Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy Hockey New Year!

Kelowna's first baby of the New Year was Linden Anthony Tancek. He was born at our hospital New Year's Day at 6.42 am to Mom Laurie and Dad Jeff. Yes, Linden was named after recently retired Canuck, Trevor.


Detroit defeated Chicago 6-4 in the New Year's Day NHL Winter Classic. The ratings on NBC were excellent! Maybe another Detroit team, the Lions, could improve their game by playing on ice instead of a football field?

The true meaning of 'team' was captured in this feature on NBC-TV between the first two periods of the Winter Classic game. Dale Tallon is the Chicago Blackhawks general manager. In the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft he was the first ever player drafted by the Vancouver Canucks. Tallon was number two overall while the Buffalo Sabres nabbed Gilbert Perreault at number one. Perreault went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Sabres and is still involved as a Corporate/Community Relations Liason. He is more than 500 points ahead of anyone else in Sabres history.

The Sabres had an early game today and beat the top team in the league, the Boston Bruins, 4-2. It was the first home loss for the Bruins since October 23. Matt Ellis was the unlikely hero of the game for the Sabres and he is featured this week on "The Sabres Show." If you want to hear me do the intro, you have to wait 1:10 seconds:)


Also with an early game today and their first ever Bowl appearance were the University at Buffalo Bulls. UConn came back to win the International Bowl game 38-20. The Bulls were recently at a Sabres game and here is that football footage from "The Sabres Show."