WEST VALLEY CITY Tickets to see the Los Angeles Kings take on the San Jose Sharks Oct. 5 in NHL preseason action at the ECenter will go on sale to the general public Friday at 10:05 a.m.
Individual tickets range from $20-$60 and may be purchased at the E Center box office, any Ticketmaster outlet, online at www.utahgrizzlies.com or charge by phone at 801-325-SEAT.
Parties of 10 or more are eligible for group discounts through the Utah Grizzlies corporate offices by calling 801-988-PUCK.
Grizzlies ticket plan holders may purchase their tickets immediately through their team account representative by calling 801-988-PUCK.
The game at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, marks the first time since Oct. 3, 1998, that the state has hosted NHL hockey. It is also a rematch of a 2-1 game won by the Kings at the E Center in overtime.
Grizzlies lose Burt to Alaska ECHL team
Scott Burt, 31, one of the Utah Grizzlies' top veteran players last season, has signed with the ECHL Alaska Aces as a player/assistant coach for the 2008-09 season.
The 11-year pro won Kelly Cup championships with the Idaho Steelheads before signing with the Grizzlies last season and posting his ECHL career-high of 60 points as Utah enjoyed its best season in the AA league, making the National Conference Finals.
Burt tied with Ryan Kinasewich as Utah's top scorer in the regular season but scored just two points in 13 playoff games after being injured.
"We just have to go out and find another leader," said Utah coach Jason Christie Wednesday.
Christie said he had talked this summer with Burt, was aware that the free agent had visited a couple of other teams and that Alaska had flown him and his wife to Anchorage for a visit recently.
Christie said he will announce his first signings for the 2008-09 season in the next couple of weeks.
Park City skiers pace U.S. ski jumping team
PARK CITY Seven jumpers, including team veterans Lindsey Van, Jessica Jerome and Avery Ardovino, all of whom live and train in Park City, have been named to the 2009 U.S. Ski Jumping Team, according to Nordic Program Director John Farra.
The 2009 roster features the return of all team members from last season with one addition, Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, who, at the age of 13, is the youngest person ever named to the U.S. Ski Team in a nordic sport. Freestyle aerialist Rachel Pack, also of Park City, was the youngest athlete to be named to the U.S. Ski Team in any sport. She was 12 years old when announced for the 2004-05 team.
During the 2008 season, the team garnered five Continental Cup podiums, four of which belonged to Van. The Team looks forward to this February when it will participate in the first women's ski jumping World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic on Feb. 20, 2009. The FIS Nordic World Championships are the highest level of competition for the winter sports outside of the Olympics.
"This is a talented crew of jumpers made up with veterans and rookies alike who are optimistically approaching the first World Championships for women's jumping this winter," Farra said. "We have a few top contenders for those first World Championship medals, so the focus is high, and we are all excited to see the women take flight to achieve their goals on being best in the world!"
Also returning to the team are up-and-comers and Westminster College students Abby Hughes, Alissa Johnson and Brenna Ellis, all residents of Park City.
Chicago Fire acquire striker from Toronto
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. The Chicago Fire acquired former U.S. striker Brian McBride from Toronto FC on Wednesday for Chad Barrett, a first-round pick in the 2009 draft and future considerations.
The clubs had been working since last week to complete the deal for McBride, a native of the northwestern Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights.
"I am excited to be joining the Chicago Fire for many reasons. One of the most important of those is Chicago is my hometown," said McBride, who spent the last 4 1/2 years at Fulham in the English Premier League.
McBride, 36, played eight years in Major League Soccer for the Columbus Crew before going to England, where he was on loan to two clubs before joining the London side. He finished his contract in May after helping the club avoid relegation, saying he and his family wanted to return to the United States.
Nadal notches win in 2nd-round match
MASON, Ohio Rafael Nadal needed little time to win his 30th straight match.
The Spaniard spent only 48 minutes on court Wednesday and earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Florent Serra in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters. Nadal has won 30 consecutive matches since May.
Nadal, 22, has been on quite a tear the last two months, which included his epic five-set victory over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. In his first match on Cincinnati's extremely fast courts, he hardly missed a shot.
Serra, who hasn't won back-to-back matches since May, managed to win only 20 points, and two of those came on double-faults. Nadal dropped only 13 points in winning the first nine games of the match.
"It's important when you're playing a lot of matches to have one like this," he said.