Congrats are due to recently graduated Broncos goaltender Jon Groenheyde on his commitment to St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. He will start there next season with an eye on eventually resuming his pro career when he’s done his education. Groenheyde got a taste of pro hockey after his Broncos season was done. He suited up for a couple of games with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League and says he got an offer to return next season. So why go to college? I caught up with the ultra competitive netminder earlier this week.
Interview with Jon Groenheyde (Download)
Groenheyde is very much keeping the door open to a future pro career. I think he’s taking a logical step. The CIS still offers very good hockey while allowing him to take care of his education with his WHL scholarship money. He should be a better and more mature player by the time he heads back out looking for pro jobs four years from now. Groenheyde was playing the best hockey of his CHL Career in the second half of the season (including a CHL goaltender of the week nod) and is trending forward heading into his college career.
Click here to check out the St. Thomas perspective on Groenheyde and to follow his exploits during his college career. Best of luck!
WEISE SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH CANUCKS
Former Bronco Dale Weise has re-upped with Vancouver for another season. When he was at the recent WW Smith Broncos Alumni Golf Classic, Weise was optimistic he would get a deal done with Vancouver before arbitration. It’s always good to avoid that process. The other good thing is that it’s a one-way deal and he is guaranteed NHL money.
Before he came to the tournament, Weise talked about his experiences during his first season with the Canucks. It sounded like he was looking forward to getting another run with Vancouver and hoping to prove he can take on more responsibility in his sophomore NHL season. Weise has proven at every previous level he can add scoring to his physical game. He will certainly brig grit and toughness to the Canucks. He can also bring some touch!
SASK HALL OF FAME BANQUET SATURDAY
The Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame will hold its first induction banquet this Saturday in Swift Current. The list of inductees will include former Bronco Bryan Trottier and the 1989 Broncos. Trottier will accept on behalf of those honoured and TSN’s Darren Dreger will host the festivities.
It’s a very exciting time for Swift Current as they will also unveil the physical Hall of Fame for the first time no Saturday. I don’t know exactly when they plan to fully open the doors to the public. It’s just around the corner. I talked to Hall of Fame Co-Chair (and Swift Current’s Mayor) Jerrod Schafer late last week…
Interview with Jerrod Schafer (Download)
At last word there were still a few tickets left for those interested in attending Saturday’s events. They came available based on final numbers coming back for family/friends attending on behalf of those being honoured. Snatch them up for they’re gone. We get to host the physical Hall of Fame, but we won’t get to host the banquets every year. You don’t want to miss out.
Call Jerrod at 778-4776 for ticket information.
Before Saturday I will post an interview with Dave King (coach of the U of S Huskies team being inducted) and hopefully Darrren Dreger. I’ve still got a bunch of Bronco audio to pass your way soon. That includes some of the guys recently back from NHL development camps, a Bronco who recently wore a gold medal around his neck and some stars of the future. It’s been hectic at work but I will get those up in the near future.
Meanwhile, how about those Indians? They’re the hottest team in the WMBL in the last month and heating up heading into the playoffs. The final regular season games on Saturday and Sunday at Mitchell Field.
ELMWOOD JUNIOR RESULTS
Elmwood hosted the Titleist Pro Junior on Tuesday with 28 teams from around the Province competing.
The weather was hot and windy but the scoring was pretty hot as well.
Elmwood was well represented in the junior team portion of the event as well.
Jeff Chambers’ team of Nathan Corrin, Corey Bailey, and Daiten Greenway finished 2ndoverall.
Brennan Rumancik’s team of Cole Bissonnette, Jordan Braun, and Blake Morrow finished in tie for 7th.
Chad Lavalle’s team of Logan Tisdale, Thomas Hammerton, and Ian Hayes tied for 15th.
Sheldon Reinharts team of Ryder Jackson, Clark Campbell, and Riley Duncan finished in 25th.
Dean Toles team of Griffin Wilson, Kyle Tisdale, and John Neustaeter finished in 26th.