Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wednesday

Not much happening on the Broncos front until Friday's game in Regina.

I spent some of last night on the phone gathering interviews for our "Homegrown Heroes" feature during the intermission of Bronco broadcasts.

Yesterday's list included Kevin Peddle, Linda Luhning, Brian Blanke and Cheryl Scarlett. It's always interesting to find out a little behind the scenes information on the Bronco players and their hockey roots.

Parents.... just a heads up, there's another round of phone calls coming up tonight. Thanks for you cooperation so far.

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I see CTV Regina made a stop as part of their ten town tour in my old hometown of Lanigan yesterday. Not sure if sports reporters Lee Jones or Chris Hodges made the trip or not. If so, give me the update guys! What's the word on the Lanigan Pirates this season? Powerhouse? Rebuilding?

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Spoke to former Bronco Spencer McAvoy last night for an upcoming Bronco broadcast. Spence is out in Nova Scotia attending Xavier University playing for the X-men.

It sounds like things are great for the former four-year Bronco. You can hear our chat this weekend during the Broncos three-in-three.

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I had a similar chat with former G Travis Yonkman. He's at the U of A in Edmonton where he's going to back-stop the Golden Bears. Here's an action shot on the left.

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Ryan Switzer over there at "Switzer's Blog" on the right has taken a satirical approach to the upcoming Swift Current Civic Election.

Nominations close at 4pm this afternoon. At this point three have declared their plans to run for mayor: Stacey Ellertson, "Angry" Don Robinson and Jerrod Schafer. There's word of a 4th candidate emerging today.

I'm wondering if Ellertson may consider pulling the plug in the coming weeks considering his entire platform has been copy and pasted by Angry Don.

Schafer has to be pretty thrilled that both these candidates will basically saw each other off and divide the vote.

In a campaign video, Ellertson took a stab at being a "news reporter" . I don't think he'll become a youtube sensation anytime soon.

Ryan has more details here. Funny stuff.

It makes for good morning show fodder too. All three of our local morning shows have their fair share of election chatter these days.

More Bronco news as it happens later today,

Jon





Broncos Shareholders Meeting

Press Release:

The Swift Current Broncos have announced their Annual Shareholders Meeting will take place Tuesday October 6th in the Recreation Centre Lower Lounge at 7:00pm.

The presentation of the 2008-2009 financial statement will be released and nomination of directors will take place. All Broncos’ shareholders are welcome to attend.

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My thoughts...

The Broncos are expected to announce an operating profit from the 2008/09 season that could reach six figures. Although expenses continue to increase, the Broncos had a strong season at the gate. Hosting four home playoff dates will also help the bottom line.

Anything in the black is solid for the organization although the team does walk a fine line between profit/loss.

More details next week.


Jon


Waiting for the Weekend

The Swift Current Broncos have most of the week off before heading to Regina Friday to play the Pats. Then Saturday they begin a five-game homestand against teams like Prince Albert, Red Deer, Moose Jaw, Edmonton and Kootenay.

The team goes into the weekend generally healthy although F Dane Muench is a question mark suffering from a knee injury.

The Broncos can expect Friday nights game to be a big one for the Pats faithful. It will be the home ice return for F Jordan Eberle. The Broncos have won seven straight against the Pats going back to last season but this year the teams line-up pretty similiar.

Both have a handful of skill up front, both have two older anchors on the blue line and then get young in a hurry. Both have starting goaltenders with similar league experience.

Meanwhile Saturday night will be the 2nd meeting of the season between the Broncos and Prince Albert Raiders. It was a goaltender's battle last Wednesday in P.A. when the Raiders picked up a 3-1 win.

Sunday, the Red Deer Rebels come in for a visit. It will be my first look at WHL superstar in the making Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Perhaps it's a chance for Broncos G Morgan Clark to burn his former team. You know he'll be thinking about it.


Jon

Robinson Running for Mayor???

***For all the regular readers, this is a non-hockey related post. We will return to the regularly scheduled program later today....***



(photo from swbooster.com)

(Above) There wasn't a microphone Don Robinson didn't find in the last month or two. If it was a pedestal, a podium, media gathering or facebook group, yes Don was there talking rats and criticizing Mayor Larson and City Council. The bigger the media outlet/reach the better!

