With the ongoing drama of Gregg Drinnan vs The Kamloops Blazers, I've been on the sidelines somewhat watching as the story unfolds. I've been able to escape to Sun Peaks for a couple days of skiing in between broadcasts, and I've felt a little removed from the proceedings.
But they've heated up....
Rick "The Bear" Wile of Radio NL was in contact with former Blazer great and part-owner Mark Recchi to get his take on this.
Recchi responded in this manner:
"For years now we've dealt with this negativity towards these young men and we want to keep their self esteem, it's important. We have to be responsible for these young men who come in and play for our franchise, the community and the City of Kamloops. They are going to become young men, through that. I don't think anybody as a parent would want their children to be constantly in a negative environment. As owners, we have to protect their kids and that's what we're doing."
Bear continued the interview....Recchi feels the criticism is unique....
"I haven't really seen anything like this. It's upsetting because I feel it really impacts our kids. At the NHL level, we are all big boys and get paid to perform but we don't even get this negativity that the organization and players of the Blazers get. I think it's important we take a step back and take a look at this and make sure our kids are protected."
Recchi also eluded the Drinnan ban on team personnel is endorsed by the Western Hockey League.
"The WHL is also involved. They said they would like it if Gregg Drinnan did not have access down in the dressing room until we have a meeting. The Kamloops Daily News is more than welcome to send someone else for post-game interviews. Gregg Drinnan is welcome to come down to the rink for games and practices. Until their is a resolution between the League, the Blazers and Gregg Drinnan of the KDN, we just don't want him to have access to our players or other team personnel."
Bear also filed this podcast .... have a listen. Interesting. It's at the bottom of this podcast page dated Thursday January 6th".
Regardless, I think we have to move forward, get it resolved and get a plan moving forward whether that's with GD or not.
The Blazers may have lost their captain for the weekend. Chase Schaber went down with a leg injury vs the Moose Jaw Warriors after an atempted his of Warrior F Dylan Hood.
JC Lipon may return to the line-up after missing Tuesday's game with an ankle injury. The Blazers are also set to get back F Bernhard Keil and F Dalibor Bortnak back from World Juniors and F Logan McVeigh and D Brady Gaudet. I'd expect all or at least three of them to suit-up.
More tomorrow for game-day,