•Maybe Steve knew something: We fully expected the Edmonton Oil Kings to a new coach Steve Hamilton Monday morning. Good for him, being an assistant coach for the last four seasons to Derek Laxdal. And we all know Laxdal is off to a head coaching gig in Cedar Park, Tex. With the Texas Stars. The interesting thing here is the Oil Kings could have been scrambling for a head coach. Because there was great talk about Hamilton taking the Calgary Hitmen job. He didn’t. And there was more talk about him going to the Vancouver Giants. No thank you, he said. But just imagine if Hamilton and Laxdal both left the Oil Kings. Would that mean Bob Stauffer, the color man on the Oilers Radio Network, would have been in the mix as Oil King coach? We should call Bob on Oilers’ Now on 630 CHED and ask him.
And one more thing on Steve Hamilton’s new job: does he hire Jason McKee as an assistant? The two had great success when Hamilton was head coach of the Spruce Grove Saint and McKee was assistant in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
•A team effort: Nice touch by the Edmonton Prospects Saturday night with the 50/50 draw. Proceeds went to another local amateur sports organization, the Edmonton Wildcats.
•News or sports? You tell me. CTV Edmonton ran a story in their 6 o’clock news package on the Special Olympics athletes from Alberta going to a national competition in Vancouver. I always thought the Special Olympics is about athletes in sporting events. So it should be a sports story. And until that happens, I think, athletes with developmental disabilities will continue to be seen as a novelty — rather than legitimate athleltes with individual skills.
•We’re a lot … older: On this day, way back in 1987, Statistics Canada released a report in Ottawa Ottawa Ontario showing more than half of Canada’s population was over 30. And that was 27 years ago. You know where this is going …
•Remember that name: It’s been a few years since someone with the last name Kerrison hasn’t been in the retail game in Edmonton. But now we don’t have one. A few weeks back Tamara Baltzan closed her successful TK Clothing on the east side of 124 St. Now here’s the blow-me-away part: Tamara has been in the clothing business for 30 years — and, she’s only 45! She began with her mom and dad, Bob and June, who ran June’s House of Fashion when she was 15. Tamara decided to close up shop and share more time with her young family. We’re going to try to connect with her in the near future and see how she likes her new chapter in life.
•Please share with us: If you know of any events, good works, neat stuff, or if you have your own celebration today we want to share it to.