The Tulsa Oilers announced on Wednesday the signing of forwards Kyle O’Kane and Stephen Blunden and goaltender Brady Hjelle (JELL-ee). The Oilers, entering their 23rd consecutive season in the Central Hockey League, have 23 players officially signed to the 2014-15 roster.
While Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said his surgically repaired right wrist likely won’t be 100 percent by training camp next week, he expects to be ready for the season.
Last year Blake Clarke was highly touted. He was invited to play in the All American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh, with many other draft hopefuls including, Thatcher Demko (drafted 36th overall by Vancouver), Sonny Milano (drafted 16th overall by Columbus), Ryan Donato (56th overall pick by Boston) and Ryan MacInnis (43rd overall by Arizona) to name a few. He had a good showing in the game. And then he got injured. None of us in the media knew. Most still thought he was an “A” prospect.
Despite an 89-player training camp roster, the London Knights start Friday with just one certainty on their back end.
Dakota Mermis is going to play — a lot.
The Windsor Spitfires acquired top prospect Logan Brown from the Niagara IceDogs for six draft picks Tuesday.
Brown, the sixth overall pick in this year’s OHL draft, is a six-foot-five, 215-pound centre who had 19 goals in 19 games with the Indiana Ice Midget U16s last year.
Minnesota Magicians defenseman Paul O’Connor will begin the 2014-2015 season with the Bloomington Thunder of the United States Hockey League (USHL). A native of Missouri, O’Connor spent part of last season with Cedar Rapids of the USHL before joining the Magicians for 29 games.
A return to St. Louis and where they grew up hit home for Blues players Paul Stastny and Chris Butler on Monday.
The two Chaminade High grads were formally introduced to an assembly of some 800 students at the school’s new Fine Arts building, marking the opening of a new school year.
The St. Louis Blues’ new center isn’t one to make bold predictions either. Stastny certainly wasn’t going to predict that he would one day suit up in the city where he spent much of his childhood.
But like many who consider it a dream to play in their hometown, Stastny is living out his dream now, and for at least the next four seasons.
The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of defenseman Tony DeHart for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.
DeHart, a fifth-round draft pick (125th overall) of the New York Islanders in 2010, split his time last season with the now-defunct St. Charles Chill of the CHL and the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, scoring 12 points (2g, 10a) over 19 total games with the two squads. In 129 professional contests, the 24-year-old has 54 points (11g, 43a) and 123 penalty minutes to his name.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.