Monday, January 18, 2010

Things that make me go hmm....

  • Congratulations to Troy Bodie. Bodie scored his first career NHL goal last night in Anaheim's win over Calgary. I had the pleasure of golfing with 'Bodes' this summer during the Rockets alumni golf tournament. Good on him for a player who resides in Kelowna in the off-season.
  • Can I bitch and complain? How did Mark Guggenberger's glove save against Kamloops last weekend not make the WHL Plays of the Week? I guess if Guggenberger was playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers it would have been included. Don't the Tigers score all of the nice goals in the WHL? According to the WHL Plays of the Week they do.
  • Is it just me or does Brandon McMillan look like a frustrated player? The 19 year-old looks angry on the ice, something that is out of character for a player that had just 158 penalty minutes over three seasons. The frustration may be the direct result of his team losing. When you've been in an environment for over a month where little if anything has gone wrong while playing for Team Canada, the transition of playing for a team fighting for their playoff lives isn't easy.
  • Ever notice that rookie Shane McColgan is the second player on the ice during the pre-game warm up? McColgan is also the last player off the ice after the warm up is over. Is that a sign of his leadership role with this team even at the tender age of 16?
  • I had a short chat with Red Deer Rebels defenceman Aaron Borejko before Saturday's game. I couldn't remember if Borejko was making his first appearance against this old team and asked him if he remembered when he got traded. The scary thing is he couldn't recall. For some players being involved in a trade is a significant development in their hockey career. For Borejko, apparently not so much.
  • Adam Brown and Mark Guggenberger have made some big saves during the Rockets recent slide, but what I see are two goaltenders allowing goals that are also savable. When a team is trying to find their footing the goaltender can be the biggest factor is keeping the clubs head above water. My hope is both Brown and Guggenberger find their form and force us in the broadcast booth to have no choice but to name them a game star at the end of the night.
  • The only good news during the Rockets recent 6 game slide is the fact that the Seattle Thunderbirds have been equally as inept. The T-Birds have just three points in their last six games. Seattle trails Kelowna by five points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The two teams meet four times including next Wednesday at Prospera Place.
  • Is it just me or are the Kootenay Ice just going quietly about their business in going 13 games without a regulation loss. That's awfully impressive for a team playing in a tough eastern conference. The Ice are a success story because of their ability to play as a team. Nine different players have ten or more goals. Not even first place Tri City and Saskatoon can match that feat. The Americans have 8 players with 10 or more goals while the Blades have seven.
  • If you've attended home games at Prospera Place over the last couple of weeks you have noticed two ugly announcers on the video screen welcoming you to the arena prior to puck drop. Faces for radio, Gord and I have enjoyed the experience of providing the fans with a 'preview' of the game with our one minute banter. The reviews have been positive. I have yet to witness anyone throwing an object when we appear on the video screen.
  • Do you remember the little girl that knocked our socks off earlier this month when she sang the Canadian and American national anthem at the Rockets game? It turns out she is going to be singing the national anthem at a Canucks game this week. At least Canuck fans will have something to cheer about! Ok, cheap shot...but I had to do it.


jaz301 said...

Rockets need to pull up their socks before it is 2 late. We should be able to win at least 1 against Prince George this weekend. If we don't...

Really? Know one has thrown anything at the screen yet? lol. I enjoy that pre game thing you and Gord do.

Just a little advise Regan, before you go bashing a team you should check the standings.

jaz301 said...

I was talking about the canucks by the way not medicine hat tigers

Gord McGarva said...

Jaz301 thanks for the kind words. Regan likes to give me grief about being a Canucks fan all the time. all in good fun.

manningpark said...

You gave some insightfull comments on the Kootenay team. I don't recognize any of their players except their goalie who I thought had long ago been released by an Eastern team. For a team that looks to be gearing up for a run next year I am at a loss on how they are continually pulling the rabbit out of the hat.

Regan Bartel said...

Jeff Chynoweth (one of my fav's) has done a great job there. I don't know coach Hollick, but he deserves a pat on the back. The rivalry between the Rockets and Ice used to be a heated one meeting in the 02,04, 05, 06 playoffs. I miss those times.