Monthly Archives: April 2015
After an inspiring Dogs Breakfast the University of Saskatchewan Huskies took to the turf at Mosaic Stadium for day one of spring camp.
First off, congratulations to the Huskie Football Foundation for another successful Dogs breakfast! Nearly 2000 patrons took in the 15th anniversary breakfast that raised $100,000 for Huskie scholarships. Additionally, Ronnie Lott was one of the best speakers that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing! Lott was sensational and his message to find a little “Woo” in our life everyday was tremendously inspiring.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders officially confirmed today that they will once again be holding this year’s training camp at Griffith’s Stadium at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
This will mark the third consecutive season the team will travel to the U of S campus to hold training camp after the Green and White held practice sessions there in 2013 and 2014.
The 2015 edition of Saskatchewan Roughrider training camp will open with on field workouts beginning Sunday, May 31st. The team will stay in Saskatoon practicing through Wednesday, June 17th at which time they will return to Regina ahead of their final preseason game June 19th at Mosaic Stadium versus the Calgary Stampeders.
Further details including practice times and fan events will be released in the coming weeks.
IMPORTANT TRAINING CAMP DATES
Sunday, May 31:
- First day of training camp at the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium.
Thursday, June 4:
- Afternoon walk through in Prince Albert
Saturday, June 6:
University of Saskatchewan Huskie football head coach Brian Towriss announced 25 new faces to the squad for the 2015 season Thursday at the 15th Annual Dogs’ Breakfast.
This year’s recruiting class features some of the best high school and junior football players in the province and Western Canada. These players are just some of the new athletes who will be in Huskies’ uniforms for the 2015 season.
“Spring camp gives us an opportunity to introduce our systems and evaluate and compare the incoming players with the veterans on our roster,” said Towriss.
Joining the Huskies from the Canadian Junior Football League champion Saskatoon Hilltops is All-Canadian linebacker Justin Filteau, All-Canadian Running Back and Offensive Player of the Year Wayndel Lewis and All-Canadian Offensive Lineman Ben Hodson. The three returned the Hilltops to the top of Canadian Junior Football for the fourth time in five seasons.
Also suiting up for the Huskies with junior football experience is All-Canadian Brooks Falloon, linebacker Chris Brown-Fillion and defensive tackle Brett Schulz. The three suited up for the Winnipeg Rifles in 2014, while All-Canadian defensive back Vince Greco (Calgary Colts) and linebacker Bret Selinger (Regina Thunder) all transfer to the green and white.
Saskatchewan continues to add home grown talent with 15 of the 25 recruits playing their high school or junior football in the province.
Among the Saskatchewan talent is Canada’s U18 Team standouts Ben Whiting (defensive back, Marion Graham), Payton Hall (defensive back, Campbell, Regina) and Eric Thakurdeen (linebacker, Notre Dame). Whiting, Hall and Thakurdeen, who are all also members of Team Saskatchewan, helped Canada to a 53-9 win over the USA in Arlington, Texas.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that national quarterback Noah Picton has been added to the team’s training camp roster.
Picton plays at the University of Regina and will join the Riders after being appointed by the CFL as part of the Canadian quarterback internship program.
Last season, the Regina native started four of eight regular season games. The 19-year-old redshirt freshman completed 123 of 192 attempts (64.1%) for 2,029 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 20 rush attempts for 140 yards and a touchdown. He added 147 passing yards on 14 completions in the Canada West semi-final.
Also, wide receiver Alex Carroll and national running back Ronlee King-Fileen have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.
10 – Huskie Camp thoughts. It’s the unofficial turning of the page for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies this week. The team will introduce their new recruits at the Dogs’ Breakfast on Thursday morning and then kick-off their spring camp that evening at Griffiths Stadium. There are some questions that bear asking. You can answer one on the right.
9 – Meanwhile across town the Saskatoon Hilltops will also hold their spring camp. The team has been hard at work throughout the winter getting bigger and faster in preparation for their title Canadian Bowl title defense. I’m excited to see the hard work of Quarterback Jared Andreychuk come to fruition as well as some of the battles along the offensive line.
8 – More football and the Saskatchewan Roughriders outright released Seth Doege last week. Last year’s number three had one opportunity to start and unfortunately in his desire to make something happen threw three interceptions. Additionally, he had a less than standout performance at the teams camp in Florida two weeks ago. That all being said he had to know that he was in tough with the signing of veteran pivot Kevin Glenn and resigning of Tino Sunseri. That being said I trust new offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine’s jusdgement when it comes to quarterbacks as he has nurtured some pretty good ones like Travis Lulay, and Mike Reilly for starters.
