Game Day Blog
Summer Blog Entry: August 8-21
08/08/2014 1:10 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies re-signed Michael Pelech on Thursday, he will go from number 33 to 23 this year.
Utah's next two signings will be a point-a-game rookie forward out of college and a puck moving defenseman who played two games in the AHL following college in 2012-2013 and spent the last year in Europe.
A Western Conference affiliation change occurred on Tuesday when Colorado announced an affiliation with Calgary. The Flames spent the last year in Alaska after Utah flipped to the Ducks in August of 2013.
Grizzbee will be at the Salt Lake Bees game tonight celebrating their mascot Bumble’s birthday.
Keep watching Facebook for more 20th season clues/surprises for 2014-2015. You can like us on Facebook at facebook.com/utahgrizzliesfanpage. Is there also a 20th anniversary logo in store?
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The blog will return on August 22, as scheduled vacation time kicks in.
Summer Blog Entry: August 1
08/01/2014 12:56 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies next player signing announcement will come Monday with a returning player and the first player to actually sign with the team earlier this summer being re-introduced.
Looks like two Grizzlies teammates are going to connect this weekend with both Brendan Jamison and Vinny Scarsella tweeting today:
Brendan Jamison @Jamer412
Heading up to the thriving metropolis of Buffalo, NY to see my fav @UtahGrizz power forward and adult league phenom
Vinny Scarsella @vinny2389
Big weekend get to see my besties @kennyagostino and @Jamer412 and it will be good to see @dayzerrr too
Grizzlies owner Dave Elmore was officially inducted into the Pacific Coast League’s Hall Of Fame last weekend in Colorado Springs recognizing over 40 years of service in professional baseball and hockey. Grizzbee and other team executives were in attendance. The Elmore Sports Group includes: the Grizzlies and baseball teams in Colorado Springs, San Antonio, San Bernardino, Eugene and Idaho Falls.
Trainer Mike Plandowski just completed another year providing medical support for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo. He has provided support for the event since 2010.
ICYMI, the Grizzlies signed rookie forward H.T. Lenz on Monday. He served as the captain at the University of Vermont the last three years.
Thursday, the Grizzlies re-signed forward and third leading scorer from last year Mathieu Aubin. He is ready to go after suffering that horrible injury on April 9 and missing the playoffs.
Summer Blog Entry: July 25
07/25/2014 12:50 PM - Adrian Denny
The Grizzlies next two signings will involve a returning veteran forward from last year’s team and a rookie who just captained his college for the last three years.
If you missed the big story of the week, Vinny Scarsella was mentioned by TSN, Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, Barstool Sports and more following his men’s league hockey game with Blackhawks star Patrick Kane Monday evening in his home town of Buffalo. Scarsella had seven goals and two assists playing alongside Kane who had five goals and five assists.
Earlier this week, SI.com did an article on top minor league systems of the NHL teams. They said Utah's parent club in Anaheim had the third best system.
Utah’s Trevor Lewis and Grizzlies NHL lockout star Trevor Lewis was on Talkin’ Sports on KMYU Tuesday night with Dave Fox talking about his second Stanley Cup winning experience.
Bakersfield named J.F. Houle their Head Coach this week after Troy Mann moved on July 15. The search was conducted by the Condors owner, the Edmonton Oilers. And they obviously were looking for someone to grow in their organization with this hire. Houle played in the ECHL in the late 90s and had a very successful record the last several years coaching in the QMJHL.
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Summer Blog Entry: July 18
07/17/2014 2:19 PM - Adrian Denny
Gord Dineen, who won two Turner Cups with the Grizzlies and the only player to have his number retired in Grizzlies history was named was named Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies. Dineen was the Grizzlies longtime captain from 1994-2000 and also played in 528 NHL games.
Skalde was also a fan favorite in Utah and was given the team’s Community Service Award in 2004.
Former Grizzlies who have signed as NHL free agents in the last few weeks:
Trevor Smith (In Utah in 2007-2008) re-signs with Toronto. He played 28 games last year with the ‘Leafs tallying four goals and five assists.
He has played in 52 total NHL games.
Micheal Haley (In Utah in 2007-2008) a veteran of 52 NHL games as well goes from the Rangers to the San Jose Sharks.
Steve Ott who was traded to St. Louis with Ryan Miller midseason re-signs with the Blues. He’s already played in 693 NHL games after playing for Utah from 2002-2004.
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Summer Blog Entry: July 11
07/11/2014 8:58 AM - Adrian Denny
Vinny Scarsella was the first player to return his qualifying offer as it arrived back last week. The Grizzlies also have signed contracts from Brent Gwidt and Mike Folkes who have been previously announced.
2014-2015 Grizzlies Ducks prospects Andrew O’Brien and Joseph Cramarossa attended Anaheim’s Prospect and Development Camp this past week. Both did interviews for Ducks.NHL.com.
Cramarossa on Ducks TV
O’Brien on Ducks TV
Igor Bobkov also was in Anaheim and attended an Angels game with some of his current and future teammates if you can find him here in this photo.
Meanwhile, Grizzlies Head Coach Tim Branham worked the USA Hockey Select 16 Development Camp this week. His Branham’s Hockey Camps will start later this month in Wisconsin.
Adam Pineault’s retirement was announced this week after he served as an assistant captain this year. He finishes his career with 367 games played, including 2 in the NHL with Columbus. Adam and his wife Monique were very involved in the community this season.
Here they are cooking on 2 News:
Here is Monique talking on ABC 4 to promote the Grizzlies Leukemia and Lymphoma night in November and to tell her story:
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