Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rockets flavour at 2010 Olympics

The Kelowna Rockets are well represented at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver when it comes to men's hockey. Duncan Keith (2003) and Shea Weber (2003-2005) will patrol the Team Canada blue line. Canada opens the tournament today against Norway.

I spoke to Chilliwack Bruins head coach Marc Habscheid, who had the privilege of coaching both of those players in Kelowna.

On Duncan Keith:

"A credit to him for making the Olympic team. He's done a great job with his career. He was a guy that was good on the power play, was pretty good defensively, but really didn't dominate in one area. I think his real development was through junior and then in the American Hockey League under head coach Trent Yawney. He just kept developing and kept getting better and identified in his game that he is a pretty good defensive player, and that's really carried him."

On Shea Weber:

"The thing that Web's always had going for him was his head. He was just a tremendous kid who was gritty and minded his P's and Q's. He came from a strong family. Tough..tough ..tough mentally, and him and Travis Moen are a lot the same.
Habscheid also played for Canada at the Calgary Olympics in 1988.


3stuges said...

I remember seeing Weber at an Alumni game some yrs ago. After a bad bounce, an opposing player scored. He blamed himself. Weber went to the bench and slammed the gate in disgust hahaha. That was just an Alumni game. Look out opposition for that in tensity while sitting in the crease!!

Go Canada Go

acco said...

Hey Regan, don't forget about Lauris Darzins, who is playing for Latvia.

Switzer said...

Hey Regan,

I'm curious to hear Marc Habscheid's thoughts about going back to Swift Current this week.

Regan Bartel said...

Who do you think I am, Habscheid's press agent? Ok, don't answer that.