Monthly Archives: April 2014

It’s A Top 10 Tuesday After Long Weekend:

Here is a smattering of my thoughts on this Tuesday morning.

10 – First a tip of the cap to Bob Ridley. The legendary voice of the Medicine Hat Tigers called his 3,542nd WHL game on Sunday in Edmonton. The only voice the Tigers have ever known also drives the team bus and he has been doing it all for 44 years. Best of all he is as professional and classy off the air as he is on it.

Riders DD Extends As QB

Saskatchewan Roughriders General Manager Brendan Taman announced today that import quarterback Darian Durant has signed a multi-year extension with the team. As per team policy, financial details of the contract were not released.

Durant just completed his eighth CFL season with the Riders after originally signing with the team ahead of the 2006 season. In 16 regular season starts last year, the 31-year-old threw for 4,154 yards and a league leading 31 touchdowns – the third highest single season total in team history. He was named a West Division All-Star for the second time in his career.

Hulak Up For BLG Award (No Type-O)

Derek Hulak becomes the 5th University of Saskatchewan nominee in history and the first since 2005-06. Other nominees include: Sarah Crooks (women’s basketball, 2005-06); Kelsie Hendry (track & field, 2004-05); Adam Ens (men’s volleyball, 2003-04); Warren Muzika (football, 1998-99). Adam Ens is the only winner in school history.


The 22nd Annual BLG Awards

CIS athlete of the year nominees announced

A Classy Move And A Chance To Be Classy On A Top 10 Tuesday

Here is a smattering of thoughts on this Top 10 Tuesday Morning.

10 – Word this week is that the University of Saskatchewan has finally decided that it’s time to replacing the antiquated Rutherford Arena in Saskatoon. Good news for the Huskies but it should be good news for the community! This in my mind is a big test for the University and their commitment to community. It’s no secret that ice time is at a premium in Saskatoon, will the U of S play nice and work with the city and Minor Hockey to build a facility with more than one sheet of ice that can be home of the Huskies, fulfill the needs of Campus Rec, and help with a much needed capital expenditure for our young children.

Riders Sign Dressler 2.0?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that import receiver Ryan Smith has signed with the team. As per club policy financial details of the contract were not released.

Smith (5’7 – 175) joins the Riders after spending four seasons playing at North Dakota State University. In 54 career collegiate games the 22-year-old amassed 1,783 yards and eight touchdowns on 147 receptions, as well as 271 yards and three touchdowns on 32 rush attempts. The Wahpeton, ND native also added 945 yards and three touchdowns on 82 punt returns and 773 yards and one touchdown on 30 kickoff returns. He was named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second team in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Kindersley Ready To Welcome The Hockey World

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, announced Friday that Kindersley, Sask., will host the 2014 World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 14-20, 2014.

The 2014 tournament will mark the return of the World Junior A Challenge to the province of Saskatchewan for the first time since Yorkton and Humboldt hosted the inaugural event in 2006.

Some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat to Wrap Up The Week!

Here are my random thoughts from the world of sports to wrap up the week.

RIDERVILLE: Love the contract extension granted to Brendan Taman this week. His contract and that of Corey Chamblin are now tied to one another. Taman has had the Midas touch since taking over as General Manager. What has been his best move since taking over the GM duties with the Riders? There have been a lot of good ones but last year my vote would go to the addition of Weldon Brown last year.

RIDERVILLE 2: Apparently the Green and White are on the verge of signing UND grad Ryan Smith. The receiver, who is drawing comparisons to Weston Dressler, showed well in the team’s mini-camp in Florida last weekend. Nothing like putting pressure on a player that has never been on a field with CFL vets! I approach the news with cautious optimism but here’s hoping.

Super Series Coming Back To Toon-Town

The Canadian Hockey League in association with SUBWAY® Restaurants along with the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced five of the six Canadian host centres for the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series to be played November 10-20, 2014.

The six-game series, which features regional teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team, opens for the first time with two games hosted by the WHL beginning in Saskatoon, SK, home of the Blades, on Monday November 10, with the second WHL host site for Game 2 on Tuesday November 11, still to be determined. The series shifts to the OHL who will maintain the middle leg of the series with Game 3 to be hosted by the Peterborough Petes on Thursday November 13, followed by Game 4 hosted by the Kingston Frontenacs on Monday November 17. For the first time next season the competition will end in the QMJHL with Game 5 hosted by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Tuesday November 18, followed by the Game 6 series finale to be hosted by the Rimouski Oceanic on Thursday November 20.

Million Dollar Day For The Bowl!

At a news conference today, the Friends of the Bowl Foundation kicked off the public phase of its Bowl Field Goal Campaign.

Campaign Chair, Greg Yuel, announced the capital campaign goal of $11 million, which will be used to revitalize the Bowl at Gordon Howe Park.

“We are moving forward in campaign with the full scope of the Foundation’s proposed upgrades. Our community wants to see the full scope of the project realized,” said Mr. Yuel. “Our $11-million goal will cover new artificial turf, scoreboard, lights and sound system, plus a stunning 12,000 square foot clubhouse, complete with concession, locker rooms, equipment storage, and a second floor multi-purpose room with a balcony for a stellar vantage point viewing of games.”

Soccer Huskies Change Things Up

Huskie Athletics is pleased to announce changes to the University of Saskatchewan varsity soccer structure including a new head coach for the women’s program.

Within the new transition, 2011 Canada West Men’s Soccer MVP Jerson Barandica-Hamilton and Florida State Women’s Soccer MVP Janine Harding will co-coach the Huskie Athletics women’s soccer program. Current men’s soccer head coach will assume the role as soccer program director for the programs at the University of Saskatchewan. His duties will also include continuing to coach the men’s team.

“Huskie Athletics is excited for these changes to the soccer program,” said athletic director Basil Hughton. “Jerson and Janine both bring a wealth of experience to our program and under the guidance of Bryce, I know we are in good hands. We look forward to seeing what our soccer programs can do on the pitch in the upcoming season.”