(Photos: Chris Mast, mastimages.com)
Things are progressing nicely as we prepare for the 2014 Kidney Walk in Kamloops on Sunday.
Dorothy’s Team will be at Riverside Park to register shortly after 10 a.m., with the 2.5-kilometre walk to begin at 11.
Dorothy walked 2.5 km on Saturday for the first time in a long while and she handled it easily. She will continue to prepare with another walk this morning, weather permitting. There is a road on the south side of the South Thompson River with paved shoulders where we have measured 2.5 km, so it is perfect for our needs.
If you are new to this site, Dorothy, my wife of 42 years, underwent a kidney transplant on Sept. 23. From the beginning, she has said she wants to give back to the Kidney Foundation, so this is the start.
If you are a regular here, you will know that the friend who gave up a kidney through the Living Donor Paired Exchange program so that Dorothy could get one doesn’t want her name used, so I refer to her as Joan. Anyway, she and Dorothy were chatting last night and Joan wanted to know what time we would be walking on Sunday. It seems that he and her husband will provide support by walking 2.5 km at the same time as we are, albeit in a different city.
Is that neat, or what?
If you would like to sponsor Dorothy, you are able to do so right here. Once on that website, just click on Sponsor a Participant. (As I write this, she has been sponsored to the tune of $1,915, a lot of which has come from the hockey crowd, including fans, teams and scouts.)
Thank you all very much.
With WHL training camps set to open, Alan Caldwell of Small Thoughts At Large apparently didn’t sleep Sunday night as he tried to figure out what the 20-year-old picture looks like. . . . His astute thoughts and observations are right here.
The Everett Silvertips gained an assistant coach on Monday, but lost their trainer. . . . Brennan Sonne, a former Silvertips forward (2005-08), has signed on as an assistant coach to work alongside head coach Kevin Constantine, assistant coach Mitch Love and goaltending coach Shane Clifford. Sonne, 27, worked last season as the head coach of Meco Hockey Academy in Hong Kong. . . . Meanwhile, the Silvertips have lost trainer Marc Paquet to the NHL’s Calgary Flames. He has been named head trainer of the Flames’ AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Flames, who play out of Glens Falls, N.Y. Paquet, 27, had been with the Silvertips for three seasons.
Corey St. Laurent is leaving the Victoria Royals and is moving into the WHL office in Calgary. He will begin his new duties on Sept. 2. With the Royals, he has been the manager of communications and hockey operations co-ordinator for two years. With the WHL, he will be the senior manager, communications. . . . In the WHL office, he takes over from Jeff Hubert.
Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reported Monday that the Regina Pats are expected to announce today that “Darrin McKechnie has agreed to join his former team as an assistant coach.” . . . McKechnie, 47, will work part-time with the Pats, as he also has a full-time position in the Regina Police Service. . . . With the Pats, McKechnie, who played two seasons with the Pats (1986-88), will work with head coach John Paddock and assistant Dave Struch. . . . Rob Muntain, the Pats’ goaltending coach, also is with the RPS. . . . Paddock arrived in Regina on Monday.