7 – Staying on the grid iron and the Ottawa REDBLACKS desire to improve their receiving corp saw them sign ostracized pass-catcher Chris Williams. You may remember Williams breakout 2012 season as a receiver and returner in Hamilton. However, not wanting to play for the amount of money that he negotiated in his contract and hoping to sign a bigger money deal in the NFL he held out trying to force the Ti-Cats hands. Eventually the Tabbies would cave and release him from his deal. That being said I am not surprised that Ottawa is giving him a second chance. If he can return to his 2012 form that will be a big boost for the REDBLACKS but it may turn into a dispute in 2016.
After two full seasons as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Rifles, Ryan Karhut announced today he has accepted a full time CIS coaching position in the OUA.
The Rifles have named Winnipeg Rifles Defensive Coordinator Jason Park as Interim Head Coach. The Rifles Board of Directors will now begin the process of selecting and interviewing a new Head Coach for the 2015 Season. Details related to the application and selection process will be posted on the Rifles website at www.riflesfootball.com in the next few days.
Ready to hit the turf of Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park for spring camp, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team will get its first chance to test skills for the 2015 season.
Spring camp kicks off early Thursday morning with the 15th annual Dogs Breakfast at Prairieland Park and wraps up Sunday with the Green and White scrimmage. The Dogs Breakfast helps raise scholarship funds for the team. NFL legendary defensive back Ronnie Lott will be the guest speaker. At the event, Huskie head coach Brian Towriss will make an official announcement of new recruits to the team.
The players will then hit the field that night at 6:10 p.m. in the first practice of the weekend. They suit up again Friday at 5:45 p.m., 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and finally 10:30 a.m. Sunday. All fans, supporters, alumni, family and friends are invited to attend any of the practices during the camp. The camp will feature more than 100 returning Huskies, new recruits and walk-on players.
A full spring camp roster will be available soon.
The Western Hockey League is pleased to announce that Tim McGauley (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks) have been selected as the Eastern and Western Conference nominees, respectively, for the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the 2014-15 WHL Player of the Year.
The finalists and eventual winner are determined through a voting process which includes general managers, coaches, and media representatives from each WHL Club. The winner will be crowned at the 2015 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary on Wednesday, May 6th.
A product of Wilcox, SK, McGauley enjoyed a career campaign for the Wheat Kings this year, helping Brandon to a 53-11-4-4 record and the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s top regular season team. The 19-year-old scored 42 goals and 63 assists for 105 points along with a plus-43 rating while playing in all 72 games.
McGauley’s 105 points ranked third in WHL scoring while his 63 assists placed him fourth amongst all players. In addition, McGauley’s plus-43 rating led all Wheat Kings skaters this season while he also notched eight game-winning goals and three shorthanded goals. McGauley’s impressive season included a 24-game point streak in which he totalled 53 points (17g-36a) from January 16th-March 13th. McGauley also produced 34 multiple-point games and notched two overtime winners this year.
Selected by Brandon in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, McGauley has played 225 career regular season games for the Wheat Kings and amassed 210 points (80g-130a) with a plus-27 rating. McGauley is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League are pleased to announce that they have extended the contract of Head Coach Marc Habscheid for a four year term through the 2018-19 season. Habscheid became the Raiders 14th Head Coach November 1st, 2014 on a contract to complete the 2014-15 season.
“The Prince Albert Raider Hockey Club is pleased to have Marc signed with the organization long-term”, said General Manager Bruno Campese. “Marc connected very well with our players, fan base and corporate sponsors since joining us in November, and understands our community very well. We are happy with the long term of the deal as it establishes stability in our Head Coaching position through the next four seasons.”
“I very much enjoyed my first 5 months in Prince Albert”, said Habscheid. “The community and organization was very welcoming. I am very pleased to continue that relationship over the next 4 years.”
As they say inquiring minds want to know. I’d love to say that I have all of the answers… However sometimes you just need to concede, scratch your head, and move on.
With that being said in no particular order here are my top head scratchers from the week that was in the sporting world. Feel free to drop a comment if you have the answers.
10 – Why will the drought continue for the WHL’s Saskatchewan franchises? The elimination of the Regina Pats from the post-season over the weekend means that there will not be an Ed Chenoweth Cup winner from the province for 23 years. Yes, that dates back to the 1993 Swift Current Broncos. Is it coaching? Scouting? Finances? Unwillingness to commit to play in SK by top prospects?
9 – Speaking of top prospects the cream of the crop is apparently headed to Edmonton. The Oilers won the NHL draft lottery for the fourth time in five seasons and will undoubtedly select Phenom, Connor McDavid. Fans from across the world have pointed to McDavid’s reaction to the news that Edmonton had won the lottery and the less than flattered look he had on his face. That being said what was the NHL’s reaction to result of the lottery? You would have to think they would have preferred for him to land in Arizona to inject some interest into that market. OR would keeping him in a TV friendly Eastern Conference city, for example Buffalo, be more preferential? I will submit that Toronto wasn’t even on the NHL’s radar as the franchise will be fine without him off the ice, on the ice is a different story.