DEVELOPING MORE SKILL...

Jason Gregor
August 27 2013 01:36PM

Developing skill is one of the main objectives in hockey, and it should be the second most important factor for minor hockey associations. Ensuring the kids are having fun should be the first objective of every minor hockey parent, coach and association.

Before we get to the Oilers signing of Linus Omark, let's look at how Edmonton is hoping to develop even more skilled players.

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HALL MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE

Jason Gregor
August 25 2013 12:31PM

Before I went left to Banff for the inaugural Hockey Alberta Summit, Taylor Hall made a surprise appearance on my radio show. I was on location, and Meg Storms saw Hall roaming the halls of the TEAM 1260 studio. Hall and the pun-master Gene Principe were in the building voicing a commercial, so Storms asked/told Hall to stop in for a quick chat.

Hall obliged/listened and we had an impromptu chat. It was the first time I've had a guest in studio, while I was out on location.

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SATHER SHARES HIS THOUGHTS

Jason Gregor
August 23 2013 11:28PM

It's been a few years since I've had Glen Sather on the show, but yesterday the New York Rangers' GM joined Ryan Rishaug and I yesterday and shared his thoughts an wide range of topics. I always enjoy talking to Sather, because he always gives you a straight answer, and he always finds a way to throw in a good story or two.

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OLYMPIC TEAM "LOCKS"...AN EPIC SPEECH AND AN EPIC PARTY

Jason Gregor
August 22 2013 11:37AM

The CEO for Hockey Canada Bob Nicholson said, “By my count, I’m at 11. It’s never been that low. The number has always been higher," in Mark Spector's story yesterday, when responding to the question of how many players are locks to make the Canadian Olympic team.

If Nicholson is correct, that leaves 12 spots open, and two "extras". The roster has been expanded from 23 to 25, but I was told a few weeks ago that the players holding down the 24th and 25th spots will be told they are going to Sochi as extras, unless they run into injury problems.

So who are the 11 players that are locks to make the team?

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BRANDON DAVIDSON BEATS CANCER

Jason Gregor
August 21 2013 12:11PM

Last November, Brandon Davidson received news that no young man wants to hear. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The former Regina Pat, and 2010 sixth round pick of the Oilers was devastated, but he didn't let it defeat him. Nine months later Davidson is feeling great, and I spoke with him about his ordeal, and how it has changed him.

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