Prince George Cougars coach Drew Schoneck, who played defense for the Tri-City Americans during the 1993-94 season, will be doing a little local radio work during the Western Hockey League playoffs.
Schoneck, 34, will join Rob Francis on Tuesday and Wednesday for an hour-long pregame program. The broadcasts start at 5:30 p.m., on 97.5 FM before the Americans games in Seattle. The two will discuss the playoffs and will take questions from callers.
“I love to talk hockey, and hopefully, I can add some insight,” Schoneck said. “It’s nice to be part of the playoffs picture even though we are out of it.”
Schoneck said he takes pride in once wearing an Americans sweater and is glad to see the franchise on the upswing.
“It’s great to see them have success. It’s been a long time coming for the fans and the community,” he said.
On the upcoming series, Schoneck said, “it should be exciting.”
“This whole (U.S.) division is fun to watch,” Schoneck said. “This division can skate -- that was a big reason we had limited success against them. I think Tri-City holds the physical edge and their goaltender (Chet Pickard) could be the difference. Top to bottom, there is a reason they won the league — they are a dangerous team.”
Schoneck makes his offseason home in west Pasco, with his wife Lindsy (nee Flowers), a Hanford graduate, and son Connor, 2.