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Silvertips Deal Chris Ward to Kamloops

Everett, WA - October 4, 2006: The Everett Silvertips and the Kamloops Blazers made a trade on Wednesday afternoon. The Silvertips traded the rights of goaltender Chris Ward to the Blazers for a 6th Round selection in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

Ward was originally drafted by the Silvertips in the 4th Round (75th overall) in the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft. Ward did not appear in any games for the Silvertips but did dress as the emergency backup goaltender in the 2006 Western Conference Finals against the Vancouver Giants. Last season, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native played for the Winnipeg Wild in the Manitoba Midget-AAA Hockey League. Ward played in 40 games last season for the Wild and recorded a 3.34 Goals Against Average.

The Silvertips will be back in action against two US Division opponents on Friday and Saturday night at the Everett Events Center. On Friday night the Silvertips will host the Spokane Chiefs at 7:35 p.m. and will face off against their I-5 rivals, Seattle Thunderbirds at the Everett Events Center on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. For tickets, log onto www.everettsilvertips.com or contact the Everett Events Center Box Office at 1-866-332-8499.
 

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Blazers complete Butler trade

KAMLOOPS, BC - Today the Kamloops Blazers completed yesterday's trade with Portland which saw the Blazers acquire 19-year-old goaltender Dustin Butler from the Winterhawks.

17-year-old goaltender Kurt Kramer, who was originally traded to Portland along with a 5th round selection in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, has retired from hockey and therefore will not be reporting to the Winterhawks.

As a result, the Blazers acquired 17-year-old goaltender Chris Ward from the Everett Silvertips for a 6th round pick in the 2007 Bantam Draft, then moved his rights to Portland to complete the Butler trade.

Ward started the 06-07 season with Winnipeg South of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
 

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A perfect fit for Ams

Extra padding in the tongue? Done. More support for weak ankles? Not a problem. How about extra room for heel spurs? Anything you want.

Those were just a few wish list items Brian Joy of Nike Bauer Hockey was jotting down Wednesday when he was taking skate orders for the Tri-City Americans.

"We custom make all of our skates," said Joy, whose company supplies 85 to 90 percent of the skates for the team. "It takes about two weeks to get the orders processed and the skates made. When they get them back we want them to be able to take them out of the box and wear them without any problems."

Fifteen of the Americans players will receive new skates. Joy said most players will go through one pair of skates a season, while a few will need two.

"I come through twice a season just to make sure they have what they need," Joy said.

Joy, who's based out of Lomita, Calif., brought the company's newest skate, the Supreme 190, with him, along with the Nike Flex Lite and the Vapor 30, the company's hottest selling skate the last two years.

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Saskatoon's Schulz on the Move

The Saskatoon Blades have been some wheeling and dealing lately.

Yesterday, the Blades picked up a fifth round Bantam pick in exchange for David Schulz.

The 20-year-old was a former Bronco.

That leaves the Saskatoon Blades with three overage players.
 

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A Big Win for the Broncos

They haven't won since 1999, but last night the Broncos changed all of that.

The Broncos and the Kelowna Rockets were scoreless for 65 minutes.

Then, in the shootout, David Stieler and Kyle Bortis both scored to give the Broncos a 1-0 win over the Rockets.

Travis Yonkman picked up the win.

The Broncos play in Chilliwack against the Bruins tomorrow night. You can catch all the action on the Eagle 94.1 with the pre-game show at 8:00. Play by play goes at 8:30.
 

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Warrior Office Offically Opens Downtown

The Moose Jaw Warriors' administration staff has a new home.

They had their official grand opening yesterday at 422 Main Street.

Mayor Al Schwinghammer cut the ribbon.

The Warriors now sell merchandise at 2 locations, something GM Chad Lang feels should increase revenue.

"With the new walk in Civic Centre store, also with them having to walk through the souvenier store to buy their walk-up game day tickets we've already seen an increase in our souvenier sales there. I think when you have two locations it provides fans with more opportunity to pick up Warrior merchandise."

