Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tigers Chances This Year

I would put a satisfactory/good year labeling on their season if they made it to the third round of the playoffs or better.

A second round exit I would call an OK season but slightly disappointing. Their are 4 teams in the East who I think are capable of making a Title run, and most likely you'll have to go through one of those 4 teams in the second round.

I think the tigers boast a very good group of forwards. 3 Lines who can score. I think Tyler Bunz has improved a lot over the first half of the season. I am very impressed with how much his lateral movement has improved.

Team defense has made loads of improvement since the beginning of the season with the forwards becoming more involved. Each Defenseman brings something unique to the table. However The Tigers have trouble breaking up other teams cycles down low and sometimes fail to get the puck out of their end on a consistent basis.

I wouldn't mind a slight upgrade here. However they don't really want to give away a good young prospect for a rental player when their is going to be a high turnover rate next season.

I don't really see the Tigers doing anything significant. I think they may be more willing to tinker with adding another forward to complete a solid 4 lines. I have heard that Cole Grbavic has decided to rejoin the team.
Tigers vs Lethbridge

The Tigers lost tonight 3-2 in OT. I wasn't able to watch the game.

Fight Video From last Night. Thomas Carr lays a beating on Cam Braes.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tigers Defeat Hitmen 6-4

Very entertaining game tonight between these two teams.

The Hitmen started out of the gate real strong getting 2 powerplays back to back. The fans were vocal in disagreeing with the calls. The tigers would kill off those 2 powerplays however Calgary would get a couple outstanding efforts and build a quick 2-0 lead.

1. Hitmen Misha Fisenko would outmuscle 2 tigers in his own end and carry the puck up the ice. If I remember right He made a nice pass over to a streaking Todd Fidler who had a step on the tigers defender. 1-0 Hitmen

2. There was a battle for the puck behind the tigers net, and I believe it was Tomas Kundratek who thought he had the puck and started to skate out front. Low and behold the puck was still behind the net and Joel Broda would sneakily do a quick wrap-around and Beat Tyler Bunz before he knew what happened. 2-0 Hitmen

Then the tigers would get on a roll scoring 6 straight goals, dominating the second period. To me it seemed like the Hitmen were putting themselves out of position going for the big hits. The tigers made them pay for it.

In the third I thought The Hitmen largely stepped off their gas pedal. They looked very flat. However late in the third they got a couple lucky breaks after the tigers scored an Empty Netter. A shot from the point would be redirected off I believe the pants of Mark Isherwood. Then the Hitmen would score on a bad angle shot that Bunz would have liked to have back.

There were 2 incidents were tigers had run into goaltender Micheal Snider and both times he was throwing punches at the tiger intruder. One where joey frazer drove to the net and was knocked off balance, and one where Taylor Gal had a mini-breakaway and was forced off balance after a well placed shot under the crossbar.

I thought Kale Kessey, and Linden Vey had remarkable games. Kessey scored twice and threw some bone-crunching hits. The puck seemed to follow Linden Vey even when his back was turned.

I thought Bretton Cameron struggled, I thought he was fighting the puck tonight. I thought Tristan King lost too many battles along the boards. Wacey Hamilton played his usual good game, its not too often you see him play a bad game and thats a very good thing. I thought Taylor Gal also had himself a good night.

There was a new tiger in the lineup 16 year old Todd Fiddler. He looked a little unsure of where to go at times, but he also looked like he had a nice set of hands. I think he will fit in well down the road.

The tigers now get to Enjoy a Christmas break. They get a full week off before playing Regina in the hat on Sunday 27th. The tigers have an extremely Busy January where they play 15 games in 30 days. 11 of those games are on the road.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Where are they now?

Compiled a small list on former more recent Tigers and where they are currently playing.

Matt McCue - He is Playing for the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Right now he is currently on the injured list after suffering from post-concussion symptoms. Consequently he has been limited to appearing in just 10 games.

