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Hughesman fifth on scoring list

With 2 goals and 5 assists in four games last week, Americans forward Adam Hughesman moved up the ladder on the team's all-time scoring list, assists list and goals scored list.

In 298 career games — all with the Americans — Hughesman has 290 career points, surpassing Stu Barnes (285) and Dylan Gyori (286) for fifth. Next up is Terry Degner (304 points).

With 178 assists, Hughesman passed Stu Barnes (174) for fifth all-time. Degner is next on the list with 195.

Hughesman has 112 career goals, putting him in a tie for eighth with Taylor Procyshen and Eric Johansson. Dylan Stanley is next with 113.

Hughesman said it's nice to be in the company of Stu Barnes, but that his numbers should come with an asterisk.

"I've met him a couple of times," Hughesman said of Barnes. "He's a great guy and a great owner. Thing is, it's taken me almost five years to score what he did in two."

Two more games and Hughesman will join the 300 club, which includes Brent Ascroft (355), Dylan Stanley (339), Ian McDonald (329), Jason Beeman (326), Tyler Schmidt (320) and Kruise Reddick (315).


Again, from the wonderful world of Gregg Drinnan's European connection — Foward Ladislav Scurko (Seattle, Tri-City, 2004-07) signed a contract for the rest of the season with his hometown team, Slovan Gelnica (Slovakia, 2.Liga). He played his first game Dec. 3. Scurko was released from jail Nov. 8 after serving 2 1/2 years in prison for the murder of Slovakian hockey referee Marek Liptaj in January 2008.

There are a few stories on the the internet about Scurko's release, but you have to put them through a translating program. Still working through that.


Six players from the WHL will suit up for Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament in Alberta over the Christmas holiday.

Forwards Brett Connolly, formerly of the Prince George Cougars, Mark Stone of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Quinton Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brendan Gallagher of the Vancouver Giants will join defensemen Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips and Mark Pysyk of the Edmonton Oil Kings on the 22-man roster for Canada's National Junior team.


Victoria Royals forward Kevin Sundher signed a three-year NHL entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Sundher was drafted by the Sabres in the third round, 75th overall, of the 2010 NHL draft.