Blazers sign two prospects
— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) June 27, 2019
The Kamloops Blazers announced the signing of prospects Dylan Ernst and Tye Spencer to their WHL player agreements.
Ernst is a goaltender from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, who was selected by the Blazers in the second round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft (28th overall), making him the first goaltender selected in this year’s draft. The netminder played his bantam hockey with the Weyburn Wings Bantam AA team in the SBAAHL. In 22 games, he posted a 2.99 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Spencer was celebrating his 15th birthday on Thursday when he signed his contract with the Blazers. A third-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, the forward from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, played his bantam hockey with the Saskatoon Maniacs Bantam AA team, also in the SBAAHL. He led the league in goals this season with 59 and added 33 assists in just 31 games. He was a first-round pick of the SJHL’s Kindersley Klippers in their Bantam Draft.
Blazers announce the departure of Chyzowski
— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) June 27, 2019
The Blazers also announced the departure of Director of Sales and Marketing Dave Chyzowski. Chyzowski had been with the Blazers in his current role since December of 2006. He also played 138 games for the Blazers in the late 1980s, scoring 77 goals and registering 67 assists before embarking on an 18-year pro career, which saw stops with the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.
Chyzowski will be joining the Delta Hockey Academy, where he will coach the Female Prep team as well as being the Academy’s Director of Sales.
Pats sign goaltender Kieper to WHL Player Agreement
.@signpatico Player Signing: Pats ink goaltender Matthew Kieper!!
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) June 27, 2019
The Regina Pats have signed goaltender Matthew Kieper to his WHL Player Agreement. Selected with the Pats’ third-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, Kieper is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. With the Winnipeg Sharks Bantam AAA team in WBAAA, Kieper played 17 games and posted a 2.06 GAA and .931 save percentage.
WHL teams select 30 players in CHL Import Draft
The CHL Import Draft was held on Thursday, and WHL teams used the draft to select 30 players. The Swift Current Broncos were the first WHL team to select a player, selecting defenseman Kasper Puttio from Finland.
Our team at DubNetwork has already started to break down some of the picks:
Stay tuned to dubnetwork.ca as we continue to break down the import draft.
Blades release Emil Malysjev
‘01 D Emil Malysjev (SWE) will not be returning next season. We will make two picks in today’s #CHLImportDraft at 55th and 115th was overall.
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) June 27, 2019
The Saskatoon Blades announced the release of Swedish defenseman Emil Malysjev on Thursday, allowing them to make two selections in the CHL Import Draft, which they used to pick Libor Zabransky (who had been with the Kelowna Rockets for a year and a half before leaving the team in December) and Radek Kucerik.
Malysjev played 63 games with the Blades and had three goals and 14 assists.
Hamblin injury update
James Hamblin, the centre from Medicine Hat, dislocated his knee yesterday during a session at #Leafs development camp. Told today he's been able to walk around and seems to be doing well, so he'll stick around until the end of the camp but isn't expected back on the ice.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) June 27, 2019
In an update to the injury that Medicine Hat Tigers forward James Hamblin sustained at Toronto Maple Leafs development camp, TSN’s Kristen Shilton is reporting that the injury is a dislocated knee. She adds Hamblin has been able to walk around and seems to be doing well.
Rodewald signs contract extension with Senators
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) June 27, 2019
The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Jack Rodewald (255 GP, 76 G, 90 A with the Regina Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors) to a one-year contract extension. Rodewald has played 10 games with the Senators and has been held pointless.
Marleau officially bought out by Hurricanes
The #Canes have bought out Patrick Marleau
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) June 27, 2019
As many suspected would happen, the Carolina Hurricanes have officially bought out the contract of forward Patrick Marleau (143 GP, 83 G, 116 A with the Seattle Thunderbirds). Marleau will now become a free agent and is free to sign with any of the NHL’s other 30 teams.
Royals alumni Magee signs in KHL
Congrats to Brandon Magee, who has become the latest Golden Bear to sign a professional contract!
Magee signed a two-year deal with @KRSchina of the KHL.
— UAlberta Golden Bears & Pandas (@BearsandPandas) June 27, 2019
After two years at the University of Alberta, playing for the Golden Bears, Victoria Royals alumni Brandon Magee (318 GP, 113 G, 151 A all with the Royals) is going back to the pro ranks as he’s signed a two-year contract with the Kunlun Red Star of the KHL. Magee last played professional hockey in the 2015-16 season, which he split between the Idaho Steelheads and South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.