The new building had been vacant for a number of months, but the Warriors have spruced it up and it looks great. 422 Main Street.
 

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Blazers hoping Butler can do it

The Kamloops Blazers acquired veteran goaltender Dustin Butler on Tuesday morning.

A few hours later, the reason for the trade became crystal clear.

It wasn’t that freshman Dalyn Flette, in just his second career WHL start, laid an egg as the Blazers lost 5-4 in overtime to the Kelowna Rockets at the Interior Savings Centre. It had everything to do with the fact the Rockets scored five goals on 19 shots.

In five games, the Blazers are 1-2-1-1. They feel they have played well enough to be 4-1-0-0. Flette, 16, and third-year man Mike Maniago, 18, have allowed 17 goals on 106 shots. That is a save percentage of .840, which is at least 60 points below what is acceptable in this league.

“For the most part, Manny’s first three starts haven’t been all stellar,” Dean Clark, the Blazers’ general manager and head coach, said. “In saying that, that doesn’t mean he can’t get that back. He’s played well for us in the past.

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Rockets acquire veteran defenseman

Kelowna, BC: The Kelowna Rockets announced today the acquisition of 20-year-old defenseman, DAVID SCHULTZ, from the Saskatoon Blades.

In return, the Rockets dealt one of their three, 5th round selections in the 2007 Bantam Draft to the Blades.

Schultz is a native of Winkler, Manitoba who will be joining his 4th WHL team. He started his career with the Swift Current Broncos and had a stop in Spokane before joining the Blades. He was the Broncos' first round selection, 17th overall in the 2001 Bantam Draft.

"We're happy to have David join our young defense," said Rockets' President and General Manager, Bruce Hamilton. "The situation arising with Kyle Cumiskey and Alexander Edler turning pro left us with a lack of experience on our blueline. So, we're fortunate to get a chance to acquire a solid veteran."

Schultz, 6'4" 210 is a stay-at-home defenseman whose career high in points is 19. He is expected to join the Rockets in Lethbridge on Friday and be in the line-up that night versus the Hurricanes.
 

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Online gambling website worrisome

The Canadian Hockey League has asked its lawyers to look at an off-shore internet gambling website where bets can be placed on major junior hockey games and the Memorial Cup.

The CHL includes the Ontario, Western and Quebec major junior leagues that total 59 teams of players aged 16 to 20, including the Calgary Hitmen.

The Austrian website bwin.com invites bets on OHL, WHL and QMJHL games and the Memorial Cup, which is troubling to a league in which its players are part of a teenage demographic that spends a lot of time online.
 

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Cats blow late three-goal lead, lose in shootout

Well, that started with a bang, didn’t it?

Ended with a shot, too. A shootout shot.

The Vancouver Giants scored three power-play goals in the final five minutes of the third period Wednesday at CN Centre and then won hockey’s version of a free-throw shooting contest. That left the Prince George Cougars wondering how a late 4-1 lead equaled but one point in the standings, a 5-4 shootout final in Vancouver’s favour.

It was one of those nights the building’s name fit the Cougars' collapse — a sudden and unforeseen derailment.

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Some living dream, others still chasing it

While 13 Westman products (former Brandon Wheat Kings or born in the area) can expect to start the season playing in the National Hockey League, there are 18 more under contract who will have to impress the big bosses with their play in the minors if they want to join them.

Four others, who were free agents, have taken their act overseas and another unsigned quartet, including three NHL veterans, are still awaiting the call.

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Wednesday's WHL Roundup

J.D. Watt scored the winning goal to help the Vancouver Giants defeated the Prince George Cougars 5-4 Wednesday in a shootout.

The Giants scored three power-play goals in a 2:37 span late in the third period to rebound from a 4-1 deficit. Mario Bliznak, Tim Kraus, Cody Franson and Kyle Lamb had the Vancouver goals, and Tyson Sexsmith faced 17 shots for the Giants (6-0-0-0). Brett Robertson, Eric Hunter, Lance Redden and Kalvin Sagert scored for the Cougars (2-2-0-1).

