Wednesday, July 25, 2007

10 Reasons To Get Excited for Broncos Hockey (part one)

(Travis Moen with the cup at Newport Beach)

Everybody is talking about Stanley Cup Day in the southwest as Travis Moen brings the cup home to Stewart Valley today.

The Eagle 94.1 FM and CKSW 570 will live on location for this afternoon's festivities from noon-4pm.

Later tonight is when it really gets going... there's a function for family and friends at Kabos... that will be interesting to say the least.

See you out in the Valley this afternoon...


Ok, here it is, 10 reasons to get excited about the upcoming Broncos season. With training camp less than a month away, I thought I'd build some hype for what should be a fun season ahead. A good mix of veterans mixed in with some saucy new rookies should bring some flare to the ice this winter.

In no particular order here they are.....

Levi Nelson

Levi will be the Broncos offensive leader this season. His experience at the end of last year in the AHL with the Providence Bruins should bode well towards a strong start.

Levi has the flash to be an elite player in this league and started to really show signs in last year's playoffs. He should be a point a game guy for this team and has proven his durability.

Another Boston Bruins training camp should build even more confidence for the Calgary native.

Expect big things from Levi... I sure am.

Ryan Molle

The sky is the limit for this 2nd year Bronco d-man.

After being drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 7th round back in June, Molle should come in a different player.

He showed signs of what he's capable of late in the season. His playoff goal against the Pats displayed his big shot from the back end. I like the way he competes, his skating and he's shown he can handle himself when the gloves come off.

Ryan Molle's upside is unknown. Here's hoping for a big season from Molls.

Cody Eakin

It will be fun watching Eakin develop this season into what the Broncos project - a skilled, speedy, responsible point producer.

The 1st round bantam pick from '06 had a cup of coffee with the team last year as a 15 year old and didn't look out of place.

He impressed at last year's training camp and is coming off a big season with the Winnipeg Wild "AAA" midget in which he collected 29 goals, 34 assists for 63 points in just 39 games - all as a first year midget player.

It will be a treat to watch Eakin as a Bronco the next four to five seasons.

Brad Hoban

Look for 16 year old Brad Hoban to turn some heads this season big time!

Last year with the Juan De Fuca Grizzlies "AAA" bantam, Hoban was a standout. He was one of the best B.C. bantam players last season and just kept getting better and better as the season progressed. He was named the Tournament MVP of the prestigiuos KIBIHT Cup (4-18-22) and lead the tourney in scoring.

He also played a couple games as a Bronco last season and impressed the coaching staff. Mark down Brad Hoban on your training camp roster and take a good look at the future.

Eric Doyle

This is a huge year for 18 year-old defenseman Eric Doyle.

After being passed over at the NHL draft, Doyle has received a free agent tryout with the Dallas Stars.

Doyle still reminds me of Aaron Rome at times and if he puts it all together this season offensively and defensively, Doyle will be a leader on the blueline.

I'm excited for Doyle to prove 30 NHL teams wrong who passed on him at the draft in Columbus.

Expect big things from #2.

Ok that's part one.... five more reasons later this week coming up in part two.


ernie said...

Doyle getting a free agent tryout with the DALAS STARS??!!!! WOW!!! That's awesome. Good move Douggie Armstrong. LOL

Big Ern

The Donkey said...

Don't play dumb Ernie, remember you knew this information before anyone else.

Think back, Dean told you all of this the other night after you watched the football game at his house and then went to Boston Pizza afterwards for Fishbowl Friday.

How are the contract negotiations going to take over as the new voice of the Broncos?

Swift Current's #1 source for Broncos info = Big Ern!