Saturday, April 24, 2010

Some Personal News.

What an exciting time of year. We are a week away from the Royal Bank Cup, the NHL playoffs are in full swing, and the weather has been (for the most part) fantastic. But today, all of those things have taken a back-seat in my life.

I got a call this morning from my Dad informing me that my Mom has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. They got the news on Thursday after a CT Scan revealed cancerous spots in her stomach. A meeting has been scheduled for early May and shortly thereafter she's likely going to begin chemotherapy.

This isn't her first time down this road. A year ago she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, but she had a successful procedure and the harm was removed.

For cancer to reappear in her stomach comes as an obvious dissapointment to everybody involved. I confess that right now I'm filled with an enormous amount of emotion and all I want to do is fly to Vancouver and give my Mom a thousand hugs.

But the reality is that we are very EARLY in the process. We won't know until May how severe the cancer is, and right now under the circumstances she is pain free and is doing as best as one can. My parents have instructed me to stay positive, to keep living my life as I have been living and hopefully my Mom is a part of the 50% of folks who can endure this type of thing and survive it.

I write this on my blog with their blessing for a few reasons:

- Writing has become a great source of therapy for me over the past two years.
- If more people know, more people can pray and encourage.
- Sometimes we all need to be reminded about how fragile life is, and how quickly things can change. Last night I saw a great concert, watched my (second) favourite team ever win 7-2 in the Playoffs and yet I would trade all of that and then some to have my Mom cancer free.

My Mom's name is Nikki, my Dad's name is Martin and if you can find time in your day to throw up a quick prayer or two I would be forever grateful. I promise to keep you posted as I learn more. Our mothers are all the most beautiful ladies in the world, and here's hoping that My beautiful Mom will live for many, many more years.

Thanks for your time guys.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Food Poisoning In the Anavet Cup.

The Anavet Cup is all squared between the La Ronge Ice Wolves and the
Dauphin Kings, but a new development could delay the series.

The Winnipeg Sun reports that three members of the Dauphin Kings checked
into the Prince Albert hospital yesterday with severe cases of food

16 members of the Kings werre experiencing flu-like symptoms following
their post-game meal Saturday night in La Ronge. Even head coach Marlin
Murray was affected.

Game three of the series was scheduled for tomorrow night in Dauphin,
but the commissioner of the MJHL Kim Davis and SJHL Commissioner Laury
Ryan will make a decision today regarding Game Three and whether it will
be played or not.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Camp Wraps Up

This weekend in the Battlefords, close to 50 North Star hopefuls took the ice for a weekend of drills and scrimmages at the North Battleford Civic Center. It was another successful spring camp, and North Star's coach Ken Pearson was pleased with what he saw.

After the final game this morning, Pearson spoke highly of the '92 born kids and said that they showed great effort throughout the weekend.

Pearson wouldn't single anyone out, but he said that the forwards as a collective did not dissapoint. North Star fans will be familiar with the likes of Tanner Schwab, and Calder Neufeld who both saw time time with the Junior A club this year.

The Battlefords Midget AAA Stars had a strong showing as Ryne Keller, Justin Lund, Colby Cave, Chad Tichkowsky and Jesse Gerbig were all forwards last year with the Midget AAA Stars.

Defensively we saw the likes of Kyle Schmidt, Kolten Baptiste perform well. Both will be expected to compete for a roster spot next year with the big club. Dillon Forbes and Mitch Gartner played with the AAA Stars last year, and didn't look at all out of place.

As for goaltending, only three were able to make it this weekend but all made an impression with the coaching staff. Lukas McDonald ('92 Swift Current Legionnaires) Blair Mahon ('94 AAA Stars) and Ryland Pashovitz ('95 Saskatoon Generals) saw a lot of rubber through the weekend.

Pearson also made sure to commend the 'out-of-towners' for not only braving the elements just to get here, but he said that they performed well and gave him something to think about.

Pearson's next objective is to continue recruiting for next season and soon he will be heading East to watch the Anavet Cup and Memorial Cup.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Sports Fix

The CO-OP Leisure Time Sports Fix turns Two tonight!

The Sports Fix was started two years ago, and has run every week without fail since. Tonight we're celebrating the show's birth with three big-named guests!

Guest One:

***Photo courtesy of CANADA.COM***

Riders GM Brendan Taman.

Guest Two:

***Photo courtesy of CANADA.COM***

Hockey Canada President - Bob Nicholson

Guest Three:

***Photo courtesy of THESTAR.COM***

Toronto Blue Jay's Infielder John McDonald.


Catch the show in it's entirety starting at 8:00 CST on CJNB/CJNS and

Spring Camp Details and More.

The Civic Center will be a busy place this weekend as the Battlefords North Stars are holding their annual spring camp on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here is a tentative schedule put forth by coach Ken Pearson earlier this morning.

Battlefords North Stars Spring Camp Schedule

Friday April 9th


3:00-4:00 Civic Centre

4:00-4:45- Practice Team 1

5:00-5:45- Practice Team 2

7:00-8:30- Team 1 vs Team 2

Saturday April 10th

10:00-11:15- Team 1 vs Team 2

1:00-2:00 Practice Team 2

2:45-3:45 Practice Team 1

6:30-8:00 Team 1 vs Team 2

Sunday April 11th

10:00-11:30- Team 1 vs Team 2 for the Jackson Jug


The coach and I had a good conversation today. He's excited about this year's Spring Camp and he feels like there could be a handful of players in the Battlefords this weekend who can draw into the lineup next year and be impact players.

Pearson also mentioned that he's going to paying extra attention to the defensemen at camp. It's no secret that the Stars have only three eligible blueliners who could return, so there will be a great opportunity for some younger d-men to come into the Battlefords and impress.

Pearson also mentioned that the exit meetings with the current players went well, and he hopes that they learned something from their early exit. Both Pearson and the players still feel like they deserved better against the Ice Wolves.


Speaking of the Ice Wolves. Dustin Stevenson signed an NHL contract with the Washington Capitals yesterday. It's a three-year entry level deal which will likely see Stevenson play somewhere in their minor system next year.

Stevenson was a tower of strength for the Wolves during their series victory over the North Star's, and I certainly wish him all of the best.

Short of Brady Wacker, I think Stevenson is the best defenceman I've seen play in the SJHL in my three years of covering the league.


Care to share any predictions with the La Ronge/Yorkton series? I'm predicting La Ronge in six. I normally hate to predict, but in this case I'm going to go with the team that knocked the North Star's out. Sorry Steiner, I know you'll understand!


You want great insight into the Championship series? Check out 'Steiner's Stall' to the right on this blog. He calls the action for Yorkton on GX 94.

The Ice Wolves have a 'Player Blog' link on their website, but nobody is writing on it. Somebody from MBC needs to step up and blog this series!!!


What about the NSRHL Final? Paradise Hill and St. Walburg are tied 2-2 heading into Game Five tomorrow night.

I won't be predicting that one, but I encourage you to do so if you feel compelled!


A quick golf note:

The North Battleford Golf and Country Club is open for business as of Saturday. You can book a tee time by calling 937 - 5653. No carts though, so you'll have to walk the course! Dana Johnson is a big North Star's fan and a fantastic guy. Go check out the course if you haven't done so already.

The Jackfish Lodge Golf Course opened last Friday and carts are good to go. Kyle Kellgren is the Pro-Shop Manager at Jackfish, and he also bleeds North Star black. You want scenic? You can't go wrong with the Jackfish Lodge. Call the course at: 386-2800


Make sure you listen to the two-year anniversary edition of the Sports Fix tonight at 8 on CJNB/CJNS.