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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfH3XTqz9fY Hey guys and gals, I made the video above as an entry to CBC's PlayOn Video Contest. PlayOn is a 4 on 4 Street Hockey Tournament that CBC hosts once a year all across Canada. This video needs to gain over 1,500 views before June 25, so each view helps tremendously. If our video gets over 1,500 views, we could win free PlayOn registration for life! So please watch the video above. Thanks!
  2. January 12th & 13th Victoria v. Las Vegas January 15th & 16th Victoria v. Bakersfield Pink in the Rink January 16th Join the Salmon Kings in presenting their third annual fundraiser for Cancer Research in BC. All monies raised goes towards the BC Cancer Foundation located right here on Vancouver Island. On game night, the Salmon Kings will be wearing special pink jerseys! The Salmon Kings will be auctioning off five game-worn pink jerseys online, during the game, and at a post-game live auction. A special advanced ticket price of $16.00 will be offered with $5.00 from each ticket going to the BC Cancer Foundation. Discounted tickets are offered to purchase until Thursday, January 14th. Every ticket purchased for Pink in the Rink will be entered into a draw and one lucky fan will win tickets and accommodations for a world class sporting event in Vancouver; February 25th, 2010. Also, the first 2,000 fans to make a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation will receive a limited edition Toque and wallet card.
  3. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/c.../Wedderburn.gif" class="imageFloatRightFramed"> On New Years Day 2010 the finals of the prestigious Macs Midget Tournament took place in the Calgary Saddledome. In 1997, Salmon Kings defenseman #28 Tim Weddurbun was selected to the Macs AllStar Team plus was selected as the Top Defenseman. That season he was a member of the UFA Bisons of the Alberta Midget League. Born on June 29,1981 in Okotoks, Alberta. He joined the WHL major junior Prince George Cougars in the fall of 1998. There he manned the blueline for four seasons, with his best offensive one being 34 points (nine goals) in 2000-2001. He completed his WHL tenure with 273 games played, 20 goals and 76 assists for 96 points, and 218 penalty minutes. In each WHL season, his team made the playoffs where this WHL playoff career numbers were 33 games played, 10 points with 3 goals, and 23 penalty minutes. Three Prince George Cougars teamates of note were former Salmon KIngs goalie Billy Thompson and current NHLers Dan Hamhuis and Trent Hunter. His play in the WHL was noted by Jim Swanson who on Feb.29, 2008, in the Prince George Citizen selected an all-time Prince George WHL all-star team based on sweater numbers. For swearer #2 Swansons wrote, "The rock solid choice here, no question is Tim Weddurburn." A brief taste of professional hockey found him playing one regular season game plus eight more in the playoffs with the WCHL San Diego Gulls. Crossing the continet, in the fall of 2002, he began play with the famous Hershey Bears of the AHL.He had a seven point season in 67 games, plus played in 5 playoff matches. He was part of a defense corps that included current Alaska Aces head coach Brent Thompson. Heading west again, the next season was spent with the AHL Utah Grizzlies where he got 14 points (three goals) in 67 games. After a 10 game stint with the United League's Rockford Ice Hogs, he them completed the 2004-05 season with 10 assists in 65 games for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. In 18 playoff games over four series, his goal and two assists, plus his play without the puck helped the Wolves reach the Calder Cup finals, where there hopes where dashed by the Philadephia Phantoms. Still with the Wolves, he played 73 games in 2005-06. For only the second time in his junior and pro career his team failed to make the playoffs. Once again, he began a season with the Rockford Ice Hogs. After 40 games and 10 points (2 goals) for the Ice Hogs, the Hershey Bears added him to their roster. There he had 5 points in 20 games plus 3 more in 15 playoff matches. For the 2007-08 campaign, he joined Cortina SG of the Italian League, where he would skate in home games at the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. There he had 15 points (six goals) in 32 games. Returning to Canada in the fall of 2008, he began play with the first Canadian based team since turning professional. Coach Mark Morrison was quoted in the Victoria Times-Colonist as being very pleased to have someone with a lot of AHL expereince to join and help stabilize his defense corps. In his intital ECHL season, he would net 2 goals and 21 points in 70 games plus two assists in nine playoff games. Currently (January 7,2009) he has 12 points (two goals) in 33 games. On December 28 of this season, he had a two assist night to help the Salmon Kings overcome a 4-0 defecit to win 5-4 over the Alaska Aces. His game winning assist was one to remember. He had gotten into the Aces defensive corner, got a quick pass from Olivier Filion, then wasted no time in sending the puck toward the net, where Wes Goldie would score the game winner. That goal ensured that the result would be the eighth win of a twelve game victory streak. With Tim Weddurburn, stats are only the tip of the iceberg. He is superb without the puck, plays his positon and angle well, has good hockey sense, and provides an aura of being unflappable. This season he is often paired with Patrick Coulombe. When the occasion warrants it, Coach Morrison will utilize Tim Weddurbun and Gary Gladue as a very effective shutdowun duo. Each game night, Tim Weddurburn plays his steady unflappable game and provides veteran leadership from the blueline.
  4. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">All the numbers were amazingly even after three periods in the Salmon Kings shootout win in Utah. Score 2-2, shot advantage to Utah 28-27, and both teams were collectively even on the plus/minus. Both leading Conference goal scorers were shutout in regulation time, and for the second night in a row, Olivier Latendresse opened the scoring. Mike Salekin and Lance Galbraith provided the first period fireworks for the crowd in the E-Centre. Four minutes after serving fighting majors, they staged a rematch. Clearly both had a role to play and they apparently did that well. Showing character, the Salmon Kings hung in there for another character win. Until this game, both Victoria and Utah were the only ECHL teams to have not gone to a shootout this season. It took six rounds to decide the winner. Wes Goldie made it a 1-0., four rounds later the Grizzlies took the lead, with Dirk Southern responding to tie it 2-2. ECHL goal scoring leader Ryan Kinasweich failed to score on David Shantz, opening the way two rounds later for Mike Hamilton to net the winning goal. The Salmon Kings are now one point ahead of Utah and are in third place. MACS MIDGET---Shaw cable will be carrying the finals of the highly scouted Macs Midget tournament from Calgary on New Years day and the day after. Tim Wedderburn made the All-Star Team and was selected Top Defenseman in this tournament in 1997. NORTH TO ALASKA....The Salmon Kings pocket schedule shows one day off, likely a travel day, as they fly to Anchorage for a three games in three nights on the big Olympic ice surface of the Sullivan Arena. I had the opportunity to see that rink during the 1989 World Juniors, and as I first gazed on it, I was stunned, I thought I was looking at a frozen lake. The first game I saw back in old Memorial Arena was a WHL tilt between the Cougars and Kamloops. My eyes were confused as this time, after a week looking at Sullivan Arena, I thought the Memorial Arena ice was like a postage stamp. There are four Olympic sized rinks in the state of Alaska. Sharing Sullivan Arena with the Aces are the US college team, the U-Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves. Both the Seawolves and their counterparts, the A-Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks often have a lot of BC and Alberta boys on their rosters. HAPPY NEW DECADE!!!
