This being my ninth year covering the Americans, I have gotten to know many of the other WHL beat writers. Some I've only talked to on the phone, others I have met in person. All of them good people.
I was sad to hear today that Steve Ewen, who has covered the Vancouver Giants and the WHL for a number of years, has cancer. A tumour was discovered near his spinal cord — he has been diagnosed with Solitary Plasmacytoma — and now is in a radiation program.
I met Steve when I went to Vancouver for the Western Conference finals in April. Being that the hotel I stayed at was less than a 10-minute walk to Pacific Coliseum, I walked to the games. The first night when we were leaving the rink, Steve asked were I was parked. I told him I walked from the hotel. He was insistent that I not walk back to the hotel at night. His wife Carol-Ann was waiting for him and they made sure I got back to my hotel safely.
How can you not put a man like that on your list of Nice people I've met in my lifetime.
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My best wishes for cancer-free recovery Steve.
The Quebec Remparts have lost their perch atop the CHL poll.
After losing three games last week, the Remparts (15-3-0-2) fell from first to third. The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (15-2-0-1) moved from second to first, while the Portland Winterhawks (15-2-0-1) jumped from third to second.
The Saskatoon Blades (13-5-1-1) went from fifth to sixth, while the Kootenay Ice (12-4-0-2) moved from ninth to eighth.
Week 8 poll — 1. Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, 2. Portland Winterhawks, 3. Quebec Remparts, 4. Saint John Sea Dogs, 5. Saginaw Spirit, 6. Saskatoon Blades, 7. Owen Sound Attack, 8. Kootenay Ice, 9. Drummondville Voltigeurs, 10. Moncton Wildcats.
Kelowna Rockets forward Mitchell Callahan was named WHL player of the week after picking up 12 points — five goals and seven assists in four games — helping the Rockets to a 4-0-0-0 record.
Team Russia won the opening game of the Subway Series on Monday, beating Team QMJHL 5-4 in Saint John. The teams meet again Wednesday in Drummondville.