Friday, November 23, 2012

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos.
At 12:45 a.m. today, it was at No. 15 on the best-selling list of Hockey books at, No. 20 on the Winter Sports list and No. 88 in Social History.
At one point Thursday evening, it was as high as No. 9 among Hockey books.
No, I don’t know what it all means in terms of sales or anything else. But I can tell you that this has been a lot of fun.
It is available in some book stores, although all copies have been shipped from the warehouse. The book is going back on the press early in December and more will be shipped then.
The best thing I saw Thursday was a photograph.
It was a photograph of two new friends – rock star Alice Cooper and Bob Tory, the general manager of the Tri-City Americans.
Tory’s players were in attendance earlier this week when Alice Cooper brought his show to the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash.
Rumour has it that Tory tried to pass Cooper off as an overage centre and put him up for trade, asking only a third-round bantam draft pick in return.
If you can find the photo somewhere on the Internet — I saw it on Tory’s Facebook page — it’s worth a look.
Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post remains one of North America’s best sports writers. If he has a specialty, it’s writing about baseball. And right here he writes about the Fehr Factor. If you want a look at how NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr operates, give it a read.
This is the best read I have found on the lockout since it began.
“The biggest mismatch I’ve ever covered was not on a field,” Boswell writes. “It was organized baseball against the MLBPA. And, mostly, it was unnecessary. Baseball owners refused to see the union or Fehr for what they clearly were.”
Later, Boswell writes: “Hiring Don Fehr, the Sun Tzu of jock labor, to face NHL owners in a lockout is like getting the Godfather to help you fix a parking ticket.”
Give this a read and then say goodbye to the rest of this NHL season. In fact, you may want to start thinking about whether next season will start.
D Colton Jobke of the Regina Pats is out with a skate cut across the top of his left hand. Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post talks with Jobke and tells his story right here.

F Brad Morrison, 15, made his WHL debut with the Prince George Cougars on Saturday in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Blazers in Kamloops. By the third period, in which he picked up an assist, he was playing on a top line with F Alex Forsberg and F Ryan Hanes. On Tuesday, Morrison scored his first goal in a 4-2 shootout victory over the visiting Regina Pats. . . . Jason Peters of the Prince George Citizen writes about Morrison right here.
The Red Deer Rebels may get D Kayle Doetzel back this weekend. Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate reports that Doetzel is back practising  and may play Saturday against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. Doetzel hasn’t played since suffering a broken jaw on Oct. 2 during a game in Prince Albert. . . . The Medicine Hat Tigers will be in Calgary to play the Hitmen tonight. Medicine Hat is likely to be without F Hunter Shinkaruk (skate cut) and F Curtis Valk (suspension). . . . If you’re in the Portland area, don’t forget that today’s game with the visiting Kootenay Ice begins at 3 p.m. . . . F J.T. Barnett is expected back in the Kelowna Rockets lineup tonight when they play the visiting Regina Pats. Barnett, 20,  suffered a knee injury on Sept. 21 on his first shift of his first game after coming over from the Everett Silvertips. “I’m wearing two knee braces now, so I’m kind of a bionic man,” a laughing Barnett told Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier. Barnett also suffered a knee injury last season while with Everett. . . . Kelowna F Carter Rigby, out with a shoulder injury since Oct. 10, also is expected to play tonight.

From player agent Greg Simpson (@hockekyrep): “Watching Jets vs Pats. Lenny Kravitz doing his @burtoncummings impression on American Woman. Good but no disrespect I’ll take the original.”
Me, too!
From Portland D Tyler Wotherspoon (@TSPOON77): “Waiting in line at good ol sears #thanksgiving #blackfriday #dealssss”

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