The biggest news coming out of the Oil Capitals office is obviously the hiring of their new head coach Tyson Ramsey, former coach of the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings and more recently the assistant coach to former Caps' head coach Troy Leslie.
Ramsey brings with him a tremendous amount of enthusiasm, knowledge and experience and has been a winner wherever he goes thanks to his passion and dedication. His attention to detail will definitely serve him well as he gets his feet wet while maneuvering through the intricacies of coaching in the MJHL.
With the Stanley Cup finals all tied up, the series now becomes a best of three with the Bruins holding home "field" advantage, something that'll prove to be important and instrumental in winning the series. It really would be so wonderful to see the Blues, who joined the NHL in 1967, win their first ever mug in team history but unfortunately it won't happen.
Congratulations go out to umpire Bob Senff for his very well-deserved induction into Manitoba's Baseball Hall of Fame in Morden. The 30-year veteran, who also played for the Oilers, was one of the best umpires around because of his fair and consistently accurate calls, the most important qualities that players look for in the men they call "Blue". He also enjoyed and took time to mentor many future umpires, myself included, and I thank him for that.
I had the pleasure of umpiring the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks, the newest members of the EL (Expedition League), and I would suggest that if you get a chance to watch these young American collegiate athletes perform at Andrews Field, please do so, you won't be disappointed. These talented men, mostly freshmen and sophomores, are pursuing their dreams to improve their skills in hopes to someday play professional ball and these types of leagues provide the foundation to fulfill those dreams.
The only negative thing that comes to mind is the same problem that the major leagues are currently experiencing, the slow pace of play. For various reasons, the games simply take too long to complete and if the league and owners want a successful outcome, they better find a way to speed up play.
The Oilers (3-2) are off to a good start, winning their double header last Sunday against Souris and Wawanesa. Tonight, Friday, they're in Reston to take on the Rockets before returning home on Sunday (1:00) to take on the powerful Boissevain Centennials, with former Virdenite Zane Sawyer in tow.
On a strange quirky side note, there are no less than seven former Virden players currently playing for the Souris Cardinals. Until next time....