Game Day Blog
Summer Blog Entry: August 22-September 4
08/22/2014 2:03 PM - Adrian Denny
Here is the Utah roster that has been announced so far with contracts being approved by the ECHL.
Utah Coach Tim Branham is feeling very good about what has transpired for the Grizzlies so far this summer.
A player that will be announced in September played 2 games with Utah after college last season. The team has also added another goaltender who played against Utah after finishing college at the end of the season. Again, these will all be announced coming up.
More teases will follow pending contracts being approved by the ECHL. 3 contracts are in the mail.
The team will unveil their 20th season in Utah logo on Monday.
The Grizzlies office took the Ice Bucket Challenge last week after being challenged by Head Coach/GM Tim Branham.
Coach Branham continues to recruit while also spending two weeks in England working with local youth players and the Telford Tigers, whom the Grizzlies recently partnered with.
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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