Friday, August 31, 2007
Sounded like a great game for Sawyer Eichel and Marcello Ranallo.
Yes, it's just exhibition, but it's always nice to win.
Thoughts from anyone that was there? Please post below in the comments section!
Thanks for stopping by, see you at the 'Pound tomorrow!
Still a game to go in Russia, and Canada is up 3-0 before heading here for the next four games. I was having flashbacks today of the replays when Philly pounded the Red Army "they're goin home! they're goin home!" At this rate, the Russians might not even LEAVE home. Good job Canada.
The Dogs are back in action tonight with an exhibition tilt at the Frank Crane Arena at 7:30 against the Clippers. The Dogs are 0-1 and 1 so far in exhibition, the Clippers are 0 and 1 after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Powell River Kings Wednesday night also at the Frank Crane.
Tomorrow night these two bitter rivals go back at each other again, this time at the Dog Pound, a 7:00 start.
Ahhhhh.....Dogs vs Clippers. Where exhibition might as well be for the Stanley Cup-or the Royal Bank Cup, if you will. From my experience, I've found that most of the fans from both sides of this rivalry hate losing to the other team so much, they don't care if it's exhibition play or not. It's always neat to see the players absorb the rivalry and the feel of it. I remember what I was told about the rivalry when I came to Port Alberni, and I remember viewing it first hand for the first couple of times. Good stuff! Of course, all these Clipper games just give me the opportunity to "shoot the stuff" with my good friend "The Canpar Man" Bruce Sly so it's always a hoot!
It's Salmon Festival this weekend in Port Alberni so I won't be able to make the game tonight. I would appreciate any comments here on the blog from anyone who goes down tonight, so POST away! Salmon Festival is always a crazy busy time....I spend lots of time at the station on the air, and then equal amounts live on location with updates from Clutesi Haven Marina. It's hectic, but fun! I can taste the World Famous Kiwanis Club Salmon BBQ now!
Great story on the Bulldogs website today http://www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca/ regarding two more players moving on to school. Bradyn Melrose is heading down to The University Wisconsin-Superior to hit the books and hit the ice for the Yellow Jackets.
Stephen Pattison is heading to Brock University in Ontario- Scroll down to hear the entire interview with Stephen when he left Port Alberni a couple of weeks ago.
Congrats to both players and their families and support systems, and last but not least- the Bulldogs organization and Educational Advisor Tom McEvay- School and playing hockey, it's what Junior A Hockey is all about!
LASTLY- Does anyone have a suite for rent? A kitchen area, living area and sleeping area is all that is needed. Bulldogs trainer Leigh Fitzpatrick has asked me to try and help him find somewhere for the season- SO if you can help out with a place, or if you know someone else that has one, please call Leigh at the Dogs office at (250) 723 4412
I think that's it for today.
Enjoy the game at the 'Crane tonight if you are going. We'll see you at the 'Pound tomorrow!
Have a great long weekend!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I would NEVER hope for Canada to lose, but I'm also hoping that this series won't be over before it even hits Canada. The 5 and 6am start times aren't helping, but it seems like not too many people care about this one. Imagine if they came back to Canada tied 2-2, or ended up going to game 8, in a winner take all game? OH, we would care alright.
Game 3 is tomorrow, 5am. Again, I am blessed with the fact that I'm up at 4:30am and on the air at 6am so I can again see some of the game. As diehard as I am, I will be honest- If I wasn't having to go to work, I wouldn't be getting up at 5 and 6 in the morning to watch these games.
VANCOUVER (CP) - The Vancouver Canucks have had no success in winning a Stanley Cup in the 37 years since they entered the NHL, but the club may be hoping another new uniform will finally bring them the championship.
About 8,500 people, taking advantage of free tickets and enormous hype, trekked into GM Place on Wednesday to watch as five of the team's most popular players skated onto the ice wearing the new uniforms.
They will look strikingly familiar to fans.
