- Have you noticed that only the five teams with the best regular season records remains? Tri-City, Spokane, Vancouver, Calgary and Lethbridge. The Broncos were the black sheep of the group finishing 11th in the regular season. They say the regular season doesn't mean anything, not this year.
- Through the regular season and playoffs, the Broncos were the only team in the WHL not to get shutout this season. Through the 72 regular season games and 12 playoff games, the Broncos scored at least a goal. Brandon was close, they were blanked on their final game of the playoffs by Lethbridge.
- How lopsided were the powerplays in the Broncos/Hitmen series? How about 34-21 Hitmen. Not saying it was the reason for the series win but it sure played a huge role. When it comes to a six game series, that's a huge difference in powerplay time.
- Six home ice playoff games should go a long ways towards a potential profit for the organization for the 2nd straight year. Granted, the Broncos couldn't maximize their revenue because of renovations most of the season. We will get the final numbers at the AGM.
- The Broncos could see a handful of their older players sign professional contracts over the next while and summer. We will wait and see. All three 20 year-olds have some irons in the fire. Levi Nelson is expected to sign with Boston shortly, Zack Smith and Dale Wiese are getting some attention from NHL teams. Keegan Dansereau has too much skill not to get an offer of some sort and Jesse Dudas and the Columbus Blue Jackets continue to talk. Although the 20 year-old situation next season could make for some tough decisions for the Broncos, it's quite possible the pool of players could be shortened significantly before camp.
- Did anyone see the time clock freeze during last night's Calgary Flames / San Jose Sharks game? I had a chuckle... it happened three times in three games last week in Calgary during the Broncos/Hitmen series.
- It was sure awesome to call some WHL games from the Saddledome. Friday's game featured the Stanley Cup Playoff logo on the ice just inside the bluelines. Maybe it's just me, but I thought it was a neat experience...
- Thanks to Brad Curle and the crew at the Fan 960. We had some fun this series. Great job by Pat back at the studio as game host. It was fun to be one of the pre-game guests all series long. There wasn't a stone left unturned when breaking down the series.
- It took to game six, but I finally got a smile from Hitmen Head Coach and General Manager Kelly Kisio in our pre-game interview. Kelly was very accommodating all series long. His no- nonsense approach took a break the odd time in our pre-game Q and A session. Through it all, both coaches were very complimentary of each other and their opponent.
- Was beating the Regina Pats the end all, be all for the Broncos? In a word, no. They wanted more and weren't satisfied. Although our fans relished in the six game series win, the team wanted more.
- It was great to see our fans so excited for game six back on home ice. Tickets were all but gone in the early afternoon. The line-up started early and carried out in front of the I-plex main entrance. Playoff fever took over this city.
- The Eastern Conference Final will be some great hockey too. With Calgary five hours away and Lethbridge about 3 1/2, it may be worth checking out in person.
- Who is our playoff MVP? Is it Travis Yonkman or do other players get some consideration? Keegan Dansereau could be a close runner-up. I think it's Yonks though. The Broncos should fire a news release on the award winner sometime this week.
- I'm headed down today to get some audio for the radio stations. Maybe I'll transcribe a few of the quotes for the blog. Thanks to Tim Kehler for our 20 minute post-game interview after game six. I heard a lot of people sure liked his take on the team and the series.