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Surgery for Medicine Hat forward

Wheat Kings, Rockets down to two goaltenders
By Gregg Drinnan
September 21, 2015 10:11 P.M.


F Matt Bradley of the Medicine Hat Tigers won’t be available for the immediate future. According to the Medicine Hat News, Bradley, 18, has had surgery to remove a benign tumour from his nasal cavity. . . . Bradley was a fifth-round selection by the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL’s 2015 draft. . . . He isn’t expected to skate again until sometime in October. . . . Bradley had 40 points, including 17 goals, in 71 regular-season games last season.
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The Brandon Wheat Kings have decided on their two goaltenders, choosing to go with starter Jordan Papirny, 20, and Logan Thompson, 18. The released G Josh Dechaine, 17, from their roster on Monday. . . . Dechaine, from St. Albert, Alta., played last season with the midget AAA St. Albert Raiders. . . . The Wheat Kings also added D Dominic Thom, a ninth-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. Thom, from Calgary, had one assist in two games with Brandon in 2013-14 before being dealt to the Prince George Cougars in August 2014. He was pointless in three games with the Cougars before leaving the team. He didn’t play again last season. . . . He has been with the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs, putting up one assist in three games. . . . Brandon now has 25 players on its roster, including four who are at NHL camps — D Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia), F Jayce Hawryluk (Florida), F John Quenneville (New Jersey) and F Tim McGauley (Washington). . . . Adding the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Thom gives the Wheat Kings six defencemen in camp as they prepare to open the season against the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Friday night. . . . Bruce Luebke, the radio voice of the Wheat Kings, has more right here on Thom and why he left the game last season.
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The defending-champion Kelowna Rockets solved their goaltending issue by release Jake Morrissey, 18, on Monday. Morrissey, from Calgary, got into 11 games with the Rockets last season, going 8-1-1, 1.98, .932. He is the younger brother of D Josh Morrissey, who was dealt by the Prince Albert Raiders to the Rockets last season. Josh is in camp with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. . . . The Rockets are left with Jackson Whistle, 20, and Michael Herringer, 19, as their goaltenders. . . . Whistle is one of four 20-year-olds on the roster, joining F Tyson Baillie, who actually doesn’t turn 20 until Nov. 16, F Cole Linaker and F Gage Quinney. . . . The deadline for teams to get down to a maximum of three 20-year-olds is Oct. 15. . . . Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier has more on the Rockets right here.
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The Moose Jaw Warriors have released D Spenser Jensen, 20, D Reid Zalitach, 19, and F Rylee Zimmer, 18. . . . Zalitach, from Narol, Man., has knee problems and is headed to the U of Manitoba. The Warriors acquired him from the Vancouver Giants during 2013-14. In 119 regular-season games, he had one goal and 14 assists. Last season, he had one assist in 27 games. . . . Jensen, from Airdrie, Alta., plans to attend the U of Alberta in January. He had 13 points, including three goals, in 68 games last season. He played his first two-plus seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In 236 regular-season games, he had four goals and 32 assists. . . . Zimmer, from Russell, Man., was with the Regina Pats the last two seasons, although he played on five games in 2014-15. In 49 career games, he had one goal. . . . With Spenser gone, the Warriors have only one 20-year-old on their roster, that being D Torrin White. . . . Moose Jaw opens the regular-season on home ice against the Pats on Thursday night. . . . After Monday’s changes, the Warriors were left with five healthy defencemen — Colin Paradis has an inner-ear infection — so they have brought back Jett Woo for weekend games. Woo, from Winnipeg, was the fourth overall selection in the 2015 bantam draft. He had 37 points, including 10 goals, in 31 games with the bantam AAA Winnipeg Warriors last season. He is expected to play this season with the midget Winnipeg Thrashers. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald has more right here.
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The Lethbridge Hurricanes released F Johnny Wesley, 18, on Monday, getting their roster down to 26. Wesley, who is from White Rock, B.C., was acquired early last season from the Vancouver Giants. He had 10 points, five of them goals, in 31 games with the Hurricanes, after scoring once in one game with the Giants. He is expected to join the BCHL’s Surrey Express. . . . Lethbridge’s roster includes veteran F Carter Folk, who is injured, F Giorgio Estephan, who is in camp with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and D Andrew Nielsen, who is with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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D Alexander Scherbakov of the Everett Silvertips has had season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Scherbakov, a Russian who will be 18 on Dec. 24, was injured in an exhibition game on Sept. 6.  “The surgeon said everything went really well,” Everett GM Garry Davidson told Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald. “They’re happy with how it shook out, but it was major shoulder surgery.” . . . Geleynse also reports that Russian F Yan Khomenko, another freshman, sat out the second half of Monday’s practice after hitting his head on a crossbar during a drill. . . . Meanwhile, D Cole MacDonald sat out with an undisclosed injury after being hurt in an exhibition game against the Victoria Royals on Saturday.
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The Tri-City Americans have their roster down to 29 after dropping D Carter Cochrane and F Mitch Friesen on Monday. . . . Cochrane, who turns 19 on Oct. 18, is from Kamloops. He was acquired last season from the Everett Silvertips. He had one assist in 31 games with Everett and three assists in nine games with the Americans. He is expected to join the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs. . . . Friesen, 19, is from Surrey, B.C. He played 68 games with the Kamloops Blazers over the past three seasons, scoring one goal and adding three assists. He is expected to return to the junior B Kamloops Storm. . . . The Americans still have three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 17 forwards in camp.
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D Tanner Faith has been returned to the Kootenay Ice by the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. The arrival of Faith leaves the Ice with seven 20-year-olds on their roster. . . . The other 20-year-olds on the Ice’s roster are F Jaedon Descheneau, G Wyatt Hoflin, D Tyler King, who is out indefinitely with a knee problem, D Tanner Lishchynsky, F Jon Martin and F Luke Philp. . . . Philp (Philadelphia Flyers) and Descheneau (St. Louis Blues) are in NHL camps.
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The Edmonton Oil Kings are down to three goaltenders, after dropping Liam Hughes, 16, from their roster. Hughes, from Kelowna, was a seventh-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft. He is expected to join the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who play out of Kelowna. . . . The move leaves the Oil Kings with Patrick Dea, 18, their back up last season; 6-foot-5 Alec Dillon, a 19-year-old who had committed to RPI before joining the Oil Kings; and 6-foot-4 Carter Phair, a 10th-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . The Oil Kings also dropped D Will Warm, 16, who will play for the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants. . . . Warm has signed with the Oil Kings. . . . Edmonton has 26 players on its roster, including 15 forwards and eight defencemen.
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Among the players returned by NHL teams on Monday were F Dominic Turgeon (Detroit) to the Portland Winterhawks; F Rodrigo Abols (Vancouver) to Portland; F Alex Schoenborn (San Jose) to Portland; F Reid Duke (Minnesota) to the Brandon Wheat Kings; F Chase Lang (Minnesota) to the Calgary Hitmen; D Hunter Warner (Minnesota) to the Prince Albert Raiders; G Connor Ingram (Detroit) to the Kamloops Blazers; F Evan Polei (Detroit) to the Red Deer Rebels; and D Joe Hicketts (Detroit) to the Victoria Royals. . . . The Wild also released F Jack Walker from an ATO, allowing him to return to Victoria.
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The Prince Albert Raiders welcomed back D Hunter Warner, 20, from the NHL’s Minnesota Wild on Monday. His presence leaves them with four 20-year-olds, one over the maximum. . . . The other 20-year-olds with the Raiders are D Jesse Lees, F Craig Leverton and F Jordan Tkatch. . . . The deadline to get down to three is Oct. 15.

