While the Canadiens professionals are idle in Europe, two junior prospects will see action Thursday in North America.
In the Ontario League - Following a five game road trip brought about by the scheduling of Skate Canada in Windsor’s WFCU Arena, the Spitfires and Brady Vail hosted a 6-3 win over the London Knights. Vail added a goal and assist to his total which now is 7 goals and 15 assists – 22 points after 17 games. .
Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers of the WHL (Tim Bozon) had a fourteen game winning streak ended when they were shutout by the Rockets 3-0 in Kelowna. It was also Kamloops’ only loss this season in regulation time (15-1-1). Without a point in this game, Bozon has 14 goals, 17 assists for 31 points in 18 games; 8 goals and 18 points his last nine.
The games on Friday…..
……..Kontinental Hockey League – Ak-Bars Kazan (Emelin) hosts Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. (The city of Nizhny-Novgorod was known as Gorky in the Soviet era).
– Chekhov will play Metallurg in Magnitigorsk on Friday to finish their three game road trip. Andrei Markov did not make the trip because of a rib injury. Metallurg is coached by Paul Maurice. Pittsburgh’s Evgeny Malkin plays for them along with former Hab defenseman Brent Sopel and team captain Sergei Fedorov.
……..Czech Extraliga – Tomas Plekanec‘s Kladno Knights at Pardubice against the Vitkovice Steelers. The Moravian city of Pardubice is goaltender Dominek Hašek’s hometown and where he played the first eight years of his professional hockey career..
……..Swiss National League (SNL) Geneva (Yannick Weber)will play at Biel and Zug (Raphael Diaz) goes to Bern on Friday.
……..American Hockey League …..The Hamilton Bulldogs will play a home and home set with the Americans; Friday in Rochester and Saturday at Copps Coliseum.
………Junior Hockey Friday – Alex Galchenyuk and Sarnia will host Plymouth Michigan Whalers in the OHL.
And this from the Hamilton Bulldogs Communications Department
HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today forward Brendan Gallagher will donate $250 for every Hamilton Bulldogs win and $20 for every Vancouver Giants victory during the month of November to the Canadian Cancer Society for prostate cancer research.
“One of my favorite memories as a kid was seeing my grandpa in the stands at my hockey games,” said Gallagher. “After the game he would give me $20 and I would run to the concession stands and buy popcorn for $5 and bring the other $15 home.” In addition to the $250 being donated after every Bulldogs win, the forward will donate $20 for every Vancouver Giants win in the month of November in memory of his grandfather. “I am proud that in my last two seasons in junior with the Giants, I was able to help raise $15,000 for prostate cancer research and I hope to continue to raise money in honour of my grandfather”, said Gallagher.
Fans can help Brendan raise money for prostate cancer research by visiting the following website:http://bit.ly/TwVq9P