Monthly Archives: June 2014

Blades Add Pick From Silvertips

(Photo Courtesy Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatoon Blades have acquired a conditional 4th round pick from the Everett Silvertips in exchange for forward Graham Millar.

The pick Saskatoon has acquired is for the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. “Given the depth we have in front of Graham, this was a move we needed to make to bring in a good asset,” said Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods.”The trade will give him a new opportunity to play more in Everett while continuing our path to rebuild this team on the ice.”

Millar, a 1996-born player from Penticton, BC, was a rookie with the Saskatoon Blades in 2013-14.

Riders Ride Over Tiger-Cats In Season Opener

Relentless rain didn’t slow down the Saskatchewan Roughriders as 2014 started the way 2013 ended with a big win over the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

The Riders coasted to a 31-10 victory over the Tabbies thanks in part to a 10 sack performance by their defense and 158 yards on the ground by rookie running back Anthony Allen.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders, it seems, have very quickly answered their questions at running back.

Newcomer Anthony Allen rushed for one touchdown and hauled in another as he racked up 158 yards on the ground in a 31-10 Saskatchewan Roughriders win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at a rainy Mosiac Stadium Sunday night.

Game Day: Week 1 Riders vs. Hamilton

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger Cats will close out week one of the new CFL season when they square off this afternoon at Mosaic Stadium.

You can catch all of the action on the Roughrider Radio Network (CLICK HERE) starting at 3pm on CJWW with the View From The Sidelines.

The forecast for Regina sounds soggy as 15-25mm of rain is expected in the Queen City today.

The weather won’t dampen the spirits of Rider Nation as the club is set to not only honour the 2013 Grey Cup Champions but representatives from all four Grey Cup winning teams are expected to be on hand prior to kick-off at 5pm.

Here’s what to expect!

WEEK #1 • JUNE 26-28 • CFL NOTES & TRENDS

Saskatchewan Roughriders:

– Defending their title: The Riders will be trying to make it two Grey Cup wins in a row this season and match Montreal’s feat last done in 2009-2010. The Alouettes are the only other club to repeat as GC winners since 1982. For Saskatchewan, they have followed up their three previous Grey Cup wins with – 1966: a return to the GC but lost to Hamilton; 1989: Out of the playoffs in 1990; 2007: Out of the playoffs in 2009.

CFL Headed South

Every Canadian Football League game this season will be available live to fans in the United States thanks to a new multi-year agreement with ESPN, which was announced today.

“We are thrilled for our fans in the United States that the ESPN networks will be the exclusive home of our league there,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the CFL.

“This is a powerful showcase for our talented athletes, our exciting brand of football, and the CFL itself, a league with a proud history but, more importantly, a bright future.”

A minimum of 17 regular season games and the Eastern and Western Finals will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS.  The 102nd Grey Cup will be televised live exclusively on ESPN2. All other CFL games will be available to fans live on ESPN3 across computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices.

“Since the early days of ESPN, CFL games have been a valued part of our programming lineup,” said Burke Magnus, Senior Vice President, Programming Acquisitions. “I’m proud to see our relationship continue as we strive to serve football fans 365 days a year.”

The 2014 CFL season kicked off Thursday night as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Toronto Argonauts 45-21. It continues on Saturday, June 28, as the Montreal Alouettes visit the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. The game features the CFL regular season debut for Chad Johnson of the Alouettes and will be televised live on ESPN2.

View From The Sidelines: Regular Season Debut

The View From the Sidelines takes you inside the CFL like never before.

This week hosts Dave Thomas, Michael Ball and Mike McCullough will break down the league division by division and team by team as all nine franchises prepare to journey towards Grey Cup 102 in Vancouver.

This weeks guests include B.C. Lions Running Backs Coach and Canadian Draft Coordinator Kelly Bates, as well as the second all time rushing leader in Saskatchewan Roughrider history, Wes Cates.

Also hear who the panel thinks should have been in TSN’s Top 50 players and is Anthony Calvillo overrated? Hear for yourself.

Blades Add A Dean To Coaching Staff

The Saskatoon Blades are extremely pleased to announce that they have hired Dean Brockman as their new assistant coach.

Brockman joins the Blades from the Humboldt Broncos, where he was a 4-time SJHL Coach Of The Year, most recently in 2013.

“Dean is a winner, plain and simple,” said Saskatoon Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods. “He brings experience, leadership and a winning mentality to this organization. He’s proven himself at the SJHL level and with Hockey Canada and we’re very excited to welcome him to the Saskatoon Blades.”

