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It was an earlier start this morning as the players headed over to the rink for a warm-up workout in preparation for tonight's scrimmage. The sunshine and blue skies we'd been enjoying until now has given way to rain, and according to the locals it's the first rain in almost two months. Lucky us! I find it hard to believe, though, that they haven’t been getting any rain here in the Pacific Northwest.

Rewinding a bit, the team enjoyed a steak dinner in the members-only clubhouse at Bear Mountain last night, with the entertainment provided by Len Barrie's father, Len Sr. The elder Barrie kept everyone in the room on their toes with NHL trivia that even had trivia buff Barry Melrose scratching his head.

Back to today – this morning’s sessions were lighter than yesterday, with each team doing some on-ice work and off-ice work before heading back to the resort. After a quick lunch it was time for the Bolts to tend to some business, with Steven Stamkos officially signing on the dotted line on a three-year rookie contract during a press conference at the Westin Bear Mountain. There were smiles all around as Stamkos was joined onstage by Owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules, vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton and head coach Barry Melrose. Part owner Russell Belinsky, a business partner of Koules’ from California, also made an appearance.

It was back over to the Juan de Fuca Arena for the scrimmage, with the teams broken down as follows:


37 Boyle, Daryl D 6'1 193 Brandon (WHL)/Norfolk (AHL)
21 Fadden, Mitch C 5'11 175 Lethbridge (WHL)
35 Helenius, Riku G 6'3 202 Seattle (WHL)
32 Jackson, Scott D 6'4 213 Seattle (WHL)
40 Jung, Torrie G 6'1 182 Kelowna (WHL)
49 Killorn, Alexander C 6'0 185 Deerfield Acadamy (MA-HS)
46 Leavold, Brady RW 5'10 194 Kelowna (WHL)
14 Lee, Derek C 5'9 154 Salmon Arm (BCHL)
55 Marshall, Matt C/RW 6'1 185 Noble & Greenough HS (MA-HS)
61 Procyshen, Taylor RW 5'8  165 Tri-Cities (WHL)
19 Quick, Kevin D 6'0 175 Norfolk (AHL)/Michigan (CCHA)
71 Rogers, Andy D 6'5 206 Norfolk (AHL)/Mississippi (ECHL)
91 Stamkos, Steven C 6'1 196 Sarnia (OHL)
36 Ward, Michael D 6'3 196 Lewiston (QMJHL)
56 Wright, James            C 6'3 180 Vancouver (WHL)


33 Aquino, Luciano LW     5'10  200  Ft. Wayne (IHL)
7 Barberio, Mark D 6'0 201 Moncton (QMJHL)
3 Barrie, Tyson D 5'9 180 Kelowna (WHL)
4 Courtnall, Justin LW 6'3 185 Victoria (BCHL)
16 De Coste, Kyle RW 6'1 178 Brampton (OHL)
30 Grieco, Anthony G 6'1 187 Mississauga (OHL)
24 Kaufman, Chris D 6'3 200 Bakersfield (ECHL)/Robert Morris U.
38 Lawrence, Chri RW 6'4 199 Norfolk (AHL)
2 Marsh, Tyson D 6'1 215 Columbia (ECHL)/Rockford (AHL)
39 Pighin, Evan RW 5'10 191 Chilliwack (WHL)
34 Szcezechura, Paul C 5'11 190 Norfolk (AHL)/Iowa (AHL)
17 Todd, Daine C 5'10 168 Medicine Hat (WHL)
74 Vlassopoulos, Andreas LW 5'11 180 Colorado College (WCHA)
77 Wishart, Ty D 6'5 203 Moose Jaw (WHL)/ Worcester (AHL)

The arena was absolutely packed with locals for the scrimmage, with close to 1,000 fans filling the seats and lining the boards. Owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie stepped behind the benches to coach the teams, with Koules leading Team B (white) and Barrie in charge of Team A (black).

The first period was a little flat, with Stamkos having a couple of good chances that Torrie Jung was able to stop. The hitting picked up in the second, as did the offense, with camp invitee Andreas Vlassopoulos opening the scoring for Team B by burying the rebound off a Tyson Barrie shot. It was 2-0 a short time later on a power-play goal by defenseman Ty Wishart, who threaded a wrist shot from the point through a crowd and past Helenius.

Team A pulled within 2-1 early in the third when Alex Killorn scored off a nice pass from Taylor Procyshen, and Stamkos provided the highlight of the night a few minutes later when he picked the puck up near center ice and absolutely blew by a defenseman along the boards who thought he had Stamkos closed off. He wasn’t able to finish off the play though, and Evan Pighin’s empty-netter sealed a 3-1 victory for Team B.

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