No ordinary sports reporter

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 6/24/2015 10:07:00 PM

 

Potenteau with a passion to tell a story, even through a lens

It is a bitter sweet day as colleague Doyle Potenteau officially leaves the sports department at the Kelowna Daily Courier. I have known for a while now that Doyle was likely on the 'back nine' at the 2015 Memorial Cup in Quebec City and was contemplating a change. The writing was clearly on the wall. Potenteau wanted to change the direction of his journalism career which would allow him to spend more time with his family. For that alone, I applaud a man who I have developed a close relationship with over the years.

Potenteau in Brandon 2007 on one of many Rockets road trips

I dare say that Potenteau and I have a very unique relationship among competing media in the city of Kelowna. While he was covering the Rockets as the Courier's beat writer for ...

WHL celebrates 50 years

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 6/19/2015 10:47:00 AM

I'm fifty. Fifty years-old. I'm Sally O'Malley and I'm 50!

Remember that skit from Saturday Night Live? I laugh every time I see it. 
Just think, the Western Hockey League is celebrating its 50th season in 2015-2016. I am happy to be invited to the 72 game celebration as a broadcaster of this great league.
For the past 20 seasons, the Western Hockey League has been a big part of my life. It has brought me employment as a broadcaster for both the Swift Current Broncos and Kelowna Rockets. It is the WHL that has allowed me access to elite players between the ages of 16 and 20. I have been able to get to know them both personally and professionally. 
I have witnessed a young coach like Todd McLellan, who I spent five years with as coach/broadcaster with the Swift Current Broncos, accelerate to a solid career in the ...

Things that make me go hmm...

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 6/3/2015 9:55:00 AM

 

My broadcast location at Le Colisee
  • Have we finally come to grips with what happened Sunday night in Quebec City? Didn't think so, but it will get better. The good news is I haven't see anyone with Kelowna Rockets jersey's preparing to jump off the W.R Bennett Bridge, so we are taking baby steps. Joking aside, it was a great season and several banners will be raised this September at Prospera Place including a red WHL banner as league champions. I know, I know, we wanted the white one which is symbolic of Memorial Cup champions. Let's make a sixth appearance shortly and get it done!
  • I have had the privilege of attending five Memorial Cups with the Kelowna Rockets. This one in Quebec City will go down as the best ever. It edges out the 2004 tournament in Kelowna for several reasons. At the 04' tournament, I called ...
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