  5. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/01/Latendresse.gif" class="imageFloatRightFramed"> On the southwest corner of the Island of Montreal sits the bourough named after the French explorer LaSalle. Olivier Latendresse was born there on Feb 12, 1986. Until junior hockey, he was a linemate with his brother Guillaume (formerly with the Montreal Canadiens now with the Minnesota Wild.) Along with future San Jose Shark Torrey Mitchell, the Latendress siblings helped their Riverains du CC Lemoyne conquer the elite Quebec AAA Midget loop in 2001-02. A Montreal Gazette article stated that "that season the Latendresse siblings had terrorized the Midget Triple A hockey league." Both would make an appearance that season as The Gazette Amateur Atheltes of the Week. Each year the Quebec AAA champion joins five other Canadian regional champions who gather at the Host site for the Telus Cup (then still called the Air Canada Cup). A sidebar here--Victoria hosted the tournament in 1982 with the final featuring Burnaby's Cliff Ronning against Patrick Roy of Ste. Foy in the final. Bathurst, New Brunswick would be the site of the 2002 tourney, host team being the Miramichi Rivermen. Olivier Latendresse would earn two Player of the Game awards during the round robin. In a victory over Red Deer he faced future Bakersfield Condor MacGregor Sharp. His Riverains would lose the semi-final to the eventual Cup winners, Saskatchewan's Tisdale Trojans. Along with Red Deer's Brennan Francon, Trojans Craig Gaudet, Brandon Kushniruk, and Micheal Olson would form the nucleus of the consistently strong Nanaimo Clippers BCHL teams in the early years of the new millennium. Kushniruk and Olson are now rookies with the Idaho Steelheads. Dartmouth's underage phenom, Sidney Crosby would take home the awards for Top Scorer and MVP. Olivier Latendresse was rewarded for his play by being named the Top Forward. Scouts from the QMJHL'a Val D'Or entry liked what they saw and selected Olivier Latendresse 5th overall in that years Quebec Midget Draft. His junior rookie campaign netted 11 goals, plus 14 points in 55 games plus two assists in eight playoff matches. He followed this with a 2003-04 total of 65 points in 53 games. He led his team in assists with 46. Playoffs were unkind, as he had one assist in seven matches. His 74 points (27 goals, 47 assist) led Val D'or in scoring in 2004-05. That season Val D'or did not make the playoffs. In his final junior season of 2005-06 he would finish 4th in QMJHL scoring with 125 points (41 goals,84 assists). A short playoffs would net five goals for seven points in four games. A highlight of that season was the opportunity to once again play with brother Guillaume in the Quebec portion of the annual ADT Canada/Russia Challenge. He got three assists in the two games, two of the helpers came in the game held in Drummondville's Centre Marcel Dionne. Turning pro, he attended the training camp of the Phoenix Coyotes. Fate intervened, when at the last minute, the "Desert Dogs" airlifted in three aging veteran forwards who took roster spots that may have gone to younger prospects. Thus Olivier Latendresse would begin the 2005-06 season as a pro with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. In 17 games he had one goal and three assists. An internet quote described what transpired next, "things didn't go well for the pivot...minimal impact...jettisoned to the Roadrunners..." Now with the ECHL Phoenix Roadrunners in 47 games he produced 27 points (12 goals,25 assists.) His sophomore professional season would be one of three teams, three leagues, and playoff glory. The 2007-08 began with another stint in San Antonio, where he had 3 points (one goal) in 7 games. Once again he found himself back in The Grand Canyon State, this time with the Central League's Arizona Sundogs. His 52 points (22 goals,30 assists) for the Sundogs would be noticed, and he would close out the season back in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones. While Oliver was still with the Sundogs, on Nov 13, 2007 the Montreal Gazette printed an article titled "Coming of Age:Guillaume and Olivier Latendresse." NHLer Guillaume stated he "has trouble understanding why Olivier hasn't got a legitimate shot at an NHL gig...as soon as someone takes a chance on him...they'll find out he is worth it." Guillaume continues to say that he "still looks to Olivier as a role model to follow. I'm so proud of the way he handles the situation by continuing to work hard.' Olivier completed the 2007-08 journey with 35 points (7 goals,28 assists) as he helped the Cyclones in the stretch run. Playoff series wins over the Johnstown Jets,Reading Royals and the South Carolina Stingrays led to a Kelly Cup final against the Las Vegas Wranglers. After producing 19 points (7 goals,12 assists) in 23 games he joined his Cincinnati Cyclones teammates in hoisting the Kelly Cup after a game six series win in the U.S. Bank Arena. As the 2008-09 season progressed, the AHL noted his 2nd overall spot in ECHL scoring (33 points--18 goals, 15 assists in 23 games). Returning to Canada he donned the colours of the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs where he finished the season with a goal and twelve assits in 23 games. Late in the training camp of the ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings he joined the lone Canadian entry in the ECHL. With Victoria he has often lined up on left wing with Oliver Filion and Wes Goldie, and is a very effective penalty killer with partner Chad Painchaud. To date (Dec 29,2009) he has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 30 games for the Salmon Kings. From the website, www.hockeyfutures.com one can find the following "Talent Analysis" "...game progressed over 4 seasons with Val D'Or....grew on many fronts...improving his two way play,turned himslelf into a fiesty centreman whose offensive game progressed because of the attention and focus defending his own net first...solid skater...good stickhandler...great stride...skates with finesse...not the biggest player, but he makes up for that with skill and persistence...doesn't take shifts off...works very hard...positionally sound at both ends of the ice...works hard down low...puts himself in position to create more scoring chances...defensively can attack the rush and break up the oppostion cycle...works hard at getting between the net...will get physical..." Currently (Dec 29,2009). Olivier Latendress has an ECHL carrer 122 points (42 goals) in 124 games and a professional total of 187 points (67 goals) in 198 games. In overtime, on Sat Dec 12, Oliveir Latendresse marshalled all his skills as he cleanly won the faceoff in the opposing end, got open and in full stride sent the puck past startled Las Vegas netminder Joel Gistedt. This is a goal that those who were there or saw the tv highlights will remember for a long time. It is a goal that is truly worthy of an arena that is home to the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.
  6. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">Little did the largest announced crowd of the season know when they laid down their hard earned money, that they would be getting two games for the price of one. Sloppy defensive play by the home Victoria Salmon Kings was feasted on by the visiting Alaska Aces. Just past the mid point of the first period, Alexandre Imbeault scored to give him a pure hat trick. His second marker appeared to have been trapped by goalie Glenn Fisher but somehow got loose and squirted into the open net. Disaster appeared to be stalking the Salmon Kings when a Gary Gladue slapshot caught Scott Howes in the face as he was skating to the front of the Aces net. Howes had to leave the game for treatment;wearing a full cage, he returned for a shift in the third period. Not long after this, Chad Painchaud hit the crossbar. Then Aces winger Scott McBride made it a 4-0 game when the Anchorage team caught the Salmon Kings flatfooted. Alexandre Imbeault's assist on the goal was his fourth point of the night. On the same play Colin Hemmingway got his third assist of the night. A murmur of discontent could be heard in the crowd. Many sought solace between periods by watching Monday Night Football on the overhead concourse and lobby tv sets. Early into the second frame, Sebastian Dahm snagged a laser launched by Chad Painchaud. Literally there was a gasp in the audience, many thinking "oh no it is just not our night." Just as the darkness seemed most black, a glimmer of light appeared. At 2:06 of the second period, the second game began with a Mike Hamilton attack on the left wing, catching the Aces on a two on one, slipped the puck to Andy Brandt just as he arrived at the net to get the Salmon Kings on the board. With Alaska defender Bryan Miller off for tripping, Jimmy Sharrow's point shot found its mark, score now Alaska 4-Victoria 2. Not long after, Sharrow would block what appeared to be a sure Alaska goal. Victoria would now score as they caught the Aces flat footed, when Adam Taylor passed from the corner to Andy Brandt who then slipped the rubber to Mike Hamilton, who finished the play. The goal that tied the game could well be one of the most memorable goals of the season. Tim Wedderbun corraled the puck and sent the puck ahead to defense partner Patrick Columbe, who found an opening and attacked up ice in the confdent style of a J.C Tremblay. Part way into the Aces defensive zone, he then sent the puck forward to Mike Hamilton, who once again finished the play for his second goal of the night. Between periods, while watching Brett Farve play the Bears or lined up at the concessions, conversations were more animated than in the earlier intermission. Wes Goldie wasted little time from the start of the third period to score the winning goal. Olivier Filion made a pass to Tim Wedderburn who had pinched in. From the Aces right corner, Weddurburn directed the puck to the net, where sniper and captain Wes Goldie tipped it in. Score now Victoria 5-Alaska 4. Strong defensive play by the Salmon Kings preserved the victory. Effective puck control by Victoria prevented Aces coach Brent Thompson from pulling his goalie as early as he might have liked. Glenn Fisher closed out the game with two brilliant saves. First, like a World Cup soccer goalie making a header save, he took a puck off the top of his helmet. Then with seconds to go he made an excellent pad save on a low near post shot. While the Aces remain uncharacteriscally mired in last place and in the midst of a midseason losing streak, the Salmon Kings now have sole possesion of fourth place in the ECHL National Conference. Being one point behind the Utah Grizzlies, the Salmon Kings finish out 2009 with two games in Salt Lake City that be a battle for third place. UNSUNG HEROES...Special teams in hockey can at times be like special forces in the military. With his team having to kill a four on three penalty, Coach Morrison designted Olivier Filion, Jimmy Sharrow and Tim Weddurburn as the primary team on this kill. They did this brillantly, helping immensely to keep the Aces off the score sheet in the second period. LADY BYNG MATCHUP...While the Cinncinnati Cyclone lead the ECHL with the lowest team PIM total with 394, the next two lowest are the Salmon Kings with 424 and their upcoming opponent, the Utah Grizzlies with 464. At 742 minutes, the Alaska Aces are the most penalized team in the league. WE WON, WE REALLY WON..a belated congratualtions to the VIJHL West Shore Stingers on their first victory in 80 plus games when the defeated the Oceanside Generals in Parksville. GREEN GOLD..Apparently the green clad sweaters of the Canadian World Junior team are a big hit. No doubt these sweaters will become a common sight at football stadiums and hockey rinks all over Saskatchewan. YO TEACHER KEEP YOUR HEAD UP....Homework assignments may be a little more interesting, depending on the result of a unique fundrasing game. On January 5, prior to the Grizzles vs Nanaimo Clippers BCHL tilt, Bear Mountain Arena will feature a game where a team of students from Belmont High School will face off against a teachers team. HOCKEY HISTORIES...Later this week watch for our third in our series of Salmon Kings 2009-10 players hockey histories, the next one will feature #42 Olivier Latendresse.
