Viveiros officially named Spokane head coach
👋 | Welcome to #Spokane, Manny!
Former @TheWHL Champion Manny Viveiros hired as the Chiefs' next head coach.
— Spokane Chiefs (@spokanechiefs) July 9, 2019
The Spokane Chiefs have officially brought in Manny Viveiros (251 GP, 60 G, 261 A with the Prince Albert Raiders) as the team’s new head coach. He has two years of WHL coaching experience with the Swift Current Broncos and has posted an 87-40-17 record with a WHL championship on his resume. After leaving the Broncos, Viveiros spent one season with the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach. He will be replacing Dan Lambert who left the team earlier this summer to take an assistant coaching position with the Nashville Predators.
Ex-Wheat Kings GM Armstrong gets a new gig
— Ben Dooley (@BenTDooley) July 9, 2019
Grant Armstrong, who recently parted ways with the Brandon Wheat Kings, didn’t have to wait long for his next gig as he’s joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as an amateur scout according to the team’s website. Armstrong had been with Wheat Kings for three seasons before mutually parting ways with the team at the end of last season. His position with the Wheat Kings, as well as the head coaching job left open by the decision to not renew David Anning’s contract have not yet been filled.
Thornton commits to BCHL’s Chiefs
— Chilliwack Chiefs (@Chiefs_Hockey) July 9, 2019
Prince George Cougars 2018 second round pick Hudson Thornton has signed with the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native played 31 games with the Rink Hockey Academy last season scoring 17 goals and adding 30 assists.
Jokiharju traded to Sabres
We have a trade to announce!
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 9, 2019
The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Henri Jokiharju (134 GP, 21 G, 98 A with the Portland Winterhawks) to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Alex Nylander. Jokiharju was a first-round pick of the Blackhawks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and suited up for 38 games with the Blackhawks in one season with the team, registering 12 assists.
Heatherington stays with Stars
The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Dillon Heatherington to a one-year, two-way contract. https://t.co/yMeei1MRlB
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 9, 2019
Defenseman Dillon Heatherington (247 GP, 13 G, 74 A with the Swift Current Broncos) has re-upped with the Dallas Stars on a one-year contract. Drafted in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Stars, Heatherington has played 11 games with Dallas and has two assists.
Bednar signs contract extension with Avalanche
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) July 9, 2019
Jared Bednar (152 GP, 17 G, 56 A with the Saskatoon Blades, Spokane Chiefs, Medicine Hat Tigers, and Prince Albert Raiders) has signed a two-year contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche to remain head coach of the team.
Rattie going to KHL
Ty Rattie rejoins Craig MacTavish in the #KHL. 1-year deal with Lokomotiv
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) July 9, 2019
Ty Rattie (269 GP, 151 G, 197 A with the Portland Winterhawks) is packing his bags for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl according to a report from KHL reporter Ty Rattie. A 2011 second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues, Rattie struggled to translate his junior stats to the NHL playing just 98 games and garnering 13 goals and 17 assists.
Estephan re-signs with Marlies
News: The Marlies have re-signed forwards Giorgio Estephan and Tanner MacMaster as well as defenceman Alex Gudbranson.
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) July 9, 2019
Giorgio Estephan (327 GP, 131 G, 194 A with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Swift Current Broncos) has re-signed with the Toronto Marlies for the 2019-20 season. Estephan suited up for three games with the Marlies last season, spending the majority of the season with the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers where he had 20 goals and 33 assists in 69 games.
Steelheads bringing back Kanzig for 2019-20 season
🚨 OFFICIAL: The Iron Giant is coming home!
Welcome back, Keegs!
— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) July 9, 2019
Defenseman Keegan Kanzig (319 GP, 19 G, 40 A with the Victoria Royals and Calgary Hitmen) is returning to the 2019-20 season. Originally a third-round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Kanzig has spent much of his pro career in the ECHL. He played 72 games with Idaho last season and posted four goals and 14 assists.