WHL’s 16th winningest head coach retires from scouting. . . . Son of Blazers co-owner commits to ASU. . . . NHL draft over, development camp invites are out


F/D Brett Stovin (Saskatoon, 2011-15) has signed a one-year contract with the Dundee Stars (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, with U of Manitoba (USports, Canada West), he had seven goals and seven assists in 22 games. He was the team captain. . . .

F Brodie Dupont (Calgary, 2003-07) has signed a one-year contract with the Herning Blue Fox (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). Last season, with Dornbirn (Austria, Erste Bank Liga), he had 11 goals and 24 assists in 51 games. He was an alternate captain. . . .

F Brooks Macek (Tri-City, Calgary, 2008-13) has signed a one-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinberg (Russia, KHL). Last season, in 64 games with the Chicago Wolves (AHL), he had 26 goals and 34 assists. He was second on the team in goals and third in points.


With the Winnipeg Jets on stage and poised to pick 20th overall at the NHL draft in WinnipegJetsVancouver on Friday, it was head scout Marcel Comeau who stepped forward to announce the selection. . . . Kevin Cheveldayoff, the Jets’ general manager had revealed that Comeau, the 16th winningest head coach in WHL history, was headed into retirement with the draft’s conclusion. . . . Comeau was the head scout for the Atlanta Thrashers/Jets since 2003, and he was on Atlanta’s scouting staff for five years prior to that. . . . Comeau, 67, lives in Federal Way, in the Seattle area. He was a WHL head coach with the Calgary Wranglers, Saskatoon Blades and Tacoma/Kelowna Rockets, putting up 411 regular-season victories. . . . Comeau also is one of hockey’s good guys. Here’s to a long and happy retirement.

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F Josh Doan, a ninth-round selection by the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft, will be taking his game to the Arizona State Sun Devils. . . . Doan, 17, is from Scottsdale, Ariz., and is likely to start at ASU with the 2021-22 season. . . . Last season, he had 17 goals and 19 assists in 30 games with the U-16 Phoenix Jr. Coyotes. . . . He is the son of Shane Doan, the former NHLer and ex-Blazers forward who is one of the WHL team’s co-owners. . . .

F Jackson Niedermayer, the son of Scott Niedermayer, a former NHL/WHL defenceman and a Hockey Hall of Famer, also has committed to ASU. Jackson, 18, had two goals and four assists in 36 games as a freshman with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees last season. He, too, is ticketed for ASU to start the 2021-22 season.

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With the NHL draft having ended on Saturday in Vancouver, team representatives NHLquickly began issuing invitations to development camps.

F Jermaine Loewen, who played five seasons with the Kamloops Blazers, will go to camp with the Vegas Golden Knights, according to his agent, Ray Petkau, who was in touch with Taking Note on Saturday night. . . . The Jamaica-born, Manitoba-raised Loewen was selected by the Dallas Stars in the seventh round of the 2018 NHL draft but went unsigned. Loewen, now 21, has used up his junior eligibility.

Among other undrafted WHLers who are off to development camps are:

F Zak Smith, 18, of the Red Deer Rebels, to the Golden Knights; F Bryce Kindopp, 20, of the Everett Silvertips, to the Colorado Avalanche; D Dylan Plouffe, 20, of the Vancouver Giants, to the Montreal Canadiens; D Montany Onyebuchi, 19, of the Kamloops Blazers, to the Calgary Flames; D Brayden Pachal of the Prince Albert Raiders, who will turn 20 on Aug. 23, to the Golden Knights; F Brett Kemp, 19, of the Medicine Hat Tigers, to the New York Rangers; and F Jackson Shepard, 19, of the Vancouver Giants, to the Arizona Coyotes.

The Dallas Stars posted their camp roster a few days ago and it included D Luke Zazula, 19, and F Brodi Stuart, 19, of the Blazers, neither of whom was picked on the weekend. Also on that roster are D Dawson Barteaux, 19, of the Red Deer Rebels and D Jarret Tyszka, 20, of the Seattle Thunderbirds.

