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By Gregg Drinnan
October 1, 2015 11:41 P.M.





D Ty Wishart (Prince George, Moose Jaw, 2004-08) signed a one-year contract with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, DEL2). Last season, with the Evansville Icemen (ECHL), he had one goal and on assist in 14 games. He also played 24 games with Mora (Sweden, Allsvenskan), recording a goal and an assist. . . .
D Denis Tolpeko (Seattle, Regina, 2003-06) signed a one-year contract with Amur Khabarovsk (Russia, KHL). He had been released by mutual agreement by Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (Russia, KHL) on Sept. 25 after going pointless in five games.

After four days without any games, there is on-ice action in the WHL tonight. . . . The game of the night may be in Brandon where the Wheat Kings play host to the Calgary Hitmen. The Wheat Kings are the CHL’s No. 1-ranked team, according to the latest rankings, while the Hitmen, who are ranked No. 4, are 2-0-0 after a 7-0-0 exhibition season. . . . Also, the Kelowna Rockets, the WHL’s defending champions, are in Edmonton to meet the Oil Kings, the 2013-14 champions. That game will be televised by Shaw.
The Prince Albert Raiders are down to two goaltenders with the news that Nick McBride has gone home to await a trade. It turns out that McBride, 18, asked out of Prince Albert a while ago. . . . “Before the season started, Nick came to us and requested a move that would give him more responsibility with a team,” Raiders general manager Curtis Hunt said in a news release. “We mutually agreed that having Nick return home would be best for him, as well as the organization.” . . . McBride was 13-18-1, 3.41, .895 last season, after going 12-7-2, 2.95, .908 in 2013-14. . . . McBride now is at home in Maple Ridge, B.C., awaiting a move. . . . The Raiders selected him in the second round, 23rd overall, of the 2012 bantam draft. . . . McBride’s departure leaves the Raiders with veteran Rylan Parenteau, who turns 19 on Nov. 16, and freshman Ian Scott, 16, as their goaltenders.
The Saskatoon Blades made a couple of moves late Wednesday night, acquiring G Jake Morrissey, 18, from the Tri-City Americans and trading F Garrett Armour, 18, to the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . Morrissey, from Calgary, spent last season with the Kelowna Rockets, but was released last week. He was then listed by the Americans, before being dealt to the Blades for a sixth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft. Last season, in 11 games with Kelowna, he was 1.98, .932. . . . The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Armour, from Winnipeg, had one goal and five assists in 45 games as a freshman with the Blades last season. He was dealt to Brandon for a conditional 10th-round selection in 2017. He had been a seventh-round pick by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 2012 bantam draft. . . . The Blades are carrying 24 players, including three goaltenders and seven defencemen. . . . The Blades’ other goaltenders are Nik Amundrud, who turns 18 on Oct. 20, and Brock Hamm, also 18. Amundrud, from Melfort, was acquired last season from the Everett Silvertips. Hamm is from Saskatoon.
The Tri-City Americans added G Jake Morrissey to their protected list on Tuesday, after he had been released by the Kelowna Rockets. . . . BobTory, the Americans’ general manager, told Annie Fowler of the Tri-City Herald that he was looking for depth at that position. “My rationale was we had two goalies injured last year,” Tory said, “and we had a hard time getting guys in. We have Beck Warm signed, and Jake would have played junior A in Alberta and given us depth at the position.” . . . However, Morrissey wasn’t fussy about junior A after being in the WHL last season. On Wednesday, the Americans dealt him to the Saskatoon Blades. . . . “His goal was to play in the WHL,” Tory said, “and I told his dad if I was presented with an option to trade him, I would. We made a fair trade.”
The Montreal Canadiens have returned D Noah Juulsen, 18, to the Everett Silvertips. Juulsen, a first-round pick in the NHL’s 2015 draft, reported to Montreal’s camp with a concussion so didn’t get a lot of playing time. He has been cleared to play, though, so could play for the Silvertips this weekend. . . . Juulsen, from Abbotsford, B.C., had 52 points, including nine goals, in 68 games as a sophomore last season.
Potential WHL players still with NHL teams:
Calgary: F Jake Virtanen, Vancouver.
Prince Albert: D Brendan Guhle, Buffalo.
Red Deer: D Haydn Fleury, Carolina.
Seattle: F Mathew Barzal, NY Islanders.
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The Red Deer Rebels dropped two 16-year-olds from their roster on Friday, getting down to 23 players. . . . F Akash Bains will play for the Delta, B.C., Academy prep team in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. He was a ninth-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . D Ethan Sakowich is to join the midget AAA Fort Saskatchewan Rangers. He was selected in the third round of the 2014 bantam draft. . . .
The Spokane Chiefs have released D Jeff Rayman, a 19-year-old from Fernie, B.C. Rayman, who was placed on the Chiefs’ protected list four years ago, played 86 games over two season, putting up one goal and seven assists. Last season, he had five assists in 50 games. . . . The Chiefs now have 25 players, including three goaltenders and eight defencemen, on their roster. . . .
F Brayden Point didn’t skate with the Moose Jaw Warriors on Thursday. He is expected back on the ice today after returning from a stint with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. . . . D Tanner Faith, who was acquired from the Kootenay Ice, is skating with the Warriors but not yet ready for full contact. . . .
The Everett Silvertips have dropped F Gunnar Wegleitner, a 17-year-old from Vancouver, from their roster. . . . He had one goal in 43 games last season. . . . Everett now is carrying 26 players. . . .
F Alex DeBrincat scored five goals on Thursday night to lead the OHL’s Erie Otters to a 6-1 victory over the Niagara IceDogs. DeBrinct, from Farmington Hills, Mich., turns 18 on Dec. 18. He had 104 points, including 51 goals, in 68 games last season when he was teammates with Connor McDavid. . . .
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada filed his lastest 30 Thoughts on Thursday. . . . It is as readable as always, and it’s right here.

No Games Scheduled.
FRIDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
Calgary at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Kelowna at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Swift Current at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Spokane vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.


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