Daily Dose of the DUB: Pearce retires, alumni signings, and more

 

Pearce heads to retirement

Elgin Pearce (254GP, 65G, 83A with Kootenay and Medicine Hat ’09-’13) has retired from hockey at age 28 for personal reasons. Pearce had been added to the roster of Gothiques d’Amiens of the French professional league on August 4th but has since chosen to retire and return to Canada. He had four goals in three pre-season games with the club. Last season was spent split between the Dundee Stars and Belfast Giants of the EIHL (Great Britan’s top professional league). Pearce played 49 games, scoring 20 goals and adding 19 assists. More can be read HERE.

MJHL’s Winnipeg Freeze name general manager and head coach

The newly minted Winnipeg Freeze of the MJHL has named Josh Green (282GP, 142G, 136A with Medicine Hat, Swift Current, and Portland ’93-’98) as their head coach and general manager. Green had retired from playing hockey following the 2016-17 season he played with KooKoo in Liiga, Finland’s top professional league. Green was also a 1996 second-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, and he went on to play parts of 11 seasons in the NHL with eight different franchises. Over the last two seasons, Green has been the assistant coach for the Winnipeg Blues MJHL franchise and the Winnipeg ICE.

WHL has success with #WHLSuitsUp campaign

Through three seasons of its #WHLSuitsUp campaign through Hockey Night in Canada themed games, the WHL has raised more than $585,000 for organ donation. Last season saw 14 of the 17 Canadian teams participate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans were able to bid on the game-used limited-edition Hockey Night in Canada-themed WHL Jerseys through an auction with their WHL Club. The Kidney Foundation was once again the benefactor, with 100 percent of the proceeds raised going towards local chapters of the Foundation.

Cracknell signs with Oilers

Adam Cracknell (283GP, 94G, 119A with Kootenay ’02-’06) has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Cracknell spent last season with the Kunlun Red Star of the KHL, scoring 10 goals and adding 14 assists over 52 games. Prior to that, he had spent nine seasons with seven different NHL teams as well as parts of 12 seasons with several AHL teams. This is his second stint with the Edmonton Oilers organization.

Andrusiak returns for another season in Idaho

Zack Andrusiak (202GP, 80G, 69A with Tri-City, Prince Albert, Seattle, and Everett ’14-’19) has signed for a second season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. Last season with the team he scored 10 goals and added 13 assists in 51 games. Andrusiak was a member of the 2016-17 Seattle Thunderbirds team that won the Ed Chynoweth Cup and represented the WHL at the Memorial Cup.

 

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