Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vipers to Host 2014 RBC Cup:

It was announced officially by Hockey Canada, and fans of the BCHL's Vernon Vipers went crazy. The 6 time national champion learned this week that they will host the 2014 RBC Cup, Canada's Junior A Hockey supremacy. 

The Vipers have had so many successful seasons in the past that it's hard not to believe that 2014 will be much of the same. They recently took part in the 2011 RBC Cup in Camrose, Alberta where the Pembroke Lumber Kings ended the streak in which Vernon saw RBC Cup wins in Victoria and Dauphin in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Included a little bit below, underneath the article, is a video from hockeytube.net, a not-so-official affiliate of Dustin's Cafe! I really encourage you to check out their site and all the videos it has to offer!

Here's the official release:
By the Vernon 2014 RBC Bid Committee

Date: May 28, 2012

For Immediate Release
Hockey Canada has awarded the 2014 RBC Cup to Vernon. Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s Director of Marketing Services and Special Events, chaired the selection committee that settled on Vernon as the host for the May 2014 tournament. He called Vernon Bid Committee Chair Mike Lane early Saturday morning from Hockey Canada’s Annual General Meeting in Halifax.
Lane says, “I was so excited that I wanted to run up and down the street shouting that we won the bid, but we needed to keep it under our hats until Hockey Canada included the announcement in its AGM Notes on Sunday.” Lane advises that the bid is contingent upon signing a contract with Hockey Canada. He adds, “As soon as possible, we also plan to sign agreements with the Wesbild Centre and other local participants.”
A June 16 Kickoff Rally will feature a Hockey Canada representative, appearances by former Vernon Vipers and Vernon Lakers, and short speeches by Mayor Sawatzky and RDNO Chair Patrick Nicol. At the Rally, fans will learn details about ticket sales, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship opportunities. Further details about that Rally will be provided by May 30.
Vernon last hosted a National Junior A championship back in 1990 at the Vernon Civic Arena. That was an amazing year when the Vernon Lakes shocked the New Westminster Royals 6-5 in overtime to win the Centennial Cup.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Blog Returns From Vacation:

Yet another off season has begun, and like many others, my blog had to refresh and re-energize...

I firstly would like to apologize for my unannounced hiatus from the blog. I needed to take a few weeks away and reflect upon things and now I know a little more about the approach I want to take with the blog. This post is mostly just going to be a recap of the last few weeks.. My last post came after the BCHL's Penticton Vees went 0-2 in the Round Robin at the RBC Cup. Well, they came back to win the RBC over the Woodstock Slammers of the MHL. Here's a recap...

-After leading 3-2, the Woodstock Slammers took 3(some very questionable) straight penalties to fall 4-3 to the Penticton Vees in the RBC Cup final game. Penticton capped off their incredible season by becoming the Canadian National Junior A Champions.

-The Shawinigan Cataractes are the Memorial Cup champs for the first time in franchise history after earning a home ice overtime victory by a score of 2-1 against the OHL's London Knights.

-The Edmonton Oil Kings won their first WHL crown against the Portland Winterhawks. It took just 5 seasons to bring the new Champions to the top. Edmonton can maybe, possibly, ehhh probably not; put the City of Champions sign back up.

-The Dawson Creek Rage have folded and will cease operations while the AJHL's St. Albert Saints move to Whitecourt, causing the JR. B Wolverines to also cease operations. Fairview should be entering the NWJHL is 2012-2013.

-RBC Cup news.... I'll have that, on a seperate post!

Over the next few weeks, I will try and bring the blog up to speed and bring it back up to my performance expectations! If you have any questions or would like to see a certain player interviewed 'One-on-One', feel free to drop me an email, scafe18@gmail.com

Monday, May 7, 2012

Humboldt Knocks Off Penticton In Overtime:

Penticton is 0-2 at the RBC Cup with a tough loss in OT to the host Humboldt Broncos on Sunday evening. Andrew Johnston scored with just under 5 minutes to go to give the Broncos' a 3-2 win and a 2-0 start at the tournament. Penticton will play Woodstock(love their jerseys) Tuesday at 6:30 while Humboldt will play Soo(nice uniforms, too) at 2 PM.

