The latest ThunderTips Hockey Podcast, on which I appear alongside Seattle Thunderbirds beat writer Andy Eide dropped Wednesday night. You can listen below:
The Silvertips left Xfinity Arena Tuesday. On Wednesday they returned to what is now Angel of the Winds Arena.
The casino will pay $3.4 million for naming rights of the arena for the next 10 years. An interesting note: Comcast paid $7.4 million in 2007 for 10 years of naming rights that expired this summer.
Wednesday was a regular midweek practice with 16-year-old goalie Danton Belluk in town to spell Carter Hart while Hart is away at World Juniors.
The Tips have won nine in a row and have three games before the holiday break. They’re hoping to close strong.
“We definitely have to stay true to what we’re here to do and not look ahead to the holiday season, which is tough for this age group,” head coach Dennis Williams said. “You want to finish strong and you want to be able to go home on a positive note and feeling good.”
Forward Riley Sutter got some good news earlier Wednesday when it was announced he was named to the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game scheduled for Jan. 25 in Guelph, Ontario.
Introducing the next wave of #NHLDraft talent.
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) December 13, 2017
Meanwhile Sutter’s roommate, Carter Hart, saved 18 shots as he combined on a shutout in a 3-0 USports win over Team Canada.
— #WorldJuniors (@HC_WJC) December 14, 2017
To clarify: Hart is one of four goalies at Team Canada’s World Junior Championship training camp. However, he played for the USports team in Wednesday’s game. The USports team is made up of all-star players from Canadian universities, most of whom are former CHL players themselves. The Team Canada brass wants to see all four invited goaltenders in action so two suited up for the opposition Wednesday.
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