Kale Kerbashian, First Camp Invitee Spotted In The Wild

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The inter-webs are a wonderful thing, and as I prepare to turn 33 I find myself becoming more aware of its stronghold on my life. Post-grad dissertation forthcoming (not really, but okay). Nonetheless, good buddy Oil Field Hockey (on twitter) spotted a tweet from Shawn Green, an agent/founder of Premier Hockey Management.

Following that tweet, again credit to Oil Field Hockey, a quick post on the Allen Americans Blog highlighted the same bit of news. Here is what that site had to say about Kerbashian, and a training camp invite to Oklahoma City.

[bra_blockquote align=’left’]According to his agent Kale Kerbashian has been invited to the AHL training camp of the Oklahoma City Barons. Since his agent has also hinted about Kale signing with the Americans (this is just rumor as nothing has been announced by the team) at long last the Americans will have some kind of relationship with Oklahoma City. Wishful thinking on my part. Will have to wait and see what happens.[/bra_blockquote]

So with training camp headed our way in the nearer-than-yesterday future, Kale Kerbashian seems to be the first of the “unknowns” to make the list.

These early camp invites are interesting at the minor league level, and this isn’t news to fans of the Oklahoma City Barons. Occasionally, players are brought in to camp, released quickly, but not entirely forgotten. If the team gets into a pinch or finds that the player is putting up solid numbers in a lower league, it isn’t all that uncommon for one or two of these guys to pop up on PTO’s at various points in the marathon of a season.

For Kerbashian, the smallish winger who puts up decent offensive numbers, he’s only 23 years old, and although he went undrafted and unnoticed, he’s put up decent offense in small sample sizes (never played more than 40 games as a pro). All those negative +/- seasons are likely a product of a few games played, but are still an eye sore. This doesn’t make him invaluable to someone, and perhaps that someone is the Allen Americans with a side of Oklahoma City Barons for a game or two. I call this the “Erick Lizon Limitation”. The truth remains, he’s an unknown from my perspective, and the Barons need bodies in camp. He’ll do just fine.

More camp notes to come as we get through the 110 degree days of August in Oklahoma City. Stay tuned. Stay hydrated.

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I once took a camping trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mid-summer, with ski lifts in off-season mode, my goal was to make it to the peak of the famed Santa Fe Baldy. She was a tame peak, and not much more than two days of supplies, well worn hiking boots, and some physical fitness were required to make it to the top.

Standing at the base of the peak, my blue tent lost in a sea of tall green grass, I set forth to conquer “the Baldy” as our guide called her. At first I took the marathon approach, moving slowly through jagged rock formations, around crevices that were six feet deep, and jumping between arching formations like a graceful doe. Quickly I realized the pace would need to quicken or my conquest would be dashed by the setting sun. So I scurried, light footed.

Nearing the halfway point I reached for my water jug, took a swig, and carried on. One hundred leaps and bounds from the top I pulled out my glorious set of telescoping binoculars, placed them to my sweaty face, and gazed upon the beauty that surrounded me. As I crested the top rock formation, I took a deep breath, pulled my camera from my bag, snapped some panoramas, a few “selfies”, and promptly took fifty strides towards the other side of the peak as I patted myself on the back.

Much to my horror, just on the other side of the famed Baldy was an operating ski lift full of over weight tourists, small children, and a few dogs. Suddenly my epic trip to the peak felt unnecessary. I promptly removed the “selfies” from my camera, hopped on the lift, and ate my body weight in Simple Simons pizza that night.

Life is full of “poked hole” moments where your parachute feels like Swiss cheese, and that thing you ate for lunch comes back to haunt you around 3pm. Isn’t that what makes living so much fun? After all, “getting there” is half the fun.

So the Oklahoma City Barons are trying their hand at “getting there”. The offseason is upon us, but not for much longer. This means that a roster is developing, and unfortunately there is no guaranteed ski lift to the top. It’s a mangled piece of roster that, in the coming months, will become chiseled masonry.

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BBG&CS Dog Days of Summer: Tributes, Stars & Thunder, Sugar Land & OKC Eats

| The Warrior — Brandon Davidson:

 “Something that I will always remember is my first game back after having surgery and going through chemotherapy,” Davidson said, remembering that night. “Stepping back on the ice and waving my stick in the air and having everybody stand up and cheer. It was definitely an emotional night and it was definitely something that I’ll never forget and something that definitely sticks out in my mind.” — via OKCBarons.com

Tribute to Kristians Pelss. Thank you Derek. 

“We can’t do much but remember, but one way The Copper & Blue can help to keep Kristians Pelss’ memory alive is to rename our semi-annual Top 25 Under 25 Longshot in honor of Kristians. So moving forward, it will be the Top 25 Under 25 Kristians Pelss Longshot award. It’s not much, but it will be a reminder of the young man we miss so much.” – via  Derek Zona at Copper & Blue

| Bryan Helmer heads into coaching after epic playing career:

“Maybe I’m a little crazy by playing this long in the AHL,” said Helmer, who also won a Calder Cup in 1994-95 with the Albany River Rats and was voted the recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey) in 2010-11 as a member of the Oklahoma City Barons. “I enjoyed going to the rink every single day and I enjoyed what I did and enjoyed being around the young guys, teaching them and giving them my experience of what I went through. It’s fun for myself to look at the guys that I played with that are in the NHL now.” — via PennLive.com

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