Ex-WHL star recovering from stroke

Ice, Broncos deal; Barzal on way to Seattle
By Gregg Drinnan
October 4, 2015 10:35 P.M.
Brian Propp, a star with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the late 1970s, has been released from a rehab hospital in Philadelphia after suffering a stroke. (Facebook photo)


A note from Bill Meltzer of hockeybuzz.com:
“(Philadelphia) Flyers Hall of Fame left winger Brian Propp has been released from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. The 56-year-old, who has kept himself in tremendous physical condition that could put many people half his age to shame, suffered a stroke last month but is now doing much better and was able to return home. ‘Propper’ posted on Facebook (Saturday) to thank people for their kindness and support. Brian is a genuinely good person and I am proud that someone who was one of my childhood sports heroes is now someone I count among my friends.”
Propp, from Lanigan, Sask., played three seasons (1976-79) with the Brandon Wheat Kings, putting up 135, 182 and 194 points in 72, 70 and 71 regular-season games. Yes, he knew where the opposition team’s net was.
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BroncosThe Swift Current Broncos acquired F Jon Martin, 20, from the Kootenay Ice in a deal announced on Sunday night. In exchange, the Ice gets a fourth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Martin, from Winnipeg, was a seventh-round pick in the 2010 bantam draft. He played 250 regular-season games with the Ice, recording 72 points, including 35 goals. This season, he has four points, three of them goals, in four games. . . . The Ice now is carrying 25 players, including four 20-year-olds — G Wyatt Hoflin, F Luke Philp, F Jaedon Descheneau and D Tanner Lishchynsky. As well, D Tyler King (shoulder) is on the injured list. . . . The Broncos, meanwhile, now have three 20s — Martin, F Scott Feser and G Landon Bow. . . . Martin is expected to make his Swift Current debut on Saturday against the visiting Vancouver Giants.
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The NHL’s New York Islanders announced Sunday that they are returning F Mathew Barzal to the Seattle Thunderbirds. They selected him with the 16th overall pick of the NHL’s 2015 bantam draft. Barzal, 18, had 57 points, including 45 assists, in 44 games with Seattle last season. His lost a chunk of the season to a knee injury suffered in a dressing room mishap. . . . Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds also found out Sunday that F Jamal Watson, 20, will be joining them from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. His arrival will leave Seattle with three 20s, the other two being D Jerret Smith and D Jared Hauf. . . . Watson was acquired over the summer from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He had 54 points, 26 of them goals, in 66 games last season.
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Potential WHL players still with NHL teams:
Calgary: F Jake Virtanen, Vancouver.
Prince Albert: D Brendan Guhle, Buffalo.
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SUNDAY’S GAMES:
At Saskatoon, F Jakob Stukel scored at 1:50 of OT to give the Vancouver Giants a 5-4 victory over the Blades. . . . The game was homecoming of sorts for Giants head coach Lorne Molleken. In his first season with Vancouver, he spent 14 seasons as the Blades general manager or head coach. In his second stint, he was there for nine seasons before losing his job during an ownership change. . . . The Giants (3-0-1) led this one 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2. . . . Saskatoon (1-0-3) tied it on two third-period PP goals, F Cameron Hebig scoring at 5:20 and F Ryan Graham equalizing with 20.8 seconds left. . . . D Clayton Kirchenko and F Dawson Holt each had two assists for the Giants. . . . Hebig added two assists to his goal, while D Brycen Martin, F Nick Zajac and F Connor Gay each had two helpers. . . . Giants G Cody Potter turned aside 39 shots, seven more than Saskatoon’s Brock Hamm. . . . The Blades were 2-for-8 on the PP; the Giants were 1-for-4. . . . The Giants were playing the second game of a six-game East Division swing. They next play Tuesday in Brandon. . . . D Brennan Menell was back in Vancouver’s lineup after missing a game after absorbing a knee-on-knee hit last weekend. . . . Vancouver lost D Ryely McKinstry to an undisclosed injury on Sunday. They already were without F Jesse Roach, an 18-year-old sophomore. He was sent home from the road trip so that the team’s medical staff can check out an injured knee. . . . Announced attendance: 3,506. . . . Saskatoon blogger Darren Steinke was at the game and provides an account right here.
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At Edmonton, F Brett Pollock’s goal at 2:28 of OT gave the Oil Kings a 3-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . Edmonton F Davis Koch had tied the game at 18:36 of the third period, while on the PP. That goal originally was credited to D Dysin Mayo, but was changed after the game. . . . The Broncos (1-2-1) led this one 2-0 halfway through the second period on goals from F Brandon Arnold, in the first period, and F Jake DeBrusk, in the second. . . . F Luke Bertolucci got Edmonton (1-2-1) on the board at 12:37 of the second period. . . . Edmonton G Alec Dillon stopped 28 shots; Landon Bow of the Broncos turned aside 50 shots. . . . In four games, Bow has stopped 182 of 194 shots, for a .938 save percentage. . . . The Oil Kings were 1-for-5 on the PP; the Broncos were 0-for-4. . . . Broncos D Jordan Harris was back after missing three games with an undisclosed injury. . . . Announced attendance: 4,045.
