Vancouver coach Don Hay needs just one win to reach 500. His team has had three chances to deliver their coach this milestone, but losses to Edmonton, Red Deer and Saskatoon have left one of the great junior coaches stuck at 499.
If you ask Don what it's like to keep falling short of 500, he would likely walk way or tell you about it's about the kids — developing them as players and decent young men, watching them succeed. Whatever reward he gets is secondary. This is why I like this man.
Vancouver has a chance Friday to get Don that win. Sure, it's about he kids, but sometimes nice guys should finish first.
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The Portland Winterhawks fell from second to third in this week's CHL poll after losing four games (though the poll was based on three of those losses).
Mississauga St. Michael's Majors remain on top of the poll with a 22-2-0-1 record (that's where the Hawks were when they hit the skids). The Saint John Sea Dogs traded places with Portland.
1. Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, 2. Saint John Sea Dogs, 3. Portland Winterhawks, 4. Quebec Remparts, 5. Saskatoon Blades, 6. Montreal Juniors, 7. Saginaw Spirit, 8. Owen Sound Attack, 9. Red Deer Rebels, 10. Lewiston MAINEiacs.
The Los Angeles Kings confirmed that 19-year old center Brayden Schenn is on his way back to the defending Western Hockey League Eastern Division Champion Brandon Wheat Kings. With L.A., Schenn played in eight games with two assists.
On the Wheat Kings site, they have a picture of Schenn and the the phrase "He's back." The Wheaties could use a little help. They are next-to-last in the East Division standings at 11-17-1-1 — 17 points behind division leader Saskatoon.
In addition to returning to the Wheat Kings, the fifth overall selection in the 2009 NHL draft iis expected to be added to Hockey Canada’s list of players invited to attend this year’s Selection Camp in Toronto.