D Oleg Zaytsev of the Red Deer Rebels was at No. 66 among North American skaters in Red DeerNHL Central Scouting’s final pre-draft rankings. There was some surprise, then, when he wasn’t picked. . . . However, Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ owner, general manager and head coach, wasn’t as surprised as were some observers. . . . “Yeah, it was definitely surprising, to some degree,” Sutter told Greg Meachem of reddeerrebels.com. “But he certainly didn’t do himself any favours the way he played the last two-thirds of the year for us.” . . . Zaytsev, an 18-year-old from Moscow, had 13 goals and 30 assists in 66 games in his first WHL season. According to Meachem’s piece, which is right here, it may have been his final season in Red Deer, too. Sutter told Meachem that the Rebels should know by Tuesday whether Zaytsev will be back. . . . The CHL’s import draft is scheduled for Thursday. . . . BTW, the Rebels entered the WHL in time for the 1992-93 season. This was the first time in franchise history that they didn’t have even one player selected in the NHL draft.

The Saskatoon Blades have a new equipment manager in the person of Riley Kosmolak, who had been working as an assistant equipment manager and visiting team attendant with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. . . . From a Blades’ news release: “The Saskatoon Blades would also like to thank Chad Scharff for his service over the past four seasons, and wish him all the best as he begins his pursuit of a career in law enforcement.”

The biggest individual story of the NHL’s 2019 draft had to be that USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program had 17 players selected. . . . After the draft had ended, Chris Dilks, the managing editor at SBN College Hockey, pointed out that “in the 1995 NHL draft, the year before the NTDP was founded, only 16 Americans total were taken in the draft.”

ICYMI, it was a special time in Regina on Saturday as folks participated in the first Adam Herald Memorial 4-on-4 Tournament. His father, Russ, played, wearing his late son’s helmet and gloves. . . . Folks also dedicated the Adam Herald Memorial Room on the upper level of the Co-operators Centre’s C2 arena. . . . Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post was there and posted this piece right here.

Hey, WHL, please take a look at the QMJHL website, check out the pre-season rosters for each team and consider doing the same thing. There is a real hunger for information among your fans and it would be great if your teams listed all players in the running for roster spots in the upcoming season. By posting this information, it also would allow you to update rosters with off-season trades.

There was an omission in this space the other night when I listed the 20-year-olds on the Edmonton Oil Kings’ roster. I inadvertently omitted F Riley Sawchuk, who was acquired from the Tri-City Americans on May 16. With Sawchuk on the roster, the Oil Kings have four 20s, the other three being G Dylan Myskiw, D Conner McDonald and D Parker Gavlas.

The line of the week, from a piece right here by Marty Hastings of Kamloops This Week: “Darryl Sydor instead accepts the associate coach position to flank Shaun Clouston, the wily veteran who becomes the zillionth head coach since the Tom Gaglardi ownership group bought the Kamloops Blazers prior to the 2007-2008 campaign.”

D Lassi Thomson, who played last season with the Kelowna Rockets, was selected by the KelownaRocketsOttawa Senators with the 19th overall pick in the NHL draft on Friday. Despite the Rockets being the host team for the 2020 Memorial Cup, Thomson has been reported as planning to play in Finland next season.

But . . . wait! It seems he could end up with the Belleville Senators, Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, or he could go back to Finland . . . or he could return for a second season in Kelowna.

“The one scenario of the American league is the most recent conversation we just had and we knew the other two options on the front end,” Ottawa head scout Trent Mann told Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. “Most players don’t have those kinds of options. There’s a lot at play in this. The kid himself has to be comfortable with it and he’s going to refer to his agent.

“I’m sure the Kelowna Rockets will be calling to try convince him to go back. We spoke to a couple of his teammates during the combine and they talked about him going back to Finland to play in the league next season, and they were pretty upset by that because they thought he was a key piece moving into the Memorial Cup next year.”

Stay tuned . . .


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