Monthly Archives: March 2016

Who Are the Fools In Medicine Hat?

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Well despite the day of pranking that is ahead the City of Medicine Hat has apparently dropped a bombshell on their junior franchise.

At risk of being “fooled” by this hoax I will press publish for your consideration while I continue to investigate the stories authenticity.

From the City of Medicine Hat:

City serves Tigers with notice to vacate Canalta Centre
Posted Date: 3/31/2016 12:30 PM
For Immediate Release
March 31, 2016

Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat provided notice to Tigers ownership today that without a permanent license agreement in place, the team is required to immediately vacate the Canalta Centre and restore any occupied space to its previous condition by April 7 at noon.

Top 10 Tuesday: March 29

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Another week has come and gone in the world of sports and some interesting issues have cropped up both good and bad. So in no particular order here are my ten thoughts from the week that was.

10 – The start of the major league baseball season is less than a week away and already there is a ton of interest after the Blue Jays run to the ALCS last season. Registration numbers have soared in Saskatoon as have expectations for the big league club. However, there has been a lot of focus on numbers during spring training. From contact numbers for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to the number one spot in the batting order and the fifth starter. The number to me that seemingly is being ignored is $1-million. That’s apparently the net profit that Rogers (the owners of the Jays) made last year on baseball operations. Yes, with play-off home games, sellouts from August on and a number of club friendly contracts the Jays only made $1-million. That speaks loud and clear and perhaps signals that the Jays won’t be anywhere near contention after this season as there is no financial way they can keep Bautista or Encarnacion.

9 – Speaking of the play-offs and there officially will be no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup Play-offs since the 1970 post season. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be Canadians in the tournament just that fans North of the border will need to commute in order to see play-off action live. Some are ringing the alarm bells, I say it’s just a blip on the radar.

8 – So, who is impacted most by missing the play-offs in Canada? Well it certainly isn’t the athletes. AND no, there will be no post season revenue for the Canadian owners. BUT affected the most by the lack of success will be Rogers. The NHL rights holders in Canada will not attract regional fringe audiences, and with a warmer, earlier spring in much of the country that will lead to lower viewership and in turn lower advertising revenue. With a loss in ratings last year, and you would have to anticipate more of the same this year the billion dollar contract that they signed with the NHL may come back to bite them.

7 – On the other side of the ledger the Washington Capitals officially clinched the President’s trophy, for the top regular season record in the league, last night. Now there is no direct correlation between the Presidents Trophy and winning the Stanley Cup. The last team to win both was  Chicago in 2012-2013 but since 1985-86 when the league started handing out the President’s trophy, the winner has only won 8 times (well below 50%). That has me pondering whether there should be more incentive to winning the Presidents trophy, as it has long been my argument that you have to build a team for the regular season or the post-season in the NHL (as the rules do change in the play-offs)? As a starting point,  what if they only need to win three games in a series as opposed to four? Just a thought it would give more meaning to the regular season.

Huskies Name Nominees

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Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the nominees for the Major 7 Awards to be handed out at the 2016 Huskie Salute on April 1 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

The Canada West Rookie of the Year…
Kohl Bauml, Hockey

Member of the Canada West All-Rookie Team…
Chan De Ciman, Basketball

Canada West & CIS Rookie of the Year…
CJ Gavlas, Volleyball

CIS First Team All-Canadian in the 4x200m relay…
Adam Paslawski, Track & Field

CIS First Team All-Canadian…
Erik Widing, Cross Country

Patricia Lawson Trophy – Female Rookie of the Year

Black Aces Cap Season With Provincial Gold

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The Saskatoon Black Aces capped their season with a Provincial title on Friday night thanks to an 8-7 win in Regina.

After winning the city championship earlier in the week the Bantam AA Aces had a chance to add a provincial title to their resume, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in recent memory in the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association.

The Aces entered the contest with a healthy lead in the two game total-goal play-off thanks to a 6-1 victory the week before in Toon-Town.

Puck dropped just before 7:45 at the Co-operators Centre in the Queen City with the teams feeling each other out in the opening moments. It wasn’t until 7:17 of the opening period that the Aces’ Braydon Buck would find the back of the net giving Saskatoon first blood in the contest.

However, less than three minutes later the Aces would be faced with their first taste of adversity as a five-minute boarding major was assessed against the team resulting in not only a game misconduct but also a full five-minute power play for Regina. The Queen City Kids would make good on that power-play tying the game at 1-1, at 14:14 of the opening period. That was the only time they would score on the long man advantage. The score would then hold until the buzzer sounded to end the first period.

Turn to the second period where #44 Layton would restore the Aces lead 6:16 into the frame, however, the boys from the Bridge City would be assessed another major penalty and game misconduct, like in the first period, and be forced into another long-penalty kill. BUT just two minutes into the kill the Aces would capitalize on a mistake and walk in and score to make it 3-1 with 9:40 to go in the second-period, halfway home! The Aces weren’t done their either as just five seconds later on the same penalty kill #40 would score his second goal in a row to extend the Aces lead to 4-1. The Aces would continue to pour it on as #48 would tally with just over 7-minutes to go to extend their lead to 5-1. Before the buzzer could sound, though, the two teams would exchange goals, Regina scoring at 13:45 while the Aces tallied with just 40.1 seconds left in the frame. The Aces would head to the dressing room with a 6-2 lead.

Into the final frame where the Aces could smell the provincial banner, but Regina was not going to lay down on home ice.

