Hawk Talk: Winter weather problems in Calgary

Hawk Talk: Winter weather problems in Calgary

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
7:18 PM

By Tracey Myers

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

First, I'm sending a quick hello to fellow CSNChicagoan Aggrey Sam, our Bulls beat writer, who is currently ensconced in Dallas, my former stomping grounds.

P.S. -- Send the warm front up to Calgary ASAP.

Believe it or not, as I watched the local newscasts tonight, the winter weather is the top story. This comes in an area that has gotten snow as early as October and as late as May. But getting this much snow -- close to 10 inches -- has left traffic snarled, transit terribly delayed, cars in highway divides and the folks here generally frustrated.

The roads, which a few of us scribes took from Edmonton this morning, weren't so good in spots. We caught a patch of ice just outside of Calgary city limits and slid for a few seconds. It's always good to have a born-and-bred Chicagoan at the wheel in those situations, which we did.

I know I'm writing this for the folks back home, a grizzled group of Chicagoans who are probably chuckling at my and the Calgary folks' troubles. But keep these two things in mind:

1: It's been a long time since I've dealt with this weather, and

2: Any icy surface, outside of a rink, sucks.

Tracey Myers is's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Blackhawks fan proposes at game against Jets with help from Brendan Perlini


Blackhawks fan proposes at game against Jets with help from Brendan Perlini

Proposals and professional sporting events have gone hand-in-hand in Chicago this weekend.

Following the Bears' win over the Packers Sunday — which clinched the NFC North title for Chicago — left tackle Charles Leno Jr. proposed to his girlfriend Jennifer at Soldier Field. But just two days before, Blackhawks fan Andrew Dalbis proposed to his girlfriend, Chloe Sommer, at the United Center ahead of Chicago's game against the Jets.

"I always had the idea that I wanted to do it at a Blackhawks game," Dalbis said to "She had no clue this was going to happen."

Dalbis wanted to propose to Sommer at a Blackhawks game; the plan was put into action after he secured seats for Friday's game. While Dalbis said Sommer had no idea what was going to happen, Sommer had her suspicions that something was happening.

"I always had the idea that I wanted to do it at a Blackhawks game," Dalbis said. "She had no clue this was going to happen."

"He wanted to be there for warmups," Sommer said. "We never get there for warmups."

Once at the game, Dalbis created a sign that said "If I get a puck, I'll propose." He lied and told Sommer that he did not have a ring, however.

Blackhawks goalie Cam Ward tried, but ultimately failed to flip a puck over the glass to the couple. Ward later told Dalbis that he failed on purpose as a joke, for what it's worth.

Fortunately for Dalbis, recently-acquired Blackhawks forward Brendan Perlini successfully flipped the puck over the glass, "allowing" Dalbis to execute his plan and propose to Sommer. She said yes, and the rest is history.

The real question, though, is if Perlini will be invited to the ceremony or not.

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Report: Joel Quenneville to be hired as head coach of Flyers


Report: Joel Quenneville to be hired as head coach of Flyers

After making a change at general manager earlier in the month from Ron Hextall to Chuck Fletcher, the Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly decided to fire Dave Hakstol and are expected to hire Joel Quenneville as their next head coach that won't be made official until Sunday night or Monday morning, according to Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post. There are conflicting reports circulating and no confirmation has been made by the Flyers, but Quenneville seems to be their No. 1 target.

Quenneville spent more than 10 seasons in Chicago, where he led the Blackhawks to nine straight playoff appearances, five Conference Finals and three Stanley Cups but was relieved of his duties on Nov. 7 in the middle of a five-game losing streak. He is the second winningest coach of all-time with 890, trailing only Scotty Bowman for first (1,248).

The Flyers had high expectations going into the season and it's easy to see why they felt a change was necessary behind the bench. Going into Sunday, the Flyers sat in the basement of the Eastern Conference with 28 points — 10 away from a playoff spot — and have a minus-23 goal differential, which also ranks last in the conference. They were clearly underperforming.

And it was only a matter a time before Quenneville found himself another head coaching job, and the Flyers are a team that's set up to succeed in both the short term — core pieces that include Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov, James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek — and long-term with Travis Konecny, Nolan Patrick and goaltender Carter Hart in the team's plans.

Quenneville's contract with the Blackhawks ran through the 2019-20 season and was worth $6 million per year. It’s not yet known who will be added to his staff.