He has racked up 4 fights so far. In his fights he has had alright showings for the most part, however you can tell its been a while since he has had opponents who can stand up to him. HE looks a bit rusty against the guys who know what they are doing.

Tyler Ennis - Ennis is playing for the Buffalo Sabers farm team the Portland Pirates. H has has 23 points in 31 games. Judging by his numbers his offense looks a little streaky, where he will score 2-3 points one night and then go cold for a couple games. Despite co-leading the ahl team in points, he is a team worst -10. Earlier in the year he had a 1 game call-up with the Sabres where he potted his first NHL goal.

Matt Keetley - Has been given a reduced workoad this year after Leland Irving took over their farm teams starting role. He was sent down to the echl for 3 games earlier in the year to get a little more playing time. He posted a remarkable 1.01 g.a.a and .930 save percentage in 3 games for the Salmon Kings of the echl.

It seems like his play is back on track though as he has started the last 2 games for the Abbotsford Heat. So far this year he has put up impressive numbers in 9 games played. A .927 save percentage followed by a 2.40 G.A.A

Sean Ringrose is playing for the Alberta Golden Bears of the CIS. His number suggest he has adjusted very well to the university game, putting up 21 points in 16 games, and an Impressive +19. The golden bears are leading the canada west division with a 14-2 record.

Daine Todd is back in action with the University of New Brunswick. In 15 games Todd has accumulated 14 points. UNB leads the CIS with a perfect 15-0 record. Todd has missed all of last season with another shoulder injury, and returned to play in October of this year.

Brennan Bosch - is playing for the Saskatchewan Huskies. He has amassed 10 points in 16 games played. He just played for the CIS all-stars which beat Team Canada in an Exhibition. Bosch scored in the game.

Josh Koper - was either just let go or reassigned from Edmonton and Is now playing for the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL

Travis Dunstall - after being dropped from Everett he went back to the Grande Praire Storm of the AJHL. He is currently 5th in points for the entire league with 57 points in 32 games played. He has 2 4 goal games with grande prairie.

John Stampohar - Stampohar was reassigned to the Fargo Force of the USHL by the Kamloops Blazers earlier in the year. Currently Stampohar has 0 points in 7 games with 11 penalty minutes.

Colton Grant - Playing for the Chilliwack Bruins. He has racked up 9 points in 30 games for chilliwack.

Ryan Holfeld - He was playing for the ushl's Fargo Force. He played in 6 games collecting a 3-3 record with a .832 save percentage and 3.97 G.A.A. I believe he left the team near the end of November displeased of his ice-time.

I've also found stats for him playing for the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL. in 11 games he has a .918 save percentage and 2.88 G.A.A to go along with 2 shutouts in 11 games played.

Yashar Farmanara
- Is playing for the Western Mustangs of the CIS. Yashar has 10 points in 16 games played.

Mikael Ahlen - Is playing for Nybro IF a division 1 team. No idea on what league that is. He has put up 20 points in 22 games.

Tommy Maxwell - Is playing for the Manitoba Moose(AHL). He has racked up 4 points in 31 games to go along with 98 penalty minutes.

Chris Stevens - has played 7 games for the reading royals of the echl. He registered no points and was released by the team. I am unaware if he has joined another team or not.

Edit: There are rumors that he has joined the Ft St.John Flyers, a "AAA" senior league in B.C

David Schlemko - Is currently playing for the upstart Phoenix Coyotes. He has 5 points in 16 games, and receives around 17 minutes of ice-time a game.

Gord Baldwin - has just returned from a neck/shoulder injury. He has 8 pts in 19 games with 38 penalty minutes and is a plus 9. He plays for the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL

Roman Psurny - Playing for HC Slovan Ustecti Lvi (Czech First Division). He has been injured frequently as of late, but is putting up nearly a point per game.

Jordan Bendfeld - Is currently playing for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. in 17 games he has 25 penalty minutes, along with 3 points.

