Monday, October 10, 2011

BCHL Weekend Report:

Well firstly, you're probably asking yourself, why the hell is there the old BCJHL logo to the left. Well, you see, this past weekend my 'local' time, the Vernon Vipers, went retro; orange and blue style. That's right, the Vipers rocked Vernon Laker style uniforms Friday night against retro-rival Chilliwack Chiefs.
So as a bit of a commemoration, here is a treat, some retro BCHL logos you may see rock vintage uniforms in time to come, now these logos are a little 'more' modern than the obvious Langley Lords era of logos, so these ones are more of modern day vintage. 90's to 05 ish.:
Coquitlam Express 2001-05Cowichan Valley Capitals 1996-97Merritt Centenials 1996-07Penticton Panthers 1995-01Powell River Paper Kings ????Prince George Spruce Kings 1996-06South Surrey Eagles 1996-03Vernon Lakers 1990-95Victoria Salsa 19??-??

There's my professionally done collage of the day!
A few days ago, I touched a topic regarding the bottom left logo, the Panthers of Penticton, and what happened to the passion from locals nowadays in contrast with the Panther years. Makes ya wonder, how was YOUR teams community passion back in the days of the Paper Kings, the Salsa, South Surrey Eagles, and the angry Christmas tree style Spruce Kings.
Here is a link to that rant, got some mixed reviews; but altogether was pleased that it got people positively talking. That BCHL forum hasn't changed since my days of having a 'big keyboard' and saying things better left unsaid from a 13 year old trying to make it in the league. Still flooding with negativity, but it was great to get a few fans chatting, in some good old fashioned Hockey talk. I could do that for hours, in fact I do.
BCHL Forum- Fan Support Link - Click HERE!

Enough chitter chatter; more Hockey! BCHL Style.
Friday was a busy night with 8 games going on around the league, with a couple rivals clashing, and one rekindling rivalry of the past. In Nanaimo, the Clippers stopped the Victoria Grizzlies 7-4, with Kyle Kramer picking up 1 goal and 2 assists, as well as Andrew Gladiuk, the Clippers top scorer from last season. Trevor Fitzgerald, who I was Junior B dressing room neighbors with, picked up the first goal of the evening as well as First Star nods in the victory. 3 players on the Grizzlies had 2 point nights, but the focus was on the goaltending; or lack thereof. Ex-Revelstoke Grizzlies netminder Garrett Rockafellow allowed 7 goals on just 23 shots, while at the other end for the Clips', Billy Faust allowed 4 goals on just 17 shots. Another tough one for the Clippers at the box office, as the 'official' attendance was 1023. Although official counts season ticket holders who weren't in the rink. The Clippers were host to Surrey Sunday and dropped a 4-3 decision there with Colton Cyr picking up 2 goals in the loss. Backup 'tender Chris Eiserman got the nod for the vistors, while Conor Barrie made his BCHL debut in the win in front of just 907 fans at the FCA.

Some other notable games going on around the league, as Vernon stopped Chilliwack 4-1 at the Wesbild Center on Friday, Powell River played 3 games in 3 nights, winning 4-1 at home to Alberni Friday, losing for the first time this season in Langley, 5-3 to the Rivermen. They would top it off with a 4-3 loss in Coquitlam on Sunday afternoon. For all the weekend scores and recaps, check out the BCHL website.

In the standings, there may be a few suprises for those of you who rarely check them. Salmon Arm is 2-4-1-0 to start the year, not good considering the Interior Conference is only allowing 4 teams in the playoffs. If they were to start today, it would be Vernon-Chilliwack, and Penticton-Westside. Will PG and Salmon Arm be able to keep in the push? I sure hope so, what a silly rule; 4 teams in the playoffs, yikes.

On the coast, Victoria is 1-5-0-0, last year, they had 2 wins in their first 6. When will the Grizzlies step up to the plate as a perennial team in the BCHL? I think it's a matter of when, not if. Surrey has lost just 1 game in regulation, nice start for the team with the sharpest jerseys in the league.

Well that's it for this week. I'll have it ironed out a bit next week, but for now, that's kind of a element of my blog you can expect from day-to-day. It's informative, sometimes humorous, potentially offensive, but straight off the bone, BCHL Hockey Bloggin'!

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