Some local sports tidbits....
- The Selkirk Steelers are off the to Royal Bank Cup after defeating the Humboldt Broncos in game seven. Quadruple overtime to settle this one... wow.
Former Legionnaires and Broncos goaltender Andrew Leslie backstops the Steelers.
Former Legionnaire Brett Kuglin who now plays for Humboldt must be devastated. We will try to track him down for sports story later this week once the dust settles.
- Speaking off former Legionnaires.... Kirk Mastad is a national champion. The former Legionnaire defenseman helped the Prince Albert Mintos capture the Telus Cup. P.A. ended it in double overtime 3-2 to win an unprecedented 2nd straight national championship.
- Big thanks to weekend news/sports anchor Clay Carleton. Clay was busy tracking down some interviews all weekend. He stopped by the Comp for some badminton and track and field clips. He then made an appearance at the Speedy Creek Raceway for some action. Thanks Clay.
- A lot of complaints about TSN breaking away from the Mintos/Red Deer Championship game in double-overtime for tip-off of the Raptors playoff game. What do you expect? As the Toronto Sports Network, their allegiance isn't with a bunch of 16 and 17 year old hockey players. They should have went back to the hockey game with the Raptors down 20 points early!
- The Western Hockey League's bantam draft is set for Thursday in Calgary. The Broncos have the 9th pick overall. We'll see if they get a young dynamic player. More on the bantam draft leading up to Thursday. Portland has the 1st pick..... we'll see if I had bad info or not on the Luke Moffatt scoop. Stay tuned.
- Perhaps I should clarify a post from last week. Despite how it may have come across, I AM an Eric Doyle fan. The Bronco defenseman has a bright future ahead of him. If he drops to the third round he'll be the steal of the draft. Doyle dropped 50 spots in the Central Scouting rankings from the preliminary to the final rankings. It's just one ranking service. I'd be interested to see what Red Line, ISS, or that other independent service who's name escapes me.
- Swift CurrentIndians baseball is now a month away from opening day... can't wait. Dustin Jones' walk-off homer in game two of the WMBL Championship series vs Lethbridge was my sports highlight of 2006.
The following is an RCMP press release from this morning....remember this?
SERIOUS ASSAULT - MAKWA SAHGAIEHCAN FIRST NATION
UPDATE: Nolan CRIGHTON turned himself in to the Meadow Lake RCMP on Sunday April 29, 2007 around 4:00 pm. He will make his first appearance in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on Monday April 30, 2007 in Loon Lake to answer to the charges.
BACKGROUND:Loon Lake RCMP are searching for a 21 year old suspect following an assault on Sunday February 18 at the arena on Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation. At about 11:30 am, a referee was assaulted by a player on the ice during a tournament.
A player, who had been penalized, was being ejected from the game when he reportedly cross-checked the referee, a 45 year old man, across the face with his stick. The player continued the assault until others on the ice at the time intervened. He left the arena a short time later.
The referee was taken to hospital in Meadow Lake with facial injuries and was later transferred to Saskatoon for further medical treatment.
A warrant has been issued for 21 year old Nolan Crighton of Meadow Lake for aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and breach of recognizance in connection with the incident.
- Some may or may not remember the other side to this story. When the injured referee went to the hospital for a CAT scan, they discovered a brain tumor doctors think is treatable because it was found early. Maybe this attack was a blessing in disguise? Still a terrible story....
Have a good week,