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Mackenzie Royer back on the ice

Mackenzie Royer took to the ice Monday for the first time since suffering a concussion Sept. 30 at Portland.

He was wearing a no-contact yellow jersey as the team was running through drills. He lost an edge once during drills and lost control of the puck a couple of times, but for not having skated for five weeks, he looked pretty good.

"We are doing what's right for him for his long-term health," said Ams GM Bob Tory.

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In my 10th season covering the Americans, Ty Rimmer is the first Tri-City goalie I can remember who skates out the the blue line and joins his teammates for the national anthem. Not Tyler Weiman, Carey Price, Chet Pickard or Drew Owsley.

"I like standing on the blue line, looking down the line and seeing that everyone is ready for puck drop," Rimmer said. "I started doing it last year off and on. It's a team unity thing."

Seems to be working. The Ams are 12-5-0-0 and Rimmer is 8-3-0-0.

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Medicine Hat forward Hunter Shinkaruk was named WHL Player of the Week after collecting 11 points — 7 goals and 4 assists — in three games, helping the Tigers to a 2-0-1-0 record.

The WHL nominated Portland's Mac Carruth for CHL goalie of the week after going 3-0-0-0, stopping 56 of 59 shots for a .949 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average.

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In the WHL dog house: Medicine Hat's Cole Grbavac, one game for a charging major and a game misconduct against Brandon on Nov. 5.

Soon to be in the dog house? Everett D Lucas Grayson was given a charging major for a hit on Spokane's Dominik Uher on Sunday at 16:04 of the third period. Uher was hit as he scored the Chiefs’ seventh goal, his sixth of the season. As Uher left the ice, he wasn’t able to put any weight on his right leg.

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