  7. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">In the first minute of last nights (Dec 27) home game against the visitors from Anchorage, Coach Morrison had rolled all three of his lines and two of his defense pairs. This came about when, by the 37 second mark, the Salmon Kings had scored twice, within the minuscule span of eight seconds. Taking perfect passes from Scott Howes and Tim Weddurburn, Andy Brandt opened the nights scoring festival. Then, with helpers from the two Oliviers (Filion and Latendresse), Wes Goldie flipped the puck that chased Scott Reid from the Aces net as he made it a 2-0 game. Alaska's coach Brent Thompson opted to turn the net over to Denmark's Sebastian Dahm. Three minutes later, with Taylor Ellington caught up ice, the Aces rapidly counterattacked. Brock McBride found himself in a one on three attack, yet found an opening to make the game closer. As the period progressed, the defensive play of the Salmon Kings was lackadaisical. This almost caused a game tying goal, on a scramble that ended up being disallowed with Aces sniper John Lammers being called for goalie interference. At the 17:45 mark, Victoria's indifferent defensive play was punished when Nick Mazzolini tied the game. At this point, two things happened that may have, in the end, turned the tide. First, Coach Morrison, for very brief shifts, employed his shutdown duo of Gary Gladue and Tim Wedderburn who slowed down the onrushing Aces. Then with eleven seconds lift in the opening frame, Glenn Fisher made a brilliant waist high glove save from a dangerous on the rush shot. It was the kind of save that can give a team confidence. That confidence was there for all to see in the second period, when the Salmon Kings netted three unanswered goals. First, on the penalty kill, Chad Painchaud sent a laser pass to Olivier Latendresse who then sent a superb snap shot into the net from the Aces right defensive zone faceoff dot. A minute and twenty four seconds later, the two Oliviers (Filion and Latendresse) combined to cycle the puck to their line mate, Wes Goldie. Executing the lost art of the backhound, the captain scored his second highlight reel goal of the game. Preventable penalties in hockey have a way of being punished, and the Aces paid for a too many men trip to the sinbin. Apparently having the green light, Taylor Ellingon pinched deep and scored off a perfect Dirk Southern pass. Most of the first half of the third period was a parade to the penalty box by both teams. With a limited number of shifts, Aces Justin Johnson used his brief time on SOFMC ice to try to start trouble. Then with Taylor Ellington off for his second consecutive penalty Nick Tuzzolini brought the Aces within two goals of the Salmon Kings, score now 5-3 Victoria. At the 18:28 mark,Chad Painchaud's empty netter made it 6-3. For reasons that on the surface appear inexplicable, Coach Brent Thompson chose to once again pull his goalie. Thirty seconds after the first empty netter, Brandon Roach did the honours when he shot the puck into the open Alaska net. Thus a 7-3 victory, and a winning streak now at seven games. With the results from California, the Salmon Kings are now tied in points with the Ontario Reign, but their .500 percentage is higher, putting them into fourth place. Regardless of tonight's result (Dec 28), the Salmon Kings have put themselves into a position where the final games of 2009 in Utah will be a battle for third place in the ECHL National Conference. UNSUNG HEROES--Jimmy Sharrow and Olivier Latendresse, both displayed excellent stick handling skills in ragging the puck while killing penalties A GOALIE SCORING RACE--Recently Bakersfield Condors German netminder, Timo Piemier scored a goal, one of a number of ECHL goalies who have executed this feat. Which reminds me of the strangest such goal. Reading in The Hockey News, sometime in the late 1970s, an East German goalie scored, only his puck went into the net with Romania's goalie in the net! Alas, there was no television footage of that goal. FAST BUT NOT THAT FAST ...Two goals in eight seconds are fast. For those statistically minded the ECHL record for the fastest two goals by one team is three seconds, and has been done three times. This feat was accomplished by the Cincinnati Cyclone in 1992, Jacksonville in 1996 and Florida in 2005.The playoff record is 8 seconds, set by Richmond against Tallahassee in 1995. A point of comparison is the NHL record for the fastest two goals by one team. On Jan 21, 2004 the Minnesota Wild did the trick in three seconds in a 4-2 win over Chicago.On April 11, 1965, the Detroit Red Wings set the NHL playoff mark at five seconds. AUTOGRaPAHED PUCKS, etc. Salmon King pucks, autographed by all the players are available for a minimum donation of $10 before games and between period, proceeds going to the Goals That Give charity. They are available at all home games at the Booster Club table on the concourse. Be sure to drop by, perhaps ask about the Booster Club, maybe join our group, and be sure to have a look at the large board that has the shape of a hockey rink on that that charts some of the Goals That Give.
  8. As many of us prepare to celebrate Christmas Day with our families or in our own way, may all have a day full of fun, magic, friendship, and music. And in the new year of 2010 may fortune find its way to see Stanley visit Vancouver, Calder sit at Portage and Maine, and Kelly come for a summers rest in Victoria. With the Salmon Kings post Christmas schedule starting up again on Sunday, December 27, there will be a Skate with the Salmon Kings players after the game.
