Apparently pucks in practice... as G Cam Lanigan was hit during a drill in the side of the mask and suffered a concussion yesterday. The freak accident happened with Lanigan not even in goal during the drill.
An errant clearing attempt during a penalty kill drill caught Lanigan. It'll keep him out of action tomorrow night and the weekend. 16 year-old Taran Kozun has been called up from the Tisdale Trojans of the Sask "AAA" midget league (see post above)
Both forwards Jordan DePape and Dalibor Bortnak are expected to be in action tomorrow night as they come off injury. Both were on the ice at practice today. Chase Schaber remains out.
I have to admit I'm getting more excited about the Whitehorse experience next week as the Blazers play Vancouver as part of Hockey Day in Canada celebrations in the Yukon capital.
Tomorrow there's a media conference call with CBC which will include the duo of Ron Maclean and Don Cherry. We will have some of that in tomorrow night's broadcast if something comes out of it.
As for my part, I will be broadcasting the game for Radio NL and will provide the call for cbc.ca as well.
The teams will fly together next Friday and will be accompanied by a New Brunswick minor hockey team who won a national contest put on by the CBC.
Also, starting tomorrow in Kamloops at the Scotia Bank downtown location, there will be a banner set-up for people to sign wishing the Blazers good luck in Whitehorse. It'll be available to sign until the 9th. The team will take the banner north with them for the festivities. Good job by Aaron Oviatt for spearheading this. He's a Blazer billet and is also a Manager at Scotia Bank.
Tomorrow's game vs Everett is a Shaw TV game. The whole production crew is coming in for the Western Canada broadcast. Joey Kenward will host the broadcast right from ISC. Kirk Fraser and Billy Wilms will handle the call of the game. If everything works out from my end, I'll join them for a 2nd intermission chat for their Insider segment.
Even though I work in radio and promote it's interests, I have no problem promoting the fact it's on TV as well. The WHL is the winner here. All the exposure is great for the Blazers and the League.
There will be 42 minor hockey teams in the rink tomorrow night featuring about 700 kids. It's the Blazers Minor Hockey Night. Hopefully they provide some extra atmosphere.