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SPORTS BRIEFS: Honzek makes pro debut, Moore signs with Bandits

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Vancouver Giants winger Sam Honzek made his AHL debut April 19-20, dressing in both Calgary Wranglers contests in Abbotsford.

Calgary fell 4-3 in overtime Friday, and lost 3-2 to the Abbotsford Canucks Saturday.

Wranglers are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames, who selected Honzek in the first round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

The Giants captain played in NHL pre-season games with the Flames, but hasn’t played a regular season game yet in the professional ranks. Honzek signed his entry-level contract with the Flames last summer.

This past season, he posted 10 goals and 31 points in 33 games.

Moore signs with Bandits

Portland Trail Blazers guard Taze Moore has been signed by the Vancouver Bandits.

Moore appeared in four games for the Trail Blazers this past 2023-24 NBA season, most recently suiting up in Portland’s regular season finale against the Sacramento Kings where he scored an NBA career-high 12 points, eight rebounds (four offensive) and four assists in 30 minutes of action.

Prior to being called up to the NBA, Moore played 22 games for Portland’s G League affiliate, the Rip City Remix.

“I am excited to be part of the Vancouver Bandits family and to work relentlessly toward winning a CEBL championship,” Moore said.

A native of Southaven, Miss., Moore becomes the second member of the Bandits to play in the NBA, joining MJ Walker who played for Vancouver last summer and suited up for the Phoenix Suns in 2021-22.

Vancouver will tip off its home opener against Montréal on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.