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The calgary hitmen are left with four 20-year-olds on their roster after G cody porter and D jaydan gordon cleared waivers. . . . That leaves the hitmen with G nick schneider, F jakob stukel, F matteo gennaro and D brady reagan as the four remaining 20s on their roster. Each WHL team will have to declare a maximum of three 20s shortly after the new season begins. . . . Porter, from north vancouver, was 14-16-3, 3.46, .888 in 34 appearances with the hitmen last season. In 117 regular-season appearances, 42 with the vancouver giants and 75 with calgary — he is 52-42-9, 3.30, .887. . . . Gordon, from cochrane, alta., had two goals and six assists in 70 games last season. He played his first two seasons with the swift current broncos. In 172 career games, he has three goals and 13 assists. . . .

Porter’s departure leaves schneider as calgary’s undisputed no. 1 goaltender. At the moment, veteran kyle dumba, 19, would appear to be no. 2 on the depth chart. Chance are, however, that the hitmen won’t want to go into the season with a 19-year-old in a backup role. . . . Schneider, who was acquired from the medicine hat tigers this summer, has signed an entry-level contract as a free agent with the NHL’s calgary flames, whose parent company also owns the hitmen.

The summer of fires moved closer to our home late wednesday afternoon when one broke out near monte lake. We live about 20 km east of kamloops above the north shore of the south thompson river. When we go to vernon or kelowna, we head east on the trans-canada highway to the monte creek interchange and then take highway 97. Monte lake is about 15 minutes up that highway. . . . The four photos above were taken off our deck on wednesday evening. When I first heard about the fire, at about 5 p.M., I took a look and there was one fairly thin column of smoke. Inside of 30 minutes it had grown by leaps and bounds. . . . Best universities china the top photo shows the light from the setting sun glancing off the smoke as the clock neared 9 p.M. . . . The photo second from top was taken just moments before the top one. . . . The third photo was taken around 6 p.M. . . . There were a number of airplanes working the fire; the one in the photo has a retardant bay on its bottom; it was headed back to the kamloops airport for the night as darkness set in. . . . University rankings in usa the thompson nicola regional district put evacuation alerts and orders in place, and there are an untold number of buildings at risk. . . . Now we can only wait and see what morning will bring.

Matt weninger has joined the moose jaw warriors as their new goaltender coach. . . . From a news release: “weninger is currently the regional consultant and goaltending lead for hockey alberta and previously worked with the saskatchewan hockey association in 2015-16 as a goaltending and coaching consultant.” . . . He also served as the goaltending coach for the SJHL’s yorkton terriers for two seasons (2015-17) and has worked with laurentian university (U sports) and hockey canada. . . . As a player, he spent four seasons (2010-14) at st. Lawrence U, where he holds school records for career and single-season games played, minutes played, consecutive games played, and total saves. . . . He also played three SJHL seasons, splitting that time between the kindersley klippers and flin flon bombers. . . . In moose jaw, weninger takes over from jamie hodson, who had worked with the warriors since 2011. Hodson now is the director of business and hockey operations for the MJHL’s virden oil capitals.

If you were wondering what was wrong with D ethan bear of the seattle thunderbirds late in the WHL playoffs and through the memorial cup, well, now we know. . . . As was reported here originally, bear did have a broken finger. What we didn’t know until now is that he underwent surgery to repair the index finger on his left hand. . . . Bear was injured while blocking a shot in game 3 of the western conference final against the kelowna rockets. He sat out the next three games, then returned for the final against the regina pats, a series that seattle won, 4-2. . . . “I was lucky enough to get a quick surgery, and then I recovered enough to play in the final and then the memorial cup," bear told derek van diest for a story that is posted right here at nhl.Com. “I had to adjust the knob on my stick and the way I placed my hand. But seattle, they really made it work for me and I was able to play at my best abilities. They put a plate in it and couple of screws. The doctors did a really good job. They made it strong enough so that I could play and I wouldn’t feel as much pain.” . . . According to van diest, “bear still is recovering from his injury, but is expected to be ready for oilers training camp in the fall.” . . . Bear, 20, was a fifth-round pick by the edmonton oilers in the NHL’s 2015 draft and has signed a three-year entry-level contract.

THE COACHING GAME . . . Mark lamb, who spent six seasons as the general manager and head coach of the WHL’s swift current broncos, is out after one season as head coach of the tucson roadrunners, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s arizona coyotes. . . . John chayka, the coyotes’ president of hockey operations and general manager, announced wednesday that mike van ryn has taken over as head coach. . . . The assistant coaches will be john slaney and steve potvin. . . . Mark hardy, an assistant coach last season, also won’t be returning. . . . Van ryn spent the past season working as the coyotes’ development coach. . . . In 2015-16, he was the head coach of the OHL’s kitchener rangers. . . . Slaney spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the coyotes, while potvin has been with the organization for one season as the skills coach. . . . George washington university inn the roadrunners finished 29-31-8 last season, their first in the AHL. Their winning percentage (.485) left them sixth in the eight-team pacific division. They didn’t qualify for the playoffs.

Two former WHL coaches will be part of the team canada’s coaching staff at the 2018 olympic winter games in pyeongchang, south korea. . . . Willie desjardins, a former head coach of the medicine hat tigers (2002-10), will be canada’s head coach, while dave king, who coached the WHL’s billings bighorns (1977-79), will be one of the assistant coaches. . . . The NHL has opted out of the games, so hockey canada will put together a national team of players from outside that league. Its schedule begins with a tournament in sochi, russia, from aug. 6-9. Canada then will move on to st. Petersburg, russia, for another tournament, aug. 14-17. . . . Team canada’s roster for the sochi cup includes a number of former WHL players, including F gilbert brule (neftekhimik nizhnekamsk, KHL), F bud holloway (skellefteå AIK, SHL), F rob klinkhammer (dinamo minsk, KHL), F brandon kozun (lokomotiv yaroslavl, KHL), F ben maxwell (spartak moskva, KHL), F brandon mcmillan (dinamo riga, KHL) and F linden vey (barys astana, KHL).