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Hockey Canada has awarded the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship to the cities of Vancouver and Victoria. Winnipeg and Saskatoon partnered in a bid to host the 2019 event.
“While we’re disappointed that Winnipeg and Saskatoon did not secure the championship this time around, Saskatoon Sports Tourism would like to congratulate Vancouver and Victoria and its bid committee for successfully landing this world-class hockey event,” said Hugh Vassos, Project Development Consultant with Saskatoon Sports Tourism. “The competition for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship was extremely competitive and there were strong hockey markets from across Canada interested in hosting. Our fans can be proud knowing the Winnipeg and Saskatoon bid met or exceeded every measurable aspect of Hockey Canada’s criteria, leaving us well positioned to bid on the event in the future.”
“We would like to thank Saskatoon Sports Tourism, the City of Saskatoon, the Province of Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Blades and SaskTel Centre for their commitments and expressions of interest in supporting our bid for 2019,” said Jonathan Huntington, Saskatoon’s bid committee chair.
The Saskatoon Blades have selected 17 year old Russian defenceman Mark Rubinchik in today’s CHL Import Draft. The left-shot defenceman split last season between Moscow Dynamo U17 and HK MVD Balashikha, totaling a combined 4 goals and 7 assists in 27 games. He also played for the Russia national team at both the U17 and U18 world championships. The 6′ 0″, 163 pounder is a native of Moscow.
“Mark was the number one player on our list and we’re thrilled we got him at 7,” says Blades GM Colin Priestner. “He was the assistant captain as an underage player at the World U18 this spring for Team Russia and played prominent roles on the powerplay, penalty kill and even strength. He’s very physical and has a great one-timer. After he adds some weight to his frame, some expect he’ll be an early round NHL draft pick next year.”
Rubinchik played on the Dynamo youth team but it didn’t take him long to test his skill against skaters in North America. Rubinchik played with the Little Caesars Bantam program in Detroit for the 20012-13 and the 2013-14 seasons.
“It’s great he already learned English as when he was a 12-13 year old in Detroit. We expect him to be a big time player for us for the next 2 to 3 years.”
The International Scouting Service’s Dennis McInnis described Rubinchuk this way:
The Saskatoon Blades have named Dean Brockman as their 21st head coach, with news Bob Woods is returning to the NHL.
Woods, who joined the Blades two years ago, has signed on to be the right hand man to Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma.
“This was too great of an offer to pass up,” says Woods. “It’s a chance to work alongside a Stanley Cup winning coach who also coached in the AHL. It’s an example I’d love to follow. I have mixed emotions leaving the Blades since the team is turning the corner but I know the players are in great hands.”
Brockman, 48, who was alongside Woods for the past two seasons, is thrilled with the opportunity.
“We’ve come through three difficult but necessary years but the time for talk is over. It’s time for results and we are committed to take a major step forward this season. We have a room full of great players who have outstanding character. They’ve taken great strides during our time together and I can’t wait to work with them to seize the opportunity we have in front of us.”
Brockman is well-suited to take the top job. Previous to his two years with Woods, Brockman coached the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to incredible success over 17 years. He led the team to victory in the Royal Bank Cup on two occasions, 2003 and 2008. In two other appearances at the national championship, Humboldt was the runner-up in 2009 and lost the semi-final in 2012.
The product of St. Benedict, Saskatchewan, also guided the Broncos to four Anavet Cup Championship titles in five appearances at the event, which matches up SJHL champion against the winner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Brockman was named SJHL Coach of the Year four times.
Brockman also has a history of success with Hockey Canada. He coached Canada West to a silver medal at the World Junior A Championship in 2012, taking home a gold medal at that same event as an assistant coach one year earlier in 2011.
While Brockman has some strategic thoughts on adjusting the team’s play on the ice for more wins, he also sees opportunity on the mental side of the game. “I have great passion for our players and I want to help guide them through the obstacles that stand in their way so we can together find – and enjoy – success.”
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.
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.
