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Leaving The Business

Posted by Darryl Skender on November 17, 2011

I stopped blogging a little while back but thought a personal blog about myself might save me from answering the same questions hundreds of times.

There comes a time in every guy’s life where he sits back, looks at his life and wonders about his future. I have thought hard and long about it and when a job opportunity came up for me, I realized I must take it while I can. I love my current job at CJVR/CK750, I also love the people I work with. But this decision was based on what is right for me and my family and all of our futures. I handed in my resignation at work today and will be done in the radio business as of December 7th.  Yes it was tough considering it was my dream as a kid to do play by play and also get paid to do nothing but sports. This being a guaranteed RBC Cup year made it even tougher.

I have accepted an offer by Provincial Aerospace Ltd to operate the radar on one of their aircraft in Comox, BC. They are a civilian company that is contracted by the military, fisheries and quite often work in conjunction with the RCMP. They detect, track and do surveillance on the west coast looking for illegal activity in the water such as illegal fishing, drug smuggling, illegal immigrants as well as search and rescue. So I get to fly in airplane everyday now instead of travelling on a bus with the teams. The company is great. The pay is terrific and the benefits are tremendous. If you’re wondering how I am qualified for this, it’s the same job I used to do in the Navy except I did it on a boat back then instead of on an aircraft.

I would like to say thanks to all the coaches I have had the privilege of meeting and becoming friends with, my fellow broadcasters who are all outstanding at what they do, the players who have made my job easier and the staff at CJVR/CK750 who are second to none. It truly is a wonderful company to work for. Also to all listeners through out my four and a half years in Melfort that have said so many kind things. I feel like I have been blessed with what I have accomplished in the past and the future that I am about to embark on.

My last game will be on December 7th, Humboldt @ Melfort. I’m not sure of my replacement yet but Branden Crowe will do a wonderful job in the meantime. He is as talented as anyone I have ever met for his age. Not sure what my new number will be but I can always be contacted at dskender@hotmail.com. Take care!

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Dubyk To Start Against Mustangs Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 8, 2011

It will be a battle of 2 struggling teams on our CK750 radio broadcast tonight. The Humboldt Broncos and Melfort Mustangs will tangle at the Northern Palace. The Mustangs have lost 5 of their last 6 games while the Broncos have lost 4 of their last 5. Both teams lost last night as Melfort dropped a 7-1 decision to Nipawin and Humboldt a 5-4 score to Battlefords.

Melfort has been alternating their goaltending this season with the exception of opening weekend. Expect Jesse Ehnisz to be in between the pipes this evening as Jesse Wilkins played in Nipawin last night. The Broncos have alternated Matt Hrynkiw and Tyler Marble every game until last night where Marble started his 2nd straight. That will change tonight. Former Moose Jaw Warrior Deven Dubyk gets his first start of the season in a Bronco uniform. Dubyk was not dressed last night as Marble started with Hrynkiw playing the role of back up. Tonight, Marble won’t dress and Hrynkiw will once again be the backup.

Melfort is 1-4 at home this season while Humboldt is 0-4 on the road. It will be the first of 6 meetings this season. Here is a look at tonight’s match up:

Record
Melfort: 2-6-0-1 (6th in Bauer Conference)
Humboldt: 4-5-0-0 (T-4th in Bauer Conference)

Goals Per Game
Melfort: 1.89 (12th)
Humboldt: 4.67 (4th)

Goals Against Per Game
Melfort: 4.11 (12th)
Humboldt: 3.11 (3rd)

Shots Per Game
Melfort: 25.67 (10th)
Humboldt: 33.33 (5th)

Shots Against Per Game
Melfort: 37.00 (12th)
Humboldt: 23.78 (1st)

Power Play
Melfort: 10.2% (11th)
Humboldt: 21.6% (6th)

Penalty Kill
Melfort: 75.4% (11th)
Humboldt: 79.3% (5th)

Last Year’s Head To Head Record
Melfort: 4-2-0-0
Humboldt: 2-4-0-0
* Note: Humboldt was actually 3-3-0-0 after Melfort had a win taken away for using an ineligible player.

