It was the big finale for Season 4 of The Pipeline Show this past Tuesday and to celebrate Dean went to Calgary and missed it. OK, he went to cover the Olympic camp for Team Canada and he didn't miss the entire show... but he wasn't around to lead the way.
In Dean's place I invited Dustin Nielson from the TEAM 260's morning show. Dustin and I go back a few years and have partnered up on the broadcasts of Viking Cup and ACAC events.
Dustin and I started the program off by speaking with A.J. Jakubec, the voice of the Edmonton Oil Kings. A.J. has been out with the local 'Dub club during training camp so we got an update on several of the players trying to make a good impression. Some of the key names we talked about included Keegan Lowe, Henrik Samuelsson and Mitchell Moroz. (Hear the Oil Kings Update)
In our second segment we spoke with an Edmonton product who plays in Saskatoon, went undrafted and yet has earned an invite to Oilers rookie camp. Burke Gallimore had a pretty decent rookie year in the WHL with the Blades and I was a bit surprised that no one picked him up in the draft. We talked to him about what getting the invite from the Oilers means to him and we also broke the news that his linemate Derek Hulak received his own invite earlier in the day. The entire line of Gallimore-Hulak-Milan Kytnar will be reunited at rookie camp. (Gallimore Interview)
Dean Millard joined us to discuss Team Canada's Olympic camp and we specifically talked about the chances some of the young guys in attendance might have of making the club. Drew Doughty, Steven Stamkos, Jonathon Toews, Milan Lucic, Carey Price, Steve Mason... all names we bandied about. (Millard's Interview)
Hour #2 began with another local product who has gone on to bigger and better things. Kieran Millan is coming off a NCAA National Championship freshman season and will head back to BU as a sophomore who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. Millan and the BU Terriers will take on their arch-rivals from Boston College at an outdoor game at Fenway Park this coming January and we discussed that as well. Finally we touched on Millan's previous time spent in the AJHL with the Spruce Grove Saints. (Hear Millan's Interview Here)
We played a spirited round of Bad Ass Trivia and asked a bunch of questions, many in regards to the Calgary Flames and their prospects. That led in to our final segment of the night, a discussion with D'Archy McGrath, the owner of www.Calgarypuck.com, the popular website/message board of Flames fans. We've regularly get criticized by members of the site for not having worthwhile insight into the Flames so we attempted to rectify that this week and I think we succeeded. (Calgary Puck Interview)
That's it for Season 4 but don't worry... we're back again on September 1st to kick off Season 5 of The Pipeline Show!