Now, after vehemently denying he wasn't going to take a run at Swift Current's Mayor's chair and that his push wasn't politically motivated, yes the papers have been filed...Robinson is IN the mayor's race.


Angry Don called me several times after I speculated last month he was going to run for mayor when the civic election drew closer. He called me to say I didn't know what I was talking about and that he had no plans to run for mayor. Guess what?

We already have a flip-flop.

This is going to be one crazy month of civic politics!

We now return to regularly scheduled programming....

Jon






Monday, September 28, 2009

Are the Broncos Next?

With half of the Eastern Conference improving their team in the last two days the question is what are the Broncos going to do, if anything.

Saskatoon has welcomed back 20 year-olds Milan Kytnar and Sam Klassen. They acquired 19 year-old Jeremy Boyer from Seattle. They are better on paper than just a few days ago.

The Regina Pats get Jordan Eberle back and went out and acquired F Killian Hutt from Portland. Hutt had a decent rookie season last year collecting 35 points in 57 games.

The Brandon Wheat Kings get Brayden Schenn back from L.A. and will add two impact European players into their line-up this week.

Prince Albert hasn't made a recent move but picked up F Justin Maylan from Prince George and F Craig Macallum from Edmonton.

Calgary gets F Joel Broda back - the only 50 goal scorer in the WHL last season.

Lethbridge adds 20 year-old Linden Rowat, D Mike Reddington, Mitch Maxwell and F Radim Valchar after struggling out of the gates.

So does the next move belong to the Broncos? Or do they take their time assessing what they need before pulling the trigger on something .

Maybe it's just instinct of expecting something this time of year. Afterall, former Head Coach/GM Dean Chynoweth always seemed to make a major move at about this time. Postma and Bortis to Calgary for Dansereau and Felde. Schultz to Spokane for Ned Lukacevic. Leavitt and Annesley to Everett for Desloges and Horman, etc.

With the re-assignment of D Andrew Hewett to the MJHL, the Broncos are shaping up to be one of the younger teams in the Conference. With only four 19 year-olds (Wudrick, Dowling, Brown, Clark), the team has some room to manoeuvre.

In comparison, Moose Jaw has eight 19 year-olds, Brandon seven, Prince Albert has six, Saskatoon five and Regina four.

For now, the Broncos are young on the back-end and so far the guys are holding their own. Goaltending has been a pleasant surprise in the early goings and the forwards have enough experience and depth to put up some goals.

If the Broncos do make a move in the coming days or weeks don't expect it to be a major one. Although if GM/Head Coach Mark Lamb gets an opportunity to improve his team for a reasonable price I think he'll jump at it.

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Hewett Re-assigned

-The Swift Current Broncos re-assigned 19 year old defenseman Andrew Hewett to the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL.

Hewett, from Winnipeg, has 3 points in 36 regular season WHL games. The move leaves the Broncos with 7 defensemen and 25 players on the roster.

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Too bad for Andrew but the writing has been on the wall for awhile now. Being a healthy scratch for the first four games was evidence enough.

We may see him again though, I don't think this closes the chapter just yet.


Jon

Monday Update

Lots to talk about this morning... let's dive right into some WHL.....


- What an awesome Saturday. The Riders completed the win in Edmonton just as we went to air for the Broncos game on the Eagle. The Broncos then took over and put on a Harlem Globetrotters like effort against the Hurricanes. Six of their seven goals may make the year end video in the Broncos 7-2 win.

I'm not sure what goal I liked the best from Saturday. Was it Eakin's first of the night on the touch pass from Wudrick when he finished on the back-hand on a helpless Ville Kolppanen?

Perhaps it was Justin Dowling and Micheal Stickland's nice passing play on the 3rd goal?

Actually, my pick was Cody Eakin's 2nd goal of the game in the third period after the behind the back pass from Justin Dowling. WHL Plays of the Week perhaps? Are they still doing that this year?

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Lethbridge may be winless at 0-4 but they are close. Acquiring G Linden Rowat will help their case. They have some top end talent. Their first line is skilled with Radim Valchar, Carter Bancks and Carter Ashton.