How To Listen
Radio: CK750
Internet: www.ck750.com
TV: Saskatel Max Ch. 858 (audio only)

Tonight’s pre-game show starts at 7:15, play by play at 7:30 from “The Palace” in Melfort.

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Broncos Staying Close-Mouthed About Goaltending

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 7, 2011

Humboldt Broncos coach & GM Dean Brockman has always kept as much out of the public eye as possible. From the start of training camp to their final game in the playoffs, injuries are rarely specified (and when they are, not always accurately). Everything is lower-body or upper-body, even early on in the season. The term “flu” gets used a lot even if it is actually an injury or a player is being benched. When Dean brings a player in, it is usually on the hush-hush. He doesn’t like bringing too much attention to the team or giving another team an advantage of preparing too early. Dean has asked me quite a few times not to mention players coming over in trades etc. It’s how he rolls. The same can be said for goaltender Deven Dubyk. He has been dropped by the Moose Jaw Warriors and officially cleared waivers a couple days ago so he is back in Humboldt for a second time. He didn’t get a chance to play the first time around but that should change shortly. I asked Dean yesterday if Dubyk would be playing tonight and he said he’s only practiced once so he’ll have to assess the situation today. In fact, as of the time I’m writing this, he’s still not listed on the team’s roster on the website.

In Humboldt’s 4 road losses this season, they outplayed their opponents in 3 of the games. It’s not a secret that the oppositions goaltending has outplayed Humboldt’s in those 4 losses. I’m sure Matt and Tyler would admit that the road games haven’t been their best. Brockman is looking to shore that position up with the 20 year old.

Dubyk is a native of Minitonas, Manitoba and played parts of 4 seasons in the WHL with Moose Jaw and Medicine Hat. He appeared in just 3 games this season and sported a 2-1 record with a 4.00 GAA and .900 save percentage. He also had a short stint with the Swan Valley Stampeders of the MJHL before that. The 6’2″ 170 pounder brings WHL experience but primarily as a back up. It will be interesting to see how he does at this level.

In another move, Humboldt has brought in 17 year old centre Dylan Fluter from the Tri-City Americans. Fluter played for the Battlefords Stars of the SMAAAHL last year where he was 3rd in scoring on the team with 11 goals and 19 assists in 42 games. Dean said the move was necessitated because of all the injuries to his team early on. Fluter picked up an assist in his first game with the Green & Gold on Wednesday in their 7-2 victory over Kindersley.

Humboldt will look to stay perfect at home when they face the 2nd place Battlefords North Stars tonight. It is the first meeting of the season between the 2 clubs. The Broncos currently trail the North Stars by 3 points in the standings and have 1 game in hand. Game time is 7:30 at the Elgar Peterson Arena.

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Red Hot Hawks Host Broncos Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 1, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks have made believers out of a lot people early on. They improved to 6-1 on the season last night with a 6-4 win over the Battlefords North Stars. I wasn’t at the game as I was in Saskatoon doing the Huskies broadcast but the Black & Gold are proving to be a serious contender this year. They are first overall in the SJHL. Rookie Tad Kozun continues his quick start to the season as he opened the scoring in the first period. Justin Waskewitch led the way with 2 goals and Davis Jones stopped 35 pucks for his 5th straight win to start the year.

The Humboldt Broncos on the other hand have not yet found their identity. They have a lot of talent but the vast number of new players are still getting acquainted with playing with each other. Lines are being juggled to find the right chemistry. There’s no doubt that once things are finalized, they will also be near the top of the league. The Green & Gold are coming off a pair of losses on their recent road trip to Estevan and Weyburn. Neil Landry leads the team in scoring despite missing a game earlier in the season because of a suspension. The team is 3-0 at home but just 0-3 on the road.

