Craig MacTavish has a press conference at 11 a.m. today. Will he make a major announcement?
I’m very curious to see what he says. I wrote this on what I think he needs to do.
I’m bagged from an awesome weekend playing in the ProAm for Alzheimers. The Journeymen (named in honour of our good buddy Jason Strudwick) had a great time.
We lucked out and finished 2nd in fundraising, $50,900, so we got the 2nd pick in the draft, but we also got treated like NHL players and had our own dressing room the entire weekend. We drafted Jeremy Roenick 2nd overall, Marty McSorley went 1st, and we couldn’t have drafted a better guy.
JR was great. After drafting him at 7:15 p.m. Friday night, he spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with our team. He bought a round of tequila shots for the boys minutes after we got to our table and that set the tone for a fun night. He interacted with all the guys on the team and told some great stories.
Trent Yawney crushing Mike Keenan off his chair while he sat at centre ice overseeing a "bagskate" was one of the best.
We left the draft around a 11 p.m., jumped in a Blue Sky Limo and proceeded to take JR on a mini pub crawl. On the limo JR told more stories and you could tell why he was liked by his NHL teammates. He made sure he talked to all the guys.
At the Druid he took pics with anyone who asked and he always looked them in the eye and asked them their name. It is a small gesture, but one that wasn’t overlooked. We bounced around a few places, had a final drink at On The Rocks and then when we were leaving he wanted some late-night grub.
We took a cab to All Happy and proceeded to order way too much food. Roenick told me about the Olympics in Vancouver being the best time he’d ever had, how pissed he was at Derian Hatcher for breaking his jaw, and how he’d treat the fans if he owned a team. He has a group of guys that are negotiating with a team, but couldn’t say which one.
We witnessed a mini-brawl during our late-night meal, but the people involved actually policed themselves and broke it up. Very odd, and just another twist to a great night.
Thank God we didn’t have to play until 2:45 Saturday afternoon, because most of the Journeymen were hurting. Even better was that our opposition was Oilersnation. Wanye didn’t even show up. Supposedly he’s allergic to skating nowadays.
We beat the Nation 7-6, although three goals in the final 4 minutes made it appear closer than it was. Buck75 was as effective as Eric Belanger, while Nation owner, JD, struggled mightily going -5.
We had a team dinner Saturday night at Vons, and that kickstarted another great evening out. Oilersnation drafted Brad May and he was also a beauty. He overheard JR and I talking about our late-night eats so he proceeded to take a few of the Journeymen with him for food on Saturday night. Classic.
Roenick’s skill on the ice was apparent. Sick hands. He chirped a guy every time they’d miss the net on one of his tape-to-tape passes. It was a thrill for the guys to play with him and Struds. Struds might have lost 10 pounds over the weekend. He played for us and he also got drafted. He ended up playing 6 games on Sunday. Beauty.
It was a great weekend, and a big thanks to all the guys who played on the Journeymen this weekend. It was great meeting some listeners and I hope you had a blast.
Roenick signed two new sticks for me that we will auction off in the future. He’ll also be making a few more appearances on my show and here on the Nation. He definitely knows how to have fun.
Congratulations to all the guys who played in the Pro Am this weekend, and great job in fundraising. The tournament raised over 900,000 for Alzheimer research.
It was also a thrill for me to meet Gordie Howe and have the pleasure of emceeing the Gordie Howe Luncheon on Friday afternoon. Sitting at the table speaking with Gordie and his son Marty was awesome. Having the chance to host the round table with Bryan Trottier, Marty McSorley and Tom Webster was a blast as well. They had some great stories, and I encourage any of you who are hockey fans to consider playing in this event next year. I guarantee you’ll have a great time.
I’m off to MacTavish’s press conference… I wonder if he’ll make an announcement….