Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year!

Some random thoughts as we begin 2013...because readers enjoy randoms.

-As 2012 passes, I am grateful for friends, family and an erroneous Mayan Calendar.

-The Swift Current Broncos are hosting a Fan Bus.  It'll hit Edmonton on February 1st and Saskatoon February 2nd.  While I can't make the trip this time, I can say these trips are amazing!  Win or lose, hit the booze!

Call 773-1509 to sign up.  Register by January 12th.

-The Broncos are an entertaining team to watch.  Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose, but you always leave the rink talking about something cool that happened.  As of this moment, there is NO player in the CHL more fun to watch than Adam Lowry.  No there isn't!

-Southwest Saskatchewan's Pig Spleen Weather forecaster has been making the media rounds.  It looks like a wet 2013 is in store for us according to Jeff Woodward from Tompkins.

-A bizzarre news story from this past weekend.  A car is stolen in Calgary.  RCMP find the vehicle and attempt to pull over the perp along Highway 32 just northwest of Swift Current.  A high speed chase ensues.  The perp flees the vehicle on foot in Abbey (an hour NW of Swift Current).  RCMP use search dogs, search Abbey and find nothing.  Then, the RCMP decline to comment or release any further info.

Is there a car stealing fugitive on the loose?  I respect the work of the officers of the RCMP.  They put their lives on the line every day.  I sometimes wish I could wind back the clock and become an officer.  Their communications people may want to attend a seminar on 21st century communications...or look at bringing in a consultant.  :)

-Back to WHL hockey.  There is no rink in the league more inhospitable to visiting fans than The Medicine Hat Arena.  Not even Regina when the Broncos/Pats rivalry was heated.  I still enjoyed the atmosphere and a spirited tilt between the Broncos and Tigers this past weekend.  Some fans respect a good rivalry.  Med Hat just seems to have a lot people of judge you and dislike you based on what hockey team you support.  I have yet to attend a game at the Arena and NOT have some sort of run in with a "fan".

-What was the top news story in Swift Current for 2012?  Integrated facility?  Mayor Schafer winning the Mayor race by acclamation?  The Broncos miss the playoffs, but make a profit? From what I can see, pedestrian fatalities along Highway #1 generated the most discussion on Social Media.

-Wal Mart and Elmwood Grocery.  One is a giant Mega-store Mega-chain.  The other is a Ma and Pop corner store under 2,000 square feet on Chaplin Street in Swift Current.  One of them has two cashiers on staff during busy hours...the other seemingly never has more than one.

That's all for now.  If you're on Twitter, shoot me a Follow and I'll follow you back.

Switz


Thursday, December 13, 2012

NO Broncos Named to CHL Top Prospects Game

Yesterday the rosters were unveiled for the CHL Top Prospects Game.

No members of the Broncos were selected.  One could argue Dillon Heatherington could have been an option.

Here's the info...



14 WHL PLAYERS NAMED TO 2013 HOME HARDWARE CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS ROSTERS
40 top NHL Draft eligible CHL players will compete January 16, 2013, in Halifax, NS

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the three regional leagues, the Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club, and Home Hardware Stores Limited, today announced the 40 CHL players that will compete in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Halifax Metro Centre on January 16, 2013.

The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by the 30 NHL clubs then divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting and include 14 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 14 players from the Western Hockey League, and 12 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 

27 of the CHL’s 60 member clubs are represented in this game featuring three players on the host Mooseheads including Team Cherry captain Nathan MacKinnon alongside Jonathan Drouin, and goaltender Zachary Fucale.  Team Orr captain Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks will also be joined by a pair of teammates including forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nicolas Petan.  The London Knights and Quebec Remparts also have a trio of players competing on Team Orr with forwards Max Domi, Bo Horvat, and defenceman Nikita Zadorov representing the Knights, while forwards Anthony Duclair, Adam Erne, and Nick Sorensen represent the Remparts. 

“Home Hardware congratulates the 40 players selected for the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” said Paul Straus, President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited.  “This year marks the 18th annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players and it continues to be an event that Home Hardware is proud to support. These young players represent communities across the country, and like Home Hardware, they and the sport of hockey are truly a part of the fabric of Canada. On behalf of the Dealer-Owners of close to 1,100 Home Hardware stores in communities across Canada, I would like to wish this year’s  players the very best of luck.”