The jerseys carry the most recent orca logo on the front and the original hockey stick emblem on the shoulders. But above the orca logo the word Vancouver is written across the jersey.
The sweaters are in the same blue, green and white colours the Canucks wore when they first joined the NHL
After finishing out of the playoffs since 2004, the Canucks advanced to the second round last season before losing to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.
The enthusiasm from the mostly under-30 crowd and the huge turnout of TV cameras and photographers almost made it look like the Canucks had won the Stanley Cup.
The new uniforms will go on sale next month for $139.95.
''It's really just to capture the dollars from the fans' pockets,'' says Nick Arcieri, a marketing analyst with All Sports Marketing in Toronto.
''In addition to ticket sales and beer sales and food sales, they need another stream of revenue, so merchandise is where it comes from.''
Many teams with great longstanding traditions would never change their uniforms, such as the New York Yankees and Montreal Canadiens.
In Toronto, said Arcieri, ''the fans don't want to see the (Maple Leafs) jerseys change. There have been some artists' renditions and all have been totally ripped apart by the fans. They like what's going on now.''
Every team in the NHL will be using new form-fitting, stretchier uniforms this season, and some of those teams took the opportunity to change other things.
''A lot of the teams are just using this (new form-fitting uniform) as an opportunity to update their logos and things since they're getting new jerseys anyway,'' says Arcieri.
Arcieri says the large crowd at GM Place is not surprising.
''It's considered the beginning of a new era so I guess a lot of fans want to be part of it. A hard-core hockey fan wants to be there.''
Star forward Markus Naslund modelled the new uniform along with Mattias Ohlund, Kevin Bieksa, Trevor Linden and Willie Mitchell.
Naslund was asked how important uniforms are for success.
''I think it's a big part of it,'' he said. ''You want to look good winning and I think this is a great step for us. We've got a new fresh outlook and hopefully that will be a positive thing.''
Bieksa said he liked having the word Vancouver across the jersey.
''It's strong and bold and the material is a lot more comfortable, too.
''When I first heard about the Vancouver across the jersey I was a little skeptical but after seeing it it looks good.''
He said he likes the new material.
''You notice the difference for sure. It's stretchy and it gives a little bit. It's a little lighter and a little more air gets through so I'll probably be just a little bit faster this year.''
Canucks fan Clarice Chow gave a thumbs up.
''I like the colours and I like how they kept the orca but I'm not sure about the Vancouver across (the jersey). Otherwise, it looks fine.
''Thank God it's not red and orange and black,'' she said, referring to the lamentable uniforms the Canucks wore through the 1980s that looked like something to be worn on Halloween.
Now before you bash the Canucks for not changing too much, check out the "new" Ottawa Senators sweaters
The Bulldogs have three more exhibition games, all in three days this weekend- Friday in Nanaimo, Saturday at the 'Pound at 7pm against Nanaimo, and Sunday at 1pm down at Bear Mountain Arena against the Grizzlies. After that, it's the REAL DEAL. A week tomorrow the 07-08 season officially kicks off as the Dogs open against the defending BCHL Champs, The Nanaimo Clippers. I'm not ready yet, but I will be!
Things are so busy around Port Alberni this weekend with Salmon Festival that I'm not sure how many of the final three exhibition games I will be able to watch. At the very least, I hope to see you all on Saturday night at the 'Pound.
Thanks for checking out the blog...As always, love to hear your comments or get your emails
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
New coaches, new staff, new players, lots of new faces on both benches
1-1 Isaac Smeltzer from Evan Michalchuk and Daniel Moriarty at 10:12, on the powerplay
Caps beat Dogs 4-2 in rookie game (thanks capssuperfans.com)+ Exhibition home opener tonight! + Turris scores in Team Canada win
The Bulldogs kicked off their 07-08 Exhibition schedule last night in Duncan against the Cowichan Valley Capitals in an "all rookie game"
Big thanks goes out to Capital's SuperFans Lizz and Chris, as their website CapsSuperFans.com was the only place I could find the score and summary of last night's game when I went into the radio station this morning!
