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JOHN NEGRIN RE-SIGNS WITH COMETS

“Original Comet” appeared in 58 games with Utica in 2015-16

Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher has announced that the club has re-signed defenseman John Negrin to an American Hockey League contract for the 2016-17 season.

Negrin, 27, collected 11 points (1-10-11) in 58 games for the Comets during the 2015-16 season. He set career highs in games played (58), and shots on goal (64). His 10 assists tied a career-high previously set with the Abbotsford Heat during the 2009-10 season. In three seasons with the Comets, Negrin has amassed 15 points (1-14-15) in 109 games.

Prior to joining the Comets for the 2013-14 season, Negrin split the 2012-13 season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and Lake Erie Monsters as well as the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. Between his two AHL stops, Negrin registered five points in 18 games (2-3-5) while he collected another nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 44 ECHL contests.

The 6’2”, 202-pound native of Vancouver, British Columbia has appeared in 236 AHL games with the Abbotsford Heat, St. John’s IceCaps, Wolves, Monsters and Comets. Over his seven professional seasons he has compiled 34 AHL points (8-37-45).

In the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Negrin was selected by the Calgary Flames in the third round (70th overall). He appeared in three NHL games with the Flames and registered an assist during the 2008-09 season.

TIGERS SIGN 2016 3RD ROUND PICK JALEN PRICE

Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers are pleased to announce the signing of forward Jalen Price to a Standard WHL Player Agreement.

“We are excited that Jalen has made the decision to join our organization,” stated Head Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston, “We welcome Jalen and his family to the Tigers and look forward to working together in the future.”

Price was the Tigers 2016 3rd Round Pick 63rd overall back in May. The Delta, BC native played last season with the Delta Hockey Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, one of the most difficult leagues to play in.

Last year Price recorded 33 points in 25 games including 15 goals and 18 assists. During the 2014-15 season Price collected 95 points in just 44 games.

“Jalen is a player that can play on both sides of the puck and plays with lots of energy,” said Senior Director of Player Development Darren Kruger, “We are thrilled that Jalen and his family have decided to be a part of our organization in the next chapter of his hockey career.”

Price will also compete for a spot on the Tigers roster beginning in the 2017-18 season as a 16 year old.

The Tigers have now signed their Top 5 draft picks from the 2016 class as Price joins fellow picks Josh Williams (1st), Daniel Baker (2nd), Henrik Rybinski (2nd) and Ryden Fedyck (3rd).

LOGAN FOSTER SIGNS WITH SPOKANE

SPEEDY FORWARD COMMITS TO CHIEFS

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs announced today that 1999-born forward Logan Foster has signed a Standard Player Agreement and committed to playing in the Western Hockey League. He was the Chiefs’ Seventh Round (146th Overall) selection in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We are thrilled to add another valuable player to our organization in Logan Foster,” said Chiefs’ General Manager Tim Speltz. “Logan has continued to develop as we hoped he would when we drafted him in 2014. He has earned an opportunity to compete for a spot on this year’s roster and we are excited to have him.”

Last season, with the Tisdale Trojans of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, Foster punched in 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 42 games. He added three goals and three assists in six playoff games.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward from Kamsack, Saskatchewan, also competed for his province at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, pitching in two assists in seven games.

TIGERS SIGN IMPORT PICK DAHLSTROM

Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers are pleased to announce the signing of import forward John Dahlstrom to a Standard Player Agreement Friday morning.

“We are excited that John has decided to come to North America to continue his development,” said Head Coach and General Manager Shaun Clouston. “He is a talented forward who will add depth to our offense this season. We look forward to seeing John on the ice in training camp next month.”

Dahlstrom, a native of Sweden, was selected in the second round of this year’s CHL Import Draft (76th overall) and was also taken in the 7th round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Last season the 19 year old played 38 games with Frolunda HC J20 squad recording 35 points including 21 goals. He also spent 13 games playing professional hockey in the Swedish Hockey League, recording 1 assist.

Dahlstrom brings international flare to the Tigers as he has represented his country on multiple occasions including the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and World U18’s. Most recently Dahlstrom was named to the World Junior Championship camp roster for Sweden.

