Catch the Canucks visiting the Hawks tonight on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show kicking off at 4:30 and the puck dropping shortly after 5pm.
The Canucks are looking to take a 3-1 series lead. From the Canucks website - click the links to read the GAME NOTES and GAME PREVIEW
You have no doubt heard that Jim Balsillie wants to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Southern Ontario. I say LET HIM buy the Coyotes. And put them BACK IN WINNIPEG.
After all, Gary Bettman's response to this issue was "The NHL doesn't give up on cities, yaddah yaddah" Well you gave up on Winnipeg. Winnipeg has fixed it's problems, the NHL has fixed some of it's problems, BRING BACK THE JETS!
That is all.
Here's an interesting story from the Nanaimo Daily News by Michael Rhode, regarding ticket prices and attendance numbers at the RBC in Victoria. Click THIS LINK to read it.
My 2cents on the subject...I knew the RBC wouldn't be a hit unless several things came into place. Those factors being - the Grizzlies winning their way there and not backdooring, the 'Nucks being out of the playoffs, and the Salmon Kings not making the playoffs or getting knocked out EARLY.
I don't pretend to know Victoria and what goes on there, I just know what I have seen over my 6 years in the league and being to games down there.
It is absolutely BEYOND ME how in a market the size of Victoria, NO ONE can get their games broadcasted on one of the local radio stations. The Salmon Kings of the ECHL, the Grizzlies of the BCHL (even with the RBC Cup) can't get it done. I almost want to kick down an office door of some radio and team executives and get it done.....I don't know who's to blame so I won't be faulting anyone. But I bet it's both sides, and I bet it's GREED.
Maybe it's the community. Maybe they just don't care. I don't buy that though. I have seen games in the Bear Mountain in the SECOND ROUND of the playoffs where the barn was packed to the rafters. Now in the RBC they can't get 2000 people? Hmmm.
Anyway. Smaller cities = success, when it comes to the RBC. Port Alberni anyone?
Speaking of a SMALLER city (Port Alberni) - and an INTERNATIONAL EVENT ( the 2009 World U17 Challenge) please read more below. When events go well - this is the spin off. I shouldn't give Port Alberni all the credit, the partner communities were there every step of the way too.
May 6 2009
For Immediate Release
The 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge host committee, BC Hockey and Hockey
Special recognition presentations will also be made to the funding partners and sponsors whose support helped realize this substantial Legacy Fund.
Date: Friday May 8, 2009
Time: 10 a.m. PT
Ron Paulson/Tom McEvay/Russell Dyson/Colleen Sawyer
2009 U17 Host Committee
- Legacy Fund Allocation for
and partner communities Port Alberni
- Application Process
- Legacy Fund Committee
- Banner presentations to funding partners and sponsors