I was proud to call Todd Ewen a teammate and more importantly, a friend. Can't believe you're gone. #foreverablue— Brett Hull (@HOFBlues16) September 20, 2015
Todd Ewen, a hockey enforcer who played in the WHL with the Kamloops Junior Oilers and New Westminster Bruins, died on Saturday at the age of 49.
The NHL’s St. Louis Blues tweeted the news on Saturday night. A cause of death wasn’t revealed.
A native of Saskatoon, Ewen played three games with Kamloops (1982-83), then went on to play three seasons (1983-86) with the Bruins. In New Westminster, he totalled 50 goals and 57 assists, along with 769 penalty minutes in 184 regular-season games.
An eighth-round selection by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1984 NHL draft, Ewen went on to play 518 NHL games. He split those games between the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and San Jose Sharks. He had 76 points, including 36 goals, and 1,911 penalty minutes. Ewen played with the Canadiens when they won the 1993 Stanley Cup. He last played in 1996-97, with the Sharks.
Ewen also wrote and illustrated children’s books, as this story right here, by Robyn Norwood of the Los Angeles Times, detailed in 1994.
A QMJHL game between the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the visiting Rimouski Oceanic was halted in the first period Saturday after a player was taken to hospital following a headshot.
F Samuel Beck of the Oceanic was taken to hospital on a stretcher, after which Gilles Courteau, the QMJHL commissioner, chose to end the game.
A statement released by the league read that decisions were reached “in the best interest of Samuel Beck’s health, the players present, the staff of both teams as well as the officials. The Drakkar and Oceanic certified athletic therapists and doctor present acted quickly in this situation. Our thoughts are with Samuel and his family at this time.”
Beck, who doesn’t turn 16 until Oct. 17, was released from hospital later in the evening and rejoined his teammates at a local hotel.
The Canadian Press reported:
“Rimouski was on a power play when Beck reached for the puck near the blue line and was hit by Baie-Comeau’s Simon Desbiens. Beck got up and went to the team bench, where he received treatment before being taken to hospital.
“Play resumed but, after a few minutes, the Oceanic trainer asked for help from his Drakkar counterpart because Beck had a problem while being treated and the game was stopped.”
John Branch of The New York Times spent some time in Montana with Roy Sommer, the longtime coach of the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. Branch’s account, and it’s a good one, is right here. Sommer played two seasons with the Calgary Centennials (1975-77) and also was an assistant coach with the Prince Albert Raiders (1988-89). . . . Branch also wrote the book Boy on Ice, that details the life and death of Derek Boogaard. If you haven’t already read it, you should.
Same in Swift as last night at @SaskTelCtr...lots of people disguised as empty seats for a pre-season game. Bring on the regular season!!!— Les Lazaruk (@Bladesvoice) September 20, 2015
In Spokane, the Tri-City Americans scored the game’s last two goals and beat the Chiefs, 4-3. . . . F Jordan Topping tied the game 3-3 at 10:39 of the third period and F Parker Bowles, with his second of the game, won it for the Americans (4-2-2) at 11:05. . . . F Dominic Zwerger scored his fourth and fifth goals of the exhibition season for the Chiefs (2-5-0). . . .
In Swift Current, F Nick Zajac scored at 2:38 of OT to give the Saskatoon Blades a 5-4 victory over the Broncos. . . . Saskatoon F Josh Paterson forced OT with a goal at 19:23 of the third period. . . . The Broncos had erased a 3-2 deficit with third-period goals 11 seconds apart. . . . F Brendan Holterhus scored for the Broncos at 8:46 of the third period and F Conner Chaulk added another 11 seconds later. . . . The Blades had won 7-1 in Saskatoon on Friday night. . . . Saskatoon finished the preseason at 4-0-1, while the Broncos went 1-4-1. . . . F Cameron Hebig scored his seventh goal in four games for the Blades, who got three assists from F Connor Gay. Hebig also had four assists in those games, while Gay finished with nine points in three games. . . . F Tyler Steenbergen had two assists for the Broncos. . . . Referees Chris Crich and Jordan Lightbrown handed out a whole whack of penalties at 11:19 of the first period after a multi-fight situation. . . . Saskatoon D Schael Higson took a double game misconduct (kneeing and fighting) after going knee-to-knee with Broncos F Ryan Sokoloski, who went down and then limped off. . . . The Broncos scratches included D Jordan Harris, who apparently suffered an undisclosed injury on Friday, along with F Scott Feser, F Cole Johnson, F Cavin Leth and F Andreas Schumacher, all of whom are hurt. . . . Swift Current also was without D Kade Jensen, who served a one-game suspension after incurring a double game misconduct in Friday’s game. . . . The Blades continue to be without injured D Mitchell Wheaton. . . .