  9. (note: a sentence which says 2+8=10 means goals plus assist equals points) A play making left shooting centre, Olivier Filion was born on October 3, 1982 in the same city that produced the Richard brothers, Henri and Maurice, "The Rocket." Sixteen years later, leaving Montreal, Filion was skating for the Les Forestires d'Amos in the elite Quebec AAA Midget League. Acadie-Bathurst Titan, the QMJHL northern New Brunswick drafted him 26th overall in the Quebec Midget Draft. His rookie junior season ended with 10+33=43 in 71 games plus one goal in four playoff matches. A sophomore season, 2000-2001 resulted in 21+33=54 in 63 games. Val D'or would halt the Titan playoff hopes, but not before Olivier Filion would display the play making skills that would be on display in the following seasons. His 2001 playoff numbers were 3+8=11 in 19 games. The next season, 2001-02 would see his 75 assists be the sixth highest in the QMJHL. An additional 29 goals gave him the first of two consecutive 104 point seasons. Postseason would see 3+12=15 over 10 games. Victoriaville would stop the Titan playoff run in a close fought six game series. Centering what some commentators labeled "the high profile line" with wingers Janis Sprukets and Jonathan Ferlund, Oliver Filion's 104 points were the QMJHL's 5th highest and had the 3rd highest assist total with 68. A goal total of 36 would be his highest to date in junior or pro. Ten playoff games would bring 3+8=11 points. His junior career would be capped with being selected to the 2002-03 QNJHL Second All-Star Team. A note of interest is that the second line centre for Acadie-Bathurst, rookie Patrice Beregeron would turn professional the following season. Whereas Olivier Filion signed on the the UHL (United League) Richmond Riverdogs, Bergeron went on to the Boston Bruins. With the Riverdogs Olivier played 66 games with stats ending at 9+23=32. His first professional coach was the former Washington Capitol defender Rod Langway, the first NHLer who was born on the island of Taiwan. Fall 2004, the site--Sullivan Arena, Anchorage Alaska home of the ECHL Alaska Aces. Heading "North To Alaska", Olivier Filion began the first of four seasons on the Last Frontier. Always well coached, fast and skilled, the Alaska Aces have become a perennial contender in the ECHL. His opening season in the ECHL over 65 games would net 8 goals and 20 assists. As in the QMJHL, playoff numbers would be a preview of outstanding seasons to follow. Ten points (seven assists) over 15 games were Filion's contribution. Trenton, the eventual Kelly Cup winner would eliminate the Aces in the National Conference final. A siderbar to the 2004-05 season was the effect of the NHL lockout on minor pro hockey. An Anchorage native, Scott Gomez joined other NHLers in the minor pro ranks when he came home to play for the Aces. The following two seasons would see Olivier Filion produce 60 plus points. In 2005-06, the Aces had an ECHL high of 53 wins. The Montrealer showed strong play making ability with 50 assists (11+50=61) in 72 games. Alaskans were delirious that spring of 2006 as the Aces consistently advanced to the Kelly Cup final. Filion's 12 points (six assists) in 15 games helped cement a Kelly Cup victory. The Aces would win this trophy, emblematic of ECHL playoff supremacy, on the road in The Arena In Gwinnett Centre. His 50 assists in 2005-06 are his highest ECHL total for a season thus far. In 2006-07 he achieved his thus far ECHL season highs of 29 goals and 68 points. In addition that total added 39 assists. Fifteen 2007 playoff games would result in 6+6=12. That years Kelly Cup winners, the Idaho Steelheads, would defeat the Aces in the National Conference final. Earlier the Victoria Salmon Kings lost a hard fougt six game series with the Aces. In his fourth season as an Ace (2007-08), fifth as a professional, Olivier Filion would net 21 goals, plus add 30 helpers for 51 points in 72 games.Nine playoff games would round out his career in the 49th state, in which he had two goals and three assists. A short sojourn to Europe followed. Scoring at a point per game clip, he had five goals and four assists in nine games with AG Tours. Looking for veteran leadership and play making ability, the Victoria Salmon Kings added Filion to the roster in the fall of 2008. In the British Columbia capital, he would contribute 40 assists plus 12 goals for 52 points in 69 games plus seven points (3 goals, 4 assits) in nine playoff matches. Ironically the Salmon Kings would see their playoff hopes dashed by the Alaska Aces. Since his days in Acadie-Bathurst, Olivier Filion has worn the sweater number 64. With the Salmon Kings he has formed an effective partnership with his right winger and oft penalty killing partner, team captain Wes Goldie. Former Canuck seventh rounder Dan Gendur was their left winger for much of the 2008-09 season. Thus far in the 2009-10 campaign, Olivier Latendresse has been patrolling the port side for Filion and Goldie. A player who is not afraid to mix it up when he has to, he is also a ferocious backchecker. It is not unusal to see him near the net, helping his teamated defend that area. A quick skater with above average passing skills, he currently (Dec 26) has three goals and nine assists for twelve points in 27 games. If one word was used to sum up why a coach would like Olivier Filion, durability would be an apt fit. In eleven seasons, from New Brunswick to Victoria via Alaska, he has rarely missed a game. Often he has completed a full schedule of regular season and playoff games. With his veteran leaderhsip,playmaking ability, and strong defensive ability, Olivier Filion is helping to write the latest chapter in the history of minor pro hockey in Victoria.
  10. For those who have not read or seen the video of Roch Carrier's wonderful story, "The Sweater", this is a perfect time of the year to do so. It reminds me of the request my brother and I made during the days of "the original six." Both of us requested Leafs shirts, but they were sold out, and under the tree my brother got a Montreal shirt while I received a Rangers shirt. Growing up in Winnipeg, Al Neale (former Salmon King David Neales father) remembers the Rocket Richard jersey he got. Christe, 50/50 person for the Jr B Cougars liked her #24 Bryan McCabe Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. Kelly Czuy of the Stockton Thunder liked a Starter Anaheim Mighty Ducks jacket. VIJHL Victoria Cougars coach Mark Van Heivort grew up in Prince George where his family billeted a player. He was delighted when their billet player brought home a BCJHL Prince George Spruce Kings jersey autographed by the whole team. Hockey equipment was a popular choice. Replacing the old tube skates with the newer model made Gary, Salmon Kings season ticket holder and former Fighting Sioux happy. Riley Emmerson, exBCHLer and current Stockton Thunder player noted that Bauer Air 90s skates he found under his tree. San Franiciso's Max Pelzner, goalie for the Jr B Cougars got his first set of goalie pads for Christmas. Lacrosee referee Darcy Tygat vividly remembered when 10, getting a Wayne Gretzky Red/White Titan hockey stick. Peninsula Panters Jr B players Gerry Fitzgerald and James Kellington had the same choice, a Synergy composite hockey stick. Their teamate Wilf Maquis got a lot of use out of his street hockey net. The little hocky sticks with an orange ball that you could play with in the kitchen were the favourite choice of Brett Clarke, Cougars Jr B rookie. Assistant Coach Suneil Karod fondly recalls that just after Christmas, in time for a tournament when he was 8, getting his first namebar. The coach had gotten namebars for the team. Jen Holmwood smiled as she recalled getting a skate shaped stocking with the laces painted on it. Booster club member Denis and Cougars director Gary Boyer liked the table hockey games they received. As this is a hockey related gift list, the last is a special one. Former WHL Cougar Jackson Penny said his favourite hockey related gift was playing for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup. May the true spirit of Christmas be felt and shared by all.
  11. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">Lightning struck twice this week at SOFMC, with the Salmon Kings getting early first goals in their last two home games against the Stockton Thunder. On a power play, Chad Painchaud and Olvier Filion cycled the puck to Jimmy Sharrow who unleased a wicked snap shot from the high slot to open the scoring. With a tribute to the time of the year, after Cliff Lesquene finshed announcing a Chad Painchaud penalty, Tom, the SOFMC music man played "The Mr. Grinch" song. Coaches sometimes like to remind their players not to give up after you have shot, keep going to the net. Wes Goldie displayed a perfect example of this when he followed up his initial shot, snared a loose rebound, scoring a shorthanded marker (assists to Olivier Filion and Jimmy Sharrow) to make it 2-0 for Victoria. Thunder Daryl Marcoux sparked an incident that resulted in a skirmish between the two former BCHLers, Victoria's Mike Salekin and Stocktons big Riley Emmerson. Once the dust had settled, Tom the music man chose to play "Why can't we be friends." No one can say he is not whimsical. With his seventh save of the game, off a particularly hard shot, David Shantz kept the score sheet clean. First period scoring was closed out on another Victoria power play with Patrick Coulombe netting the goal, assists to Dirk Southern and Jimmy Sharrow. Out shooting the Salmon Kings 9 to 4, the Thunder roared back in the second frame. Seven minutes in, Daryl Marcoux got his team on the board. Less than a minute later, with Stockton's Kelly Cuzy crashing the net, the Thunder attempt faltered. With the Salmon Kings attacking, suddenly David Shantz skated forward then fell in an awkward manner. After attention by the training staff, he was taken to the dressing room for treatment. Thus Glenn Fisher came in relief. After giving up a goal on the first Thunder shot, things seemed shaky as the Thunder assaults were causing defensive coverage breakdowns. In a play that could have totally shifted momentum in a split second Olivier Latendresse just missed a shot. Then at 16:07 the Salmon Kings perfectly executed an LA Lakers fast break. Chad Painchaud and Tim Wedderburn rapidly advanced the puck to Randall Gelech who finished the play just like Magic Johnson used to do with Jack Nicholson's favourite team. Early in the third, Judd Blackwater brought his Thunder to be one goal behind. Former WHL Vancouver Giants agitator Garet Hunt took a high sticking penalty when he struck Jimmy Sharrow in the mouth near the Salmon Kings net. Sharrow had an outstanding first period, a goal and two assists. Going from the hero to the potential goat, Judd Blackwater was sent off with three minutes left for elbowing Gary Gladue on the end wall in the Victoria zone. Considering the time of the game, it was such a flagrant call, that the referee, Shane Waschaw had not choice but to call it. The Californian weathered the storm and soon had their goalie on the bench. From the face off the puck slid dangerously into the slot, where Olivier Latendresse found himself on the ice making a snow angel as he stopped the puck. Winning the ensuing face off, Olivier Filion flipped the puck deep towards the Thunder zone. Skating towards the puck, with seconds to go, Olivier Latendresse snared it just missed an empty net shot. Final score, a hard fought 4-3 Salmon Kings win, their sixth in a row. UNSUNG HERO...Tim Wedderburn's quiet yet effecient play. Unflappable, a good work ethic, plays his position soundly and is the kind of player youngsers in minor hockey could learn a lot about by watching Tim Wedderburns play without the puck. EYE IN THE SKY..Possibly anticpating that Matt Thomas would have his squad ratchet up their aggressive play of Friday night, Coach Morrison opted to dress Mike Salekin. Taylor Ellington would be a spectator, perhaps the coaching staff felt he could learn from observing the series finale. Salekin brough vetern knowledge and played a large role in handling the belligerence of some of the Thunder players. MARTY SAYS DON'T BE LATE...For the first time Marty the Marmot did not skate onto the ice for the opening. He was in the aisleway of Section 101 above the penalty box. He looked like the very model of a Marmot Santa Clause. Victoria fans can be notorious latecomers. Those that did arrive in this area a little late found themselves looking at a very large mascot who would shake his finger at them for being late, then he would point to his watch to emphasize the point. Ever the showman, Marty never fails to entertain. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all the Salmon Kings players, coaches, staff, all the SOFMC employees and ICM staff, and Booster Club members and their families. A further Merry Christmas to our organizational partners, the Manitoba Moose and the Vancouver Canucks.