CHIEFS SIGN HARD-NOSED FORWARD RILEY MCKAY

SPOKANE ANNOUNCES THIRD PROSPECT SIGNING THIS WEEK

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs announced today that Riley McKay has signed a Standard Player Agreement and committed to playing in the Western Hockey League. McKay, a 1999-born forward from Swan River, Manitoba, was originally listed by the Chiefs in September 2014.

“We have been very impressed by Riley’s commitment to improvement while maintaining a dimension of toughness and grit that will be valuable in our league,” Chiefs’ General Manager Tim Speltz said. “We’re very happy to welcome Riley to our group and look forward to his contributions for our organization.”

McKay posted 12 goals, 22 assists and 151 penalty minutes in 54 games for the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last season. He added an assist and 12 PIM in six playoff games.

The signing caps a busy week for Speltz and the Chiefs as the organization also announced the signing of prospects Eric Van Impe and Logan Foster on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

COMETS SIGN CODY KUNYK

Earned WCHA’S Player of the Year Award in 2013-14 

Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher has announced that the club has signed forward Cody Kunyk to an American Hockey League contract for the 2016-17 season.

Kunyk, 26, finished the 2015-16 season second on his team in goals (13) and points (29) with the Gentofte Stars of the Meta Ligaen (Denmark). Prior to playing overseas, Kunyk spent his rookie season with the Syracuse Crunch. He collected 26 points (10-16-26), and 38 penalty minutes in 69 games. He made his pro hockey and NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 13, 2014 and logged 10:12 minutes of ice time.

Prior to turning pro, Kunyk played four seasons with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He was just the 30th player in the NCAA Division I program’s history to generate 100 or more career points. He ranks among the Top-15 scorers in Nanooks history with 60 goals, 73 assists, and 133 points in 148 games. During the 2013-14 season, his senior season, he led the Nanooks in goals (22), points (43), power-play goals (6), and short-handed goals (22). His 34 league points that seasons landed him the WCHA scoring leader honors, en route to being named the WCHA Player of the Year.

The 5’11”, 200-pound native of Sherwood Park, Alberta skated with the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders from 2006 to 2010. In those four seasons he posted 169 points (82-89-169) in 165 games. He finished top 10 on his team in scoring during each of his final three years, including a team-leading 87 point campaign during the 2009-10 season. His 44 goals finished amongst league leaders, while his 87 points finished as fifth-most.

Condors sign Frankie Simonelli to AHL contract
D-man spent last season with the Providence Bruins
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced today that the team has signed d-man Frankie Simonelli to an American Hockey League (AHL) contract for the 2016-17 season. Stay up to date with who is signed with the team’s roster tracker available by clicking here.
SIMONELLI – stats (23 years old, 5’11”, 201 lbs., Bensenville, Illinois)

  • Has played 58 games at the AHL level, all with Providence, over the last two seasons with 11 points (3g-8a) and a +4
  • In the ECHL, he had 10 points (1g-9a) in 19 regular season games along with 10 points (3g-7a) in 24 postseason contests as he helped the South Carolina Stingrays advance to the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals
  • Played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2013-14
  • Amassed a collegiate career high in goals with six and matched his career high in points with 19 in 37 games that same season
  • Won a World Junior Championship (U18) Gold Medal for the United States in 2009-10
HOME OPENER IS OCTOBER 22
The Condors home opener will be Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Other dates announced include Field Trip Day on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Make sure you get the best seats for the best price now by locking in a membership here or calling 324-PUCK (7825)
MEMBERS ONLY REWARD DRAWINGS CONTINUE THIS SUMMER
Condors members get the best perks as a token of the team’s appreciation for loyal members of Condorstown, all members are entered into drawings throughout the summer to win fantastic prizes. Rewards include Dodgers tickets, jerseys, Carrie Underwood, The Beach Boys, and more.  Already a member in good standing? You’re already entered. Not a member? Click here or call 324-PUCK (7825) to sign up today.

