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Hockey dads grieve for Broncos' families

There have been some difficult days since the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last Friday night, a tragedy that has rocked not just Canada’s hockey community, but an entire nation.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team was heading to Nipawin for a playoff game when the team bus and a semi-trailer collided just north of the community of Tisdale. Sixteen people on the bus did not survive, while another 13 were injured.

The semi driver survived the crash, and the RCMP continue to investigate.

A country grieves the lives lost while continuing to hope and pray the survivors can recover.

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There have been some difficult days since the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last Friday night, a tragedy that has rocked not just Canada’s hockey community, but an entire nation.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team was heading to Nipawin for a playoff game when the team bus and a semi-trailer collided just north of the community of Tisdale. Sixteen people on the bus did not survive, while another 13 were injured.

The semi driver survived the crash, and the RCMP continue to investigate.

A country grieves the lives lost while continuing to hope and pray the survivors can recover.

Both of us are hockey dads. We’ve watched, we’ve cheered, we’ve consoled, we’ve chauffeured, we’ve coached and we’ve sold 50/50s. We’ve raced home to locate a misplaced elbow pad, paid too much for the latest stick… and had our kids on team buses headed out on a road trip.

We’re blessed they came home to us safe and sound, and we’re deeply saddened that so many families associated with the Broncos organization were not so fortunate.

Our sincere condolences to them.

PRE-GAME WARMUP

Brandon Tanev isn’t a guy we, as members of the media, immediately flock to for comments after most Jets practices and games, although he was certainly the centre of attention after his somewhat improbable hat-trick against the Bruins a few weeks ago

He’s usually pretty quiet and reserved during interviews, but the guy doesn’t just demonstrate character and grit on the ice — he is a character. And his fun, cheeky side was on full display when he was hooked up with a microphone during Winnipeg’s final contest of the regular season — a 4-1 triumph Saturday against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

It turns out the 26 year old from Toronto can carry a tune, chats up anyone on the bench and is all class when it comes to giving NHL stars such as Patrick Sharp their due. It’s definitely worth a look.

1ST PERIOD

As for Sharp, 36, he played his 939th game — the last contest of his career — in Winnipeg, his birthplace. The three-time Stanley Cup champion called it a career after 14 seasons, and was pretty moved by a loud goodbye from the Bell MTS Place crowd with ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man serving as the soundtrack.  Watch it here.

Sharp finished with 287 goals and 333 assists split between the Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers.

Following the game, Mike asked Paul Maurice for a few thoughts on Sharp. Not surprisingly, the Jets coach had plenty of praise.

"Patrick Sharp would be a player the guys on the ice recognize as a great talent. So they have an awareness he’s a champion, that he was a great player in different situations and different teams, but always a great respect for the skill. He’s a clean player, elite with that shot, and a big part of championships," he said.

 


 

So we took Dump & Chase on the road earlier this week for the first time, speaking to a group of Winnipeg Free Press readers on Tuesday night during a live Q+A event at the Bell MTS Iceplex.

There was plenty of Jets talk as fans geared up for the start of the playoffs. Mike and Jason were joined by columnist Paul Wiecek while editor Paul Samyn moderated the proceedings.

A grand time was held by all, and it's something we'll definitely do again in the future.

And sure, it wasn't a standing-room only crowd on hand this time, but we're taking some solace in the fact the Beatles didn't sell out their first concert either, right?

Here's a video recap of the event:

 


 

Chase De Leo isn't just a talented hockey player currently plying his trade with the Manitoba Moose.

He's also formed a bond with many furry four-legged friends in this city through his volunteer work with the Winnipeg Humane Society. Through his social-media accounts, De Leo has helped spread the word about many dogs up for adoption during his three years in the city.

And now, De Leo has taken things a step further by starting an Instagram account for his own pooch, C.J the French Bulldog.

 

This is how we sleep every night! @cdeleo95 ��

A post shared by C.J "Chase J.R" French Bulldog (@cjthefrenchiedeleo) on

 

 

The Mayor

A post shared by C.J "Chase J.R" French Bulldog (@cjthefrenchiedeleo) on

 

 

I'm a natural ⭐️�� @wilhelminamodels @fordmodels

A post shared by C.J "Chase J.R" French Bulldog (@cjthefrenchiedeleo) on

 

C.J. is up to more than 2,000 followers so far, which we figure makes him among the biggest celebrity canines in this town.

