Category Archives: Hockey

Another Week And Another Top 10 Tuesday Thoughts

Another Tuesday is here…. So here are my 10 most intriguing thoughts of the week…

10 The Saskatchewan Roughriders need their offensive line to bounce back in a big way this week against Toronto. I hate to say it but the declining productivity of Kory Sheets that last few weeks may be partly due to the fact that teams are keying in on him but also partly due to the lack of dominance that the offensive line had at the start of the season. This week is going to be a big measuring stick against the Argos and Defensive coordinator Chris Jones.

WHL Makes Its’ Mark In The NHL

The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 126 WHL players have been invited to attend NHL training camps in September.  All of the 126 players attending NHL camps are eligible to return to the WHL for the 2013-14 season.

Of the 126 WHL players set to attend NHL training camps, 85 were selected in the NHL Draft and 41 are free agent invitees.  37 of the players who are attending NHL camps have been signed to NHL entry-level contracts.

All 22 WHL Clubs will send at least one player to an NHL training camp.  The Edmonton Oil Kings boast an impressive 13 players who will attend NHL camps, which is the most of any WHL Club.  In addition, the Portland Winterhawks will send 12 players to NHL camps, and the Medicine Hat Tigers will see 10 players attend NHL training camps.

Blades Release One… Add One…

The Saskatoon Blades have re-assigned goaltender Brandon Kegler (’97) to the Leduc Oil Kings M-AAA club.

The 6’2, 193 pound Kegler was the Blades 4th round selection, 79th overall, in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  Kegler appeared in the Blades lone exhibition game up to this date, starting and playing the first 40 minutes of the team’s loss in Swift Current last Wednesday.

Imperssions From First Ones With The Blades To Bad Ones With Brian Burke, And Sad Ones In Toronto…It’s Dave’s Dis N’ Dat

Once again I’ll try to make sense of all that was in the world of sports…. It’s more of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat to wind up the week.

Let’s start with the dominant story in Saskatoon this week; The Sale of the Saskatoon Blades. Mike Priestner was introduced in the Bridge City as the new owner of the club yesterday. His son Colin will be the managing partner of the team while Steve Hogle will assume the role of President.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the first impression from the group was an interesting one. The trio does not lack in confidence, enthusiasm or focus. They also seem very sincere and humble in their commitment to the history and tradition of the Saskatoon Blades franchise.

The next chapter of the Saskatoon Blades book begins now.

Brodsky’s Turn Over Keys To The Blades

The Saskatoon Blades are very pleased to introduce their new ownership group and management staff this afternoon at the Credit Union Centre.

New owner Mike Priestner was introduced to the media by outgoing owner

Blades Re-Jig Roster

The Saskatoon Blades have re-assigned four more players as they continue to trim down their roster in anticipation of their 50th anniversary season.

Left-winger Parker Smyth (’98) and defencemen Turner Ottenbreit (’97), Mackenzie Dwyer (’97) and Nolan Reid (’98) are the players re-assigned.  All four of the players appeared in the Blades pre-season opening game last night in Swift Current against the Broncos.

The New Face Of The Saskatoon Blades/Behind The Failed Alumni Bid

The WHL has made it official!

The Saskatoon Blades have been sold to Mike Priestner and the Go Auto Group.

A purchase price was not released by the board of governors after they made the sale official. It is believed to have been in the range of $9-million to $9.5-million.

What was revealed is that the decision to accept the sale from the Brodsky family to Priestner was unanimous.

According to the voice of the Saskatoon Blades, Les Lazaruk the sale will be finalized in the next few days. Steve Hogel will become president of the team while Colin Priestner will fill the role of managing partner.

More Top 10 Thoughts On A Tuesday: Answering How Loud Is It? AND Thoughts On The Blades Sale

Here is a collection of my Top Ten Thoughts from the last seven days in the world of sports:

10 The Sale of the Saskatoon Blades should be made official tomorrow in Calgary at a Board of Governors meeting. Depending on who you ask it could be a very interesting meeting as some of the board apparently are not on-side with the deal. Personally I would be shocked if the transfer of the team to Edmonton Car magnate Mike Priestner doesn’t go through. Time will tell but all should be settled tomorrow night.

The Best Way To Wrap Up The Week…. Some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat

Time to wrap up the week with some of Dis n’ Dat…

We start in the CFL and Labour Day weekend means the start of the second season in the CFL where things are expected to get tighter and wins harder to come by. On Sunday’s Rider football broadcast I’m excited to have former Blue Bomber and current University of Saskatchewan special teams coordinator join me. One of the things that I am going to ask him is what he feels is the biggest improvement the Riders made this year. His surprise is going to blow your socks off.

Blades Sign Top 3

The Saskatoon Blades are extremely pleased to announce that they have signed their top three picks from the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

All three of defenceman Nolan Reid, left-winger Parker Smyth and center Luke Gingras have been signed to standard WHL player contracts.

“All three players were standouts at training camp this past weekend,” said Blades general manager Lorne Molleken.   “We drafted them for a reason, all three are good young players with unique skillsets and we are glad to have them under contract as part of our future.”