Zborovskiy Inks with Rangers

Regina, Saskatchewan – The New York Rangers announced today the team signed Regina Pats defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy to an entry-level contract.

Zborovskiy was the Pats’ first round pick, 39th overall, in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.  After his rookie season with the Pats, the Moscow, RUS native was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 79th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Since joining the Pats, Zborovskiy has played 135 of a possible 144 regular season games.  Over that time, the 6’4”, 195 lbs. defender posted 44 points (11G, 33A) to go with 131 penalty minutes and a +30 plus/minus rating.  He has 18 games of playoff experience under his belt, registering six assists and a +11 plus/minus rating.

Internationally, Zborovskiy played for Team Russia against Team WHL in the CHL Canada-Russia Series, scoring a goal in two games of action.  He was also invited to try-out for Russia’s World Junior club.

Sergey Zborovskiy is the third Pats player to sign a professional contract this month.  Connor Hobbs (entry-level, Washington) and Colby Williams (one-year, Hershey) both had their signings announced at the beginning of July.

Oil Kings Sign Goaltender Bilous

EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed goaltender Boston Bilous to a standard WHL Player Agreement announced general manager Randy Hansch today.

Bilous, who was selected by Edmonton in the 4th round (80th overall) in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, played last year with the Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team where he won the Goaltender of the Year award for the league.

“I am very excited to get new chapter going and move forward with the organization,” said Bilous. “I am looking to progress my game under their leadership. The Oil Kings have a great system there and I am happy to be part of it.”

The 6’2, 205-pound Langley, BC native also was key in helping his team win all four major tournaments they entered in 2014-15 as well.

“We are very pleased to announce Boston’s signing,” said Hansch. “Moving forward this will allow him to transition into our program and develop in to becoming a future Oil King. In Boston, he is a good size goaltender that brings athletic ability in the crease.”

Condors sign Jaedon Deschenau to AHL contract
Winger averaged over a point-per-game with Kootenay in the WHL
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced today that the team has signed winger Jaedon Descheneau (JAY-den, duh – SHAY – noh) to an American Hockey League (AHL) contract for the 2016-17 season. Stay up to date with who is signed with the team’s roster tracker available by clicking here.
DESCHENEAU – stats (21 years old, 5’9″, 192 lbs., Edmonton, Alberta)

  • Drafted in the 5th round (#124 overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues
  • Missed nearly all of the 2015-16 season with a shoulder injury
  • Registered 272 points (111g-161a) in 265 games with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) over four seasons
  • Led the Ice in goals with 44 in 2013-14
HOME OPENER IS OCTOBER 22
The Condors home opener will be Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Other dates announced include Field Trip Day on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Make sure you get the best seats for the best price now by locking in a membership here or calling 324-PUCK (7825)
OUR OFFICE IS CLOSED UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
The Condors front office will be closed until next Thursday, August 4 at 10 a.m. due to renovations. During that time, phones will be down, but staff will have access to e-mails on a limited basis. Follow the Condors on social media below for updates.
OILERS SIGN MUSIL
The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman David Musil to a one-year contract.

Musil, 23, appeared in 67 games with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors last season, posting 14 points (3G, 11A) and 39 penalty minutes.

The 6’4”, 203-pound blueliner has appeared in 193 career AHL games, accumulating 37 points (7G, 30A) and 128 penalty minutes.

Musil has also played in four career NHL games with Edmonton, registering two assists and two penalty minutes.

The Delta, British Columbia native was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 31st overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.

FORWARD CARTER CHORNEY SIGNS WITH CHIEFS

SECOND-ROUND PICK COMMITS TO WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs announced Monday that forward Carter Chorney has signed a Standard Player Agreement and committed to playing in the Western Hockey League. Chorney was the Chiefs’ third pick (second round, 39th overall) of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We are very excited to sign Carter and have him officially join our organization,” said Chiefs’ General Manager Tim Speltz. “With his size, scoring ability and leadership qualities, we expect Carter to be an important part of our team in the future.”

