Sunday, December 16, 2007

Big Benn Strikes Again

Prior to Saturday's game between the Blades and the Rockets, look who I ran into? Former Rockets Paul Hurd (left) and Bart Rushmer (right). Hurd played just one season for the Rockets in 2000-2001 while Rushmer played two seasons in K-Town, from 2000 until 2002. Both former alumni are now in Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan. I love to catch up with former players, and having a chance to see these two was a great way to conclude the trip.

The Blades have retired five players numbers over a history that began in 1966. One of those numbers retired was #22 worn by Wendel Clark. Clark played two seasons with the Blades from 1983-85, before becoming a 1st round pick of the Maple Leafs in the 1985 draft. Clark played his entire junior career as a defenseman before being converted to a forward at the NHL level.

The score clock at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. She's a beauty, and frankly is to huge for the building. It is so large, that it hangs over one of the blue lines instead of center ice because it simply can't fit between the beams.

This is the hotel the Rockets stayed at in Saskatoon. It's the Delta Bessborough. Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton likes to treat his team right, and staying at this lovely hotel is just another example of the class organization Hamilton wants to run. The beds, the food, the atmosphere in this hotel was second to none. It was a great stay.

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