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Breaking: Flyers sign 20-year-old scoring sensation

Another huge acquisition for GM Ron Hextall. Keep stocking those prospect cupboards, Hexy!

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they’ve signed 20 year old junior scoring sensation Carsen Twarynski to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Twarynski has had a remarkable season with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Kelowna Rockets this year. In 66 games for the Rockets, the hard-shooting left winger has put up an incredible 43 goals and 70 points.

In their official press release the Flyers highlighted some other incredible achievements from Twarynski this season:

  • Twarynski has recorded 43 goals and 27 assists for 70 points for his junior team, the Kelowna Rockets.
  • His 43 goals leads the team and are T-9th overall in the WHL, while his 17 power-play goals are T-3rd overall in the WHL.
  • His 70 points are a new career high by 25 points, while his 43 goals are more than double his previous career high (20).
  • Currently on a six-game point streak (5g-2a) as Kelowna ranks third in the WHL's Western Conference standings with a 40-22-5-2 record for 87 points.
  • Helped lead the Kelowna Rockets to the WHL Conference Finals last season, recording five points (3g-2a) in 16 games.
  • Has attended Flyers Development Camp in each of the last two summers and has appeared in one game for the Flyers in each of the last two preseasons.

It’s expected that the kid will play some games for the Flyers’ AHL affiliate the Lehigh Valley Phantoms before getting his chance to crack the big squad next training camp. Welcome to the big leagues, Carsen! 

Former NHLer knocks out referee out cold with a brutal sucker punch

 Hands up if you remember former NHLer Andrei Kovalenko. The big Russian winger played over 600 career games in the NHL split between the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins, but left for the KHL, or rather its predecessors the Russian Super League (RSL) following the 2000-2001 NHL season. 

The big man affectionately known as “The Tank” by former teammates is probably best known for being part of the trade package that netted the Avs goaltender Patrick Roy from the Canadiens. Covalence was shipped to the Habs, along with goaltender Jocelyn Thibault and Martin Rucinsky for Roy and forward Mike Keane. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since leaving North America and retiring from professional hockey in Russia in the late 2000s, Kovalenko has remained in the sport and is currently the head of the KHL’s Players Association. As such, Kovalenko is a spokesman for the league and often participates in promotional events including one earlier this week in the league’s United Corporate league where he apparently took issue with a referee’s call. So much so that he delivered a devastating sucker punch to the official, knocking him out cold and giving him a concussion.

Check it out:

WTF!? The referee, Vladislav Kiselev, was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a concussion. He made an official statement to Swedish hockey magazine Aftonbladet the next day saying:

“He could not control himself, he hit me several times. He was furious. I told him to go and sit in the stall, then he pulled me in, burst out all other judges and players - and hit me hard again.”

Kovalenko has reportedly not reached out to Kiselev to offer an apology or to explain his actions. Double WTF!?