Local sports fans have plenty to choose from if they wish to take in a local sporting event this weekend.
The biggest football game to be played on P.E.I. in a long time takes place at UPEI’s MacAdam Field today. The Holland College Hurricanes take on the UNB Red Bombers with the Atlantic Football League championship on the line in what should be a great game. An overflow crowd is expected.
On the college hockey front, UNB was in Charlottetown on Friday night while St. Thomas pays a visit tonight to take on the UPEI Panthers.
The P.E.I. Rocket, who hosted the Saint John Sea Dogs in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game on Friday night, is home to Victoriaville on Sunday at 4 p.m.
This is a big weekend for the Summerside Western Capitals as they play the Woodstock Slammers in a home-and-home series in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League).
The teams played last night in Woodstock, N.B., and play again Sunday afternoon in Summerside.
This is a real test for the Caps as they try and pin the first loss of the season on the Slammers. I will not be surprised if that does happen as the Caps always seem to play pretty well against Woodstock.
The Slammers have a perfect 20-0 (won-lost) record going into these two big games.
The Island Junior Hockey League has two games on tap locally tonight as the Charlottetown Abbies are in Kensington to take on the Vipers, and the Sherwood A&S Scrap Metal Falcons pay a visit to Abram-Village to face the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Western Red Wings.
Most people would be happy to be alive at age 94. To be able to go to work at that age is pretty amazing.
That is the case for longtime Detroit Red Wings public address announcer Budd Lynch, who for over 60 years has been a very familiar voice to the Wings. His career started way back in 1949 at the old Detroit Olympia as the radio play-by-play announcer. He now does the public address announcements on a limited basis. Lynch has a style that simply relays information to the crowd, and does not act as a cheerleader.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985, and is a past winner of the Foster Hewitt Award.
"Most people would be happy to be alive at age 94. To be able to go to work at that age is pretty amazing." Joe MacIntyre
Speaking of the Foster Hewitt Award, another longtime voice of the Red Wings was this year’s winner at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Toronto.
Those who are old enough remember Redmond as a player who had a short but productive career. He broke into the NHL with Montreal in 1967, but was traded to Detroit along with Bill Collins and Guy Charron for The Big M, Frank Mahovlich.
In the 1972-73 season, he became the seventh player in NHL history, and the first Red Wing, to score 50 goals in a season. A back injury forced him into retirement at age 28.
He then began his broadcasting career as an analyst on Hockey Night in Canada. He is now one of the most colourful and straight-shooting analysts in the game. He has become known for what people call "Mickeyisms.”
A couple include, “Here comes Houdini” referring to Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk. Another would be “Bingo, Bango, Bongo, his name is Roberto Luongo” referring to a great save by the Vancouver goaltender. He is fun to listen to, and is a “Straight-shooting son of a gun” - another “Mickeyism.”
I see where Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson calls Dion Phaneuf by far the best defenceman in the game.
It is funny what a few early-season wins will do to cloud one’s thinking. I wonder did Wilson notice the Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber the other night in the Preds’ 4-1 win over Wilson's Leafs?
Weber was a plus-4 for the night while Phaneuf was minus-3 in the game.
Weber will likely be a finalist for the Norris Trophy this year, which goes to the league’s best defenceman. I will be shocked if Phaneuf is even nominated.
Have a great week!
Joe MacIntyre is a Summerside resident. His column appears every Saturday. Comments and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.