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Signings net gain for Moose
By KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA
Last Updated: 21st July 2009, 4:10am
The Manitoba Moose have come up with what they believe is a solid backup plan.
Whether it's Cory Schneider back for a third season in the minors or Andrew Raycroft losing the battle for the No. 2 job with the Vancouver Canucks, the Moose feel pretty solid about who was going to be their starting goalie this fall.
However, the backup job was up for grabs -- at least up until yesterday -- thanks to a lack of depth in the Canucks' organization.
The position was shored up considerably yesterday as the Moose announced the signing of Daren Machesney and John Murray to AHL contracts.
Machesney, a fifth round pick (143rd overall) of the Washington Capitals in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, spent the past three seasons with the Hershey Bears and posted solid numbers (44-25-4) , primarily in a back-up role.
He also helped Canada to a silver medal at the Spengler Cup last January.
Machesney, 22 became expendable in the Capitals organization thanks to the emergence of Simeon Varlamov and Calder Cup playoff MVP Michal Neuvirth.
However, he should provide valuable goaltending insurance and see spot duty with the Moose this season.
Murray is likely headed to the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL after spending last season with the Ontario Reign.
Murray, 22, is 16-13-4 with a 3.52 goals against average and .925 save percentage in 35 ECHL games and appeared in one AHL game with the Syracuse Crunch last season.
Speaking of goaltenders, former Moose goalie Curtis Sanford signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens yesterday.
He is likely headed to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, but could be in the mix with the big club should something happen to Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak.
Sanford was 7-3-3 with a 1.73 goals against average in 16 games with the Moose last season.
The Moose also announced the signing of right-winger Tommy Maxwell to an AHL pact.
Maxwell, 23, had a goal, five points and 72 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Moose after he was acquired from the Bears.
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Royals Sign Forward Olivier Labelle
July 21, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) Reading Royals
Reading, PA - The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, today announced that the team has signed forward Olivier Labelle ["la BELL, OH liv EE ay"]. Last season, LaBelle (6'0/190) (24), who hails from St. Eustache, Quebec, scored sixteen goals, assisted on nineteen others (thirty-five points) and picked up 128 penalty minutes in fifty-six regular season games with the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL. Labelle also registered a pair of assists in six games with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL last season.
Labelle, who is preparing to enter his fourth pro season, began last year in Chicago Blackhawks' training camp before reporting to the Moose in the AHL. Labelle was assigned by Manitoba to Victoria to start the 2008-09 season where he promptly scored eight goals in his first eight games with the Salmon Kings and ultimately earned a call-up to Manitoba in late November, where he picked up an assist in each of his first two games with the team. Labelle, who was second amongst the Salmon Kings in penalty minutes (12 and fighting majors (6) last year, was reignited during Victoria's playoff run, where he racked up a goal in each of the team's first three post-season contests-which included scoring the first goal and game winner in Victoria's 2-0 victory in Game Two of the National Conference Quarter-Final match-up against the Idaho Steelheads. Labelle registered seven points (4g-3a) in nine playoff games before Victoria was eliminated by the Alaska Aces in the National Conference Semi-Finals.
Last year's playoff performance by Labelle was consistent with his post-season production as a member of the Utah Grizzlies in 2007-08, when he racked up eleven points (4g-7a) in fifteen playoff games as the Grizzlies advanced all the way to the National Conference Finals before being eliminated by the Las Vegas Wranglers. That season, Labelle attended New York Islanders' training camp and began the year with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he scored a goal in a total of eight regular season games. Labelle played the majority of the 2007-08 season in Utah, where he established career highs by scoring twenty-six goals and picking up twenty-two assists (forty-eight points) in fifty-two regular season games, which placed him fourth in scoring on the team. Labelle also led the Grizzlies with 169 penalty minutes, which included nine fighting majors (third most on the team). Labelle began his pro career in 2006-07 with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, where he scored eleven goals, picked up twenty-assists (thirty-one points) and was second on the team with 153 penalty minutes (and nine fighting majors) in seventy-four regular season games. Prior to turning pro, Labelle played 273 regular season games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he was a member of back-to-back championship teams with the Hull (and later Gatineau) Olympiques in 2003 and 2004. Labelle finished out his QMJHL career in 2005-06 with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan where he exploded for 100 points (50g-50a) and 185 penalty minutes in sixty-seven regular season games.
