2021 SHL Week 11 Transactions

  • On Monday, the Kansas City Smoke placed C Mike Rivera on the injured list.  Rivera suffered a lower-body injury during Sunday’s 6-5 win over Portland.  He is expected to miss most if not all of the rest of the season.  Rivera was one of Kansas City’s leading scorers, leading the team in assists with 29 and being second in points with 43.  To take Rivera’s spot on the roster, the Smoke recalled F Randy O’Connor from their CHL affiliate in Omaha.  The Smoke sent O’Connor down during the All-Star break as part of a midseason roster shakeup.  Prior to being sent down. O’Connor appeared in 6 games with Kansas City, recording a pair of assists. Omaha signed RW Red Bright to a short-term contract to replace O’Connor.
  • Wednesday was the trading deadline. The following trades were consummated at the deadline:
    • The Washington Galaxy traded G Buzz Carson to the Milwaukee Growlers for G Kelvin White and a 3rd-round draft pick. (More details here.)
    • The Galaxy traded RW Brad Stevens to the Hamilton Pistols in exchange for RW Anders Pedersen. (More details here.)
    • The Portland Bluebacks traded Ds Stan Gallagher and Wick Berman to the Anchorage Igloos for Ds Jackson Creed and Harold Braintree. (More details here.) After the trade, Portland called up D Gavin Umber from their CHL affiliate in Colorado Springs, and Anchorage demoted D Vitaly Dyomin to their affiliate in Minnesota.
    • In a three-way trade, the Kansas City Smoke sent D Leonard Wright to Milwaukee, which sent D Geoff Moultrie to the Boston Badgers, which sent D Marshall Kreitzer and a 3rd-round draft pick to Kansas City. (More details here.) After the trade, Kansas City recalled D Lowell Sharkey from their affiliate in Omaha, while Boston demoted D T.K. O’Neill to their affiliate in Hartford.
    • The Bluebacks traded RW Elliott Pepper and D Rusty Sienna to the Michigan Gray Wolves for LW Fendrick Scanlan, D Burton Cullidge, and a 3rd-round draft pick. (More details here.) After the trade, Portland assigned Scanlan to Colorado Springs and called up RW Holden Cadorette from Colorado Springs, while Michigan recalled LW Scot Davenport from their affiliate in Cleveland and demoted RW Rory Socarra to Cleveland.
    • The Smoke traded LW Charlie Brooks and D Tuomas Nurmi to the Hershey Bliss for C Yegor Nestorov, D Knute Skoeglin, and a 2nd-round draft pick.  (More details here.) After the trade, Kansas City promoted LW Aaron Knorr and D Stan Shakovich from Omaha, while Hershey demoted D Bruce Minnik and F Mason Kilborn to their affiliate in Virginia.
  • On Saturday, the Galaxy recalled D Serkan Mratic from their CHL affiliate in Baltimore and demoted D Morris Starling to Baltimore.  Starling appeared in 11 games for the Galaxy without recording a point.  Mratic played 16 games for Washington earlier in the season, registering 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).

2021 SHL All-Star Break Transactions

The following transactions occurred during the All-Star break:

