Todd Holt is back in Swift Current and he‘s watching the Broncos, whose training camp roster includes his son Kaelan, an under-sized forward just like his father. But a lot has happened since Todd was putting up numbers that would leave him with a number of Broncos’ franchise records. Vicki Hall of Postmedia Network talked with Holt about his days in Swift Current when Graham James was running the Broncos. That heart-wrenching story is right here.
The Saskatoon Blades have agreed to a new lease — it’s a five-year deal with an option for an additional five years — with SaskTel Centre. The option may be activated by either side. . . . The lease includes a non-compete clause, meaning the Blades get to OK any other hockey team that might want to play in the facility. In other words, you can forget about any AHL-related rumours you may have heard. . . . According to a news release, the lease also calls for “drapes to curtain off the top deck, creating a far more lively atmosphere for hockey games; a new ice plant and water system, making for clearer, harder ice, which creates more exciting hockey; and LED lights, which make it easier than ever to follow the fast-paced action.”
The Minnesota Wild isn’t about to hire an assistant coach to replace Darryl Sydor, who has been in a rehab centre in Malibu, Calif., since Sunday.
Wild head coach Mike Yeo told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Sydor’s duties will be spread out among the other members of the coaching staff, at least for now.
Sydor, who is a co-owner of the Kamloops Blazers, is facing impaired driving-related charges after being arrested in Fridley, Minn., on Aug. 21 while driving his 12-year-old son to a minor hockey game.
“He was great last year,” Yeo told Russo, referring to Sydor’s having spent time in rehab last summer. “Unfortunately, he had a setback here, but I know he can get back to where he was last year. We just want to do everything we can to support him and give him a chance to get better.”
Sydor will miss some of the Wild’s training camp — at least a week, perhaps more. While the Wild’s management hasn’t indicated whether it will have Sydor back, Yeo sounds as though it is going to happen.
“Once he gets through what he needs to get through, he’s going to have to figure out where he’s at,” Yeo told Russo. “But I don’t see any reason why things would change.”
As for bringing someone in to take over Sydor’s duties, Yeo said: “We’ll be fine. My only focus is Darryl getting better right now. We care about him. I know he’s a good person. This is obviously a very big mistake and a real tough thing for him and his family, so I just want to be there for them right now.”
Interestingly, the Blazers selected Yeo’s son, Kyler, in the fourth round of the 2014 bantam draft. Kyler isn’t attending the Blazers’ training camp that opened on Friday.
F Hayden Hirsch, 15, is in camp with the Kamloops Blazers. Hirsch, from Phoenix, is the son of former Kamloops goaltender Corey Hirsch, who also is in town. Corey backstopped the Blazers to the 1992 Memorial Cup title and has been honoured as a Blazer Legend. . . . Hayden, who is the only American among the 97 players listed on the rookie and main camp rosters, didn’t look out of place at all as his Team Recchi dropped a 3-2 decision to Team Iginla in the evening’s final rookie scrimmage. Team Recchi actually scored twice in the last minute of the second half (they play 30-minute straight-time periods) to tie the game before losing it early in 3-on-3 OT on a goal by F Marty Westhaver of Victoria. . . . In the other evening game, F Matthew Facchinelli, one of 18 Kamloopsians among 72 players at rookie camp, scored three times as Team Sydor got past Team Doan, 4-3.
The Regina Pats have signed D Nikolai Knyzhov and F Lane Zablocki, both of who are 17-year-old freshmen. . . . Knyzhov, from St. Petersburg, Russia, was selected in the CHL’s 2015 import draft. He already has played two seasons in North America. Last season, he had a goal and three assists in 24 games with the U16 Phoenix Jr. Coyotes. . . . Zablocki was acquired from the Prince George Cougars earlier this month in a deal that had F Jesse Gabrielle go the other way. Zablock, from Wetaskiwin, Alta., was a fifth-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. He had 25 points, 15 of them goals, in 55 games with the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders last season.
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D Austin Adams, 20, is in camp with the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs. From Surrey, B.C., he has played four seasons in the WHL with the Everett Silvertips and Moose Jaw Warriors (2011-15). In 182 regular-season WHL games, the 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has 24 points, including seven goals. . . . The Swift Current Broncos report that Russian D Artyom Minulin “is looking forward to playing in a full season in Swift Current.” However, he isn’t there yet due to visa issues. . . . F Ryan Chynoweth (Everett, Tri-City, Kootenay, 2011-15) and F Tye Hand (Regina, 2012-14) are in camp with the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons. Both are entering their 20-year-old seasons. Hand played with the Dragons in 2011-12. . . .
If you were late to this site on Friday, you may have noticed that the Tweet of the Day wasn't available. Originally, it was a tweet from the account of the Prince Albert Raiders. It showed Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid getting his headshot taken. That tweet was deleted from the Raiders' Twitter account at some point on Friday. . . . For today, we bring you a tweet from inside the Canalta Centre, the new home of the Medicine Hat Tigers.