They have a tough eight game road trip to begin the season and play in Vancouver Wednesday to begin four games out west.

Two years ago the Broncos started with eight straight on the road and went an impressive 5-2-0-1 in that stretch.

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So far so good for G Morgan Clark. Clark was stellar for a 2nd straight start in the Broncos goal and is answering some questions many had entering the season. He's looked sharp, there's no doubt.

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A wise WHL General Manager made a good point the other day. He said it's a great time to be rebuilding team in the Western Conference this year. Almost every night the end result will be up for grabs and a young team could go through some growing pains yet still make the playoffs.

That isn't the case on our side though. I'm thinking a team will have to put up 72-75 points in the East if they want to make the post-season this year.

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The Pats get Jordan Eberle back from Edmonton. Will he make a difference in the Queen City? In a word, yes. Expect the Pats to throw the "C" on him for Wednesday's game in Prince Albert. The Broncos play in Regina Friday night in their next contest.

Eberle is a player you can't help but cheer for. He's top shelf on and off the ice.

I'm sure he's very disappointed he didn't stick with the Oilers this season. Don't expect his disappointment to be played out on the ice though.

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You may have saw me up in the Buffalo Brew Pub Broadcast Saturday night holding my laptop to my ear during the pre-game show.

With a taped interview featuring Joe Sakic playing in our pre-game show, I was trying to catch the last minute of the Rider game via 620ckrm.com's webcast.

It was loud in the i-plex with warm-up underway. My only option was to hold my laptop speaker to my ear...maybe next time I'll bring headphones.

F Hurricane's broadcaster Pat Siedlecki (Foam Lake, SK native) had the game going on his laptop too. We shared a fist pump on the Riders final defensive stop.

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Thanks to Terry Pavely filling in for Tim Tisdale on Saturday's broadcast. We've had four broadcast's this season and three different color commentators. Ryan Switzer opening night, Keegan Goodrich for a pair on the road and Terry Saturday night.

Tizzy is due back from vacation eventually.... shoot my a text Tiz, where are you?

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Thanks to Brad Gurski for hosting a group of us from the radio station for a private Joey's Only Seafood meal last night. Brad is the new owner of the of restaurant chain locally. He had a special dinner for some guests as a "dry run" for his staff.

Brad stopped by to tell us he listens to the "Breakfast Boys" every morning.

I had the grilled salmon by the way....excellent. Thanks Brad.

By the way, they open for real this morning at 11am. Go check them out. Same location as before on the South Service Road behind 7-11.

Ok, back to work! Have a great week.


Jon




Saturday, September 26, 2009

Broncos Blanked; Streak Ends

Two Brandon 2nd period goals less than three minutes a part was the game's only offensive outburst as the Wheaties blanked the Broncos 3-0 at Westman Place tonight.

The Broncos mustered only 16 shots on goal and two powerplay opportunities in a game that didn't feature a lot of whistles.

The Broncos were without F Michael Stickland and F Dane Muench.

It was the first ever WHL start for Alex Sirard. He played well, allowing two goals on 25 shots. The Wheat Kings added an empty-netter late in the third period.

The game also marked the end of a long lasting streak for the Broncos. Tonight was the first time they were shutout in the regular season in 153 straight games. A streaking dating back to March 2nd, 2007 when the Broncos were blanked in Medicine Hat 3-0.

It's a streak we've talked about for some time now. The Broncos dodged the shutout bullet a few times over the 153 game stretch - including a last second goal from Keegan Dansereau in Brandon last season.

The Broncos host the 0-3 Lethbridge Hurricanes tonight at the Credit Union i-plex. Face-off at 7:30pm.

Friday, September 25, 2009

New Video Clock and Suites in Brandon

I noticed some big changes in Brandon at the morning skate. Here's a couple pics from my phone.

New luxury suites to be completed in January.


Very impressive video scoreclock in Brandon. They will unveil it tonight. It's a beauty.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Brandon

The Broncos arrived in Brandon in the early evening after travelling most of the day from Prince Albert with a quick pit stop in Yorkton.

The team will skate in the morning before challenging the Wheat Kings in their home opener Friday night.