  • The Boston Badgers promoted D Brett Stolte from their CHL affiliate in Hartford and returned D Bart Mahoney to Hartford.  This reverses a move the Badgers made three weeks ago, when the Boston front office expressed some concern about Stolte’s conditioning.  During his stint in Boston, Mahoney appeared in 8 games and recorded 4 assists, albeit with a -3 rating and a 44.9 CF%.  In Hartford, Stolte appeared in 12 games and recorded 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists).
  • In a major shakeup, the Kansas City Smoke promoted C Edz Zalmanis, D Trevor Lockwood, and G Eric Middleton from their affiliate in Omaha, and demoted F Randy O’Connor, D Lowell Sharkey, and G Dennis Wampler to Omaha.  The Smoke headed into the break on a skid, having lost 6 of their last 7 and 10 of their last 13, and GM Garth Melvin opted to make significant moves to the roster before the team’s postseason hopes slip completely out of reach.  O’Connor has not played much, appearing in only 6 games and recording 2 assists.  Sharkey has factored heavily into the team’s blueline mix, with 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) and a 47.2 CF% in 20 games.  Wampler has put up poor numbers as the backup netminder, going 2-6-0 with a 4.38 GAA and .874 save percentage.  Zalmanis has shuttled between the SHL and CHL over the last couple seasons, and is Omaha’s leading scorer this season with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists); he received an All-Star nod for his performance.  Lockwood has put up 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists), 45 blocks, and a 51.9 CF% with Omaha on the season.  Middleton, meanwhile, has gone 10-8-1 with a 2.66 GAA and a .902 save percentage; like Zalmanis, he was an All-Star.
  • The Michigan Gray Wolves promoted LW Valdemar Sorensen and RW Boris Badenov from their affiliate in Cleveland and demoted F Steve Brandon and LW Scot Davenport to Cleveland.  The Wolves have been desperate for production from their wings, and Brandon (2 goals, 1 assist in 22 games) and Davenport (1 goal, 3 assists in 15 games) have failed to deliver.  Sorensen, a CHL All-Star, has been Cleveland’s points leader with 27 (12 goals, 15 assists), while Badenov led the team in goals with 15.
  • The New York Night promoted LW Chuck Alley from their affiliate in Utah, and demoted F Florian Theroux to Utah.  Theroux has appeared in 10 games for New York, recording 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists).  The 23-year-old Alley was an All-Star for Utah, putting up 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists).
  • The Portland Bluebacks promoted C Nikolai Valkov from their affiliate in Colorado Springs, and demoted C Palmer Mitchell to Colorado Springs.  The third-line center spot has been a revolving door for the Bluebacks this season.  Valkov held the position for the first four weeks, and after recording no goals and three assists, the team gave Mitchell a shot.  However, he has done even less, with just a goal and an assist in 16 games.
  • The Saskatchewan Shockers promoted LW Zane Skandalakis from their affiliate in Idaho, and demoted F Gene Kennedy to Idaho.  Kennedy has gained more attention for his work with the in-game entertainment crew than on the ice this season, appearing in just 4 games.  Skandalakis, meanwhile, has put up 12 goals with Idaho, leading the team.
  • The Washington Galaxy promoted C Pat Collistone and D Wojtek Cenovic from their affiliate in Baltimore, and demoted F Rex Batten and D Kermit Kaufman to Baltimore.  Cenovic returns to the Galaxy after being sent down five weeks ago; he lit it up in the CHL, with 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games.  Collistone is the points leader in Baltimore, wiht 31 (8 goals, 23 assists); it’s likely that he will spend time on the wing in Washington.

