The BBQ gets going at 5:00pm, season ticket pickup begins at 5:30 and the BALL drops at 6:00!
There will be a bouncy tent there for the kids, Westcoast Slam will be there, Dave's Catering will be there as well, maybe even BERNIE THE BULLDOG!
I'll be there providing "play-by-play", Jolie McMullan will be playing (very scary with a stick, look out Dogs) and David Wiwchar will be your event MC! Hopefully we will see you there as everyone comes together to raise funds for Raise a Reader!
The Bulldogs Home Opener goes Friday night against the Cowichan Valley Capitals....93.3 The Peak will be broadcasting LIVE with Jolie on site kicking off the Tail Gate Party/BBQ/KIDSPORT fundraiser at 4:00pm!
The beauty twig you see above from CCM/Taylor Made RBZ will be given away, as will a signed Bulldogs jersey I believe, so make sure you get to the rink early and get your name in, all while supporting Kidsport!
There will be another BBQ/Fundraiser/Tailgater before the Sunday game when the Powell River Kings are in town - proceeds from this one will go to Raise a Reader...there will also be a car show in Bob Dailey Stadium - the 1st Annual (inaugural) Bulldogs Car Show takes place as cars will be parked in Bob Dailey...fans are encouraged to come out before the 2pm puck drop to check out the rides and vote on their favorite!
The Bulldogs may - or may not - have a logjam in their crease for the second time already this season, and it's only two games deep. The team sent out a tweet yesterday ( https://twitter.com/AVBulldogs ) saying that they have added Adam Todd to their roster..
"Bulldogs add 94 G Adam Todd to the active roster. Fielding many calls about our goalies in the last few days"
I don't know what this means...I can tell you that I think the Dogs have two great tendies already in Deo in Rebagliati...I can also tell you that I was a BIG FAN of Adam Todd when he was with the Dogs last year. He's a big guy, he moves well, he battles hard in practice.
For those that don't remember, he suited up for one exhibition game and one regular season game (both wins) before heading back to the WHL's Saskatoon Blades just five games into the season.
Adam's stats here
Switching gears in a big way now obviously....
Incredible that it has been 11 year since the September 11th attacks. It certainly doesn't feel that long ago. It is an event that transcends everything, hockey included. I was working with the OCN Blizzard of the MJHL at the time, and we had 5 or 6 Americans from the East Coast on the team, it was a scary time for some of the kids as they tried to connect to their families and friends so far away under such horrible circumstances.
It is very tough for all these kids being away from home, family, friends, etc, as they chase the dream, for our entertainment. I can't imagine what it would be like being on the other side of the continent, in another country, and having this happen.
I remember being live on the air doing the Morning Show, trying to make sense of everything was happening, and trying to keep everyone up to date, telling people live that a tower had just fallen. At one point when it became clear it was no accident and it was indeed a malicious attack I said on the air "this just may be the beginning of World War III" Another staffer at the station was irate that I said such a thing and called me irresponsible and stupid. He came in 4 days later an apologized and said I just may be right. 11 years later it seems more accurate than it did then. Maybe you disagree, and that's fine by me, we all can have our opinion.
Today's 18 year old kid playing in his first year of Junior Eligibility was just 7 years old on that day. Wow. There was no twitter, no facebook, no youtube and no google news. The world moves fast, doesn't it?
Hockey and sports in general seemed all of a sudden so trivial in the aftermath. How trivial?
Consider that 11 days after the fact, the New York Rangers and the Philadephia Flyers CANCELLED the third period of their game so everyone could watch George W Bush address the Nation.
I actually didn' know that until just today.
Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy wrote a great piece looking back on 9/11 and how hockey reacted, it's a great read - check it out HERE
Thoughts and prayers for those still dealing with this tragedy.