The Royals open the 2009-10 ECHL season on Thursday, October 15, 2009 (7:05 pm) when the Kalamazoo Wings make their first visit ever to the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. Season tickets for the Royals' 2009-10 season are currently available. To become a part of Royals hockey, call 610-898-PUCK or log onto http://www.royalshockey.com.
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July 27, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) Victoria Salmon Kings
Victoria, BC - The Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose, announce that they have signed forward Dirk Southern for the 2009-10 season.
Southern's rights were acquired on July 7, 2009 from the Gwinnett Gladiators in exchange for former Salmon King defenseman Aaron Brocklehurst.
The 6-1, 195lb Southern is the son of Manitoba Moose's Director of Player Personnel, Bruce Southern.
"Our relationship with the Manitoba Moose continues to strengthen our team, as the signing of Dirk illustrates," General Manager and Head Coach Mark Morrison said. "Manitoba's scouting is second to none and to be able to solicit the expertise and advice of Craig Heisinger (Senior Vice President and General Manager) and Bruce Southern is invaluable. Bruce and Craig spend their seasons scouting the AHL, ECHL, NCAA, CIS and Major Junior. They then supply us with information on these players. It is of great benefit to our organization."
Southern split last season between the Gladiators and Manitoba Moose during the 2008-09 season. The 25-year-old collected 14 goals and 32 assists for 46 points in 51 games in Gwinnett. While with the Moose he suited up for 17 games garnering four points (3g-1a). During the Kelly Cup playoffs he scored a goal and added an assist in five games.
The Winnipeg, MB native will be entering his fourth professional season. He began his professional career with the Augusta Lynx. For his pro career he has played in 152 games notching 32 goals and 61 assists for 93 points with 83 minutes in penalties.
Southern was drafted in the seventh round (#218 overall) by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Prior to turning pro he spent four years at Northern Michigan University with the Wildcats in the CCHA. During his time in Marquette, MI he played in a 149 games and collected 122 points (42g-80a). He was named to the All-Rookie team during the 2002-03 season and as a senior he was named the team's top forward. He also garnered CCHA Player of the Month honours during February of his junior year.
Season tickets for the Salmon Kings 2009-10 season are on sale. The Salmon Kings kick off their home schedule on October 21st when the Bakersfield Condors come to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Catch all the action by calling 250-220-7889, emailing email@example.com or by visiting http://www.salmonkings.com for more information.
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Some years ago, the WCHL played games against the CHL, and those games did count in the standings. I remember the San Diego Gulls playing Oklahoma City--at the time, they were the class of their respective leagues. Of course, neither team exists anymore--I really wish we had hockey in San Diego again.
Toledo Walleye reach affiliation agreement with Detroit Red Wings
Posted: Aug 03, 2009 8:01 AM PDT
(TOLEDO, OH) - The Toledo Walleye are pleased to announce that they have reached an affiliation agreement with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League for the 2009-10 season.
Under terms of the agreement, Detroit will assign contracted players to the Walleye.
With an emphasis on player development, the Walleye will serve as the Red Wings ECHL affiliate. The Walleye will also work and develop prospects with Detroit's American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Joe Napoli, Walleye President/General Manager, discussed the affiliation, "We are thrilled to be affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings and Hockeytown...83 years of hockey and 11 Stanley Cups says it all. The Detroit Red Wings set the standards for all to follow."
"In today's National Hockey League, developing young players is one of the most important aspects of a successful franchise," said Red Wings Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jim Nill. "The affiliation with Toledo has been a key component of that process for the Red Wings and we're very pleased to continue our alliance for another season."
Walleye Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Nick Vitucci added, "We have been very fortunate to have a long history of working with the Detroit Red Wings and are thrilled to be able to call them an affiliate once again. The Red Wings are an organization that is very well respected by everyone in the hockey world. The opportunity to be working with and helping to develop their young prospects is very exciting."
