First, Congratulations to the Ice Wolves on an absolutely fantastic season. They fell just short of their goal of returning to the RBC Cup, but it was quite the ride to be on. While many may have just smiled and nodded when the Wolves set their goal at returning to the National Championship, the Wolves went about doing it, how many teams can set a nearly impossible goal like that and come so close?
Second, congrats to the Terriers, they played a fantastic Game 7. They shut down the Ice Wolves offence for two games and are very deserving of their trip to Camrose and the Anavet Cup.
Just a quick post today as I'm still digesting the series and the rest of the season. I'll start on some of my thank you's today.
First I want to thank everyone at MBC for giving me the opportunity to chase my dream of calling games for a living. Not only did they get me up here, so many people have helped me out along the way and I look forward to continuing my time with MBC.
The Ice Wolves Organization including the coaching staff have been absolutely fantastic. Everyone's been welcoming and very understanding of my situation as a 'rookie'. It was a great year doing webcasts and working with everyone around the club.
The Ice Wolves themselves. It took a little while for us to get to know eachother, and they all thought I was in my thirties, married with kids or something like that. Once they figured out I'm only a couple years older than them and a lot of stuff suddenly made sense we got to know eachother and it was a fun year. Special thanks goes out to all the guys that did colour commentary for me. You guys have my reference if you ever want to get into broadcasting, haha.
On the subject of colour commentators, thanks to everyone that helped me out this year with broadcasts. Your insight was appreciated and it let me take drinks and have a moment to breathe which is always appreciated. I look forward to doing it again next year. Of course I need to give a special shout out to my 'wingman' on the webcasts, Curtis "the Burbot" Skalicky. He stepped up from fan to webcast tech to colour in the span of a few games, you rock man.
Mitchell Blair (SJHL Comms Director) never did colour commentary for me, but he takes the time to send out stat packages for every game and I would be a little lost without those. Thanks for all your hard work in your rookie season!
Of course, none of this matters without you, the fans. Your support through the season has been nothing short of awesome and I thank you for that. I hope you enjoyed reading and listening as much as I enjoyed bringing it all to you. A special thanks goes to the parents of the players from the Ice Wolves and other teams. It was great spending time with your sons and getting a chance to meet you when I did.
If I missed anyone, sorry. You know who you are and you can ream me out for it later.
The Ice Wolves have their wrap up banquet coming up this Saturday, so I'll definitely have more after that and possibly before then as well.