Brett Robertson - playing for Stfx(CIS) - He has recorded 5 points in 13 games, in the past 2 seasons he has been a point a game player.

Kevin Undershute - playing for STfx - of the CIS. Kevin has 14 points in 15 games.

Tyler Swystun playing for Calgary - of the CIS. 3 points in 15 games
Jerrid Sauer playing for Calgary - of the CIS. 8 points in 16 games. I believe he is still playing defense.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Team Canada Names It's Squad

TSN Link to the final Roster:

"Canada's junior hockey team made its final roster cuts on Wednesday morning, releasing forwards Philippe Cornet, Cody Eakin, Scott Glennie and Louis Leblanc, defencemen Tyler Cuma, Shawn Lalonde and Dylan Olsen and goaltenders Matt Hackett and Olivier Roy."

Notable cuts are Minnesota-Deluth's Dylan Olsen. A first Round NHL pick who decided to play NCAA hockey instead of going the whl route. He was essentially in a 4 way battle for the last Defenceman's spot.

A question that I'm sure had no part whatsoever in deciding, but you gotta wonder. If Olsen had joined the Tigers If Willie Desjardin and his coaching staff might have seen more of what he had to offer.

I was also a little disappointed that Cody Eakin was cut from team Canada. From what I understand he was in a battle for the 13th forward spot with Rimouski's Jordan Caron, Boston's first round pick in the last NHL Entry Draft.

I would have liked to see a Broncos on the team as I will be watching a game or two from Swift Current.

CHL Top 10
Despite their loss to the Kootenay Ice the Medicine hat Tigers were given an honorable mention in this weeks CHL Top 10.

Also something Funky is going on with the whl news feed.Its showing news that is over a year old.
Josh Koper
Is now playing hockey for the spruce grove Saints. Im not sure if the Oil Kings re-assigned him or he left on his own accord.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Kootenay Defeats Tigers 6-4

I didn't watch the game tonight. I was planning too, however 30 minutes before gametime I submerged myself into a computer game while waiting for the game to start and lost track of time.

Well it seems the Tigers started the game off a little slow tonight. Kootenay scored the games first 4 goals, 3 of them were on the powerplay.

It was mentioned on Jeff Bromley's blog that the Tigers Bus arrived late. It sounded like the tigers missed their warm-up. Link to his blog

The tigers manged to claw their way back to within 1, however 2 quick Kootenay goals with less than minute before the second period ended would take the wind out of their sales.

Mark Isherwood was ejected from the game in the second period. He received a 2 minute slashing period, a 10 minute misconduct, and a game misconduct.

Gui Glasspoole managed his first point in the WHL getting an assist on Joey frazer's goal in the third period.

Canada Junoirs fall 4-2 TO CIS Allstars

Brennan Bosch former Tiger Captain scored a goal for the CIS All-stars.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Wacey Hamilton WHL Player of the Week

CALGARY, AB. - The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Wacey Hamilton of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Hamilton collected 11 points, scoring two goals and nine assists to go with a +5 rating, in five games over the past week, helping the Tigers post a 5-0-0-0 record in that span, with four of the victories coming on the road.

Milford Sound in New Zealand

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tigers Defeat Canes 5-4

I missed the first period.

Devan Dubyk in the net tonight. It is also the third game in three nights for the tigers. They look a little tired out there at times. I wasn't really happy with the reffing in the second period, I thought the tigers were getting the short end of the stick on a few calls.

Second Period
Lethbridge Goal 3-1
Lethbridge would go up 3-1 on a 5-3 powerplay. Jace Coyle would get called for cross checking, and Tomas Kundratek would fire the puck over the boards for a delay of game penalty. Canes Austin Fyten would walk out in front from the side of the net, and roof one over Devan Dubuk who went down a little early.

Then the tigers would start their comeback.

Tigers Goal 3-2
The tigers shot the puck on goal from the point, and their was mass confusion in front of the net, everyone trying to whack the puck. Somehow between all the bodies the puck slid under the Canes goalie Branden Anderson. Thomas Carr would get credit for his first of the year.