CapsSuperFans.com is a great BCHL website. Of course it is Capital-themed (in case the name didn't give it away) but they have some great information on there- newspaper articles, pictures, a message board, etc. I would suggest checking it out if you are itching for more BCHL info. I wouldn't suggest going there if you just want to cause trouble. They won't take any of that!
The Caps led 1-0, 2-1, and 4-1 last night, out shooting the Bulldogs 38-21. Bulldogs goal scorers were Andrew Hawkins and RJ Cetnarowski. Goal tending duties were split by Vincent Nelson and Kyle Sykes.
If you are interested in the full game summary, head on over to the CapsSuperFans.com site and sign up!
The Bulldogs return home tonight for their first Exhibition game at the 'Pound as they host the Victoria Grizzlies at 7pm. The Grizzlies have been through plenty of changes so far this off season. Then those changes changed....If you haven't been following that story down there, here's a brief summary. After the Grizzlies season ended with a second round loss last year to the Cowichan Valley Capitals, changes were made in the coaching staff as the team parted ways with Rylan Ferster and co. In came former Burnaby Express coach Rick Lanz as the new head coach. Before Lanz would even coach a game he was gone, accepting a scouting position with the Colorado Avalanche just last week. The timing was obviously awful for the Grizzlies, losing their new head coach a week before training camp. They have filled the coaching vacancy internally, as GM Jackson Penny will take over the coaching duties. Penny has coaching experience at the pro level in Europe. It will be interesting to see how the Grizzlies might change (or stay the same) under the guidance of Penny.
The puck drop tonight is 7:00pm at the Pound, I hope to see you there!
Canada opened the Super Series '07 yesterday with a come from behind 4-2 victory over the Russians. Canada actually scored 4 unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0 early in the first period. One of those goals was scored by former Burnaby Express star Kyle Turris, on a penalty shot. Canada next sees action tomorrow, again at 6am for those of us in BC. Good thing I'm at the station and on the air at 6 anyway!
I will have a quick report on tonight's game posted later this evening or early tomorrow!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Well, it's one way to make a Monday morning a little less rough-throw an international hockey game on the sked! The "Super Series 07" kicked off this morning in Ufa Russia. Hmm, they have cheerleaders at hockey games in Russia. Who knew? Anyway, being that I'm stuck here at the radio station in the middle of doing a show I have to do my best to keep up to date on this game by relying on the scoreboard updates and when it works- TSN.ca broadband. I finally got that up and running in the second period. As I type this, it's 4-2 Canada late in the second period. I look forward to watching a game or two or more in this series. Should be interesting.
This is where the "take a little credit BCHL" part comes in. Canada's Captain for this tournament- none other than Vancouver Giant Milan Lucic. Yes, the same one that was named the MVP of the Memorial Cup. The same Milan Lucic that suited up in the BCHL with the Coquitlam Express in 2003-2004. Yes yes yes I know that he is playing in the WHL now and was playing in the Dub when he was named the Memorial Cup MVP. HOWEVER the BCHL is a developmental league and they should be taking some of the credit that a player that once played in their league is now wearing the "C" for our country, that a player that once played in their league was the Memorial Cup's Most Valuable Player.
I just caught a couple of seconds of game 1 on the TSN broadband feed. Unfortunately, the few seconds I caught involved Kyle Turris ending up teeth first into the top of the boards as he went overtop of the Russian player he was trying to hit as the Russian ended up falling down as the hit was coming.
Again, having a former BCHL'er (a recent one at that) in Turris playing for our country at the highest level is something that the league should be patting themselves on the back about.
