Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas from Taking Note . . . Broncos Memorial Monument almost ready; Dec. 30 unveiling


MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TAKING NOTE

We have arrived at the big day. To get you prepped for the fun day ahead, right here is Darlene Love with . . . Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).
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F Fredrik Pettersson (Calgary, 2005-07) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Dinamo Minsk (Belarus, KHL). He was released by Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (Russia, KHL) on Dec. 20. In 24 games, he had five goals and seven assists. . . .
F T.J. Galiardi (Calgary, 2007-08) has been traded by Medveščak Zagreb (Croatia, KHL) to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (Russia, KHL) for “monetary compensation.” Galiardi had signed with Medveščak Zagreb on Nov. 23. In eight games, he had four goals and three assists.
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The site of the Broncos Memorial Monument, just as work
was about to begin earlier this year.
It will be a day to remember in Swift Current on Dec. 30 as people there unveil a monument in memory of the four players killed in the crash of the Broncos’ bus on Dec. 30, 1986. The accident claimed the lives of Chris Mantyka, Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger and Brent Ruff.
The monument is located just east of Swift Current, where the accident occurred. It actually was put into place this week but will remain covered until Dec. 30.
The unveiling, which will involve family of the four players, along with Broncos’ alumni, this season’s team and various VIPs, will be open to the public. It is being held in conjunction with the team’s Hall of Fame Game that is scheduled for later that evening.
There is more about the monument’s unveiling, including the day’s itinerary, on a Facebook site that is right here.
There also is a gofundme page right here.
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The Vancouver Giants are about halfway through their first season in the Langley Events Centre, having moved there from the Pacific Coliseum. So . . . how are things going? What does majority owner Ron Toigo see in the franchise’s future? . . . Steve Ewen of Postmedia has a far-reaching conversation with Toigo right here.
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Dec. 19 through Monday:

No Games Scheduled.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Kamloops at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Lethbridge vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.
Calgary at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.
Saskatoon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.
Spokane vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
Moose Jaw at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Portland vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
Everett vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.
Prince George at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

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