Tigers Goal 3-3 Tie
The tigers would get a powerplay however it would be nullified half a minute later as Tristan King got tangled up with a hurricanes player. Just as the original hurricane penalty ended giving the Canes a powerplay, Wacey Hamilton threaded a pass through a couple sticks To Taylor gal who had a mini breakaway. He would make a move outwait the goaltender to go down and fire the puck past his glove.

Tiger Goal 4-3
One of the weakest goals you can score. Emerson Etem gave a little backhanded whack at the puck as he was skating by. Somehow Branden Anderson tripped or fell over as he was on his knees and didn't see the puck slowly trickle into the net.

Third Period
A bit of a slower pace in the first 10 minutes of the third. The tigers seem content on trying to defend their lead.

Tigers Goal 5-3
Joey Frazer had a good run to the net but tripped himself and barreled into the Canes Luca Sbisa. Sbisa would take his sweet time getting off of him. The puck would come to the point and konan would fire one on net. Joey Frazer got the rebound and whacked the puck in.

Lethbridge Goal 5-4
Well no opposition lead is safe, however it seems to be the case where no tiger lead is safe either. The Hurricanes would get a powerplay after Jace Coyle gets called for a penalty.

The hurricanes did a real good job of moving the puck around, however the tigers weren't giving them any clear shooting lanes. After a couple quick passes the puck would come to carter banks along the half wal and he would wire a shot, short side past Devan Dubyk.
End Game

A very weird play near the end of the game. When the hurricanes goaltender was pulled for the extra attacker, he left his goal stick lying across the goal line.

It would take a minute for the refs to notice, but when the puck went into the canes end they would blow the play down and give Lethbridge an interference penalty.

I thought the tigers showed a good deal of tiredness tonight. However they battled through it and managed to find a way to win the game.

I am disappointed in how many penalties Jace Coyle has taken in the last 2 games.
I am also very pleased that Joey Frazer is starting to pick up his play. It is like he threw a switch and has won a lot more battles.


Bretton Cameron vs Mitch Maxwell (Will post the video when it comes available)
Looks like Maxwell took liberties on Tyler Bunz and Cameron answered.

Link TO Medicine Hat News article

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tigers Defeat Hitmen 6-5 SO

Long Post
New Player in lineup: Gui GlassPoole

Wow what a Barn burner. A highly entertaining hockey game in Calgary Tonight.
3rd straight game where these two teams have gone into extra time.

It is also the second time in a row where Calgary has scored in the last second to tie the game in regulation against the Tigers.

Calgary started off getting all the bounces in the hockey game scoring the games first 3 goals.

1. CAL Fiddler, (14) (Schultz, MacKenzie), 7:18 (PP)
On the powerplay Schultz fed a cross ice pass over to Fiddler at the side of the net. Matt Konan was caught forgetting about his man at the side of the net.
1-0 Hitmen

1. CAL Broda, (18) (Schultz, Fiddler), 16:23
Tigers get caught in their own end. Clouston had the rookies out, and The Hitmen managed to get their top line out against them. Broda would do a wrap-around, and the puck looked like it banked in off a Tiger defender
2-0 Calgary

CAL Schultz, (14) , 2:26 (SH)
The tigers were on the powerplay. Thomas Carr half fans on a pass, and the Hitmen Captain walked in on a clear cut breakaway. He showed some nice hands as he deked Bunz and went upstairs.
3-0 Calgary

At this point the tigers weren't playing bad, but Calgary was getting all the breaks and they couldn't seems to penetrate Calgary's zone very effectively. Then the luck started to change.

