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Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Hockey Show - Episode 214

The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, is back with another live show tonight as we broadcast from The Hub Social Club on the UofM campus! Live shows are always so much fun as we can discuss all sorts of crazy stuff and get immediate crowd reaction from those in the lounge. It also gives us a chance to promote some of the great food and beverage specials that The Hub has available all night as The Hockey Show will be followed by the Stars-Jets game on the majority of the TVs! Come on down to The Hub Social Club tonight for some hockey talk and the Jets game!

Much to the delight of TJ, we will discuss the NHL's first-overall team in the 6-1-0 Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are getting key contributions from all over the ice - notably seen in Winnipeg during the Heritage Classic - that have pushed them atop the standings ahead of the Montreal Canadiens who are the only team not to lose in regulation time. We'll also discuss the Heritage Classic and the hoopla surrounding that event, the Jets and their grueling schedule over the next 33 days, Jacob Trouba and his continued holdout, the Manitoba Bisons and their games against UBC this weekend, an update from the Metal Ligaen and Brandon Reid's Aalborg Pirates, and we'll announce the Pledge-O-Rama draw winners! All of this and possibly more tonight on The Hockey Show live from The Hub Social Club!

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It's a live show with good friends, good food, and good drinks at The Hub Social Club! Come on down and see the show live at 5:30pm CT! If you can't make it, download the app and listen or tune into 101.5 UMFM where TJ, Beans, and Teebz will chat Oilers, Jets, Heritage Classic, schedules, holdouts, and more on The Hockey Show only on 101.5 UMFM and on the UMFM app!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Rundown - Week 3

With the Heritage Classic in town, I have been busier than busy with various appearances on local news and working at various events. Because of this, The Rundown is going into "stealth mode" as I literally do a two- or three-line recap for each game. It's not the usual quality that I give to CIS women's hockey, but I simply didn't have the time this weekend to do my usual setup for the games. As a one-man show, sometimes HBIC falls victim to priorities that are higher based on needs. This is one such weekend where that happened, so I apologize for those that enjoy reading about the best women hockey players at Canadian institutions of higher learning. Next weekend, we're back to normal!

Canada West Results

REGINA at MANITOBA: The Bisons continued their winning ways with a dominant 5-1 win. The Bisons got goals from Jordyn Zacharias, Charity Price, Alexandra Anderson on the power-play, Alana Serhan, and Lauryn Keen. Lilla Carpenter-Boesch snapped Rachel Dyck's shutout streak at 132:07 with her goal. Dyck 16 saves for the win while Jane Kish took the loss in allowing five goals on 30 shots in 40:19 of work. Morgan Baker made four saves on four shots in relief.

REGINA at MANITOBA: The second game featured another onslaught of offence by the Bisons as they scored seven goals before Regina got on the board. Manitoba saw goals from Nicole Carswell, Venla Hovi, Erica Rieder, Taryn Kokesch, Alana Serhan on the power-play, Sheridan Oswald, and Erin Kucheravy on the power-play before Kylie Gavelin's power-play marker midway through the third period rounded out the scoring. Manitoba takes this game by a 7-1 score as we saw 11 different goal-scorers for the Bisons this weekend. Rachel Dyck was good on 24 of 25 shots while Jane Kish stopped 12 of 16 shots in 31:34 of action in taking the loss. Morgan Baker made 12 saves on the 15 shots she faced in relief.

CALGARY at MOUNT ROYAL: The first game in the Crowchild Classic needed double-overtime to find a winner as the Calgary Dinos picked up the win with a 3-2 victory. The Cougars celebrated goals by Reanna Arnold and Sarah Weninger while Calgary got markers from Rachel Paul and Audrey Buston before Buston scored her second of the game 4:32 into the double-overtime period. Hayley Dowling picked up the win in making 27 saves while Emma Pincott took the loss in extra time.

MOUNT ROYAL at CALGARY: The second half of this home-and-home series for the two Calgary-based schools saw the Cougars respond after a tough loss with a 2-1 road victory! The same two women as the previous night were responsible for Saturday's win as Reanna Arnold and Sarah Weninger tallied the goals for Mount Royal. Calgary's Cheyann Newman had the lone goal for the Dinos on this night. Zoe DeBeauville picked up the first Mount Royal win this season in stopping 21 of 22 shots while Hayley Dowling took the loss after making 28 stops.

