Monthly Archives: December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Is Hockey Canada Too Big For Their Britches?

Well the holiday season is upon us and before we take a look back at highlights of 2014 here are some random observations from the week that was in the world of sport.

So here we go:

10 – How entertaining has Team Canada, and for that matter all of the hockey, been at the World Juniors? The latest Canadian win over Finland was played in 125 minutes (Not exactly a number that would make broadcasters happy) but the end to end action and scoring opportunities that were created is something that the pros should aspire to. Heck here’s hoping that the junior leagues can somehow find a way to parlay that excitement into a 72 game season.

A Festivus Top 10 Tuesday:

Merry Christmas,

What a year 2014 has been! Things are going to get a little light here over the holidays but don’t miss the top 10 Sports stories of the year.

Meantime, from the week that was here are my top 10 sporting thoughts in no particular order. Sorry no airing of grievances today.

10 – Welcome back? The Saskatoon Hilltops announced that Head Coach Tom Sargeant will return for an 18th season on the Saskatoon sidelines. His success is undisputable and his reputation around the football world is impeccable. When the time comes to fill his shoes at the helm of the Hilltops it is not going to be easy but for now the franchise is in good hands with Sarge in Charge for another season.

Sarge Back In Charge In 2015

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The 14th Head Coach in Saskatoon Hilltop history will return to the sidelines for an 18th season.

The reigning Canadian Bowl Champions, confirmed that Tom Sargeant will return to the sidelines in 2015. Hilltop President Jeff Gould made the announcement to the media at the team’s clubhouse on Monday afternoon.

Sargent was named the Prairie Football Conference’s Coach of the year in 2014 and then went on to cap off the season with his 10th national championship (8 as a coach and 2 as a player) with the Hilltops.

Riders Catch Free-Agent Richardson

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international free agent receiver Jamel Richardson has signed with the team.

As per club policy financial details of the contract were not released.

Richardson (6’3 – 215) returns to Saskatchewan for a second stint after originally entering the Canadian Football League with the Green and White in 2003. The Victor Valley College product spent four seasons with the Riders where he registered 113 receptions for 1,471 yards and four touchdowns in 30 regular season games. Richardson missed the 2007 CFL season as he attended training camp with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys before returning in 2008 with the Montreal Alouettes. He spent the next six seasons with the Al’s where he amassed 6,603 yards and 48 touchdowns on 473 receptions in 88 regular season games.

Riders Hire New O-C!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced the hiring of Jacques Chapdelaine as offensive co-ordinator.

The veteran coach has spent 13 seasons coaching in the Canadian Football League after originally entering as special teams co-ordinator and receivers coach with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001. The next season Chapdelaine was named as the Stamps offensive co-ordinator.

The 53-year-old went on to spend ten of the next 11 seasons (2003-2006, 2008-2013) with the BC Lions including six years as offensive co-ordinator. He spent the 2007 season with the Edmonton Eskimos as assistant head coach and offensive co-ordinator.
Through eight seasons as the head signal caller, Chapdelaine’s teams have compiled a 79-64-1 record, playing in four division finals, winning two grey Cups.

Riders Foley Puts Pen To Paper: Release Four

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Thursday that national defensive end Ricky Foley has signed an extension to remain with the team. As per club policy financial details of the contract were not released.

Foley (6’3 – 245) will enter his third season with the Green and White after originally signing with the team as a free agent in February, 2013. Last season, the 32-year-old matched a career high with 12 quarterback sacks while adding an impressive 54 defensive tackles. The three-time Grey Cup champion was named the Riders Most Outstanding Canadian at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Foley was eligible to enter CFL free agency on February 10th.

Mr. Hockey Coming Home – Final Appearance!

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon is proud to announce that Wayne Gretzky will be our host and keynote speaker for our upcoming “Tribute to Gordie Howe” Sports Celebrity dinner.