M.H Isherwood, (11) (Gal, Hamilton), 14:13

Isherwood gets fed a one-timer at the point and blasts one on net. The Hitmen Goaltender Micheal Snider was screened by 3 bodies in front.
3-1 Calgary

3. M.H Cameron, (26) (Kundratek), 1:39
Off a Tiger Rush Emerson Etem was knocked over by Calgary's goaltender. Wacey Hamilton would be open all alone in front, however the save was made by Snider. Then off a scramble Bretton Cameron throws a desperate backhanded whack on his knees and the puck slides into the far side. Beautiful second effort.
3-2 Calgary

3. M.H Etem, (22) (MacKay, Kessy), 2:11
Off a tiger Rush Matt MacKay makes a sweet move which makes a 2 on 4 into a 2 on1.
He feeds it over To Etem who dekes out Snider.

3. M.H Etem, (23) (Konan, Kundratek), 10:50
Just after the Hitmen get a glorious chance off the post. The tigers go back up the ice. Matt Konan gets the puck at the point and blasts one on net. Their is a huge rebound and Emerson Etem makes no mistake, burying it past Micheal Snider
4-3 Tigers WOOOOO

3. CAL Schultz, (15) (Broda, Nyren), 15:51 (PP)
Calgary would get a PP after Thomas Carr would take a guy out nullifying a 2on1.
Joel Broda throws one on net, and it goes in off Of Ian Schultz skate. I am a little surprised they didn't review this one.
4-4 Tie Game

3. M.H Etem, (24) (Konan), 17:02
Emerson Etem would finish off his hat-trick and show why he is a potential first round draft pick. Splitting the Calgary Defense and blowing past them. He would then Deke out Micheal Snider. Giving the tigers back the lead.
5-4 Tigers

3. CAL Fiddler, (15) (Nyren, Broda), 19:59 (PP)
A heartbreaker. Isherwood would get penalized after battling a rebound over the glass with his glove. Giffen Nyren would shoot the puck on net with about 4 seconds left. Tyler Fiddler was johnny on the post, whacking in the rebound before Kundratek could get over their.
5-5 Tie Game

End of Regulation

Despite each team getting a powerplay, neither team would get a shot on goal.

Tristan King would throw out multiple fakes and deke glove side, but Snider read his move.

Jace Coyle would put on some speed, then slow right down, and shoot the puck five hole for a goal.

Bretton Cameron - Would rifle the shot upstairs to seal the victory.

Its too bad the tigers couldn't close the deal in regulation. Essentially thats 3 points Calgary has stolen away in the dying seconds of the game.

They had Calgary on their heels big time in the third. The tigers rookie line didn't receive much ice time after they were scored in earlier in the game.

I thought Emerson Etem, and Matt MacKay had very strong games. Cameron, Vey, and Hamilton had their usual good games. I thought Thomas Carr had a bit of an off night. He didn't play bad but there were 2 unlucky plays that indirectly led to 2 Calgary goals.

Their was a weird play in the first period. Where Mark Isherwood wired a shot on net. It looked extremely close, and to be honest my first reaction was wow that looked like a goal but the play would continue and a minute later a whistle would stop play.

The refs halt the game for 5-8 minutes and review the play. After much deliberation and a video review they decided it was no goal.


Matt Konan vs Ben Wilson

Tomas Kundratek absolutely nailed Wilson with his head down crossing the blueline. Behind the play these two start throwing punches. Konan lands a couple good ones to the helmet. But then Wilson throws a hard punch under Konan's visor which would topple him over. Konan had a huge height advantage but didn't use that reach to his advantage. Decision: Ben Wilson

Bretton Cameron vs Ian Schultz
- Cameron threw a borderline hit from behind on a Hitman player. Schultz didn't like it one bit and skated over to Cameron, they had a few words and dropped the gloves.

It was a longer fight and Cameron hung in their pretty well but he was a little over matched against a tough opponent in Schultz. Cameron landed a good shot or two, but Schultz landed about 5-6 better ones. Decision: Ian Schultz


Ryan Hollweg Gets Some Revenge on the Player that knocked him out with a severe concussion in junior.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tigers Defeat Regina 7-2

It was a very chippy game tonight. I believe both sides ended up with a few injuries. It was almost like a playoff atmosphere game, until the tigers took control.