UBC at ALBERTA: Two first-period goals would be all that UBC needed on this night. Logan Boyd and Mathea Fischer scored for the Thunderbirds while Amelia Boughn earned her first CIS shutout as the T-Birds downed the Pandas by a 2-0 score. While UBC was outshot in this game, Alberta's Lindsey Post only stopped 16 of 18 shots in the loss.

UBC at ALBERTA: The second game of the weekend set needed a fifth period for a winner. Alberta got goals from Autumn MacDougall on the power-play and Abby Benning in regulation time while UBC saw goals from Mairead Bast on the power-play and Logan Boyd. In the extra time, Logan Boyd scored 11 seconds into double-overtime to push UBC to the 3-2 win. Tory Micklash picked up the victory in stopping 18 shots while Dayna Owen suffered the loss in stopping 16 of 19 shots.

SASKATCHEWAN at LETHBRIDGE: Two goals in the second period put the Huskies up for good in this game as Saskatchewan won 4-2. Lethbridge scorers included Aislinn Kooistra and Jodi Gentile while Saskatchewan was paced by goals from Courtney Cormack, Kaitlin Willoughby, Kori Herner, and a power-play marker from Shyan Elias. Jasey Rae Book picked up the win in stopping 14 of 16 shots while Alicia Anderson was on the losing end despite stopping 43 shots!

SASKATCHEWAN at LETHBRIDGE: The same margin of victory led Saskatchewan to a second-straight win over the Pronghorns, but the final score would be much different. Rachel Johnson scored a power-play goal while Lauren Zary notched a shorthanded goal, and Cassidy Hendricks was perfect on 23 shots as the Huskies blanked the Pronghorns 2-0. Alicia Anderson was under siege in the Lethbridge net once again as she stopped 31 shots in a losing effort.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
18 24 4
British Columbia
14 19 10
vs MAN
13 15 11
8 14 19
vs SAS
8 13 11
Mount Royal
4 7 15
vs ALB
4 8 19
3 9 20
vs LET

Ontario Results

BROCK at GUELPH: This game needed extra time to determine a winner. Guelph's Sydney Davison and Brock's Annie Berg traded goals in the second period - Berg's goal coming on the power-play - while both Valerie Lamenta and Jensen Murphy went save-for-save through 60 minutes. In double-overtime, Guelph's Karli Shell finally broke the stalemate at 2:25, and the Gryphons took the victory with a 2-1 score. Lamenta made 27 saves in the win while Murphy stopped 29 shots in the loss.

TORONTO at RYERSON: The final score in this game is probably considered an upset. Kryshandra Green scored in the first period and Ailish Forfar added a second goal midway through the third period as the Ryerson Rams downed the Toronto Varsity Blues by a 2-0 score. Sydney Authier stopped all 33 shots fired at her for her first shutout of the season while Hailey Farrelly surrendered two goals on 20 shots in the loss.

WINDSOR at NIPISSING: Three straight goals would pace the Lakers to the 3-1 victory over the Lancers. Taylor McManus, Bronwyn Bolduc, and Kaitlyn McManus on the power-play put Nipissing up 3-0 before Danielle Butler got one back for Windsor with two minutes to play, but it wouldn't be enough. Jacqueline Rochefort stopped 21 shots to record the victory while Morgan Farrow stopped 35 shots in a losing effort.

UOIT at WATERLOO: Maryn Caragata's strike and Amy Barnard's empty-net goal were the only two pucks to find the back of the net in this game as the Waterloo Warriors downed the UOIT Ridgebacks by a 2-0 score. Stephanie Sluys was perfect on 23 attempts at the net for her first shutout of the season while Cassie Charette took the loss despite stopping 30 of 31 shots.

QUEEN'S at LAURIER: Addi Halladay and Emily Jukosky scored the only goals in this game as the Queen's Gaels shutout the Laurier Golden Hawks 2-0. Stephanie Pascal stopped all 31 shots that Laurier attempted for the shutout win while Amanda Smith made 29 saves in the loss.

