Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FOR FRASER RODGERS' VEES BLOG: pentictonvees.wordpress.com


As you may have wondered I have left the Powell River Kings organization to take a position with the Penticton Vees.

First off, I would like to thank Kent Lewis and his staff for bringing me on to call games on Sun FM in the 2010-2011 season. It truly was a pleasure to be part of such a successful organization on and off the ice. The Kings have built up a strong program and it will only get better. Powell River is spoiled to be able to watch the product they put out year after year.

To the fans, I sincerely appreciate all the feedback I received this past season-constructive too. It meant a lot to a young broadcaster cutting his teeth in the BCHL. Powell River has some of the most passionate and dedicated fans in the league. I will never forget the atmosphere in the Hap Parker Arena during games five & seven against Victoria and in the BCHL finals.

I would be remiss not to mention the great work of the Volunteers. The army of dedicated fans have a thankless job and do it without complaint and a smile on their face. Volunteers are the back bone of any junior hockey team.

Thank you Powell River.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

News & Notes

  • Big news out of Vernon, as Mark Ferner has stepped down as Head Coach & GM  of the Vipers. Jason Williamson has been promoted to fill his role. Jon Keen with Radio NL out of Kamloops had the story on Twitter. Keen speculated that Ferner will be named HC in Everett with the Silvertips. You can read the press release on the Vipers website here. You can follow Jon Keen on Twitter @JonKeenNLSports
  • Staying within the coaching circle, the Salmon Silverbacks have named Colin O'Hara as their newest Head Coach & GM. O'Hara takes over from Tim Kehler who resigned last week. O'Hara just completed his first season with the 'Backs and isn't new to the BCHL. O'Hara has made stops in Vernon and Quesnel and was most recently the HC in Nipawin of the SJHL.
  • The Vancouver Canucks will have a noticeable BCHL flavour at their Development Camp opens up this week. Former Vee Joey Lelaggia, Eagle Karel St. Laurent, Grizzlie Justin Courtnall King/Capital Chris Rawlings and future Cap Brendon Tanev.
  • The latest version of the Chilliwack Chiefs franchise has lauched their website today. You can find it at http://www.chilliwackchiefs.net/. The team hasn't released a logo yet but expect the one we have seen in recent years. However, looking at the colours they are using on the site, maybe maroon red and gold will be the teams colour scheme.