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At Regina, G Lasse Petersen stopped 19 shots in his first WHL start as he and the Calgary Hitmen blanked the Pats, 3-0. . . . It was the second time in two nights that the Pats (1-3-0) were shut out on home ice. They lost 6-0 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday. . . . The 18-year-old Petersen’s hometown is listed on the WHL website as Swan River, Man., but he has dual Canadian/Danish citizenship. He has played internationally for Denmark. He played last season for the MJHL’s Swan Valley Stampeders. His father, Erik, played and coached in Denmark and now is Swan Valley’s GM and head coach. . . . Petersen’s mom and dad were in the crowd, along with a grandmother. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better. To have them all here makes it even more special,” Petersen told Jason Pirie of hitmenhockey.com. “Though, I was a bit worried early in the first when I wasn’t getting any action, because as a goaltender slow starts by the other team make for a tough situation. But once I saw a few shots I felt a lot more comfortable and as the game wore on my confidence grew.” . . . The Hitmen were playing their third game in as many nights. Petersen didn’t dress in a 3-2 victory in Brandon on Friday and was the backup Saturday when Calgary (4-1-0) dropped a 6-3 decision to the Warriors in Moose Jaw. . . . F Elliott Peterson scored the game’s first goal, at 3:38 of the first period. . . . D Travis Sanheim had a goal and an assist. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 29 shots. . . . The Hitmen had four players — G Brendan Burke, F Lucas Cullen, F Jordy Stallard and F Carsen Twarynski — go down with injuries over the weekend. . . . Regina F Jake Leschyshyn left in the second period. He may have hit his head as he went heavily into the end boards. . . . John Paddock, the Pats’ GM and head coach, was back behind the bench after missing Saturday’s 6-0 loss to visiting Brandon while in Winnipeg being inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. . . . Announced attendance: 3,305.
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At Lethbridge, F Gage Quinney scored two goals and added an assist to help the Kelowna Rockets to a 6-3 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The Rockets (4-2-0), playing their third game in as many nights for the second straight weekend, got a goal and two assists from each of F Tyson Baillie and F Tomas Soustal. . . . The Rockets scored the game’s first three goals, only to have the Hurricanes (2-2-0) get to within one when F Tyler Wong and F Justin Gutierrez scored second-period PP goals. . . . Quinney stretched the lead to 4-2 with a PP goal at 8:06 of the third period. . . . Kelowna F Dillon Dube scored in his first game back after serving a two-game suspension for a kneeing major he incurred last weekend. . . . Kelowna F Calvin Thurkauf had two assists. . . . Wong had two goals, giving him five in four games. . . . Lethbridge got two assists from F Brayden Burke. . . . Rockets G Jackson Whistle returned after sitting out for a week and stopped 39 shots. He was out after taking a stick to the throat during a 7-3 victory in Kamloops on Sept. 26. . . . F Cole Linaker was the 20-year-old who sat out for Kelowna. . . . The Hurricanes were 2-for-2 on the PP; the Rockets were 2-for-3. . . . Announced attendance: 2,818.
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At Kennewick, Wash., the Tri-City Americans watched an early 5-0 lead disappear and then got an OT goal from D Parker Wotherspoon to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 6-5. . . . When D Juuso Valimaki scored at 1:36 of the second period, the Americans (1-1-1), who scored four times in the first period, held a 5-0 lead. . . . Seattle (1-1-1) struck for four second-period goals and F Keegan Kolesar pulled the Thunderbirds even at 1:42 of the third period. . . . Wotherspoon won it at 2:13 of OT. . . . F Parker Bowles had a goal and two assists for the Americans, with F Kyle Olson getting two assists. . . . F Alexander True scored twice, once shorthanded, and added an assist for Seattle, while F Donovan Neuls had three assists. . . . Tri-City G Evan Sarthou stopped 17 shots. . . . Seattle starter Taz Burman stopped 10 of 14, with reliever Logan Flodell allowing two goals on 16 shots. . . . Tri-City was 2-for-4 on the PP; Seattle was 0-for-4. . . . F Ryan Gropp was among Seattle’s scratches. He has yet to play this season. . . . The Americans scratched F Braden Purtill, who took a hit from Spokane F Jacob Cardiff on Saturday. Cardiff was ejected with a charging major. . . . The Americans also were without F Brian Williams (foot) and F Austyn Playfair, who was hurt in a fight with Cardiff. . . . Announced attendance: 3,011.
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MONDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
No Games Scheduled.
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