  12. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">One hundred and twenty years ago, the San Francisco Examiner printed a poem some say was set in Stockton, California. Ernest Thayer's ''Casey At The Bat" contains the oft quoted stanza, "There is no joy in Mudville, for the mighty Casey has struck out." Tears are once again flowing in the San Joaquin County city. For five consectutive periods, the "Roar of the Thunder" has been silenced. As Tom Larschied would describe it on a Canucks radio broadcast, the first and winning Salmon Kings goal was a "bingo bango" play. Cleanly winning the draw, Olivier Filion got the puck back to Taylor Ellington, who then made a good cross ice pass to set up Jimmy Sharrow for the blast that startled Thunder goalie Andrew Perugin. It was a faced paced game with only six minor penalties called. Both sides had chances, as the Salmon King shot advantage of 34 to 30 shows. Late in the final frame, with six attackers, a Thunder forward skated the puck behind Victoria's net. Like swarming Sharks, the Thunderous horde was descending on the slot. Perhaps the puck was struck too hard, for the pass ended up on Patrick Coulombe's stick. Like an elite NFL quarterback he sent a pass to a streaking Andy Brandt. Two of the Thunder joined the chase. Using his excellent skating stride developed on the frozen ponds of Wisconsin, Andy Brandt skated to a perfect shooting location and iced the victory, which would end in a 2-0 shutout for the home side. Including the final two periods of the Dec 16 game, the Salmon Kings have helped their goalie, David Shantz to push the Stockton Thunder into a 100 minute goal scoring drought. Truly there is no joy in San Joaquin County. SOFT ???....Sources have informed me that some opponents consider the current edition of the Victoria Salmon Kings to be, in hockey terms, "soft." They are slowly learning that the shell is harder than expected. Forwards have been dropping back deep. It is not unusual to see a forward close to the net to help his goalie. A perfect example came in the third period when Olivier Filion blocked a dangerous puck at the side of the crease. LADY BYNG...Team discipline is a vital component of any hockey team. Attempts by the Thunder to goad the Salmon Kings into trouble were rebuffed. There is a time and a place for that, but the W must not be foolishly squandered. With 387 PIMs, Coach Morrision's crew is second only to the Cincinnati Cyclones 347 for the lowest PIM team total in the ECHL. As the old saying goes, you cannot score from the penalty box. ORNAMENTS---One more night to make your bids for player made ornaments and a few other interesting items in the SILENT AUCTION. Be sure to visit the Booster Club table on the concourse to make your bids. While there, ask us about our activites, have a look at the "Goals That Give Board". and maybe consider joining our group. DRAFT EXTRORDINAIRE...The spring of 2002 resulted in five current or former Salmon Kings players going in the top 24 of that years QMJHL midget draft. Coming off a Quebec championship season, plus being voted Top Forward in the Air Canada Cup, Val D'or used its fifth overall pick to select Olivier Latendresse. Former Salmon Kings Olivier Labelle (9th to Hull) and Julien Ellis (14th to Shawinigan) also were first rounders. With the 17th pick, in the second round, the Halifax Mooseheads went south and drafted US U-18 Development Team defenseman Jimmy Sharrow. Lewiston, a city in Maine, and the only American based team in the QMJHL used its 24th overall selection to draft a player from "The Rock", Brandon Roach of the Newfoundland midget AAA team, Tri-Pen. KELLY TIME...In our look at the hockey histories of Salmon King players, we began with Patrick Columbe. Watch this spot for the next two editions, two players who have both won a Kelly Cup. FIFTH...The playoffs of December have resulted with Victoria heading into its home series wrap up with Stockton being in fifth place. Marty Flichel's hat trick enabled the Steelheads to defeat Alaska 4-2. Coupled with a 3-2 shootout win by the Ontario Reign over Las Vegas, this has allowed the Salmon Kings to vault into 5th spot. Were the playoffs to begin today, Victoria's first round opponent would be a team we have gotten to know well, the Ontario Reign.
  13. Google Patrick Coulombe and the first choice you may find is an offical Nov. 17 QMJHL game summary of a 6-4 win by the Chicoutimi Sagueeans over the Rimouski Oceanic. Then with the Oceanic and a future Sageean, Patrick Coulombe had a goal and an assist. A 16 year old rookie, Sidney Crosby contributed to both of Columbe's points. His hometown of St. Fabien is on the south shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to the east of Rimouski. From here he would go on to play for Jonquiere in the elite Quebec AAA Midget League. His name would be called in the 5th round, 67th overall by the Rimouski Oceanic in the 2001 QMJHL draft. As a 16 year old rookie in 2001-02, Coulombe got 8 assist in 34 games plus three more assists in 7 playoff games. The following season, 02-03, he led Oceanic defensemen in all offensive categoires (72 games, 6 goals, 25 assists for 31 points.) It was a season where his squad only won 11 games, finishing last. This enabled the Oceanic to then select Sidney Crosby in the 2003 QMJHL draft. Hockey Canada had taken notice of the boy from St Fabien and chose him to join the 2003 Canadian U-18 team. With teamates Mike Green, Jeff Carter, and Ryan Getzlaf, he helped win the gold medal for Canada. With Sidney Crosby, the Oceanic began to turn things around. A 34 win season in 2003-04 set up things for a remarkable run in 2004-05. Finishing second as the top scoring defender on the Rimouski sqaud, Coulombe had 45 points in 59 games for 03-04. Nine playoff games that spring would see him help with three assists. Excitment on the Gaspe Peninsula was provided by the 45 win season in 2004-05.The future Salmon Kings 60 assists (plus 8 goals) would be the 6th highest assist total that season in his league.Playoff success followed as his 19 points (17 assists) in 13 games were a signifcant element as the Oceanic won the QMJHL title. In Canadian major junior hockey, the reward for winning your leagues championship is a berth in the annual Memorial Cup tournament. In a semifinal that many "expert commentators" expected that the Quebec entry would be derailed, Patrick Coulombe scored twice and assisted on another goal to help the Oceanic to a 7-4 victory. In the final they ran into that years team of destiny, the London Knights, who won the final game. Returning for an overage (20) year, partway into the 05-06 campaign, Patrick Coulombe was dealt to the Chicoutimi Sagueeans. In Rimouski he had 28 points (23 assists) in 29 games. The Oceanic would finish last in the league. Near the shores of Lac St Jean, sporting the colours of the Chicoutimi Sagueeans, he would help lead his team to first in its division and second overall. For the Sagueeans, his contribution was both veteran leadership and 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 33 games plus 12 points (10 assists) in nine playoff games. Signing a pro contract with the AHL Manitoba Moose lead to an oppurtnity to attend the Vancouver Canucks training camp. He impressed the Canucks enough who signed him to a free agent contract on Oct. 31, 2006. That season he wore the colours of all three teams in the Canucks system. As a Manitoba Moose, Columbe got nine points (six assists) in 44 games. Called up for a tour of NHL duty, he dressed for seven games, getting an assist. His NHL debut was Nov. 6, 2006 with the Anaheim Ducks as the opposition. He completed the 06-07 season with ECHL's lone Canadian entry, the Victoria Salmon King, where he helped with 3 assists in 6 games, plus two more helpers in 6 playoff games. The following 07-08 would see a brief callup to the Moose. With the Salmon Kings he became a fan favourite as the personable St. Fabien native provided 30 points (18 goals, 22 assists) plus five more assits in eleven playoff games. The 08-09 regular season was unkind to Coulombe whose season's total was 22 points (6 goals, 16 assists). Then in the playoffs his heart, skills and toughness came together in an MVP fashion. He contributed 5 playoff points (4 assists) in 9 games. His play without the puck was remarkable. A "Wikepeida" article states that Patrick Coulombe is "a small quick defender, has above average passing and skating skills, is especially effective on the power play, and he continues to work on his strength in dealing with larger forwards." Utilizing a Google translation, Jean-Real Couture, writing for L'Avantage, commented on Patrick Coulombe as he attended an Oceanic game prior to attending this season's Salmon King training camp. Couture described him "as a young man with a very realistic situation, strongly attached to his region. You should have seen his admirers from 7 to 77 ask him to jump on the ice and help the Oceanic." As of Dec 17, so far this season (09-10), he has 8 points (4 assists in 25 games). In 1950 Lester Patrick reached into the province of Quebec to find a defenseman to be his playing coach. Roger Leger would lead the PCHL Victoria Cougars to a title in 50-51, and a close loss the 52 final. Leger would be voted MVP for 50-51. Now in 2009-10 another defender from Quebec is skating in the British Columbia capital. Patrick Coulombe is contributing to the latest chapter of the history of minor pro hockey in Victoria.
