Monthly Archives: January 2015

Leon Is Gone From P-A

The Prince Albert Raiders have traded the rights of Leon Draisaitl to the Kelowna Rockets for a 1st round pick in 2015, 4th round pick in 2016, a conditional 4th round pick in 2016 or 2017, 18 year-old forward Kris Schmidli and 18-year old defenseman Dalton Yorke.

“Under the circumstances we are very pleased to announce that we have acquired draft assets and two players that will help our team through the rest of the season and in the future.” Bruno Campese, Raider General Manager.

Kris Schmidli, from Zurich, Switzerland, is a 5’10, 182 pound left-handed forward. Last season he tallied 35 points on 9 goals and 26 assists. “Schmidli’s skating and skill fits in well with how we want to play. He also has the ability to play in different situations,” Campese noted.

Kris Schmidli’s Stats

A Golden Top Ten Tuesday From The World Juniors:

(Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Well for the first time in six years the Canadians are gold medalists at the World Junior Hockey Championship thanks to their 5-4 win over Russia last night in Toronto. You have to give full marks to the Russians who could have folded the tents after Canada scored two goals in the opening two-and-a-half minutes of the game or even when they trailed 5-1 midway through the third. Kudos to the Russians for an excellent effort in winning the silver medal!

That all being said here is my collection of thoughts from the holiday tradition in random order;

10 – While being proud of the Canadian team for their success in winning a gold medal in the event I am perhaps more proud of the class and sportsmanship displayed by the Canadians on the ice. Saluting their opponents (i.e. Denmark and Slovakia) after their games and never rubbing the score into their adversaries.

Tino Time Again? Dom Out In Riderville?

One could argue that the work never ends for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

That most certainly was true today for the Green and White. Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman in conversation with the Voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Rod Pedersen, confirmed that the team had indeed released veteran centre Dominic Picard.

Picard was due for a roster bonus at the turn of the calendar and the Riders opted to release the veteran with a renegotiated contract on the table. For Picard, he is said to be exploring his options with other clubs in the CFL and there is no timetable for him to make a decision.

Meantime, the Rider General Manager did confirm that they offered Quarterback Tino Sunseri a contract extension this morning.

Blades/Rebels Play Let’s Make A Deal: The Sequel

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades would like to announce the trade of goaltender Trevor Martin to the Red Deer Rebels for defenceman Kolton Dixon.

The 18 year old Martin had a record of 3-10-2-0 with the Blades this season, with a GAA of 4.16 and a SV% of .886.

19 year old Dixon is a physical presence on the blueline, standing 6’4 and weighing 190 pounds. He’s played 36 games with Red Deer this season, and has 1 goal, 2 assists and 36 penalty minutes. Last season in 64 games, he had 6 points and 128 penalty minutes.

“This is a good trade for both teams,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods. “Marty is a good goalie, and Red Deer had interest in him. We get back a big guy for our blueline, which is an area of need, and Dixon will have a real good chance to earn a 20 year old spot on our team next season.”

Pats Get Toontown Defenceman

Regina Pats Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock announced today the team has acquired defenceman Connor Hobbs (’97), a 2nd Round pick in 2016 and a 3rd Round pick in 2015 in exchange for defenceman Kyle Burroughs and forward Dryden Hunt.

Hobbs (6’1”, 187 lbs) was the Prince Albert Raiders’ 4th Round selection (67th Overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft before being acquired by Medicine Hat.  Last season with the Saskatoon Blazers, Hobbs registered 23 points (11G, 12A) in 33 games.  The Saskatoon, SK native made his WHL debut with the Tigers last season, playing ten games while tallying a goal and two assists.  Hobbs caught the eye of Hockey Canada and earned an invite to play for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this summer.  Hobbs posted two assists in five games as Canada went on to win Gold.  In 2014-15 the 17 year old has a goal and an assist in 12 games for the Tigers.  NHL Central Scouting has Hobbs listed as a ‘C’ skater (4th-6th Round) for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

“Connor is an outstanding 17 year old as one of the seven defenceman to play for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament this summer,” commented John Paddock.  “His future is very bright in the WHL and he should be playing in this league.  He was the best defenceman at the World Junior-A Challenge in Kindersley and we’re excited to acquire a player of his caliber to join our core of young talent.”

SJHL Makes Major Recruitment Change:

January 1st not only meant that teams in the SJHL could flip the calendar at the mid-point of their season.
It also meant that hockey operations need to begin preparations for their first ever bantam draft.

In a president’s message loaded to the league’s website President Bill Chow unveiled the plans for the league’s first ever player draft. The six round draft will be held at the SJHL’s AGM in June. It appears as though local player rights will be maintained through the draft process, however, players from outside of team boundaries or over the age of 15 that are not listed are eligible for selection.

At first glance this seems like a very good tool for the league to use in recruiting, retaining and equally distributing provincial talent.

Upon further review this in my mind is going to ramp up the intensity of player recruitment with players and their families having to decide even earlier if they are wishing to pursue major junior or an American College scholarship through Junior ‘A’. So scouts, and teams will need to have a very good indication of the intent of potential recruits prior to selecting them in the draft.

Another WHL Star On The Move

Regina Pats Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock announced today the team has acquired forward Jesse Gabrielle (’97) from the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for forward Morgan Klimchuk (’95).

A top prospect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Gabrielle joins the Pats in the midst of a breakout season.  The 6’0”, 214 lbs forward features 25 points (13G, and 12A) to go with 69 penalty minutes in 33 games with Brandon this season.  Last season, Gabrielle posted 26 points (12G, 14A) and 68 penalty minutes in 49 games.  In the 2014 playoffs, the Moosomin, SK product put up 6 points (3G, 3A) in nine games.  In November, the gritty forward was listed as a ‘B’ skater (2nd/3rd round candidate) by Central Scouting for the upcoming NHL Draft.  Internationally, Gabrielle was a member of Team West in last year’s World U17 Hockey Challenge where he had a goal, an assist and 16 penalty minutes in five games played.

2014: The Year That Was Here At Toontown Sportsnet

Well it has been a mind blowing year here at Toontownsports.net. Viewership was more than doubled in the second year of existence. Contributing to that number was the launch of the CFL webcast, “View From The Sidelines,” which in all honesty was received better than I could have imagined. Additionally, all-access coverage of the Saskatoon Hilltops and continued unparalleled CFL coverage kept you, my friends coming back, and spreading the word through social media and referrals.

I cannot thank you enough for your loyalty AND with a new look, and much more in store, 2015 is going to be a great year.

Before moving ahead here are the biggest stories of 2014 as voted on by you and your clicks, listed chronologically!

Enjoy, thanks again and here’s to all the best for you and your family in 2015!