Mid-Week Update…

The Hawks have been practicing this week in preparation for the upcoming home-and-home preseason finale with the Seattle Thunderbirds.  After a rather disappointing weekend in Tri City where the team lost all three games.  There were moments of decent hockey – early against Everett and late against Tri City – but it wasn’t pretty for a lot of the three games.

The Hawks will be without Travis Ehrhardt and Kurtis Mucha, who are both leaving to attend pro camps as free agents, for the two games this weekend.  It isn’t known if they’ll be back by opening weekend.

The Hawks did reassign four players this week – 17 year old Bryon Maxwell, 16 year olds Kyzen Loo and Teal Burns and 15 year old Tyler Wotherspoon.  The roster now sits at 26 – 3 goaltenders, 10 d-men and 13 forwards.

The game this Friday will not be broadcast from the MC.  We are waiting on brand new radio gear that is due to arrive either late this week or early next week.  I will be providing blog updates each period, just like the games in Everett and Tri City.

I won’t be at the game on Saturday in Kent, as I’m playing in a golf tournament that day.  I’m sure that Ian Henry will have a game summary on the ‘Birds website after the game.

From around the league:

– Former Hawk Cameron Cepek is now a Cougar after getting dealt this week from the Edmonton Oil Kings to the Prince George Cougars.  The overage d-man will join the Cougars after taking part in the Traverse City tournament as a member of the Detroit Red Wings – the same team that Ehrhardt will be playing for.

– The Everett Silvertips lost a forward and gained one in the past couple of days.   Tyler Skauge claimed to have “lost his passion for the game” when he announced he was leaving Everett.  He must have found it on the way back to Alberta, as he dressed for the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL last night.

The ‘Tips did add Daniel Bartek, who started in Tri City last year before being dealt to the Brandon Wheat Kings, as an overage/import combo.  He will help the offense for the ‘Tips and helps ease the loss of both Lukas Vartovnik and Vitali Karamnov, who decided not to return to Everett this season.

– There will be a lot of teams missing bodies early in the season as the NHL is starting a week later.  This could benefit Portland greatly in the opening weekend, when they take on two of the Western Conference powers in Spokane and Kelowna.  Both teams could be missing a lot key players, such as:

Spokane:  Drayson Bowman, Justin Falk, Justin McCrae, Ondrej Roman, Jared Spurgeon, Dustin Tokarski, Mitch Wahl, Tyler Johnson

Kelowna:  Jamie Benn, Cody Almond, Torrie Jung, Colin Long, Brandon McMillan, Tyler Myers, Luke Schenn, Lucas Bloodoff, Tysen Dowzak

All of those players are going to pro camps and may be missing on opening weekend.

Thats it for now…

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