  14. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">As a coach would say, the Victoria Salmon Kings "took it right to" the Stockton Thunder "from the get go" as they won their fourth straight game. Just twenty seconds in, Adam Taylor's faceoff win led to a quick opening goal by Scott Howes. A Thunder response came via a defensive zone coverage breakdown that enabled Stockton captain #12 J.F. Caudron to make it a 1-1 game. "With a flick of the stick" winger Randall Gelech was credited with a goal off a scramble with helpers from Olivier Latendresse and Patrick Coloumbe. Another coaches addage is "don't stand still." At 9:34 of the opening frame, Thunder blueliner Kenny McAualay sent a whistler into the home net on a play where the Thunder had caught the Salmon Kings motionless. Ten minutes later, Thunder goalie Andrew Perguni made the kind of diving save that oftens sparks his team. On this night fate was unkind to the Californians as Dirk Southern, with assists from Randall Gelech and Chad Painchud scored, allowing the home side to regain the lead. After one period, with a 3-2 lead, the Salmon Kings had a 14 to 9 shot advantage. Would this remain the titanic struggle of two teams battling for sole possesion of 6th place before the Christmas break. Perhaps it was the overconfidence from a historic sweep of the Aces in Anchorage that explained what happened next. An alternative would be the adjustment that the Thunder had to make from a series on the Olympic ice surface of the Sullivan Arena to the regulation 200 by 85 feet of SOFMC. Dominance would aptly describe the play of Coach Morrison's crew in the second period. Four unanswered goals gave the Salmon Kings a 7-2 lead, shot advantage 29 to 16. First Olivier Latendresse steals the puck and rifles it in from the slot. Second, displaying nice puck control, Jimmy Sharrow and Randall Gelech, allowed Chad Painchuad to score. Third, at 16:43, lulling their visitors to sleep, Adam Taylor and Olvier Latendresse passed to a patient Wes Goldie, and in the phrase coined by Foster Hewitt, "he shoots, he scores." Hockey can be a game of bounces but sometimes you get officating breaks. On a play that appeared should have result in a double minor, the Thunder found themsleves shorthanded. On the ensuing power play, Scott Howes and Wes Goldie assisted on a Olivier Latendresse shot that made it a 7-2 score. Tom, the music man at SOFMC played the lyrics "welcome to the junge" as both teams came out for the final frame. Despite outhooting Victoria 13 to 7, the central California squad was once again shut out for a second consecutive period. Most of these shots came from power play oppurtunites. Midway into the last period, David Shantz made a "Danny Gallivanesque scintiallating save." Former BCHL All-Star Steve Van Oosten then found himself staring at his stick in disebelief after, with seemingly little efforrt, Shantz snared a "cannonading" shot. Two periods of shutout hockey, seven goals in two period;that made it an excellent night for all the Victoria Salmon Kings, coaches, players, and training staff. UNSUNG HEROES...Gary Gladue and Tim Wedderburn, who when called upon to work as a shutdown team, they continuosly derailed the oncoming Thunder express. ORNAMENT SILENT AUCTION continues through the Stockton series. Stop by the Booster Club table on the concourse to make a bid on a unique form of hockey memorabalia. Bids open at $10. In February picture frames painted by the players on craft day will be availabe, also by silent auction. BCHL ALL-STAR CONNECTION...On January 13th Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena will host the fourth BCJHL/BCHL All-Star Game held on Vancouver Island. At Bear Mountain Arena, two defenders the Salmon Kings are getting to know, represented their respective Divisions. Las Vegas Wrangler #5 Chris Frank, a Washingon State boy, then with the Cowichan Valley Capitals scored the winning goal for the Coastal Stars. Lining up with the Interior stars, then with the Williams Lake Timberwolves was current #4 Steve Van Oosten of the Stockton Thunder. WORLDS..Did you know that four British Columbia teams have won the World Hockey Championships. In 1937, the Kimberley Dynamiters brought glory to the Sullivan Mine town. Two years later, the Trail Smokeaters would delight the Cominco smelter town in the fateful spring of 1939. Led by the rambunctous Warwick brothers, the Penticton Vees journeyed to Germany. Before a crowd that included many Canadian soldiers and airmen stationed in West Germany, the Vees dominated the USSR with a 5-0 shutout in the final. From the southern shores of Lake Okanagan, Canada had avenged the 1954 final loss to the USSR by a Senior B Toronto area team. Today, in the Pentciton Arena, the 1955 beautiful Word Trophy sits proudly behind a glass case. Six years later, led by future Canadian National Team and St.Louis Blue goaltender Seth Martin, a team from Trail did it again. This 1961 victory would be Canada's last World title until 1994. Gone are the glory days of Senior Hockey, although today teams at that level still compete for the Allan Cup. British Columbia contributed to those glory days with four of her teams achieving planetary hockey supremacy. Tommorow we will look at a particular league's draft that has a direct connection to the current edition of the Victoria Salmon Kings.
  15. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">Beginning tonight (Wed Dec 16), and continuing Dec 18 and 19 during the Stockton series, the silent auction for ornaments decorated on Craft Day by Salmon King players will be up for silent auction. They will be available for bid on the concourse near the Booster Club table. Last Sunday (Dec 13), our local Jr A team, the Victoria Grizzlies wrapped up the 2009 portion of their home schedule with a Skate With The Players on the ice at Bear Mountain Arena. Former Canucks player Dave Lowry's son Justin plays for the Grizzlies. After the Sun, Dec 27 match with the Alaska Aces there will be a Skate With The Salmon Kings. January is often All-Star time in many hockey leagues. On January 20, the ECHL All-Stars will gather in Ontario, California. Vancouver Island will host three All-Star games in the first month of 2010. First up, on January 13, at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena, in a new format, a team of selected BCHL All-Stars will face off against the defending RBC Cup Champions, the Vernon Vipers. Esquimalt's Archie Browning Arena will host two All-Star games put on by the JR B Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). First up, at 1 pm that day, split into North vs South, wearing their respective team uniforms, the Young Guns (16 to 18 yr olds) will meet in a format that should draw a large contigent of scouts. This will be followed by the traditional North vs South All-Star Game. You can see the rosters for the Young Guns Game on the VIJHL website, the main All-Star rosters are due to be released shortly. THUNDER CLOUDS....Latest standing have the Stockton Thunder in 6th place at 23 points, with the Salmon Kings holding 7th and the last playoff spot with 21 points. Thus another series whose results may be very significant in April. The Playoffs of December continue. And three chances to put in your bids in the silent auction for player made ornaments, proceeds will go the Goals That Give Charity. While you are considering your bid, come by and check out the excellent board that looks like a hockey rink where we track goals and goalie wins. For each goal and a goalie win $10 go to a designated charity.
