Practice makes perfect – we hope.

 

 
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen these Flyers play, and sadly, we were with the Huskies when they took on the Prince George Mohawks last weekend.
 
When I bumped into Adam Horst a few days later, I said “Hey Horsty, how did the game in MacKenzie go?” The towering figure responded “I’m Tyler Loney, but it went pretty well.”
 
Lump down my throat. Egg on my face.  Downright Embarrassing. 
I saw Jeff Shipton at the Huskies game the next night, and asked him to convey my apologies to Tyler. “I’m Paul Van Nostrand,” the courteous gentleman replied.
 
Oops.
 
Well, okay, maybe this didn’t really happen, but you couldn’t blame me for forgetting who all these guys are. And I guess it doesn’t really matter if the broadcaster forgets who they are, so long as THEY don’t forget. 
 
For those of you counting (which I am), the Flyers now have just four exhibition games remaining until the big dance in April. There is still the chance that Rob Larson will have more matchups to announce, but for now, we need to presume that this is what they’ll get. And while there are new guys in the fold, this is where you’re glad that a lot of these guys do have a lot of history together. For example, Kip Noble may be playing for Dawson in the NPHL, but he’s more than familiar playing on the blue-line with Donny Lloyd, Andrew Derton, Bryan Lewis, or others. Nathan Waberski and Clayton Bahm may rarely play on the road, but they’ve got history going way back with their respective linemates, and that will be key come April. 
 
I’m certainly excited to see the games against Prince George this weekend, and more excited knowing that the Mohawks seem to have given the Flyers a game on the 20th
In case you didn’t hear, the two-game set in Whitehorse has been pushed back to March 20-21. We’re still not sure about a broadcast, and that will probably have to wait until we see how the Huskies do.
 
Some notes:
I still haven’t blogged about it, so I should mention the three new names added to the Flyers roster in Feb.
 
Mike Hofstrand – Mike hasn’t played with these guys before, but he did grow up here, so he’s already got some familiarity with most of them. Add in pro hockey experience, and the enthusiasm he seems to have, and it’s a no brainer.
 
Clayton Pool – Pool played in net on the 20th in MacKenzie, and based on the scoreline (4-1), didn’t miss a beat. If there was a goaltending controversy in the past couple of years, Pool will certainly add to one this year. He gives them three guys (Hunt, Branch, Pool) capable of playing at the highest level, and one more with big game experience.
 
Kimbi Daniels – 27 games in the NHL. A career played in various pro leagues. Lots of goals to his credit. Need I say more?
 
Also, a congratulations to David Alexander for being named the NPHL West’s top centreman. In a year of slumps, injuries, and less games for everyone, Dave has quietly posted a very strong season. He continues to play a fabulous two-way game, he gets a lot of minutes in all situations, and is it just me, or did he win 30% more face-offs this year?
And I know I’m not supposed to talk about awards voting, but I know of at least one upstanding gentleman who voted for Adam Horst as rookie of the year. 
 
JZ

 

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