Adam Lowry, Richard Nedomlel and Steffen Soberg took off to NHL camps today. Reece Scarlett doesn’t leave until early next week.
Lowry is headed to the first camp for the new Winnipeg Jets. That is going to be a madhouse for a couple of days before they head to Penticton for the rookie tournament. Meanwhile, Nedomlel and Soberg are back in familiar territory with Detroit and Washington respectively. Both took part in summer development camps.
I spoke with Lowry and Nedomlel before they left…
Adam Lowry (Download)
Richard Nedomlel (Download)
So for now the Broncos role with Austin Smith and Steven Myland in goal. It’s an opportunity for both to show they belong here. Scarlett sticks around so the Broncos have seven defencemen left in camp. Once he leaves the six guys battling to make sure they stick on the team will get a chance to play the rest of the exhibition action. Tomorrow night’s (Friday) game against the Saskatoon Blades is also a fundraiser. Some proceeds from ever ticket sold go towards the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Foundation.
Speaking of fundraisers, congrats to everyone involved in the WHL Rider for the Kids. They raised $150,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. I hope they can get that hospital built. I know it would mean so much to families around this province. The ride made a stop in Swift Current this summer and the players involved were introduced at an Indians game. Mark Lamb took part in the Swift Current to Regina leg of the ride.
The other WHL exhibition game in the southwest on Friday night is in Shaunavon. The Regina Pats take on the Medicine Hat Tigers at the new Crescent Point Wickenheiser Cetnre. Shaunavon’s Dyson Steveson plays for the Pats. Kale Kessy of the Tigers is also a local product, but he will miss the game so he can attend Phoenix Coyotes camp.
The Broncos play Prince Albert in Shaunavon next Saturday. We will have the broadcast of that game on The Eagle 94.1 FM and CJSN in Shaunavon.
I will have an interview with Mark Lamb on the blog tomorrow. It will serve as a preview of the games this weekend as Lamb summarizes his feelings on camp and exhibition action so far. In talking to him I can tell he knows their decisions are going to be really tough. I’d say basically everyone with the team right now could fairly have a spot on this roster this season. So how do they narrow it down? There might not be any Cody Eakin or Justin Dowling-like production this year, but it seems like the Broncos should have more depth in WHL ready talent.
Lamb also talks about the season ticket issue that has been a hot topic on this blog over the last week. I hope some of that discussion has generated interest at the box office. I think this blog is mostly for hardcore fans anyway. Most of you who read this are likely to be season ticket holders anyway. The key is going to be to reach the casual fans I think.
The Midget AAA female hockey pre-season gets off to a flying start this weekend with the Diamond Energy Wildcats hosting the Holiday Inn Classic Tournament. Teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba take part. The Wildcats are also putting on an CIS exhibition game between the University of Lethbridge and the University of Saskatchewan. Both teams have former Wildcats on their roster.
Here are some interviews on the event…
Wildcats Coach Terry Pavely (Download)
University of Saskatchewan Coach Steve Kook (Download)
The future of women’s hockey is on display all weekend long at the Fairview West Arena. For a complete schedule click here. I hope you can make it out to support the girls. I know I am planning to head to Regina on Saturday for the Broncos game against the Pats, but I hope to check out the tournament playoff games on Sunday. Hope to see you there.