Report: Chiefs have signed a coach. . . . Cozens, Krebs scratched from camp. . . . Cougars ink first-rounders. . . . Harden hot on half-mile of hell


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F Rudolf Červený (Regina, 2007-09) has signed a four-year contract with Hradec Králové (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Last season, with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL), he had 11 goals and 12 assists in 57 games. He also had one goal and four assists in 11 games with Brynäs Gävle (Sweden, SHL). . . .

F Masi Marjamäki (Red Deer, Moose Jaw, 2002-06) has signed a one-year contract with the Cardiff Devils (Wales, UK Elite). Last season, in 45 games with Piráti Chomutov (Czech Republic, Extraliga), he had eight goals and eight assists. . . .

F Adam Rossignol (Kootenay, Swift Current, Regina, Portland, 2010-14) has signed a one-year contract with HK Budapest (Hungary, Erste Liga). Last season, he had five goals and eight assists in 28 games with U of British Columbia (USports, Canada West). . . .

D James Bettauer (Chilliwack, Prince Albert, Medicine Hat, 2008-09, 2010-12) has signed a one-year contract with the Sheffield Steelers (England, UK Elite). Last season, in 49 games with the Krefeld Pinguine (Germany, DEL), he had five goals and 13 assists.


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It seems that Manny Viveiros is coming back to the WHL, this time as the head coach of SpokaneChiefsthe Spokane Chiefs. . . . Jason Gregor, the host of The Jason Gregor Show on TSN1260 in Edmonton, tweeted the news on Monday evening. . . . Viveiros, who played four seasons in the WHL (Prince Albert, 1982-86), returned from Europe to spend two seasons as the director of player personnel and head coach with the Swift Current Broncos. After winning the WHL championship for 2017-18, he left the WHL for a job as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. That ended after last season, when Dave Tippett was hired as the Oilers’ head coach. . . . A month ago, he told Postmedia’s Jim Matheson that he didn’t have any interest in returning to the WHL. “It’s not really a place for me to go back to and no disrespect to that league,” Viveiros said. “I’ve won in Europe (in Austria) multiple times, I’ve won in the Western League. I had choices last year but (Edmonton) is home, my family, my wife’s parents are here.” . . . In Spokane, Viveiros will replace Dan Lambert, who left after two seasons as head coach to join the NHL’s Nashville Predators as an assistant coach. . . . With Viveiros in Spokane, it leaves the Brandon Wheat Kings as the only one of the WHL’s 22 teams without a head coach. The Wheat Kings also need a general manager.


Hockey Canada has scratched two injured WHL forwards from its summer development Canadacamp for the national junior team. . . . F Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and F Peyton Krebs of the Winnipeg Ice both are injured and won’t be on the ice during the camp, which is to run July 7 through Aug. 3 in Plymouth, Mich. . . . Cozens had surgery last week after suffering an injury to his left thumb in the Buffalo Sabres’ development camp. He is expected to be sidelined for up to three months. The Sabres had picked him seventh overall in the NHL’s 2019 draft. . . . Krebs suffered a partially torn left Achilles tendon during a workout and later underwent surgery. He attended the NHL draft and was taken 17th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights. A timeline hasn’t yet been established for his return. . . . F Connor McMichael of the OHL’s London Knights has been added to the camp roster. He was a first-round pick by the Washington Capitals in the NHL’s 2019 draft.


F Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades has signed a three-year entry-level contract with Saskatoonthe Chicago Blackhawks, who selected him third overall in the NHL’s 2019 draft. . . . Dach had 25 goals and 48 assists in 62 games with the Blades last season. He added five goals and three assists in 10 playoff games. . . . In 2017-18, as a WHL freshman, he had seven goals and 39 assists in 52 games. . . . Under terms of the CBA between the NHL and the NHLPA, Dach, 18, will have to play with the Blackhawks or the Blades in 2019-20.


Here’s what was reported here on June 27 . . .

