Monthly Archives: November 2013

Black Friday Lives Up To Its’ Name For Blades

Photo Courtesy : Steve Hiscock:

The Saskatoon Blades opened their U-S Division road trip with a loss on Black Friday in Kent Washington against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Here is the complete recap:

The Blades dropped game one of their toughest test so far of the 2013-14 season on Friday night. Saskatoon fell 6-2 to the Seattle Thunderbirds to open their US Division road trip as Florida Panthers prospect Alexander Delnov led the charge, putting up a 5-point night.

The Blades started off their 5-game US Division road trip with a fantastic opening 20 minutes of action. That was despite going up against a shorthanded situation early in the frame. Collin Valcourt took a penalty only 15 seconds in. Alex Moodie was tested in goal for Saskatoon on the shorthanded situation, making 3 saves. After a Sam McKechnie wraparound chance was deflected wide by the Blades goalie, Saskatoon generated their own set of chances.

Some more of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat!

Time to wrap up the week with some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat…

The most common question outside of the game itself at Grey Cup 101 had entirely to with pushing the start of the season up. The argument is of course to avoid cold weather games in November on the prairies and instead play the Grey Cup early in the month. To be truthful it comes down to television. Prior to TSN losing their NHL rights the network didn’t want to clash with the Stanley Cup in June. More importantly in my mind is the back half of the season! Television ratings are compiled in November in Canada, that is why I can’t see TSN wanting to lose three weeks of big television audiences otherwise known as the CFL play-offs.

Speaking of the dollars and cents of the game the economic impact from Grey Cup 101 will be huge for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  Some numbers that I have heard kicked around… $1-million in merchandise sales last WEEK for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 35,000 toques sold last Saturday alone, and as for the economic impact of the entire week with all hotels full and restaurants bursting at the seams $15-million.

Speaking of the CFL I have yet to hear the league announce a formal fine for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for ignoring league protocol and coming out as a team to start the game as opposed to the individual player introductions. The team decided in their final meeting on Saturday night that they would come out as a group like that had done all season long. The broadcaster in me that is concerned about making everything fit in the allotted time is disgusted. The fan and observer in me says it was spectacular showing the world and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that you would have to beat 46 guys to win the cup.

Team WHL Rebounds

Greg Chase of the Calgary Hitmen scored twice as Team WHL overcame a tough start to defeat Russia 4-2 in the final game of the 2013 SUBWAY Super Series on Thursday night at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, AB.

The victory sealed a series win for the Canadian Hockey League in the six-game series versus Russia.  Though the CHL and Russia each won three games in the series, the CHL claimed the series victory on points with a 10-8 edge.

Having lost 3-2 the previous night in Red Deer, AB, Team WHL endured a rough first period, giving up two goals in the first 5:25 of the contest.  However, the WHL stars overcame their first-period woes, scoring four unanswered goals the rest of the way while outshooting the Russians 42-17 overall to claim the series win for the CHL.

“I’m really happy for the kids for responding the way they did after getting down two goals,” said Team WHL head coach Brent Sutter.  “We really dug in our heels and started to play the way we wanted to.”

Hunter Shinkaruk netted the game-winner early in the third period while Portland Winterhawks’ Derrick Pouliot also counted for Team WHL in the victory.  Kirill Voronin and Igor Rudenkov had the goals for Russia.

Russia took the lead early when Ildar Shiksatdarov sprung Kirill Voronin, who had snuck in behind the Team WHL defence, and Voronin made no mistake in beating Edmonton Oil Kings’ netminder Tristan Jarry through the legs on a nice deke just 1:19 into the contest.

The Russians took a 2-0 lead on Igor Rudenkov’s third goal of the tournament.  The 18-year-old made a move out from behind the net and his wraparound attempt found its way through Jarry.  The play had to be reviewed to determine if the net had come off its moorings before the puck crossed the line.

CFL Lists Potential Free-Agent List:

With the Canadian Football League’s expansion draft rapidly approaching teams are getting their houses in order.

Team’s are starting to fill their coaching vacancies and compile their protected players list. While the latter will remain confidential the league did issue their list of potential free-agents Thursday.

