Monday, August 11, 2014

Looking at WHL coaching changes . . . Remembering Robin Williams

Dave Struch, who spent the past eight seasons on the coaching staff of the Saskatoon Blades, may be in line for a change of direction in his career. Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has that story right here.
As you will be aware, 10 of the WHL’s 22 teams have changed head coaches since the end of the 2013-14 season. Larry Fisher, who writes for the Kelowna Daily Courier and, takes a look at all of the changes right here.
The Saskatoon Blades have signed F Lukus MacKenzie, who was a third-round selection in the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. From Calgary, MacKenzie played last season at the Edge School. He had 66 points, including 21 goals, in 59 games with the bantam AAA team. . . . The Blades open training camp on Aug. 21 at the Legends Centre in Warman, Sask.
The Medicine Hat connection with the Vancouver Canucks grew by one more on Monday when the NHL team added Perry Pearn to its coaching staff. Pearn was the head coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1994-95. . . . Former Tigers captain Trevor Linden is the Canucks’ president, while Willie Desjardins, a former Tigers GM and coach, is Vancouver’s new head coach. Doug Lidster, who also worked with the Tigers, is on the Canucks’ coach staff, too. . . . Pearn, 63, has worked as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets. He was with the Jets for the past two seasons. He is a native of Stettler, Alta.
The legs feed the wolf.
Herb Brooks, who loved nothing more than to sit in the stands of the Crushed Can in Moose Jaw and talk hockey, died in a car accident 11 years ago yesterday. USA Hockey remembers right here.
I look at this picture and I can't stop laughing. Last night,
History in Pictures (@HistoryInPics) tweeted this 1980
photo of Robin Williams in action with the Denver
Broncos cheerleaders.
The great Robin Williams left us on Monday morning and it seems that he took his own life. Williams, 63, had been battling severe depression, according to his publicist.
Yes, we knew there were drugs and alcohol, but who saw this coming? If ever there was proof that you can’t tell a book by its cover when it comes to mental illness, Robin Williams may be it.
Perhaps the death of Williams, as bright a star as there has been in years, will spur change in the way that a lot of society continues to look at and deal with mental illness. We can hope.
The New York Times’ obituary is right here.
There’s a piece right here on Robin Williams that first appeared in Rolling Stone on Feb. 21, 1991. There were shadows in his life even then.
“You are the kindest country in the world,” Robin Williams once said of Canada. “You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab.”
Here, from, is a taste of the Robin Williams we loved so much:
“God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.”
“Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.”
“Politics: Poli, a Latin word meaning many; and tics meaning, bloodsucking creatures.”
“In England, if you commit a crime, the police don’t have a gun and you don’t have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say Stop, or I’ll say stop again.”
“Cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money.”
“Do you think God gets stoned? I think so… look at the platypus.”
“If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?”
“My God. We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.”
“You’ll notice that Bush never speaks when Cheney is drinking water.”
“You could talk about same-sex marriage, but people who have been married (say) ‘It’s the same sex all the time.’ ”


The 2014 Kidney Walk and Kidney Run is scheduled for Kamloops’ Riverside Park on Sunday, Aug. 24.
My wife, Dorothy, who underwent a kidney transplant on Sept. 23, will walk 2.5 kilometres in support of the Kidney Foundation. That, in itself, is a miracle. A year ago, she couldn’t have walked 100 metres without stopping to rest.
I will join her, as will our son, Todd, and his girlfriend, Joanna, who live in Burnaby, B.C.
If you would like to be part of Dorothy’s Team, feel free to donate by clicking right here and then going to ’Sponsor a Participant’.
The response on Monday was terrific. I just wish you all could have been here to listen to Dorothy as folks like you made donations.
“I am so lucky to have such support,” she said on more than one occasion. The other favourite is: “I am so blessed.”
Yes, we are.

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