Monthly Archives: March 2014

Riders Returning To Toon-Town

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have reached a two year agreement with the University of Saskatchewan to hold 2014 and 2015 training camp at Griffith’s Stadium in Saskatoon.

This will mark three consecutive seasons the team will travel to the U of S campus to hold training camp after the Green and White held practice sessions there in 2013.

The 2014 edition of Saskatchewan Roughrider training camp will open with on field workouts beginning Sunday, June 1st. The team will stay in Saskatoon practicing through Friday, June 13th at which time they will return to Regina ahead of their first preseason game June 14th at Mosaic Stadium versus the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

Some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Start The Week: Including the SJHL Heading to Warman

Thanks for the patience… Some Virus issues are behind me so here’s to a little of Dis N’ Dat as we prepare to start the work week!

Happy thoughts for Saskatoon native Derek Hulak. Fresh off an MVP performance at the University Cup last weekend the forward was signed to a deal with the Dallas Stars and reported to their AHL team in Houston. More good news as on his first shift with his new team his first shot on goal found the back of the net. Even more remarkable for this young man is that it came 7 years to the day that mother lost her battle with cancer. I wish nothing but success for this inspiring young man.

One more on the University Cup and one thing that stuck out from the tournament was the number of checking from behind calls made during the event. One theory was that due to fighting being banned at the University level there was no respect between the players and they could not police themselves. My argument is that players at this level are so smart that they are drawing the penalty by turning their back to the play. That quick turn, means that an onrushing opponent will hit them in the numbers and not only be penalized the two minutes for the infraction but also the 10-minute accompanying misconduct penalty.

Huskies Announce Nominees

Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the nominees for the Major 7 Awards to be handed out at the 2014 Huskie Salute on April 4 at TCU Place.

The Major 7 Awards are handed to those athletes who have had outstanding seasons for the green and white, as well as made big contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community during their time with the Huskies. Huskie Athletics will also honour Canada West All-Stars and Major Award Winners, CIS All-Canadians and Major Award Winners and fifth year athletes, as well as hand out the Trainer of the Year award.

And the nominees are…

Blades Clean House In Hockey Operations

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades are embarking on a course that will change the face of the franchise. The Blades are looking for a new General Manager and Head Coach for the 2014-15 season and beyond.

G.M. Lorne Molleken and the team have agreed to part ways and the contract for Head Coach Dave Struch is not being renewed. The Blades will immediately start searching for candidates with a rich experience in the game and a tradition of winning. As the search commences, Molleken will stay on with the Blades to help guide them through this period of transition.

The Blades would also like to thank Curtis Leschyshyn for his time and commitment over the last two seasons.  Curtis is moving on to help coach the Midget-AAA Saskatoon Blazers, where his son Jake will play next season.

Another 10 Thoughts On A Tuesday Morning

It’s another early-week look at my musings from the world of sports.

10 – The Saskatoon Blades appear to be poised to announce the future of their hockey operations staff today. For whatever reason the new Blades ownership cooled their heels over the weekend and decided not to make their announcement on Friday afternoon, as was anticipated. There is lots of speculation from a minor to a major shake-up, I will allow you to speculate what you think will/should happen.

9 – Staying with the WHL and how many people were cheering for overtime in game one of the Prince Albert Raiders/Edmonton Oil King series? If you missed it due to arena availability the WHL amended its’ overtime format to include a shootout after one overtime session on Saturday afternoon, in order to follow NHL protocol of having an ice surface free for 3 hours prior to a game. Fortunately the point became moot when the home-town Oil Kings scored a 5-3 regulation win at Rexal Place. That having been said doesn’t the entire situation wreak of inequality? What if the game was to be held in Prince Albert, Regina, Brandon, Medicine Hat, etc. basically, anywhere but the third biggest market in the WHL? My bet is that the game is moved to a different day OR moved out of the city entirely, i.e. Brandon playing in Dauphin later this month. Something to ponder and consider is that the league would put its’ integrity on the line in order to accommodate one franchise out of 22.

Alberta Spoils Saskatchewan’s Party!

Levko Koper scored twice, including the game-winner, to lead the top-seeded University of Alberta Golden Bears to a 3-1 victory over the host Saskatchewan Huskies in the CIS men’s hockey championship final, Sunday afternoon, marking the record 14th University Cup triumph for the powerhouse from Edmonton.

