Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tuesday Update

The Broncos are on the verge of beginning a stretch of four games in five nights. It begins tomorrow night in Saskatoon against the Blades.

A couple of things to share today:

- The Broncos and Blades game is also on SHAW TV tomorrow night. It's the only time the Broncos play on SHAW all season long.

- The Broncos return home to host the Prince George Cougars Friday night. It looks like last year's WHL rookie of the year Brett Connolly will not be making the eastern swing with the Cougars because of a nagging hip injury.

I spoke with Cougars General Manager Dallas Thompson on the subject yesterday.

"He actually just started skating here again. We've instructed our physio and doctors to make sure he's %100 (before returning). We thought he was there a month ago before this happened again. We are just going to take every precaution we can do to make sure he's 100%. He's probably two weeks away meaning he'll miss the trip out east."
- Dallas Thompson

The Broncos could have D Eric Doyle and D Jordan Evans back in the line-up after rolling out four rookie defenseman on a nightly basis for the better part of two weeks.

Broncos Assistant Coach Tim Kehler says the injuries have been somewhat a blessing in disguise.

"We are going to be the beneficiaries long term because of the minutes that they have to play. I don't think there's any point getting down on those kids, I think more so from a coaching standpoint it's about encouraging them and using it as coaching opportunities from the bench. (the four rookies) are going to be better and so are the Broncos as a result."- Tim Kehler

- With Matt Tassone due back soon from injury, there is apparently heavy interest from around the WHL as teams look to add one of the current Bronco 20 year-olds to their roster. There's teams out there who may be short a 20, or are looking to upgrade from the three they presently have. With the four players all poessesing different abilities and roles, there's almost something to be had for everyone looking to improve their team. It will be interesting to see what shakes down in the coming weeks.

- I won't quite get my hopes up yet, but it sounds like SHAW TV may provide me with a camera to take on our U.S. swing next month. The segments would be for our weekly SIGA Inside Edge show. The idea fell through last time, hopefully this year we can make it happen. It would be a crazy behind the scenes look of what goes into a 10 day, six game swing through the Pacific Northwest.

The Broncos have some neat things going on in the month of November around the hockey team. Check the Broncos website for details


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