Chorney, a 6-foot, 170-pound winger from Sherwood Park, Alberta, scored 31 goals and 35 assists in just 36 games with the Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA team during the 2015-16 season. He added six goals and eight assists in 10 playoff games.

As a 2001-born player, he is eligible to join the Chiefs full-time during the 2017-18 season.

CANUCKS SIGN FIRST ROUND PICK OLLI JUOLEVI TO THREE-YEAR ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Olli Juolevi to a three-year entry level contract.

“Olli is a talented all-around defenceman with high hockey sense who will be a big part of our organization’s future,” said Jim Benning. “He’s had an outstanding year, winning the Memorial Cup and World Junior gold. We look forward to seeing him continue his development and compete at the NHL level during training camp in September.”

Juolevi, 18, finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defencemen in scoring in 2015.16, registering 42 points (9-33-42) in 57 games for the London Knights. Skating in his first full season in North America, the 6-2, 182-pound defenceman also earned OHL Second All-Rookie Team and OHL Third All-Star Team honours. During the 2016 playoffs, Juolevi registered 14 points in 18 games to help the Knights capture the OHL Championship. Named to the tournament All-Star Team, he then added seven points in four games to help the Knights capture their second Memorial Cup.

Prior to joining London, Juolevi appeared in 44 games in 2014.15 with Jokerit’s junior squad in Finland, registering 32 points (6-26-32). He was also named the league’s Best Defenceman, Rookie of the Year and selected to the First All-Star Team.

On the international stage, the Helsinki, Finland, native helped his country capture gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship where he led all defencemen with nine assists (0-9-9) and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

WINNIPEG JETS AGREE TO TERMS WITH LIPON

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with forward JC Lipon on a one-year, two-way contract worth an average annual value of $650,000 in the NHL.

Lipon, 23, had one assist in nine games with the Jets last season. While with the Manitoba Moose, he tallied 30 points (13G, 17A) in 45 games. Lipon has played three professional seasons after being drafted by the Jets in the third round, 91st overall in 2013. Over his AHL career, the native of Regina, Sask., has 97 points (27G, 70A) in 192 games.

NAJMAN AND KOUSAL SIGN PLAYER AGREEMENTS

CZECH FORWARDS TO MAKE DEBUTS AT TRAINING CAMP LATER THIS MONTH

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs announced Monday that Czech forwards Ondrej Najman and Pavel Kousal have both signed Standard Player Agreements and committed to playing in the Western Hockey League. They were the Chiefs’ first and second-round picks in the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

“We are proud to add a pair of talented forwards to our organization” said Chiefs’ General Manager Tim Speltz. “(Najman) is a bigger forward who will be counted on to play a full 200-foot game. (Kousal) has a very quick first step and consistently outworks his opponents. We expect both to bring a scoring ability with them as they make the transition to North American hockey.”

Najman (“NY-man”) and Kousal (“KOO-suhl”) were teammates in the Czech Republic, often playing on the same line for their Dukla Juhlava U20 team. Najman scored 18 goals and 44 points in 38 games, including four multi-goal performances, and added three goals and three assists in five games with the Czechs at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, N.D.

Kousal racked up 20 goals and 23 assists in the same 38 games, including a stretch in which he scored a point in 11 of 12 games. He recorded three assists with the Czechs at the U18 Championship.

Both players will join returning forward Dominic Zwerger at the Chiefs’ Annual Training Camp at Spokane Arena beginning on August 25. Spokane will need to get under the CHL-mandated limit of two import players by a date to be determined early in the regular season.

FLAMES SIGN TYLER WOTHERSPOON

Defenseman Signed to One-Year, Two-Way Contract

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon to a one-year, two-way contract.

Wotherspoon, the 57th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, just finished his third season with the Flames organization. The 23-year-old netted a pair of goals and added eight assists for 10 points and 16 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Stockton Heat in the AHL last year in addition to playing 11 games with the Calgary Flames picking up one assist.