Im seeing a lot of talk about Brandon's two import players finally arriving in D Alexander Urbom and F Toni Rajala. Both are expected to miss the home opener according to some local media reports.

Brandon is still missing forwards Brayden Schenn and Matt Calvert but Scott Glennie will more than likely make his season debut coming off a groin injury.

As for the Broncos, there will be a few line-up changes tomorrow night.

F Dane Muench remains a game-time decision after leaving the game in Prince Albert with a knee injury.

More tomorrow..........


Jon

Broncos Take Loss in Prince Albert

The Prince Albert Raiders found a way to get the go-ahead goal in the third period to eventually win 3-1 over the visiting Swift Current Broncos.

Tied 1-1 in the third, and with the Broncos getting the majority of the chances, Igor Revenko scored his 2nd goal of the game. The Raiders later added a powerplay goal from Jordan Hickmott with five minutes to play to ice it.

Justin Dowling had the only goal for the Broncos. He scored on a first period break-away after getting behind the Raider defense courtesy a nice pass from Dillon Wagner.

There was a lot of positives in this game for me. Morgan Clark was solid in the Broncos goal making 33 saves. He looked collected and confident and made some great saves.

The 16 year-old defensemen Reece Scarlett and Graeme Craig also played well.

It was a game I believed the Broncos were going to win, just based on the way the game was headed in the third period. Credit the Raiders and G Garrett Zemlak for some big and timely saves.

F Dane Muench left the game midway through the first period on what Assistant Coach Tim Kehler called a "re-aggravation of a knee injury". His status for tomorrow night is uncertain.

It's a travel day for the team. We depart from P.A. within the hour headed for Brandon.

Tomorrow's game against the Wheat Kings will be their home opener. We are on the air at 6:00pm with the pre-game show, 6:30pm play-by-play.

More from Brandon....

Jon

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Night

Just a quick update here...

While the Broncos will be bussing four hours north to Prince Albert tomorrow, former Broncos Athletic Therapist Paul Ayotte will be unloading after a flight to Scotland with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Don't get me wrong, on the road in the WHL is great and all....but I'm sure Paul won't mind missing "The Highway Host" in Rosetown on the way up. He'll take the working vacation I'm sure.

The Marlies will play a series of exhibition games overseas. There's a video story you can check out here.

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The Broncos had some fun today...the team got out and played a little slo-pitch this morning at the diamonds just behind the Credit Union i-plex. Call it cross-training, call it team building or whatever you'd like.

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We taped three segments today for The Inside Edge. You can find the show on your local Shaw TV station. Shaw found a major sponsor this season in SIGA. The show will continue this season in a bit of a different format. Look for it later this week.

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Just finished up WHL This Week Radio Edition this afternoon. It will be available on the whl website later this week. Guests include last year's CHL rookie of the year Brett Connolly of the Prince George Cougars. Saskatoon Blades GM/Head Coach Lorne Molleken and Lethbridge Hurricanes Head Coach/GM Rich Preston.

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Thanks to all the local teams who have been either emailing, texting or calling in their game results. Hockey teams, high school football, minor football and volleyball teams included. It's much appreciated. In fact you can always leave your results in the comments area too. I can't get the info on the morning sports if I don't know about it. Some teams have been great with this... some teams still call me Monday afternoon wondering why I didn't have their score or game details on the radio.

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We're on the air at 6:30pm with the pre-game show from Prince Albert. Former Broncos Head Coach/GM Dean Chynoweth will be our guest among others. Play-by-play at 7pm from the Art Hauser Center.

The last time the Broncos were in Prince Albert they left with a 9-1 win late last season. Matt Tassone had a career night with four goals and an assist.

Until then,

Jon

Monday, September 21, 2009

Another Bronco Gets A Contract

From scbroncos.com

Graduated Broncos' forward, Keegan Dansereau has signed a one year 2 way contract with the Senators organization.

Dansereau, 21 years old, from Saskatoon will more than likely play with the AHL's Binghamton Senators this season. Last year he led the Broncos in scoring with 81 points. Dansereau joins former Broncos' captain Zack Smith in the Senators organization.


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By all reports, Dansereau was ready to take the next step in his hockey career.