The Vancouver Giants are poised to announce the signing of F Cole Shepard, a Vancouversource familiar with the situation has told Taking Note. . . . Shepard, 17, was a second-round pick by Vancouver in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. . . . Last season, he had seven goals and 17 assists in 53 games with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees. . . . Prior to that, he played at the Delta Hockey Academy. . . . Shepard made a verbal commitment to Harvard U on April 17, 2018, to start with the 2021-22 season. . . . Signing with the Giants will give him the opportunity to play with his brother Jackson, 19, who was acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes on May 25.


The Prince George Cougars have signed D Keaton Dowhaniuk and F Koehn Ziemmer, PrinceGeorgeboth of whom were selected in the first round of the 2019 bantam draft, to WHL contracts. . . . Dowhaniuk, from Sherwood Park, Alta., was the third-overall selection. He had eight goals and 27 assists in 25 games with the OHA Edmonton bantam prep team last season. . . . The Cougars took Ziemmer with the fourth-overall selection. From Mayerthorpe, Alta., he also played with the OHA Edmonton bantam prep team, putting up 37 goals and 39 assists in 29 games. . . .

There now are only two of the 22 first-round selections who haven’t signed WHL contracts. F Connor Levis, the 20th overall pick, hasn’t signed with the Kamloops Blazers. D Tyson Jugnauth, taken 21st overall, has yet to sign with the Swift Current Broncos. . . . Levis, from Vancouver, won’t turn 15 until Oct. 5. Last season, he had 24 goals and 38 assists in 26 games with the bantam prep team at St. George’s School. He also has made a verbal commitment to the U of Michigan for the 2022-23 season. . . . Jugnauth, from Kelowna, had eight goals and six assists in 16 games with a bantam AA team there.


If it’s the second week in July, it means the Calgary Stampede is in high gear, and that means Chad Harden is driving in the half-mile of hell — aka the Rangeland Derby. . . . Harden, who scouts for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, is a regular on the chuckwagon racing circuit in Alberta and Saskatchewan. . . . On Monday, he won the first heat in 1:13.73 and won $2,700. For the evening, he was 15th of 36 entries. He goes into Tuesday’s action in fifth place in the aggregate and has won $13,300. . . . Laurence Heinen of Postmedia has more on Harden, aka The Prankster, and the chuckwagons right here.


Seattle has an NHL franchise that is scheduled to begin play for the 2021-22 season. While the team doesn’t yet have a nickname, its owner has a vision. Jerry Bruckheimer has told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that he would like to see a USHL franchise and a western version of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in the area, both playing out of what will be the Seattle team’s training facility. . . . Bruckheimer and CEO Tod Leiweke also would love to see the World Junior Championship tournament played in Seattle, too. . . . Baker’s complete piece is right here.


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Bill Rotheisler has joined the AJHL’s Drayton Valley Thunder as assistant general manager and associate coach. He had been the AGM and associate coach with the St. Stephen Aces of the Maritime Junior Hockey League — the franchise has moved to Fredericton and now is the Red Wings. . . . Prior to moving east, Rotheisler spent five seasons coaching in the junior B Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the last two as GM and head coach of the Castlegar Rebels. . . .

Barry Dewar no longer is involved in the ownership of the junior B Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Dewar had owned 51 per cent of Storm before selling to Tracy Mero, who now owns 100 per cent of the franchise. . . . “This is what I wanted,” Dewar told Marty Hastings of Kamloops This Week. “It’s been 18 years. The suspension was the final kicker. The league is moving in a direction that I’m not happy with.” . . . Prior to last season, Dewar was suspended for tampering, a decision with which he didn’t agree. . . . Matt Kolle now is the Storm’s governor, business manager, hockey operations manager and general manager. . . . Hastings’ story is right here.


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Good Gawdin! Captain’s hat trick sparks Broncos to second OT victory . . . Giants going back to old home for pair of December games . . . Summer Showcase goes to Kamloops


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D Michal Plutnar (Tri-City, 2011-14) was assigned on loan by Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga) to Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic, Extraliga) for the 2018-19 season. This season, he had two assists in 10 games with Liberec; one goal and two assists in nine games on loan to Benátky nad Jizerou (Czech Republic, 1. Liga); two goals and six assists in 18 games on loan to Orli Znojmo (Czech Republic, Erste Bank Liga); and one goal in 10 games on loan to Karlovy Vary (in 1. Liga). . . . Plutnar was instrumental in helping Karlovy Vary win promotion to Extraliga for next season. He had three goals and four assists in eight games in the 1. Liga playoffs, and also had one goal and three assists in 12 games in the Extraliga Qualification. . . .