As I haven't been able to watch much of the game today, I would appreciate any comments on how Turris looked out there from someone who got to watch most of it today. That might end up being a blog reader from out of province, as 6am on a Monday is a die-hard time to get up to watch a hockey game!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Friday, August 24th
6:00pm – 7:15pm Team Blue practice
7:30pm – 8:45pm Team Red practice
Saturday, August 25th
9:00am – 11:00am Scrimmage Blue vs. Red
11:15am – 12:30pm Goalie evaluation
4:00pm – 6:00pm Scrimmage Blue vs. Red
Sunday, August 26th
9:00am – 11:00am Scrimmage Blue vs. Red
4:00pm – 6:00pm Scrimmage Blue vs. Red
Monday, August 27th
9:00am – 10:30am Non-game player practice
6:00pm – 8:15pm Exhibition game vs. Cowichan
Tuesday, August 28th
8:00am – 10:00am Exit meetings
10:30am – 11:30am Pre game skate/practice
7:00pm – 9:15pm Exhibition game vs. Victoria
Thursday, August 30th
10:00am – 12:00pm Practice
Friday, August 31st
10:00am – 11:30am Pre-game skate/practice
7:30pm – 9:45pm Exhibition game vs. Nanaimo
Saturday, September 1st
3:00pm – 4:00pm Non player practice
7:00pm – 10:15pm Game vs. Nanaimo
Sunday, September 2nd
1:00pm – 3:15pm Exhibition game vs. Victoria
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I had the pleasure of interviewing former Bulldog Stephen Pattison on my morning show today on 93.3 The Peak FM. Stephen contacted me and said that he wanted to do what Jordan Kremyr did when he left Port Alberni in the spring- he wanted the opportunity to come in on the air to thank the community for all of their support. Of course I was happy to have one last talk with "Patty" and offer him the chance to thank everyone. The interview is indeed a long one, so please accept my apologies....With Stephen being a member of the Dogs from 2004-2005 through to this last season there was alot to talk about and remember.
My favorite quote from the interview: Stephen talking about Jordan Kremyr's 2 goals in 22 seconds early in the 05-06 season against the Clippers
"it was so loud in that rink....I could just hear a buzzing noise...I couldn't even hear the horn, I couldn't hear the crowd, it was just a buzz"
Now for those that know how loud the fans are, and how loud the horn is, imagine how loud that moment was! I'm going to see if I can dig up that audio, as promised during the interview.
Stephen is off to Brock University in Ontario...Best of luck Patty and thanks for the memories. Phil and Brenda, thanks for all the emails too!
Click the link below to listen to the interview..As always, all audio is courtesy and copyright 93.3 The Peak FM
Stephen Pattison Interview
See you at the barn on Friday for training camp!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I didn't want to share it because the video contains a swear word......Don't worry, it's nothing too harsh, but just a language warning for the kids.
I think it's time to post this, maybe for the NEW players coming to play here, so they can see with their own eyes what this city will do when you play hard and honest for them. This is a pretty special video as it really shows how far the fans will go when you might be needing some extra motivation, and extra "boost" so to speak.
For many people, this is probably the first time they have ever seen this video. Chances are if you are a long time Dog fan, you were THERE when the bus went by. Or behind it, on your way to the Frank Crane!
You can blame me, the camera man, for missing about 3/4 of the people in the video. The sun was so bright on the front video that the camera couldn't see through it. I was glad I caught the second half of the crowd out the side window.
Monday, August 20, 2007
World U17 Hockey Challenge
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Good day, and thanks for stopping by. First off, I need to address a little "blog house cleaning" that I have done..
When I went on my first holiday back in June/July I turned the blog "comment" option OFF. Quite simply, I knew that I was going to be away from the computer and the internet for a good portion of the next month or so, and I didn't want some spammer or other evildoer to post something about cheap prescription drugs, pornography, or an offer of millions of dollars from some Nigerian prince. I reminded myself to turn the comments back on when I got home, and I indeed remembered when I got back that I had to do this. The problem was that I eventually forgot that I had reminded myself....So thanks to Angel and her mom for reminding me again! Comments are now back on!
