I find myself wishing the Oil Kings were playing Kootenay tonight. Don’t get me wrong, its always nice to see a team from the other conference and the Rockets always seem to have a good team.
However, the reason Kootenay is on my mind (aside from beer) is the sudden retirement of Drew Czerwonka. Hollick’s Between the Lines has the story and some great quotes from GM Jeff Chynoweth. The item I’ll quote is this:
- Jeff Chynoweth: “he has battled through a lot in the last few years, he’s had a lot of unfortunate injuries. More or less that he had lost the fire and it’s been on his mind for about the past month.”
On his twitter account, Czerwonka said goodbye:
I think the answer to our questions is (as is often the case) the obvious one. Jeff Bromley discussed it earlier this month in his ICE CHIPS column:
- Bromley: F Drew Czerwonka made his 20-year-old season debut last night after recovering from an off-season/training camp injury. Many ask the question of how he’ll hold up over the rigors of the season? The captain played just 40 games last year.
They grow them tough around Wolseley, so the injuries must have been significant. Sail on, Drew Czerwonka. We wish you the best.