The Prince George Cougars announced that Battlefords North Stars
play-by-play man Dan O'Connor will be their new man behind the mic.
Obviously I don't know the other applicants, but they couldn't have made a better choice in Dan. He's a consummate professional, not to mention a talented broadcaster. Early in the season, he was one of the first members of the SJHL Media that I got a chance to sit down and chat with. The Wolves and Stars were playing in Stanley Mission and both of us were lacking in broadcasts. It was a great experience for me as one of the vets of the league passed on his knowledge. I can only hope he gets a similar experience in the WHL.
The guy works his tail off with the regular sports at CJNB, producing the 'SJHL This Week' radio and video version, runs a blog and hosts a killer sports program. The folks in PG will not be disappointed with this guy when he lights up the airwaves.
I'm hoping to get him as a guest for the podcast this week and it sounds like it's going to happen, so you can get his thoughts on the move rather than my rambling.
Congratulations Dan! All I can say to you now, is, "yub-yub". (inside joke)
Today is a big one for WHL teams an the Bantam players they draft. The kids get the excitement of having their name called while the teams look forward to a bright future.
A great new feature the 'Dub added this season was a live webcast of the first round. I'm pretty sure that had a lot to do with the fact that 'WHL Bantam Draft' and 'Jake Virtanen' (the first overall pick by the Calgary Hitmen) were both trending on Twitter today. The WHL uses social media very well and those efforts came through today as the Canadian 'Twitterverse' was alive with Western League talk.
Here's a quick recap of some of the picks by the Raiders, Blades and Pats (the teams I keep an eye on for MBC) along with some thoughts on the SJHL.