2020 SHL Week 8 Transactions

  • On Monday, the Kansas City Smoke‘s CHL affiliate in Omaha activated D Lowell Sharkey from the injured list.  Sharkey, who is a highly-regarded prospect in the Kansas City organization, missed five weeks with a lower-body injury.  In order to make room for Sharkey on the roster, the team released D Kjell Hanson.  The 24-year-old Hanson appeared in 15 games for Omaha, recording 2 assists and a -4 rating.
  • On Friday, the Dakota Jackalopes placed C Tanner Brooks on the injured list.  The 23-year-old Brooks suffered an upper-body injury during Thursday’s 4-1 win over Quebec, and is expected to miss at least three weeks.  To fill in during Brooks’ absence, the Jackalopes promoted C Jacob Cunniff from their CHL affiliate in Idaho.  Cunniff is Idaho’s leading scorer, with 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) so far on the season.
  • Also on Friday, the Hershey Bliss activated LW Russell Nahorniak from the injured list.  Nahorniak missed five weeks with a lower-body injury.  In order to accommodate Nahorniak’s return, the Bliss sent LW Sergei Tarisov back to their affiliate in Milwaukee.  Tarisov appeared in 13 games during Nahorniak’s absence, recording 3 goals and a +3 rating.  To make room for Tarisov on Milwaukee’s roster, the team released F Jerry Casenovia.
  • In one more Friday move, the Saskatchewan Shockers placed D Chris “Lightning” Oflyng on the injured list.  Oflyng had to be helped off the ice after being slammed head-first into the boards on Thursday, and is expected to miss up to six weeks.  The loss is devastating to the surging Shockers, as Oflyng led the team in points with 30 (8 goals, 22 assists).  To fill Oflyng’s roster spot, Saskatchewan called up D Pierre Chappelle from their CHL affiliate in Virginia.  The 31-year-old Chappelle was tied for the Virginia team lead in goals (with 15) and points (with 29).
  • On Saturday, the Hamilton Pistols placed C Marco Venezio on the injured list.  Venezio suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday’s game against Saskatchewan, and is expected to miss three to four weeks.  Venezio has been a stalwart on Hamilton’s second line, putting up 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists) on the season.  To fill Venezio’s spot on the roster, Hamilton called up C Hilliard Macy from their affiliate in Oshawa.  It’s the second SHL stint for the 20-year-old Macy, who appeared in 5 games for Hamilton earlier in the season. The Pistols also signed F Bobby Warner to a minor-league contract.
  • Also on Saturday, the Shockers placed C Cyril Perignon on the injured list.  Perignon suffered a lower-body injury against Hamilton on Saturday; he is expected to miss at least a month.  Perignon has recorded 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) and a +1 rating on the season for Saskatchewan.  To replace Perignon, the Shockers called up C Trent Harlow from Virginia.  At the time of his callup, Harlow led the Rhinos with 30 points.

2020 SHL Week 3 Transactions

  • On Monday, the Kansas City Smoke‘s CHL affiliate in Omaha placed D Lowell Sharkey on the injured list.  Sharkey suffered a serious lower-body injury during Sunday’s game against Idaho, and is expected to be sidelined for over a month.  The loss is a major blow to the organization, as the 20-year-old blueliner is a prized prospect who was off to a strong start, with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and a +6 rating in 9 games.  To fill Sharkey’s spot on the roster, the team signed D Fyodor Agronozov.  The 26-year-old Agronozov spent last year in Oshawa, where he recorded 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists) in 62 games.
  • Also on Monday, the Dakota Jackalopes‘ CHL affiliate in Idaho placed D Georg Ochre on the injured list.  Ochre, who was last season’s CHL Finals MVP, sustained an upper-body injury on Sunday against Omaha.  Much like Sharkey, Ochre was playing quite well; he recorded 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 9 games before his injury.  Unlike Sharkey, Ochre is expected to miss only 2 to 3 weeks.  Ochre’s spot will be taken by D Gerry Michaud, a 25-year-old who recorded 5 assists in 57 games with Maine last season.
  • On Friday, the Hamilton Pistols demoted F Michael Jennings to their CHL affiliate in Oshawa, and called up C Hilliard Macy from Oshawa.  The Pistols were in need of a center after Calvin Frye suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday’s 7-6 win over Hershey.  Although Frye is day-to-day, Jennings is a natural winger and the Pistols didn’t want to plug him in at center for any extended length of time.  The 20-year-old MAcy has had a solid season in Oshawa, with 7 goals and 3 assists in 11 games.
  • Also on Friday, the Hershey Bliss placed LW Russell Nahorniak on the injured list.  Nahorniak suffered a major lower-body injury when he was upended by a violent check in Thursday’s game.  He is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.  Nahorniak was a key contributor on Hershey’s second line, with 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games.  To fill Nahorniak’s spot, the Bliss called up LW Sergei Tarisov from their affiliate in Milwaukee.  Tarisov, 22, had put up 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 11 minor-league games this season.  The Bliss also signed F Jerry Cazenovia to a short-term contract to replace Tarisov in Milwaukee.