Friday, January 29, 2010

Hamilton off to Portland, Playoff Picture, Icebreaker Fundraiser, Hobey Baker Nominees:

A big update for this Friday morning...


(Cents netminder Keith Hamilton)

Cole Holowenko will get the start tonight in Merritt against his hometown Penticton Vees after Keith Hamilton was recalled by the WHL's Portland Winterhawks after one of their netminders was injured. There's no word how long Hamilton will be with the Hawks. In the meantime, this gives Holowenko another chance to shine as we enter the final ten games of the season. Remember, the 17-year-old already has one win this season over the Vees...

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Here's the update of the Interior Conference playoff picture after Thursday's action.

Langley 4 Trail 1

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5. Quesnel Millionaires: 18-27-0-4 (.408 - 40 points)

Home record: 11-15-0-1 (.426)
Games remaining at home: 3

Away record: 7-12-0-3 (.386)
Games remaining away: 8

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 1-11-0-2 (.143)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Prince George): 8-8-0-2 (.500)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 6-1-0-0 (.857)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 2-7-0-0 (.222)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 7

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6. Merritt Centennials 19-29-0-2 (.400 - 40 points)

Home record: 13-10-0-0 (.565)
Games remaining at home: 7

Away record: 6-19-0-2 (.259)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 4-12-0-1 (.265)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 7

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Quesnel, Trail, Prince George): 9-4-0-1 (.679)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 1

Record vs. Williams Lake: 3-1-0-0 (.750)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 0

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 3-11-0-0 (.214)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 2

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7. Trail Smoke Eaters: 16-30-1-4 (.363 - 37 points)

Home record: 10-11-0-3 (.479)
Games remaining at home: 6

Away record: 6-19-1-1 (.259)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 2-14-1-2 (.175)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 6

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Quesnel, Prince George): 6-6-0-2 (.500)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 1

Record vs. Williams Lake: 3-1-0-0 (.750)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 0

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 5-9-0-0 (.357)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 2

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8. Prince George Spruce Kings: 14-30-1-4 (.337 - 33 points)

Home record: 6-18-1-0 (.260)
Games remaining at home: 5

Away record: 8-12-0-4 (.417)
Games remaining away: 6

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-12-0-2 (.071)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Quesnel): 9-8-0-1 (.528)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 4-1-0-0 (.800)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 3

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 0-9-0-1 (.050)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 6
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(Official poster for the Cents Icebreaker Fundraiser)

Tomorrow night marks the 15th Annual Centennials Icebreaker Fundraiser. In addition to the masterful MC skills of yours truly, the night also features an AMAZING dinner catered by the Cents Booster Club, plus performances from Cents defenceman Steve Tresierra (who sounds A LOT like Paul Brandt when he sings) and local favourites The Gary Cooper Band.

It's the biggest fundraiser of the season for the hockey club, which of course, is still a non-profit society so hopefully all Cents fans get their tickets. They are $50 and are available at tonight's game vs. Penticton, plus Merritt Printing, Nicola Valley Memorial Arena and the Centennials Marketing office on Voght Street across from Subway.

I had the chance to speak with Cents Marketing Manager Maddison Canuel on my morning show earlier this week regarding the event.

Cents Marketing Manager Maddison Canuel

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Three former Centennials players are among the first 50 nominees for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in U.S. College Hockey.

Here's the release from the BCHL website:

January 26, 2010 - Burnaby, BC

Seven British Columbia Hockey League graduates have taken the first step towards capturing NCAA Division I hockey's top individual honour after being named to an initial list of 50 nominees for the Hobey Baker Award.

Forwards Brandon Wong (Quinnipiac), Colin Greening (Cornell), Blair Riley (Ferris State), Wade McLeod (Northeastern) and Zac Dalpe (Ohio State), along with defenceman Chay Genoway (North Dakota) and goaltender Marc Cheverie (Denver) for the BCHL contingent up for the award.

The first phase of Hobey Baker voting is conducted by fan balloting at www.hockeybaker.com through March 7th, 2010. Phase two of fan balloting will then begin on March 19th from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. Award criteria include candidates mimicking the superlative character traits put forth by the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker, a World War I flying star better known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day. Award candidates must exhibit strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2010 include:

• Top Ten list of candidates: March 18
• Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: April 1
• Hobey Baker Award winner: April 9

The 2010 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 9, 2010 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Washington, DC. The 30th annual award announcement honoring college hockey’s top player is tentatively scheduled to be televised live during prime time on ESPNU.

Vote for your favourite Cents alumni here!

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