BROCK at YORK: The Badgers came into this game looking to erase the loss suffered on Wednesday to Guelph. Three straight goals in the second period helped Brock to that goal as Christina Leradi book-ended a Lisa Buratynski goal for the 3-0 lead. The Lions got one back when Erin Locke scored with just under seven minutes to play, but they would get no more as Brock downed York 3-1. Stephanie Loukes stopped all but one of the 35 shots she saw for the win while Lauren Dubie had a rough night in stopping just 16 of 19 shots in the loss.

GUELPH at TORONTO: It might be hard to believe, but Toronto scored one goal all weekend and went 1-1. Kristi Riseley scored the only goal of the game early in the second period as the Varsity Blues downed the Guelph Gryphons 1-0 in this game. Valencia Yordanov stopped all 23 shots in the shutout win while Valerie Lamenta surrendered just one goal on 23 shots and took the loss.

WINDSOR at LAURENTIAN: Every time it looked like Windsor was generating momentum, Laurentian would crush that hope. Shawna Lesperance scored 33 seconds into the game for Windsor, but Laurentian wiped that out with a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal from Ellery Veerman. Krystin Lawrence would tie the game 1:33 into the second period, but Laurentian would get goals from MacAuley Carr, Maggie Brennan on the power-play, and Elissa Bertuzzi to pace the Voyageurs to the 5-2 victory. Laura Deller earned the win in making 25 saves while Molly Jenkins took the loss in making 13 of 17 stops in 30:59 of work. Morgan Farrow came on in relief of Jenkins and stopped 10 of 11 shots she faced.

WESTERN at NIPISSING: The Lakers were the only team to put ink on the scoresheet in this game. Taylor Murphy scored in the first period and Bronwyn Bolduc added a power-play goal in the second period while Jacqueline Rochefort stopped all 27 shots she faced as Nipissing downed the Western Mustangs 2-0. Tareya Webster, wearing #94 in net for the Mustangs, stopped 22 shots in the loss.

QUEEN'S at WATERLOO: This one was ugly. Waterloo's final score was determined off goals by Amy Barnard, Cynthia Cavanagh, Alison Hanson, Angela MacDonald, Hanson again, and Tegan Odland. When all was said and done, Stephanie Sluys had stopped all 15 shots she faced to shutout the Queen's Gaels 6-0. Stephanie Pascal stopped 10 of 14 shots in taking the loss for Queen's, but she only lasted 22:51. The remainder of the game was handled by Claire Warren who stopped 23 of 25 shots she faced.

WESTERN at LAURENTIAN: The Voyageurs looked very solid this weekend as they picked up their second win in two days with a 4-2 victory over Western. Laurentian got goals from Morgan McCann, Ellery Veerman, Taylor Weber on the power-play, and Emma Leger while Western saw Alyssa Chiarello score on the power-play and Megan Taylor at even-strength in the loss. Laura Deller stopped 27 shots in the win while Katie Jacobs took the loss despite making 30 saves.

RYERSON at YORK: Ryerson and York needed a skills competition to determine a winner. Ryerson goal scorers incuded Ailish Forfar and Lauren Nicholson while York got goals from Leah Hibbert and Dana Somerville. In the shootout, York's Rianna Langford and Dana Somerfield scored while Ryerson was kept off the board as York took this game 3-2. Lauren Dubie stopped 26 shots for York in the win while Sydney Authier stopped 33 shots in a losing effort.

UOIT at LAURIER: Laurier's Danielle Wark opened the scoring in the first period, but UOIT's Chelsea Ball would tie the game in the second period with a power-play goal. In the third period, the Panthers got a goal from Kassidy Nauboris with 4:28 to play, and that goal would be the difference as UOIT downed Laurier by a 2-1 score. Cassie Charette made just 10 stops in the win while Laurier's Lauren Webber stopped 30 shots in the loss.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
11 14 6
8 11 4
6 8 7
6 9 5
6 9 9
6 3 2
6 7 11
5 9 4
5 8 9
5 6 6
4 6 11
3 7 15
1 3 7

Quebec Results

McGILL at MONTREAL: The Martlets beat up on the Carabins in this one. Olivia Atkinson, Nicole Howlett on the power-play, Melodie Daoust, Jade Downie, and Sidonie Chard scored for McGill while Montreal's lone goal came off the stick of Alexandra Labelle on the power-play. After the dust had settled, McGill took the victory with a 5-1 defeat of Montreal. Tricia Dequire picked up the win with a 22-save performance while Marie-Pier Chabot took the loss despite making 32 saves.

