First off I want to remind you all that the 2011 Battlefords North Star's Annual Golf Classic goes THIS Saturday at the North Battleford Golf and Country Club. If you have never participated in this event before, I would strongly encourage you to do so. Not only is it one of the primary fundraisers for the team, but it's also a great way for you to socialize with fellow fans, the players, coaching staff, volunteers and broadcaster(s). Many North Star's from year's past and present should be in attendance. You can find more information on the North Star's website or call 445-7827 for more details.
So far the off-season should be considered a success from the North Star's stand-point. Ken Pearson has gone five-for-five in his pursuit of recruits, and he's optimistic that they will add some jam and some youthful enthusiasm to the 2011-2012 North Stars.
There has been some chatter on the blog lately about what comes next for the Stars. The answer? Not much.
The Coach told me Friday that he's still got a few irons in the fire, but nothing in the way of player announcements are imminent. As it stands right now the Stars have 13 eligible forwards, six defencemen and two 20-year-old goaltenders in the fold. Add some WHL talent to the mix and roster spots are by no means at a premium.
As far as 'trade-talk' goes, there has been very little of that either. Again, teams typically start talking trade in late August and early September once they have a better gauge of what they have in camp and in the Western Hockey League. Obviously coach Pearson will not be standing-pat. He'll be busy this summer attending various camps, padding
his list and making sure the Stars are in a good position to contend in 2011-2012.
I had a really great chat with Saskatoon Blade's color-man Cody Nickolet last night on the CO-OP Leisure Time Sports Fix. Cody did color on several North Star's broadcasts in 2009-2010 before heading back to Saskatoon, and it's great to see how far he's come. Cody is a hockey-scout trapped in a broadcaster's body. He provided some tremendous insight into the upcoming NHL draft. Make sure you give him a follow on twitter. His handle is: @WHLFromAbove.
Last week I had the great fortune of attending Golf Saskatchewan's Media Day at the Beautiful Legend Golf Course in Warman. I want to publiclythank Golf Saskatchewan again for the invite, and I look forward to our future visits and conversations. Golf Saskatchewan clearly understands the importance of the Media to their exposure and success, and they treated us with total first-class hospitality. Thank you.
That's all I've got for you this morning. Thanks for visiting the blog, and I look forward to our future conversation!