NWSB Insider and northwest basketball blogger Blair Thomas tells us about two young men leading Kentucky to the 2012 Final four this week in New Orleans. Kyle Wiltjer entered the season as part of one of Kentucky’s most heralded basketball classes with guard Marquis Teague and forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. Terrence Jones has averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and started 35 of 38 games.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile of none other than Cam Neely. Vancouver Canucks fans won’t soon forget the haunting affects that the Neely trade has had on the editions of the Canucks since. The trade’s ripples still echo to this day as the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to Neely’s now Boston Bruins last June.
Dave B goes inside current Canadian PGA Seniors tour golf star Jim Rutledge a saavy veteran from Victoria BC with another northwest athlete profile. Rutledge was a pioneer for Canadian golf – many youngsters hope to follow in his footsteps – from Victoria BC all the way to the Big Time in the golf world. He fully qualified for the Champions Tour for the 2012 season after finishing tied for second at qualifying school in 2011.
Dave B goes inside current Canadian up and coming golf star Nick Taylor from Abbotsford BC with another northwest athlete profile. Nick Taylor is one of the new breed of Canadian golfers. In 2011 Nick received a sponsor’s exemption into six Canadian Tour events. He played in seven events when it was all said and done and won over $15,000. With two top 10 finishes.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Willie Mitchell was born April 1977 in Port McNeill, British Columbia. The stay at home d-man has been around the NHL, starting with the New Jersey Devils. Read on as Dave tells you about Willie’s journal all the way from Vancouver Island to Los Angeles, California.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Andrew Ladd was born in Maple Ridge, BC and has a long history of success. His travels took him through the BCHL, WHL and onto the NHL where he has so far won two Stanley Cups in six seasons. He currently plays for the Winnipeg Jets.
NWSB insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. David Van Der Gulik is an Abbotsford born and bred hockey player who’s spent more time in the minors than he would have liked at this point in his career. He currently is part of the Colorado Avalanche organization but was once a member of the Calgary Flames and their AHL Affiliate, the Abbostsford Heat.
NWSB insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Jason Garrison took the extremely hard road to get the NHL. After shining in the Vancouver Minor Hockey System, he failed to be drafted higher so he played for Nanaimo Clippers of the BC Junior Hockey League. Then onto the University of Minnesota Duluth squad. Garrison played for the Florida Panthers minor league team until he finally got the call.
NWSB insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Colton Gillies has hockey in his blood after his uncle Clark Gillies made the family proud by being voted into the NHL Hall of Fame. Gillies started off on the inept Saskatoon Blades but showed enough promise for the Minnesota Wild to call him in. Since then, he has joined the Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio.
NWSB insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Milan Lucic is a tough NHL’er who scratched and clawed his way to the Boston Bruins lineup. It all started after he was passed up in the WHL Bantam Draft, but that motivated him even more to join the Coquitlam Express via the Junior B Delta Ice Hawks. From there, he rose to the level he is at today…the NHL.