Additionally; According to Marty Howe Gordie Howe has recovered to the point that he is walking under his own power and the family expects him to make his final public appearance at the dinner in Saskatoon on February 6th

Growing up “The Great One” always looked up to Howe and the way he played hockey from the time he was a young man. During his time in the NHL Gretzky would go on to beat many of Howe’s once untouchable records including most NHL goals, most NHL points, most goals as a professional (WHA/NHL) and most points as a professional (WHA/NHL). Gretzky also would win four Stanley Cup titles with the Edmonton Oilers, dominating the game in a way never seen before winning 9 Hart Trophies as MVP and 10 Art Ross trophies as the league’s scoring leader. Gretzky still owns 60 NHL records today.

Gretzky, along with other NHL guests to be announced later, will speak directly to members of the Howe family, and Gordie if he is feeling well enough in a special evening. Former Saskatoon Blade and NHL player Kelly Chase will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Etch Out In The Peg

PHOTO COURTESY (bluebombers.com)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has relieved defensive coordinator Gary Etcheverry of his duties with the club.

“Obviously a decision like this is a very difficult one to make on many levels,” said Head Coach Mike O’Shea. “The reality of the situation is such that we simply weren’t good enough on the defensive side of the football this season, and felt that we needed to go in a different direction in this regard. Gary is a good man and a good football coach, and the Blue Bombers wish him well moving forward.”

Regarding the position coaches on the defensive staff, O’Shea added, “The defensive staff are not under contract for next season, however the incoming defensive coordinator will have the opportunity to move forward with any of these coaches if he sees fit.”

 

 

 

Riders Name New Boss

The Saskatchewan Roughriders Board of Directors announced today that Craig Reynolds will be the Club’s next President and Chief Executive Officer.

Craig had been with the Riders for the previous six seasons after originally joining the Club as the Chief Financial Officer in June, 2009. After three years, Craig was promoted to Senior Vice-President & CFO where he has remained to date.

As an organizational leader Craig has been accountable for the Club’s strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting, treasury, human resource and stadium operations functions. He has also worked closely with Football Operations providing forecasting, modeling and analytics assistance to the team in managing the league-wide salary cap and maximizing value for money.

Recently, Craig was a member of the 2013 Grey Cup Executive Committee and chaired the Operations Committee. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of ticketing, sponsorship, marketing, retail, and stadium operations, delivering record revenue for the Club. Craig also played a lead role in the Grey Cup Legacy Project resulting in the expansion of the current Mosaic Stadium. Under Craig’s guidance the Club’s stabilization reserves have grown from $1 million to over $12 million in five years.

A Venomous Top Ten Tuesday:

Wow what a week it has been in the Bridge City and beyond. Here are some thoughts, observations and overheard conversations from some disgruntled fans from the week that was in the world of sports. (In no particular order)

10 – A deals a deal… Well the Saskatoon Blades are starting to hear from their fans regarding their latest “building towards the future” deal. The trade consummated with Red Deer Sunday afternoon sent local defenceman Nelson Nogier to the Rebels along with Austin Adamson to the Rebels for a prospect winger and two high draft picks. If you ask any hockey person the deal absolutely makes sense for both sides. However, if you ask Blades fans the answer is much different. How different? After numerous opinions were expressed on social media towards the Bridge City Bunch the team issued this statement on their official team facebook feed: “A note on the trade of Nelson Nogier and Austin Adamson – it’s great to see so much passion from our great fans about this trade. While some fans may be upset, know that this trade was made in the best interests of all involved. Nelson and Austin have the opportunity to play with a playoff team that will soon be hosting a Memorial Cup, the Blades acquire a talented young player in Mason McCarty, and two valuable draft picks that will help build this club into a championship contender. Every trade is tough, especially when it involves popular players, but it was made to help all involved, and we feel it will prove to be a success. We wish Nelson and Austin all the best in Red Deer, and welcome Mason here to Saskatoon. Thank you again for your great passion and support of the team. #AWholeNewBlue”