F Dávid Šoltés (Prince George, 2013-15) signed a one-year contract extension with Košice (Slovakia, Extraliga). He had 14 goals and five assists in 52 games. . . .

F Tomáš Hričina (Regina, 2008-10) signed a one-year contract extension with Košice (Slovakia, Extraliga). He had three goals and 12 assists in 49 games. . . .

F Oliver Jokel (Swift Current, 2008-09) a signed try-out contract with Košice (Slovakia, Extraliga). This season, in 17 games with Michalovce (Slovakia, 1. Liga), he had 10 goals and three assists.


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F Glenn Gawdin scored his third goal of the game at 2:40 of OT to give the Swift Current SCBroncosBroncos a 3-2 victory over the host Everett Silvertips in Game 3 of the WHL’s championship final for the Ed Chynoweth Cup on Tuesday night. . . . The Silvertips gave up a third-period lead for the second time in two games, both of which they lost in OT, and now trail the best-of-seven series, 2-1, with Game 4 in Everett tonight. . . . They’ll play Game 5 in Everett on Friday. . . . Gawdin, the Broncos’ captain, has 12 goals in these playoffs. He had a game-high eight shots on goal last night. . . .

Everett held a 2-1 lead and was on the PP when Gawdin scored his second goal of the game at 16:43 of the third period when he batted in his own rebound. . . . Gawdin had given his guys a 1-0 lead at 14:44 of the first period, only to have Everett F Riley Sutter (8) tie it one minute later. . . . F Matt Fonteyne (8) gave the Silvertips a 2-1 lead at 18:35 of the first period. . . .

Everett F Patrick Bajkov left the game in the second period, but returned for the start of the third. However, he left the bench, along with trainer Blake Draughon, early in the third period. Bajkov and Draughon were back a few minutes later. . . . D Colby Sissons had two assists for the Broncos. . . . F Jake Christiansen had two assists for Everett. . . .

Swift Current got 37 saves from G Stuart Skinner, while Everett’s Carter Hart turned aside 29 shots. . . . Referees Jeff Ingram and Steve Papp gave five of the game’s seven minors, including the last four, to the Broncos. . . . Everett was 0-4 on the PP; Swift Current was 0-1. . . . Announced attendance: 4,872.


The WHL’s Vancouver Giants are going back to their old home for at least two games in Vancouver2018-19. The Giants announced Tuesday that they will play two December games at the 16,281-seat Pacific Coliseum. . . . The team isn’t yet able to reveal the dates and opposition, but said in a news release that one of the games will be the annual Teddy Bear toss tilt. . . . The Giants spent 15 years playing out of the Pacific Coliseum before moving to the 5,276-seat Langley Events Centre prior to the 2016-17 season. . . . The Pacific Coliseum, the original home of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018-19.


The 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase is to be held in Kamloops, from July 28 through Aug. 4. The 11-game tournament will feature teams from Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States. . . . Last summer, this event was held in Plymouth, Mich., and featured six teams, including two each from Canada and the U.S. . . . You will have to excuse me if I don’t get excited about this event. It has long been my opinion that top-end junior players don’t need high-intensity competition in the middle of summer when they are about three weeks from the opening of training camps and the beginning of another meat-grinder of a season. . . . But, hey, ticket packages are available, starting at $99 plus applicable fees.


It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Seattle will be granted an expansion franchise by the NHL in the not-too-distant future. Once that happens, the NBA is expected to be eager to return to Seattle. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes right here about the fact that Seattle has the population base to support such teams, but “we face challenges getting that population to games in the city.” . . . This is interesting stuff.


Unless you were really incommunicado on Tuesday night, you will be aware that southpaw James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners threw a no-hitter in beating the host Toronto Blue Jays, 5-0. . . . Paxton, of course, is from Ladner, B.C. . . . Larry Stone of the Seattle Times writes that “we are seeing Paxton develop into a start right in front of our eyes, a No. 1 starter in full bloom.” . . . That column is right here.


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