|My view in the Wesbild Center in Vernon|
Over the holidays, I was privileged to be on another BCHL broadcast, this time with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks as they visited my hometown, Vernon. I did color for Scott Campbell and it was alot of fun, I look forward to working with and/or against Scott in the future. Check out his 'Backs blog here: Click me!
In BC, the BCHL is 2/3 done the regular season and a surprising season would be an understatement if you were asked to describe 2011-2012. If the playoffs were to start today, not only would Cowichan Valley be the top seeded team in the Coastal Conference, but the Vernon Vipers would miss the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. To shed some more light, the Merritt Centennials are currently 2nd in the Interior, while Prince George is also in a playoff spot; meaning Vernon, Salmon Arm, Westside, and Trail would miss out on the post season. Oh, I forgot someone? Penticton? Ah yes, I forgot them because I was sure they were in a league of their own. 40 games played, 3 regulation losses, 5 in total. That is, without a doubt, a number that will keep improving as this season winds down. Plus, they have won 17 of 18 home games, the only loss coming in OT back in December.
Jumping back to the island now, Powell River is currently in 2nd, right around where they'd like to be, just 2 points back of Cowichan, and one point up on Surrey. The Capitals have been near the bottom for the past 2 seasons, so this hockey club is enjoying the season. With just 3 regulation losses on the road, Cowichan will have tight competition come playoff time, as just 8 points seperate the first seed and the fourth seed. Langley has only finished 5th or worse once in the previous 6 seasons, but this season, with a brand new name (Rivermen) they have won just 13 games in 41 contests. Alberni Valley is also struggling, as they are tied with Langley for the basement spot in the Coastal Conference. Nanaimo and Victoria sit 5th and 6th, and trail the playoff spots by 7 and 12 points respectively.
Moving forward, here are some random Hockey tidbits that might send you in the weekend with some things to tell your friends!
- January 19, 1996- the day the NHL announced that the Winnipeg Jets would be moving to Phoenix.
- Vernon Vipers- last missed the season in 2000-2001. The top scorer, with 50 points, their present head coach, Jason Williamson.
- Nanaimo has been chosen to host the inaugural Western Canadian Junior A Championships. Beginning in 2013, the Clippers will welcome the champions of the 4 western leagues, with the top 2 teams advancing to the Royal Bank Cup.
- Now a Columbus Blue Jacket, Ryan Johansen was once a member of the Penticton Vees, in 08-09. Ryan was also committed to Northeastern University prior to moving up to the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
- Colton Cyr(NAN), Sean Robertson(VIC), Izaak Berglund(WST), Brett Knowles(SA), Brendan MacDonald(COW) all Captains on the teams mentioned, all traded on or prior to the Jan. 10th deadline. Interesting that teams were willing to move leaders of that caliber.