CARLETON at OTTAWA: Holy goal-scoring, Batman! Carleton got goals from Shannon Pearson, Delaney Ross, Hannah Dinovitzer, and Katia Boulianne. Ottawa, however, saw a pile of goals scored as Shanie Deschatelets, Melodie Bouchard on the power-play, Bryanna Neuwald, Marimee Godbout-Parent while shorthanded, Bouchard again on the power-play, Vickie Lemire, and Godbout-Parent on the power-play all tallied for the GeeGees. In the end, Ottawa took this game 7-4 over the Ravens. Emilie Bouchard made 24 saves in the win while Katelyn Steele stood in for all seven goals against in the loss.

MONTREAL at CARLETON: The two RSEQ teams who had recorded losses on this weekend met on Sunday. The Ravens opened the scoring off Jenna Mitchell's goal, but Montreal erased it with two second-period goals from Maude Laramee and Jessica Cormier. The Ravens scored a pair of their own in the third period off the sticks of Katia Boulianne on the power-play and Tawnya Guindon, and they would skate to the 3-2 victory over the Carabins. Katelyn Steele rebounded from the loss the night before to record a 47-save win while Marie-Pier Chabot surrendered three goals on 16 shots in the loss.

CONCORDIA at McGILL: Three goals were scored in this game. Sidonie Chard scored for McGill in the first period, Melodie Daoust added a second Martlets goal in the second period, and Concordia's Marie-Joelle Allard scored on the power-play to make things interesting in the third period. It wouldn't be enough, though, as McGill captured victory with the 2-1 score. Tricia Dequire picked up her second win of the weekend with the 29 stops she made while Katherine Purchase suffered the loss in stopping 22 of 24 shots.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
6 7 2
4 11 9
vs McG
3 8 9
3 7 9
3 7 11

Maritime Results

DALHOUSIE at ST. FRANCIS XAVIER: One team got all the goals. StFX saw Lisa Downey score shorthanded, Sara Bujold, Lydia Schurman, and Santana Gravelle score goals in the third period before Bujold fired a puck into the empty net while shorthanded for the 5-0 StFX win. Carley Molnar improves to 1-1-0 on the season with the 14-save shutout win while Mati Barrett drops to 0-3-0 in the loss.

SAINT MARY'S at MOUNT ALLISON: One team got all the goals. Goals for the Huskies came off the sticks of Siobhan Birch, Hannah Askin, Caitlyn Manning, and Laura Polak to pace the team to a 4-0 victory over the Mounties. Rebecca Weagle, wearing #73 for Saint Mary's, stopped all 21 shots sent her way for the shutout while Keri Martin took the loss despite making 46 saves on the night.

ST. THOMAS at UPEI: One team got all the goals. Lauren Legault, Lauren Henman, and Paige Jackson scored the three goals recorded on the night, and the St. Thomas Tommies took this game by a 3-0 score of the UPEI Panthers. Abby Clarke was perfect on 17 shots for the shutout win while Marie-Soleil Deschenes stopped 31 shots in the loss.

MONCTON at DALHOUSIE: One team got all the goals. Both teams scored! Moncton picked up a power-play goal from Brittany Poitras and added a second goal from Karine Roy, but Dalhousie got goals from Jesse Rietveld, Elizabeth MacArthur, Lisa Maclean, and an empty-netter from Courtney Sheedy. Anytime you have an empty-net goal, you're on the winning side of the scoreboard, and the Dalhousie Tigers took this game 4-2 over the Moncton Aigles Bleues. Jessica Severeyns made 25 saves for the win while Sabrina Lebrun stopped 33 in the loss.

