It’s been another fairly quiet Sunday around the NHL as is generally customary for August, with just one player, Mason Appleton, avoiding arbitration and inking an extension. There’s still been plenty going on in the world of hockey outside of the NHL, primarily on the ice, however, with the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the upcoming World Junior Championships. Today though has been quiet, with the former tournament wrapping up last night in Red Deer and the latter set to begin Tuesday in Edmonton. Still, there has been some buzz off the ice and we’ll take care of that here.
- According to their Twitter, Kunlun Red Star of the KHL have made a pair of North American signings, the first of these being defenseman Vincent LoVerde to a two-year contract (link). LoVerde began his hockey career with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL before spending four years at the University of Miami (Ohio). Now 33, LoVerde has spent the majority of his career in the AHL as a steady veteran defenseman, helping the Manchester Monarchs and Toronto Marlies each to a Calder Cup Championship. The defenseman took his talents to Europe last season, playing with Salzburg of the ICEHL in Austria, winning a championship with them as well. While LoVerde may not be the most high-profile name, he brings with him plenty of professional playoff experience and an invaluable championship pedigree, valuable to any team.
- In addition to LoVerde, Kunlun is also bringing in goaltender and fellow Illinois-native Matt Jurusik, also on a two-year deal (link). Jurusik has bounced around a good bit in his career, playing two seasons at the University of Wisconsin before leaving college hockey to play with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL in 2017-18. Following his season with Sioux City, Jurusik headed back to college, spending two years with Michigan Tech, turning pro prior to 2020-21. This season, Jurusik spent time in both the ECHL and AHL, getting into games with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL and the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Penguins and Texas Stars, both of the AHL.
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