Here is a preview of tonight’s game:

Record
Nipawin: 6-1 (1st in Bauer Conference)
Humboldt: 3-3 (4th in Bauer Conference)

Goals Per Game
Nipawin: 4.57 (2nd)
Humboldt: 4.50 (3rd)

Goals Against Per Game
Nipawin: 2.71 (2nd)
Humboldt: 2.67 (1st)

Shots Per Game
Nipawin: 33.00 (5th)
Humboldt: 31.67 (8th)

Shots Against Per Game
Nipawin: 31.29 (7th)
Humboldt: 22.00 (1st)

Power Play
Nipawin: 29.0% (2nd)
Humboldt: 17.9% (7th)

Penalty Kill
Nipawin: 85.7% (3rd)
Humboldt: 81.8% (7th)

Last Year’s Head To Head Record
Nipawin: 2-5-0-0
Humboldt: 5-2-0-0

How To Listen
Radio: CK750
Internet: www.ck750.com
TV: Saskatel Max Ch. 858 (audio only)

Tonight’s pre-game show starts at 7:15, play by play at 7:30 from “The Cage” in Nipawin.

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Broncos Come Home Empty

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 29, 2011

The Broncos are headed back to Humboldt after failing to get a point on their 2-game southern road trip. Tonight’s loss was a 4-2 decision at the hands of the Weyburn Red Wings. The game had no flow as it was marred by penalty after penalty. Those penalties included a couple of penaty shots and a 5-minute major for checking to the head. After the game, assistant coach Tim Klimosko said his team played better than the night before in Estevan but it was tough to get in a flow with all the stoppages. Humboldt remains winless on the road (0-3) as their overall record dropped to 3-3. Weyburn improved to 2-2 at home and 3-2 overall. For the 2nd game in a row Humboldt outshot their opponent but came up short. They gave up 4 goals on 19 shots tonight after giving up 6 goals on 23 shots the night before. It’s a fairly quiet bus ride home right now as the team is watching, “Horrible Bosses” on tv.

The Green & Gold, who sit 4th in the Bauer Conference, will finish their third road game in a row when they meet the high flying Nipawin Hawks at the Cage on Saturday. It could be the last chance for a couple of the players as Dean Brockman told me he might be making a couple of cuts this weekend. That game will be broadcast on your Game Day station CK750 starting at 7:15.

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Broncos Look For Split Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 28, 2011

I’m sitting in the lobby at the Days Inn in Estevan right now just hanging around waiting for our pre-game meal at 3:30. It was a fun game to call last night at Spectra Place. Not only was it an exciting game where there were a lot of chances, goals and good saves, but it was also my first visit to the new facility. It is a terrific arena with 2 nice press boxes and is also filled with luxury suites all the way around. The Broncos lost 6-5 but easily outchanced Estevan in the game. Despite giving up 5 goals, Derek Tendler was terrific for the Bruins. He has played in all 4 Estevan games this season and I can see why. Unfortunately for him, his stats don’t reflect his play. The Bronco coaches made no bones about it that they didn’t like the way their team played. Murray Brookbank said last night that the team didn’t pay the price around the net while Dean Brockman told me today that he felt they only showed up in the 3rd period. Still, the Green & Gold played hard and never gave up right until the final buzzer. They did score a goal with their net empty and almost tied it a few times in the dying seconds.

Broncos-Bruins

I spoke with Broncos winger Robbie Ciolfi this morning. I asked him to slowly say the pronunciation of his name because there are 3 or 4 versions going around between the coaches, players and other broadcasters. Here it is officially. It is pronounced “Cho-fee”. There is no L pronounced in his name. He admits he is off to a slower start than he’d like (2G 3A in 5 games) but likes the line he’s playing on right now. The 20 year old Lethbridge product hopes to play in Italy next year. He is of course a dual-citizen.

