WHL Notebook: Former Blades owner given WHL's top individual honour

Dave Leaderhouse
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Former Saskatoon Blades owner Jack Brodsky was honoured by the Western Hockey League on Saturday when he was presented with the Governor’s Award for his outstanding service and achievements while being associated with the league. Brodsky, who sold the Blades in September after being involved with the team for 37 years, was on the board of governors since 1992, but still represents the WHL as a member of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s board of directors. Brodsky, along with his sister Debbie and brother Rick, were also honoured by the Blades as a banner acknowledging the Brodsky family association with the team was raised to the rafters of Credit Union Centre. Debbie was a part-owner of the team when it was sold to Mike Priestner from Edmonton last fall while Rick was with the Blades until 1992 when he ventured out on his own and moved the Cougars from Victoria to Prince George. The Governor’s Award is the league’s highest honour it bestows on an individual.

A strange incident happened at the end of a game in Everett last week between the Silvertips and Moose Jaw Warriors. The game went into a shootout and when Manraj Hayer from Everett took his turn at centre ice he lost control of the puck right away and the puck slid sideways and hit the sideboards. Hayer grabbed the puck and continued on towards the goal and scored the game winner. Moose Jaw argued that the play should have been whistled dead when it hit the sideboards, but the officials let the goal stand. In the WHL rulebook, it states that “the puck must be kept in a motion towards the opponent’s goal line and once it is shot, the play is considered complete.” The Warriors said the puck was never kept in motion TOWARDS the opponent’s goal, but their plea fell on deaf ears. To make matters worse, when the Warriors were leaving the ice a fan grabbed a Moose Jaw player’s stick and a scrum ensued. Moose Jaw was fined $500 for the incident and Everett was also slapped with a $500 fine for inadequate security.

Vancouver Giants coach Don Hay is now a member of the 600-win club as the soon-to-be 60-year-old joins Ken Hodge (742) and Lorne Molleken (616) in that elite fraternity. On Feb. 22 in Edmonton, Hay will reach another milestone as he will coach his 1,000th WHL game. Others to reach that lofty mark are Hodge, Molleken, Don Nachbaur and Ernie “Punch” McLean…The WHL has appointed former player Kirt Hill as the league’s manager of player development and recruitment. Hill, who played in the WHL with Regina and Kelowna from 2004-08, will manage new player development initiatives along with implementing new recruitment programs in Western Canada and the United States. Hill is also responsible for co-ordinating prospect camps and administering the WHL Alumni Association.

The Kelowna Rockets have won 40 of their first 48 games and are on pace to eclipse the league mark of 60 wins in a season set by the Victoria Cougars in 1980-81…Prince Albert product Dawson MacAuley was cocked and ready to join in a good old fashioned free-for-all last Friday in Regina, but he never got a chance to join in the fracas. MacAuley, a 19-year-old goaltender with the Pats, had skated to his blueline and doffed his helmet and gloves to take on Prince George goaltender Ty Edmonds while everyone else on the ice was involved in a skirmish, but the referee had stopped the Cougars’ netminder before he could advance past centre ice…Saskatoon must really have wanted 17-year-old forward Ty Mappin when they grabbed him in a deadline deal with Everett. Mappin is being allowed to split the rest of this season with the Blades and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Olds Grizzlies so that he can graduate from high school in Alberta.

Anthony Ast is being given a new lease on life in the WHL after he was traded from Vancouver to Medicine Hat at the trading deadline. Picked 19th overall by the Giants in the 2010 bantam draft, Ast never got untracked in Vancouver as he missed more than 80 games due to various injuries. Selected right behind Sam Reinhart and Nic Petan in that 2010 draft, Ast had 166 points in 73 games in his final year of bantam hockey with the Burnaby Winter Club so he had to the pedigree to be a star in the league. What separates him from the rest is he has had diabetes since he was seven and last November was named the Canadian Diabetes Association’s national junior volunteer of the year…If Moose Jaw’s Jack Rodewald didn’t have bad luck he wouldn’t have any luck at all. Rodewald suffered a broken jaw before Christmas and missed 13 games. When he returned to the Warriors’ line-up he had a full face shield and in his first game without the full protection last week he reinjured the jaw. Rodewald has since returned to the Moose Jaw line-up…The Saskatoon Blades held their skills competition on the weekend and the two hardest shots were – that’s right, former Raider defencemen MacKenzie Johnston and Dylan Busenius. Johnston had edged Busenius 94-93 (miles per hour) in the original shootout, but Busenius demanded a rematch which Johnston won 97-91.

Information for the WHL Notebook is gathered from submissions by the WHL Writer’s Group.


Organizations: Western Hockey League, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Credit Union Centre WHL Alumni Association Prince Albert Alberta Junior Hockey League Giants Winter Club Canadian Diabetes Association

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Edmonton, Prince George Regina Vancouver Kelowna Western Canada United States Saskatoon Alberta Medicine Hat WHL Writer

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