In Stettler, Alta., the Red Deer Rebels scored five second-period goals en route to a 6-3 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . The Rebels finished 3-2-0, while the Tigers (4-1-0) suffered their first loss of the preseason. . . . The Tigers took a 2-0 lead into the second period, only to get outscored 5-1. . . . F Grayson Pawlenchuk scored twice in that second period for Red Deer. F Preston Kopeck added two goals — one in the second and one in the third — and an assist. . . . The Rebels got a goal and two assists from D Josh Mahura. . . .
In Moose Jaw, F Jayden Halbgewachs scored at 3:27 of OT to give the Warriors a 2-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . Brandon D Kale Clague scored a PP goal at 11:49 of the second period. . . . Moose Jaw D Josh Brook tied it at 15:05 of the second. . . . G Zach Sawchenko stopped 30 shots for Moose Jaw (3-3-1), while Jordan Papirny turned aside 32 for Brandon (3-0-1). . . .
In Prince George, F Brogan O’Brien and F Justin Almeida each had two goals as the Cougars beat the Kamloops Blazers, 6-5. . . . The Blazers (2-3-0) took a 2-1 lead into the second period, only to give up the next four goals. . . . Kamloops got two goals and an assist from F Collin Shirley, a goal and two assists from F Jesse Zaharichuk, and a pair of goals from F Luke Harrison. . . . D Joel Lakusta, D Joe Carvalho and F Kody McDonald each had two assists for the Cougars (3-2-1). . . . F Garrett Pilon and F Matt Needham each had two helpers for the Blazers. . . . Kamloops F Deven Sideroff returned from the camp of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks but didn’t play due to illness. . . .
In Kelowna, F Tanner Wishnowski scored twice to lead the Rockets to a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Wishnowski scored the game’s first goal on a shorthanded penalty shot in the second period and added a third-period PP goal. Wishnowski missed all but one game last season with a concussion. . . . Those were his first goals of the preseason. . . . F Kole Lind had two assists for Kelowna. . . . G Jackson Whistle started for Kelowna (3-2-0) and stopped 12 shots. Michael Herringer came on in relief and made 13 saves. . . . Payton Lee stopped 31 shots for the Giants (3-2-0). . . .
In Everett, F Spencer Gerth broke a 1-1 tie at 19:16 of the second period and the Silvertips went on to a 3-1 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Gerth also had an assist. . . . F Matt Fonteyne scored his fourth goal of the preseason for Everett. Fonteyne, who turns 18 on Nov. 30, has 11 goals in 142 regular-season games. . . . G Carter Hart stopped 26 shots for Everett (5-2-0), with Griffen Outhouse turning aside 24 for Victoria (3-4-0). . . .
In Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass, the Calgary Hitmen ran their record to 7-0-0 with a 4-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice (2-3-1). . . . D Jake Bean and D Loch Morrison had two assists each for Calgary. . . . F Max Patterson, the son of former Kamloops Blazers/Pittsburgh Penguins F Ed Patterson, scored the game’s first goal for the Ice. Ed now is the head coach of the junior B Kamloops Storm. . . . Calgary got the game’s next four goals. . . . Hitmen G Lasse Petersen stopped 30 shots, seven more than the Ice’s Declan Hobbs. . . . The Hitmen and Ice will open the regular season on Friday in Cranbrook.
The parking lot adventures of Graham Kendrick continue:
No, YOU just drove away from the soccer field with the trunk still open and balls rolling back out into the parking lot.— Graham Kendrick (@gmkendrick) September 19, 2015