The Canadian Hockey League Players Association may not have any members, but Glenn Gumbley continues to call himself its president. It was Gumbley who lodged a complaint with the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries that ultimately led to legislation that exempts the four WHL teams in that state from minimum wage laws. . . . Walker Orenstein takes an in-depth look at all that went into that, as well as some reaction, right here.
G Ethan Middendorf, who turned 17 on Friday, has signed with the Portland Winterhawks. Middendorf, a 6-foot-4, 165-pounder from Scottsdale, Ariz., gives the Winterhawks three signed goaltenders, with the other two being starter Adin Hill, 19, and Michael Bullion, 18, who played last season with the Wenatchee Wild, then of the NAHL. . . . Middendorf was a sixth-round selection by Portland in the 2014 bantam draft. He is the son of Max Middendorf, who got into 13 NHL games during his pro career.
Kevin Constantine, the head coach of the Everett Silvertips, and his staff spent a morning last week watching the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks go through their paces in a training camp practice. Why? It’s all part of Constantine’s desire to improve as a coach. . . . Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald spoke with Constantine and the story is right here.
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F Igor Larionov Jr. has yet to get on the ice with the Saskatoon Blades, and it may not happen for the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Igor Larionov. The 17-year-old reported to the Blades’ rookie camp with a concussion that had been incurred earlier in the week. "We would love to see him, but we will have to sit and wait and see how it plays out here,” Blades GM/head coach Bob Woods told Scott Larson of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. “I think as far as this camp it will be unlikely (he will see the ice), but we have to follow the protocol that the league has. It is very important to us and we don't mess around with those things.” . . .
Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reports that F Bryan Lockner, a 15-year-old from Colorado, suffered a dislocated shoulder in the Regina Pats’ camp on Saturday. Lockner, who was selected in the third-round of the 2015 bantam draft, hasn’t signed with the Pats. . . . Harder also reports that F Lane Zablocki, who was acquired from Prince George in a deal that had veteran F Jesse Gabrielle join the Cougars, has scored in each of the three scrimmage games in which he has played. . . . In Medicine Hat, F Dawson Heathcote, a 15-year-old from Nanaimo, B.C., scored three times as Team Black doubled Team White 8-4 in the Tigers’ intrasquad game. Heathcote was a seventh-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft, . . .
F Kaelan Holt scored twice to lead Team White to a 4-0 victory over Team Blue in the Swift Current Broncos’ intrasquad game. Holt, 18, is the son of Todd Holt, who holds Swift Current franchise career records for goals and points. F Riley Stotts, the Broncos’ first-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft, also had a goal. . . . F Kailer Yamamoto scored twice and added an assist as Team White beat Team Red 8-1 in the Spokane Chiefs’ intrasquad game on Sunday. D Ty Smith, the first overall pick in the 2015 bantam draft, had one assist for the winners. F Jaret Anderson-Dolan, the 14th pick in 2014, had two assists. . . . In Everett, F Gunnar Wegleitner, who scored once in 43 games as a freshman last season, had two goals to help Team Green double Team Grey 4-2 in the Silvertips’ intrasquad game. F Connor Dewar, a fifth-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft, had a goal and two assists. . . .
Veteran F Matt Revel scored twice in each game as Team Black posted two victories as the Kamloops Blazers’ main camp got rolling on Sunday. He scored twice in a 6-1 victory over Team Orange and followed that up with two more goals in a 5-3 victory over Team Grey. . . . In Red Deer, F Wyatt Johnson’s two goals sparked Team Black to a 3-1 victory over Team White in a Rebels’ scrimmage. Johnson, 20, will attend the Anaheim Ducks’ rookie camp next month. . . . The Moose Jaw Warriors made some cuts on Sunday evening and Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald reported via Twitter that Americans Nick Leitner and Landon Quinney remain in camp and are unsigned. Leitner, 17, is a defenceman from Bemidji, Minn., while Quinney, also 17, is a forward from Las Vegas. Quinney is the son of former NHLer Ken Quinney, who played four seasons (1981-85) with the WHL’s Calgary Wranglers. . . .
F Noah Gregor, who played only 10 games last season due to collarbone injuries, had two goals and an assist as Team Black dumped Team White 8-1 in the Warriors’ intrasquad game. F Luka Burzan, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 bantam draft, helped out with two goals and two assists. . . . F Jesse Gabrielle had three goals in Team Brewer’s 8-5 victory over Team Hamhuis in Sunday’s final scrimmage at the Prince George Cougars’ camp.
Playing the new 3v3 WHL OT format for fun. League might as well just do 2-on-1 line rushes to decide a winner.— Matthew Gourlie (@MattGourlie) August 31, 2015