Monthly Archives: March 2015

U of S Salutes Their Top Dogs

With conference award winning seasons in University of Saskatchewan uniforms, Annie Monteith and Mark Ingram have been named Huskie Athletics’ female and male athletes of the year.

Ingram becomes the 24th football player to win the E. Kent Phillips Trophy for Male Athlete of the Year since 1966, while Monteith is just the third wrestler to win the Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy for Female Athlete of the Year.

Canada West Most Outstanding Wrestler for the second year in a row, Monteith struck gold at the Canada West Championship and silver at the CIS Championship. At the Canada West Championship, the Arts & Science student from Regina won without having a point scored against her and at the CIS Championship didn’t have a point scored against her until the final match.

She finished no lower than fourth at competitions throughout the season and was also named a Canada West First Team All-Star, CIS Second Team All-Canadian and the Canada West Student-Athlete Community Award winner.

Safety Ingram turned heads in his second and final season with the Huskie football team being named the Canada West Defensive Player of the Year and a CIS All-Canadian.

Helping the Huskies to a 6-2 record and a home playoff date for the first time in four seasons, the Agriculture and Bioresources student finished 2014 with 48.5 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four breakups and six interceptions. The Imperial, Saskatchewan native’s totals put him in third in the conference in tackles and first in interceptions in both the conference and CIS. He was 15th in tackles in the nation.

Huskie Athletics handed out five other major awards at the annual Huskie Salute Friday night at TCU Place. The event also featured the achievements of the athletes of the University of Saskatchewan’s 15 CIS teams. Canada West and CIS All-Stars/All-Canadians and award winners, along with fifth-year athletes were also honoured at the celebration.

Wrestlers swept the rookie of the year awards.

Riders Extend Harris

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international defensive back Macho Harris has signed an extension with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Harris (6’0 – 200) will be entering his fourth season with the Roughriders after originally signing with the team in April 2012. Through his first three seasons, the 29-year-old Virginia Tech product has collected 91 defensive tackles, two quarterback sacks, two tackles for loss and one interception in 28 regular season games.

He has also registered eight defensive tackles in two playoff games.

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat: Hats Of To Hoppy AND The Hat!

The WHL is preparing for the post-season. The CFL is getting set for the season ahead and beyond. Plus, Memories from some greats that are retiring this week!

That and more in store for you with my weekly scattering of thoughts with some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat.

Let’s start with hockey this week and the WHL regular season will come to a close this weekend. As is the cyclical nature of junior hockey a number of great players will play their final games for teams, that some, have been a part of since they were 14. Yes that’s six years or more than a quarter of their life!

For the Saskatoon Blades they will bid adieu to graduating forwards Sam McKechnie and captain Brett Stovin. For Stovie, I have had the privellege of knowing him since he entered the Blades organization back in 2010-2011 when he suited up for six regular season games. In addition to being a great leader for the Blades, Stovin was also an amazing community ambassador. His dedication to the fans and especially the young fans has not gone unnoticed. Here’s to all the best for Brett.

Continuing with the Stony Mountain, Manitoba product and Stovin provided my moment of the Blades Memorial Cup in 2013.

McKenzie Retires A Rider

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international defensive back Chris McKenzie has signed a one-day contract with the team and will subsequently retire as a Roughrider.

McKenzie spent his entire four year CFL career with the Green and White after originally joining the team as a free agent in 2009. The Arizona State product played 57 regular season games with the Riders where he collected 164 defensive tackles and four interceptions.

He also added four career playoff games and played in the 2009 and 2010 Grey Cup games.

Canadian Football League Names New Boss

A leading executive with a lifelong passion for sport and more than 20 years experience in building major brands and businesses, Jeffrey L. Orridge is the new Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

“Jeffrey will be a tremendous leader for our league at an exciting time for its future,” said Jim Lawson, Chairman of the CFL’s Board of Governors, as he announced Orridge’s appointment as the league’s 13th Commissioner.

“He has every skill set our board was looking for and he clearly understands what our league means to this country and what our fans and partners mean to this league.”

Most recently the Executive Director of Sports and General Manager, Olympics for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Orridge has overseen rights acquisitions, partnership management, revenue initiatives and program execution involving marquee sports properties and digital opportunities.

In his role as chief strategist and negotiator, he successfully secured the media rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Games, and the 2018 and 2020 Olympics.