Lets get down to business- A couple more big Bulldog news items to address as the team comes together off the ice and on. First off, the Dogs announced the hiring of BCHL veteran coach Bryant Perrier. For the press release, check out the Bulldogs website. Bryant's resume speaks for itself- BCHL stints in Cowichan, Merritt, and Penticton with over 350 wins in that time spanning 9 years. Most recently Bryant was the head coach of the Kamloops Storm in the KIJHL.
The Bulldogs also announced that they have filled the all-important role of Head Athletic Trainer, hiring Leigh Fitzpatrick from Regina, Saskatchewan where he previously worked with the Pilote Butte Storm.
hmmmmm.... I just noticed that the Dogs now have Bryant Perrier from the Storm, and Leigh Fitzpatrick from another Storm...I wonder if anyone from the Guelph Storm in the OHL wants to play or work here? Ok, I'll stop trying to be funny...
Leigh has an impressive resume, working with Team Atlantic at the '06 World U17 Hockey Tourney (more on that little event later!) Leigh also has worked with the University of Regina mens hockey team. I wonder if Leigh crossed paths with former Bulldog and now U of R Cougar James Ardelan? What a small world the hockey world is....Lastly, Leigh has been a member of the high performance program in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador over the last 9 years as an Athletic Trainer.
The trainer position could very well be the most important, yes most overlooked job in hockey. At this level, these guys do absolutely EVERYTHING and anything. Equipment, laundry, sewing, injury work, the list goes on and on.
Lastly, the Bulldogs announced a trade seeing Daniel Hope heading to the Melville Millionaires in the SJHL for 20 year old forward Daniel Moriarty. Moriarty comes with some great numbers and a supposed highly competitive streak. My kinda player! Last season Moriarty had 28 goals and 24 assists with 130 pims in 58 games.
He's 5'9 and 185 so he is by no means huge. As anyone knows though, it's about the size of the fight in the Dog, not the size of the Dog in the fight!
In last years playoffs Daniel added 7 goals, 14 assists, and 60 penalty minutes.
His awards from last season included top scorer, top forward, and playoff MVP. Sounds like quite the player.
The Bulldogs currently have a 20 year old problem. With only 6 allowed and another coming in in this deal someone will have to go. It's a tough part of the business for sure, but it's the reality of it. I'm hoping that if no further moves are made before training camp then the #1 positive that can come out of all of this would be the level of competition for jobs with the team right from day 1. I have always been a fan of that, I think it makes a team more overall ready from the first puck drop of the season.
Another reality of the business is the fact that players move on....To Daniel Hope- You are a great kid and a good player. All the best in the future bud!
Big news if you haven't heard yet-The WORLD is coming to Port Alberni! Port Alberni will be the host city for the 2009 World Under 17 Hockey Tournament! Maybe relatives of some of the Russian sailors below? Who knows!
Here is the press release. I had Stefanie Webber and Ron Paulson in on my show Friday morning on 93.3 The Peak FM. I hope to have that interview uploaded here for you to listen to tomorrow morning, in case you missed it!
Alberni Valley to host 2009 Under 17 World Hockey Challenge
Hockey Canada announced yesterday that the Alberni Valley has been chosen to host the 2009 Under 17 World Hockey Challenge.
Bid Committee Chair Ron Paulson says his group is thrilled to have been awarded the event. “This particular event has never been hosted on the west coast and we’ve been given an amazing opportunity to show the world what Port Alberni and Vancouver Island are all about. There is already a deep level of commitment to hockey in our region and an event such as this will add significantly to the legacy of the sport in our community”. Paulson added that players chosen to compete at this level are of exceptional calibre and that the event is a proven showcase of some of the best young hockey talent in the world.
The Alberni Valley will host ten teams for the event. Five regional teams from across Canada will compete against one from the US and four from Europe, playing a series of 27 games over ten days in late December 2008 and early January 2009.
Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Courtenay and Campbell River will also be involved as some games will be played in these communities.
An organizing committee is expected to start work on the event in September. More information on the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge is available on the hockey Canada website at www.hockeycanada.ca.