Condors sign Mikael Tam to AHL contract 
Home opener set for Saturday, Oct. 22
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced today that the team has signed D Mikael Tam to an American Hockey League (AHL) contract for the 2016-17 season. For an updated roster tracker, click here.
TAM – stats 25 years old, 5’11”, 205 lbs., Quebec City, Quebec

  • Enters fifth pro season in 2016-17 after spending last season with Sparta Sarpsborg (Norway)
  • Previous time in the AHL included 34 games (1g-6a-7pts) with Lake Erie in 2013-14 and 19 games (0g-1a-1pt) in Worcester in 2012-13
  • Played five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Quebec Remparts
  • In 318 games with the Remparts, he registered 140 points (53g-87a)
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON TUESDAY AT 10 A.M. – MEMBERS INVITED!
Members are invited to a major press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Bakersfield College. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

HOME OPENER IS OCTOBER 22

The Condors home opener will be Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m with the full schedule expected to be announced very soon!! Other dates announced include Field Trip Day on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Make sure you get the best seats for the best price now by locking in a membership here or calling 324-PUCK (7825)

Zaitsev Commits To Warriors & WHL

Moose Jaw Warriors General Manager Alan Millar has announced that 18-year-old import defenseman Dmitri Zaitsev has committed to the Warriors and the Western Hockey League by signing a standard player agreement.

Zaitsev, 6’1”/185lbs, is from Togliatti, Russia and was selected 33rd overall by the Warriors during the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  He played last season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), in 53 games he had seven goals, 15 assists, 22 points, and 74 penalty minutes, and was named to the All-East Division Rookie Team.

Zaitsev competed for Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championships in April, in five games he recorded one assist.  He was selected in the 7th round, 207th overall, by the Washington Capitals at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Zaitsev is in Moose Jaw and will be on the ice next week when the Warriors open their 2016 Training Camp Wednesday at Mosaic Place.  Moose Jaw Warriors season tickets are currently available by contacting the Warriors Office at 306.694.5711, the Warriors open the 2016-2017 regular season at home Friday, September 23rd against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

OILERS SIGN BENNING
The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Matthew Benning to a two-year contract.

Benning, 22, appeared in 41 games with the Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East) last season, posting 19 points (6G, 13A) and 37 penalty minutes. He also served as an alternate captain with the Huskies, helping Northeastern to its first Hockey East Championship since 1988 and advancing to the NCAA tournament.

The 6’1”, 201-pound, right shot blueliner has spent three seasons with Northeastern University in the Hockey East conference, appearing in 110 career NCAA games, accumulating 56 points (9G, 47A) and 101 penalty minutes.

The St. Albert, Alberta native also spent one season with the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Dubuque Fighting Saints (2012-13), and two seasons with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s (AJHL) Spruce Grove Saints (2010-12).

Matthew Benning is the son of former NHL and Oiler defenceman Brian Benning.

Matthew Benning was originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the 6th round, 175th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.

COUGARS SIGN COLE MOBERG

Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins announced today that the team has signed 2000-born defenceman Cole Moberg (North Vancouver, BC) to a Standard WHL Player Agreement.

Moberg is 6’1”, 170 pounds and was originally listed by the Cougars in the fall of 2015. Last season with the North Shore Winter Club Midget AAA team he scored 21 goals and added 27 assists for 48 points in 57 games along with 66 penalty minutes. He also suited up for six games with the Vancouver Northwest Giants in the BC Major Midget League.

Cole Moberg was easily one of the most consistent and noticeable players on the ice throughout Training Camp,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “Since he arrived in Prince George he has done all of the right things and is very deserving of this honor. He skates well, plays a strong two-way game and is highly motivated to one day play the game at the highest level.”

Harkins adds, “Above all else, Cole has great character and he is going to play a big part in our future successes in the years to come. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Cole and the entire Moberg family to the Prince George Cougars organization.”

Moberg won’t be NHL draft eligible until 2019 due to his late birthday (October 15, 2000). He will take the ice tonight for Team White in the Cougars Annual Black and White Game which begins tonight at 7:00 pm at the CN Centre.

BLAZERS SIGN DEFENSEMAN QUINN SCHMIEMANN

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers have announced the signing of 2001-born defenseman Quinn Schmiemann to a standard WHL player agreement.