Top Ten Tuesday With A Priority List For A New CFL Leader:

Well another Tuesday has come and it’s once again time for my take on the last seven days in the world of sports.
So without further ado and in no particular order here we go:

10 – The Canadian Football League appears poised to introduce their new Commissioner later this morning in Toronto. I honestly have no idea who it will be although I have heard three names that all are very good candidates. It will be interesting to see if it is one of them or if the league will go off the map! That being said in order to help the new boss with his “To Do,” list I’ve compiled a priority list. Firstly he has to find a way to fix the Toronto Argos. Owner David Braley wants out, Rogers who own the Jays and Rogers Centre want them out of the building and the league wants Canada’s largest market in. This deal needs to get done sooner than later and the new head honcho will have their hands full trying to get this sorted out before training camp opens in two months.

9 – Next on the list of fixes for the Commissioner has to be video review. The pass interference challenge in my mind was an exercise in futility in 2014. Get that shored up and finding a way to speed up the process is a necessity for 2015.

8 – The last major job for the CFL Commissioner

Huskies Announce Top Dog Nominees

HUSKIE ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES MAJOR 7 NOMINEES

Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the nominees for the Major 7 Awards to be handed out at the 2015 Huskie Salute on March 20 at TCU Place.

The Major 7 Awards are handed to those athletes who have had outstanding seasons for the green and white, as well as made big contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community during their time with the Huskies. Huskie Athletics will also honour Canada West All-Stars and Major Award Winners, CIS All-Canadians and Major Award Winners and fifth year athletes, as well as hand out the Trainer of the Year award.

And the nominees are…

Howard Nixon Trophy – Male Rookie of the Year

Riders Catch Two Receivers

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international receivers Greg Hardin and Naaman Roosevelt have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Hardin (5’11 – 175) joins the Green and White after spending four record breaking seasons at the University of North Dakota. Through 42 career collegiate games the Bellevue, Nebraska native registered 221 receptions for 3,583 yards and 32 touchdowns while also adding 52 kickoff returns for 1,360 yards and three touchdowns. He left as UND’s all-time leader in career receiving yards while also holding the Big Sky Conference single game receiving record with 333 yards.

Last season, the 24-year-old attended training camp with the Denver Broncos, after signing with the team in May, where he played three preseason games.

Roosevelt (6’1 – 195) has signed with the Riders after spending the last five seasons in the National Football League. The Buffalo native originally signed with his hometown Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in April, 2010. He spent three seasons with the Bills playing 16 regular season games where he registered 25 receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown while also adding two kickoff returns for 31 yards.

The 27-year-old University of Buffalo product spent part of the 2013 season with the Cleveland Browns

Some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat: AHL Moving Further West?, And The SJHL Needs A Re-Think!

No shortage of headlines from the last seven days in the world of sports… Here’s my spin on what’s going on!

Well it’s not every day that you need to hold a news conference to announce that nothing is going on but that is the situation with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. When Head Coach Corey Chamblin was misinterpreted regarding the team’s interest in free-agent running back Kory Sheets the team had to hold a media availability with Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day. His mission, to quell the rumors and let Rider Nation know that nothing is going on. Mission accomplished!

The one thing that O’Day did mention was the intention of Quarterback Darian Durant to throw the football at the team’s spring camp next month. To me that’s a great sign that Durant will be ready to go come the opening of training camp in June. However, with the team’s signing of Kevin Glenn last month I honestly wasn’t as concerned as I could have been had the Riders not secured the veteran pivot.

One more from the CFL and I was asked yesterday for my predictions as far as which teams will improve in 2015 and who may slip back a bit.

Auto Clearing SLM’s Set To Hit The Track

The Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association (SSCRA) is excited to announce Sky Financial Corporation of Saskatoon has signed on as the title sponsor of the new Sky Financial Super Late Model Series this summer at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. The series will consist of four races on Saturdays July 4th, August 8th, August 29th and September 19th.

“This is really good news as race teams and race fans across western Canada have been left wondering what our special event SLM package would look like this year” says SSCRA President Jason Gervais.

Sky Financial Corporation General Manager Pam Gaunt adds, “We are excited to step up as the main sponsor of the only super late model racing series in western Canada.” Pam says she has been supporting racing in Saskatoon for more than 30 years.