Monthly Archives: June 2013

Roughrider Season Kick-Off Complete Preview:

Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos:

Saskatchewan 2012:

8-10 Regular Season Record lost in West Division Semi-Final in Calgary.


Edmonton 2012:

7-11 Regular Season Record lost in East Division Semi-Final in Toronto.


ALL TIME SERIES Since 1949: GP  W    L   T  PCT

Edmonton                                    197 113 82 2   .579

Saskatchewan                             197  82 113 2  .421


2012 Season Series: Edmonton 2 Saskatchewan 1

Some of Dis N’ Dat To Wrap Up The Week:

Here we go to wind up the week with a little of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat:

Riders, Bombers, NHL, MLB, Stadiums, Relocations and more to wind up the week…

The CFL season opened with a doozy between Winnipeg and Montreal in the new Investors Group Field. The Bombers looked down and out 5 minutes in down 14 points to the Als but they did battle back until the veteran poise of Anthony Calvillo took over and Montreal scored a 38-33 win in the CFL’s season opener.

Meantime, it appears as though some of the pre-season headaches at the stadium were rectified by the Bombers. However, the opening carried on TV… Come on!

Saskatoon Blades For Sale?

Since I moved to Saskatoon over a decade ago rumours have always swirled around the Saskatoon Blades being for sale.

In recent years that has morphed into the Saskatoon Blades moving out of the Bridge City for an AHL team or even an NHL team.

Well this time there appears to be some gravity to the talk on coffee row.

Yesterday CJWW Sports Director and play-by-play voice of the Saskatoon Blades Les Lazaruk returned early from his holidays to speak to the rumour and how there now appears to be some truth to it.

CFL Week 1 Predictor:

With the CFL season set to kick-off tonight at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

So without further adieu here are my week one picks…

Feel free to submit your own and go toe to toe!

Hockey Canada Makes Management Team Official

Hockey Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Wednesday a number of changes to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, including the naming of a management group, a head scout and significant changes to the under-17 program.

Over the course of the past few months, Hockey Canada, under the leadership of president and CEO Bob Nicholson and COO Scott Smith, did a full overview of the Program of Excellence, which led to the changes and structure being announced Wednesday.

Huskies Make Their Mark In The CFL

Thirteen former University of Saskatchewan Huskies have earned a spot on CFL rosters for the 2013 season. 

The Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes all feature Huskie alumni on their rosters entering the 2013 season. The University of Saskatchewan is tied for the second most active players on CFL rosters.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders roster boasts the most former Huskies with six players on the team to start the campaign. Veteran fullback Graeme Bell will start the season on the 9-game injured list as will third year Rider offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld. Neufeld started 13 of 17 games for the Riders last season, but suffered a leg injury during training camp in June.

Brent Back With Baby Nats

It appears as though current Red Deer Rebels owner, General Manager, and Head Coach Brent Sutter will get another shot at coaching Canada’s national junior team.

Hockey Canada is expected to make it official tomorrow when they name their Head Scout, Head Coach and management team for 2014.

Brent Sutter will get another chance to lead the Canadian juniors back to gold.

Warman Says No To SJHL

The city of Warman will not be home to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team any time soon.

An ownership group from one of Saskatchewan’s newest cities had explored the possibility of becoming the 13th team in the league.

After expressing an interest in starting a franchise the potential owners started working on exploring the financial viability of the project. That included a season ticket and advertising canvas of the community.

Another Top 10 Thoughts For a Tuesday

Here are a few scattered thoughts from the week that was…

10 – Not too high and not too low for Rider fans… After looking all-world against Edmonton in their first preseason tilt the Riders looked flat and overwhelmed by the Calgary Stampeders last week. In a great conversation that I had with Rider Fan Favorite Chris Szarka he mentioned that the vets would do what they needed to do to get ready or the season but also do what they needed to do to be healthy entering the campaign. Let’s hope that was the case and the Riders will be firing on all cylinders when they open the season Saturday in Edmonton. As for a predicition on the season. I’m still saying the Riders will win 12 games this season and finish 2nd in the West.

Saskatoon’s Elder Getting A Look Internationally

The camp is used as a platform to launch the IIHF’s development and education programs, specifically aimed at assisting each national association to achieve individually identified objectives, and to promote global growth and development of the game. This includes bringing together players with a wide variety of skill levels to promote the development of emerging hockey nations, with the help of the top hockey nations within the IIHF membership.

The following Canadian players will attend the IIHF Hockey Development Camp:

           Kaden      Elder (forward) – Saskatoon, Sask.