Friday, July 18, 2014

Bozon Returns To Game Action


Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon is returning to competitive hockey more than four months after spending four weeks in a Saskatchewan hospital while battling a severe form of meningitis.

A 2012 third-round pick (No. 64) of the Canadiens, Bozon will play for France at an Under-23 tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic that begins July 31.

Bozon, 20, was playing for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League when he was diagnosed with Neisseria Meningitis on March 1 after a 4-2 win against the Saskatoon Blades. He was taken to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, and spent part of his time there in a medically-induced coma to reduce swelling around his brain.

Since being released from the hospital March 28 Bozon has been working his way back to health. He has been working with Canadiens training staff and began skating June 5. He recently sent a message on Twitter expressing his excitement at playing again.

Bozon, the son of former NHL player Philippe Bozon, was born in St. Louis but grew up playing hockey in Switzerland before coming to North America. He also has French citizenship through his father, who was born in France.

Joining France in the tournament are Dukla Jihlava, a top-division Czech club, plus club teams from Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

In 203 WHL games with the Ice and Kamloops Blazers, Bozon has 105 goals and 231 points.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Reinhart Signs

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team has signed forward Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry level contract.

The second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Reinhart (6’1”, 190 lbs., 11/6/95) became the Sabres' highest draft pick since the team selected Pierre Turgeon first overall in 1987. He joins the Sabres organization after playing four years in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Kootenay Ice.

In addition to serving as Kootenay’s captain in 2013-14, he was named the WHL 2013-14 Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

“We are very excited to have Sam under contract,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “We look forward to watching him develop and become an important part of our organization in the future.”

In 2013-14, Reinhart led Kootenay with 105 points (36+69) in 60 games, tying for fourth overall in the WHL. He also led his team with 23 points (6+17) in 13 playoff games, advancing three rounds before Kootenay fell to the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Conference Championship.

Through his four seasons with Kootenay and the WHL, the North Vancouver, British Columbia native has recorded 254 points (101+153) in 203 games. Additionally, he captained Canada’s gold medal-winning teams at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2013 Under-18 World Championship.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Valiev Signs

Rinat Valiev has signed a 3-year entry level contract with Toronto who selected him in the 3rd round of the 2014 Draft.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NHL CSS Futures List

Alexander Baer C Vancouver 5'9 153
Mathew Barzal C Seattle 5'11 174
Ethan Bear D Seattle 5'10 203
Paul Bittner LW Portland 6'4 201
Taz Burman G Red Deer 6'0 161
Brandon Carlo D Tri-City 6'4 184
Jake DeBrusk LW Swift Current 5'10 164
Jesse Gabrielle LW Brandon 5'10 199
Ryan Gropp LW Seattle 6'2 173
Jansen Harkins C Prince George 6'0 170
Cameron Hebig C Saskatoon 5'9 164
Noah Juulsen D Everett 6'0 166
Nick Merkley C Kelowna 5'9 177
Troy Murray D Kootenay 6'0 174
Adam Musil C Red Deer 6'2 190
Dmitry Osipov D Vancouver 6'3 192
Ryan Pilon D Brandon 6'1 212
Parker Wotherspoon D Tri-City 5'10 168
Zachary Zborosky C Kootenay 5'11 168
Cameron Hughes C Spruce Grove 5'10 144
Carter Cochrane D Chilliwack 5'10 190
Chase Pearson C Cornwall 6'1 180
Taggart Corriveau C/RW Westminster 5'11 161
Karch Bachman C Culver Academy 6'11 170
Sam Miletic LW Cranbrook Kingswood 5'11 188
Brock Boeser RW Brunsville 5'11 188
Matthew Freytag LW Wayzata 6'0 191
Jack McNeely D Lakeville North 6'2 170
Tom Novak LW St. Thomas 5'11 172
Jack Sadek D Lakeville North 6'2 177
AJ Greer LW Kimball Union 6'2 204
Frederic Foulem G Stanstead College 6'1 161
Mackenzie Blackwood G Barrie 6'2 205
Doug Blaisdell D Kitchener 6'2 205
Lawson Crouse LW Kingston 6'3 198
Travis Dermott D Erie 5'11 195
Vince Dunn D Niagara 5'11 188
Sam Harding C Oshawa 5'11 164
Travis Konecny C Ottawa 5'9 172
Nikita Korostelev RW Sarnia 6'1 198
Justin Lemcke D Belleville 6'1 198
Mitchell Marner C London 5'10 149
Hayden McCool C Niagara 6'2 196
Connor McDavid C Erie 6'0 185
Brett McKenzie C North Bay 6'1 196
David Miller C Sault Ste. Marie 5'8 166
Dante Salituro C Ottawa 5'7 196
Dylan Strome C Erie 6'2 177
Mitchell Vande Sompel D Oshawa 5'9 180
Connor Walters D Owen Sound 5'11 193
Dennis Gilbert D Buffalo Jr. Sabres 6'2 190
Anthony Beauvillier LW Shawinigan 5'10 165
Jason Bell D Cape Breton 6'1 187
Callum Booth G Quebec 6'2 196
Guillaume Brisebois D Acadie-Bathurst 6'1 162
Alexandre Carrier D Gatineau 5'10 165
Gabriel Gagne RW Victoriaville 6'4 179
Olivier Galipeau D Val-d'Or 6'0 196
David Henley D Charlottetown 6'4 185
Kameron Kielly RW Charlottetown 6'0 179
Bradley Lalonde D Cape Breton 5'11 184
Jeremy Lauzon D Rouyn-Noranda 6'1 187
Timo Meier RW Halifax 6'0 201
Nicolas Meloche D Baie-Comeau 6'2 198
Connor Moynihan LW Halifax 6'3 201
Philippe Myers D Rouyn-Noranda 6'3 189
Nathan Noel C Saint John 5'10 164
Jeremy Roy D Sherbrooke 5'11 183
Nicolas Roy C Chicoutimi 6'3 190
Daniel Sprong RW Charlottetown 5'11 172
Chris Birdsall G Cedar Rapids 5'10 175
Nick Boka D USA U-17 6'1 193
Jeremy Bracco RW USA U-17 5'9 154
Kyle Connor C Youngstown 6'1 170
Tory Dello D Tri-City 6'0 175
Jack Eichel C USA U-18 6'2 193
Christian Fischer C USA U-17 6'0 201
Casey Fitzgerald D USA U-17 5'10 174
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson C Omaha 6'0 181
Brent Gates C Green Bay 6'1 172
Jordan Greenway LW USA U-17 6'4 214
Noah Hanifan D USA U-17 6'2 200
Cooper Marody C Muskegon 5'11 165
Ivan Provorov D Cedar Rapids 6'0 193
Brendan Warren LW USA U-17 6'0 176
Zachary Werenski D USA U-17 6'1 206
Colin White RW USA U-17 6'0 178
John Marino D South Shore 6'0 170

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

ICE Add Russian Forward

Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club announced today the Club has selected 18-year-old Russian Forward Alexander Chirva (1st Round, 33rd Overall) in today’s 23rd annual CHL Import Draft.
“We like the potential Alex brings to our Hockey Club. He played last year in Moose Jaw so he is accustomed to the North American culture as well as speaking and understanding the English language. With a years-experience in the WHL under belt we feel Alex will fit in nicely with our 1996 forward group.,” continued Chynoweth.
Birthdate: March 25, 1996 Country: Russia
Position: Forward Shoots: Right
Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 lbs.
NHL Draft: Eligible 2015
2013-2014 Team: Moose Jaw Warriors – WHL
GP: 58 G: 2 A: 4 TP: 6 PIM: 15