The Green & Gold go right back at again tonight in Weyburn. They’ll have to do it without their 3rd leading scorer Adam Zbitniff. He got a lower body injury last night and will be on the shelf for a short while. The Red Wings are coming off a 3-2 win over Flin Flon on Sunday. This will be Weyburn’s last game of their 3-game home stand. One thing that really stood out to me as I was looking over the Red Wings stats this morning was they still haven’t scored a power play goal this year through 4 games. They have had just 10 chances however. Humboldt is perfect at home this season but winless on the road. Weyburn has just 1 win in 3 homes so far. Here is a look at how the 2 teams match up:

Record
Humboldt: 3-2 (4th place in Bauer Conference)
Weyburn: 2-2 (Tied for 3rd in Sherwood Conference)

Goals Per Game
Humboldt: 5.00 (T-1st)
Weyburn: 2.50 (9th)

Goals Against Per Game
Humboldt: 2.40 (T-1st)
Weyburn: 3.00 (6th)

Shots For Per Game
Humboldt: 32.60 (4th)
Weyburn: 24.50 (11th)

Shots Against Per Game
Humboldt 21.40 (1st)
Weyburn: 28.00 (3rd)

Power Play
Humboldt: 31.3% (1st)
Weyburn: 0.0% (12th)

Penalty Kill
Humboldt: 84.6% (5th)
Weyburn: 80.8% (8th)

Last Year’s Head To Head Records
Humboldt: 3-1-0-0
Weyburn: 1-2-0-1

How To Listen
Radio: CK750
Internet: www.ck750.com
TV: Saskatel Max Ch. 858 (audio only)

Tonight’s pre-game show starts at 7:15, play by play at 7:30 from Crescent Point Place in Weyburn.

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Busy Schedule

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 27, 2011

It’s been a busy start to the season for me. I haven’t seen the inside of the radio station much so I have been out of touch with what’s been going on around me a little bit. I just went through a stretch of being in Winnipeg on Saturday (the 17th), Notre Dame Sunday, Kindersley Tuesday, Battlefords Wednesday, Calgary Friday, went to Moose Jaw Saturday and Sunday and I’m on my way to Estevan-Weyburn today and tomorrow.

We just watched “No Strings Attached” (bit of a chick flick) on the Broncos bus and are still on our way down to our hotel in Estevan. It’s a full bus as usual with the Broncos. William Plourde is the only player not making the trip. It’s everyone’s first trip to the new rink in Estevan including myself. I’ve already called Blaine Weyland (PxP voice for Estevan) to get the low-down on which booth I broadcast from and some name pronunciations for the Bruins.

Here’s how the teams match up:

Record
Humboldt 3-1-0-0 6pts (Tied for 3rd in Bauer Conferenmce)
Estevan 1-2-0-0 2pts (5th place in Sherwood Conference)

Goals Per Game
Humboldt: 5.00 (1st)
Estevan: 4.67 (2nd)

Goals Against Per Game
Humboldt: 1.50 (1st)
Estevan: 4.67 (11th)

Shots For Per Game
Humboldt: 32.00 (5th)
Estevan: 32.33 (4th)

Shots Against Per Game
Humboldt: 21.00 (1st)
Estevan: 29.33 (7th)

Power Play
Humboldt: 35.7% (1st)
Estevan: 33.3% (2nd)

Penalty Kill
Humboldt:80% (8th)
Estevan: 66.7 (10th)

Last Year’s Head To Head Records
Humboldt: 3-1-0-0
Estevan 1-2-1-0

Tonight’s game is on:
Radio: CK750
Internet: www.ck750.com
TV: Sasktel Max Ch. 858 (audio only)

Pre-Game show starts at 7:15, play by play at 7:30.

