Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Top 10 Tuesday With A Solution for The WHL?

Well another interesting weekend has come and gone in the world of sports with a look back and a look to the future for the Western Hockey League here are my 10 thoughts of the week in no particular order.

10 – Well that was Quick! Seemingly days after being turned down by former BC Lions Head Coach, Mike Benevides, for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Defensive Coordinator position, Head Coach Corey Chamblin named Greg Quick the team’s new D-C yesterday. Chamblin won’t completely unshackle the new coordinator saying that he will call the defensive plays to start the season but it sounds like the well-respected Quick is going to bring a new look d-fence to the Riders.

9 – A Quick thumbs up! Well the hiring of Greg Quick is getting the thumbs up from a pair of former Riders that I have heard from. The players had gone on the record saying that recycling coaches in the CFL in their mind is ludicrous as it is dampening the games creativity. Both have repeatedly called for new blood and in turn new thought processes which I think the hiring of Quick will accomplish.

Riders Look To Quick On Defence

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced the hiring of Greg Quick as defensive coordinator.

Greg Quick arrives in Saskatchewan with a wealth of coaching experience spanning over 30 years in both the professional and collegiate levels.Most recently Quick was the linebackers coach for the Montreal Alouettes in 2014.

Quick joined the Northwood University Timberwolves as the team’s offensive coordinator for the 2012 season after spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons as linebackers coach with the Toronto Argonauts.

Quick’s coaching career dates back to 1979 when he was named the defensive coordinator at Emporia State. He then went on to Heidelberg College as offensive coordinator in 1985 before moving to New Mexico State where he was linebackers coach. His first head coaching experience at the collegiate level came at the University of Chicago in 1989, a position he held for five seasons. He was then the head coach at St. Norbert College from 1994 to1999 before eventually holding the same role at Concord University from 2003 to 2008.

Riders Re-Up Maze & Williams And Add Scout

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international defensive back Terrell Maze and international receiver Korey Williams have signed extensions to remain with the team. As per club policy, financial details of the contracts were not released.

Maze (5’11 – 175) will be entering his fourth year with the Roughriders after originally signing with the team as a free agent in April, 2012. Last season, the San Diego State product started 17 regular season games at half back where he collected 34 defensive tackles, nine pass knockdowns, two tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and one recovered fumble. His lone interception was returned 28 yards for a game winning touchdown August 7th in Winnipeg.

The 30-year-old Maze has started all 46 regular season games he has played through three seasons, totaling 106 defensive tackles and two interceptions.

Williams (6’ – 185) will remain with the Green and White for his third CFL season and second with the Riders. Last season the NorthWest Oklahoma State product registered ten receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown, while adding one rush attempt for 18 yards and a touchdown in four regular season appearances. He also added two receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Western Semi-Final.

The 27-year-old joined the Riders as a free agent in July, 2014. He originally entered the CFL with the B.C. Lions ahead of the 2013 season where he went on to play 15 regular season games. Williams was eligible to become a free agent on February 10th.

Dave’s Dis N Dat: Who’s The Boss? Troubles In Junior Hockey? AND How To Rebuild?

Well 2015 certainly started with a bang in ToonTown. Here’s a look back at the week that was:
Hello My Name Is… Yes that is definitely what is happening in the Saskatoon Blades dressing room this weekend.

The Blades this week moved two players to Junior A, traded four players and acquired five new players in their place. When the Voice of the Saskatoon Blades Les Lazaruk tweeted, “Traveling with @bladeshockey today for 1st time since they last played Saturday…4 trades and roster shuffles ago. #whosonthebusthatIknow,” he definitely had a point. It will be interesting to see how these pieces come together as a group and perform as the team has gone into a full-blown rebuild.

Making Your Mark… The Saskatoon Blades hired General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods away from the Anahiem Ducks on June 2nd and he has wasted no time putting his stamp on the team. In seven months on the job Woods’ has engineered

Blades Cut Another Deal

The Saskatoon Blades have acquired 1996 born winger Mitch Skapski from the Victoria Royals. Victoria will also send Saskatoon their 2015 5th round draft pick. Victoria will acquire Saskatoon’s 2016 5th round draft pick.

“We’re excited to bring Mitch to Saskatoon,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods. “We’ve got some openings with the departures of Ryan Coghlan and Landon Welykholowa, and we’re looking forward to having Mitch join us.”

