The Neepawa Natives have hired Deloraine’s Dustin Howden as an assistant coach.
Howden replaces Cam Tibbett, who will step aside from coaching to assume a different role with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League club. Howden has previous coaching experience at the Midget AAA, Bantam AAA and Westman High School league levels, as well as coaching Team Westman in the 2014 Manitoba Games. Howden will begin his new post in August when the Natives start training camp on Aug. 29 at the Yellowhead Arena. Neepawa’s home opener is Sept. 19.
Shamanski signs DEAL
Carberry’s Steven Shamanski is preparing for his first full season of pro hockey after signing a one-year deal the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.
The 24-year-old defenceman completed his NCAA college hockey career at Providence College last spring where he set career highs with six goals and 15 points in 39 games with the Friars. The former Manitoba Junior Hockey League player of the year and top defenceman in 2010 finished with 11 goals and 25 assists in 141 career NCAA games and went on to play three games of pro with the Fort Wayne Comets at the end of the season.
Nixon returns to ECHL
Russell’s Brock Nixon has re-signed a one-year deal with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles.
After starting last season in Sweden, Nixon returned to North America to recover from an arm injury and signed with the Eagles, notching four goals and nine points in 23 ECHL games. The 23-year-old centre racked up 98 goals and 213 points in 314 WHL games over five seasons with the Kamloops Blazers and Calgary Hitmen before moving on to a five-year CIS career with the Calgary Dinos, compiling 51 goals and 111 points in 141 games.
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