Monthly Archives: March 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Time to Sound off About An Amazing Young Man

10 – Thanks to Darren Entner for sharing his flyby picture of the new Mosaic Stadium. My reaction is goosebumps! I think the facility is going to be amazaing and the shell that we are starting to see emerge is spectacular.

9 – Social media blew-up with the release of the picture of the Roughriders new digs with some reactions ranging from ‘Money Pit’ to ‘Waste of time.’ Everyone is, of course, entitled to their own opinion but with two young boys entering minor football the opportunities are endless.

Hilltops Looking Forward To Defending Their Crown:

The Saskatoon Hilltops off-season workouts are well underway and the team has their eye on a repeat.

About 100 players took to the turf at the Sasktel Sports Centre on Sunday with a wide array of players. Athletes varied from veterans looking to supplement their off-season regime to hopefuls trying to make an impression on the coaches, all were put through the paces in individual and team drills.

Head Coach Tom Sargent was impressed by what he saw especially from his leaders. He noted the confidence that his core group displayed and the upgrade in their football IQ over a year ago.

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Dave’s Dis N’ Dat: The Numbers Game AND A Heartfelt Thanks

It must be tax time or something!!!! Numbers are floating around everywhere. With that in my I decided to grab a few that were rattling around in my brain to wrap up the week. Enjoy!

16 WHL teams are left in the WHL season. Play-offs open tonight. Here are my first round picks.

4 Games for Kelowna to defeat Tri-City.

5 Games for Victoria to defeat Prince George.

5 Games for Everett to defeat Spokane.

6 Games for Portland to defeat Seattle.

4 Games for Brandon to defeat Edmonton.

6 Games for Swift Current to defeat Regina.

5 Games for Calgary to defeat Kootenay.

6 Games for Red Deer to defeat Medicine Hat.

16 Wins will be collected by Kelowna on their way to winning the WHL title.

20% of players in the WHL were not selected in the bantam draft

CFL Kicks Around Rule Changes

The convert would be less automatic, receivers would have more space, and the game would speed up.

Those are the projected outcomes if rules changes proposed today by the Canadian Football League’s Rules Committee are approved later this Spring by its Board of Governors.

“We have sought to be innovative while protecting the integrity of the game with a focus on player safety,” said Glen Johnson, the CFL’s Vice-President of Officiating and its representative on the Rules Committee.

“We believe we are recommending to our Board of Governors responsible ways to improve the tempo and flow of the game, reduce the number of stoppages including penalties, increase opportunities for scoring and excitement, and simplify our rules.”

The Rules Committee is recommending modifying the convert that follows a touchdown.

New Partnership – New Job!

Well the cat is out of the bag. I have taken on a new role for the upcoming football season! I will be hitting the broadcast booth at Griffiths Stadium to call the action for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies!

You will still see me on the sidelines and hosting the pre-game show for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and I will still be around the Saskatoon Hilltops but this new opportunity is something that I am extremely excited to tackle.

Here are all of the details:

Huskie Athletics is pleased to announce a new five-year radio broadcast deal with Saskatoon Media Group for University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ football games.

The deal will see all eight conference games, as well as any non-conference and playoff games broadcast live on CJWW (600AM). Huskie football will be the exclusive Saskatoon football team with play-by-play on the station.

Blades Win But Lose Lottery

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery was held today at the WHL Office in Calgary to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involved the six non-playoff teams (Spokane (from Saskatoon), Lethbridge, Vancouver, Moose Jaw (from Kamloops), Prince Albert and Moose Jaw) from the 2014-15 season.  A team could only move up a maximum of two positions in the Bantam Draft.

The Lottery selection process was performed by Katelyn Dawson from KPMG. The 2015 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Calgary, AB, on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

A Spokane Chiefs ball was drawn, meaning the order of the first round of the draft remains unchanged and the Chiefs will pick first overall. The Lethbridge Hurricanes will have the second selection, the Vancouver Giants will select third, the Moose Jaw Warriors have the fourth selection, the Prince Albert Raiders will select fifth, and the Moose Jaw Warriors will also have the sixth overall selection.

The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2014-15 WHL regular season standings.