 

2ND PERIOD

If you're a frequent spectator at Jets home games, you may have noticed they recently switched up the music played during the pre-game warmup.

So with some assistance from our Shazam app, here's the latest playlist. Keep in mind the versions playing at Bell MTS Place are the clean versions of the following songs.

Look Alive by BlockBoy JB featuring Drake.

Body by Loud Luxury featuring Brando.

Powerglide by Rae Sremmurd featuring Juicy J.

 

Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill.

Like I Do by David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks.

Lullaby by R3HAB and Mike Williams.

Boom by Tiesto and Sevenn.

 


 

 

It's no secret that in addition to being big hockey fans here at Dump & Chase, we're also kinda bonkers about baseball.

Jay managed to catch the Toronto Blue Jays second game of the season earlier this month during an off-day on the road covering the Jets. And after they lost for a second straight day, he essentially gave up on them and predicted an 0-162 season.

Mike had a bit more faith and is happy to see the team has turned things around since that early stumble. Kind of reminds you of the path a certain local hockey team has taken this year, doesn't it.

Anyways, we both got a big kick out out this recent first "pitch" at a Chicago White Sox game that combined our two favourite sports.

3RD PERIOD

We professed our admiration for the Sedin twins in last week's column, as two of the most talented and classiest players in the game were set to call it a career following 17 seasons.

And so we absolutely loved how it ended, with Daniel scoring the overtime winner from Henrik in their final home-game.

Here's the best video summary of that event we saw, with an assist to Celine Dion.

 

 

Two nights later, Daniel scored a shootout goal on the road in Edmonton with his children cheering him on from the bench in yet another perfect moment.

 

 


 

 

Goalies will sacrifice any and every part of their body if it means keeping a puck out of the net.

But we're guessing a netminder with the Florida Everglades of the ECHL was thanking his lucky stars this week that his mask held up after taking a blistering slap shot.

 

 

 

OVERTIME

Fifteen teams have already packed their bags. Sixteen are left. One will capture the Stanley Cup.

We're not going to be so daring as to make any bold predictions in this space; however, we offer you our latest Power Rankings based on the remaining squads.

As always, feel free to discuss and debate.

 

 

1. Nashville — Sure, winning the Presidents Trophy is often the kiss of death, but the Predators are not only the deepest team, they are looking to avenge last year's defeat in the Stanley Cup final.

2. Pittsburgh — The two-time defending champs appear hungry to make it a three-peat, and they very well could do it, with all that talent up front.

3. Tampa Bay — Sure, they struggled a bit down the stretch, but a healthy Steven Stamkos and something to prove makes them a dangerous team.

4. Winnipeg — The No. 2 overall team in the regular-season face a stiff test in Minnesota, and then would likely have to get by Nashville just to escape their division. That's a tall task for this young squad.

 

 

5. Boston — Again, getting out of their division may be the toughest challenge they face, but they definitely have a good shot.

6. Washington — Could this be their year, finally, or will playoff flops of the past continue to haunt them?

7. San Jose — We think they have the best shot of coming out of the Pacific Division, and a potential return of Joe Thornton could make them even more of a threat.

8. Toronto — The best third-place team in the NHL have to get by the Bruins, and then likely the Lightning. Good luck with that.

 

 

9. Minnesota — An upset over Winnipeg is certainly possible, and who knows what they could do with that momentum if it happens.

10. Anaheim — Playoff-tested and with plenty of veteran experience, don't overlook the Ducks.

11. Los Angeles — Same as their Orange County neighbours, the Kings have the horses and the history to get it done.

12. Columbus — Stacked with lots of young skill, we think the Blue Jackets best days are still ahead of them.

13. Vegas — A great regular-season story, for sure. We're just a bit skeptical they can keep the magical run going.

 

 

14. Philadelphia — They're going to need incredible goaltending — something rather foreign to this franchise — if they want to go deep.

15. New Jersey — Taylor Hall has pretty much pulled his team into the playoffs, but they just don't seem to have the depth needed for spring success.

16. Colorado — An amazing comeback after last year's disastrous season, but good luck escaping the Central Division.

SHOOTOUT

Our Tweet of the week is actually a collection of amazing Tweets, which began with our very own Brian Munz. The veteran Winnipeg Jets broadcaster has a very personal connection to Humboldt, as colleague Randy Turner wrote about last weekend.

Brian then sent out a Tweet Sunday, which has started an incredibly touching movement that quickly spread around the world.

History

Updated on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5:48 PM CDT: updates numbers

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