Huskie Trades Green And White for REDBLACKS

Donovan Dale Signs

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have an all-Canadian hole to fill on their defensive line.

Donovan Dale, who joined the U of S Huskies prior to the 2015 season, signed a contract yesterday with the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa REDBLACKS.

The Grey Cup finalists from the Nations Capital were in need of a National Defensive Tackle after losing veteran Keith Shologan in free-agency to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Ottawa as well as a handful of CFL teams had been watching Dale closely throughout the season.

In 2015 with the Huskies Dale was a menace along the defensive line racking up 30 tackles, 8 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles in only eight regular season games.

AND just when you thought that the day couldn’t get any better

Riders Welcome New Logo: New RB

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The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club officially unveiled an updated logo today. The original logo was developed in 1985 and has essentially remained unchanged for over 30 years.

“The timing was right for us to refresh and update our logo as we begin a new jersey partnership with adidas, and prepare to move into new Mosaic Stadium,” noted Riders Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing, Gregg Sauter. “While the changes are subtle, the logo more accurately reflects our official colour scheme with a clean and modern feel, while still maintaining the iconic image.”

There are four main changes made to the logo:
• Inside liner has been eliminated
• Three inside horizontal lines are now straight instead of staggered
• Shortened tail on the ‘S’ which is now equally balanced with the top
• Silver has been replaced with white

Banner Night For Saskatoon Aces:

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With the minor hockey season quickly winding down so too are the city and provincial championships.

In Bantam A action, it was a second consecutive barn burner as the Saskatoon Black Aces squared off with the Red Wing Machine in a winner takes all contest for the city championship. 24-hours earlier the two clubs played a 3-2 overtime thriller that saw the Red Wings force the deciding game, last night.

The Aces, like the previous night, jumped out to an early 1-nothing lead thanks to a first period tally by Ethan Serfas. The two teams then traded chances back and forth with the Aces taking a 2-1 lead into the third period.

In the final frame, with the Aces clinging to the lead the Red Wings would find the equalizer 6-and-a-half minutes into the period. Flashback to Monday and the Red Wings forced extra time with a goal in the final minute before going on to the 3-2 win. Back to last night and the Red Wings would go on the Power Play shortly after notching the equalizer but this time the Aces P-K would come up big and keep the game tied. That is how regulation time would end.

Top Ten Tuesday: Taking A Swing At The Court AND WHL MVP?

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Time for my weekly take at the world of sports.

So, in no particular order here are the top 10 most pressing thoughts on my mind:

10 – First and foremost with the end of the WHL season for six of the league’s 22 teams over there are some quality people that saw there junior eligibility come to a close. No more stand-up person in my opinion than Nic Zajac. The Blades captain has seen the good times and the bad with the franchise but through it all represented himself with dignity and class. His dedication to the community was admirable and here’s hoping that the future treats him well.

9 – Staying with the Blades and the club is now on the clock. Players and management have all gone on record stating that the club will indeed make the play-offs next year. There obviously is a lot that can and will happen between now and then but the expectation level has now been increased.

8 – With the start of the WHL play-offs Moose Jaw, Regina, and Prince Albert will all have the opportunity to attempt to end our province’s 23 year Championship drought. With all due respect those teams have to been seen, at the very least, as long shots. There are a number of reasons as to why the Saskie drought has been more than two decades but a clear first indication could be population based. I would welcome any and all thoughts.

Rush Ready For A New Look Vs. Rock

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The Saskatchewan Rush in partnership with TD, are proud to announce an exciting
initiative taking place on Sat, March 26th that will help raise funds for the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital
Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHF).

Ryan Barclay, District Vice President says, “At TD, we believe that one of the best ways that we can support
our communities is by investing in children’s health. TD believes that every child deserves the opportunity to
live life to its fullest. That’s why TD, our employees and customers work hard every year to support our
local children’s hospitals.” Barclay continues, “Through these efforts we have given more than $70 million
over the past 21 years to children’s hospitals throughout the country through our support of Children’s
Miracle Network, including over $2.9 million to the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. We are so thrilled to
support Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan and we can’t wait for the hospital to open in 2019!”

“We are very pleased to be working with longtime partners TD and our province’s newest sports team, the
Saskatchewan Rush” says Brynn BobackLane,

President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. The fundraising efforts of both organizations are a great opportunity to have fun, cheer on our team and help us purchase pediatric and maternal equipment right now for Saskatchewan children and their families.”

The Saskatchewan Rush with TD and the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will be hosting a
Saskatchewan Rush Jersey Auction. Rush players will wear a Limited Edition CHF jerseys at the game vs
Toronto Rock on March 26, 2016, which will proudly showcase the CHF on the front side. The back name
bar of the jersey will enlist that each player is “playing” for the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Huskies Tops In The Nation

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For the first time in their history, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies are CIS Women’s Basketball Champions.

The Huskies knocked off the Ryerson University Rams 85-71 Sunday afternoon at the Richard J. Currie Center to lift the CIS Championship trophy, the Bronze Baby, for the first time.

“I can’t be happier for this group of women,” said head coach Lisa Thomaidis. “The amount of time they dedicated to this program, I can’t thank them enough.”

 

Laura Dally, the Canada West MVP and First Team All-Canadian, came up with a big game when the Huskies needed it most. The fifth-year guard scored 25 points and was named the player of the game. Dally hit four of her first five three-point attempts and added six rebounds.