Daily Dose of the Dub: Fromm-Delorme signs; Canada’s U17 camp rolling along in Calgary

The Portland Winterhawks announced Wednesday that they had signed six-foot, 165 pound forward Robbie Fromm-Delorme to a standard player agreement. The 2002-born Fromm-Delorme is from Richmond, B.C. but has played the last two years at a the Governor’s Academy – a preparatory school in Byfield, Massachusetts – about 30 miles from Boston.

Robbie Fromm-Delorme (CSSHL)

While at the prep school, Fromm-Delorme potted 30 points in 52 games, over the two seasons.

He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft by Portland after his first year at the Governor’s Academy. Per the press release, Portland made it a priority to sign him after seeing him at last year’s Neely Cup.

He is the fourth player to sign with Portland from their 2017 Bantam Draft with first round pick Seth Jarvis, third round pick Cross Hanas and fifth round pick Dante Giannuzzi previously signing. Portland also has another 2002-born player on their depth chart in defenseman Kurtis Smythe whose rights were acquired from the Saskatoon Blades. He signed with the Winterhawks earlier this summer.

Here is how I have their projected forward depth chart after the Fromm-Delorme signing:

LW Center RW
Ryan Hughes (99) Cody Glass (99) Mason Mannek (00)
Ty Kolle (00) Jake Gricius (99) Lane Gilliss (99)
Michal Kvasnica (00)#* Reece Newkirk (01) Jaydon Dureau (01)
Lukus MacKenzie (99) Dean Schwenninger (01)#* Conor MacEachern (98)^
Cross Hanas (02)* Seth Jarvis (02) Connor Barley (98)^
Robbie Fromm-Delorme (02)* Gabe Klassen (03)*

^=overage player

#=import player

*=has not played a regular season or playoff game in the WHL.

Keep in mind that MacEachern and Barley are two depth players currently competing for an overage spot. There are two other 1998-born players on the roster in defensemen Jared Freadrich and Brendan De Jong. Also, if defenseman Henri Jokiharju returns from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Winterhawks have to release one of Schwenninger or Kvasnica or trade Jokiharju.


Hockey Canada’s U17 camp gets going

The road to making one of the three Hockey Canada U17 rosters for the World U17 Hockey Challenge started over the weekend. There were 111 players invited and after the camp and after being scouted during the year, those will be cut down to 66 players. These 66 will be divided into three teams: Team Canada Red, Team Canada Black and Team Canada White. Those three teams will represent Canada at the World Hockey U17 Challenge in Quispamis and Saint John, New Brunswick on November 3-10.

At the U17 camp, which runs until Friday, the 111 players have been split into six teams. The first actual games at the camp are on Wednesday.

Links and notes:

-Brennen York – new Brandon Wheat Kings scout

The head of Draft Geek announced that he has been named to the Brandon Wheat Kings scouting staff for the 2018-19 season. The folks at Draft Geek – Brennen included – work tirelessly at scouting. They are in the rinks all the time and so it is good to see this hard work get rewarded with an opportunity for Brennen in Brandon.

Prince Albert adds to their coaching staff

With Dave Manson stepping away, there were shoes to fill in Prince Albert and Jef Truitt, who was with the Red Deer Rebels as an associate coach the last six years. He takes that same role with the Raiders. Truitt has experience with head coach Marc Hascheid as the two won the Memorial Cup in 2004. They are hoping to repeat that fete with a talented Raiders team. The franchise has not made it past the Eastern Conference quarter-final since 2005.


Luke Pierce joins Edmonton

Pierce returns to the WHL where he was head coach of the Kootenay Ice from 2015-17. He takes on an assistant role with Edmonton.


Jamie Heward was named an associate coach of the Vancouver Giants Monday.

-Former Red Deer Rebel and Portland Winterhawk Mathew Dumba signed a five-year $30 million dollar contract extension with the Minnesota Wild.

The now former Kamloops Blazer Sigrist, returned to his home country.

-The Sutter brothers had an auction for charity in Red Deer and one of the items auctioned was an old Red Deer Rustlers jersey.

-Scott Hannan was named to the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame. He played for Rockets when they were in Tacoma and then went with the team to Kelowna, where he played four more years. He went on to play in 1,055 NHL games.

-The Seattle Thunderbirds named a couple of new scouts in Craig Goebel and Jared Crooks.

-After the Victoria Royals announced their chair for their Memorial Cup bid, the Lethbridge Hurricanes have followed suit. They named Bill Reddick as a co-chair to go along with general manager of business operations Terry Huisman.

Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2012 WHL final have been uploaded in their entirety on youtube. They are worth a watch as we wait the arrival of another WHL season.

-Edmonton announced they had parted ways with director of scouting Jamie Novakoski.



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