Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vees Players Recognized by Hockey Canada, Marshall Named BCHL Broadcaster of the Year, Clippers in Trouble if WHL Comes to Town?








Penticton Vees forward Tyson Jost and defenseman Dante Fabbro have both been invited to the Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp. They are among 43 players invited to the camp and both played on Team Canada at the 2014 Under-17 World Championships. Also, incoming Vees defenseman Griffin Mendel is among 111 players invited to Canada’s national under-17 development camp.

Meanwhile, former Express AP Mathew Barzal is among 40 players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp. All of these camps are part of Hockey Canada's National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 29th to August 6th at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

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Coming off his 15th season of play-by-play in the BC Hockey League, Nanaimo's Dan Marshall has been named BCHL Broadcaster of the Year. It's an award that's voted upon by the league's 16 broadcasters. 2014-15 represents the second time in the last four years that Marshall, who's from Coquitlam, has claimed the honour. He spent seven seasons calling games in Penticton before moving to Nanaimo in 2007. Marshall is a grad of the BCIT Radio Broadcast Program.



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In an article by Scott McKenzie of the Nanaimo Daily News, Clippers co-owner and governor Ken Wagner states that if a WHL team ends up in the Hub City, it would spell the end of the BCHL club. There's a lot of speculation about the Dub moving to Nanaimo with word that a proposed multiplex with a 5,000 seat arena is in the works. It's interesting that Wagner is so sure about the Clippers not being able to survive with the WHL in town as there is already a precedent in Prince George and Victoria where the two leagues do co-exist. McKenzie's article is here.








The Langley Rivermen have added 18-year-old defenseman John Schuldt to their roster for 2015-16. The Minnetonka, MN native played the last three seasons for his hometown high school team, posting 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 74 games. He also played seven games as an affiliate with the Minnesota Magicians of the NAHL in 2014-15, but didn't register a point. Schuldt was a second round, 29th overall selection of the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2013 USHL Futures Draft.








Defenseman Lee Baldwin (Burnaby, Victoria, 2006-09) signs with ESV Kaufbeuren in the DEL2, which is the second-level of hockey in Germany. The 27-year-old from Victoria who led all BCHL blueliners in scoring in 2008-09 had 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 36 games with Odense in the Danish League last season. He's a veteran of 197 ECHL games and 45 AHL games.

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Defenseman Kevin Noble (Alberni Valley, Quesnel, Nanaimo, 2005-08) has signed a contract extension with the ECHL's Tulsa Oilers for the 2015-16 season. He had 21 points (one goal, 20 assists) and 125 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Oilers last season. The Sparwood, BC native has played 92 career ECHL games since turning pro in 2012.

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Defenseman Shaone Morrison (South Surrey, 1998-99) signed a one-year extension with Medvescak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League. The former NHL first round draft pick from Vancouver had seven assists in 48 games with Zagreb in 2014-15. This season is his fourth in Europe. Morrisonn last played in North America in 2011-12 with the AHL's Rochester Americans.

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Blueliner Geoff Kinrade (Cowichan Valley, 2003-05) signs one-year extension for 2015-16 with Medvescak Zagreb as well. The Nelson, BC product notched 11 assists in 39 games with Zagreb last season. He also played five games on loan to Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss League and had three assists. Kinrade is a three-time participant at the Spengler Cup, twice with Team Canada and once with Medvescak Zagreb.








The USHL will move to a "hybrid overtime" for the 2015-16 season. It starts at 4-on-4 and then at the first whistle after three minutes of play, it's reduced to 3-on-3. If still tied after seven minutes, the game is decided by a three player shootout. The USHL tested the hybrid overtime period during the 2013 and 2014 preseasons with 3-on-3 overtime play. Over the past five seasons, 39 percent of regular season games were decided during 4-on-4 overtime. During the testing period in the past two pre-seasons, 71 percent of games ended during 3-on-3 overtime.

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