"The best he's ever looked" is a phrase I heard from a few who watched him this pre-season and at the rookie tournament in Kitchener in which Dansereau scored four times in.

One of the goals of a junior hockey team is turn players into pros. The Broncos have had a lot of players move on to pro hockey over the last three seasons. This is another good news story for the organization.

Best of luck to Keegan.

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Also, former Bronco captain Zack Smith was in the line-up for the Senators tonight in Regina as they defeated Tampa Bay 3-1.

Jon




Matt Tassone Stops By

Matt Tassone was back in the building Friday night to take part in home opener festivities. Matt put on the gear and took to the ice for introductions.

He came up to the booth for a visit. Here's the brief interview.


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Monday


Welcome back for a new week, and a busy week for the Broncos ahead.

Wednesday the club travels to Prince Albert to play the Raiders. The team will travel to Brandon from there and play the Wheat Kings Friday. They will head home immediately following to host Lethbridge Saturday night.


Saturday night I took in the Islanders/Flames game in Saskatoon, or should I say the Bridgeport/Abbotsford AHL match-up.

Even though a lot of the big names didn't play I didn't mind it so much. It was a chance to see a lot of former WHL'ers and several players with Bronco ties from over the years.

The Islanders had former Bronco Jeremy Reich in the line-up while the Flames inserted Jason Jaffray.

Bronco defenseman from last year Johnny Negin watched the game from the stands. He's vying to crack the Flames full-time this season but knows it could be a bit of an uphill battle with seven Flames defenseman on one-way contracts. So there's potentially one spot open on the back-end if any.

Former Broncos Head Coach / GM Dean Chynoweth ran the Islanders back end. It's going to be a challenge for Chynoweth this season with not a lot of veterans to lean on back there. For the most part it's a young and very inexperienced group.

Both Chynoweth and Negrin will join Wednesday's Bronco broadcast from Prince Albert as we catch up to them.

I'll blog some of there thoughts tomorrow or Wednesday.

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I'll have some Bronco news later today....


Jon

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Broncos Take Season Opener

It seems one thing has carried over for the new season - the Broncos have the Warriors number.

The Broncos scored some strange goals in a 6-5 win over the Warriors in the season opener. Again, the Warriors couldn't get a save against the Broncos - a common theme the last couple seasons.

Starter Jeff Bosch was pulled from the Warriors goal late in the first after giving up the 4th goal. Rookie Brandon Glover mopped up the first period and was replaced by Bosch to star the 2nd.

The Warriors made it close with three goals in a 2:08 span late in the third but couldn't press for the eqaulizer.

Here's the recap from www.scbroncos.com :


For the third straight season, the Swift Current Broncos have defeated the Moose Jaw Warriors to start the season.

The Broncos were paced by a torrid start going up 4-0 after the first period as Michael Stickland, Eric Doyle, Geordie Wudrick and Brad Hoban scored. In the second period, the Warriors got on the board after a nice goal by Jason Bast. The Warriors scored again on the power-play as Thomas Frazee cut the lead to 4-2. Cody Eakin would get one back for the Broncos and made it 5-2 Swift Current after forty minutes. In the third period, the Broncos Cody Eakin would get his second of the game to make it 6-2. The Warriors would mount a comeback getting 3 goals as Quinton Howden, Corey Scott and Matt MacKay scored to make it close but the Broncos held on to the win.

Cody Eakin had 2 goals and an assist, Brad Hoban and Geordie Wudrick each had a goal and an assist and Dane Muench had a pair of helpers to pace the Broncos. Both teams were 2-6 on the power-play. Morgan Clark got the win for the Broncos stopping 24 of 29 shots. Jeff Bosch took the loss for the Tribe stopping 18 of 24 shots.

The Broncos next head out on the road for two games travelling to Prince Albert Wednesday and Brandon Friday.


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My final thoughts... a win is a win. I don't think the three Warriors goals in garbage time will phase the team much.

I thought all the rookies played well in this one D Reece Scarlett, D Brody Luhning, F Adam Lowry, F Andy Blanke, and F Dane Muench.

As expected the Broncos worked the skilled Muench right into the top six forwards on a line with Cody Eakin and Geordie Wudrick. Muench picked up a couple of assists.

