NWSB Insider Steve Lee brings us a piece of trivia today via his Northwest Athlete Spotlight. Coming out of Surrey, Brenden Dillon wanted nothing more to be in the NHL. After a stint in the Junior Hockey League and then with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Dillon finally impressed the Dallas Stars enough to bring him in.
Josh Hall sat down with Vancouver Giants centre Anthony Ast (from different computers of course) for this exclusive twitterview. Anthony, born in Richmond, dreams of being an NHL’er and by the sounds of it, will do just about anything to fulfill that dream. The 17 year old is on the right track. He says, “I want this to be my life because I can’t imagine doing anything else.” – Perfect answer!
Dave B. Profiles one of the Northwests own, Defenseman Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals. Dave tells us how Karl Alzener hails from Burnaby BC, and how he made his way up the ranks of the CHL into the NHL, collecting a captaincy for Team Canada at the World Juniors along the way and how he started his Junior career for the Calgary Hitman.
Dave B. Profiles one of the classiest hockey players of all time, Joe Sakic. The Burnaby born and bred sniper played 20 seasons and now has his number retired by the Colorado Avalanche, the organization he spent his entire career with, including the first few with the Quebec Nordiques. He remains part of the NHL landscape today as Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor for the Avs.
NWSB Insider & Western hockey league blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with his next WHL season notebook article. Like the NHL, the WHL is set to kick off it’s 2012 Playoffs. There are still 2 playoff spots left up for grabs in the West while there are 4 in the East. Who will scoop them up? Richard will tell you. Brendan Shinnimin, and Ty Rattie lead the scoring race.
NWSB insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Chuck Kobasew started his career at Boston College of American Collegiate Hockey. This was only before being named MVP of the Frozen Four Tournament and going on to play in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets. He was eventually chosen by the Calgary Flames 14th overall in the NHL Draft and now calls Denver, Colorado home with the Avalanche of the NHL.
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.
Western hockey league insider Aidan Chafe weighs in with his next WHL season notebook article. Our man on the western hockey league beat tells us the struggling Vancouver Giants acquired 20-year-old veteran netminder Adam Morrison on Tuesday from the Saskatoon Blades. The G-men are having a hard time keeping the puck out of their net.