  16. December 16, 18 & 19th Victoria v. Stockton Ornament Auction December 16, 18, 19 Game Series We will be auctioning off the ornaments decorated by the players on craft day. The proceeds go to support our Goals that Give program. For each goal that the Salmon Kings score and each game they win we donate $10 to a local charity! Christmas Photo's with Marty During the series Marty will be available for Christmas photo's before the games. Photos will be by donation and the money will go to a local charity. These photos will go excellent in one of the picture frames autographed by the players that the Booster Club will be auctioning off in February! Food Bank Donations December 16 The Mustard Seed will be on hand at the arena to collect donations for the food bank for the busy Christmas Season. If you bring a non perishable food item in advance to the box office, you will get $3.00 off your game ticket and a ballot to win Cirque du Soleil tickets. If you bring a non perishable food item to the game you will get a ballot to win a pair of Cirque du Soleil tickets Group Ticket Sales To help raise money we have group sales nights. For every ticket purchased under our group sales account the Booster Club receives $3. Tickets are $16 each and our upcoming nights are: This series our Group Ticket night is December 18th
  17. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">Deja vu, as Yogi Berra would say, is looking backwards. The Victoria Salmon Kings experienced just that, as on the third consecutive night, the visiting opposition scored first. With Scott Howes in "the sinbin", the Las Vegas Wranglers struck when forward #22 Chris Neiszner closed the deal. With the crowed eagerly anticipating showering the SOFMC ice surface with Teddy Bears, Olvier Filion, on an assist via Captain Wes Goldie netted a shorthanded marker. For a brief moment there was a truce, as a few of the Wranglers joined volunteers, staff and players of the Salmon Kings in collecting the, soon to find new homes, Teddy Bears. In the minuscule span of a minute and nine seconds, the Nevada visitors took a 3-1 lead. At this point, Coach Morrison pulled starting goalie Glenn Fisher in favour of David Shantz. Late in the second period, an amusing twist saw an apparent tackle of referee Keith Kaval by Victoria defender Jimmy Sharrow. While laying on the ice, Kaval whistled Wranger #9 Mike Madill for slashing. In the final frame, the Salmon Kings equaled their seasons output for a period with three goals as Andy Brandt, Wes Goldie, and Chad Painchaud all scored to give the home side a 4-3 lead. This 3 goal output was equaled in the third period of a Dec 3rd loss in Las Vegas. In that period they needed 20 shots to gain 3 goals, whereas on Teddy Bear Toss Night eight shots produced 3 goals. Just 37 seconds after Chad Painchaud's go ahead goal, #43 Ned Lukaecevic tied the game. Olivier Latendresse would delight the Salmon Kings faithful with the overtime winning goal on a solo effort at 1:12 of extra time. Normally the music master plays "Victoria" as the Salmon Kings victory song. Tonight the King made an appearance, yes Elvis was in the building singing "Viva Las Vegas." Latest standings have Las Vegas in 8th place, and at 21 points, Victoria and Stockton are tied for 6th spot. Thunder players have scored 63 goals, and allowed 76 while also having 546 total penalty minutes. Coach Morrison's crew have netted 68 markers and allowed the same amount as Stockton, 76. With 373 team penalty minutes, the Salmon Kings are the current "Fair Play" leaders with the lowest team penalty total in the ECHL. PUCKS and ORNAMENTS...autographed pucks, $10 each (proceeds to the Goals That Gives Charity) are available at the Booster Club table before and between periods at each home game. Player produced Christmas ornaments will be up for silent auction during the Dec 16,18 and 19 Stockton series. NOTES---Along with the Salmon Kings unveiling their Canadian Crimson jerseys, Saturday afternoon saw the Peninsula Panthers wearing a very unique Christmas jersey in their home match against the Saanich Braves. A black jersery with the word Panthers in red arranged New York Rangers style. Both front and back a snow clad Christmas tree was below the Christmas star, numbers in red topped by white snow. It was minor hockey appreciation day, and at games end some of the youngest members of the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association had the honour of getting a jersery right off a particulars players back. In the game itself, Saanich came from behind to gain a 2-1 shootout victory. The Jr B VIJHL has had an incredible number of one goal games this season. THUNDER CLOUDS...once again, ex Ace and former BCJHL star Matt Robinson scored twice (one on the power play, the other the winning goal) to gain a 5-4 victory in Anchorage. That is two in a row for the Thunder on the Olympic ice surface of Sullivan Arena.
  18. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">Perhaps inspired by the stylized maple leaf on their new jerseys, similar to that worn by the legendary Canadian Corps, victors of Vimy Ridge, the Victoria Salmon Kings overcame the adversity of being outshot and gained another crucial December victory. Once again, the boys from Sin City struck first, on a fast break in. Robbie Bina, #6, corraled the puck and dished to #52 Ryan Weston who was accurate with his shot. In an inspired move, Coach Morrison reinserted Scott Howes as the 10th forward. Attacking deep, Howes took the puck at high speed, rifling the puck into the Las Vegas net, leveling the score 1-1. In a period where they were outshot 18 to 6, the Salmon Kings hung in and Wes Goldie made it 2 goals on six shots for Victoria when he unleashed a blueline rocket. Goalie David Shantz pounced on a dangerous bouncing puck in the second frame. That was the 20th of 30 saves he would make. Often "the gods of hockey" reward a team for such a save. In this case, Chad Pinchauld, killing a penalty, skillfully crossed the blueline and scored on a rapid snap shot that would prove to be the game winner. Six minutes into the final frame, the ever dangerous #11 Francois Lemieux brought the Wranglers to within a goal. Again, six plus minutes later, this time Wes Goldie recieved the puck in a perfect high slot location and in his classic style fired his second goal, his 10th on the season to increase Victora's lead 4-2. Despite not getting an assist on this play, Olivier Filion, showing "the heart, guts and desire" that scouts love, made a play while on one knee despite being hit. This allowed teamated Taylor Elllington and Olivier Latendresse to find that perfect spot for Captian Goldie. Over the SOFMC loudpspeakers just prior to a faceoff with 1:21 left, what appeared to be the ominous sound of Hell's Bells tolling. On this night they tolled for the Wranglers, who outshot the Salmon Kings 32 to 20 but for the second night in a row lost 4-2. SOME NOTABLE NOTES....Randall Gelch with speed on the wing...Olivier Latendress and his ability to know where the puck is going...the relentless playoff attitude of the team.....Unsung Hero---the whole team, coaches and players, a real team effort. OTHER NOTES--Autographed pucks are available for $10 (proceeds to the Goals That Give Charity) before the game and between periods at the Booster Club table. Christmas ornaments produced by the players on Craft Day will be available via silent auction during the Stockton Series Dec. 16,18 and 19. An excelelnt chance to bid on your favourite players item or to try to get a unique Christmas gift for the hockey fan in your life. THUNDER CLOUDS --In Anchorage the Stockton Thunder opened their Alaska trip with a 6-4 victory. Two former Aces and ex-BCJHLers were prominent in the win. Matt Robinson scored twice, and Brett Hemmingway added another goal. This now means that Victoria, Las Vegas and Stockton are now, with 19 points apiece, are tied for 6th place in the ECHL National Conference. Playoff seedings will be Conference wide, with first getting a buy and last place being eliminated. In December we are seeing a de facto playoff race between these three teams as they jockey for that those two final playoff spots--wins in December may mean money in the bank in late March and early April.
  19. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">With the song words "its time for the countdown, we're gonna burn it down" playing during the warmups, one had to wonder if this would predict how the game might go. Both teams looked sharp and ready to play as they took to the SoFMC ice. Prior to the anthem being sung, lights go out, and Marty the Marmot skated out to loud rock music and tried to fire up the crowd. Whilst this took place, the officals skate around the nets in the manner of those hockey players that James Bond confronted in On Her Majesty's Service. Barely 22 seconds into the game, Wrangler sniper #11 Francois Lemieux, an oppurtunistic player with an excellent wrist shot, struck. The Vegas bunch would do so again early in the 2nd period, both goals could be classified as, what some in the hockey business would call, "soft goals." Digging down and finding the heart that is in this team, both times the home side responded. Chad Painchuaud made it 1-1 on a goal mouth scramble power play, assists to Dirk Southern and Jimmy Sharrow. In the second frame, Andy Brandt brought it even again at 2-2 when he broke in and unleashed a succesful shot from the top of the left face off circle. Captain Wes Goldie netted the eventual winning goal with a classic face off dot shot, with assists going to Olivier Latendresse and goalie David Shantz. With 17 minutes and 34 seconds left in the game, the score was 3-2 Victoria, and the Salmon Kings had the edge in shots 27 to 20. The remining time would see Jimmy Sharrow's power play goal, and the Salmon Kings outshooting the Wranglers 7 to 1. Plus minus for both teams was even. The Wrangler line of #11 Francois Lemiuex, #81 Adam Miller and #51 Ryan Weston were dangerous. This line has produced nearly half of the Wrangler goals, they come in waves and cycle the puck well. As one would expect, with two power play goals scored while on the ice, the line of Randall Gelech, Dirk Southern and Chad Painchaud was outstanding. Jimmy Sharrow also played a particularly strong game. Two other players produced memorable moments in this game. Firstly, Patrick Coloumbe, with quickness and smarts prevented what appeared to be a sure goal. Seondly. Olivier Filion saw his shot flip too high on what would have been a highlight reel power play goal. With the win, the Salmon Kings are now tied with Las Vegas for 7th place. Friday will see a certain amount of scoreboard watching, as the 6th place Stockton Thunder venture into Anchorage for a series with the Aces. NOTES-During the Stockton series, the annual Christmas ornaments made by the players on Craft Day will be up for silent auction. Please check www.salmonkingsboosterclub.com or visit the Booster Club table for details. A trivia note--last night both the Victoria Salmon Kings and their NHL parent, the Vancouver Canucks began an eight game homestand. Have the Salmon Kings begun the countdown, and are burning down the recent past to pave the way to happier times in 2010? A question that will be answered by the end of 2009. Stay tuned.