A nice first ever WHL shift for F Adam Lowry who picked up an assist the very first time he touched the ice on a long shot from D Eric Doyle that Bosch should have stopped.

A decent home opening crowd with 2453 in the house. Up from last year's home opener crowd.
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I'm hitting the road for the rest of the weekend, Flames/Islanders tomorrow in Saskatoon and the Riders/Eskies Sunday.

I'll blog at ya Monday!


Jon

Friday, September 18, 2009

Eakin Will Play

Cody Eakin is back with the team and will play tonight against the Warriors at the Credit Union i-plex.

Face-off at 7:30pm


Jon

Let's Drop the Puck!


The Swift Current Broncos host the Moose Jaw Warriors tonight at the Credit Union i-plex to get the season started. Face-off at 7:30pm. We're on the air at 7pm with the pre-game show.

Ryan Switzer will join myself for the call with Tim Tisdale away.

The Broncos will look to continue their recent success against the Warriors. This is the third year in a row the teams have met to begin the season. In 2007/08, the Broncos pulled one out of the fire in Moose Jaw tying the game with 1.3 seconds left and then winning in overtime. Last year the Broncos went into MJ and posted a 6-1 win thanks to a hat-trick from Cody Eakin.

The Warriors return 18-19 players from last year and should be much improved this season. In saying that, it just doesn't happen because everyone is older. It'll be up to them to take the step forward.

The Broncos could have a full line-up tonight but are still awaiting word of F Cody Eakin. For Eakin to make it back to Swift Current from D.C. in a day would be a challenge to say the least.

This is the only Broncos game this weekend. Their next action is in Prince Albert Wednesday and then in Brandon Friday.

See you at the rink,

Jon


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Broncos Name Assistant Captains

From scbroncos.com


Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb announced the captains for the 2009-10 season.
Wearing the captaincy again is 20 year old defenseman Derek Claffey. Named captain of the club after the trade deadline last season, Claffey is now in his second season wearing the "C".


His assistant captains are: 18 year old forward Cody Eakin and 20 year old defenseman Eric Doyle. Both Doyle and Eakin were "A's" last season as well.

Ian White on OTR

Former Bronco defenseman Ian White was Up Front on Off the Record yesterday.

Watch it here.



Jon




Thursday Update

Here's some quotes and audio transcripts as the Broncos prepare for their season opener against the Moose Jaw Warriors tomorrow night at the Credit Union i-plex.

D Eric Doyle on his fifth career "season opener".....

"Obviously it's a bit different than when I was 16 (in Everett) and playing my first game in the league. I was tentative and I think I actually threw-up before the game I was so nervous. Now, I'm used to the pace of the game, pace of the league and I think I can help lead some of these young guys and help guide them along the way."

D Eric Doyle on what he expects out of Moose Jaw in the season opener....

"I think they're still a little pissed-off about finishing last (last season). I think they have something to prove. I think it will be a hard-fought game. There won't be any easy points against them this year."

Assistant Coach Tim Kehler on a younger blue-line featuring two 16 year-olds in Reece Scarlett and Graeme Craig.....

"There are going to be some growing pain with those guys but the other side of it is as 16 year-old players, I think the progress we are going to be able to watch and evaluate as the year goes on will really be in leaps and bounds. I think they are tremendous athletes. It should be pretty exciting both from a coaching standpoint and from a fan standpoint to watch the development of these kids."

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We are awaiting word on F Cody Eakin's potential return to the Broncos at some point today. Eakin remains with the Capitals in D.C. More should be known this evening.


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Bronco parents be aware!

Another season of Homegrown Heroes is set. That means I will be contacting you for some stories and thoughts as your son either begins or continues there hockey career with the Broncos. The feature plays every game in the 2nd intermission.

Last night I had a good chat with both Aileen Wagner (Dillon) and Glen Dowling (Justin).

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More later today,


Jon

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Eakin Update


A lot of fans are wondering about the status of Cody Eakin and if he will be back for the season opener Friday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors.


I chatted with him tonight...he's still in D.C. with the Capitals. He doesn't know much because he hasn't been told anything. He knows he does have practice in the morning. The Capitals have sent a couple players down to junior and have re-assigned a couple to their AHL affiliate in Hershey.


