Friday, June 08, 2007

Bulldogs Claim AHL Calder Cup / WHL Hurricanes Making News


This isn't big news for the common WHL fan but in the broadcast world it's definitely turning some heads...

It appears the broadcast rights for the Lethbridge Hurricanes have changed hands. Clear Sky Radio - the newest kid on the block in the Lethbridge radio market will take over Hurricanes hockey next season. You can read more about it at http://www.milkmanunlimited.com/tunedin.htm .


The broadcast rights were moved to B93 FM from Country 95.5 within the Pattison radio group a couple of seasons ago. This is a brand new radio company making a big splash in the world of WHL radio. The story talks about how they will hold "auditions" for a new play-by-play voice which will be announced in July. I wonder what this means for 3rd year Hurricanes broadcaster Marlon Martens?


I'm thinking this play-by-play position will garner plenty of attention from some of my colleagues around the league. Lethbridge is a beautiful city and the Hurricanes are on their up-cycle. Lethbridge was the first team I ever called a WHL game for. The folks at Shaw TV in Lethbridge gave me the opportunity when I was in my first year of college taking broadcast journalism.


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Carey Price has led the Hamilton Bulldogs to an American Hockey League Championship. Price, who played this past season with the Tri-City Americans, was named the AHL Playoff MVP.



Hamilton beat Hershey 2-1 last night to climb the title. Does Carey Price have a chance to make the Montreal Canadiens next season? You have to think he'll get a pretty good look. You never want to rush a goaltender and throw them into the first at a young age but Price's pro hockey debut has been nothing short of spectacular.



I still remember the night his Ams came to the Civic Center this season. Price, fresh off a World Junior Gold medal was sensational making 44 saves in the win.



Former Swift Current Bronco forward Duncan Milroy also plays with the Bulldogs. Milroy had a successful stint for two plus seasons as a Bronco. He along with Layne Ulmer were a force together in the 2000-2001 season that saw the team reach the Eastern Conference Final only to lose to Red Deer six games. Red Deer went on to win the Memorial Cup in Regina.

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I had the chance to talk to Swift Current Broncos defenseman Paul Postma yesterday. The Red Deer defenseman is eagerly anticpating the upcoming NHL draft in Columbus.

Postma is the highest ranked Bronco among North American skaters according to the NHL's Central Scouting. He's ranked 66th, while fellow Bronco defensemen Eric Doyle is ranked 69th and Derek Claffey ranked 146th.

Postma said the NHL Combine was one of the toughest things he's ever had to do. He says the tests you are put through are both physically and mentally taxing.

He enjoyed his time in Toronto while at the Combine. He and some friends took in a Jays game and had a great time hanging out in the T-dot. I'll post a small transcript of our chat next week.


Can you believe the NHL draft is now only two weeks away from tonight? That was quick. We will have draft reports from Columbus on the Eagle 94.1 FM June 21-23.

The Chicago Blackhawks hold the #1 pick and no doubt have a big decision to make.
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The Swift Current Indians took their first loss of the season. The Tribe split a double-header with the St. Albert Prospects last night. The Indians took game one 5-2 but lost the 2nd half 4-1.


They remain on top of the Central division with a record of 5-1. They host the 3-1 Yorkton Cardinals tonight @ 7:05pm from Mitchell Field.
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Dear Travis Moen,

Do you need an agent? There's no doubt there's a big endorsement market out there for the Stewart Valley native who just helped the Ducks capture the Stanley Cup.

With all the play the "farm kid who still gets up in the morning to do his chores" received from every network out there, Moen would be the perfect spokesman for anything agriculture related don't you think?

He could endorse everything from John Deere tractors to the latest chemical applications to treat field peas. He could make a killing! I received two seperate phone calls yesterday from people in the Ag Industry wanting to know how to get a hold of him. I said I would pass the message along......



Have a good weekend
Jon

1 comment:

ernie said...

Jon,

How dare you mention "John Deere" on your blog??!! How insulting for me! HAHA.

Next time, go with the best: Red. CASE IH.

Big Ern