Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mid Week Thoughts

Look for a year end piece out shortly. Sorry for the lack of updates in the last week. I've had a few things to take care of but I will try to update as much as I can.

In other news...

  • Some potential big news out of the Cariboo. The Quesnel Cariboo Observer is reporting that the Millionaires are for sale.  President Bob Sales stated the team has lost significant money two years in a row and the biggest issue was attendance.
The real problem, Sales said, there were too many empty seats on too many nights, this despite "heavy marketing" based on the previous year's playoff run.
"We just can't get anybody to walk into the building," Sales said with a resigned shrug of the shoulders.
"That's our biggest problem.

The entire piece can be found by clicking here. Also credit to Brian Weibe at the Making Cents blog for the story. There have been rumours flying around saying the group that did own the Chilliwack Bruins might be interested in buying a BCHL franchise for the now vacant Prospera Centre.

  • As you may or may not know a BCHL Select squad is over in Russia for an exhibition tour against  Russian junior teams. Eddie Gregory, the voice of the Express is the Media Director on the tour and is running a blog which can be found here. The squad lost their first exhibtion game today 9-2 to the Russian Red Stars. Ron Gallo has put up a game summary on his blog which you can find by clicking here
  • The Kings held their Awards night on Saturday at Dwight Hall. The event was well attended as over 160 guests were on hand for the night.The 2010 - 2011 award winners were as follows:
MVP – Matt Garbowsky & Michael Garteig
Coach’s Award – Jason Yee
Inspiration Award – Chris Williams
Armitage Men's Wear Player of the Year – Chad Niddery
Top Scorer – Matt Garbowsky
Scholastic Award – Cohen Adair
Plus/Minus Award - Chad Niddery & Matt Garbowsky
Community Involvement – Bond & Brendan Hawryluk
Most Popular Player – Chad Niddery
Unsung Hero – Brenden Forbes
Most Sportsmanlike – Daniel Schuler
Top Defenceman – Jason Yee & Justin DaSilva
Most Improved – Steven Schmidt
Rookie of the YearCraig Dalrymple
True Grit Award – Andrew Pettitt
Play-off Performer – Jon Jutzi
True Beauty Award – Doug McCormick
BCHL Volunteer of the Year – John Harris

  • Vernon`s Michael Zalewski was named the BCHL Player of the Week by the BCHL. The foward scored arguably the biggest goal of his hockey career in game four against the Kings. The complete write up can found here. Speaking of the Vipers, their Doyle Cup showdown with Spruce Grove starts Friday at the Wesbild Centre. The Vipers and Saints are meeting for the second straight season. Also the Doyle Cup site is up and running and can be accessed by following the Doyle Cup link.

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