Bronco playoff fever was alive on the way home last night... now the team can officially get into playoff mode after clinching a spot.
The design and planning of the team's "playoff shirts" was in full force. The veterans come up with a design idea and then forward it to Trainer Jaime Leblanc. He makes some phone calls and tries to relay the info onto a supplier.
The team was also trying to come up with a playoff plan for their hair. Not sure if they are going to do the team building playoff tradition. Some of their ideas were a little out there... we will see next week if anything comes together.
The reality of junior hockey hit me in the face last night. A disappointed and inconsolable Garrett Zemlak skated off the ice, realizing his WHL career would end by the weekend.
The Raiders goaltender has been their MVP all season. The loss sealed their fate. He knew it, and so did his younger teammates.
This outpouring of emotion is why we all love junior hockey. There may not be a tougher thing to watch in sports than to see a player play their final game of a career - any sport.
Kudos to the Raider staff. Bruno Campese, Craig Bedard and Steve Young were top notch to deal with all season long. If there's a team I was cheering for to get to the playoffs on our side beside the Broncos, the Raiders would be it.
The Raiders close off the season with a weekend home-and-home set with Saskatoon.
The Broncos could be without F Matt Tassone for awhile. In his first game back after missing nine games to injury, Tassone suffered a neck injury just three minutes in and did not return.
I'm not sure the latest on Matt but I know he was in hospital overnight for observation.
Listen for an update Saturday night when the Broncos host the Moose Jaw Warriors.
It's yet another bad luck moment for Matty. I hope it isn't the end of his season and his junior career as a 20 year-old.