The 18 year old Skapski hails from Abbotsford, BC. He has 1 goal, 3 assists and 12 PIM in 34 games played with the Royals this season.

Blades Make Two More Roster Moves

The Blades would like to announce that defenceman Ryan Coghlan and forward Landon Welykholowa will both be returning to Junior A.

Coghlan, 19, will be returning to his hometown of Nanaimo in the BCHL, while Welykholowa, 19, will be heading to Fort McMurray of the AJHL.

“This is a mutual decision between the team and the players,” said Head Coach and GM Bob Woods. “It will give both players more ice time and bigger roles with these teams. We wish them the best.”

Blades Deal First Round Pick: WHL Nixes Deal Bringing Martin To Toontown

The Saskatoon Blades have acquired 1996 born defenceman Brycen Martin and a conditional 2017 5th round draft pick from the Swift Current Broncos.

“This is a real big trade for the Saskatoon Blades,” said Head Coach and GM Bob Woods. “Brycen is a big presence on the blue line, great attributes, obviously a high NHL pick, we’re just really excited to have him here.”

The Broncos will receive 1996 born defenceman Jordan Thomson, and a 2016 1st round pick draft pick (Red Deer.)

“We’re very proud of Jordan, the work he put in with us. He’s a great kid, and we’re so happy he was a part of our organization. We certainly wish him the best with the Broncos.”

K of C Lay Out Plans For 50th Indoor Games

The 50th Annual Knights of Columbus Indoor Games announced the “power couple” of track and field will be competing at this year’s event January 29 – 31st at the Saskatoon Field House. Brianne Theisen-Eaton and husband Ashton Eaton will be participating in high jump and hurdles, plus providing a demonstration featuring a couple of Saskatchewan’s current up-and-coming athletes. Theisen-Eaton, originally from Humboldt made her presence known on the world stage while still in high school by winning a gold medal at the 2007 Pan-Am Junior Championship. As a member of the University of Oregon team Theisen-Eaton not only established herself as one of the world’s elite athletes in the heptathlon with three NCAA Indoor titles but also met Ashton Eaton and they married in July 2013. Other career highlights for Theisen-Eaton include competing in the 2012 London Olympics, winning silver at the 2013 World Championship and silver at the 2014 World Indoor Championship that saw Theisen-Eaton break her own national record with 4,768 points in the pentathlon. She also recently won gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Ashton Eaton is an Olympic champion (2012) and holds the world record in both the decathlon and heptathlon events. He is only the second decathlete (after Roman Šebrle) to break the 9,000-point barrier, with 9,039 points.
Some other invitational athletes attending the Games include;

Blades Not Done Dealing: Henry Headed Back West

Photo Courtesy: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades have traded 20 year old blueliner Adam Henry to the Portland Winterhawks for a 2017 2nd round pick.

“We said with any of our older players, if we trade them, we want it to be to a winning team if we have the chance,” said Colin Priestner, Blades Managing Partner. “Adam is great on the powerplay, and to trade him to a team that gives him the opportunity for a deep playoff run is great.”

The Blades also acquire a valuable draft pick in the swap.

Blades Make Another Deal Add Another First Round Pick

Photo Courtesy: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades have traded 19 year old centre Alex Forsberg, a 2015 3rd round pick (from Portland,) and a 2016 4th round pick to the Victoria Royals for 16 year old forward Brayden Dunn, and a 2017 1st round pick.

“It was a deal that made a lot of sense,” said Blades Managing Partner Colin Priestner. “We took what some people though was a bit of a chance when we acquired Alex, and we’re proud of how he’s developed and got his game on track, and we were able to parlay that into a future first round pick, which will only help this team.”

Forsberg is from Waldheim Saskatchewan, and is the Blades leading scorer this season, with 33 points in 36 games.

“He’s a special player, and he’ll do well in Victoria. Great kid, and it’s nice that he’ll have the chance to play in the playoffs for the first time, which is great for him. We always said that to trade a player like that, it would have to be to a playoff team that really wanted him, and this trade just made sense.”

The Blades also acquired 1998 born Brayden Dunn in the trade.

“That’s an age group where we are weak in the depth chart, he’s a good player, a former 4th round pick, and he has a lot of potential. Hopefully he can earn a spot with the team next year.”