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New look in Tri-City

Seattle loses Alexander to NHL
By Gregg Drinnan
August 27, 2015 10:25 P.M.


There is an ongoing development in the United States, where some, if not all, NCAA Division I hockey teams are coughing up an extra $3,400 for student/athletes on full scholarships. On Thursday, the U of North Dakota said it has started the payments to men’s and women’s hockey players. . . . Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald has more right here.
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The Seattle Thunderbirds are looking for a director of player personnel after announcing Thursday that Colin Alexander has joined the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins as an amateur scout. . . . Alexander has been with Seattle for 20 years -- the first three as a scout and the past 17 as director of player personnel.
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The Tri-City Americans have unveiled a new look — they have changed their home-and-away sweaters, the first time their primary look has changed since 2009-10. . . . From a news release: “While the new jerseys are similar to the previous version, notable changes to the jerseys include the return of stars to the jersey, a popular feature in previous editions. A star has been added on each sleeve as well as the side of the jersey. Also featured is a red-and-white stripe starting at the collar and running down the sleeve. The home white jerseys have a blue half-sleeve starting at the collar. Inspiration for the change came from the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets jerseys, as well as a need to further enhance the organization’s unique design and colors.”
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D Marcus Kichton, a second-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft, isn’t in camp with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Kichton, 16, is with the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints. "Based on where we're at and the opportunity going forward, the importance of his 16-year-old year, we agreed that he should stay in Spruce Grove and do everything you can to make that club," Warriors general manager Alan Millar told Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. “Hopefully, if he's successful doing that, that will benefit him and our team. Hopefully, that gives him the best opportunity to be better a year from now and instead of losing that opportunity by being at our camp.” Kitten hasn’t signed a WHL contract. . . . He is the younger brother of Brenden Kichton, who played five seasons (2008-13) with the Spokane Chiefs and now is in the Winnipeg Jets organization. . . . Gourlie’s story is right here.
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Alan Caldwell is continuing to compile WHL training camp rosters over at Small Thoughts At Large. As of Thursday night, he had rosters from 12 of the WHL’s 22 teams. Among yesterday’s additions — yes, the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Small Thoughts At Large is right here.
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Kurtis Mucha, who played with the Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers, has retired as a player and has signed on as a goaltending development coach with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Shane Jones of the Sherwood Park News has more on Mucha and his playing career right here.
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G Landon Bow, 20, is in camp with the Swift Current Broncos, but hasn’t scrimmaged. The Broncos say he’s healthy and working out, which makes one wonder if they are trying to trade him. Bow has played the past three seasons with the Broncos. . . . The Seattle Thunderbirds kept F Ryan Gropp and F Keegan Kolesar out of scrimmages on Thursday. According to Andy Eide, who covers the team for 710 ESPN Seattle, both players are “nursing minor injuries.” . . .
F Jack McClelland, who turns 19 on Sept. 30, is among the players in the Red Deer Rebels’ training camp. McClelland was born in Oshawa, but calls Wichita, Kan., home. He was pointless in five games with the Vancouver Giants last season, and had 43 points, 13 of them goals, in 31 games with the Wichita Jr. Thunder. He is the son of former NHLer Kevin McClelland.

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