The Hawks’ Nest


The waiting is the hardest part
March 19, 2010, 10:23 am
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In the great scheme of things, a week really isn’t a very long time. For instance, when I’m watching Chuck on Monday nights, it never seems like it’s been that long since I’d watched it the previous week. And Morgan cracks me up.

But a week between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs? Ugh. Like the song says, The Waiting is the Hardest Part.

It’s been a weird week over here at luxurious Winterhawks HQ – there’s been a nonstop flurry of activity getting everything ready for this weekend, yet it seems like it’s been a year since the season ended as we wait for Game 1 to get here tomorrow night.

(Speaking of which, did you know that tickets are available now for this weekend’s games? It’s true! Get tickets for Game 1 here and Game 2 here.)

The players feel the same way. They’ve had a great week of practice, with one more to go this afternoon, but they’re tired of going up against each other every day. They’re ready for the real thing.

If you’re looking to read up on the team to tide you over to tomorrow, I’ll point you to a few different places. The Oregonian had a feature on Luke Walker today, while the Columbian also had a playoff preview article. The Tribune yesterday had a column by Kerry Eggers looking at Luca Sbisa’s impact with his Olympic experience, while Steve Brandon talked to a couple of Winterhawks veterans about getting their first crack at the postseason.

You can also listen to a couple of interviews with Winterhawks players on 95.5 The Game, one with Ian Curtis, another with Stefan Schneider. Mike Johnston was also a guest with Inessa on KINK radio this week, and you can listen to that interview right here. Johnston’s will also be a guest on Ron Callan’s Inside Sports show tomorrow morning. KPTV also has footage of the guys dyeing their hair black earlier this week.

In addition to all the action on the ice this weekend, WHL Commissioner Ron Robison will be at Sunday’s Game 2 to present Ken Hodge with the WHL Governors Award and Jann Boss with the Distinguished Service Award. Meanwhile, Saturday you can bid on game-worn Chris Francis, Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter jerseys.

Meanwhile, there’s still no update from Spokane on the condition of Kyle Beach. Whatever the prognosis is, they’ve managed to keep it under wraps so far.

Of course, at 7:05 tomorrow we’ll have the answer. It can’t get here soon enough.

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