First, a few pics from this afternoon's practice. Graham Construction requires everyone inside the building to wear a hard hat... I think Ryan and I will still be donning them tomorrow night...
The pics are cell phone quality. Not exactly the best but you get the idea.
From top to bottom. "Showtime" Dale Wiese, Ryan Switzer pushes the i-plex boundaries and Dean Chynoweth chats after practice.
I had a much better feeling about tomorrow night's game after visiting the I-plex today. The seats were being cleaned and the parking lot has been cleared. Maybe it was just seeing the guys on the ice that made it more of a reality for me.
Its pretty easy to get rattled over the on-going construction because it puts you out of your comfort zone. Ryan had some good words of advice, " embrace the ubsurd" is what he told me today. He's right. The Broncos and the fans will just have to make the most of it until it's complete.
Some 20 year-old news today raised some eyebrows around the league I'm sure. First, Ken Petkau has apparently ended his "retirement" after Vancouver added him today. The Chilliwack Bruins announced his retirement when they released him.
His situation won't change though. A third liner in Chilliwack isn't likey to crack Vancouver's top six forwards.
Lethbridge traded an agitator for an agitator when they added 20 year-old Mike Wuchterl (a former 'Cane). To make room, they released Yashar Farmanara.
Does anyone know Kelowna's situation yet? It appeared as if Lyon Messier was the odd man out but I haven't seen any announcements.
Earlier in the day the Brandon Wheat Kings sent 20 year-old d-man Mark Louis to Red Deer for a 3rd round bantam pick. Perhaps Kelly Macrimmon and Dean Chynoweth are on a crime spree together after a couple steals of a deal this week.
Interesting note out of Prince Albert today as their website is reporting Cody Vann has left the team for personal reasons. There isn't a lot of the supporting cast left in P.A. Brent Ottman, Colin Scherger, Jarrid Dowhay, Lukas Zeliska, Milan Jurik, Cole Penner, Shane Malone, and David Aime have all been re-assigned, released or have left the team. That's eight players!
Broncos and the Oil Kings tomorrow night... bring your radios to the rink, 7pm Bronco Big Show, 7:30 play-by-play.