NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile on Victoria BC boy Mel Bridgman. Bridgman started his junior career in Victoria where he played four games for his hometown Cougars during the 1971-72 season. Bridgman’s last season in the NHL was the 1988-1989.
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Former Montreal Canadien, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks forward from Victoria BC Russ Courtnall. Yes Geoff Courtnall’s younger brother. Courtnall was drafted 7th overall in the 1983 entry draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Current St. Louis Blues, and Vancouver Canucks forward from Victoria BC Geoff Courtnall, Geoff won a Stanley Cup in 1985 with the Edmonton Oilers. He put up 61 points in 65 playoff games for Vancouver, 19 of those in 1994.
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Western Hockey League Victoria Royals’ Kevin Sundher. Sundher, a third round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, is turning heads in his fourth WHL season with the Royals franchise. The Surrey native has familal roots in Port Alberni, his great- grandfather settled there in 1906, and his dad grew up a fan of the former Victoria Cougars.