Friday, March 12, 2010
What to Expect in Regina
Bronco playoff hockey in the Brandt Center?
Yes we are going to take over the rival rink to host either Brandon or Calgary for the Bronco home playoff games March 22-24
What will the reaction be in the Queen City? It probably doesn't help the fact the Broncos have been in large part the judge, jury and executioner of the Pats the last three seasons.
Bronco fans will make the trip, and I suspect a few interested Pats supporters will check out the games for curiosity sake.
I've talked to some of the members of the Regina media. They are pretty excited to have playoff hockey back in Regina - even if the Pats aren't involved. I'm hoping they cover the games as if their home team is involved.
The last playoff game in Regina was back in March of 2008. Go figure, the Broncos were involved. It was game five of the best-of-seven.
I still remember Broncos F Levi Nelson streaking down the right wing and beating G Linden five-hole to salt the game away in the third period.
I remember our fans taking over the building that night... especially the post-game.
Two seasons later, the Broncos are back.
I don't expect them to get the "home team" treatment. Not by any means.
In fact, the Broncos won't have access to the Pats facilities like their dressing room and other amenities. That's the word from management.
Virtually, it will be like two visiting teams battling in a neutral site playoff game.
I've had some Regina fans comment they will welcome the Broncos while others say it's a "anybody but Swift" mentality.
I just hope our fans have the opportunity to make the trip in for the mid-week games.
I'm grateful Regina will host us in our time of need. With that said, I don't expect the red carpet treatment.
See ya in Regina!