Tuesday, April 8, 2014


While out in Grand Falls - Windsor this weekend, Aidan got an opportunity to take in the Herder Final at the Joe Byrne Arena.

My radio days in Port Aux Basques and Stephenville were steeped in Newfoundland Senior Hockey. The rivalries between the Jets, Mariners & the Royals on the West Coast was intense.

The old Bruce Arena was a tough spot to enter with visiting team. Calling hockey or offering colour commentary for the Jets was like wearing a bullseye - a magnet for rowdy fans.

Aidan on the other hand has not been exposed to Senior Hockey. He is a product of a new generation that follows the AHL & the NHL. At first he was not sure what to think of the Herder Finals.

A night of watching the The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts edged the Clarenville Caribous 3-2 in overtime changed all that.

Wicked hockey Dad, he exclaimed when he got back to the Mount Peyton with his Go Cats Go sign. The energy and passion of the arena was irresistible.

The competition for the senior hockey championship and the Herder Memorial Trophy in Newfoundland and Labrador began in 1935.

The other highlights of his weekend trip was snow cleared sidewalks and Chubby Chicken Dinners at A & W!

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