Sorry for the lack of posting. Now that the Canadian junior hockey season has wrapped up, the lack of news from the WHL really can put things at a stand still blog-wise. It was a long season with over 300 posts on my blog, so I think I deserve to take a break while it's nice and get out to enjoy the links! For those who do want to stay in touch with what I am up to, go ahead and follow me on Twitter. You can do so by clicking on the link over on the right side of the page.
There was a bit of Blades and WHL-related news to pass your way late last week. Graduated goaltender Steven Stanford will be continuing his hockey career with the UBC Thunderbirds of the CIS.
It's my understanding that the T-Birds have a goalie currently on their squad that was with them last year and that these two will now be fighting for playing time. I think that's a great spot to be in for a guy like Stanford, who really plays with a competitive edge, despite looking very calm between the pipes.
Despite a tough end to the 2010-2011 season, it can still be considered a successful one for Stanford. He won 40 of his 48 regular season games and posted a 2.78GAA and a .910 save percentage. He was also one of the players that continued to look good as the team melted in front of him in the second round against the Kootenay Ice.
Not every player that takes part in junior hockey has a chance to play pro, let alone make the jump straight there after leaving junior. It's always nice to see a guy like Stanford get a chance to continue his hockey career and also have a great chance to get an education. It also will allow him to keep his options open for hockey down the line. Not a ton of guys go from the CIS on to NHL careers, but it has happened and will continue to happen to certain hard working individuals.