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Monkeys, Banjo-Cats announce recruits

August 9, 2011

EVIL MONKEYS AND BANJO-CATS ANNOUNCE RECRUITS
..... AND EUROPEAN TEAMS OPEN CAMP


Although there is no new news about the Bisons out there, two rivals announced their recruiting classes. Also, some of their European tour opponents have made preparations for their training camps, which open this week.

Otherwise, none of the CW teams have announced training camp rosters and Saskatchewan, Alberta, Lethbridge, and Calgary have not released schedules either. So the fast-approaching exhibition season remains a bit of a mystery.

Nine feces-throwing primates were recruited to play for the University of Saudi Alberta. The Evil Monkeys announced their nine player recruiting class en masse. Three of those are hoping to escape the zoo via NHL tryouts. The picks are evaluated (complete with video links) at South Campus Sports. Josh Koper who will be attending Jets camp, Jordan Hickmott is headed to Rangers camp, and Brett Ferguson who got an invite from the Oilers. The players are (all WHL except where noted):
- Levko Koper - forward - Spokane
- Kruise Reddick - forward - Tri-City
- Brett Ferguson - forward - Red Deer
- Jordan Hickmott - forward - Edmonton
- James Dobrowolski - forward - Prince George
- Travis Toomey - forward - Seattle
- Jordan Rowley - defence - Prince Albert
- Thomas Carr - defence - Medicine Hat
- Barron Smith - defence - Peterborough (OHL)

The Monkeys apparently have nine returning forwards, five d-men, and 3 goaltenders. I don't have all the names but gone are their top two scorers, Derek Ryan and Chad Klassen, captain Eric Hunter, and Kyle Fecho on defence. I had understood that their main concern this year was the recruitment of new d-men. However, the group is very heavy with forwards.

The Regina announcement was bound to pale in comparison. They had previously announced seven recruits. But one, goaltender Andrew Hayes from Cape Breton (QMJHL), evidently had a change of heart. They replaced him with Lucas Gore, a fine goaltender from the Chilliwack Bruins. The others (Joel Kot and Blaine Tendler) are d-men who played in the WHL before finishing their junior careers as Junior "A" over-agers. Here's their whole list:
- Liam Brennan - Forward - Augustana College (ACAC)
- Tyler Henry - Forward - Bonnyville (AJHL)
- Troy Hunter - Forward - Estevan (SJHL)
- Dayton Fossum Defence - La Ronge (SJHL)
- Mark Schneider - Defence- Regina (WHL)
- John Sonntag Defence - Kindersley (SJHL)
- Lucas Gore - Goalie - Chilliwack (WHL)
- Joel Kot - Defence - Estevan (SJHL)
- Blaine Tendler - Defence - Yorkton (SJHL)

Ritten/Renon Sport has a brief tournament update, but still not an indication as to which team will face the Bisons in the semi-final round. The hosts also have a new goaltender, Karol Krizan from Slovakia via the Swedish elite league amongst others.

The Landshut Cannibals have opened camp. They should be really well-prepared when they face the Bisons. I have no word as to whether the Bisons will practice here before leaving. If not, they would be at a serious disadvantage.

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