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Vancouver Province article (Blum wants bragging rights)

September 3 2008 at 7:26 AM
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Blum wants bragging rights

The Province

Published: Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Vancouver Giants rearguard Jon Blum likes the idea of battling the boss.

There are reports that Giants minority owner Pat Quinn is going to be named coach of Team Canada for this winter's world junior championships in Ottawa.

Blum, 19, Vancouver's captain, is a shoo-in to play a second time for Team USA.

"It'll be interesting, but it'll be fun at the same time," said Blum, who was a co-winner of the Giants' Pat Quinn defenceman-of-the-year award last season. "It'll be fun to have that challenge to play against him."

Vancouver goalie Tyson Sexsmith is in the running to be part of Canada's entry as well. He figures Quinn getting the coaching gig won't be a benefit for him, though.

"If I'm not the best guy, I'm not going to get the job," Sexsmith said. "I don't know how much the coach has input on the goaltending situation. I think the goaltending side is up to their consultants."

Lucic gets replacement

The Giants are getting Milan Lucic another Memorial Cup ring.

Thieves broke into the family home of the former Giants star in July and stole his 2007 championship ring, plus three tournament watches.

The Giants had an extra watch and general manager Scott Bonner gave it to Lucic last week. They've also put in an order for a new Memorial Cup ring.

Lucic headed east earlier this week to start preparing for his second NHL season with the Boston Bruins.

"The Memorial Cup is still a big deal to him, and hopefully it stays a big deal for the rest of his life," said Giants owner Ron Toigo. "He's getting bits and pieces of his stuff back. It was a tough thing to deal with. It's unfortunate."

Lucic truly did appreciate his time in junior. One of the stories making the round at Giants training camp was how Lucic still used luggage with Giants logos on it last year with Boston, even though he took considerable ribbing from his Bruin teammates.

Team needs to toughen up

Bonner is on the road this week, scouting for possible trades. Toughness is undoubtedly on top of the shopping list.

Vancouver, under Bonner and coach Don Hay, has been a rugged team the last three campaigns. This group doesn't look as physical as last season's Giants, and they weren't as physical as the Memorial Cup teams.

Vancouver also might be on the lookout for an 18-year-old defenceman, since they don't have one. Right now they two over-agers, three 19-year-olds, two 17s, three 16s and a 15 in camp. With two of those 19s, Blum and Brent Regner, expected to play pro next season,

Vancouver would suddenly become young on the blueline.


© The Vancouver Province 2008

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Leader-Post article (Today's the day to get Pats tickets)

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September 3 2008, 7:30 AM 

Today's the day to get Pats tickets

The Leader-Post

Published: Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Regina Pats fans can pick up their season-ticket packages today outside the Brandt Centre.

Tickets will be distributed under the big tent in front of the west side entrance beginning at 4 p.m.

A barbecue will also be held and fans will have the chance to play street hockey and meet members of the 2008-09 Pats.

The Pats play their first home preseason game Saturday (7 p.m.) against the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.

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Charlene Lucas came away with three titles over the long weekend at the provincial shuffleboard championships in Regina.

Lucas won titles in women's singles, the women's doubles (with Liz Patrick) and mixed doubles (with Rod Betker).

Betker won the men's singles division while Marlowe Halvorson and Bill Parrell were the men's doubles champions.

The provincial winners now move of the to Canadian championships to be held Oct. 6-11 at the Regina Inn.

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The Regina Pats are picking up where they left off.

Regina became the first team in the WHL to be disciplined by the league office on Tuesday when the club was slapped with a $500 fine for "initiating a multiple-fight situation versus Edmonton," according to the WHL Web site, in Sunday's preseason matchup against the host Oil Kings.

Pats defenceman Matt Delahey and right-winger Garrett Mitchell each received one-game suspensions for their involvement in the melee, which occurred with less than a minute left in the third period of Regina's 5-4 victory.

Four members of the Pats received fighting majors and game misconducts: Mitchell, Delahey, defenceman Colten Teubert and rookie centre Dominick Favreau. Teubert and Favreau also received instigator penalties while Favreau added a roughing minor.

Edmonton's Cameron Cepek and Robin Soudek were also tossed while Shayne Neigum and Brent Raedeke added fighting majors.

Regina led the WHL last season with eight fines for a total of $4,500.

© The Leader-Post (Regina) 2008

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StarPhoenix article (Blades trim roster to 34)

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September 3 2008, 7:32 AM 

Blades trim roster to 34

The StarPhoenix

Published: Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Saskatoon Blades trimmed their roster to 34 players Tuesday by releasing 18-year-old forward Kevin Philp.

The 6-foot-7 Victoria winger debuted with the Blades last season but saw limited action due, in part, to a broken jaw suffered in November. In 36 games, Philp recorded one goal, three assists and 44 penalty minutes.

Of the 34 players remaining in camp, three (forward Brent Benson and defencemen Duncan Siemens and Dalton Thrower) are ineligible to play full-time with the Blades until the 2009-10 Western Hockey League season.

The Blades and Lethbridge Hurricanes clash Friday to kick off the Ice Breaker exhibition tournament (7:30 p.m., Credit Union Centre).

© The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2008

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