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Shoulder injury takes out Everett d-man

Rockets' Merkley sidelined with collarbone injury
By Gregg Drinnan
September 17, 2015 10:26 P.M.


F Anders Lövdahl (Calgary, Moose Jaw, Lethbridge, 1999-2001) signed a two-year contract extension with Grästorp (Sweden, Division 1). Last season, with Narvik (Norway, 1. Division), he had two assists in two games. He had three goals in four games with Kiruna (Sweden, Division 1), and he had four assists in eight games with Grästorp. . . .
F Zach Hamill (Everett, 2003-08) signed a 17-day contract extension thru Oct. 4 with Fribourg-Gottéron (Switzerland, NL A). He had signed a two-week injury-replacement contract with Fribourg-Gottéron on Sept. 4. In three games, he has a goal and an assist. . . .
F Jaroslav Kristek (Tri-City, 1998-2000) was released after an unsuccessful four-week tryout with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, DEL2). He had one assist in two games. . . .
F Martin Erat (Saskatoon, Red Deer, 1999-2001) signed a one-year contract with Avangard Omsk (Russia, KHL). Last season, with the Arizona Coyotes (NHL), he had nine goals and 23 assists in 79 games.
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A source told Keeping Score late Thursday that Russian D Alexander Scherbakov of the Everett Silvertips is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery that very well could be season-ending. Scherbakov, who will turn 17 on Dec. 24, is from Moscow. He was preparing for his first WHL season. . . . Scherbakov was injured in an exhibition game against the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Sept. 6. . . . The Silvertips have one other import on their roster — F Yan Khomenko, who is from St. Petersburg, Russia. He also is starting his first WHL season.
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Reports from the desert indicate that F Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets won’t take part in the training camp of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, thanks to a collarbone injury he suffered during a rookie game against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The 18-year-old Merkley, the 30th overall selection in the NHL’s 2015 draft, has signed with the Coyotes. He is expected to be out at least two weeks, meaning he won’t play when the Rockets open their regular season by going home-and-home with the Kamloops Blazers on Sept. 25 and 26. . . . Merkley had 90 points, including 70 assists, in 72 games last season. . . . The Rockets have four players back from NHL training camps, while three others are in pro camps. . . . F Cole Linaker (Edmonton), F Justin Kirkland (Nashville), F Tomas Soustal (Calgary) and G Jackson Whistle are in Kelowna, although Soustal has an undisclosed injury. . . . Still with NHL teams are F Tyson Baillie (Calgary), F Rourke Chartier (San Jose) and D Devante Stephens (Buffalo). . . . The return of Whistle, 20, means the three goaltenders who were with the Rockets through a lot of last season are back on the roster — Michael Herringer, 19, and Jake Morrissey, 18, being the other two. . . . The Rockets also have been missing D Jonathan Smart, a first-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft, with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Rockets are preparing for an exhibition game against the Vancouver Giants tonight at the Langley Events Centre. The same teams will play in Kelowna on Saturday.
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The Prince George Cougars’ camp includes one of the more intriguing position battles of the WHL’s exhibition season. That would be in the goaltending department, where the Cougars got down to three bodies on Thursday when released G Patrick Cora, 19, from their roster. . . . Cora, from St. Albert, Alta., is expected to join the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks. . . . Gora signed with the Cougars in January and played in five games last season. He was a ninth-round pick by the Regina Pats in the 2011 bantam draft. . . . The move leaves the Cougars with goaltenders Mack Shields, 20, Ty Edmonds, 19, and Tavin Grant, 17, on their roster, which now sits at 32. . . . Edmonds has played in 111 regular-season games with the Cougars over the past two seasons. Grant got into 18 games as Edmonds’ backup last season. Shields has played in 98 games over three seasons with the Calgary Hitmen. . . . The Cougars play their final exhibition game on Saturday when the Kamloops Blazers visit Prince George.
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The Brandon Wheat Kings, who will go into the regular season as the favourites to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup, are missing five players who remain in NHL camps. At the same time, four other players have returned to Brandon. . . . F Reid Duke (Minnesota), F Jayce Hawryluk (Florida), F Tim McGauley (Washington), D Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia) and F John Quenneville (New Jersey) are with NHL teams. . . . Back in Brandon are F Richards Bukarts (Edmonton), D Macoy Erkamps (St. Louis), G Jordan Papirny (Edmonton) and D Colton Waltz (Edmonton).
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While most WHL teams are trimming players from their rosters these days, the Red Deer Rebels have signed F Brandon Hagel, 17, and added him to their roster. . . . The 6-foot-0, 165-pound Hagel, from Morinville, Alta., had been with the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines; he had a goal and two assists in two games. . . . Last season, with the midget AAA Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, he had 51 points, including 23 goals, in 34 games.
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Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada has written his first 30 Thoughts of the new season and it’s right here. . . . He actually filed it Wednesday night, so keep that in mind as you peruse it.
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NHLSometimes teams and leagues forget that they are involved in the playing of a game. When they lose sight of that, they sometimes do really dumb things. That is what’s going in Chicago with the Blackhawks these days. . . . On Thursday, Chicago F Patrick Kane and some of the Blackhawks’ braintrust sat in front of the media. But no one was talking about the grand jury investigation that Kane is subject to after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in his Buffalo-area home. . . . But by having Kane at training camp it seems that the Blackhawks are indeed commenting on the situation. . . . Scott Stinson of the National Post comments right here.
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F Luke Coleman of the Prince Albert Raiders has been suspended for a game after taking a kneeing major and game misconduct against the host Regina Pats on Wednesday night. He put a hit on Regina F Sam Steel, who wasn’t injured. This means that Coleman won’t play in Friday’s rematch in Prince Albert. . . .
If you are into hockey history, you might be interested in Seattle Totems, a new book from Jeff Obermeyer, who now has written three books involving the history of hockey in Seattle. . . . David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman of sportspressnew.com have more on Obermeyer’s latest book right here. . . . Hey, did you know that Harold Snepsts was the last Seattle Totems player to suit up for an NHL game? Neither did I.
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In Crowsnest Pass, Alta., F Brett Davis scored a PP goal at 11:19 of the second period to give the Lethbridge Hurricanes a 3-1 lead and they went on to beat the Kootenay Ice, 3-2. . . . Davis has three goals in the exhibition season, as does teammate Egor Bebenko, who tied the game 1-1 at 15:48 of the first period. . . . Davis, 16, is a freshman from Oakbank, Man., while Babenko, from Tyumen, Russia, also is preparing for his first season. . . . G Jayden Sittler stopped 32 shots for Lethbridge, while the Ice’s Wyatt Hoflin turned aside 25. . . . The Hurricanes improved to 3-2-0, while the Ice slipped to 2-3-0.

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