Wheat Kings’ Kallionkieli nearing his debut
BREAKING NEWS: The #BWK hope to have Finnish forward Marcus Kallionkieli in their lineup soon….
— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) November 26, 2019
The Brandon Wheat Kings announced on Monday that they expect to see import forward Marcus Kallionkieli in their lineup in the next 2-3 weeks. Drafted by the Wheat Kings in the first round of the 2019 CHL Import Draft, Kallionkieli has yet to suit up for Brandon as he is still recovering from surgery needed to repair an off-season training injury.
Giants’ Byram getting a break from practice
.@WHLGiants are giving D Bowen Byram a few days off from practice this week and he's gone home to Cranbrook get some rest. He's expected to play Friday, though, when the Giants visit the @spokanechiefs. He has #TeamCanada tryout camp starting Dec. 9 in Oakville, Ont. pic.twitter.com/QSfqPVL4aS
— Steve Ewen (@SteveEwen) November 25, 2019
If you’re a fan of sports you’ve no doubt heard the term “load management” over the last couple of years and it looks like that’s what the Giants are doing with defenseman Bowen Byram who has been given time off from practice this week and returned home to Cranbrook. In the last couple of seasons, Byram has been on two U-18 squads and made a run to the WHL Championship. He’s also likely headed off to the World Junior Hockey Championship when training camp starts on December 9th. The Colorado Avalanche prospect should be in the lineup on Friday when the Giants play the Spokane Chiefs.
Funk returns to Okanagan Rockets
NEWS: Hitmen have reassigned '03 forward Zac Funk to the Okanagan Rockets of the BCMML
Best of luck Funker! pic.twitter.com/H0E078G87o
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) November 25, 2019
Calgary Hitmen forward Zac Funk has been released from the active roster and has returned to the Okanagan Rockets of the BCMML. The 2003-born forward has been back and forth between the Hitmen and Rockets this season and in this most recent call-up, he played four games with no points.
Blades video game jerseys up for auction
🎮👾 | Remaining video game themed jerseys are now available for auction online.
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) November 26, 2019
If you’re a fan of the video game-inspired jerseys worn by the Saskatoon Blades earlier this season you’ll be happy to know that a select few are available for auction through the Blades.
Rockets’ new acquisition gets jersey number
— Kelowna Rockets (@Kelowna_Rockets) November 26, 2019
Newly-acquired forward Jadon Joseph is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Kelowna Rockets take on the Edmonton Oil Kings. If you’re looking for him on the ice, he’ll be the guy wearing #18.
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Barlage named WHL Player of the Week
— The WHL (@TheWHL) November 25, 2019
Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Logan Barlage has been named the WHL’s Player of the Week. It marks the third time this season a Hurricanes player has taken home the award, the most from any team thus far. Barlage was the top offensive performer in the league this week with three goals and six assists in three games.
Basran named WHL Goaltender of the Week
— The WHL (@TheWHL) November 25, 2019
Kelowna Rockets goaltender Roman Basran has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week. He went undefeated in two games of action allowing just two goals and posting a 1.00 GAA and .962 save percentage.
Kovar signs try-out in England
Ari Närhi has left the club with immediate effect. We’d like to thank him for his contribution, and wish him all the best for the future. Joining us is Robin Kovar, who brings a wealth of British hockey experience. For details please head to our website https://t.co/7qPROnSsvD pic.twitter.com/gjYhpsaYYq
— MK Lightning Ice Hockey (@MKLightningIHC) November 25, 2019
10 days after being released by English club Bracknell Bees, Robin Kovar (142 GP, 24 G, 51 A with the Vancouver Giants and Regina Pats from 2001-04) has signed a one-month try-out with Milton Keynes Lightning in England. The former fourth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers had six goals and five assists in 12 games with Bracknell this season.
Stephenson released by Romanian club
Logan Stephenson (Tri-City, 2001-2006) requested and received his release by Corona Brașov (Romania, Erste Liga) for personal reasons. 21 GP, 2+15.
— MacBeth Report (@MacBethReport) November 25, 2019
Logan Stephenson (249 GP, 19 G, 66 A with the Tri-City Americans from 2001-06) requested and received his release from Romanian club Corona Brasov after suiting up in 21 games and tallying two goals with 15 assists. The former second-round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes was in his second year with the club.