Schmiemann was selected by the Blazers in the third round, 59th overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

The Wilcox, SK native, who stands at 6’1” and 160lbs, played the 2015-16 season with Notre Dame Hounds Bantam team. He tallied eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 38 games last season.

“Quinn is a smart, two-way puck moving defenseman,” commented Director of Player Personnel, Matt Recchi. “We look forward to watching his progress this season. We feel he has good abilities and instincts to develop into a quality player for our organization.”

Schmiemann will suit up in the annual Blue vs. White intra-squad game on Tuesday, August 30th at 7:00pm at the Sandman Centre. Tickets can be purchased at the Blazers Box Office for $5.

To purchase your 2016-17 season tickets, or for other ticketing information, please contact Ticketing & Promotions Coordinator, Missy Cederholm at 778-471-8068 or by email at mcederholm@blazerhockey.com.

MOOSE SIGN CORMIER, CZUCZMAN

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Moose announced today the team has agreed to terms with forward Patrice Cormier and defenceman Kevin Czuczman (CHUHRCH-muhn) on one-year AHL contracts.

Cormier, 26, returns to the Moose after finishing sixth on the team with 32 points (15G, 17A) through 65 games during the 2015-16 season.  The 6’2, 215 lbs forward spent the last five seasons with the Moose and St. John’s IceCaps, totaling 123 points (61G, 62A) and 389 penalty minutes over 264 games.  Cormier was drafted in the second round, 54th overall, by the New Jersey Devils in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.  The Moncton, NB product has 52 games of NHL experience, and played two games for the Winnipeg Jets in 2015-16.

Czuczman, 25, posted 15 points (4G, 11A) and 95 penalty minutes in 74 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2015-16.  In his first two AHL seasons, the 6’3, 210 lbs defender skated in 124 games with career totals of 22 points (5G, 17A) and 151 penalty minutes for Bridgeport.  Czuczman signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders in 2014 at the conclusion of his third NCAA season at Lake Superior State University.  He finished the 2013-14 season with the Islanders, playing 13 games and tallying two assists.

Pats Sign Import Draft Pick Ahl

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the signing of Filip Ahl (’97) to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

Ahl was the 31st pick overall, by the Pats, in the June CHL Import Draft.

“We are happy to get Filip signed,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock.  “He has good size and ability.  We believe he’s going to be a strong player for us.”

The 6’4”, 214 pounder hails from Jonkoping, Sweden.  He was a fourth round pick (109th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In 18 games with HV71 Jonkoping of the Swedish SuperElit league, Ahl posted 31 points (18G, 13A) in just 18 games through the 2015-16 season.  Over his SuperElit junior career, he totaled 93 points (49G, 44A) in 77 games played.

Internationally, Filip Ahl has been a fixture in Sweden’s national program wearing his country’s colours playing for the U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 programs.  He also has experience in the professional ranks.  In 2015-16, he played 33 games spread between HV71 Jonkoping, Asploven HC, HC Dalen and IF Sundsvall Hockey while registering seven points (5G, 2A).  In the 2013-14 season, Ahl became the youngest player ever to appear with HV 71, as a 16 year old, and the ninth youngest in Swedish Hockey League History.

Condors sign rugged winger Joel Rechlicz to AHL deal
6’4′, 220 lbs. Wisconsin native has nearly 1,000 AHL penalty minutes
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced today that the team has signed RW Joel Rechlicz (RECK – litch) to an American Hockey League (AHL) contract for the 2016-17 season. For an updated roster tracker, click here.
RECHLICZ – stats 29 years old, 6’4″, 220 lbs., Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 10th pro season

COUGARS SIGN REID PEREPELUK

Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins announced today that the Cougars have signed 2000-born forward Reid Perepeluk (Yorkton, SK) to a Standard WHL Player Agreement.

