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Soetaert going scouting with Coyotes

Team Canada 2-0 at Hlinka Memorial
By Gregg Drinnan
August 11, 2015 8:41 P.M.
Former Everett general manager Doug Soetaert has signed on with the Coyotes.


NHLThe NHL’s Arizona Coyotes have hired Doug Soetaert as their western pro scout. Soetaert, a former general manager of the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, has spent the past two seasons in Europe where he was the head scout for Red Bull Hockey. Soetaert, 59, worked with Salzburg of the Austrian league in 2013-14 and Red Bull Munich of the DEL last season. . . . From 2002-12, with the exception of 2005-06 when he was in the Calgary Flames organization, Soetaert was the vice-president and GM of the Silvertips. Under Soetaert, the Silvertips won three U.S. Division titles, a Western Conference title and a Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy for having the WHL’s best record.
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Team Canada improved to 2-0 at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament on Tuesday when it beat Sweden 2-0 in Breclav, Czech Republic. Sweden is 1-1. G Dylan Wells of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes stopped 21 shots in earning the shutout. Canada’s goals came from Michael McLeod of the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads and William Bitten of the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, the latter into an empty net. . . . In its opener on Monday, Canada gave up the game’s first goal and then skated to a 3-1 victory over Czech Republic. Canada now is riding a shutout streak of 116:42. . . . In the other Pool A game yesterday, Czech Republic (1-1) bounced Switzerland (0-2), 5-3. . . . Canada will complete round-robin play when it meets Switzerland today (6:30 a.m., Pacific). . . . In Pool B, in Bratislava, Slovakia, Russia (2-0) beat the U.S. (0-2), 5-2, and Finland (2-0) doubled Slovakia (0-2), 4-2.
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OHLThe OHL’s Sudbury Wolves have named Barclay Branch, 39, as their new general manager. Branch spent the past 11 seasons with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls, as assistant GM and director of player personnel. . . . Branch, who also will handle the Wolves’ head scout duties, takes over from Blaine Smith, who remains with the Wolves as president. . . . The Wolves also have a new head coach in Dave Matsos and a new associate coach, in former Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach Drake Berehowsky.
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Grant Hardy of Accessible Media has done a short piece on good friend Dickson Liong and it is right here. If you aren’t familiar with Liong’s story — he writes about, among other things, the Vancouver Giants and Vancouver Canucks — it’s a good one and well worth watching.
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Here’s Tony Parsons in British GQ: “This year is Frank Sinatra's centenary and, as we approach the 100th anniversary of his birth on 12 December, we will hear a lot about his life - Ava Gardner and the Rat Pack, Lauren Bacall and nightclub brawls, Marilyn Monroe and his connections to presidents and wise guys. None of it will come even close to explaining why we still listen to Sinatra. Nor why we still care.” . . . I promise that you won’t read anything better than this piece today, and it’s right here.
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The Oak River Dodgers won the Manitoba Senior Baseball League title on Tuesday night, beating the Brandon Marlins, 6-4, in Game 5 of a best-of-seven championship series. This is worth mentioning because the Dodgers are managed by Gord Paddock, whose brother, John, is the senior vice-president of hockey operations and head coach of the WHL’s Regina Pats. Obviously, coaching runs in the family. . . . Gord, a forward in his hockey-playing days, was a ninth-round pick by the New York Islanders in the NHL’s 1982 draft. He had played with the Saskatoon Blades and Brandon Wheat Kings (1981-84).
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G Christopher Tai was traded again Tuesday, this time going from the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats to the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bullodgs. . . . Tai, a 20-year-old from Delta, B.C., played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Brandon Wheat Kings, Medicine Hat Tigers and Lloydminster in 2013-14. The Bobcats traded him to the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express for future considerations, which turned out to be Tai. Yes, he was traded for himself, which is how he ended up back with the Bobcats. . . . On Tuesday, the Bobcats moved him to the Bulldogs for, yes, future considerations. Of course, if he is going to be traded for himself again it would have to happen during the season as he is heading into his final season of junior eligibility.
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Coaching Game
The Iowa Wild, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, has added David Cunniff and Brooks Bertsch to its coaching staff. . . . Cunniff, who signed on as an assistant coach, spent 12 seasons in the San Jose Sharks organization before joining the AHL’s Albany Devils as an assistant coach last season. . . . Bertsch, who signed on a video coach, spent the past four seasons playing at St. Cloud State U. Bertsch is from Dubuque and is the first Iowan to work in the Wild’s hockey operations department.
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