I'm still in Ottawa continuing my well earned vacation in the beautiful nation's capital. If you've never had a Beaver Tail you've got to try one. Hope you're enjoying Overtime with Jeff, I hear things are going well.
Mountain FM's Greg Nesteroff had a chance to talk to former Smokies goaltender Grant Rollheiser just a couple of hours after he was drafted over the weekend by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Trail's Co-MVP in 2007-08 is understandably thrilled, but still looking at things in a very practical way. You get the sense that the draft hadn't even sunk in by the time Greg talked to him.
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I've had the chance to talk to him a bit myself since it all went down. The Leafs will be bringing Rollheiser a Toronto jersey with his name on it down to Boston University. I think that's a nice trophy for any drafted player. Clearly the journey isn't over, but this moment in and of itself is a giant accomplishment for any hockey player. Six players from the BCHL got drafted this season. Our league continues to develop more NHL and NCAA players than any Junior A league in Canada. Keep up the good work! Everyone in the BCHL should be proud of guys like Justin Schultz (Anaheim), Zac Dalpe (Carolina), Derek Grant (Ottawa), Taylor Stefishen (Nashville), Brett Hextall (Phoenix) and Rollheiser (Toronto).
I did an interview with a Hockey News Leafs blog on Rollheiser. You can check that out by clicking on this link. Pretty cool to see the Smoke Eaters name and Grant's name all around different spots of the internet.
Congrats again, Grant!
Just a note, Dallas Drake is bringing the Stanley Cup to Rossland for a parade on July 16th. Mountain FM is proud to be a part of this event that is being put together by Drake's family, the city and the local chamber. Hopefully many of you can come join us in Rossland that day to celebrate a wonderful achievement in a local man's life.
Talk to you all soon! Keep listening to Overtime with Jeff from 6pm to Midnight and to Mountain FM for your sports news every hour from 6am to 6pm.
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