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Raiders down the Wheat Kings

Matt Robertson grabbed a goal and one assist as the Prince Albert Raiders downed the Brandon Wheat Kings 7-5 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday.

Mike Hellyer also scored two while A.J. Thelen, Bryce Lamb and Jordan Trach all added one for the Raiders (2-2-1-0), who got 27 saves from David Aime.

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Silvertip Kyle Beach has found that trash talking can get you hurt

Kyle Beach received a harsh lesson in what life in the WHL is all about.

The Everett Silvertips' 16-year-old winger is one of the brightest young talents in the league. A first-round pick in the 2005 bantam draft, Beach has the size and skill to become one of the elite power forwards in the league.

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Broncos outlast Raiders

The Swift Current Broncos and the Kelowna Rockets battled through three periods and an overtime without either surrendering a goal in WHL play Wednesday night.

But the Broncos took command in the shootout as Kyle Bortis and David Stieler made their shots count in giving Swift Current what ended up on the scoreboard as a 1-0 victory. Travis Yonkman blocked 23 shots in the opening 65 minutes in net for Swift Current (3-2-0) and stopped Kaspars Saulietis and Chris Ray in the one-on-one breakaway tiebreaker to improve to 2-0 on the season.

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Medicine Hat routs Regina

Kevin Undershute's third-period short-handed goal topped the Medicine Hat Tigers' 5-2 win over the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action Wednesday.

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Giants topple Cougars

J.D. Watt scored the winning goal to help the Vancouver Giants defeated the Prince George Cougars 5-4 Wednesday in a shootout.

The Giants scored three power-play goals in a 2:37 span late in the third period to rebound from a 4-1 deficit. Mario Bliznak, Tim Kraus, Cody Franson and Kyle Lamb had the Vancouver goals, and Tyson Sexsmith faced 17 shots for the Giants (6-0-0-0). Brett Robertson, Eric Hunter, Lance Redden and Kalvin Sagert scored for the Cougars (2-2-0-1).

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No sizzle, just fizzle as teams fail to deliver

Refunds anyone?

A matchup that should have been worth the price of admission didn't come close to the pregame billing Wednesday night as the Regina Pats were outworked, outsmarted and generally outclassed by the Medicine Hat Tigers en route to a 5-2 loss at the Brandt Centre.

"I don't know what's going on right now," said a visibly frustrated Pats centre Garrett Festerling. "To come out like that is just a disgrace for us. A team like that will walk all over you (if you play that way). We need to get our ass in gear."

It was the fifth straight win for the Tigers, who burned the home team with four power-play goals -- three during 5-on-3 situations.

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Setoguchi sent west: Blades' trade three-year veteran to Prince George

Out with the old, in with the new.Devin Setoguchi, the three-year veteran of the Saskatoon Blades, was traded Wednesday to the Prince George Cougars for 15-year-old outstanding defensive prospect Stefan Elliott of Vancouver, along with the Cougars' first-round bantam pick in 2008. Defenceman David Schulz found himself the odd man out as a 20-year-old and was traded to the Kelowna Rockets for a fifth-round bantam pick in 2007.

The Blades now have their maximum three 20-year-olds in forward Ryan Menei, defencemen Brad Cole -- the team's captain -- and Joe Logan. The only 19-year-old is goaltender Blaine Neufeld, acquired Monday from the Medicine Hat Tigers. There are nine 18-year-olds, seven 17s and the maximum four 16-year-olds. All WHL teams must be down to no more than three 20-year-olds by Oct. 12.

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Neufeld shipped to Saskatoon

Poised to be a starter in the Western Hockey League, Blaine Neufeld might have to wait a little longer.

But first, he'll have to prove himself to a new team.

The Winkler-product was dealt by Medicine Hat to Saskatoon earlier this week, his services deemed expendable by the Tigers after they received 2005-06 starter Matt Keetley back from the Calgary Flames training camp.

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