UPEI at SAINT MARY'S: One team got all the goals. Caitlyn Manning, Hayley Hallihan, and Siobhan Birch did all the scoring and Rebecca Clark did all the stopping as the Panthers were shutout for a second-straight game as Saint Mary's won 3-0. Clark improved to 2-1-0 with the 12-save shutout win while Marie-Soleil Deschenes falls to 2-2-0 after making 29 saves.

MOUNT ALLISON at ST. THOMAS: One team got all the goals. The Tommies put a thrashing on the Mounties after they got goals from Lauren Legault, Alisha Gilbert, Rahel Michielin, Emily Oleksuk, and a pair from Lauren Henman. In the end, the Tommies scored a 6-0 victory over the Mounties. Taylor Day improved to 2-0-0 with her 26-save shutout win while Keri Martin dropped to 1-3-0 on the season after surrendering five goals in 40:40. Lindsey Wray came on in relief of Martin, and she stopped 16 of 17 shots.

MONCTON at ST. FRANCIS XAVIER: One team got all the goals. Both teams scored! Moncton scored a pair of power-play goals off the sticks of Janelle Graham and Marie-Pier Corriveau. StFX responded with a shorthanded Daley Oddy goal, an even-strength Daley Oddy goal, an empty-net Lydia Schurman goal at 13:36, and a second empty-net goal off the stick of Sarah Bujold. The end result is that the X-Women downed the Aigles Bleues by a 4-2 score! Carley Molnar started the game, but suffered an injury late in the first period for StFX after stopping four of five shots. Instead, Pascale Daigle moved to 1-1-0 with the win in a 22-save performance while Gabrielle Forget dropped to 1-2-0 after stopping 30 shots in a losing effort.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
St. Thomas
8 18 6
Saint Mary's
7 12 5
@ StFX/vs DAL
4 15 12
vs SMU/@ MAU
4 8 9
3 7 13
vs STU/@ SMU
3 10 13
Mount Allison
2 4 16
vs StFX/@ UPEI

So there you have it, folks. A quick and dirty rundown of all the games this past weekend. Next weekend, I promise a better effort as my week begins to settle down a little. I'll be traveling all week again, but I should get some time to plug a few entries in. Hold tight for those!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Legends On Ice

It was an amazing day. Yes, I spent the majority of it helping people at the Reebok tent in Spectator Plaza, but the day ended with me watching the Alumni Game, seeing Teemu Selanne score a pair of goals, and skating on the same ice as the greatest collection of Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets. There was a bit of a problem that the NHL should probably address regarding its policies and the security team they employed, but I'll explain that below. Right now, it's all about the Oilers and Jets alumni, my experiences, and the fantastic end to an already-incredible day!

Seeing the legends that I grew up watching on the ice again can only be described as surreal. Gretzky, Kurri, Messier, Coffey, Anderson, Tikkanen, and Lowe were the backbone of the dominant Oilers dynasty of the 1980s, and standing across from there were names like Hawerchuk, McBain, Babych, Kyte, and Steen who were the foot soldiers that Winnipeg sent out to dethrone these mighty foes. Winnipeg, however, got some help from some the stars of the 1990s such as Selanne, Olczyk, King, and Eagles as the Jets assembled a nice mix of players from the 1980s and 1990s on their roster. Whether or not that roster would be good enough to dispatch the former "glory days" Oilers on this Saturday was yet to be seen.

Here's the thing, though: it didn't matter. Everyone was here to watch the legends they grew up watching in the old Smythe Division come together in celebration of what they did, of the future they helped to pave, and of the memories that came flooding back to the 38,000 people in attendance. This was about watching an all-star game that featured all our favorite players from a time when the hometown team was everything and the "evil" Oilers had to lose.

Smiles were big. Laughter was had. The twinkles in each player's eyes could have lit up the stadium on their own as the players took to the ice in a roar of approval from the crowd. While there was anticipation for the biggest stars, players who were never heralded as the fastest, the most skilled, the most dependable, or, simply, the greatest were suddenly everyone's favorite players. This game was as much about the players giving more memories to the fans as it was about the fans giving their heroes one last cheer for making their childhood memories so vivid.

