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Blades Bolster D Through Euro Draft

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:

Woods Leaving Prompts Blades Hockey Ops Shake-up

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.”

Blades Are Buyers Heading Into WHL Deadline

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.

Blades – Raiders Make Front Office Trade

(Photo Courtesy Saskatoon Blades)

In a unique move off the ice, the Saskatoon Blades announced their Vice President of Business Operations, Mike Scissons, is heading north to sign on with the Prince Albert Raiders in the position of Business Manager.

“The Raiders approached us to request permission to talk to Mike. They had an unexpected vacancy and we thought, while we would miss Mike’s experience and creativity, we wouldn’t want to stand in the way of him advancing his career,” says Blades President Steve Hogle.

“While the two teams are rivals on the ice, we work closely together off the ice and the health of all WHL organizations is of paramount importance,” adds Blades Managing Partner Colin Priestner. “We will miss Mike’s talents but we know he’ll be a great asset to the Raiders.”

“It was an incredibly hard decision to make in leaving the Blades organization,” says Mike. “I have enjoyed every moment working for the Blades for the last twelve years under the direction of both the Brodsky and Priestner families. I wish the organization and the fans nothing but the best in the future. I look forward to joining the Raiders staff and helping them continue to build their business and enhance their already strong community partnerships.”

Blades Add A Dozen At Bantam Draft And Veteran

The Blades brass left the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary with nothing but smiles after adding 12 new members to the Saskatoon Blades family. 4 forwards, 7 defensemen, and 1 goalie made up the twelve picks for the Bridge City bunch.

Blades HC and GM Bob Woods was extremely pleased with the draft.

“We got a lot of picks that we were hoping to get in good spots. Anytime you can do that you’re pretty pleased.”

“Our first four picks were guys who were in our top 18 so we look at that as getting four 1st round picks.”

The picks went as follows:

1st (12) – Jonny Tychonick: D – Calgary Flames (AMBHL)

Blades Pick A Pair In First Round Of Draft

The first round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft has concluded from the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary this morning.

This year, players born in 2000 from eligible provinces and American states were able to be selected as WHL Clubs looked to add key pieces to their future.

After acquiring the Saskatoon Blades’ first round pick in a trade and subsequently winning the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery to retain the number one selection, the Spokane Chiefs chose defenceman Ty Smith from Lloydminster, AB first overall.

2015 WHL Bantam Draft Results – First Round

#1 – Spokane Chiefs (from Saskatoon)
Name: Ty Smith Position: Defence Hometown: Lloydminster, AB
Previous Team: Delta Academy Bantam Prep (CSSHL)
Stats: 16 GP – 9G – 19A – 28PTS – 14 PIMS

#2 – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Name: Calen Addison Position: Defence Hometown: Brandon, MB
Previous Team: Brandon Wheat Kings Bantam AAA
Stats: 31 GP – 45G – 31A – 76PTS – 46 PIMS

Blades Sign Prospect Paterson

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock/Saskatoon Blades)

The Saskatoon Blades are extremely proud to announce the signing of Josh Paterson, the teams top pick from the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

“This is a huge day for our organization,” said Colin Priestner, Blades Managing Partner. “Josh is a highly skilled, big centreman who thinks the game very well. He makes players around him better. We’re just so excited to have him as a cornerstone addition to our franchise.”

The Blades chose Paterson 25th overall in the 2014 Bantam Draft. Already 6’2 and 180 pounds at only 16 years of age, the Blades believe the sky is the limit for the centre from Edmonton.

“We think he plays a Joe Thornton or Ryan Johansen style of game,” added Dan Tencer, Director of Scouting, Western Region. “Being a gifted student he actually finished high school two years early, and had plenty of suitors and options. We’re thrilled he chose Saskatoon as the place to develop his game.”

“I’m really excited to be going forward on this path and join the organization,” said Paterson after signing his contract. “I really like the way the team is shaping up this year, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Josh was drafted out of South Side Athletic Club in Edmonton where he led the entire Alberta Bantam AAA League in scoring with 97 points in 33 games. Paterson most recently played with the SSAC Athletics Midget AAA team in the AMHL, where he had 9 goals and 19 points in 32 games. He was also a member of Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, finishing with 6 points in 6 games helping, his team to a Silver medal.

“Josh will be a big part of our rebuild going forward,” said Head Coach and GM Bob Woods from the WHL USA Combine in Anaheim. “He’s the type of kid you want to add to your team – he thinks the game very well, and he’s got the Blade Factor we look for, just a great kid on and off the ice. It’s huge for us going into the draft to have another big 1999 player secured. Signing him was one of our top priorities this year as a club.”

Blades Win But Lose Lottery

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery was held today at the WHL Office in Calgary to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involved the six non-playoff teams (Spokane (from Saskatoon), Lethbridge, Vancouver, Moose Jaw (from Kamloops), Prince Albert and Moose Jaw) from the 2014-15 season.  A team could only move up a maximum of two positions in the Bantam Draft.

The Lottery selection process was performed by Katelyn Dawson from KPMG. The 2015 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Calgary, AB, on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

A Spokane Chiefs ball was drawn, meaning the order of the first round of the draft remains unchanged and the Chiefs will pick first overall. The Lethbridge Hurricanes will have the second selection, the Vancouver Giants will select third, the Moose Jaw Warriors have the fourth selection, the Prince Albert Raiders will select fifth, and the Moose Jaw Warriors will also have the sixth overall selection.

The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2014-15 WHL regular season standings.

Players eligible for the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft will be 2000-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

2015 WHL BANTAM DRAFT 1st ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION
Following is the order of selection for the 1st round of the WHL Bantam Draft:

#  CLUB                                   TRADED TO
1. Saskatoon Blades                 Spokane

WHL Announces Award Nominees And All-Stars

The Western Hockey League announced today the Eastern and Western Conference all-star teams and 2015 WHL Awards finalists at a media conference in Calgary. The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the 2015 WHL Awards in Calgary on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

The WHL Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenceman – Ivan Provorov (Yaroslavl, Russia), Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Travis Sanheim (Elkhorn, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Trevor Cox (Surrey, BC), Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Tim McGauley (Wilcox, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Brayden Point (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors

Blades Hand Out Hardware AND BIG BUCKS

PHOTO COURTESY Steve Hiscock/Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club

The Saskatoon Blades regular season home schedule came to a close with a 3-1 loss to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers.

The game was the final game at Sasktel Centre for graduating captain Brett Stovin and fellow 20-year old Sam McKechnie.

In ceremonies before and after the game the Blades handed out their annual awards. The winners were;

Fans of the Year – Alex McLellan and Jared Durston

Cameco Community Minded Award – Brett Stovin

Scholastic Player of the Year – Wyatt Sloboshan

ICR – Hardest Hitter – Josh Uhrich

96.3 Cruz FM Top Scorer – Brett Stovin

Mark Caddy Remax Plus/Minus – Garrett Armour

Old Dutch Most Gentlemanly Player – Larry Mack

Inland Steel 3 Stars – Nik Amundrud

Merlin Ford Lincoln Top Defensive Forward – Sam McKechnie

92.9 The Bull Rookie Of the Year – Wyatt Sloboshan

RoxDar Defenseman Of the Year – Brycen Martin

Rawlco Radio MVP – Brett Stovin

In addition to the fun on the ice fans had a chance to participate in a 50/50 jackpot that started the night at $51,000. AND