Canada, Russia advance to semi-finals at U-18 World Championships, Czech Republic and Belarus go home

Canada and Russia victorious in U-18 World Championships quarter-finals

Canada has advanced to the U-18 World Championships semi-final with a 3-1 win over Latvia. Captain Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg ICE) led the way with two goals, including the game-winner. Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings) opened the scoring for Canada and later assisted on Krebs’ second goal of the night for a multi-point performance. Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers) and Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw Warriors) also added assists in the victory. Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars) was in between the pipes for Canada and was a brick wall, stopping 38 of 39 shots he faced. Canada will now advance to the semi-finals to face Sweden on Saturday.

Also advancing to the semi-finals is Russia after a 6-0 over Belarus. The Russian team features Nikita Sedov of the Regina Pats however Sedov did not suit up for the quarter-final matchup. Russia will play the USA in the semi-finals so we’ll have to see if Sedov gets back in the line-up for that game.

With the Belarussian loss, Danila Palivko (Lethbridge Hurricanes) and Yegor Buyalski (Moose Jaw Warriors) have seen their tournaments come to an end. Palivko was held without a point in the tournament while Buyalski finished with two goals and two assists.

The Czech Republic also saw their tournament end on Thursday with a 4-2 loss to Sweden. Martin Lang (Kamloops Blazers) registered an assist in the loss while Matej Toman (Prince George Cougars) and Simon Kubicek (Seattle Thunderbirds) were held off the score sheet. Lang finishes the tournament with three goals and one assist. Toman and Kubicek each registered a single point in the tournament with a goal and an assist respectively.

Blades announce changes to business staff

The Saskatoon Blades announced a number of changes to their business staff on Thursday. Blades GM Colin Priestner is taking on the role of President and GM. Former president Steve Hogle will be moving into a Senior Advisor position while maintaining his role as Alternate Governor. Communications Manager Tyler Wawryk is also being promoted to Director of Business Operations and Vice President of Business Cliff Mapes is departing the team.

Broncos announce broadcasting details for 2019-20 season

As previously announced, Swift Current Broncos games will not be broadcast on traditional radio effective for the 2019-20 season. Today, the Broncos announced that they will be providing pre-game, play-by-play and post-game coverage through audio streaming services on their website and on handheld device applications. The Broncos say this change will require some user adjustments but will be worth the initial learning process.

For fans in rural areas that may not always have access to cell service or an internet connection, the Broncos say they will be providing access to all of their content in podcast form that users will be able to access and download when connected to the internet. For fans concerned about this change racking up a huge cellphone bill, the Broncos say a typical game will require between 90-120mb of cellular data if the game was listened to entirely on cellular data.

Americans games will continue to be heard on NewsTalk 870 KFLD

The Tri-City Americans have renewed their broadcast rights agreement with Townsquare Media which means all Americans’ home and away games will continue to be heard on NewsTalk 870 KFLD for at least the next two seasons.

Tigers play-by-play broadcaster Ridley to be inducted into WAB Hall of Fame

Medicine Hat Tigers play-by-play broadcaster Bob Ridley will be inducted into Western Association of Broadcasters later this spring. Ridley has been calling games for the Tigers since the team began  play in the 1970-71 season and has called over 3900 regular season and playoff games in his 49 years with the team. Ridley will also be inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame later this summer as the AHHF will honour the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers teams.

Thompson re-signs with Canadiens

Nate Thompson (253 games played, 55 goals, 88 assists with the Seattle Thunderbirds) has signed a one-year contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens for the 2019-20 season. Thompson has played in nearly 700 NHL games since suiting up for the Boston Bruins in the 2006-07 season and has 141 points.

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