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SJHL Pre-Season Standings (After Sep. 7-11)

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 8, 2011

Bauer Conference

Flin Flon           3-0-0-0    6    11-6
Melfort             1-0-0-0    2     6-1
Nipawin            1-2-0-0    2     8-11
Humboldt         0-1-1-0     1     5-7
Battlefords       0-1-0-0     0     4-6
La Ronge          0-1-0-0    0     1-6                  

Sherwood Conference

Estevan            3-0-0-0      6     13-8
Yorkton            3-0-0-0      6     17-14
Kindersley        2-2-0-0      4      8-20
Melville             1-1-0-1      3     20-16
Notre Dame      0-1-0-0      0      5-6
Weyburn           0-2-0-0      0      3-7

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Hockey Is Back

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 7, 2011

After a pretty tough week for me personally last week, I am happy to say that this week should be better. In a matter of 30 minutes last week, I totalled my truck, then learned that my Grandma had passed away. I am back at work today.

I have updated the “RBC Cup”, “Football Calls” and “Interviews” sections of my website as well as the radio broadcast schedule on the sidebar. Branden Crowe has been helping me with the RBC Cup reports which has been a huge help.

All 3 of our coaches feel that their training camps were a success this year. Hawks coach & GM Doug Johnson liked his team’s effort and was also pleased with the 2 games up in Flin Flon. The Hawks won their first pre-season game at home last night, 4-3 over the Humboldt Broncos at the Cage. The Black & Gold have 30 players left on their roster which include six 20 year olds.

Dean Brockman of the Humboldt Broncos also liked his training camp. In the annual Green & Gold game on Sunday, the Gold won 4-1. He started with over 100 kids and is down to about 30 or so. The rest of the cuts should be made after pre-season is over. Dean has said he’d like to be down to about 25 players after that. They have eleven 20 year olds left but 2 of them are out until at least the end of September.

The Melfort Mustangs training camp ended on Sunday. Branden was one of the coaches in their intersquad game. They were impressive in their first exhibition game last night. They beat the La Ronge Ice Wolves 6-1 at the Mel Hegland Uniplex. Ex-Hawk Brendan Tash scored one of the goals for Melfort. That was the Mustangs first of 3 exhibition tilts. I don’t know if this is right but the SJHL website shows this as the only game the Ice Wolves play in the pre-season. Melfort is in Humboldt tomorrow. Gavin Holcomb told me this morning that he is down to 24 players on his roster and is using 8 players from the Mintos and Trojans on top of that. He currently has eight 20 year olds.

Branden will be doing the first radio broadcast on CK750 on Friday September 16th from La Ronge as I will be flying to Winnipeg for the Huskies-Bisons game on the 17th. He then does a webcast the 17th. I have a hockey broadcast the same day I get back from Manitoba on the 18th in Notre Dame. This will be by far our busiest hockey season to date but will also be a lot of fun.

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A Long Overdue Post

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 23, 2011

I’m back off holidays and have a lot of catching up to do so here we go.

The Nipawin Hawks traded goaltender Brody Hoffman to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons for future considerations a little over a week ago. Hoffman was up on the trade block for a while. Coach & GM Doug Johnson brought in goaltender Davis Jones from the Oil Barons in June. It’s interesting that the Hawks and Oil Barons ended up trading goaltenders to each other about a month and a half apart. Doug said, “We wish Brody the best of luck. He was a key part of the organization for 2 years and is a great young man.” A lot of people feel that Jones will be the starter in Hawksville but Johnson said that’s not the case. He stated, “Davis’ numbers are very appealing what he did last year but Stephen’s a competitor and he’s had a good summer so I’m going to let them sort it out. That’s the best way to do things, let the players decide who’s going to play. Summer’s a long time. Guys can work hard or guys cannot. I want to see who comes in prepared and who doesn’t. That goes for all positions.” Whichever way Doug decides, there will be a new starting goalie in Nipawin this season.

Still with the Hawks, their Hockey School is fast approaching. It is taking place this weekend at the Cage. It will be run by coach & GM Doug Johnson and assistant coach Chad McLeod as well as some of the players that are volunteering their time. It works in conjunction with Nipawin Minor Hockey. All the information is on the Nipawin Hawks website including an online registration form. Johnson said, “We’ll take players from age 5 to 17. We will have 3 different groups per day. You get what you put into it. If the guys come in with a good attitude, they’re going to learn a lot. If they’re just out to get in shape, they’re still going to get something out of it.” Ten per cent of the money raised will go back to Nipawin Minor Hockey.