For further information contact:
Ron Paulson, Chair
Alberni Valley U17 Bid Committee
This is HUGE HUGE HUGE for the city and the great hockey fans here. I can't wait! At the same time, people around the rest of the Island should be getting excited for this as well, as they will be seeing some games too. A huge congrats goes out to everyone on the committee who made this happen!
I think that's all for today...As always, leave a comment/question or shoot me an email!
Friday, August 03, 2007
Oh yeah, and in those 10 seconds you instantly feel really good about what you do as you realize how worthwhile, fulfilling, and powerful your job is.
Meet Angel. You'll be hearing more about her in the next while, I promise that!
The homepage is HERE
Thanks Angel for making my day!
Have a great long weekend.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Every time I go on holidays something Bulldogs related happens. Nothing seems to happen when I'm around. We went on our first holiday, and Dave Whistle resigned. Off to the second holiday, and the word first broke of the possible ownership change within the Dogs involving the Okanagan Hockey School and the Okanagan Hockey Academy. At least I was around for the official announcement Tuesday morning at the Mulitplex. And was I ever around! I'm proud to say that as of right now, this is the only place you will be able to hear the complete version of the press conference announcing the ownership change. Click the link below to listen to the 20 minutes or so of the official comments, courtesy of 93.3 The Peak FM.
Bulldogs Ownership Change Press Conference Audio
For those that don't have the benefit of speakers, visit the Bulldogs website for the offical release HERE
While kudos is certainly deserved to the outgoing ownership partners for their efforts to bring the team under local ownership just before I arrived here four years ago, at the same time I am very excited with this change and I think the future is looking up for the new owners (Okanagan Hockey School LTD and John Dowling) and the remaining local partners- Dennis See and Dr. David Ness.
I will say this about the previous ownership group- They deserve credit for everything they put into the team. I sure didn't hear alot of positive comments over the last season, but I know that they had honest aspirations to put forth their best efforts in assembling a competitive team to build off of the great year in 2005-2006. As we all know, things didn't go according to plan. I will end it at that. I shouda been a politican....
It was mentioned at the press conference that the organization was hoping to name a coach by the end of the week. Well, here we are Wednesday afternoon and the decision has already been made. The new Head Coach and GM of the Bulldogs is none other than Alan Kerr, a member of the ownership group and the head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy since 2003. Again, head on over to the Bulldogs website to read the press release. Alan comes with quite the resume- he played in the BCHL and the WHL, as well in the NHL with a career spanning over a decade. Besides a player and besides coaching at the Okanagan Hockey Academy, he was also an assistant coach with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. Alan impressed me with his comments at the press conference about work ethic....Bulldog fans and the community have never asked for anything more from their team than an honest, lunch-bucket work ethic.
It was my pleasure to have new Bulldogs President Andy Oakes on the Peak Morning show today. I will be posting that interview here on the blog tomorrow. I'm also excited to get the opportunity to interview Alan Kerr tomorrow on my morning show just after 8:10am. Catch it if you can on your radio at 93.3FM. If you can't tune in I will also post that interview here.
As I wrap this up I'd like to offer up congrats to my good friend and colleague Pat Siedlecki on being named the Play-by-Play voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. Clippers vs Bulldogs games will never be the same! For those that don't know, Pat used to be the voice of the Bulldogs for season one, along with the Junior B Port Alberni Bandits before the Dogs came to town. We sat on the opposite sides of plenty of heated games between the Dogs and Clips and it's a testament to our professionalism that we never let that get between being able to laugh it up once the game was over. Pat will be the play-by-play voice and News Director for "The Lounge" as he follows former Island Radio president Paul Larsen, who has started his own broadcasting company with the new station already on the air in Lethbridge and one more coming online next year in Medicine Hat.
That's all I have for now. The audio from the interviews with Andy Oakes and Alan Kerr will probably be posted tomorrow. As always, I'd love to hear your emails HERE so don't be shy!