The Best of the West ballots have gone out and I expect them to start trickling in any day now. At least I hope so, we are running it Feb. 12.
Since the Americans were on the road, they are getting theirs today, but they always are good about getting them back to me on time.
We will see some new faces this year. Last year, Spokane's Tyler Johnson won four categories, and PG's Sena Acolatse two. Acolatse now is playing for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, while Johnson is with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.
Speaking of the Americans, they extended the contract Prospect Development Coach and Head Scout, Barclay Parneta.
The guy has done a good job the last year and a half of getting some good talent in the door.
Not so lucky are the Regina Pats, who are losing their radio man Dan Plaster in mid-February to join the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders in a community relations role. Plaster’s final game as the Pats’ radio play-by-play voice is slated to be Feb. 18 against the host Kootenay Ice.