I'm hoping someone can provide an answer on this for me because I'm stumped. Someone please tell me why an aspiring hockey player would choose to go the NC double A route instead of playing in the Western Hockey League if he is a bonafide prospect. Case in point is Regina's Drew George. Drew is on the Notre Dame Hounds midget team that just won the Telus Cup. The Regina Pats own his rights and are hoping he will play for them instead of playing in the BC Junior League with hopes of then playing NCAA hockey in the U-S. The Leader-Post's Greg Harder did a great job in documenting George's story in Tuesday's edition.
George had a great season in Wilcox as he was 2nd in league scoring with 78 points. He then had 10 points in the Sask midget Triple A playoffs. He had seven points in four games at the Telus Cup qualifier in Swift Current and was named MVP and then had three goals and 10 points at the Telus Cup including a three point effort in the final. This kid sounds like he is very good. A career in the NHL could be beckoning.
When I look at the WHL and its scholarship program, I don't know how someone would not want to play at the major junior level knowing the pros are just one step away. There is no better league than the WHL to become developed for the ranks of professional hockey. With Regina being George's home, it means he wouldn't have to play far from home as some do, if you play a year in the WHL, you get a year's tuition paid for if you decide to go to University once your career is done. To me the decision would be crystal clear.
I'm sure the reasons that Drew and his parents have are valid ones and maybe I haven't got enough information in front of me but I really find it inexplicable as to why someone with Drew's talents would want to take the road he is taking when the other road seems to be so much better. When I say this, I am not being critical of the Georges, its just a question that I think needs to be asked. As I said, maybe they don't like the direction the Pats are going, maybe there is something about the WHL they don't like, maybe some other promises have been made. If that's the case, I'm OK with it but I am confused as to why you wouldn't want to play in the best league possible to get ready for the professional game if you have the talent that this kid seemingly has.
The WHL player of the year is Calgary's Brett Sonne. He had 100 points in 62 games for the Hitmen who battle Kelowna in the league final. Pats forward Jordan Weal did not win rookie of the year. That honour goes to Prince George's Brett Connelly.
Alex Ovechkin now knows who the other two finalists are for the Hart Trophy symbolic of NHL MVP. The Washington forward goes up against Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk in the final balloting. (Just give the award to Ovie now!!)
With the weather being crappy again and the fact there is no hockey on tonight, I'm going to check out the Blue Jays game. I haven't watched a lot of the Jays this year because of the playoffs but tonight seems to be a perfect night to. Those potent Toronto bats have quite a task in front of them too as they go up against Kansas City's Zack Greinke who is the best pitcher in the American League right now. The game will be on Sportsnet....sort of. I don't know why but Sportsnet is really screwing around with Toronto broadcasts this year. Tonight's game will be on Sportsnet Pacific and Ontario. Sportsnet West gets the Tigers-Yankees and Sportsnet East gets Boston-Cleveland. This is great if you're a baseball fan but if you're a Jays fan and you don't get all the packages you have to wonder what is going on. This isn't the first time this has happened this year. When Toronto was in Minnesota, I was ready to watch the game only to find out it wasn't on. It wasn't until an hour and a half later that I discovered the game was on Sportsnet East and Pacific. This one is a real headscratcher.
Yahoo Sports says the co-main event for UFC 101 has been signed. It will be Forrest Griffin against Anderson Silva. This coming just days after UFC prez Dana White was vocal with his disgust over the performance Silva gave at UFC 97 against Thales Leites. The big baby BJ Penn will fight Kenny Florian in the other half of the main event for the pay per view which will happen in August.
If you watched Wrestlemania, you saw Mickey Rourke get in the ring and smack Chris Jericho once the match was over. Vince had wanted Rourke to fight Jericho but that plan went south for one reason or another. Rourke has revealed he his broke his hand on Jericho's mush when he hit him. NICE!!! By the way, the current storyline surrounding 'Santina Marella" that is going on in the WWE may have to be one of the stupidest storylines going. It still doesn't rank up there with the Mark Henry-Mae Young storyline but CMON!!!!
One last thing. Go to Rider o-lineman Jeremy O'Days website at http://www.jeremyoday.com/. He and other Riders and other members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders are teaming up to help a worthwhile cause. Numerous game worn, as well as autographed items have been donated by players and are available for auction. All proceeds from this auction will go to Jesse's Journey- a foundation that provides funding for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.