It’s been a little over two weeks since the Flin Flon Bombers have played their last game, and since then the SJHL has awarded the Canalta Cup as this season’s league championships and it continues to be what coulda been on the minds of the Flin Flon Bombers and their fans.
Let’s start at the beginning, the team came into the 2012-13 campaign heavy favorites and burst out of the gate, winning their first eight straight, including seven at home in a row. The team had some stretches of losses but nothing more than four in a row, but put together impressive winning streaks. The team held a first place lead in the North Divison for most of the season before the red hot Humboldt Broncos and Nipawin Hawks jumped over the Bombers leaving them to finish in third.
The team won a tough series against Nipawin, beating them in six games before meeting up against the defending SJHL Champs in the Humboldt Broncos, and it was another hard fought battle, but heart breaking losses saw the Bombers bowed out to the Broncos 4 – 1. Of the four wins for Humboldt, three of them went to extra time two of which were in double OT.
The Broncos were unable to complete the back to back runs losing to Yorkton in the Canalta Cup finals 4 – 2.
So what happens now? The team and Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan look towards the future. Reagan is already on the trail recruiting for next season and has some irons in the fire as far as the trade front goes, he assures the public that he’s not going to re-build, but re-tool.
The team has a good core of players coming back starting in goal with Flin Flon Bomber playoff MVP Devin Buffalo and steady Brandon Wildung. Both Goalies are of starting caliber and will leave Reagan with no worries in goal.
The back end looks solid with a top pairing of Dallen Hall and Brock Hounsell. Danys Chartrand was as solid and reliable as they come in his Rookie season and will be counted on even more in his 2nd season as a Bomber. Tanner Clark is eligable to return and has provided the Bombers with offenece from the back end racking up 70 pts in his 3 years. Garrett Zelinski and Rob Gawron are also eligable to return and with a solid group of young prospects the backend could wined up having the most interesting battles for spots come main camp.
Upfront the team returns a potential top line of Cam Blair, Dillan McCombie and SJHL Rookie of the Year Brett Boehm. Also eligible to return is the teams Most Popular Player Brody Robinson, Greg Wiwcharuk, Cole McCaig, Landon Hiebert and Tyson Empey. There is some work to do up front but Reagan feels confident in the clubs ability to recruit high end players that will fill the void of veterns moving on. " I think we will be fine upfront, with the players coming back and the players we are going after, Scoring has never been be an issue for our clubs. Our boys returning gained valuable experience in the playoffs that will make them better players come next season".
The team also will also welcome prospects to the team’s spring camp during the weekend of May 24 – 26 at the Schroh Arena in Saskatoon, SK. Check the main page for details.