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Canada, Sweden in Hlinka final

Raiders firm up coaching staff
By Gregg Drinnan
August 14, 2015 10:19 P.M.

 

 

 

 

 

F Jeff Smith (Red Deer, 1998-2002) signed a 15-day tryout contract with Amiens (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, with the Braehead Clan Glasgow (Scotland, UK Elite), he had two assists in 24 games. . . .
EIHL-UKF Brad Moran (Calgary, 1995-2000) signed a one-year contract with the Nottingham Panthers (England, UK Elite). Last season, with the Linz Black Wings (Austria, Erste Bank Liga), he had six goals and 33 assists in 50 games. According to Nottingham’s website, Moran will attend the MBA program at Loughborough University while playing with the Panthers.
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Canada and Sweden will meet this morning for the gold medal at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic. . . . Canada is the seven-time defending champion. . . . In Friday’s semifinals, Canada beat Russia 2-1 in a shootout, while Sweden got past Finland, 2-1. . . . During the round-robin portion of the tournament, Canada beat Sweden, 2-0. . . . Yesterday, F Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings scored the shootout winner for Canada. . . . Russian took a 1-0 first-period lead on a goal by F German Rubtsov. . . . F Jordan Kyrou of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting tied the score with a second-period PP goal. . . . Patrick was the shootout’s first shooter. . . . Vancouver Giants F Tyler Benson drew the lone assist on Kyrou’s goal, giving him a goal and four assists in five games. . . . Canada was 1-for-5 on the PP and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. . . . The final is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Pacific time in Breclav. . . . In other Friday games, Switzerland beat Sloakia 6-5 in the seventh-place game, and the U.S. dumped Czech Republic 4-3 in the game for fifth spot.
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Chris Wahl is the new radio voice of the Kootenay Ice on The Drive 102.9 FM. He takes over from Jeff Hollick, who left earlier this summer after calling Ice games for 16 years. . . . Wahl had been the Ice’s director of sales and public relations for the past year. . . . Wahl has done play-by-play with the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters and Surrey Eagles (2011-14). . . . The Drive will carry all Ice regular-season and playoff games.
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ECHLD Cole Martin and F Chance Braid, both of whom played out their junior eligibility last season with the Kelowna Rockets, have signed with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. . . . On Aug. 4, the Rockets signed Brad Ralph as head coach. He had been Idaho’s director of hockey operations and head coach. . . . Martin, from Arlington, Texas, played four seasons in Kelowna, putting up 10 goals and 87 assists in 272 regular-season games. Over his last three seasons, he was plus-47, plus-61 and plus-44, respectively. . . . Braid, from Chauvin, Alta., was acquired from the Prince George Cougars during last season. He played four WHL seasons, scoring 30 goals and adding 51 assists in 266 regular-season games.
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F Nikita A. Popugaev, Moose Jaw’s lone selection in the CHL’s 2015 import draft, won’t be joining the Warriors, at least not in time for training camp. Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald reports that Popugaev will play for CSKA Moscow’s U-20 team. . . . Interestingly, CSKA Moscow’s U-209 roster includes Nikita A. Popugaev and Nikita O. Popugaev. On top of that, Moose Jaw general manager Alan Millar told Gourlie that he has been delaying with two agents, both of whom claim to represent their draft pick. . . . Moose Jaw’s other import is F Jiri Smejkal of Czech Republic, who returns for a second WHL season. . . . Gourlie’s story is right here.
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BCHLThe BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies have hired Jim Swanson, a former sports editor of the Prince George Citizen, as their director of operations. Swanson is a part-owner and general manager of the Victoria HarbourCats of baseball’s West Coast League. John Wilson, the Grizzlies’ president, also is in the HarbourCats’ ownership group. . . . With the Grizzlies, Swanson, according to a news release, will help oversee the business and hockey sides of the franchise. According to that release, Swanson will “lead the Grizzlies in day-to-day operational, promotional and logistical areas, and will oversee hockey operations as they pertain to the team’s business plan.”
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Coaching Game
The Prince Albert Raiders have added Mark Odnokon and Terry Lange to their coaching staff. Odnokon, a former Raiders player and coach, will serve as skills coach; Lange is the strength and conditioning coach. . . . Odnokon was with the Raiders as an assistant coach from 1990-92 and again from 2003-07. He will continue to teach at Carlton High School while working with the Raiders. Odnokon played three seasons (1979-82) with the Raiders while they were in the SJHL. He was part of two Centennial Cup championships. . . . Lange joins the Raiders after working with the midget AAA Mintos in a similar capacity. His son, Sawyer, spent the past four seasons playing for the Raiders.
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SJHLThe SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos have hired Darcy Haugan as their general manager and head coach. . . . He takes over from Ryan Smith, who left to join the Swift Current Broncos’ coaching staff. . . . Haugan, from Peace River, Alta., has been the general manager and head coach of the junior B North Peace Navigators of the NWJHL since 2003. The Navigators were 326-83-15 under Haugen and won five championships, including the last two.
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