COLUMN: Dave Leaderhouse — Feb. 9, 2013

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Once again there are several things to talk about this week so rather than focusing on one specific topic, here is a potpourri of thoughts to spice things up.

First up is a big round of applause to the snow removal crews working overtime in the city. The snowfall we have received in the last few weeks is just unbelievable and it seems that no sooner are the roads and parking lots cleared, another huge dump hits us.

Some of the storms have left significant deposits of the white stuff and I just can’t get over how fast the main arteries in this city are cleared. Fantastic work and although I know it is money in the bank for most, it has to be tiring to not be able to see an end in sight.

Every time a snowflake falls from the sky I can just imagine the groans of exasperation, but without fail the crews are out there moving the snow so that motorists can have a safer journey on the roads.

I know it isn’t doing the city budgeting process any good with all of this snow removal being required, but after travelling to Saskatoon and Edmonton recently we should be proud of the work being done here. It really is awesome. What really scares me is the spring melt, but we will have to cross that bridge when it comes. Oh oh, I mentioned bridge again didn’t I?

 

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Another thing I want to talk about is the upcoming Prince Albert Minto game on Feb. 14.

With it being Valentine’s Day I know there are more romantic places to be than a hockey rink, but this game is special.

The Mintos and the McDonald’s restaurants in the city are teaming up that night to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon. From Feb. 12-14 anyone purchasing a Big Mac Meal, Quarter-Pounder Meal or Happy Meal will receive a free ticket for the Feb. 14 Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League game between the Mintos and Beardy’s Blackhawks.

Once at the rink, fans will be given the opportunity to participate in numerous silent auctions with money raised from this event going to the “house that love built,” the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon.

A similar event was held two years ago and about $2,000 was raised. We can do better than that this time. Even if you don’t go get the free ticket at McDonald’s, go to the game. Not only would a large crowd raise money for a very good cause, but it would provide plenty of support for the Mintos as they get ready for the playoffs, which are only two weeks away.

 

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This last topic is way out of left field, but something I have been thinking about for a while.

The Prince Albert Raiders should bring back the green uniforms of yesteryear because quite frankly, the black ones are boring.

“The green, white and gold team is Go Raiders Go!” is a line from the song saluting the Raiders and no where in those lyrics is there a reference to the color black.

The green stands out more and it defines what the Raiders are. The black doesn’t give us a unique identity as the Brandon Wheat Kings have black jerseys, Medicine Hat is black, Red Deer is black and I’m sure there are more.

We don’t have to get the little Arab Raider logo back, but the jerseys we had when Curtis Joseph was here back in November were beautiful -- and we won. We haven’t won a whole lot with the black jerseys so I’m just thinking it is time to go back to our true colors.

That’s just me thinking and I know I will get a lot of opposition, but I’m a traditionalist, what can I say?

                                               

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One final salute has to go out to all of the inductees for the 2013 Prince Albert Hall of Fame. It is a diverse group of talented people and teams being enshrined again this year and Prince Albert should be proud of the many people we have involved in sports, whether it is as an athlete, builder, team or for meritorious service.

This is absolutely the best place to live and when you see the list every year for those that are getting their just due as inductees into the hall of fame, it brings a smile to your face. It certainly does for me.

Congratulations to Sherry Anderson, Barry Mihilewicz, Darren Whitehead, Malcolm Jenkins, Ron Horn, Wayne Simpson and Dwight Bergstrom, the 1948 Royal Hilltops fastball team and the Prince Albert Softball Association. You all deserve this special honour and I can’t wait to sit down and talk to you in the days leading up to the banquet on April 20.

 

Dave Leaderhouse is a reporter with the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

 

Organizations: Ronald McDonald House, Raiders, Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League Prince Albert Brandon Wheat Kings Prince Albert Softball Association

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Edmonton, Medicine Hat Red Deer

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