  20. December 10, 11 & 12 Victoria v. Las Vegas December 10th The Mustard Seed will be on hand at the arena to collect donations for the food bank for the busy Christmas Season. If you bring a non perishable food item in advance to the box office, you will get $3.00 off your game ticket and a ballot to win Cirque du Soleil tickets. If you bring a non perishable food item to the game you will get a ballot to win a pair of Cirque du Soleil tickets December 12th The annual Teddy Bear Toss will be on Saturday during the game! You can bring down any (new) Teddy Bears that you have or purchase one from the arena, the bears are tossed on to the rink and all the bears will be donated to local charities!
  21. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">December 10 to the 19th, nine days with six home games against Las Vegas and Stocton that may see the latter days of 2009 determine the fate of the Salmon Kings in early April 2010. Having gone winless on the Nevada/Ontario swing, the upcoming pre X-mas schedule means six games against opponents the capital city crew are chasing for one of the two remaining playoff spots. Sundays loss in Ontario means that the Reign have split the season with Victoria, with four victories apiece. Pacing the way to that 4-3 overtime win was diminutive rookie forward Peter Lenes, who had a goal and two assists, and was well deserving of a game star. Listed on the ECHL and Reign websites as 5'4"-158 (Note www.hockeydb.com has him at 5'6"-160), Lenes is the smallest player in the ECHL National Conference. In 23 games, he has 10 goals and 5 assists (2 goals and 3 assists against Victoria) for the Reign. After a season of Jr A with the USHL Sioux City Musketeers, Peter Lenes returned to his home state to spend four seasons in college hockey with the Vermont Catamounts. When Ontario recently played in Victoria, coach Karl Taylor showed confidence in #4 Lenes by rewarding him with top line play and utilizing him in all possible special teams situations. Three Island players who may find inspiration in the success of Peter Lenes are the Fitzgerald triplets from Port Alberni, who are 16 year old rookies in the Jr B VIJHL (Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League). Like the Ontario forward, they were all listed at 5'4" but team websites now have them at 5'6". Leo and Myles Fitzgerald suit up for the Parksville based Oceanside Generals where they are pesky, relentless penalty killers. Some VIJHL commentators are calling the pair, "The Twiplets." Brother Gerry is having an outstanding Jr B rookie season with the Peninsula Panthers. His 35 points in 25 games has him ranked 9th in league scoring; his 18 markers have him at 3rd in VIJHL goal scoring. In the season opener, ironcially against Oceanside and his brothers he was the starting centre. Recently the BCHL came calling for the Fitgeralds. Gerry dressed as an AP (Affilate Player) for Salmon Arm when they visited the Victoria Grizzles. This past weekend saw Myles doing AP duty for the Nanaimo Clippers, scoring a goal for the Hub City side. The skills of the Fitzgerald triplets will be on display January 25, 2010, when Esqumalt's Archie Browning Arena host both the Young Guns Game and the annual VIJHL All-Star Game. Peter Lenes and his success in Ontario can be an inspiration to small players everywhere. Perhaps he is paving the way for a future triple invasion of the ECHL via Port Alberni. Notes: Watch this spot for a periodic look at aspects of Victoria professinal hockey history and join me on a tour of the ECHL as we focus on one team at a time. For those not on Vancouver Island, my next report will be an overview of the hockey that is played on Canada's most populated Pacific island.
  22. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">December 1st game - A close one, losing in OT, just saw the CH hilights, Dirk Southern's goal was a carbon copy of the howizter he unloaded for a 2nd period marker Sat nite. Three Wranglers of note---#11 Francis Lemieux, (2 goals, one the OT winner) had 2 AHL seasons, parlaying an outstanding average year in Chicoutimi into a pro career, recently reassigned to the ECHL. Career may be on the downside, but had a good night. Two former BCHL d-men patrol the Wrangler blueline, skilled former Salmon Arm player Craig Switzer and one of the toughest players in BCHL history, former CV Capital Chris Frank. Called up as an BCHL All-Star game injury replacement (game was in Victoria), he played so well that he was voted the Game MVP. Now a rookie with Las Vegas, Chris Frank has 4 yrs at Western Michigan completed. Some of his epic on ice battles can be found on youtube. Thats my comment for tonight---my inspiration is the famous sports writer, Dicke Dunn, who in answer to Reggie Dunlop about how he wrote up a game said, "I am just trying to capture the spirit of the thing." That will be my motto on these commentaries.
  23. <strong><U>Booster Club Events</U><br /> <br /> Teddy</strong> <strong>Bear Toss</strong><br /> <br /> December 12<br /> <br /> The Booster club will be on hand to help collected Teddy Bears after the Teddy Bear Toss and will deliver them to local charities. <br /> <br /> <strong>Ornament Auction</strong><br /> <br /> December 16, 18, 19 Game Series<br /> <br /> We will be auctioning off the ornaments decorated by the players on craft day. The proceeds go to support our <U>Goals that Give</U> program. For each goal that the Salmon Kings score and each game they win we donate $10 to a local charity!<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Skate With the Kings<br /> <br /> </strong>December 27 <br /> <br /> After the game there will be a skate with the players. Anyone can come and participate in this event and skate with their favorite players and get some autographs. Participation and skate rental are by donation and funds raised go towards our Goals that Give program.<br /> <br /> <strong>Group Ticket Sales</strong><br /> <br /> To help raise money we have group sales nights. For every ticket purchased under our group sales account the Booster Club receives $3. Tickets are $16 each and our upcoming nights are:<br /> <br /> <div align="center">December 12</div> <br /> <div align="center">December 18</div> <br /> <div align="center">December 27</div> <br /> Please stop by our table during a game or contact us at salmonkingsboosterclub@gmail.com for more information.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><U>Other Events<br /> <br /> </U>Food Bank Donations<br /> </strong><br /> December 10, 16 &amp; 18<br /> <br /> The Mustard Seed will be on hand at the arena to collect donations for the food bank for the busy Christmas Season. If you bring a non perishable food item in advance to the box office, you will get $3.00 off your game ticket and a ballot to win Cirque du Soleil tickets. If you bring a non perishable food item to the game you will get a ballot to win a pair of Cirque du Soleil tickets. <br /> <br /> <strong>Family Day<br /> <br /> </strong>December 27<br /> <br /> Tickets package available for 1 adult, 1 child and a popcorn for $30. There will be a Skate with the Kings afterwards and many family oriented organizations will be on hand to with coupon giveaways!<br /> <br /> <strong>Christmas Photo's with Marty<br /> <br /> </strong>Dates to be Confirmed (Likely the 16, 18 &amp; 19 game series)<br /> <br /> During the series Marty will be available for Christmas photo's before the games. Photos will be by donation and the money will go to a local charity. These photos will go excellent in one of the picture frames autographed by the players that the Booster Club will be auctioning off in February!<br /> <br />
  24. <strong>December Home Game Series<br /> </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Victoria v Las Vegas<br /> <br /> </strong>Thursday December 10<br /> <br /> Friday December 11<br /> <br /> Saturday December 12<br /> <br /> <strong>Victoria v Stockton</strong><br /> <br /> Wednesday December 16<br /> <br /> Friday December 18<br /> <br /> Saturday December 19<br /> <br /> <strong>Victoria v Alaska<br /> <br /> </strong>Sunday December 27<br /> <br /> Monday December 28
  25. After two awesome wins over Ontario Reign the Kings are set to take on the Las Vegas Wranglers for the first time this season! The December 1, 3 and 4 series will be held in Las Vegas.