I was driving back from Saskatoon (Huskie press conference) and I passed Doug near Aberdeen. He was on his way to Saskatoon to pick up assistant coach Chad McLeod. Welcome to our great province Chad.

I did up our SJHL broadcast schedule while I was away. Our first hockey broadcast is September 16th with Nipawin @ La Ronge. That’s followed by Humboldt @ Notre Dame on September 18th and Melfort @ Kindersley on September 20th. We will be doing an increased amount of games for all teams this year which will keep Branden and myself very busy.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have been hard at training camp. They started with testing on Thursday and have been doing two-a-days since Friday. About 95 players started out at camp. One notable not there is running back Jeff Hassler. He suffered a severe high ankle sprain while playing in a select rugby game and has been lost for the season. Head coach Brian Towriss told me that Hassler has accepted a position with Rugby Canada and is a carded athlete. That means his footabll career is either on hold or over. Despite losing a player with a ton of talent, BT said that even though they are a man short, they aren’t missing someone they’ve ever had on a regular basis. Jeff has spent most of the past 2 seasons injured. Obviously that means Ben Coakwell will get more carries and also opens the door for a guy like Dexter Janke.

As for training camp, the players have had a few of the days in sweltering heat. Things seem to be progressing nicely. The Dogs still don’t have a starting QB yet however. Trent Peterson and Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren are still battling for that title. Peterson was the back up last season while Gilbert-Knorren was 3rd but Jahlani also played other positions like receiver, running back and kick returner. They have 2 very different styles. Peterson is more like a Laurence Nixon type. He is very cerebral and methodical while Gilbert-Knorren uses his legs a lot more. Both QB’s will get a lot of time with the 1st unit during their non-conference game Friday.

At today’s press conference, it was announced that the September 2nd game is going to be dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces. They are calling it the “Support Our Troops” game. CEO of the Concorde Group David Dube is once again involved in this venture. There will be a barbecue tailgating party for the troops and their families in attendance as well as a live band. The regular public is also invited for a small fee. All money raised will go to the “Soldier On” fund.

And finally, I can’t wait. Football is back on Friday with the Huskies hosting the Windsor Lancers in a non-conference game. Game time is 7:00. The pre-gamwe show with myself and Kelly begins at 6:30.  Let’s have a good turnout at Griffiths Stadium.

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On Holidays

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 4, 2011

I’m on holidays right now but have still been busy with hockey meetings etc and am about to do up another SJHL Broadcast Schedule. I will have it done by the weekend. I am looking forward to working with our 3 SJHL teams as well as the U of S Huskies football team again. It will be a lot of broadcasts as always but will also be a lot of fun.

I went to the Riders game last week with Hawks coach Doug Johnson. It was nice getting to spend the day with him just talking hockey and especially Hawks talk. Btw, for the ladies in Nipawin, Doug is single so put the word out to your friends. Yes he’ll probably kill me for saying that but he’ll have to wait until i’m done my vacation.  I ran into Mustangs assistant coach Dwight Kulchysky a couple weeks ago at his work (where my wife also woirks). He’s looking forward to being back behind the bench again. We talked about some old times when he was in Nipawin. I’ve also spent some time over the past couple days with Broncos coach Dean Brockman. He has been critical in some radio station business and I have nothing but good things to say about him. I’m proud to call him a friend and hope the fans of Humboldt realize what they have.

I also wanted to say congratulations to a couple of my broadcasting buddies. First of all, Dan O’Connor, the new voice of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars. That was inevitable. He told me a couple years ago that the “Dub” was his goal and it was just a matter of time. He’s extremely skilled, dedicated and very deserving. Also, former CJVR/CK750 play by play man Fraser Rodgers is now doing play by play with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. He was with the Powell River Kings last season. He’s also a very talented young broadcaster who will be “Dub bound” in the future.