Selanne scored. Kris King scored. Dale Hawerchuk scored. Mark Messier got one back. Mike Eagles might have scored his most memorable goal as a Jet. After 20 minutes of play, the Jet led 4-1 over the Oilers as the home team appeared to be having too much fun out on the ice. However, like their teams of the 1980s, these Oilers were not to be counted out. Craig Simpson, Mark Messier, and Craig McTavish all tallied goals in the second period to tie the game at 4-4 through 40 minutes, and it was down to one period of play to determine a winner.

BJ MacDonald put the Oilers up midway through the third period, but former Jets captain and current VP of Hockey Operations Kris King went to the net and found the back of the net off a great feed from Teemu Selanne, and we were tied again at 5-5. Would we see overtime? No, we would not as Craig Simpson hauled down Teemu Selanne with 3.6 seconds to play, and the Finnish Flash sniped the game-winner through Curtis Joseph's five-hole to give the Jets alumni the 6-5 win! All your highlights are below!
Ok, it's rant time and here's where I have a problem. I was stopped by security at the entry gate where they informed me that I was not allowed to bring in any camera that "had a detachable lens or had a lens longer than three inches". According to the security guard, this is a True North Sports and Entertainment rule that is also in effect at MTS Centre, and that they were told to strictly enforce the rule at Investors Group Field. According to the MTS Centre website,
Professional cameras are prohibited at all events in MTS Centre unless accompanied by appropriate facility media credentials. Video cameras, audio recorders, iPads or other tablets are also prohibited unless specifically approved on an event-by-event basis. MTS Centre will not check cameras or tablets for guests at events where such items are prohibited so patrons will be required to return them to their vehicle or stored elsewhere off-site. Still (non-professional) point and shoot cameras are allowed for Winnipeg Jets hockey games and certain other specified events (the use of flash is prohibited). Cameras with detachable lenses and/or ones that do not fit in a standard pant pocket will be prohibited. Venue reserves the right to determine acceptable size or type of camera and prohibit entry at their sole discretion. Camera policies for entertainment events can vary by artist and event type, and specific restrictions are not always known in advance. If unsure of camera policy for an event, enquiries can be made by calling (204) 987-7825.
I could probably accept this had this policy actually been enforced for all spectators. Instead, I took three steps inside Investors Group Field after having returned my camera to my car only to find a spectator without media credentials using his Canon camera with a clearly detachable zoom lens! What in the holy hell is going on here, TNSE? It's stuff like this that infuriates me as a fan because I miss out on giving you a picture of what the game looked like from my seat. If you read my article last week about the trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul, the Minnesota Wild had no issues with my camera, and the photos were pretty incredible to see! Get your act together, TNSE. People want to capture the memories of events like this.

Outside of this one major pain in the rear, the entire day was incredible. I never would have guessed that I would see the likes of Teemu Selanne, Dale Hawerchuk, and Mark Messier score goals at my age today, but the Heritage Classic event allowed me to see my hockey idols once more, perhaps for the last time, on ice. If this is the last time I see Gretzky, Kurri, Messier, Hawerchuk, Olczyk, and Selanne on the ice in Winnipeg, I can happily say I saw the guys I watched growing up defeat one of the greatest teams of all-time!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Next Three Days

While the title of this article is the same as a Russell Crowe movie, I assure you there will be no appearances from the Mystery, Alaska star. I have spent a vast number of days on the road this month, and I finally arrive back home only to spend the next three days working outdoors at the Heritage Classic Spectator Plaza! I'm sure I'm going to be exhausted after this weekend, but I happily accepted a position in the Reebok tent where I'm sure there will be many people who visit. What will I be doing? I can only explain it - I wasn't allowed to take pictures - so I'll do my best in walking you through what the tent and plaza will offer!

We'll start on the right side nearest the entrance. With Tim Hortons as the key sponsor of the Heritage Classic, there is a spot where the Canadian coffee company will hand out free warm beverages that consist of hot coffee and hot chocolate. Both have become staples of the Canadian hockey culture, so there's no surprise here on either choice that Tim Hortons is offering.

