Sports in brief: Skapski draws notice from NHL Central Scouting

Mackenzie Skapski of Abbotsford earned a mention in the NHL Central Scouting rankings released last Thursday.

Mackenzie Skapski of Abbotsford earned a mention in the NHL Central Scouting rankings released last Thursday.

Skapski, a goalie with the with the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice, is the fourth-ranked draft-eligible goalie in the WHL, according to Central Scouting’s preliminary rankings for the 2012 NHL draft.

In his first full WHL season, Skapski has posted a 3-1 record with a 2.50 goals against average and a .900 save percentage as the Ice’s backup goalie. The 17-year-old finds himself in a unique situation with Kootenay, as he and starter Nathan Lieuwen form an all-Abbotsford netminding tandem.

HEAT SHOW LOVE FOR LOKOMOTIV

The wives and girlfriends of Abbotsford Heat players have raised $2,210 to date for the families affected by the plane crash involving the Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team on Sept. 7.

The crash, which claimed 44 lives, has inspired hockey wives and girlfriends around the world to sell “Love for Lokomotiv” bracelets as a fundraiser. Heat-branded bracelets are available at the team store at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. To make a cash donation directly to the cause, visit www.loveforlokomotiv.com.

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