Three weeks from tomorrow will be our first Huskies football broadcast. That spells the end of our summer in the sports department. Kelly Bowers is back with me for another season. We have a brand new transmitter which should help our signal get into Saskatoon better, however, there are still the same restrictions from the CRTC for broadcasting there at night.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I have been at the lake a lot and loving every second of it. Our family has rented cabins at Greenwater for 4 more days next week and then that will be it for me until October when I go to Las Vegas to see Jimmy Buffett at the MGM. Take care and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

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Q & A With Dean Brockman

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 30, 2011

I spoke with Dean Brockman about a week or so ago. Here is what he had to say.

Q- What future consideration trades are still pending?
A- We have a couple. One is with Spencer Braaten. We’ve come to an agreement on a player and that announcement will come later in August. We have the 2 kids we sent out East still pending. The 2 players we asked for in return do not want to report so we just have to do some more wheeling and dealing again and see if we can find the right players that will come back to us.

Q- I know there is a lot of competetion for jobs right now but what is the 20 year old situation like right now?
A- Well we’re a little bit high right now but we do have a few older guys that are hurt so it buys some time for me to get rid of some guys. This summer is a little bit different Darryl than most summers, things change on a daily basis. Right now we have too many and hope to cut that number back but in the same breath, we might not need to.

Q- In past years, you’ve waited until well into the season to name a captain, are you going to name one before this season starts?
A- Yeah I think so, we’re going to have a little bit of time to look at that. Taylor Johnson finished the year as our captain, we assessed how he did and thought he did a good job. Unfortunately he’s going to miss the start of the season with an undisclosed injury. He’ll eventually be our team captain but at the start we’ll have to fill for him.

Q- Will there be any changes to the coaching staff this year?
A- Both Tim and Murray will be back, we’re excited about that. Brett is is going to be our trainer again so it’s great to have that consistancy for a few years now. I’m looking forward to working with those guys again.

Q- Any thought of having a second trainer for the RBC Cup like you did in your last couple?
A- I haven’t thought that far ahead. We might add another assistant coach on a part-time basis as well. That might become a dual role with helping us and helping Brett. It would have to be on a volunteer basis and sometimes that’s not easy to find.

Q- What about uniforms for this year, are they going to change?
A- They’re not going to change immediately. You saw a glimpse of our new road jersey last year and that will become our permanent road jersey. As far as our home jersey, that’ll be unveiled in December or maybe even January. We want to keep everyone in suspense.

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Broncos AGM Recap

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 23, 2011

The Humboldt Broncos know how to hold an AGM. They started on time and 30 minutes later, it was over. I’ve been to AGM’s that have lasted 3 hours so this was a nice change. President Bob Johnston and coach & GM Dean Brockman were the only 2 speakers. Bob talked about logisitics and events while Dean talked about his on-ice product.

Here were some of the key points:

* The Broncos lost money in 2010/2011 although it won’t be known until next month how much. That’s when the books will be done.
* The Hall of Fame Game was slightly profitable, exhibition game against Sweden broke even, their comedy night made money as did their lottery.
* Many thanks were handed out to board members, fans, volunteers etc.
* Talked about new electronic ticketing system including 50/50 for upcoming season.
* Billets will still receive $330 dollars per month but will also get a free youth ticket for every game to go along with the adult ticket they were already getting.
* The Humboldt Broncos Golf Tournament will be held August 27th.
* Season tickets went on sale on Thursday. Prices: $299/$199/$129 (slightly up from last season). Gate admission will be $14/$10/$7.
* The goal for season tickets this year is 750 (to break even)
* The operating budget is $650 000 dollars.
* It is believed Hockey Canada will be at the home opener so they’d like to fill the stands for that game.
* The team is in need of billets and volunteers.
* The night ended with board nominations. There are no new board members as of yet and 10 of a possible 12 positions are filled.