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The Regina Pats added some size and experience on Monday as they acquired F Aaron Macklin, 20, from the Prince George Cougars for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . Macklin, who is from High River, Alta., started his WHL career with the Kamloops Blazers in 2012-13. He was dealt to the Cougars in November 2013. In 184 regular-season games, he has 28 points, including 11 goals. . . . The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is a big body who plays a grinding game. . . . Macklin’s departure leaves the Cougars with the allowable three 20-year-olds — D Joe Carvalho, G Mack Shields and F Chase Witala. . . . Regina, meanwhile, is carrying four 20-year-olds, the others being F Taylor Cooper, G Daniel Wapple and D Colby Williams. However, Cooper and Williams both are out with injuries.

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Concussion Report
Dr. Charles Tator, a leading Canadian expert on brain injuries, has written to the Ewen family asking that they donate Todd Ewen’s brain to the Krembil Neuroscience Centre in Toronto where it could be examined for the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). . . . Rick Westhead of TSN has more on that story right here.
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On the heels of the death by suicide of former WHL/NHL enforcer Todd Ewen, Ken Campbell of The Hockey News wonders what hockey is doing to prevent these tragic occurrences. . . . He writes: “No, we don’t know for sure that fighting and these early, tragic deaths are linked. But there’s enough anecdotal evidence to suggest the NHL and the hockey world should be doing something about it, or at the very least investigating it more completely and not simply chalking these deaths up to unfortunate tragedies that can’t be prevented. Yes, they can. If the hockey world were truly concerned about the possibilities, it would ban fighting.” . . . He’s right. Fighting has long outlived its usefulness and the time has come for it to go. . . . Campbell’s piece is right here.
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