Of the many subplots in Sunday’s game, the return of goalie Brandon Glover was probably the biggest.
Glover took the 6-3 loss with the Calgary Hitmen and received plenty of cat calls in his return to the Civic Centre after going home and asking to be traded after the Warriors acquired 20-year-old goalie Thomas Heemskerk.
After the game Glover said he was “happy to get the opportunity back at the WHL level. Going forward I think I have a lot to prove still in this league.”
He added that he was happy with the opportunity he was getting in Calgary.
“It’s a great opportunity for me (in Calgary), but going forward I have to play well to get myself in the position I want to be in,” said Glover. “I’m happy with the situation I landed in.”
While waiting to be traded Glover wasn’t able to play until the Warriors re-assigned him to the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL to get him playing again. Glover posted a 3-0 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in the BCHL.
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In case you were wondering, the half face shield Warriors captain Spencer Edwards wore this weekend was to protect the stitches that are in his mouth after he had two wisdom teeth pulled. He says the shield — which protected his jaw — will be gone by Wednesday’s game in Prince Albert.
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While 16-year-old defenceman Travis Brown played both weekend games, it appears that fellow 16-year-old rearguard Shayne Gwinner from Calgary will get his first taste of WHL action later this week. The Warriors are without a sixth defenceman while Dylan McIlrath is out with his knee injury.
Gwinner has a goal and 12 assists in 14 games with the UFA Bisons so far this season in the Alberta Midget Hockey League.
Warriors first round pick Torrin White, 15, is sixth in league scoring with nine goals and 22 points in 14 games. White also plays for the UFA Bisons.
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Last week the Warriors had Moose Jaw native Evan Schwabe skating with them at practice. Not only was Schwabe staying sharp awaiting another pro opportunity, but he was also getting a look at the coaching side of the game.
Schwabe played for Warriors head coach Dave Hunchak in the SJHL with the Kindersley Klippers. The five-foot-nine centre then had a strong four-year career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. There he scored 19 goals in each of his last two seasons and had 57 points in 45 games playing with Junior Lessard who won the Hobey Baker Award and played 27 games with the Dallas Stars. In that 03-04 season Schwabe and UMD advanced to the NCAA’s Frozen Four where they lost to Denver.
Schwabe was most recently with Olofströms IK in Sweden before being released despite scoring four goals and tallying six points in eight games. Schwabe was a “supporters player” — a foreigner whose salary is raised by the fans — meaning that player is subject to the whims of the fanbase.
His career also took him to Finland and Denmark as well as ECHL stops in Las Vegas and South Carolina before spending last season with Laredo in the Central Hockey League.
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Former Warrior Brendan Rowinski hasn’t played yet for the Vancouver Giants since being traded. Marc Weber from the Vancouver Sun reports that the Giants require him to be cleared by an orthopedic surgeon before returning to the line-up.
Rowinski is expected to make his Giants debut Friday in Edmonton.
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After being mired at the bottom of the WHL standings, the Warriors power play has risen to 12th in the league. Their penalty kill — which had been dead last two weeks ago — is now 17th
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After being named the WHL’s goalie of the week, former Warrior goalie Jeff Bosch was making news for other reasons this weekend. Bosch was in the middle of an ugly brawl at the end of the second period when his Kamloops Blazers played in Portland.
Gregg Drinnan from the Kamloops Daily News reports that Bosch suffered a cut to his forehead and a black eye in the fight with Portland goalie Mac Carruth.
Drinnan also reports that the fight at the end of that clip earned Kamloop’s J.C. Lipon and Portland’s Seth Swenson each a four-game suspension. Kamloop’s Chase Schaber is suspended for three games and Brendan Ranford for one game. Portland’s Joe Morrow is suspended three games. Each team was fined $3,000.
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Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay has 499 career wins in the WHL. Hay is fourth on the all-time list, but still had a long way to go to catch Ken Hodge’s mark of 742 wins.
Given those numbers, it’s somewhat understandable that Hunchak didn’t feel his 100th career win on Nov. 13 against Lethbridge was much of a milestone. For the record Hunchak is at 102 wins and counting.