Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Broncos Release 12; 28 Heading to Edmonton

Here's the media release:

The Broncos made 12 player personnel moves after last night’s game. Reassigned were:

Joel Rumpel (16) Goaltender Swift Current Midget AAA (SMHL)
Martin Cole (17) Defense Canmore Jr. (AJHL)
Jordan Peddle (16) Forward Swift Current Midget AAA (SMHL)
Michael Hay (15) Forward Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA (MMHL)
Davis Claffey (16) Forward Red Deer Midget AAA (AMHL)
Andrew Sullivan (15) Forward Calgary North Stars Midget AAA (AMHL)
Jarryd ten Vaanholt (16) Forward Northwest Giants Midget AAA (BCMMHL)
Travis Tilley (16) Forward Yellowhead Midget AAA (MMHL)
Taylor Vause (16) Forward Calgary Royals Midget AAA (AMHL)
Evan Warner (16) Forward Calgary Royals Midget AAA (AMHL)

Meanwhile, 17 year old defenseman Scott Macaulay elected to return to the Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League after the Black/White game, and 16 year old defenseman David Greyeyes suffered an injury last night and will be unable to suit up this weekend in the Edmonton pre-season tourney. He will likely be reassigned to the Beardy’s Blackhawks of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League. The Broncos now have 28 players on the roster (3 goaltenders, 8 defensemen, and 17 forwards).


Macauley returning home has caught everyone by surprise. Apparently he doubts his ability to play in the Western Hockey League citing his size as a factor. I'm thinking the Broncos had plans for Scott this upcoming season as at least a 6th or 7th d-man with potential for more but maybe he didn't see it that way. I'm disappointed about this development and hope to see him at some point this season or maybe next. He was no doubt my favorite rookie at camp as past blog entries have indicated.

I think back to Derek Claffey as a 16 year-old electing to play a year of Junior "A" hockey in Canmore before coming to the Broncos last season as a rookie 17 year-old. Maybe this will be a similar situation - maybe not. Time will tell.

Overall, the team remains very deep at the blueline and have still have 8 on the roster including 16 year-old Joel Rogers.


Anonymous said...

Hey Jon, any relation between Davis Claffey and Derek Claffey?


Jon Keen said...

Yes, Davis is his younger brother.

Anonymous said...

Jon i thought i had heard a rumour that Scott Mcauley was pondering ncaa route? any truth to this rumour?

Jon Keen said...

Yeah, that's pretty much a given considering this latest move. I'm sure he would like to keep his options open.

Good luck to him and maybe we'll see him back down the road.