Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MARTIN RICHARD
Who knows why things turn out like this, but Martin Richard is likely to become the face of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Martin is the eight-year-old boy — and hockey fan — who was killed Monday in the explosions in Boston.
His father, Bill, released a statement that reads, in part:
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover.”
The Boston Globe has more on the Richard family right here.
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If you like good writing, you should check this out right here. There are links here to a few columns written after Monday’s tragedy in Boston.
The piece by Leigh Montville really provides a sense of what it’s like on the course and what the Marathon means to the people of Boston and area.
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe writes about how the Boston Marathon will never be the same.
Again, it’s all good stuff. It’s just too bad it had to be written.
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The WHL and its officiating crew have taken some heat in a letter to the editor that was published in the Kelowna Capital News. The letter writers, who claim they are angry enough that they won’t be buying Rockets’ season-tickets, are upset over the disparity n penalties during Game 4 of the game between the Rockets and Blazers in Kamloops. . . . That letter is right here.
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The 1963 Memorial Cup-winners — the Edmonton Oil Kings — have an active alumni association and Murray Greig of the Edmonton Sun reports right here that Gregg Pilling, Bert Marshall and a few others will be active in the Edmonton area on the weekend.
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THE COACHING GAME:
AJHLChad Mercier has resigned as general manager and head coach of the AJHL’s Bonnyville Pontiacs. Mercier had been in that position for the past seven seasons. He was the AJHL’s coach of the year for 2010-11. . . . The Pontiacs finished third in the North Division this season. . . . Mercier is a former WHL goaltender (Regina, 1992-97) who has coaching experience with the Pats and Saskatoon Blades. . . .

AHLWillie Desjardins of the Texas Stars has been named winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s coach of the year. The Stars are affiliated with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. . . . Desjardins, a veteran WHL coach (Medicine Hat, 2002-10) before moving on up, is in his first season as head coach of the AHL team. Under his leadership, the Stars are close to clinching their first division title. . . . Desjardins, 56, was the WHL’s coach of the year for the 2005-06 season. . . . The AHL award is voted on by other AHL coaches and members of the media who cover teams in the league.
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2013 Playoffs
The WHL’s playoff situation:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
THIRD ROUND
Edmonton (1) vs. Calgary (3)
Series opens Thursday in Edmonton; all games on Shaw TV.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
THIRD ROUND
Portland (1) vs. Kamloops (3)
Series opens Friday in Portland.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES:
No games scheduled.
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CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT (16):
None

CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT (5):
None
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From Portland Winterhawks F Brendan Leipsic (@leip28): “This whole playoff layover is getting ooooooold!! #legooo #conffinals #friday”
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From Dan Russell (@DanRussellCKNW), the hosts of Sportstalk and Shaw TV’s play-by-play man on WHL games: “Its clear no one at the NHL front office has ever heard the term ‘everything in moderation’. #6outdoorgames”
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Russell, again: “Just like the NHL spoiling ‘uniqueness’ of playoff OT by serving it up every night, they seem to be doing same with the outdoor concept. #$$$$”

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