Last season’s game in Kelowna, BC, featured 10 players that were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft including Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips who was selected second overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 10 players that were selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Chris Phillips, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters (WHL Players bold/red):

Team Cherry:

Head Coach – Don Cherry

G
oaltenders:
Zachary Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads)
Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Defencemen:
Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)
Mirco Mueller (Everett Silvertips)

Darnell Nurse “A” (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Eric Roy (Brandon Wheat Kings)


Forwards:
William Carrier (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm)
Jonathan Drouin “A” (Halifax Mooseheads)
Frederik Gauthier (Rimouski Oceanic)
Stephen Harper (Erie Otters)
Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers)
Morgan Klimchuk (Regina Pats)
Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nathan MacKinnon “C” (Halifax Mooseheads)
Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound Attack)
Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Team Orr:

Head Coach – Mike McPhee

Goaltenders:
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)

Defencemen:
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack)
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Seth Jones “C” (Portland Winterhawks)

Jan Kostalek (Rimouski Oceanic)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)

Forwards:
Justin Bailey (Kitchener Rangers)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks)
Max Domi (London Knights)
Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts)
Adam Erne (Quebec Remparts)
Bo Horvat (London Knights)
Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Sean Monahan “A” (Ottawa 67’s)
Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks)
Kerby Rychel (Windsor Spitfires)
Hunter Shinkaruk “A” (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Nick Sorensen (Quebec Remparts)
 
One doesn't have to go back too far in history to remember the last Bronco to play in the game.  Last year, Coda Gordon suited up for Team Orr. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday


Swift Current, SK – The Swift Current Broncos and Kurt’s KFC are proud to announce the annual Teddy Bear, Toque and Mitts Toss which will happen Sunday, December 16th when the Kootenay Ice come to town.

Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears, toques and/or mittens to Sunday night's contest.  The respective items will be thrown onto the ice immediately following the first Bronco goal.  All teddy bears, toques and mittens accumulated will be donated directly to the Swift Current Salvation Army.
Last year the Broncos donated a total of 692 teddy bears to the Swift Current Salvation Army.
The Broncos will also be offering an exclusive “Teddy Bear Toss” ticket package leading up to the game.  Fans can purchase a ticket and Charlie Horse teddy for only $25.

Fans can purchase tickets at the Early Bird Price up until 5PM of game day ($10-Adults, $6-Students, $4-Children and $25-Family of Four).  Stop by the Broncos souvenir store, The Stable, or call 306-773-1509 for more information.
This will be the second of four meetings between these two teams this season.  The Broncos currently hold a 1-0-0-0 record against the Ice in their season series.

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's A Small World...and a Good One!

This is Premier Brad Wall's annual Christmas video.  He usually flies this mission solo, but this year he recruited some help.



Jeremy, Brad's co-star, can often be found at Swift Current Bronco games.  Jeremy's Mom is Rri Olson.

If you're a Bronco fan, the name will ring a bell.

Rri is the anthem singer for the Broncos.  For my money, she is the best in the league.  

She's also good at Twitter.  @rriolson.

Merry Christmas.

Switz  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday

-Do you ever find yourself spending a Sunday watching "Marathons" of TV shows?  Yesterday it was several hours of Spike TV's 'The Deadliest Warrior' at this Blogger's house.  During a particular episode the weapons and tactics of the American SWAT team were pitted against the German GSG 9's.  I would suggest an episode with a Swift Current theme.  The local Parking Enforcement Officer vs. Ghost Security.

-The most common names for newborn children in 2012 were Aiden and Sophia.  Sophia was #2 last year, bumping Emma out of the top spot.  Aiden makes the jump to #1 from 8 dethroning Liam.

It would be interesting to see region specific data.  In Saskatchewan would names like Weston and Darian make the top 100?  Ron or Roger?  We know people want to be buried in their Rider gear, but is the passion for green involved in bringing people into the world?   

-This time of year can be extremely stressful.  More relationships end in December than any other time.  With that in mind, don't make any life changing decisions until January.  Let this time of year pass.

-Last night The official Twitter account of The Swift Current Centennial tweeted that the Swift Current Broncos first western road trip was the 1987-88 season.  The team went 4-2.  I remember staying up to listen to every game.  My bed time was pushed back so I could hear John Enns do play by play on Magic 94.

-Swift Current celebrates it's Centennial in 2014.  What would you suggest the biggest Swift Current news story/event in 100 years is?  Rats?  The 1986 Bronco Bus Crash?  The Memorial Cup win?  You would be hard pressed to convince me the top news story in 100 year shouldn't involve our Broncos in some way.

-The top story in 2012 has to be strained relations between the City and the RM of Swift Current.  Apparently these issues go back decades.  What started this bitter feud?  Does anyone care?

If you could bring back 1 thing that Swift Current has lost over 100 years, what would it be?  Billy Buffalo?  The old A&W with roller skates and delivery service right to your car?

