F Nigel Dawes (Kootenay, 2001-05) signed a two-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekatarinberg (Russia, KHL). This season, in 46 games with Barys Astana (Kazakhstan, KHL), he had 35 goals and 20 assists. The team captain, he led the club in goals and points. He also led the KHL in goals and was third in the points race. . . . Dawes was named the KHL’s forward of the week three times (Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Oct. 23) and the KHL’s forward of the month twice (September and October). He led the league in game-winning goals (9) and was one of two players with 30 or more goals this season (Ilya Kovalchuk was the other with 31). . . .
D Keith Aulie (Brandon, 2005-09) signed a one-year contract extension with Red Bull Munich (Germany, DEL). This season, he was pointless in 11 games with the Chicago Wolves (AHL). He signed with Munich on Dec. 15 and had a goal and two assists in 18 games. . . .
F Dustin Sylvester (Kootenay, 2004-10) signed a one-year contract with Bad Nauheim (Germany, DEL2), where he joins his brother Cody (Calgary, 2008-13). This season, with Dornbirn (Austria, Erste Bank Liga), Dustin had 18 goals and 26 assists in 54 games.
The WHL’s best-of-seven championship final for the Ed Chynoweth Cup resumes tonight (Tuesday) in Everett with the Silvertips and Swift Current Broncos tied, 1-1. . . . Everett won the opener, 2-1, in Swift Current on Friday. One night later, the Broncos erased a 3-0 first-period deficit and won 4-3 in OT. . . .
Andy Eide, who covers the Silvertips for 710 ESPN Seattle, and Jesse Geleynse, who does the same for the Everett Herald, were at practice on Monday, both returning to the arena for the first time since being injured in a car accident last week.
They had been in Kennewick, Wash., covering what was the last game of the Western Conference final between the Silvertips and the Tri-City Americans. On their way back to the Seattle area, their vehicle, being driven by Geleynse, rolled after swerving to avoid hitting a deer that had just been drilled by a big rig. . . .
The teams will play Games 4 and 5 in Everett on Wednesday and Friday nights. If needed, Games 6 and 7 will be played in Swift Current on Sunday and Monday nights.
The MJHL-champion Steinbach Pistons won the ANAVET Cup on home ice Monday night, thanks to a 2-1 victory over the SJHL-champion Nipawin Hawks. The Pistons won the best-of-seven series, 4-2. . . . The Pistons move on to the Royal Bank Cup, the junior A championship tournament that opens Saturday in Chilliwack, B.C. . . . Last night, F Brady Tatro gave Steinbach a 1-0 lead at 2:52 of the first period. . . . D Wayde Johannesson pulled Nipawin even at 14:10 of the second period. . . . F Bradley Schoonbaert of the Pistons broke the tie at 6:35 of the third period. . . . Steinbach got 24 saves from G Matthew Thiessen, while Nipawin’s Declan Hobbs stopped 31 shots. . . .
The field for the Royal Bank Cup now is set. It features the host Chilliwack Chiefs, Steinbach, the Wenatchee, Wash., Wild, Ottawa Jr. Senators and Wellington Dukes. . . .
The Chiefs, you will recall, fired general manager and head coach Jason Tatarnic last week, replacing him with Brian Maloney, who had been assistant GM and associate coach. They also have added Cam Keith to their coaching staff, at least through the Royal Bank Cup. Keith spent the past two seasons as the GM/head coach of the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters. He was fired despite the Smoke Eaters getting into a semifinal series where they were beaten by Wenatchee.
The Red Deer Rebels have added Ryan Colville and Brad Flynn to their coaching staff as assistants under Brent Sutter, the owner, general manager and head coach. . . . Colville, from Milton, Ont., was the video coach with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings for five seasons (2008-13) and was part of a Stanley Cup title in 2011-12. He spent two seasons (2015-17) with the Cincinnati Thunder of the North American 3 Junior Hockey League, the first as GM/head coach, the second as head coach. . . . Flynn, from Moncton, N.B., has spent the past two seasons as the director of hockey operations and head coach for the NAHL’s Corpus Christi IceRays. He also has spent one season (2015-16) as an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Flynn is the son of Danny Flynn, a veteran coach who now is an assistant with the Portland Winterhawks. . . . The Rebels had announced earlier that associate coach Jeff Truitt’s contract wouldn’t be renewed. He had been with the Rebels for six seasons.
Veteran coach Dave Cameron has signed on as the head coach of the Vienna Capitals of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. Cameron, 59, spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Calgary Flames. . . . In Vienna, Cameron takes over from Serge Aubin, who left after two seasons to coach the Swiss National League’s ZSC Lions.
Does Major League Baseball have a strikeout problem? So many pitchers throwing in the high 90s and so many hitters swinging for the fences. The result is a lot of home runs and historic numbers of strikeouts. . . . Buster Olney of ESPN takes a look at it all right here.