CINCINNATI, Ohio The Cincinnati Cyclones announced this afternoon that they have completed a trade with the Alaska Aces. The deal brings defenseman Doug Krantz to the Queen City, while forward Justin Johnson heads to Alaska. The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate for the NHLs Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators.
Krantz, 25, begins his second professional season after playing his rookie campaign with North Division rival Wheeling. He collected three goals and 21 assists for 24 points in 66 games with the Nailers. Doug collected two goals and six assists for eight points in eight games against Cincinnati in the regular season. He had one two-goal game as a rookie, a pair of lamplighters in a 10-4 loss at U.S. Bank Arena against the Cyclones on Jan. 14. In the opening round of the North Division playoffs he had a goal and three assists for four points in the seven game series loss to Cincinnati. The highlight being a two assist contest in game six to force the decisive game. He was acquired by Alaska from Wheeling earlier in the off-season.
The six-foot-three, 195 pounder from Marysville, BC played his college hockey at Cornell. With the Big Red, Krantz played in 131 games and netted 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points while earning four varsity letters. A two-time All-Academic selection by the ECAC, Doug was also a two-time winner of the Earle Award for academic success at Cornell. Twice during his career the Big Red advanced to the NCAA tournament and both times they exited in the second round with an overtime loss. In 2004-05, he was selected to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team. At the end of his senior season (2007-0 , he joined Texas (CHL) and played eleven playoff games for the Brahmas, picking up a pair of assists.
Johnson was signed as a free agent by Cincinnati in early December and played 43 games with the club, netting twelve goals and ten assists for 22 points. He added 208 penalty minutes with the Cyclones to lead the ECHL with 259. Justin also fought a league-high 31 times.
Doug Krantz has the potential to develop into a high-end puck moving defenseman who will help us on the blueline, Cyclones Head Coach Chuck Weber said. We were happy to be able to honor Justins request to be traded to his hometown.
Tickets for the 2009-10 Cincinnati Cyclones season are now on sale. The Cyclones Sales Department can be reached at 513-421-PUCK, extension 3. The Cyclones open the season at Elmira on Friday, October 16 and after three road games, host their home opener at U.S. Bank Arena against Wheeling on Saturday, October 24 at 7:30pm. There will be a special divisional championship banner raising ceremony prior to that game.
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SALMON KINGS CATCH BEAR TRAPP
September 3, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) Victoria Salmon Kings
Victoria, BC - The Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose, announce that they have signed forward Bear Trapp for the 2009-10 season.
The 6'0"-185 lb Trapp spent the last four seasons with the Sacred Heart University Pioneers in Fairfield, CT. During the 2008-09 season he participated in 36 games as a Pioneer. Trapp scored 10 goals and added 23 assists for 33 points while adding 54 minutes in penalties for his senior season.
"Bear put up good numbers throughout his college career in a very tough league," General Manager and Head Coach Mark Morrison said. "We expect him to contribute offensively while playing solid two-way hockey."
At the conclusion of his career at Sacred Heart he joined the Elmira Jackals for the end of the ECHL season. He dressed for six games with the Jackals notching three goals and one assist for four points with 5 minutes in penalties. Trapp also played in one Kelly Cup Playoff game this past spring tallying no points or penalties.
Between 2005-06 and 2007-08 the Regina, SK native played three full seasons at Sacred Heart University. His most productive campaign was his first, where he scored 43 points (16g-27a) in 34 games while accumulating 67 penalty minutes and was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year. In 140 career games in the NCAA Trapp scored 156 points (56g-100a) with 228 minutes in penalties. In each of his final two season at Sacred Heart Trapp was nominated for the Hobey Baker award as the top U.S. collegiate hockey player.
Prior to moving to the NCAA, the 24-year-old spent time playing in both the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) for the Estevan Bruins and the Melville Millionaires. In 2004-05, his lone season with the Bruins, Trapp notched 73 points (28g-45a) in 50 games with 65 penalty minutes. His first two seasons of junior hockey in Melville saw the forward play in 104 contests scoring 70 points (22g-48a) while accruing 139 minutes in penalties.