The Weekly RoundupCoffee Break
Had coffee with Head Coach Craig Mohr and new Assistant Coach Pascal Morency (hint, click on his name for the video, you Rider players will like it) the other day where I found out that Morency, who just finished up 12 years as a pro in several different leagues is much more than a hockey guy and is not only here to help the players on the ice, but off the ice as well . My guess is that the very personable Morency, who is a Certified Professional Life Coach through the World Coaching Institute, will be a rather large bonus to the players and to Coach Mohr this year as well. Especially if we clear the benches?
In my fairly wide ranging conversation with Morency he brought up the point that he has played for a lot of coaches over the years and Rider Coach Craig Mohr is right up there with the best of them.... he says "the team, and the town is lucky to have him". Morency who also coaches at the Fernie Academy with Spokane Chief's Director of Player Development Chris Moulton adds that some of the coaches he had over the years were barely aware of the concepts Mohr teaches the players in practice. Or did he say some the coach he had barely aware concepts of Craig...
Anyway.... he speaks much better english than I do French. The Rider players are lucky to have Pascal along for the Ride this year as well as the super fit Jeff Zmurchyk who won't hurt either.
Photo Pascal and Melanie
So your wondering how does a guy from Montreal end up here in Fernie. Pascal had visited here before so was familiar with the area and town but more importantly his girlfriend Melanie Jolicoeur was recruited by The Castle Movement, 441 1st avenue, where she will be teaching dance classes. Jolicoeur owned a successful Dance School for 10 years and performed and taught dance internationally until she got injured. Dancers can follow Melanie on Twitter @JolicoeurMel and players can follow Pascal on Twitter @morency_p
See Melanie's video here
The Ghostriders had three practices in Colman AB this week because the ice was not available in Fernie due to the Provincial Mine Rescue Competition. Already four guys were sitting in the stands with injuries and will miss this weekend's games in Castlegar and Nelson... which by the way... will be broadcast live on the Drive 99.1 radio in Fernie and Sparwood at 93.5. Howie Ashmore will do the play by play for the first weekend then Tom Ross will take over.
Here is a list of the players signed so far, expecting Adian Wilson to pass through the HC registry shortly. Several rookies and 5 twenties.
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Round' the League
Most writers and stats geeks know this already, but the KIJHL's esports website does not keep track of game winning goals. Well the web site actually does keep track, but the scorekeepers almost never remember to click the game winning goal box.
The Riders won 37 games last year yet only had 2 game winning goals listed on the KI website. Kamloops won 33 and had 11 listed etc. There is a place on the sheet for game winning goals but in this day and age of smart phones and smart asses the esports' program should automatically credit the game winning goal. If I had any say I'd push esports for this fix....because there are other "points streak" etc options out there. We rant every year about this but nothing happens.
The Summerland Steam have given up a home game and will play it in Williams Lake against the 100 Mile House Wranglers on November 14th. For those who haven't been following this column, Williams Lake is looking to put a team in the KIJHL.... and 100 Mile House, Summerland and Kamloops etc can't wait for it to happen and have been playing games in Williams Lake for the last couple of seasons. One of the leaders in WL, Rob Sandrock, says his group has until December to apply for a franchise for next season. I believe the going rate for a new team is $150,000 but you could get an existing team and move it for less. The 100 Mile House Wranglers bought Pentiction and moved it up to 100 a couple of years ago. Don't forget that when 100 Mile was looking for a franchise they were on record as saying that were talking to a few teams about moving, not just Pentiction... So I wonder who's next ?
The link to the Williams Lake story is below and a little Williams Lake Jr Hockey History is last.
Link to Williams Lake franchise story
The Red Deer Indy Graphics are pretty happy with Lane Sim, Mack Differenz, Tayler Sincennes and Kegan Klingwell who all play with the Riders this season. Sincennes is in his second year with the Riders... and I still can't spell his name without lookin. The Graphics have 13 players in the KIJHL, see the Tweets below.
Congrats to Alumni @lanesim18 @Mackdifferenz18 @sincy36 @kingwell14 this season with @RiderNewsKIJHL #rdproud
2 Seasons removed from RDMH and we have 13 Players Playing in the @KIJHL and 3 @KIJHL players promoted to the @TheAJHL and @bchl #rdproud
Well if the Spokane Braves sound a little pissed because only BV would play them in the exhibition season... I wonder what Kimbo is thinking.... See the amusing Tweets about Spokane below.
Kimberley who held their main camp last weekend, won't even get one exhibition game. Had they held their camp a little earlier... I know for a fact Fernie would have played a home and home, and it would have been lucrative for both teams.