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.
The Vancouver Giants announced on Friday that Lorne Molleken has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach, effective immediately.
“We would like to thank Lorne for his time with our club,” said Giants majority owner Ron Toigo. “We wish him all the best in the future.”
Molleken took over behind the bench for the G-Men at the start of the 2015/16 season. Under his watch, Vancouver went 23-38-5-4.
Assistant Coach Tyler Kuntz
The University of Alberta Golden Bears are looking for a rare three-peat at this week’s CIS men’s hockey championship in Halifax but if they are to add to their record collection of 15 University Cup titles, they’ll have to upset a few higher-seeded opponents along the way.
The eight-team competition, hosted by Saint Mary’s University, gets under way Thursday at the Scotiabank Centre and culminates Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Time (5:30 p.m. Eastern) with the gold-medal final, live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports 2. Saturday’s semifinals are also live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports (noon & 4 p.m. Atlantic), while the quarter-finals and the bronze-medal match are set to air on Eastlink TV. All eight games from the championship will be webcast on www.CIS-SIC.tv.
The OUA champion UQTR Patriotes head into the tournament as the top seed, followed by the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West champs), No. 3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men (AUS champs), No. 4 Western Mustangs (OUA finalists), No. 5 UNB Varsity Reds (AUS finalists), No. 6 Alberta (Canada West finalists), No. 7 Carleton Ravens (OUA bronze medallists) and No. 8Saint Mary’s Huskies (hosts).
The quarter-final matchups include Carleton vs. Saskatchewan (4 p.m.) and Alberta vs. StFX (8 p.m.) on Thursday, followed by UNB vs. Western (4 p.m.) and Saint Mary’s vs. UQTR (8 p.m.) on Friday.
The Golden Bears, crowned a year ago at the Scotiabank Centre and in 2014 in Saskatoon, have achieved the University Cup three-peat once in their storied history, from 1978 to 1980. The only other program to accomplish the feat is Toronto, which claimed a remarkable five straight banners under legendary coach Tom Watt from 1969 to 1973.
Among this week’s contenders, UNB (5), UQTR (4), Saskatchewan (1), StFX (1), Western (1) and Saint Mary’s (1) have also hoisted the coveted trophy over the years, while Carleton is looking for its first triumph.
With the WHL trade deadline less than a week away the Saskatoon Blades made a pair of moves on Monday to remake their blue line.
Head Coach and General Manager, Bob Woods, announced today that the Blades have acquired 1997-born defenceman Dustin Perillat from the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, a 5th round pick (Swift Current’s) in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, and the rights to defenceman Dean Stewart.
Perillat, a Saskatoon native, has missed the majority of the season due to a broken jaw but is currently skating and nearing a return to game action. In 58 games with the Warriors last season, Perillat recorded 8 goals and 20 assists.
“We are very excited to be bringing in Dustin who is a very solid, puck moving defenceman,” said Woods. “A 1997 born defenceman was a spot we were looking to fill, and being a local player is an added bonus for us.”
Perillat will join the team today and will practice with the team this week. We are happy to welcome Dustin and his family to the Blades.
Meanwhile, Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods announced today that the Blades have acquired 1995-born defenceman Colton Waltz, and 1997-born forward Braylon Shmyr in exchange for Schael Higson, Mitch Wheaton, and a 2nd round pick in 2017.
The Western Hockey League announced today, at a media conference in Regina, a series of rule changes that have been implemented for the League’s 50th Season this year at a media conference in Regina. The rule changes include the adoption of the three-on-three overtime format.
Most of the rule changes have also been adopted by the National Hockey League and have been tested throughout the pre-season schedule.
Similar to the NHL, the WHL will adopt a three-on-three overtime format during the regular season. If two teams are tied following regulation time, a two minute break will be followed by five minutes of overtime where teams will be permitted to use only three skaters and a goaltender each when at even strength. As in previous years, if two teams remain tied after the five minute overtime period, a shootout will be used to determine the winner.