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Seeing The Island Sky

Below, the Powell River Kings on board the Island Sky ferry at Saltery Bay, south of Powell River, where I worked until recently. (Although the last few years were on shore working the ramp and selling tickets).

The BCHL Kings were on their way to Nanaimo to face the Clippers and were being serenaded by the ship’s first officer. At this writing, the Kings lead the Clippers two games to one in Island Division playoff action.

The BCHL is wonderful hockey and a host of players end up with hockey scholarships throughout North America.

Many go beyond too.

Brett Hull played for Penticton, Carey Price stopped pucks for Quesnel, Sens forward Kyle Turris starred for Burnaby, and most importantly of course – Scott Gomez dazzled with South Surrey.

Thanks to Beatnik for sending me this. I was there when the Island Sky was a brand new ship having just arrived and it’s nice to see it again. I had worked on two other ships prior to the Island Sky – the Queen of Tsawwassen, which is now in retirement, and the Queen of Chilliwack, that sails the inner passage to Prince Rupert.

Max Lapierre Gets Four

Maxim Lapierre has been given a four-game suspension for his dangerous hit-from-behind on San Jose player Scott Nichol. It will cost Max about $14,000 for this.

I’m not happy with what he did. It was dangerous, very dangerous. Pushing Nichol into the boards could have led to something tragic.

I was at a Junior A BCHL game in Powell River a decade ago when Nanaimo’s Aaron Moser crashed head-first into the boards and he broke his neck and is paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life.

Max didn’t need to do this and I hope he won’t again.