It also appears that Tim Hortons will be offering up a booth where those who are collecting the Upper Deck Tim Hortons hockey cards can acquire a specially-designed album for the card set. I haven't seen said album, but they were loading boxes into the tent and they had a few out, so I assume that's what may have been happening. I also assume there is some sort of card exchange there, but I didn't have time to stop and chat with these people. They were busy, and so were we!

The next tent was occupied by Fantasy Scoreboards. These scoreboards will display the game info from whichever team one selects for every game from what I understood. I get that some man-caves may require a scoreboard, but isn't that why you watch the game? Anyway, they had scoreboards for a number of teams and it appears they know their stuff when it comes to their products. They have a slick presentation.

The Reebok tent is up next, and it's where I am spending the weekend. There's a cool opportunity for fans to have the Heritage Classic clothing and jerseys superimposed over their own clothes for a photo, and then that photo can be texted to a cell phone! It takes some maneuvering to get the superimposed clothing just right, but it actually looks pretty cool when everything "fits" properly. There's also a cool virtual hockey game where one can partake in a skills competition or two players can play an air hockey game using real sticks! How cool is that? We didn't get to play much today, but this appears to be one of the more high-tech booths at Spectator Plaza.

Honda has a pile of stuff to do in the next tent, and they appear to be giving away all the goods as well. They were hauling in bags and sunglasses and other assorted boxes of stuff, so it appears that there's a chance to win something with their target practice game. Needless to say, you're probably going to want to get your free gear from Honda if you stop by their tent.

At the end of the row is the Rogers Fan Hub where there's a pile of Rogers-based stuff to do. You can have your face on a magazine, you can get a virtual autograph, and there's a virtual reality setup. It's a pretty solid assortment of things to do, and it's warm inside the trailer if it happens to get cold! That's always a bonus!

As one turns the corner, there's the main stage where Sum 41 will play on Sunday. It appears that there's enough room for a good crowd to gather in front of the stage, so there could be a heckuva lot of people watching the band play this weekend. They were testing the video screens by running a top-20 outdoor game moments as well, and there's some great images and history in that video compilation!

Past the beverage vendor is the Molson Canadian bubble hockey station. It is literally a bubble that one can enter and play some two-on-two hockey inside! How cool is that? The guys setting it up appeared to be using it more as protection from the rain, but the idea of playing inside the bubble in a two-on-two game sounds like a blast!

Next to the bubble hockey game were the food trucks. Nothing special here: chicken wings, wraps, poutine, and beer. In other words, standard Canadian hockey food when it comes to watching the game with friends!

The Winnipeg Jets had a little stand at the end of the middle row with various facts about the Jets to which kids could compare themselves. There was a 6'6" Blake Wheeler height chart, Dustin Byfuglien's death grip, and Mark Scheifele's sprint or something to those effects. It appears that the Jets will be looking for their next diamond in the rough with these challenges!

On the left side, Scotiabank had a pretty awesome igloo set up where one could get a 360° image of some sort. They weren't allowing anyone inside, so I assume this is some sort of new-fangled technology. Or simply a panoramic setup of cameras. Either way, the Scotiabank igloo is something I want to check out at some point this weekend.

Hershey brought out a ton of Reese peanut butter cups, but they weren't being given away. Instead, there appeared to be Reese cake - chocolate cake with icing and Reese's Pieces on top - and the new Reese's snack mix. Honestly, the sweet and savory snack was good! Reese mini peanut butter cups with peanuts and pretzel pieces? Yeah, that's good eats. I'm gonna partake in more of those this weekend.

And last, but certainly not least, there was a ball hockey rink set up that used the rules of pond hockey. It appeared that multiple people could play at the same time, and there were a pair of rinks ready to go. I'm not sure I'll get in there, but there will most likely be street hockey games happening all weekend long!

