WHL PLAYOFF NOTES:
The four teams left standing in the WHL playoffs will get some rest today before returning to action on Tuesday night.
In the Eastern Conference, the No. 1 Winnipeg Ice won Games 1 and 2 on home ice so take a 2-0 edge into Tuesday’s Game 3 against the No. 2 Blades in Saskatoon. They’ll play a fourth game in Saskatoon on Wednesday night.
A note from Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) after Winnipeg’s 6-2 victory on Saturday: “The loss puts Saskatoon into an 0-2 hole for the 3rd straight series. They are believed to be the first team to have comeback twice in the same postseason to win series from that deficit. The 2000 Kootenay Ice won three series losing Game #1.”
In the Western Conference, the No. 1 Seattle Thunderbirds hold a 2-0 edge on the No. 2 Kamloops Blazers after a 4-3 OT victory on Sunday. The series will resume with Game 3 in Kamloops on Tuesday night, and they’ll play Game 4 there on Thursday. . . .
The Seattle roster includes 10 players who have been drafted by NHL teams, while the Blazers boast nine. As well, the Thunderbirds have six players who were in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship; the Blazers have three.
The 2023 Kamloops Kidney Walk is scheduled for June 4, and Dorothy is taking part once again. She will celebrate 10 years as a kidney-transplant recipient in September, so the annual Kidney Walk is a big deal for her. In fact, she is participating for a 10th straight year. Yes, that means she is fund-raising, with all donations going to the Kidney Foundation. . . . If you are interested in helping, you are able to do so on her home page, which is right here.
SUNDAY IN THE WHL PLAYOFFS:
Kamloops (2) at Seattle (1) — The Seattle Thunderbirds twice overcame two-goal deficits en route to a 4-3 OT victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . D Jeremy Hanzel (2) won it at 6:21 of the extra period when his point shot got through Kamloops G Dylan Ernst. . . . The Thunderbirds had opened the conference final with a 5-1 victory on Saturday. . . . They are scheduled to play Games 3 and 4 in Kamloops on Tuesday and Thursday nights. . . . The Blazers opened a 2-0 lead with goals 1:39 apart. F Caedan Bankier (7) got them started with 39.2 seconds left in the first period. . . . D Olen Zellweger (9) made it 2-0, on a PP, at 0:59 of the second period. . . . F Lucas Ciona (5) got Seattle’s first goal, on a PP, at 7:33, but F Matthew Seminoff (5) got that one back, on another PP, at 12:53. . . . F Colton Dach (3) got the Thunderbirds back to within a goal at 15:55. . . . F Brad Lambert (3) pulled Seattle even at 2:04 of the third period. . . . On the winning goal, Lambert won a 2-on-2 battle in the corner to the right of Ernst, and fed the puck to D Sawyer Mynio, who sent it across to Hanzel at the other point. His shot beat Ernst for the winner. . . . Kamloops was 2-for-6 on the PP, but came up dry on an opportunity late in the third period. . . . Seattle was 1-for-5. . . . G Thomas Milic stopped 39 shots for Seattle, four more than Ernst. . . . F Logan Stankoven was in on all three Kamloops goals, his three assists giving him a total of 25 points in these playoffs. He leads the points derby with two more than Zellweger. . . . Since being acquired from the Everett Silvertips at the trade deadline, Zellweger has put up 76 points, including 31 goals, in 42 games with Kamloops. . . . Lambert, with 16 assists, is tied for the WHL lead with D Ben Zloty of the Winnipeg Ice. . . . The Blazers scratched D Logan Bairos, who suffered an undisclosed injury on Saturday night, and brought in D Ryan Michael, who last played on March 22.
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Back in the day, when Charlie Hodge was on the scouting trail, there was nothing better than sitting in the media/scout room prior to a WHL game listening to him spin tales, bellyache (always with a smile on his face) and eat Nanaimo bars.
Here’s Dave Stubbs of nhl.com, following Hodge’s death on April 16, 2016 . . .
“You’ll find Hodge’s name on the Stanley Cup six times with the Canadiens and once more with the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins as a scout. It appears four different ways on the trophy’s sterling bands: C Hodge, CH Hodge, Charles Hodge and Charlie Hodge.
“He was signing ‘Charlie’ at a 2008 collectibles show, as he did only for memorabilia.”
At that 2008 collectibles show, Hodge told Stubbs that “I sign checks a different way and legal documents a way different than that. If anybody copies what I sign today then tries to forge something legal, I can say, ‘No, this is not my signature.’
“It’s not that I don’t trust anybody,” he added, laughing. “It’s just that I don’t trust anybody.”
If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, more information is available here:
Living Kidney Donor Program
St. Paul’s Hospital
6A Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Toll free: 1-877-922-9822
Vancouver General Hospital Living Donor Program – Kidney
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
Level 5, 2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
604-875-5182 or 1-855-875-5182
Or, for more information, visit right here.