That was the AGM in a nutshell. I spoke with Dean afterwards and will post his comments on my next post.

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Bronco Fans Need Not Worry About Breitkreuz

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 18, 2011

All the talk about Clarke Breitkreuz leaving the Broncos to play pro hockey in Germany is just that… talk. Our sports department got a hold of Clarke today and he dispelled the rumour. Branden Crowe asked him about the rumours. Breitkreuz said that it’s just a tryout next month, basically to be evaluated for the future if he decides to go that route, but it won’t affect this season with the Humboldt Broncos. He said he hasn’t been offered a contract and that’s the only way he could leave. The 6′ 180 pounder says he plans to play for the Green & Gold this year and bring home another Credit Union Cup.

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I’m Back

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 18, 2011

It’s my first day back from my week off which I enjoyed quite a bit. There has been a lot that has been happening. First of all, I’d like to say congratulations to Branden Crowe who we’ve hired to help out with afternoon sports as well as some SJHL and Long Lake Hockey League broadcasts. He will also be the new Mustangs webcast broadcaster. Branden had been working with us as mostly a news guy before Gino DePaoli departed for Alberta.

The Humboldt Broncos will be having their AGM on Wednesday at 7:00 at the Youth Centre in the Uniplex. Everyone is welcome to attend. Speaking of the Broncos, I have updated the RBC Cup portion of the website with another report which will run tomorrow and Friday on our stations. The Melfort Mustangs AGM has been rescheduled to August 8th at 7 PM at the Kerry Vickar Centre. The agenda will remain the same.

I called former Nipawin Hawks coach Colin O’Hara on July 4th when it was announced he has taken over as head coach of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He wasn’t in so I left him a message saying that I’d like to do an interview with him as a feel-good story where he could thank Nipawin (his first junior ‘A’ head coaching job) etc. to put a positive spin on an ugly story. He never called me back. I’ve always been positive on the radio and on my blog regarding O’Hara despite the allegations that surrounded him and the way he treated me at the end. During his last game (before the board told him to quit or he’d be fired), I asked him for our usual pre-game interview. O’Hara, who was sitting down replied, “I’m not getting up.” He did the interview reluctantly. During the post game show, he gave me a one-word answer which is a slap in the face to a broadcaster. I said, is that all you have to say? That’s when he said the infamous “F” bomb on the radio. I ended it there and that’s the last time that I spoke with him.

On a brighter note, the draw for the Nipawin Hawks pontoon boat raffle is on Wednesday at the Nipawin exhibition. Yes, I put in my $100 for a ticket and am crossing my fingers. I believe there are a few tickets left if you still want to get in. I’d like to thank Dennis Botterill for helping me out with getting the stories on the air. The organization also held their first annual Walleye Challenge over the weekend.

At the IFAF Senior World Football championship in Germany, Team Canada got a silver medal on Saturday. There were 5 current or former U of S Huskies involved on the team. They were:

Head coach Brian Towriss (Special teams coach for Team Canada)
RB David Stevens
DL Brian Guebert
Safety Bryce McCall
DL David Rybinski

Canada lost 50-7 to the USA in the Gold Medal game. David Stevens got the lone touchdown for Canada.

In the round robin, here were Canada’s results:

Canada 45 France 10
Austria 36 Canada 14
Canada 31 Japan 27

In other recent Huskie news, I attended their press conference a couple weeks ago and it was announced that they were expanding Griffiths Stadium seating. 1174 news seats will be added which includes 880 premium seats. Those seats are close to 2 feet wide with cup holders and arm rests as opposed to the bleacher style seats in the rest of the stadium. David Dube and Heather Ryan are funding this project which will hopefully be ready for the Dogs regular season home opener on September 2nd. It is unlikely to be ready for the non-conference game against Windsor the week before. Season tickets are already on sale . Call 966-1111 to get yours.

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