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Thoughts On Crimson & Gold

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I could re-hash what happened on Thursday night at Prospera Centre by going over the events in painstaking detail, but I won’t, because there’s already a game recap on the Chiefs’ main site, which you can access by clicking here.

As you might have heard, I was asked to be the Head Coach for Team Gold.

Here’s a few things that stuck out about last night:

 – Jaret Babych may have scored twice, but the game was won due to my brilliant line juggling with Team Gold. (And by ‘brilliant line juggling’, I mean ‘The boys pretty much policed themselves, and I didn’t really have to do anything.’)

– It was a blast to watch these guys play from up close, as my usual vantage point is from much farther away. Very easy to appreciate the skill, speed, and intensity all these guys have. They’re good. They really are.

David Thompson played so well, and was such a poised, calming influence for Team Gold that I had completely forgotten he was even out on the ice – The mark of any good blueliner.

– The stellar play in goal from Gold’s tandem of Josh Halpenny, and Kenny Fitzgerald

– It was the returnees who came up with the big goals – Babych, Spencer Graboski, Jeremy Gossard, Trevor Hills. The line of Hills, Josh Hansen, and Graboski looked comfortable out there together.

– Speaking of Hansen, he dropped the mitts with Mathieu Tibbet halfway through the game. These guys are best friends. They hugged it out in the hallway afterwards.

– Jeremy Gossard looking over his shoulder at me to see if I’d give him some powerplay time late in the 3rd period. I did. I think he enjoyed that.

– Jaret Babych after the game on his two scoring plays, a pair of heavy shots from the slot that were set up by the Mchaffie brothers Scott, and Spencer : “I kinda blacked out.”

I guess this means that scoring goals at this level in hockey is a little like competing in a debate.

Jaret and I spoke for a few minutes after the game. He’s coming into his second year with the team, and while a knock on the hand had been bothering him a little bit, he still unleashed a pair of his usual heavy shots to help the team win. Also, somebody tossed a puck at him mid-interview at some point. Try to pick out where:

 

 

The Chiefs will begin the pre-season portion of their schedule on Saturday night at Prospera Centre. The Coquitlam Express will be in town for a 7 o’clock puckdrop. I should point out that 89.5 The Hawk won’t be broadcasting the pre-season games. Soupy Campbell and I will fire it up on September 7th for the first night of the BCHL Showcase.

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