The Weekend Road Map is back for another Friday! We’ve officially avoided being a one-and-done web story, as we look back at another week of Roadrunners headlines, features, and fun. It’s also a busy weekend for Tucson with University of Arizona Graduation ceremonies before Mother’s Day on Sunday.
This week on RRTV, we congratulated Roadrunners forward Mike Carcone on his selection to Team Canada for the 2023 IIHF World Championship (more on that later). We also heard from goaltender Ivan Prosvetov on how the goaltender group of him, Tyler Parks and David Tendeck have been together for quite some time. Prosvetov and Tendeck were in the same 2018 Arizona Coyotes draft class, while Ivan and Tyler Parks were teammates in both Rapid City and Tucson during the 2019-2020 campaign (Ivan’s rookie year).
Ben Drops By The Podcast
For our second offseason guest on the Tucson Roadrunners Insider Podcast, “Voice of the Roadrunners” Adrian Denny and I caught up with forward Ben McCartney. Ben was back home in Manitoba, where he gave his thoughts on his second full season in Tucson and his first professional playoff series. You can listen to the full episode below or by visiting TucsonRoadrunners.com/Podcast and the iHeartRadio app. As always, you can read the best from our interview with Ben at TucsonRoadrunners.com/ThisWeek. Be on the lookout next week for when we talk to another third-year Roadrunner, defenseman Cam Crotty.Listen to “Ben McCartney Is Back On The Podcast” on Spreaker.
Roadrunners Take On The World
Another week, another Mike Carcone story, as Mike was named to Team Canada for the 2023 IIHF World Championship beginning Friday in Finland and Latvia. Carcone joins current Arizona Coyotes forwards Lawson Crouse and Jack McBain, along with Arizona Head Coach André Tourigny and Coyotes legend Shane Doan. You can watch the games on NHL Network and ESPN+.
Other 2022-23 Roadrunners on World Championship rosters:
- Ronald Knot (Czech Republic)
- Milos Kelemen (Slovakia)
There’s also a handful of Arizona Coyotes players that have taken the trip over for the tournament:
- J.J. Moser (Switzerland)
- Patrik Nemeth (Sweden)
- Karel Vejmelka (Czech Republic)
- Connor Mackey (USA)
With Ben McCartney dropping by the podcast this week, it’s a perfect time to look back at his professional debut with Tucson on May 8, 2021, or two years ago as of last Monday. The then-19-year-old notched a goal and an assist in a 5-2 Roadrunners win on the road in Texas (I was there as part of my first ever road trip with the team!) McCartney was named the Third Star of the Game behind Ryan McGregor (three assists) and Mike Carcone (two goals, of course). You can check out the full box score from that game HERE. Speaking of Texas, Thursday, May 11 also marked five years since the Roadrunners and Stars closed out a hard-fought series in the second round of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs that went five games.
After launching our first Road Map of the offseason last Friday, Adrian and I took a trip over to one of our favorite spots in Downtown Tucson: The Hub. As expected, here is a photo of our food from that lunch, I’ll let you guess who ordered what.
It looks like we’ve made it to the end of another Weekend Road Map! If there’s anything you’d like to see in next week’s edition, my email is always open at Jimmy.Peebles@TucsonRoadrunners.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @JimmyPeeblesAZ (though I’m pretty bad at checking my DMs there). Have a great Mother’s Day Weekend, and talk to you next week! #LetsGoTucson