Players eligible for the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft will be 2000-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

2015 WHL BANTAM DRAFT 1st ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION
Following is the order of selection for the 1st round of the WHL Bantam Draft:

#  CLUB                                   TRADED TO
1. Saskatoon Blades                 Spokane

WHL Announces Award Nominees And All-Stars

The Western Hockey League announced today the Eastern and Western Conference all-star teams and 2015 WHL Awards finalists at a media conference in Calgary. The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the 2015 WHL Awards in Calgary on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

The WHL Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenceman – Ivan Provorov (Yaroslavl, Russia), Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Travis Sanheim (Elkhorn, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Trevor Cox (Surrey, BC), Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Tim McGauley (Wilcox, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Brayden Point (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors

A Top Ten Tuesday For a Final Blast of Winter?

Many of us in Saskatchewan are experiencing what we hope will be the last taste of winter this year with more snow expected the further south you go.

Well let’s spring into this week’s top 10 thoughts.

10 – The Best ever? Steve Nash retired from basketball over the weekend. Back issues forced Canada’s greatest player ever to hit hardwood to call it a career. To me it’s very unfortunate and sad when an athlete cannot leave the game on their terms. That being said how many athletes can you say left the game when they wanted to as opposed to being told by medical professionals or others to leave?

9 – How important is winning a title to an athlete’s net value? Well that is one of the things that is being asked following the announcement of Nash’s retirement. Some analysts are even trying to make an argument that Nash is the best Canadian athlete ever! I will concede that there is an argument for him, but I think that the true test of an athlete’s value is his/her ability to raise the level of those around them and the ability to perform in the clutch and deliver when titles are on the line. Case in point two of my favorite hockey players are Daniel and Henrik Sedin in Vancouver and there little doubt their ability to make their linemates better. However, their inability to deliver a championship to VanCity will tarnish their careers.

8 – So using that argument is Wayne Gretzky the undisputed best athlete in Canadian history? Vote on the right.

Royal Announcement For Hockey Canada Plus A Wheat King

Hockey Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada Program of Excellence management group, announced Monday that Dave Lowry (Ottawa, Ont./Victoria, WHL) will serve as the head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2015-16 season, while Kelly McCrimmon (Plenty, Sask./Brandon, WHL) will be the head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team.

Dominique Ducharme (Joliette, Que./Halifax, QMJHL), Martin Raymond (Pierrefonds, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) and D.J. Smith (Windsor, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) will serve as assistant coaches for Canada’s National Junior Team, while Sheldon Keefe (Brampton, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) and Darren Rumble (Barrie, Ont./Moncton, QMJHL) join McCrimmon behind the bench with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team.

Both coaching staffs were selected by Canada’s National Junior Team policy committee and the Program of Excellence management group, alongside Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, and Tom Renney, Hockey Canada’s president and chief executive officer.

Canada’s National Junior Team

Dave Lowry, 50, won a gold medal as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team

Blades Hand Out Hardware AND BIG BUCKS

PHOTO COURTESY Steve Hiscock/Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club

The Saskatoon Blades regular season home schedule came to a close with a 3-1 loss to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers.

The game was the final game at Sasktel Centre for graduating captain Brett Stovin and fellow 20-year old Sam McKechnie.

In ceremonies before and after the game the Blades handed out their annual awards. The winners were;

Fans of the Year – Alex McLellan and Jared Durston

Cameco Community Minded Award – Brett Stovin

Scholastic Player of the Year – Wyatt Sloboshan

ICR – Hardest Hitter – Josh Uhrich

96.3 Cruz FM Top Scorer – Brett Stovin

Mark Caddy Remax Plus/Minus – Garrett Armour

Old Dutch Most Gentlemanly Player – Larry Mack

Inland Steel 3 Stars – Nik Amundrud

Merlin Ford Lincoln Top Defensive Forward – Sam McKechnie

92.9 The Bull Rookie Of the Year – Wyatt Sloboshan

RoxDar Defenseman Of the Year – Brycen Martin

Rawlco Radio MVP – Brett Stovin

In addition to the fun on the ice fans had a chance to participate in a 50/50 jackpot that started the night at $51,000. AND