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Friday, August 28, 2009

Nolan Graham Interview, Great U17 story...Referee Clinic....

Yah, it's my second update of the day, and it's not even 10am. I am en fuego today!

Huge thanks to Nolan Graham for being willing to join me on such short notice to come on the 93.3 The Peak FM morning show today to give the fans a few words on how training camp has went and what his thoughts and plans are for Exhibition action beginning tonight.

I was in the middle of my show, thinkin' hockey, so I messaged Nolan and said "Radio" to which he replied "Radio?" and I said "yes, radio, want to do an interview?" He said "sure" and 60 seconds later we were on the air talking hockey. I promise these interviews will be more scheduled in the future Nolan! I just didn't bother scheduling anything this week because I know how busy he has been.


(All Audio Courtesy and Copyright 93.3 The Peak FM and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group)

After the games are over, and even after the legacy funds have been handed out, there is STILL a legacy that will live on from the 2009 World U17 Challenge here in Port Alberni last Christmas, and that would be the human connection...Read below, an email from Tom McEvay, regarding another email that he stuff

We all know that the 2009 U 17 has many legacies. I know we all agree that the most important legacies are the human legacies. Here is another from an unlikely source - the Russians. This email was sent this week to Russian Team Host Jim Lawson from his Russian friend Oleg.

We often lament about the challenges of working with the Russians and certainly these were evident during the early stages of the 2009 U 17. It is a real tribute to Team Hosts Jim and Shawn Lawson that they developed such a close and meaningful relationship with Oleg and others on the Russian team. It is also a tribute to all of our 2009 U 17 family that the Russians should have such fond memories of their time here in Port Alberni. Oleg also makes it clear how much they appreciated the souvenir DVD's.

Oleg has also passed on some sad news about their coach Valdimir having a stroke. I know we will now send some form of greeting and best wishes to Valdimir. While this is sad news it is very heartwarming that Oleg would feel inclined to share that with Jim. This is a view of the Russian bear that we seldom get to see.

Thank you to Jim for sharing this email with me and for giving me permission to share it with all of you. Please share with whoever you feel would appreciate this.



Hello Jim,

Hope all OK with you, Shawn, your families. Please say hello to everybody!

The other week we have received a carton with DVDs from Port Alberni! it was
great to refresh memories and remember you guys! Many thanks to organising
committee for such a good idea. We will hand videos to all the kids when

By the way, I got a goalie jersey or even a pair of them for you for a long
time, but have been always forge ting to write you. Have to find out how to
ship it to you.

I think some Russian Coke items wouldn't disturb you as well. :)

One sad note though, before yesterday our coach Vladimir had a stroke
(cerebrovascular accident). He's in hospital now and we pray for him.
He's better today, but our doctor said he would probably not be allowed to
coach, to take long flights because of that, well it's sad... He is so
emotional, so nervous during games, you remember, so maybe it's better for
his health to stop coaching...

Well, let's keep in touch, I miss so much you great town, nature and people!

Let's keep in contact now and then,

Best regards, Oleg Norchenko


Tuesday, September 8th 2009 & Thursday, September 10th 2009~7:15pm-8:30 pm (Both Evenings)
At the AV Multiplex
For 1st year Bantam Recreational Players and 2nd Year Pee-Wee Players trying out for Rep
Contact Dave Beecroft for more info 250-723-4888


Wednesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 17th~ 6pm-10pm (Both Evenings)
At the Gyro Youth Centre 3245 7th Avenue
For more info contact RIC Chris Canuel at 250-735-2310
Everyone attending must register online

That's it for for now!



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