Raiders add Crosbie and Danis to roster

The Prince Albert Raiders have brought in two players with Western Hockey League experience ahead of their journey to the East Division bubble in Regina.

The reigning Ed Chynoweth Cup holders signed forward Kyle Crosbie from the Moose Jaw Warriors and Logan Danis from the Winnipeg Ice in separate deals on Monday afternoon.

An eighth round pick by the Kelowna Rockets in 2016, Crosbie was acquired by the Warriors in November 2019 as part of a deal that saw the ill-fated Memorial Cup hosts pick up veteran forward Jadon Joseph.

The 20-year-old from Didsbury, Alta. has posted 23 points in 115 games.

Danis, who is 19 years of age, had four points in 25 games for his hometown Ice and put up 15 points in 26 contests for the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues last year.

Prior to the stoppage of the MJHL campaign in November, Danis suited up for the Winkler Flyers and had four points in eight games.

Crosbie and Danis will fill the holes left by the absences of Aliaksei Protas and Ilya Usau, who are eligible to return but are playing for Dinamo Minsk in the KHL this season.

Around the WHL

The Moose Jaw Warriors announced on Monday that longtime general manager Alan Millar was stepping down from the position to become the director of player personnel for Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

Millar had been with the Warriors since 2010 and spent two seasons as the director of hockey operations before being promoted in 2012.

In addition to being the longest serving general manager in team history, Millar oversaw the club’s East Division winning sides in 2012 and 2018, the latter of which won the Scotty Munro Trophy as WHL regular season champions.

Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Ice made a splash on Monday as they added overage forward Anderson MacDonald and goaltender Carl Stankowski to their lineup.

MacDonald, who is from Saint John, N.B., has posted 142 points in 196 QMJHL games over the last four years with the Sherbrooke Phoenix, Moncton Wildcats, Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Saint John Sea Dogs.

Stankowski came out of nowhere to help the Seattle Thunderbirds to a WHL title as a rookie in 2017 with a 16-4 record, a 2.50 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

After missing the 2017-18 season due to a hip injury, the Calgary product spent the 2018-19 campaign with his hometown Hitmen before joining the BCHL’s Penticton Vees last year.