Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hitmen Show Why They Are The Best

How do you beat the Calgary Hitmen??? That is a question I seriously don’t know if anyone can answer. I fully expect the Hitmen to be hoisting the Memorial Cup in May. They once again showed their dominance last night as they beat the Pats 6-3. Regina got off to a quick start as they got a goal from Mitch Czibere in the first two minutes but after Calgary tied it, Alex Pym gave Regina a 2-1 lead but again Calgary came back and this time Regina wouldn’t as the Hitmen took control and then took it to their opponents like they have so many times this season. With guys like Brett Sonne, Brandon Kozun, Joel Broda, etc. etc. etc they just keep coming at you and they don’t take their foot off the gas pedal. They are strong from top to bottom and while it won’t be easy, I do expect them to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup and then follow that up in Rimouski, Quebec with a Memorial Cup victory. To make matters worse for the Pats, both Prince Albert and Edmonton won Wednesday meaning they are now 5 points out of that final playoff spot in the East.
Stefanie Lawton continues to be the hottest rink in Victoria at the Scotties. Lawton and her Saskatoon crew made it six straight wins with a victory over New Brunswick last nite. It means she is now tied for 2nd at 6-3 going into the last day of round-robin play. The host province leads the way as BC’s Marla Mallett is 8-1. Lawton will play Quebec this afternoon and Manitoba tonight.
The Sasksport Hall of Fame announced its class of 2009 yesterday. Regina soccer player Kevin Holness leads the athletes category. Others going in are lawn bowler Laura Dewald, Paralympic shooter Heather Kuttai and Saskatoon gymnast James Rozon. The late Ed Chynoweth heads the builders category with others going in in that category being Moose Jaw’s Marnie Eistetter for synchronized swimming, longtime Saskatoon Hilltops president Donald McDonald and long time Rider supporter and president of the club when they won the 89 Cup Tom Shepherd. Two teams will also go in, they are the 1957 Memorial Cup champion Flin Flon Bombers and the 1996 Vanier Cup champion U of S Huskies. Congrats to all. The induction ceremony will be June 13 in Regina. By the way, if you have never been to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, you should take some time out of your day and visit the facility. Its located in downtown Regina on Victoria Avenue just down the street from the Hotel Saskatchewan.
Alex Rodriguez was booed as he made his first spring training at-bat during a game against the Blue Jays Wednesday. I would think many would boo him irregardless of his steroids situation because of who he is. It will be an interesting year for the Yankees 3rd baseman and it will be very interesting to hear the response he gets at brand new Yankee Stadium when he is introduced Opening Day. Opening day….just a few more weeks before the Cubs start to make me think that this could be the year. SIGGHHHHH!!!!
Congratulations again to the people of Moose Jaw for voting in favour of the multiplex. It certainly wasn’t an overwhelming yes and I’m sure bitter feelings will linger for a long time but in the end this is good news for all involved. Having a Multiplex will make life better in the long run for Moose Jaw. It will bring events and other things that otherwise would never ever come to the city. It also means the Warriors will be around for years and years. The Civic Centre has its “charm” but so did Regina’s Exhibition Stadium. I just hope the double cheeseburgers at the new facility are as good as they are at the Civic Center because there may be no better “rinkburger” in Saskatchewan or in Canada then the ones at the Crushed can.
It doesn’t look like Kevin Glenn is going anywhere… least not yet if this story from the Canadian Press is accurate.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn will pocket a hefty cheque Sunday and remain a Winnipeg Blue Bomber.The big question is for how long.
''People are sitting on their hands waiting for us to release Kevin and I believe he has more value than that,'' Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly said Wednesday. ''He will remain property of the Winnipeg Football Club until such time we have consummated a trade for his services or he has competed for a position on the roster.''
The eight-year CFL veteran, who's spent the past 4 1/2 seasons as Winnipeg's starter, is due a reported $50,000 bonus Sunday.
The 29-year-old's future with the team became murky when Kelly acquired quarterback Stefan LeFors from Edmonton last month and said Glenn might be better off establishing a new beginning somewhere else.
Kelly gave the Hamilton Tiger-Cats permission to talk to Glenn about a potential trade earlier this month, but nothing came of it. No other team approached the Bombers about Glenn.
The prevailing sentiment was if Winnipeg couldn't deal Glenn to Hamilton, the club would release him before the bonus was due. The feeling was that would make Glenn more attractive as a free agent because his new team also wouldn't be on the hook for the bonus and could re-negotiate his reported $250,000 annual salary.
However, it will be a surprise if Glenn isn't traded before training camp, considering the controversy that would erupt with a competition between him and the 27-year-old LeFors, who spent the past two seasons with the Eskimos.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks for reading as always. If you missed your NHL or NBA scores, just page down to the bottom. Have a great Thursday!

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