The WHL playoffs are in full swing and there have been some interesting first few games in the conference semi finals. The Kelowna Rockets in the West going down 3-0 in their series against Seattle on home ice and of course the Saskatoon Blades tough start to their series against Medicine Hat going down 3-0 as well. I couldnt believe the start for the Blades last night considering the magnitude of the game. I also was surprised that the Portland Winterhawks lost game 1 to the Everett Silvertips. I guess the saying that anyone can win on any night in the WHL is true.
Did you see the OT winner for the Calgary Hitmen last night over the Broncos in Swift Current? Brooks Macek gloves the puck and basically throws it in front of the net where Victor Rask puts it home and the Hitmen took a 3-1 series lead. Somehow the referees missed that one and what a mistake! Shawn Mullin the voice of the Broncos and CTV's Lee Jones will join me on the Cage tonight to talk about it.
Rich Preston was fired as GM and Head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday after 4 years of missing the playoffs. The former coach with the Regina Pats apparently turned down an offer from Darryl Sutter last year to be an assistant in Los Angeles but declined because he wanted to honor his contract in Lethbridge... I guess that loyalty wasn’t reciprocated. I nominate Pats assistant coach Malcolm Cameron to succeed him as bench boss, Cameron is a great coach and deserves a shot.
A big congrats to just graduated Pat Lane Scheidl who picked up his first assist as a pro on Saturday with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. As well Dyson Stevenson hasn’t changed his game since joining the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL as he dropped the gloves in a game over the weekend. I shared the video on my facebook page and Dyson gives the crowd the ol arms in the air to pump them up, great moment for him. Stevenson will join the Forth Worth Brahmas of the CHL after the Condors season closes.
Jordan Weal has certainly found his niche in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs. The former star here in Regina has but up great numbers in the 2013 calendar year with 10 goals and 23 points since January 1st. The lockout ended and Weal get a much bigger role with the club and he’s doing what he does best... put the puck in the net.
Can you believe that the NHL season is only 6 weeks away from being done. The shortened season is flying by and I’m not complaining, there is so much hockey all the time. I am however a little worried as a Leaf fan that we might see them collapse in these final weeks and miss the playoffs again. History isn’t on their side.
How about those Ottawa Senators??? How do they keep winning? No Karllson, Spezza or Anderson and yet they haven’t missed a beat. Paul McLean is among the best coaches in the league.
The Calgary Flames need to trade Jerome Iginla. I know for Flames fans that would be like losing an arm but this is a team that needs a change. Feaster has been trying with this core of guys for too long and its obviously not working. I say Iginla (if traded) ends up in Chicago.
Looking forward to start of football season. Obviously the Regina hosting the Grey Cup will make for a special year. The Regina Thunder will start a little later in the summer and I am looking forward to that as well. I am interested in how the team will shape up under new head coach Scott MaCaulley. He should do a great job in my opinion and the players all seem to love him as a coach.
Well that’s it for today. I am in for Roddy on the Cage starting tonight until next Wednesday, will hear from the Pats in the pros in the coming days. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog! Until next week...