The NHL Alumni Game goes tomorrow while the Heritage Classic game goes Sunday. I'll have more updates as the weekend progresses! I am going to the Alumni Game, so expect a full recap about the legends playing in the game! If you're in Winnipeg for the game, stop by the Reebok tent and say hi! I'll be there all weekend as well!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Hockey Show - Episode 213

Whoa, check out that banner! The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, is on the air tonight with a special guest and a special show as we hunker down for UMFM's Pledge-O-Rama fundraising drive! We'll get to the show info in a minute, but Pledge-O-Rama is always a big deal for the station and for our show. All of the funds raised goes back into doing cool things like acquiring the mobile units being used for Bisons Sports broadcasts and at festivals across this great province. This year, all of the monies raised is going to a new transmitter so that UMFM remains loud, clear, and stronger than ever in our community and across the globe via the online options. All we ask is that if you like our show, please pledge whatever you can. It doesn't have to be a dump truck full of money or anything - although that would be awesome - but every nickel, loonie, quarter, and dime really goes a long way!

Tonight, we are proud, humbled, privileged, and humbled to welcome a woman I've known for a long time and someone I am proud to call my friend in Rhonda Galloway! Rhonda is an amazing photographer who has done some incredible artwork that has been nominated for awards! While her body of work stands on its own, she's also married to NHL linesman Ryan Galloway who will be in Winnipeg working the Heritage Classic this weekend! We'll talk to Rhonda about her life, her photography, her business, being nominated for a photography award, and much more! Rhonda and Ryan have also made a special bond with the Delaloye family after Ryan and Rhonda met the family, and we'll bring you some special news about Alyx Delaloye on tonight's show! It's going to be a great Pledge-O-Rama show, so tune in!

If you don't follow me on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else in the social media world, that's ok. However, you've missed the announcements on what's happening surrounding Pledge-O-Rama and our show. Pledges to the station will get you some cool UMFM gear. What kind of gear, you ask? Well...
... there are two different t-shirts this year, our annual Transmissions compilation CD, a canteen, a mug, some embroidered patches, and some ear plugs for those loud concerts, crying kids, or any other noise you want to block out. There are various pledge levels where you can acquire these incentives, so I recommend you check all the incentive levels to get what you want!

On top of that, The Hockey Show is running a week-long pledge prize draw! For every $25 incremental pledge you make to The Hockey Show, you will receive one entry into our prize draw. These prizes are added to the incentives above, so this is a pretty solid add-on if you're already pledging at an incentive level! So what do we have to offer up, you ask?
  • Hosting the show on December 8 where you run The Hockey Show and talk hockey!
  • Artwork from Rhonda Galloway (and it's pretty incredible)!
  • A Fast Air/St. Paul Tourism gift pack!
  • A signed copy of the Hockey Karma graphic novel from Howard Shapiro which will be released in bookstores on November 1!
  • UofM Bisons t-shirts and mugs!
  • Anything else in The Hockey Show shwag bag! There's an assortment of t-shirts, books, signed pucks, and more, so we're literally giving it all away!
Remember, this isn't just during the hour we're on the air tonight. You can pledge anytime this week to The Hockey Show and be entered into the draw! I realize that it's pay day for some people tomorrow and it would be easier to pledge then for one of the awesome prizes above, so don't feel like you're left out. Pledge whenever you can for whatever amount you can afford because we appreciate your support! And if you live out of town, use the online pledge form to help us out. You may not live in Winnipeg, but you're part of the UMFM community and The Hockey Show appreciates your support and listenership!

If you're a proud owner of an iPad, iPod, or iPhone AND want to listen to The Hockey Show, you can easily listen to the show by downloading the UMFM app! Just follow this link on your iDevice and get the UMFM app! It's never been easier to tune into The Hockey Show!

If you're an Android user, we've had the app out for a few weeks already so you should already have it on your phone or tablet. You do have it, right? What do you mean you don't have it? Why not? Look, get yourself on the right path by following this link and getting the Android app so you can listen too!

You can also email all show questions and comments to! Tweet me anytime with questions you may have by hitting me up at @TeebzHBIC on Twitter. You can also post some stuff to Facebook if you use the "Like" feature, and I always have crazy stuff posted there that doesn't make it to the blog or show.

Tonight, we're all about raising money, meeting Rhonda, updates on Alyx, the Heritage Classic on The Hockey Show only on 101.5 UMFM and on the UMFM app!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!