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WHL teams busy signing players

Fushimi leaves Royals for school
By Gregg Drinnan
September 1, 2015 11:22 P.M.
It's smiles all around as the Everett Silvertips sign Connor Dewar (left), Riley Sutter and Sean Mallonee.

F Patrik Valcák (Lethbridge, Kelowna, 2003-04) signed a one-year contract with the Manchester Storm (England, UK Elite). Last season, he had 10 goals and 33 assists in 32 games with Cracovia Krakow (Poland, PHL), and three goals and 14 assists in 24 games with the Allen Americans (ECHL).

The Vancouver Giants have signed G David Tendeck and D Alex Kannok-Leipert. . . . Tendeck, from North Vancouver, was a sixth-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft. He was 15-7-2, 2.21 with the major midget Vancouver Northwest Giants last season. . . . Kannok-Leipert was a fourth-round selection in the 2015 bantam draft. From Regina, he had 28 points, 16 of them goals, in 29 games with the bantam AA Regina Monarchs last season. He is expected to play this season with the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians.
The Moose Jaw Warriors have signed F Landon Quinney, who had 56 points, including 26 goals, in 53 games with the U16 Arizona Bobcats last season. He helped them win the state championship. Quinney, 17, is the son of former WHLer Ken Quinney (Calgary Wranglers, 1981-85) and is from Las Vegas. . . . The Warriors also signed G Adam Evanoff of Penticton, who was a 10th-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft. He was 19-9-2, 2.25, .931 with the Okanagan Hockey Academy last season.

Erik Miller

The Kamloops Blazers have signed F Erik Miller, who was a third-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft. The 6-foot-0, 165-pound Miller, 16, had 57 points, 28 of them goals, in 35 games with the Sherwood Park, Alta., Squires of the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League last season. . . . Miller took part in Tuesday night’s intrasquad game and remained on the 29-man roster after some post-game cuts were made.
The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed Russian D Anatoli Elizarov and Swiss F Dario Meyer. . . . Both were selected in the CHL’s 2015 import draft. . . . The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Elizarov 17, had five assists in 14 games with the U17 Dynamo St. Petersburg team and added three points in 21 games with Dynamo St. Petersburg of the MHL. . . . Meyer, who turns 19 on Nov. 20, has been in the SC Bern program. Meyer, 6-foot-1 and 181 pounds, 16 points, including seven goals, in 25 games with the U20 Bern side for Bern in the Swiss Elite Jr. A league.
NHLThe NHL’s Winnipeg Jets have made some changes with their scouting staff. Mark Hillier, who had been the head amateur scout, now is the director of amateur scouting. He takes over from Marcel Comeau, who wants to spend more time with his family but will stay on as an amateur scout. . . . Comeau is a former WHL head coach who worked in Calgary, Saskatoon, Tacoma and Kelowna. He put up 411 regular-season victories, good for 14th spot on the WHL’s all-time list. . . . Hillier spent 13 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and eight with the Atlanta Thrashers. He made the move to Winnipeg when the Thrashers headed that way.
CHEK-TV of Victoria reported Tuesday that F Brandon Fushimi, 19, has decided not to play hockey this season, won’t be back for a fourth season with the Victoria Royals. Fushimi, from Thornton, Colo., had 29 points, 14 of them goals, last season. In 185 regular-season games, he has 68 points, including 33 goals. . . . Cam Hope, the Royals’ general manager, told Taking Note that Fushimi “decided to go to school full time . . . right away instead of waiting. I am sure it was a very hard decision.”
The Everett Silvertips have signed three forwards — Connor Dewar, Riley Sutter and Sean Mallonee. . . . Dewar and Sutter, both born in 1999, were selected in the 2014 banta draft. Mallonee, who is from Kennewick, Wash., played in the Junior Silvertips U16 program. Born in 1998, he was a training camp invitee. . . . Dewar, a native of The Pas, Man., was a fifth-round draft pick. Last season, with the midget AAA Parkland Rangers in Manitoba he had 37 points, 15 of them goals, in 43 games. . . . Sutter, who is from Calgary, is the son of Ron Sutter, one of six brothers who played in the WHL before playing in the NHL. All told, 10 Sutters have played in the WHL. . . . Riley turns 16 on Oct. 25. Last season, he had 50 points, including 22 goals, with the minor midget AAA Calgary Rangers. . . . Mallonee had 17 points, five of them goals, in 19 games with the U16 Junior Silvertips.
The major midget Okanagan Rockets will play host to two tournaments Sept. 11-13. There will be seven major midget teams in one division with seven from the Canadian Sp[ort School Hockey League, with all games at the Capital News Centre. . . . There’s a schedule right here.
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Former WHL player and on-ice official Ryan Gibbons has made it to the NHL where he will work this season as a linesman. Gibbons, who played for the Seattle Thunderbirds (2001-06), is from West Vancouver. He has worked in the WHL since 2011 and made it to the AHL last season. He was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2003 draft. He played three seasons in the ECHL before retiring as a player and turning to officiating. . . .
There were reports on Tuesday that Dale Derkatch, the Prince Albert Raiders’ director of scouting, has joined the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs as an amateur scout. Neither team appeared to have made an announcement as of Tuesday night. . . .
Two men with ties to the WHL are among the 2015 inductees into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame. . . . Rich Preston played one season (1969-70) with the Regina Pats when they were in the SJHL before going on to the U of Denver and then to a pro career. Preston also coached the Pats and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . Larry Wright, a Regina native, played with the Pats in the late 1960s and early 1970s. . . . The Regina Sports Hall of Fame is in the main hallway of the Co-operators Centre at Evraz Place. It had its inaugural awards night on Oct. 9, 2003. . . .
The Prince George Cougars are down to 35 players after making some cuts after Monday night’s intrasquad game. That figure includes four goalenders, each of whom has played in the WHL. Tavin Grant, 18, Patrick Gora, 19, Ty Edmonds, 19, and Mack Shields, 20, all saw WHL playing time last season. The Cougars open their exhibition season in Kamloops on Friday. . . . Alan Caldwell continues to chart training camp rosters and moves over at Small Thoughts At Large, which is right here.

Brett Smith of the Prince Albert Daily Herald reports that Prince Albert Raiders D Jesse Lees “was held out of action for the second consecutive scrimmage during Monday night’s intrasquad game. He left during the first scrimmage on Sunday morning and didn’t return.” . . . Smith also reports that F Tim Vanstone “was in camp, but didn’t make an appearance on the ice. He was seen watching the scrimmages while riding a stationary bike.” . . . Smith’s story is right here.

In Swift Current, F Ryan Bowen and F Tanner Jeannot each scored twice to help the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 5-4 victory over the Broncos in a rookie exhibition game on Tuesday night. The star of the game may have been Swift Current G Caiden Kreitz, who apparently made 52 saves. Kreitz, 17, is from Calgary. He was 1.98, .936 in 18 games with the midget AAA Calgary Royals last season. . . . The Broncos have signed F Owen Blocker, who was a second-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft. From Oakbank, Man., he had 21 points, including nine goals, in 28 games with the bantam AAA Eastman Selects last season. . . .
The Lethbridge Hurricanes dropped 10 players following their Tuesday night intrasquad game. Included in that was F Linden Penner (Everett, Calgary, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, 2013-15), who has played 101 WHL regular-season games. Penner, 20, had nine goals and nine assists in those games. He was a 10th-round pick by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2010 bantam draft.

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