Team Canada opens with victory

Cougars, Pats make a deal
By Gregg Drinnan
August 10, 2015 11:27 P.M.


D Jonathon Blum (Vancouver, 2005-09) signed a one-year deal with Admiral Vladivostok (Russia, KHL). Last season, Blum was pointless in four games with the Minnesota Wild (NHL) and had 12 goals and 25 assists in 66 games with the Iowa Wild (AHL).
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It is incidents like this that make life worth living . . .
Dorothy and I were on our way to see a friend at the Aberdeen Mall in Kamloops on Saturday afternoon. We almost always park beside the Sears entrance and this was no exception.
But as we prepared to make a left turn into the mostly empty parking lot, a male driver — at a quick glance, he looked to be in his 40s — in an SUV was lollygagging along and blocking our way. At first, I thought he was looking for a parking spot, but, upon further review, it was apparent that he was engrossed in a conversation on his phone.
My window was down at the time, and Dorothy I both yelled at the same time: “Get off your phone!” (After 43 years of marriage, we really do think alike a lot of the time.)
The quick-witted male was heard to respond rather loudly as he meandered on his way: “F—- you!”
Dorothy and I looked at each other and we both burst out laughing.
I said to Dorothy: “I hope he was talking to his wife or one of his children.”
To which Dorothy responded: “I hope it was his boss.”
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Canada got goals from three WHLers as it opened the annual U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament with a 3-1 victory over host Czech Republic on Monday in Breclav. . . . Canada fell behind 1-0 early in the first period, but Kelowna Rockets F Dillon Dube scored on a shorthanded breakaway to forge a tie at 6:11. . . . F Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings gave Canada a 2-1 lead at 15:11 of the first period, scoring on a deflection. . . . F Beck Malenstyn of the Calgary Hitmen added insurance at 8:56 of the third period. . . . Canada was 0-for-2 on the PP and 5-for-5 on the PK. . . . G Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips made 15 saves for Canada, which is to play Sweden today (4:30 a.m. Pacific). . . . In the other game in Canada’s pool, Sweden beat Switzerland, 4-3. . . . In the other pool, which is being played in Bratislava, Slovakia, Finland dumped the U.S., 5-1, and Russia defeated Slovakia, 5-2.
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NHLThe Los Angeles Kings have signed F Joel Lowry, 23, to a two-year entry-level contract. Lowry is the son of Victoria Royals head coach Dave Lowry and an older brother to Adam Lowry of the Winnipeg Jets. Adam. 22, spent four seasons (2009-13) with the Swift Current Broncos. . . . Joel, a fourth-round pick by the Kings in the NHL’s 2011 draft, has spent four seasons at Cornell, totalling 77 points, including 29 goals, in 111 games. A back problem limited him to 11 games in 2014-15, his senior season at Cornell. He now is recovering from back surgery so may not be ready for the start of training camp.
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F Vladimir Bobylev didn’t play in either of two weekend KHL exhibition games. Bobylev, 18, is expected to play this season with the WHL’s Victoria Royals, who claimed him in the CHL’s 2015 import draft after he had been released by the Vancouver Giants. . . . Bobylev has been in training camp with Spartak Moscow. However, he didn’t play against Dinamo Minsk on Saturday and wasn’t dressed for Sunday’s game against Dynamo Moscow. . . . Spartak’s next exhibition game, against CSKA Moscow, is scheduled for Thursday.
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NHLBill Lindsay, who played three seasons with the Tri-City Americans (1989-92), appears to have been dropped from the broadcast crew of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. . . . Late Monday night, Lindsay tweeted: “To all . . . my time with the Panthers has come to the end for now. It's been an incredible journey. One I will always cherish.” . . . Lindsay had been on the broadcast crew for six seasons, providing analysis on FOX Sports Florida.
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The Prince George Cougars have acquired veteran F Jesse Gabrielle, 18, from the Regina Pats. . . . The Cougars also got a fourth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft in exchange for F Lane Zablocki, 17, and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . Gabrielle, from Moosomin, Sask., was a fourth-round pick by the Boston Bruins in the NHL’s 2015 draft. The Pats acquired him on Jan. 2 from the Brandon Wheat Kings, who had taken him in the fifth round of the 2012 bantam draft. In order to get Gabrielle, the Pats sent F Morgan Klimchuk, a first-round pick by the NHL’s Calgary Flames in 2013, to Brandon. . . . In 66 games last season, he totalled 23 goals and 21 assists. He also had more than 100 penalty minutes; yes, he is an agitator. In 117 career games, Gabrielle has 35 goals, 35 assists and more than 200 penalty minutes. . . . Zablocki, from Wetaskiwin, Alta., was picked by the Cougars in the fifth round of the 2013 bantam draft. In 2014-15, he had 25 points, including 15 goals, in 55 games with the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. In 2013-14, Zablocki played for the midget AAA Leduc Oil Kings, leading his league in scoring with 81 points, 45 of them goals, in 37 games. . . . The Cougars are hoping that they just got a lot harder to play against; the Pats added a mid-level prospect to their 1998 age group.
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Coaching Game
Ryan Howse has been added to the scouting staff of the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings. Howse, who is from Prince George, was Prince George’s rep minor hockey coach of the year for 2014-15 for his work with the Bantam Tier 2 Cougars. In 2015-16, Howse will be coaching a Midghet Tier 1 team. Howse, 24, was a third-round pick by the Calgary Flames in the NHL’s 2009 draft.
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The Kimberley Dynamiters, who won the KIJHL title last season, have added Byron Garrels to their staff as an assistant coach. He will work with head coach Jerry Bancks and assistants Jeff Keiver, Mike Reid, who also is the GM, and Todd White. . . . Garrels, played two seasons with the Dynamiters (2001-03) before going on to play in the AJHL.
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