It was the first national championship since 2008 for the Bears, who were skating in their 19th CIS title match, another all-time mark. With the win, Alberta improved to 6-0 overall this season against its archrival from the Canada West conference.

The final of the PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op was played in front of 6,289 fans at Credit Union Centre, lifting the seven-game total to 41,089, a new standard for the 52-year-old tournament. The previous standard of 40,956 had been set in 2000 at Credit Union Centre, then known as Saskatchewan Place.

“It was a long time coming,” said Ian Herbers, who was in his second campaign behind the U of A bench and had won a title as a player with the Bears back in 1992. The guys worked so hard all year, going back to their off-season training last summer. There’s so much leadership in our locker room. The focus and determination of our player was phenomenal.

“We’re a hard-working team, that’s Bears hockey. This weekend we were very aggressive on the forecheck and on the penalty-kill. We were able to play three very solid games and that’s what you need to win this championship.”

University Cup Sets New Record:

The 2014 PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op drew a seven-game total of 41,089 fans at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, setting a new attendance record for the CIS men’s hockey championship.

The previous tournament mark – also over seven matches – had held since 2000 when 40,956 spectators turned up at Saskatchewan Place, which has since been renamed Credit Union Centre.

In the 52-year history of the University Cup tourney, the five most attended championships have all been held in Saskatoon, including in 2014 (41,089), 2000 (40,956), 2013 (38,347), 1999 (37,184) and 1998 (37,121).

The 2014 PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op is hosted by the University of Saskatchewan. The Alberta Golden Bears and Saskatchewan Huskies face off in today’s gold-medal final, in front of a crowd of 6,289.

 

Huskies/Bears To Play For U-Cup

The tournament host University of Saskatchewan Huskies dominated
the Windsor Lancers 9-0 Saturday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 7,241 at Credit Union Centre to qualify for the CIS men’s hockey national final for the first time since 2005.

The University Cup will be on the line Sunday at 1:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. ET) when the fifth-seeded Huskies (2-0) face their archrivals, the top-ranked Alberta Golden Bears (2-0), live on Sportsnet and on the web at
www.cis-sic.tv.

Alberta holds the all-time mark of 13 CIS men’s hockey titles and will skate in the 19th championship match, another record, while Saskatchewan claimed its lone banner in 1983 and will compete for CIS gold for the sixth time.

Huskies Hulak Scores Late To Give Dogs Win

Derek Hulak scored on a breakaway with two minutes and two seconds
remaining in regulation to lift the fifth-seeded and tournament host University of Saskatchewan Huskies past the No. 2 Acadia Axemen 3-2 in the second game of Pool B at the CIS men’s hockey championship in front of 8,104 delighted fans at Credit Union Centre, Friday night.

With the win, Saskatchewan (1-0) ties Windsor (1-0) atop the Pool B standings. The Huskies and the Lancers, who beat Acadia (0-2) 4-2 on Thursday, will square off on Saturday at 7 p.m. Saskatchewan Time, live on Sportsnet 360, with the winner advancing to the championship final on Sunday.

The Huskies were skating in their first game in 26 days after being eliminated in the first round of the Canada West playoffs by UBC on Feb. 23.

Hulak, the reigning Canada West player of the year and scoring champion with 48 points in 28 league games, corralled team captain Brennan Bosch’s pass in the neutral zone and came in down the left wing, cut hard to the middle, evaded the poke of goaltender Evan Mosher and slide the puck into the open cage sending the pro-Huskie crowd into euphoria.

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat AND D-Day For the Saskatoon Blades????

Friday is here and it could be a history maker for the Saskatoon Blades organization. Here are my thoughts on that and other random ones from the world of sports as I take a look at the week that was:

OK to start with the Saskatoon Blades and management announced following the teams last game of the season on Saturday night that the future of the hockey operations department would be determined today. There are a number of whispers on the street as to what will happen from a major overhaul to a minor tweak. The one thing that is for sure is that no one seems to know for sure what the future will hold, especially for General Manager Lorne Molleken and Head Coach Dave Struch.

More WHL and the annual Shaw broadcasters’ play-off pool is underway. The prognostication pool that I am a repeat winner in has gotten off to a tough start for me with Kootenay’s convincing win in Calgary, last night.

Here were my other picks for round one;