Brockman has spent the last 10 seasons as the general manager and head coach of the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos. During those 10 seasons he was named SJHL Coach Of The Year in 2013, 2009, 2008 and 2007. Prior to that, Brockman was the assistant coach of the club from 1997 until 2003, while also serving as general manager.

“This is obviously a great opportunity for me and one that I have been seeking for a while,” said Brockman. “The Saskatoon Blades are a team that I watched growing up, going way back to the days of Jackie McLeod. I’m certainly looking forward to doing everything that I can to help this team win games.”

Team success has been a regular theme when looking at Brockman’s history. The product of St. Benedict, Saskatchewan, guided the Broncos to four Anavet Cup Championship titles in five appearances at the event, which matches up the SJHL and MJHL Champions.

CFL Set To Kick-Off…. And He’s Back!

After correctly predicting more than 80% of the outcomes in 2013, he is back ready to give it his all. The Great Predictor is set to give his thoughts on each and every game. Feel free to challenge his picks with your own every week in the comments section. Out prognosticate the expert and it could pay off in a big way for you.

So, without further adieu here is what to expect in Week One!

Toronto Argonauts (LY 11-7 1st in East) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (LY 3-15 4th in East)

Three Keys:

Hit the ground running: The Toronto Argonauts will be looking for a feature back due to the retirement of Chad Kackert. The sooner that they can find one the better off they will be! If they can relieve the pressure on Ricky Ray with the threat of running the ball the Argos will be rolling.

Familiarity: This will be Mike O’Shea’s first game as a CFL Head Coach and assisting him in his preparation for this game is the fact that he has spent thirteen years with the Argos organization, the past three as Special Teams Coordinator. Knowing his opponent as well as he does will be a big advantage for the Bombers.

Little Willy Is He At Home?: Quarterback Drew Willy is the man in Winnipeg and while he has some experience none of it is as a starter and he doesn’t have much in the way of help behind him. He will need extra protection and some help from his receivers in order to move the ball consistently in the Peg.

THE PREDICITION:
Most pundits would agree that despite this game being played in Winnipeg it should be a runaway win for Toronto. However, what Mike O’Shea brings to the table for this game and his knowledge of what Toronto is going to try and do will be huge. I still say the Argos win but it will be tight. Toronto 21 Winnipeg 18.

Schultzie To Head Up International Squad

Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Thursday the coaching staffs that will lead the Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain.

2015 Winter Universiade website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/

Longtime University of Saskatchewan Huskies head coach Dave Adolph will lead the men’s squad, while Jon Rempel of the University of Manitoba Bisons will serve as bench boss for the women’s contingent. Both the Canadian men and women will be defending their gold medals won last December in Trentino, Italy.

At the biennial multi-sport event, which will run from Feb. 4-14, Canada will be represented in men’s hockey by a team comprised entirely of players from the Canada West conference, while the women’s squad will feature all-stars selected from across CIS.

Since 1997, selections from each of three CIS leagues have sported the Maple Leaf jersey on a rotating basis in men’s hockey. The Canada West crew captured bronze medals in 1997 and 2003, as well as silver in 2009 and will look to recapture the top step of the podium after the Atlantic University Sport team won gold in 2013.

Adolph will lead the Canadian team for the second time in his career after winning that bronze medal in 2003. He will be joined on the staff by team leader Todd Johnson (University of Regina), associate coaches Mark Howell (University of Calgary) and Mike Sirant (University of Manitoba), as well as video coach Spiros Anastas (University of Lethbridge). Chris Linder (University of Calgary) and T.J. Mussbacher (University of Alberta) will serve as equipment managers and athletic therapists.

Pats Can Coach

The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today that Head Coach Malcolm Cameron, Assistant Coaches Bill McGuigan and Josh Dixon will not be returning for the upcoming season. The search for a new coaching staff will begin immediately.

Malcolm Cameron has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. Cameron joined the Pats in 2011 as an assistant coach and spent last season as head coach. Prior to joining the Pats he spent the previous seven seasons in the ECHL coaching in, Long Beach, Texas, Florida and Elmira.

Josh Dixon informed the team of his resignation June 17th, 2014. Dixon joined the Pats in 2011 and has been an assistant coach with the hockey club for the past three seasons.  Prior to joining the Blue and White, Dixon was the Head Coach for the Okanagan Hockey Academy varsity team.  He also spent time as an assistant coach in the ACAC. 

Riders Name Practice Roster

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added the following players to the practice roster:

• National receiver Alex Anthony
• National receiver Kristopher Bastien
• International receiver Dan DePalma
• National linebacker Kevin Regimbald
• International defensive lineman Richard Sumlin
• National offensive lineman Matt Vonk
• International defensive lineman Markus White