Some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Start The Week: Including the SJHL Heading to Warman

Thanks for the patience… Some Virus issues are behind me so here’s to a little of Dis N’ Dat as we prepare to start the work week!

Happy thoughts for Saskatoon native Derek Hulak. Fresh off an MVP performance at the University Cup last weekend the forward was signed to a deal with the Dallas Stars and reported to their AHL team in Houston. More good news as on his first shift with his new team his first shot on goal found the back of the net. Even more remarkable for this young man is that it came 7 years to the day that mother lost her battle with cancer. I wish nothing but success for this inspiring young man.

One more on the University Cup and one thing that stuck out from the tournament was the number of checking from behind calls made during the event. One theory was that due to fighting being banned at the University level there was no respect between the players and they could not police themselves. My argument is that players at this level are so smart that they are drawing the penalty by turning their back to the play. That quick turn, means that an onrushing opponent will hit them in the numbers and not only be penalized the two minutes for the infraction but also the 10-minute accompanying misconduct penalty.

More happy thoughts and how incredible/miraculous was it to see Kootenay Ice forward Tim Bozon walk down the hall at Royal University Hospital on Friday prior to his release from the facility after a month long battle with meningitis?

More form the WHL and the season is over for the Prince Albert Raiders and Regina Pats meaning that the Swift Current Broncos are the lone Saskatchewan team with a shot at winning the WHL championship. Read into that what you will.

More hockey and the SJHL is set to head to Warman. The beautiful Legends Centre in the city to the north of Saskatoon is an amazing arena, field house, library and school facility. All it needs is a major tenant which in my personal opinion would be a perfect fit for the SJHL. However, some perspective owners found different when they conducted a feasibility study. The league, though, may feel differently! With the Elgar Peterson Arena in Humboldt unavailable next weekend, game six of the Conference Final between Yorkton and Humboldt, if necessary, will be played in Warman. Now it would seem that Watrous, Melfort, and even Aberdeen may be closer fits geographically but this game will truly be a measuring stick for the viability of an expansion franchise in that community.

To baseball and it was an amazing thing to see 90,000 fans file into the Big ‘O’ in Montreal for a pair of baseball games between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets. The numbers and the support seemed to be there. Don’t fool yourself though the Expos’ fans who abandoned the team in the late 90’s have ensured that a team will never return to the second biggest city in Canada.

More baseball and I fear for how bad this season will be for the Toronto Blue Jays. The team has changed very little from a year ago when the finished last in the A.L. East. The offence may be healthy to start the season but the starting pitching is no where near good enough to contend in the tough A.L. East.

Staying in Toronto and with the passing of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson the question has already been asked as to whether or not the team will move to the Big Smoke. Those same people who asked the question need to give their head a shake. The Buffalo Bills in Toronto series was nothing short of disastrous not to mention a money loser. Moving the NFL to Toronto will require the building of a new facility thanks to the Blue Jays intent to make the Rogers Centre a baseball only facility. Not to mention getting out of the Bills lease in Buffalo will cost $400-million. Basically, it is not and will not be feasible any time soon.

That’s about it for today… Again thanks for your patience through some technical difficulties. Enjoy the weekend!

 

 

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