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AJHL’s Calgary Canucks Rename Arena in Honour of Late President Ken Bracko

By Sam Laskaris on September 29, 2017

The Calgary Canucks renamed their arena in honor of their late long-time president Ken Bracko. (Courtesy the AJHL)

The Calgary Canucks have a new home.

Sort of.

The squad is still playing out of the same facility. But the rink the Canucks call home is now named the Ken Bracko Arena, in honour of the franchise’s previous long-time president.

The rink, which was renamed on Sept. 17 prior to the Canucks’ regular season opener, was previously called Max Bell Arena 1.

Calgary’s Max Bell Centre, a two-pad facility, continues to have a rink called Max Bell Arena 2.

Bracko, who died two years ago, had served as the Canucks’ president for 32 years. His son Carey is currently a member of the club’s Board of Directors.

Besides his work with the Canucks, the elder Bracko was a legendary figure in Calgary hockey circles as he helped create a Major Midget AAA elite league and was instrumental in the founding of the prestigious Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament.

Following the renaming ceremony, the Canucks went on to win their season opener, downing the Olds Grizzlys 5-1.

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Grizzlys Sign Head Scout
The Olds Grizzlys, who have not had a winning record in seven seasons, have brought in an individual with plenty of AJHL experience to hopefully help the franchise.

Earlier this month, the Grizzlys announced they have hired Doug Hergenhein as the team’s head scout and director of player personnel. Hergenhein was signed to a three-year deal.

Hergenhein, who has more than 40 years of playing and coaching experience, has mentored players at various levels including junior, Major Junior, college, minor pro and pro levels.

He last worked in the AJHL as the Calgary Canucks’ head scout and director of player personnel during the 2014-15 campaign.

Hergenhein had first worked in the AJHL with the then Calgary Royals (the franchise has since been renamed Mustangs). He had been the Royals’ head coach and head scout from 2000-05.

He also held managerial, scouting and director of operation positions with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the Drumheller Dragons.

Kodiaks Rookie Shines Early on
Camrose Kodiaks’ Brock Bremer didn’t need much time to adjust to life in the AJHL.

Bremer, who is from Forest Lake in Minnesota, scored once and added a pair of assists in his Kodiaks’ regular season debut on Sept. 15. His three-point effort helped Camrose down Drumheller 5-3.

Bremer was held pointless the following night as the Dragons edged Camrose 3-2 in overtime.

But he then had a four-point outing (two goals, two assists) in the Kodiaks’ third game, a 6-3 triumph versus the Sherwood Park Crusaders on Sept. 21.

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By Sam Laskaris| September 29, 2017
Categories:  Junior
Keywords:  Calgary Canucks

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