See below for the official Hockey Canada release!

They used a re-design of these at one point, why not modernize and stick with it?
PS- I am a jersey junkie and love to check out teams uniforms. I think Woodstock has the nicest jerseys of any I have seen in Junior A over the years! Unique, with a very sharp look. Humboldt, on the other side of things.... I'm a little disfigured as to who made up the 'HB' logo. All there is to say about that. Might as well discuss the others as well... Soo has some pretty sharp uniforms as well, the grey really gives them a nice touch; these uniforms are pretty nicely well done. Penticton, Penticton, Penticton... I can remember a time when I did like the teams jerseys, but that was when they were named the Panthers. The teams color scheme has a LOT of potential for nice jerseys, but they are 0-for-4(or 0-for-5?) since the days of the Panthers.

Hockey Canada Article:

HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Andrew Johnston scored at 4:57 of overtime, in the dying seconds of a power play, as the Humboldt Broncos handed the Penticton Vees a 3-2 defeat on Sunday night at the 2012 RBC Cup.
Johnston’s goal, which came with three seconds left in a five-minute checking from behind major handed to Penticton defenceman Kyle Beaulieu as regulation time expired, means the Broncos sit alone atop the standings after two days with an unblemished 2-0 record.
The Vees, meanwhile, dropped to 0-2; it’s the first time all season Penticton, which lost 2-1 to the Soo Thunderbirds in Saturday’s tournament opener, has been on the losing end in back-to-back games.
Matt Glowa and John Lawrence had the goals in the regulation time for Humboldt, which has started 2-0 for just the second time in five trips to the National Junior A Championship – it also won its first two games at the 1987 tournament, which the Broncos hosted.
Glowa had an eventful first 28 seconds – he opened the scoring just seven seconds after the opening face-off, poking a loose puck past Penticton netminder Michael Garteig, and received a checking from behind penalty and game misconduct just 21 ticks later.
Wade Murphy scored both goals for the Vees, which had not lost two in a row since dropping Games 2 and 3 of their Interior Conference semifinal to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks during last year’s BCHL playoffs.
Garteig finished with 40 saves, including a couple of huge stops in overtime before Johnston’s winner, while his counterpart in the Humboldt goal, Matt Hrynkiw, kept Penticton’s high-powered offence in check with 29 saves.
Both teams will enjoy an off day before returning to the Elgar Petersen Arena ice on Tuesday – Humboldt goes for a 3-0 start when it faces the Soo Thunderbirds in the matinee (3 p.m. MT), while Penticton takes on the Woodstock Slammers in the evening game (7:30 p.m. MT).

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Thunderbirds Shock Vees' in RBC Opener:

Game one is done for the Doyle Cup Champion Penticton Vees, and they have some ground to make up.

 A 44 save performance by Soo goaltender John Kleinhans led the T-Birds to a 2-1 victory over Penticton today in Humboldt. Jake Wright got the Birds on the board in the first near the midway mark, before the Vees tied it up early in the 2nd on a goal from Joey Benik.

Ex-Salmon Arm Silverback Bryce Gervais picked up the lone assist on the goal. Play would favour the Vees as after 40 minutes they had a 30-12 shot margin, but were stuck in a 1-1 tie.

Midway through the final frame, James Delayer would score unassisted for Soo to give them a 2-1 lead, which would eventually be the final score.

Final Shots on goal in the game would favour Penticton by 30, as the final tally would read 45-15.

Steven Fogary was given Player of the Game for the Vees, and as expected; Kleinhans picked up the honor for the victorious Central Region representative.

The Vees next game will be tomorrow (Sunday) night, against the host Humboldt Broncos at 6:30 Pacific time. This is a game you won't want to miss as the Broncos have proven year after year they can compete with the best; not to mention it's on their home ice this year. You can catch the game live at http://penticton.myezrock.com/ with Fraser Rodgers, the voice of the Vees.

Thursday, May 3, 2012