Hope won’t be back in Victoria
Royals announce leadership change.
— Victoria Royals (@victoriaroyals) April 29, 2020
The Victoria Royals have announced that Cameron Hope won’t be back in his role as President and General Manager for the 2020/21 season. Hope had been GM of the Royals since the 2012-13 season. The team enjoyed a decent amount of success under the Hope regime posting eight straight seasons of 32+ wins and a Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy in 2016. They made the playoffs every year under Hope but were never able to get past the second round which was ultimately Hope’s undoing. The Royals did not announce who his replacement will be or a timeline for the announcement. One has to think there are more than a few candidates with present or past ties to the organization who will be vying for the job.
Benson signs with ICE
BREAKING | The Winnipeg ICE Have Signed 2020, 14th Overall Draft Pick Zach Benson to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
— Winnipeg ICE (@WHLWpgICE) April 29, 2020
The Winnipeg ICE signed 2020 14th overall pick Zach Benson to his WHL Education Contract. The winger from Chilliwack, BC suited up for Yale Hockey Academy in the CSSHL scoring 30 goals and adding 56 assists in 86 games. You can check out his DUBNetwork Scouting profile here.
Raiders sign Goldsmith
The Raiders have signed 2005-born defenceman Terrell Goldsmith to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
— Prince Albert Raiders (@PARaidersHockey) April 29, 2020
The Prince Albert Raiders also locked up their first-round pick on Wednesday signing Terrell Goldsmith to his Education Contract. Goldsmith suited up for Delta Hockey Academy in the CSSHL and joins Jamison Sluys (fifth overall pick in 2020 US Prospects Draft) and Niall Crocker (22nd overall pick in 2019 WHL Bantam Draft) as top Raiders prospects to come out of that program. His DUBNetwork scouting profile is here.
Hurricanes sign Miller
The #WHLCanes have signed first round pick Cole Miller to a WHL Standard Player Agreement!
— Lethbridge Hurricanes (@WHLHurricanes) April 29, 2020
The third of four first-round picks to sign on Wednesday was 16th overall pick Cole Miller who signed his WHL Education Contract with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He played Bantam AAA with the Edmonton KC Squires last season scoring 11 goals and 15 assists 28 games in 2019-20.
Chiefs sign 18th overall pick Weinstein
📝 | The Chiefs' 2020 1st round bantam pick D Saige Weinstein has signed a @TheWHL standard player agreement.
— Spokane Chiefs (@spokanechiefs) April 29, 2020
The final first-round pick to sign on Wednesday was Saige Weinstein who signed with the Spokane Chiefs after they selected him 18th overall in the WHL Bantam Draft. The 2005-born defenseman played for the Northern Alberta Xtreme in the CSSHL last season recording four goals and 16 assists in 23 games. Check out his DUBNetwork scouting profile here.
Tigers sign Langkow to WHL Education Contract
We are pleased to announce Beckett Langkow has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement!
— Medicine Hat Tigers (@tigershockey) April 29, 2020
The Medicine Hat Tigers have signed undrafted 2003-born goaltender Beckett Langkow to a WHL Education contract. He comes from the Langkow family which includes Uncle Daymond (246 GP, 159 G, 219 A with the Tri-City Americans from 1991-1996) dad Scott (137 games between the pipes for the Portland Winterhawks) and cousins Chris (263 GP, 53 G, 101 A with the Spokane Chiefs, Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips from 2005-10) and Colton (Vancouver Giants prospect)
Pats update the 50-man protected list
Check out the Pats updated 50-man protected list following the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft!
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) April 29, 2020
There aren’t any major changes to this list, but interesting to note the Pats have updated their 50-man protected list as teams don’t often make their protected lists publicly available.
Zaripov signs extension in KHL
— KHL (@khl_eng) April 29, 2020
Danis Zaripov (62 GP, 23 G, 8 A with the Swift Current Broncos from 1998-1999) has re-signed with Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL for another season. Zaripov is in his second stint with the club which has spanned four seasons. Last season he scored 13 goals and 14 assists in 52 games.
Simek signs with Kloten in Switzerland
Juraj Šimek (Brandon, 2006-2007) signed one-year contract with Kloten (Switzerland, Swiss League). Last season with Genève-Servette (Switzerland, National League) 12 GP, 1+0; on loan to Rapperswil-Jona (Switzerland, National League) 33 GP, 8+9. 12:21 avg TOI with both teams.
— MacBeth Report (@MacBethReport) April 29, 2020
Juraj Simek (58 GP, 28 G, 29 A with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2006-07) has signed with Kloten in Switzerland for one year. He split last season between Geneve-Servette and Rapperswil-Jona scoring eight goals and nine assists in 33 games.