Rockets in Good Position…

The Kelowna Rockets are in a good position, despite having played just one game at the 2009 Memorial Cup in Rimouski, Quebec.  They are 1-0 after knocking off the host Oceanic on Friday night.

Now, after having two nights off, they will take on the Drummondville Voltijeurs, the QMJHL Champs tonight.

Sidebar — does anyone else want to go back to the scheduling of earlier Memorial Cups?  I remember in 1983 having double-header games on the weekend.  It was great to watch the first game in the afternoon and then after heading out for an early dinner, coming back into the arena for the evening game.  Now it is spread out over 10 days with teams having as many as two days off…end Sidebar…

I watched the Rockets on Friday night and they certainly looked the better team, pretty much dominating the Oceanic in every zone and guys like Tyler Myers and Jamie Benn took control and didn’t let up.  The other two games, I watched half of the Drummondville/Windsor game and the third period of yesterday’s match up between Windsor/Rimouski.

I’m not sure if it is the pressure of the tournament, of if that is just the style they play, but Windsor and Rimouski both seem to play very unorganized hockey.  Lots of running around with guys taking long shifts and trying to do a lot of one-on-one heroics.  It worked a bit for both teams in an entertaining game yesterday, but if the Rockets play their style of grind it out, dominate the puck possession hockey, I don’t see anyone who can beat them.

Speaking of long shifts…did anyone else notice Ryan Ellis of Windsor yesterday routinely taking two minute plus shifts, especially when trailing in the third period?  Sheesh…he’s good, but he’s not that good when he’s dog-dead tired.

In the NHL…it’s Red Wings/Blackhawks and Penguins/Hurricanes battling for the right to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup…my heart says ‘Hawks/’Canes…but I think we may be in for a repeat of the 2008 Cup Final.

For and ex-Hawk to get his name on the Cup, it will have to be from the Western Conference as Marian Hossa (Detroit) and Matt Walker (Chicago), teammates on the ’98 Memorial Cup team, are the only two left in the race for the championship.

The Vancouver Giants are looking for a new Director of Media Relations and Broadcast, a position held last year by Dave Sheldon, who evidently didn’t have his contract renewed.  (No, I’m not applying!)

Sheldon had made his way around the Western Conference, being the color guy for Everett, both color and play-by-play for the Chilliwack Bruins and then the pbp guy for the Giants.  Always prepared and always ready to ask the tough questions, Sheldon was always fun to chat with prior to games and I wish him nothing but the best.

That’s it for a gloriously sunny Monday…

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