For the tigers Mark Isherwood took an elbow then fell awkwardly on his shoulder, and he didn't return to the game.

Taylor Gal was the recipient of a Craig Orfino charge from across the rink. Gal went off the ice looking like he also had a bum shoulder, I don't believe he returned to the game either.

Thomas Carr would exact some measure of revenge engaging Craig Orfino in a fight a couple shifts later. Both were exchanging punches but I thought Carr got the better Of him as he landed a wicked uppercut, and a couple other solid shots to the face.

I thought Regina skated with the tigers fairly well for most of the first two periods, but they were falling apart defensively in the third period. The tigers caught them off line changes for odd man rushes on 2 or 3 straight changes.

Colton Tuebert snapped in the third period. Going after Tristan King and throwing punches then on his way to the box he engaged Thomas Kundratek in a mini-fight. Kundratek was more than happy to oblige, but the refs were in the way.

I thought Clouston did a great job of managing the bench tonight, I liked how he gave the rookies some powerplay time.

Scott McKay scored his first goal of the year to finish off a 3 goal flurry in just over a minute to put the game away with authority.

Overall I thought the tigers played a very good hockey game. They had a little lapse during the second half of the first period, but they managed to come back strong in the second period.

Kale Kessey
I've said it before but this guy has to be more careful on throwing hits.
I like seeing him make clean hard body checks, but some of them are borderline dangerous.

If the guy has his back turned or half turned into the boards, you cant go full tilt into him, you have to lay up and give him a small bump.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Confusion

To make a long story short, I clicked a wrong button trying to save my blog template and it reverted to an original blogger template.

Funny how that happens, trying to make a backup copy then before you can save it you completely obliterate the original. /sigh....oh well

Shouldn't take too much work to redo, I'm sure it I will have it close to what it was before next week.

On another note it looks like Regina May be trying to gear up for an extended run. They managed to acquire a couple pieces of trade bait from Lethbridge in Ashton Carter, and grinder Craig Orfino.

I am surprised that Regina made this move.
I think Regina Will be trying to make its case as a team to be reckoned with. I would expect a couple more moves from them to bolster their lineup, otherwise the trade doesn't make much sense.

Ultimately they are taking a risk, and well no one comes out on top without taking any, but if they don't make any playoff noise this year, they may regret the trade later.
Tigers Defeat Red Deer 2-1 SO

A lot of studying going on and I completely forgot about the game. It sounds like Tyler Bunz stole the show in the third period, as Red Deer peppered 22 shots on him in the third alone.

For the MH News article on the game go here

I will start updating this site more regularly starting on friday.
Fight videos from the lethbridge game.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tigers Defeat Canes 4-3

I missed the first period.

The Tigers managed to take a 3-0 lead into the third period. They kept Lethbridge to only 9 shots for the first 2 periods .I thought the tigers played an average road game from what I saw, but the Hurricanes really didn't put on a charge until the third period.

I thought the Tigers defensive game could use another practice or two to work on. They are starting to get that tunnel vision and forgetting about an open man streaking in late.

Lethbridge came on strong in the third, and the tigers were guilty of standing and watching the play. Lethbridge would score two goals very quickly, and were right back in the game. I believe the second goal went in off a tiger at the side of the net.

Tristan King would put the tigers back into a 2 goal (4-2) lead, as he manged a partial break with 2 canes closing on either side. He rifled a laser over the shoulder of Ville Kolpannen from the top of the circle.

Lethbridge defensman Brennan Yadlowski would get his first of the year after waiting out 2 tigers attempts to block a shot. Yadlowski would just throw the puck towards the net and it looked like it may have been redirected as it was a softer shot but Bunz looked like he had trouble seeing the play, as their was lots of traffic in front.

The tigers would hold on for the 4-3 victory as the canes never really got a good chance in the final minute and a half with the goalie pulled.