Originally selected by the Cougars in the sixth round (114th overall) of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Perepeluk is fresh off his second Training Camp as a member of the Prince George Cougars. The 6’0”, 210 pounder spent the 2015-16 season with the Cariboo Cougars of the BC Major Midget League and scored six goals, 10 assists and 60 penalty minutes in 29 regular season games, and he added three more goals in seven playoff games. In 2014-15 he played Bantam with the Yorkton Terriers Bantam AA program and had 28 goals and 12 assists for 40 points in 26 games.

“We are very excited to have Reid Perepeluk signed and committed to the Prince George Cougars,” said Todd Harkins. “He plays the game with the type of energy and intensity that is impossible to teach. You notice him in every game because of his speed, physicality and passion. The Prince George Cougars are going to be a very difficult team to play against in the coming seasons and he’ll be a big reason why.”

Perepeluk is the second 2000-born player to sign with the Cougars in as many days (The other being defenceman Cole Moberg). He will accompany the Cougars to Red Deer this weekend when the Cougars kick off their WHL Preseason starting Friday against the Calgary Hitmen.

TIGERS SIGN GALLY

Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers are pleased to announce the signing of defenceman Dalton Gally to a Standard WHL Player Agreement on Tuesday.

Last season the New Braunfels, Texas native played in the North American Hockey League for the Austin Bruins, appearing in 50 games, recording 7 points (3G, 4A) to go along with 50 penalty minutes. Gally stands in at 6’5 and 232 pounds and will bring a physical presence to the Tigers blue line this season.

“Dalton has been a pleasant surprise at camp,” added Senior Director of Player Development Darren Kruger, “He will add some stability to our defensive core. We would like to welcome him and his family to the Tigers organization.”

The Tigers kick off pre-season on the weekend taking on their rival Lethbridge Hurricanes on neutral soil in Coaldale and Taber Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are available at the door for 7:00pm puck drop.

Pats Sign Prospects Nijhoff & Pierce

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the signings of Forwards Logan Nijhoff (’01) and Duncan Pierce (’00) to WHL Standard Player Agreements.

Nijhoff is a 5’11”, 170 pound forward out of Comox, BC.  He spent the 2015-16 season with OHA Bantam Prep of the CSSHL. In 53 games, he tallied 27 points (11G, 16A).

Duncan Pierce is a 6’1”, 186 pound forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba.  During the 2015-16 season with Winnipeg Thrashers of the MBMAAA, he totaled 13 points (7G, 6A) over 39 games.

Nick Henry Commits to the Regina Pats 

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the signing of Nick Henry (’99) to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

“We are very happy to have Nick sign with the organization,” said Regina Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock.  “He’s a talented player who can have an immediate impact in our lineup.”

The Regina Pats acquired the right to Henry in a trade with the Everett Silvertips at last May’s WHL Bantam Draft.  In exchange for the rights to the 6’0”, 191 pound forward from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, the Blue and White gave up a sixth round draft pick and a second round pick in 2017.

Last season, he was named the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s (MJHL) Rookie of the Year.  He helped the Terriers to a 52-6 regular season record and MJHL Championship title.  In 50 regular season games, last season, he record 61 points (26G, 35A).  During the playoffs, he tallied 14 points, (8G, 6A) in 12 games.

Bryan Lockner Signs with the Regina Pats 

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the signing of Bryan Lockner (’00) to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

“Bryan is a young player we had identified a couple of years ago,” said Regina Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “He’s a big part of our plans as an organization for years to come.”

The native of Windsor, Colorado is a third round pick (58th overall) of the Regina Pats in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.  The 6’1”, 212 pound forward spent the 2015-16 season with the Colorado Thunderbirds of Tier One Elite Hockey League.  Due to injury, Lockner only played in four regular season games and did not record a point.  In the playoffs, he had two assists in four games.

During the 2014-15 season, he totaled 30 points (11G, 19A) in 17 games with the Thunderbird’s U14 & U16 teams.

G-MEN SIGN HUNOR TORZSOK

Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Giants are proud to announce that the hockey club has signed 2000-born forward Hunor Torzsok to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.

“I was very excited signing with the Giants,” said Torzsok. “The players and the coaching staff have been very good to me, and it’s been a dream of mine to play for the Giants for a long time.”

