Spokane releases Startsev from the organization
📋 | Russian defenseman Matvei Startsev has been released, putting the Chiefs under the league limit of two import players.
We wish Matvei the best of luck at his next stop!
— Spokane Chiefs (@spokanechiefs) September 28, 2019
With defenseman Filip Kral returning from Toronto Maple Leafs training camp, the Spokane Chiefs had to move out one of their import players to comply with CHL regulations around imports. On Saturday the team announced they’ve decided to release defenseman Matvei Startsev from the organization. Startsev, who played in one regular-season game with Spokane after being drafted in the 2019 CHL Import Draft, is expected to pursue other opportunities in North America to continue his hockey career. Spokane is now compliant with CHL regulations with the aforementioned Kral and Lukas Parik as their import players.
Svejkovsky to miss rest of weekend
.@WHLGiants GM Barclay Parneta says that C Lukas Svejkovsky (upper body injury) won't play the rest of the weekend, meaning he misses tonight in Kamloops and tomorrow at home versus Kelowna. Declined to elaborate on injury, which occurred during a 4-2 loss Friday to Portland.
— Steve Ewen (@SteveEwen) September 28, 2019
Vancouver Giants forward Lukas Svejkovsky missed Saturday’s game against the Kamloops Blazers and won’t play on Sunday against the Kelowna Rockets due to an upper-body injury sustained in the second period of Friday night’s game against the Portland Winterhawks.
Seminoff held out of Saturday’s game vs. Giants
Lineups! Blazers vs Giants! pic.twitter.com/z2791WVufP
— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) September 29, 2019
Kamloops Blazers forward Matthew Seminoff was also held out of Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Giants due to an injury sustained in Friday’s game against the Kelowna Rockets. Blazers head coach Shaun Clouston told our Jordan Bremner “he wasn’t feeling great, he missed the third-period last night and he seems good today so I don’t think it’s gonna be anything serious”
Milestones around the WHL
Congratulations go out to Swift Current Broncos goalie Jordan Fairlie and Prince George Cougars defenseman Joe Kennedy who made their WHL debuts on Saturday night. Congratulations also go out to Medicine Hat Tigers forward Jonathan Brinkman and Kelowna Rockets defenseman Sean Comrie who notched their first WHL goals and to Brandon Wheat Kings forward Luka Burzan for his 150th point and Cougars forward Ethan Browne for his 100th WHL game.
Three Stars of the Night:
First Star: Tri-City Americans goaltender Beck Warm made 38 saves in a 3-0 shutout over the Spokane Chiefs.
Second Star: Kamloops Blazers forward Orrin Centazzo notched two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win against the Vancouver Giants
Third Star: Calgary Hitmen forward Riley Stotts had a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. It was his first career hat-trick.
Medicine Hat Tigers forward Eric Van Impe had three assists in a 10-1 shellacking of the Swift Current Broncos.