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03-08-2013, 05:59 PM
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Bob Stauffer
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Re: Alberta

Probably saw the Bears 9-10 times this season.
Ian Herbers who was Head Coach of Nashville's farm team in Milwaukee last season has restored work ethic and commitment in the Bears program.
IMO Alberta had been sliding since the mid 2000's since Rob Daum departed for Houston in the AHL. Herbers has changed that.
The Bears don't have the elite top end offence of a Ryan or Klassen from 2011, but they are far deeper up front with three lines that can score.
The team has five D that can move the puck.
Kurtis Mucha will likely be the 1st Team All-Canadian in goal, he has taken a huge step forward this season. And he is looking for a little redemption after a subpar performance in Fredericton in 2011.
The Bears have won the last four University Cup's played in the West, but as we have all season the tournament has been very unpredictable.
UNB hasn't won with a couple of their better teams, and the same scenario occurred with the Bears in 2001 (when they were going for a three-peat) or in 2004 in Fredericton when Alberta was 39-0-2 before losing 6-5 in OT to the V-Reds.

Take care.

Bob Stauffer, Oilers Radio Network
In Nashville on a 9-game 17 day road trip

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