlan of the Tri-City Americans will sit for one game after taking a checking-from-behind major for a hit on Chiefs F Dominic Zwerger in Spokane on Saturday. . . .
F Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets drew a two-game suspension after taking a kneeing major against the host Vancouver Giants on Sunday. He went knee-to-knee with D Brennan Menell, who didn’t return but is believed to be making an Alberta swing with the Giants this week.
No Games Scheduled.
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
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