Again, sorry for not getting this up on Saturday. I have a pretty packed schedule and had almost no time to write on both blogs yesterday, I was only able to cover the Stars game on http://freshfromtheice.blogspot.com/
Anyways, here's your weekly updates.
- The Kelowna Rockets (obviously) started the season without star defensman Luke Schenn, who was chosen 5th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 draft, and made the team due to an injury to Jeff Finger. Toronto can play Schenn for 7 more games before their option to send Schenn back to the WHL becomes unavailable.
- The Rockets lost another defenseman, Tysen Dowzak, to a contract with the New York Rangers. Dowzak was immediately given a roster spot on the Hartford Wolf Pack AHL team, so Kelowna will have definitely lost him for the season, and they may have lost Schenn as well. Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton says "We're moving on as if neither of them will be here and we've got to make some adjustments. We've got to try and find another defenceman for sure, an older guy who can play some minutes."
- Moose Jaw Warriors right winger Jordan Knackstedt signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins. Knackstedt had the scorer's touch, tallying 31 goals and 85 points in 72 games, in 07-08.
- The Vancouver Giants are on top of the league right now: they have 16 points in 9 games. The Spokane Chiefs, Calgary Hitmen, and Saskatoon Blades are tied for second with 14 points.
- In the Atlantic Hockey Association conference, Air Force has played Sacred Heart twice, with the Air Force players coming out on top in both games. Forward Brent Olson is leading the team with a goal and 4 assists in both games, followed by Jacques Lamoureux, who has 2 goals and 2 assists. Sacred Heart's leading scorer, Dave Jarman, managed a goal and an assist in the two games.
- The Miami University RedHawks are leading the CCHA at 1-0-1, having played two games against Ohio State (0-1-1). Miami's leading scorer is forward Pat Cannone, who scored a goal and 5 assists in the two-game series, followed by forward Carter Camper, who scored 2 goals and 3 assists in those games. Forward John Albert scored a goal and 3 assists to lead Ohio State in the two games.
No other NCAA conference-leagues have played any games.