Daily Dose of the Dub: Winterhawks sign both 2019 import draft picks, Wolf survives first round of USA Hockey Cuts

Winterhawks sign Knak, Brøndberg  

The Portland Winterhawks have signed 2019 CHL Import Draft picks Simon Knak and Jonas Brøndberg to WHL Player Agreements. Knak is a 2002-born forward who played 37 games with Kloten U20 recording 14 goals and 11 assists. Brøndberg is a 2001-born defenseman who spent last season at varying levels of the Vaxjo Lakers organization recording three goals and seven assists in 49 games. Our Josh Critzer has the full story here.

USA Hockey trims World Junior Summer Showcase roster to 31 

USA Hockey has trimmed its roster by 13 players at the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase. Spokane Chiefs forward Luke Toporowski was one of the 13 players cut from the team while Everett Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf will be sticking around. Both players could still end up on the final roster for the World Junior Hockey Championship in December.

Crnkovic scores on Day Two of U-18 Development Camp 

Saskatoon Blades forward Kyle Crnkovic was the lone WHLer to register a goal on Day Two of Hockey Canada’s U-18 selection camp as his Team Red dropped a 5-3 decision to Team White. Crnkovic played his first full season with the Blades last season putting up 11 goals and 20 assists in 52 games.

Americans announce training camp details

The Tri-City Americans have announced the details of their training camp which will get started on August 22nd and conclude on August 25th with the annual Blue vs. White game.

Cougars making upgrades to CN Centre

The Prince George Cougars are making upgrades to the CN Centre for the 2019-20 season which includes “new, NHL-quality boards and glass installation” which will enhance the fan experience and improve player safety at the arena. The CN Centre opened in 1995 as the Prince George Multiplex and has been home to the Cougars ever since.

Langan turning pro with Barracuda 

Moose Jaw Warriors graduating forward Tristan Langan will be turning pro with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL next season. Langan played 241 games in the WHL, all with Moose Jaw recording 78 goals and 106 assists. He led the WHL in 2018-19 in goals with 53 and finishing one back of Portland Winterhawks graduating forward Joachim Blichfeld for the league lead in points with 113.

Stanton signs with Reign

Defenseman Ryan Stanton (242 GP, 19 G, 83 A with the Moose Jaw Warriors) has signed with the Ontario Reign of the AHL for the 2019-20 season. Last season with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, Stanton played 65 games garnering five goals and 15 assists.

Tolpeko gets try-out with SHL team

Forward Denis Tolpeko (179 GP, 46 G, 65 A with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Regina Pats) has signed a try-out contract with AIK of the Swedish Hockey League after missing the 2018-19 season.

Knoblauch named head coach of Wolf Pack

Kris Knoblauch (213 GP, 56 G, 69 A with the Red Deer Rebels, Edmonton ICE, Kootenay ICE, and Lethbridge Hurricanes) has been named head coach of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. After five seasons at the University of Alberta, and two years of professional hockey, Knoblauch retired to become an assistant coach with the Prince Albert Raiders for one season. He then returned to the ICE organization for five seasons (three as an assistant coach, two as a head coach), winning a WHL Championship in 2010-11. Most recently, Knoblauch spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers as an assistant coach.

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