Saturday, December 27, 2008

Luongo to begin skating again / Sundin to arrive Monday / Pyatt breaks foot

Just saw it reported on Sportsnet that Roberto Luongo is scheduled to start practicing on the ice by mid-week. I hope this isn't a knee jerk reaction to recent Canucks losses. Hopefully Luongo is truly pain-free. As Jason Botchford put it today:

The temptation will be there to push Luongo again. In the 15 games since he went down, the Canucks have given up 46 goals, or 3.07 a game. Before Luongo's injury, the Canucks were giving up only 2.28 goals a game.
The Canucks are 6-8-1 in Luongo's absence.

Correction: Mats Sundin will arrive in Vancouver Monday, not Tuesday. He will address the media at noon on Tuesday, Sportsnet reported.

So as the HockeyCentral panel just joked: "it's a race between which player, Luongo or Sundin, plays a game with the Canucks."

That cures my hangover!

Nick Kypreos believes that Sundin may improve his points per game playing with Canucks players who are in their prime. He then mocked who Sundin's line mates had been in Toronto over the past several years. No kidding.

Taylor Pyatt broke his foot after being struck with a Mattias Ohlund slapshot last night against the Oilers. I think I would have almost preferred that it was Steve Bernier that took that shot. Bernier couldn't hit a stop sign with a snowball from 5 feet out.

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At December 28, 2008 at 12:50 a.m. , Anonymous Bill Burns said...

I was looking for information about Okanagan Hockey Academy since they have been recruiting my boy and I stumbled upon some information that caused me great concern. It's a blog called Okanagan Hockey Academy. I was thinking about sending my 14 year-old boy to OHA but if the information on this blog is true, I would never send him there. It's also very pricey at 38K.

Here is the link I found:

What can you tell me about OHA? Do they really have a crack house on campus? What are some good hockey schools in Canada where my son can develop and be relatively safe from harm?

Is it true Kerr was fired from Port Alberni due to favouritism of his son?

Thanks for any help or comments on this subject.

At December 28, 2008 at 1:16 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Holy hell. Is that Alan Kerr originally from near my hometown of Smithers? This is the first I've heard of this. I have limited knowledge of the OHA, but if the stories about Kerr are true, then Penticton may have a problem there with nepotism again.
As far as the crackhouse goes...that is a political issue. Personally, I think the crackhouse should be burned down. Got a match?
At the same time, that is just one blogger with an opinion writing that article with no contact info and no links to news articles. Are you from Penticton? You need to ask around more about OHS. I can't find anything about those stories online.
There are plenty of great hockey schools out there. I can't help you on a name though. Keep searching online.

At December 28, 2008 at 1:38 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

check out this thread. it has contact info for both the OHA and the Port Alberni Bulldogs..

All I can find at the Bulldogs' site is:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs President Andy Oakes is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryant Perrier as the teams New General Manager.

“Obviously our organization is not happy with the teams current record and a change needed to happen in order to get the team on the right track. This is a move made to improve the structure of the organization. Bryant has been given the role as we feel given the right responsibility and accountability he will get the team turned in the right direction. “

“I would like to thank Alan Kerr for his effort and energies as the teams General Manager over the last year and a half.” Andy Oakes, President.

4 days later James Kerr was traded to the Vipers in "fairness" management said.

At December 28, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Bill, I just went for a horse sleigh ride today out in Quick and guess who owns the farm? The Kerrs.
Alan's parents. Couldn't believe it. His mom said that Alan hated coaching his son on the Bulldogs because his son James played there and that they are better off right now with James playing in Vernon. She said Alan is an excellent hockey man (but she is his mom after all). She also said that there are crack houses in the area but where isn't there a crack house? Players are warned and sent packing if the kids are caught doing drugs.
So please look into the school further and contact Alan with the address on that forum.

At December 28, 2008 at 4:01 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

By the way to clarify, Alan hated coaching his son because he was fully aware of how people would perceive that scenario in regards to nepotism.

At December 29, 2008 at 11:34 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He hates coaching his boy alright. That is why he's coached him every year of his career except one season with the Sting. Now he is coaching the little one and his nephew. Dont kid yourself about Mr. Kerr and his motivations.

Bill, you should check out POE in Kelowna. It's a very good program and I'd say considerably better than OHA at half the cost.

Good luck!

At December 30, 2008 at 1:24 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Thanks for that. It's good to hear different sides of the story...or more on the same story.


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