Here is a look at the team by team list of players who are set to become Free-Agents on Saturday February 15th at 11am Saskatchewan time.

Dickenson Hanging On With Stamps

CFL fans in Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa will not have Dave Dickenson as their next Head Coach thanks this announcement out of Calgary this morning:

Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce that Dave Dickenson has signed a three-year contract to remain with the Stampeders.

In addition to being the Stamps’ offensive coordinator, a position he has held since 2011, Dickenson adds the title of assistant head coach.

Dave is a valuable member of the Stampeders organization and I am pleased that we have come to this mutual long-term commitment,” said Hufnagel. “Our offence has been very effective under the guidance of Dave and his staff and I look forward to continued success. We all have great respect for what Dave has accomplished as a player and a coach and I know he will continue to excel in his expanded role.”

Russians Win Third Straight in Subway Series

— Ivan Nalimov’s string of impressive performances continued as he made 42 saves to backstop Russia to a 3-2 victory over Team WHL in Game 5 of the 2013 SUBWAY Super Series on Wednesday night before a crowd of 6,057 at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, AB.

Nalimov, who kicked aside 91 shots over two Russian wins versus Team OHL, was particularly strong in the third period, making 17 stops, including several solid efforts late in the game with Team WHL pressing.  The 19-year-old netminder was named Player of the Game for Russia, a well-earned honor.

“(Nalimov) played extremely well for them tonight,” said Team WHL head coach Brent Sutter.  “We had a lot of chances, and he made some big time saves…he’s been very good in every game he’s played in this series, and he won the two games out in the OHL for them too.

“We had some soft plays around our net that we can’t let happen,” he said.

Alexei Baskov gave the Russians a 3-2 lead early in the third frame, scoring on a wraparound after being allowed to walk right out from behind the net.  The goal was enough to propel the Russians to the win and give them a 3-2 lead in the six-game series.

Three Dub Clubs Crack Top 10:

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the eleventh edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Three teams were able to crack the ranking while another earned an honourable mention.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 11

BC Needs New O-C:

The BC Lions Football Club announced this morning that it has arrived at a mutual decision with offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine to part ways.

“Jacques has been a big part of our past success,” said head coach Mike Benevides. “He presided over two championship offenses and two Most Outstanding Players during his time with the club and I am grateful for his hard work and dedication during our time together. At this time however, we agree that it is in the best interest of both parties to proceed in a new direction.”

Originally joining the Lions in 2003 as the team’s receivers coach, Chapdelaine was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2005. Following the club’s 2006 championship, he departed the Lions to become the offensive coordinator of the Edmonton Eskimos. He returned to the Lions the following year as receivers coach and was again promoted to offensive coordinator in 2010 where he would remain until this past season.

Scotties Coming To Moose Jaw

It will be the first time the Saskatchewan city has hosted the Canadian women’s curling championship, but certainly not the first time the city has staged a successful curling event at Mosaic Place.

The 2012 Capital One Canada Cup of Curling broke attendance records for the event, and the 4,465-seat facility is ideally suited to hosting the crown jewel of Canadian women’s curling.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring one of our marquee curling events back to Moose Jaw,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “The 2012 Canada Cup was a shining example of a city supporting our sport and our curlers. We know the people in Moose Jaw, and all over Saskatchewan, will provide an amazing atmosphere in 2015.”

The 2015 Scotties will be preceded, for the first time, by a pre-qualifying event that will determine the final 12-team field for the Scotties. Fifteen teams (the 14 Member Associations and the defending champion from the 2014 Scotties) will be eligible to compete, meaning Northern Ontario will make its Scotties debut in Moose Jaw. Four teams will compete in the pre-qualifying round just before round-robin play begins to determine the final two entries. The format will be announced at a later date.

Mr. Jones and the EE:

Chris Jones has been named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club.

Jones joins the Green and Gold after spending the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and assistant general manager of the Toronto Argonauts.

“Chris Jones has paid his dues in the Canadian Football League and has earned this opportunity. His commitment to the league and record of success is impressive. I look forward to working with him,” says Eskimos General Manager Ed Hervey.