After holidays, days off work and summer activities in general, I'm back in the mix and will try to get caught up with everything. I hope you've enjoyed your summer. It's hard to believe Broncos camp opens next week!
The ice is in, Bronco Hockey School starts this week and several of the players are back to help out with that. It will be good to see some of the guys again. This is always an exciting time of year. My favorite part is seeing the players get bigger and stronger and maturing over the summer. Some of them leave as small teen-age kids and return a different person both physically and mentally.
The guys are excited to talk about their summer training and what they're weighing in at these days or how good of shape they're in. It's a time of the year when excitement is near it's highest point.
There's lots of things to look at as camp approaches which I'll try to do over the next week. For now, It's Monday Morning Randoms........
- Camp opens with on ice sessions next Thursday. The players have been broken into five different teams including Team Sakic, Team Lambert, Team Tiger, Team Trottier and Team Ruskowski.
Camp will include some pratice sessions, scrimmages and some 3-on-3 games. It's all going on at Credit Union i-plex.
Broncos forward Cody Eakin scored a nifty goal for Team Red in a 5-3 win over Team White to put a wrap on the World Junior Development Camp in Saskatoon last night. Eakin's goal had him skate past 1st round NHL pick Tyler Myers and shovel and back-hand home. Eakin is now in Swift Current and helping out with the Broncos Hockey School.
- Broncos Assistant Coach Tim Kehler took a run at the Chinoook Golf Club's Club Championship over the weekend. Ryan Wiebe won it going 71-70 over the two days. Kehler was right in the mix.
- The Swift Current Indians continue WMBL playoffs. It looks like they could be on a collision course with Okotoks for the third straight year in the WMBL Championship Series. Okotoks advanced past Medicine Hat three games to one to win the West. The Indians lead Melville two games to one and narrowly missed out on the series sweep last night in Melvlle. The 'Mils won 3-2 to extend the series to game four tonight.
The Tribe is one of the most offensive driven ball clubs they've fielded over the years. Led by Nic Gumeson's league leading 5 HR's and 15 RBI's in the playoffs, and Kyle Albright's .391 batting average, the Indians have been a fun team to watch. I just wish I could have got to more games this summer.
The Riders looked bad Friday night in B.C. Special teams hurt them the most. Can the Riders please stop using Gerran Walker for punt returns? His fumble at the end of the 1st half which resulted in a BC touchdown turned the momentum around. The Riders should have had a nice lead at the half but his miscue turned the game around. Walker had a rough one. The Riders are losing a lot of field position through special teams this year.
Next up, Hamilton this Saturday night in Regina.
The "AAA" midget female Wildcats Fall Camp takes place this weekend Aug. 15, 16 and 17 at the Credit Union iplex. The camp is open to all bantam and midget female players. Entries will be accepted until Tuesday morning by calling head coach Terry Pavely at 778-6435.
Lastly, here's some "Bronco Pride" pictures courtesy the Vause clan. Taylor is getting set for his sophomore season with the Broncos after being named last year's rookie of the year. His family loves being a part of the organization. Here's some pics from a summer fishing trip.