Around the web: Getzlaf in, Fantuz out; head on a swivel is what it's all about

From time to time there is not enough time to break out everything, so here are a few tide-over tidbits for this morning.

  • Slotback Chris Getzlaf (Regina) is likely to start in place for Andy Fantuz (Western) for the Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary on Saturday. (Regina Leader-Post)

  • B.C. Lions O-lineman Andrew Jones, who played defence at McMaster, has been practising at nosetackle for the Leos. (Vancouver Province)

    Wideout Samuel Giguère (Sherbrooke) likely figures to be on the Indianapolis Colts practice roster again the season. Make your own "beats playing for the Tiger-Cats joke." (Stampede Blue)

  • Tailback Jamall Lee (Bishop's) is facing stiff competition as undrafted rookie at the Carolina Panthers camp, where he has been given No. 22. Readers of a certain vintage, please speak up, was that Orville Lee's number? (

    (As an aside: Is "keep your head on a swivel" a big football player buzz phrase? Carolina tailback DeAngelo Williams used it in that article. Brander Craighead, a Belleville native (by way of Barrhaven) who is an offensive line recruit at Texas-El Paso, also used it in a Sun Media feature earlier this week.
  • Team Canada goalies Charline Labonté and Kim St. Pierre, a pair of McGill Martlets alumnae, are featured at

  • The Saskatchewan Huskies have added 20-year-old D-man Cody Hobbs from Prince George of the WHL. (Taking Note)

  • Another new name to learn: The perennially nationally ranked Laurier Golden Hawks have added 20-year-old forward Mitch Good, who had 85 points last season with the Jr. B. Stratford Cullitons. Junior B is actually a decent calibre in southwestern Ontario, since Tier II teams are mostly clustered around Toronto. (Stratford Gazette)

  • Premium pricing has come to NCAA Division 1 men's hockey. How long until you see it in Canada when teams like UNB or Alberta come to town? (Gross Misconduct)
  • Mark Wacyk continues his pre-season prognoses with a look at Guelph and passes along congratulations to Dave Smart. The Carleton men's coach and his spouse, Emily, welcomed into the world their first child, a baby boy named Theo, earlier this week. (

  • Two CCAA transfers have joined the Lakehead Thunderwolves women, 5-foot-10 wing Chelsea Nekuliak (Algoma) and 6-1 post Amy Beauchamp (Douglas College).

    Beauchamp is from Surrey, B.C., home of our own Andrew Bucholtz. (TbNewsWatch)
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  1. Actually, premium pricing has been the norm is some of the NCAA Div I hockey conferences for a while now, particularly in Hockey East (BC vs BU games, etc.). It does sound new for the ECAC, where half the teams are Ivy League schools, and those schools don't allow "athletic" scholarships.

    UNB uses premium pricing now when it hosts exhibition games against NCAA opponents - the need is to try to recoup the big expenses in bringing in those NCAA teams.

  2. It's acceptable for a special event like a NCAA-CIS game where the demand is higher. Doing it for a regular season game, well, it was probably inevitable, but some people would be uncomfortable.

    The rub is maybe it's more honest. There are some games no one wants to see. If you're the Blue Jays, you know the biggest gates will be vs. the Yankees and Red Sox, the smallest crowds will be vs. the Kansas Cities of the world.

  3. Is Dave Smart on leave from the senior national team this summer?