-If I'm still on the radio in 2014, I will invite Swift Current radio people from yesteryear to co-host The Morning Show with me.  Kelly Evjen, Merv Caven, Kim Johnston, Jon Keen, Al Stevens, Debbie Metevier consider yourselves invited.

Switz




     

   
     

Friday, December 07, 2012

Switzervations

-I haven't blogged in around a year.  The domain name ryanswitzer.com just became available, so I had the wizards at Intricate networks nab it for me.  Not sure what I'll do with it, but for now, some RANDOM BLOGGING will suffice.

-One has to admire the job Mark Lamb is doing recruiting and building the future of the Swift Current Broncos.  I take exception to people claiming his predecessor, Dean Chynoweth, didn't do a good job when he had the top hockey job in Swift Current.  Dean was eviscerated in this week's Prairie Post by Brad Brown.  Brown puts the blame for the Broncos rebuilding woes squarely on Chynoweth's shoulders.   Much has happened in Chynoweth's life since his stay in Swift Current.  When he thinks back on his time in Swift, likely all he remembers is playoff teams and making money!  Chynoweth's Broncos missed the playoffs in 04'-05, but under today's conference based rules the Broncos would have made it to the post season that year.  That would have made Dean 5 for 5 in playoff appearances.

-The Broncos did have a $200,000 season in the black under Dean.   

-Dean left Mark some assets too. Two of them are Adam Lowry and Reece Scarlett. With the Broncos a few games below .500 as I type this, does Mark Lamb shop those two at the WHL trade deadline? 

-I have yet to have a Starbucks coffee purchased in Swift Current.  What am I missing?

-The place once billed as Swift Current top make out spot has been fenced off.  'Welcome Hill' is off limits.  Where do the kids go now? A father needs to know this.

-Only in Regina.  To get in the festive spirit, the crew at Mosaic Stadium decided to throw a Yule Log video on the Max Tron.  Within a week there were several calls to Regina 9-1-1 claiming the venerable stadium was burning down.    

-Swift Current's embattled Midget AAA team had a good start to the season, but The Home Hardware Legionnaires are now winless in 10.  Is there a curse on the Legionnaires?  The Boston Red Sox had the curse of the Bambino. Does Tim Tisdale haunt the Legion in similar fashion?  You'll recall Tisdale was mysteriously gassed as the local midget AAA coach despite despite churning out playoff teams and dozens of future WHLers.

-Have I ever told you the story about the time I was forced to apologize to the local Home Hardware owner for NOT calling the local Midget AAA team the 'Home Hardware' Legionnaires on air?    There was one sentence during a Bronco broadcast where I simply said "The Legionnaires" without the Home Hardware name drop.  That owner has since retired. Someday I'll write a book about the trials and tribulations and ups and downs of a small market radio host.  That absurd story will be a part of it.

-The local  Home Hardware is very well run now.  

-One of my dreams has always been running a home based business.  That dream is a reality.  Snowstreaker is now taking off after almost two years of laying the foundation.  I will always been thankful to a handful of local business owners for taking a chance on me and helping me to get this thing going.  If you are looking for a dentist, Dr. Stock is the man, and if you're looking for a place to workout, Bodyfit is the best.  ;)

-Tracey Moen is the best local celebrity in Swift Current.  The Swift Current Online Swifty awards announced their 20 award winners.  If you don't know who Tracey is you're not an official Swift Current resident yet.  In parts of Newfoundland, you get "Screeched in".  In Swift Current, you're nobody until Tracey has told you, 'You're Outta Here'.  

-Should the Broncos begin the practice of retiring the numbers of their all time greats?  For years, fans have suggested Joe Sakic's number 19 should be in the i-Plex rafters.  I think the only numbers the team should ever retire are the 8,9,11 and 22 to honor the  Four Broncos who died in 1986...but if the club did start retiring all time greats former numbers, Sakic's 19, Tisdale and Holt's 13, Lambert's 3, Kennedy's 12 and Schneider's 17 would be were I'd start.

That was fun.  Let's do it again next week!

Switz


 










 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Broncos in Shaunavon Tonight

The Swift Current Broncos play the PA Raiders tonight in Shaunavon in a WHL pre-season game. This is the second WHL pre-season game in Shaunavon's brand new rink, The Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre.

Bronco news this week has been dominated by Norwegian goalie Steffan Soberg and his no-show at Bronco camp. The events are chronicled VERY well here.

Yesterday morning, we had some fun on the Magic 97 Morning Show...

Caution...this video also SMAMELESSLY self promotes me. VERY Shameless...like 10x worse than some other blogs.



Switz