Torzsok, a Cloverdale native, spent last season playing for the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15s. The 6’2”, 185 pound forward scored 10 goals and 20 assists in 33 games in 2015/16 while also making one appearance for the Academy’s prep team.

“Hunor is a big, hard-working forward that is proud to have the opportunity to play in the Western Hockey League in his hometown in front of friends and family,” said General Manager Glen Hanlon. “His family is very excited about joining us, and we are honoured to have the Torzsoks as part of our Giants team.”

The Giants begin the 2016 WHL Pre-Season tomorrow when they face the Spokane Chiefs at 3:00pm at the XFINITY Arena in Everett.

BLAZERS SIGN LUDWAR AND MAHOVLICH

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers have announced that they have signed 1999-born defenseman Tylor Ludwar and 1999-born forward Scott Mahovlich to WHL standard player agreements.

Ludwar is from Regina, SK. He played last season with the Regina Pat Canadians of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. In 40 games, he had seven goals, nine assists and 16 points. He was listed by the Blazers in November 2014.

“Tylor has performed well at camp,” commented Director of Player Personnel, Matt Recchi. “He is a smart and steady two-way defenseman. We look forward to watching him play in the preseason.”

Mahovlich is from Abbotsford, BC and played last season with Yale Hockey Academy’s Midget Prep Team. In 33 games, he had three goals and nine points. He was originally listed by the Blazers in January 2015.

“Scott has continued to improve,” said Recchi. “He is a competitive and physical player that continues to get stronger. We believe he can develop into an effective two-way center for our hockey club.”

The Kamloops Blazers open the 2016 WHL Preseason at home on Friday, September 2nd against the Victoria Royals. Tickets to all WHL Preseason games can be purchased at the Kamloops Blazers Box Office. Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for youth.

To purchase your 2016-17 season tickets, or for other ticketing information, please contact Ticketing & Promotions Coordinator, Missy Cederholm at 778-471-8068 or by email at mcederholm@blazerhockey.com.

Hurricanes Sign Four, Release Six

LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club are pleased to announce the signing of four players that took part in the 2016 ENMAX Training Camp as Shawn Harke, Evan Ladouceur, Alex Cotton and Adam Swan have all signed a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.

Harke, 16, was selected in the seventh round (134th overall) in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes. The Leduc, Alberta product appeared in 30 games with the OHA Edmonton Prep in the CSSHL during the 2015-2016 season where he registered 19 points (6g-13a) along with 20 penalty minutes. The 6’0”, 190-pound forward added three points (1g-2a) in four playoff games.

Ladouceur, 15, was selected in the sixth round (129th overall) in the 2016 Bantam Draft. The 6’1”, 161-pound forward from Athabasca, Alberta collected 25 points (13g-12a) along with 18 penalty minutes with Fort Saskatchewan in Bantam AAA during the 2015-2016 season.

Cotton, 15, was selected in the fifth round (99th overall) in 2016. The 5’11”, 150-pound defenseman from Langley, BC, spent the 2015-2016 season with the Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep where he appeared in 25 games registering eight points (3g-5a) along with six penalty minutes.

Swan, 16, was selected in the 11th round (222nd overall) in the 2015 Draft. The 6’2”, 188-pound goaltender posted a 5-14- 0-0 record with the Interlake Lightning Might AAA team last year. The product of Ashern, Manitoba registered a 5.45 goals against average and a .873 save percentage.

The Hurricanes also trimmed their roster to 34 (20 forwards, 11 defenseman and three goaltenders) by releasing goaltender Justin Verveda, defenseman Kirby Proctor and Ryan Weick and forward Skylar Gutierrez, Zack Kosteniuk, Jackson Cooke and Hayden Clayton.

The Hurricanes will begin the 2016 ENMAX Pre-Season this Friday, September 2nd, when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:00pm at the Coaldale Arena before visiting the Tigers on Saturday in Taber. The 30th Anniversary Season will begin on Friday, September 23rd when the ‘Canes welcome the Tigers in the Dairy Queen Home Opener.

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