Fights (videos to be posted later)
Tigers Tanner Sohn fought Lethbridge tough guy overager Dustin Donaghy twice in the game. In their first fight Donaghy knocked Sohn down twice. Sohn would leave the game temporarily and then come back.

In their second fight Sohn tried a different strategy of keeping far back then trying to land bombs with his right. However Donaghy managed to throw a few of those short left jabs which would eventually knock Sohn off balance. Sohn would throw a big punch just as the refs came in. Give Sohn credit for the balls to go another round.

I would give both fights To Donaghy, but it looked like Sohn may have connected with that last punch in thier second fight as Donaghy didn't look very happy.

Kale Kessey vs Brent Henke

I missed this one but I will post the video later. The Canes broadcaster said it was a fairly even fight with punches being thrown from both sides.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tigers Vs Lethbridge Postponed

Calgary, AB - Due to the weather and poor road conditions, the Western Hockey League regrets to announce that tonight’s match-up between the Medicine Hat Tigers and Lethbridge Hurricanes, originally scheduled to be played Saturday, December 5 at 7PM in Lethbridge, has been canceled. This game has been rescheduled to be played on Monday, December 7th with a 7PM start time.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Kris Russel's First NHL FIght


Blades vs Tigers tonight at the Arena - Teddy Bear Toque & Mittens Toss Night

The Blades will be looking to rebound after Brandon beat them convincingly 7-2 in Brandon on Wednesday.

The last time I watched Saskatoon on the webcast they played a very physical style of game.

Jace Coyle and Matt Konan missed the previous game with day to day type injuries, hopefully their both ready to go. Jyri Niemi and Curtis Hamilton are injured for Saskatoon.

Emerson Etem

An article done on him by

Go here for the full link

"He's had a real quick adjustment," Medicine Hat coach Willie Desjardins told "He really wants to be a player. He worked hard in the offseason so he's in great physical shape. He knew a lot about our league coming in. He studied it, he researched it, he knew what he was getting into. He's adjusted real quickly."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Team Canada WJC Camp Roster Announced

No Tigers players made the camp

Two Players who in the past were tigers property made the camp: Dylan Olsen, and Patrick Weircioch.

Click here for the full roster

The U.S announced their camp roster for this year as well and Emerson Etem was not on the list either.


I'm not surprised that no tigers were picked. I think they may have considered linden Vey for a spot, but realized he is more of a scorer, rather than a grinder. With soo many high scoring forwards already on the roster Vey wold have been given a grinder type role, and I think their are other players who would do a better job at that role.

With okal being injured, and kundratek to old to play for the czechs we will have to hope that Willie Desjardin can bring home another gold.

From what Bob Mackenzie said on the TV it looks like competition will be very close as the swedes, Russians, and the U.S should have good teams.

I believe there are about 7 players who could be on the team that are playing in the nhl.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WJ Roster Camp Invites Announced Tomorrow

With less than a month to go until the puck drops at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, Canada takes its next step towards capturing their sixth straight gold medal when they announce the selection camp roster on Wednesday.

Join host Cory Woron and hockey insider Bob McKenzie as Hockey Canada makes the announcement live on at Noon et/9am pt. Following the announcement, McKenzie will break down the player selection and there will be a one-on-one interview with Team Canada head coach Willie Desjardins.

-Full article at tsn

Edit: The U.S Camp invites will also be announced tomorow.

I am hoping that Linden Vey and/or Wacey Hamilton gets invited. It would be nice to see 1 tiger on Team Canada. However I think their chances of getting selected are on the bubble.

I wont be able to make todays game vs lethbridge, so no recaps tonight. Tonights game is also On Shaw TV.

Rogers Sportsnet has come out with their tv schedule of this years game.

The tigers are included in one game.
Sun. Jan. 24 – Medicine Hat Tigers at Edmonton Oil Kings (National) – 5:00 pm Mountain.

FOr the full list go here: