Monthly Archives: October 2014

Blades Name Lettermen

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatoon Blades have announced their team captains for the 2014-15 season.

Brett Stovin has been named as the 55th captain in Blades franchise history.

Making his WHL debut in 2010, Stovin is currently in his fourth full season, appearing in 195 regular-season games – all with the Blades. The 19-year-old product of Stony Mountain, MB, has recorded a combined 38 goals and 76 points in his career.

Stovin was originally drafted by the Blades in the fifth round – 90th overall – in 2009.

“Brett has proven himself as one of the most respected players in our locker room,” Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods said. “As a lifetime Blade, his commitment to our organization and to the city of Saskatoon is second to none. I could think of no one more deserving and I have no doubt he’ll succeed in this role, continuing to speak up and provide unparralled leadership for our team both on and off the ice.

The Blades also announced that the alternate captaincy will be shared between Adam Henry, Nelson Nogier, Nick Zajac and Ryan Graham. Henry and Nogier will don the letters exclusively at home, while the latter pair will sport the A’s on the road.

Riders Find A Diamond In Roster Additions

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following transactions: *

ADD international offensive lineman Pierce Burton to practice roster *

ADD international defensive lineman Justin Cole to practice roster *

ADD international linebacker Diamond Ferri to practice roster *

ADD international quarterback Denarius McGhee to practice roster *

ADD international kicker Quinn Sharp to practice roster *

ADD international wide receiver Chris Summers to practice roster *

CFL Week 15 Power Rankings:

Week 15 in the Canadian Football League was once again at its’ unpredictable best.

The East seems to be coming on while the West is banged up and perhaps falling off. How will that factor into this week’s Toon-Town Communications Power rankings? Take a look and find out.

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-11) LW: 42-20 win vs. Winnipeg – Last Ranking #9 (6 weeks)

The REDBLACKS finally found a way to get back into the win column! After knocking on the door the last couple of weeks in some tight games Ottawa blew the door down with perhaps their best effort of the season over Winnipeg. The win, however, still isn’t enough to slide them out of the basement. BUT repeating the performance in B.C will be a tall order.

8 – Montreal Alouettes (5-8) LW BYE – Last Ranking #8 (4 weeks)

The Alouettes have a chance to make a statement and more importantly climb back into the play-off race in week 16 at home to the Riders. I will be curious to see if Johnathan Crompton is for real and how the defence challenges Tino Sunseri.

Open Mike At Luncheon

The Sixth Annual Off The Leash Luncheon is getting geared up.

This years guest of honour will be former Prince Albert Raider great and future hockey hall of famer, Mike Modano.

The luncheon is set for November 6th at Prairieland Park and is the Huskie Alumni’s major fundraiser.

Tickets and tables for the event are now available.

The sixth annual “Off The Leash Luncheon” to benefit Huskie Men’s Hockey will be held 6 November and will feature former Prince Albert Raider and National Hockey League standout, Mike Modano.  A certain Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, the all-time most productive American-born NHL performer, spent twenty-one of his twenty-two professional seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization. He holds team records for most seasons, games played (1459), most goals (557), most assists (802), and most points (1359).  His number nine has been retired by both the Stars (2014) and the Western Hockey League’s   Prince Albert Raiders (2013).

During his three full major junior seasons with  the Raiders, the Livonia, Michigan native performed in 176 games and notched 118 goals with 176 assists for 294 points. In 1988 he was the number one overall pick in the NHL amateur draft, and signed by Minnesota. He played one more year in the “Dub” including selection to the East all-star team before making his professional debut in 1989-90. In his first season at “the show” he made the all rookie team.

The classy forward’s lifetime NHL numbers were outstanding, as he collected 561 goals, 813 assists, and 1374 points in 1499 games primarily with the Stars except for his final season which was spent with his home-state based Detroit Red Wings. A highlight in his two decade career was being part of the 1999 Dallas Stanley Cup winning team.

Blades Add Partner

The Saskatoon Blades are teaming up with Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation for next week’s Wine, Woman and Hockey fundraiser. The event will see two stars from the reality shows, Bachelor, Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise – Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul – at the Park Town Hotel for a gourmet dinner Thursday, October 16, the Blades game Friday, October 17 and a party after the contest at Fionn MacCool’s downtown. People will be able to ask Marcus and Lacy questions about the stories behind the scenes of the wildly popular shows and have their pictures taken with the newly-engaged couple.

“We’re grateful for the support of the Blades – and what a unique way to raise funds. I know some ladies who will love being able to directly ask Marcus and Lacy questions!” says Steve Shannon, the CEO of Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.

“We’re fortunate to be in the position to support worthy causes in the community like the City Hospital Foundation,” says Blades president Steve Hogle. “They’ve got a stellar track record raising money to better care for people in the Saskatoon region.”

A Scenic Top 10 Tuesday:

It occurred to me that it was a 24 hour travel weekend for yours truly (yes, 24 hours plus on the road). Therefore, a behind the scenes look at my grid iron excursion and some other points of interest along the way.

10 – The weekend started with a bang to say the least with CFL action between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Calgary Stampeders. More on the football game in a moment, however, one of the greatest parts about night games at Mosaic Stadium is getting to see the full glow of the pyrotechnics! Unfortunately a fire at the top of the Sasktel Maxtron forced the fireworks to be shelved for the night.

Happy Hilltop Bus

The Saskatoon Hilltops longest road trip of the season was a happy ride home in more ways that one.

The Toppers scored 24 points in the third quarter, with the wind at their backs, and went on to outscore the Rifles 44-19 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

The Toppers were lead offensively by running back Wayndel Lewis who carried the ball 26 times for 174 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Meanwhile through the air Jared Andreychuk went 11-for-21 with 217 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns. Evan Kopchinski was the top pass catcher hauling in four passes for 155 yards.

The victory moved the Hilltops record to 5-and-2 on the season and guaranteed them of at least a second place finish in the Prairie Football Conference and home-field advantage in the PFC semi-final.

The good news wasn’t over, however.

ACMS Releases Year End Standings

After capping another successful season at the track Auto Clearing Motor Speedway tabulated the results and released the final 2014 standings.

Top five in each division at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway for the 2014
Season:

Kreepy Kritterz Pest Control Mini Stocks:
1. #95 Robin Boomsma
2. #92 Brennan Kirton
3. #41 Jamie Tataryn
4. #4 Shawn Magee
5. #1 Scott Barrand

Huskies Smokin’ UBC Fuming After Blackout!

A lengthy delay after a much-anticipated fireworks show at halftime and a disputed non-fumble were all the talk after the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 31-25 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds, Saturday night at Griffiths Stadium.

High humidity and low winds didn’t allow smoke from the annual black-out night fireworks show to dissipate which delayed the third quarter by more than half-an-hour. Meanwhile on the field the Huskies seemed to have the game in control, however, late in the fourth quarter the Huskies would put the ball on the turf and despite numerous television angles that would suggest that the T-Birds have recovered the ball the ruling on the field was Saskatchewan ball.

Here’s the complete re-cap;

More Blades Moves

General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Saturday that the Saskatoon Blades have claimed centre Landon Welykholowa off waivers from the Calgary Hitmen.

Welykholowa, 18, split the 2013-14 season between the Hitmen, Victoria Royals and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Canucks. In 34 Western Hockey League games last season (18 with Victoria, 16 with Calgary), the ’96-born Alberta product recorded one goal, five points and eight penalty minutes. In five post-season contests with the Hitmen, he recorded four goals, finishing second on the team in that category.

Welykholowa was originally drafted by the Prince Albert Raiders in the third round – 58th overall – in 2011.

Meanwhile, the Blades announced yesterday that they have reacquired defenceman Ryan Coghlan from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2015 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.