He's not on the exhibition game roster so it's more than likely he will be re-assigned tomorrow. Whether that means he can make it back for Friday's game is anyone's guess.


That's the latest.....


On another front, G Morgan Clark arrived at the rink just before the Broncos practice this afternoon. He was re-assigned by the Vancouver Canucks officially this morning.


Jon

WHL Broadcasters Speak! / Shaw Schedule

Voice of the Blades Les Lazaruk does an annual WHL broadcaster's survey of final standings predictions. Les again has crunched the numbers... this is hot off the press.


Eastern Conference

Brandon
Calgary
Saskatoon
Kootenay
Medicine Hat
Swift Current
Edmonton
Regina

Red Deer
Moose Jaw
Lethbridge
Prince Albert

Western Conference

Vancouver
Everett
Kelowna
Spokane
Kamloops
Portland
Tri-Cities
Chilliwack

Seattle
Prince George

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And the Western Hockey League and Shaw TV will team up to broadcast 30 games this season.

The Broncos will be shown just once. That's a game in Saskatoon against the Blades November 4th.

Here's the entire schedule:

Thursday
Sept. 17/09
Vancouver
@
Kelowna
7:00pm
7:00pm
Wednesday
Oct. 7/09
Kootenay
@
Saskatoon
7:00pm
6:00pm
Wednesday
Oct. 21/09
Edmonton
@
Calgary
7:00pm
6:00pm
Wednesday
Nov. 4/09
Swift Current
@
Saskatoon
7:00pm
5:00pm
Friday
Nov. 6/09
Kootenay
@
Red Deer
7:30pm
6:30pm
Tuesday
Nov. 10/09
Prince George
@
Regina
7:00pm
5:00pm
Friday
Nov. 13/09
Medicine Hat
@
Calgary
7:00pm
6:00pm
Wednesday
Nov. 18/09
Chilliwack
@
Vancouver
7:00pm
7:00pm
Friday
Nov. 20/09
Calgary
@
Brandon
7:30pm
5:30pm
Friday
Nov. 27/09
Kootenay
@
Kamloops
7:00pm
7:00pm
Tuesday
Dec. 1/09
Lethbridge
@
Medicine Hat
7:00pm
6:00pm
Friday
Dec. 4/09
Calgary
@
Vancouver
7:30pm
7:30pm
Wednesday
Dec. 9/09
Brandon
@
Saskatoon
7:00pm
5:00pm
Friday
Dec. 11/09
Kamloops
@
Vancouver
7:30pm
7:30pm
Tuesday
Dec. 15/09
Regina
@
Red Deer
7:00pm
6:00pm
Friday
Dec. 18/09
Red Deer
@
Edmonton
7:00pm
6:00pm
Friday
Jan. 8/10
Vancouver
@
Edmonton
7:00pm
6:00pm
Wednesday
Jan. 13/10
Portland
@
Kamloops
7:00pm
6:00pm
Friday
Jan. 15/10
Everett
@
Chilliwack
7:00pm
7:00pm
Friday
Jan. 22/10
Moose Jaw
@
Calgary
7:00pm
6:00pm
Tuesday
Jan. 26/10
Brandon
@
Kootenay
7:00pm
6:00pm
Friday
Jan. 29/10
Moose Jaw
@
Regina
7:00pm
5:00pm
Wednesday
Feb. 3/10
Saskatoon
@
Prince Albert
7:00pm
5:00pm
Friday
Feb. 5/10
Lethbridge
@
Kelowna
7:00pm
7:00pm
Wednesday
Feb. 10/10
Prince Albert
@
Medicine Hat
7:00pm
6:00pm
Friday
Feb. 19/10
Lethbridge
@
Edmonton
7:00pm
6:00pm
Wednesday
Mar. 3/10
Saskatoon
@
Brandon
7:00pm
5:00pm
Friday
Mar. 5/10
Seattle
@
Kelowna
7:00pm
7:00pm
Wednesday
Mar. 10/10
Regina
@
Saskatoon
7:00pm
5:00pm
Friday
Mar. 12/10
Kelowna
@
Vancouver
7:30pm
5:30pm