Morning Water Cooler
Coming to you from back home in Wynyard this morning. It won’t be too long but I wanted to stop in.
The Easter weekend has been a bit of a blur. That may be credited to a few too many beverages and a very fun hometown hockey tournament. Oh.. we lost in the ‘A’ final.
The NCAA tournament is down to the final four. Just one top seed has made it. Did you have (1) Louisville, (9) Wichita, (4) Michigan, and (4) Syracuse? Me either.
Below is a picture of a Michigan colored Canadian flag for player Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, ON:
We won’t touch on the Saskatoon Blades much at this point other than a couple of quick thoughts.
First, it goes without saying that a first round sweep is extremely disappointing. This team went on their big winning streak and beat Medicine Hat four straight times in the regular season but just did not show up in the playoffs. Twelve straight playoff losses has many wondering what is the problem and how can it be fixed.
Lorne Molleken has to be feeling the heat. Everything has been tossed around in the media and by the fans from letting Dave Struch take over for the Memorial Cup to suggesting the Blades forfeit their place in the tournament. Let’s ignore the armchair owners for a bit and let this thing play out.
It sounds like the Blades are going to give the players some time off before getting back together to prepare for the Memorial Cup. They’ll have, for lack of a better comparison, a training camp and try to refocus with nearly 60 days between games.
The pressure on this coaching staff and team is so huge but here is hoping they pull it off. It has really become quite the story and everyone is wondering how it will play out.
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to roll in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and Joffery Lupul and Nazem Kadri are leading the way. Relatively quiet has been Phil Kessel. If he heats up to the pace of the other two, look out.
Congratulations to the Humboldt Broncos and the Yorkton Terriers who have earned berths in the SJHL Championship. If you can believe it, either the Terriers or Broncos have been in the final each of the last nine years. Even more crazy is that this will be the first time in that span that the two will meet. The credit goes to former Terriers broadcaster Craig Stein for that one.
If you get a chance, find the latest episode of Feherty on the Golf Channel where he sits down with Jack Welch, the founder of GE. Simply great stuff and great lessons to take away.
That’s all for now. Have a great week and stay dry!