Category Archives: Saskatoon Blades

Hulak Honoured At Kinsmen Dinner

At the 55th annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon recognized this year’s athlete of the year and Bill Hunter Team of the Year award winner. Saskatoon media, in conjunction with the Kinsmen Club, selected Texas Stars forward Derek Hulak as this year’s athlete of the year. Hulak posted 48 points (13 goals, 35 assists) in 28 games during his final campaign with the U of S Huskies in 2013-14 and led the Huskies to the 2014 University Cup Final before losing to the University of Alberta. Despite the loss, Hulak concluded the season as a CIS First-Team All-Star and University Cup Tournament MVP. Won Canada West MVP, finalist for BLG award, U of S male athlete of the year, Won Calder Cup with Texas has 8 points in 21 games this year. Runners up for the award were Saskatoon Hilltops running back Wayndel Lewis who was named the CJFL offensive player of the year after leading the PFC in rushing with 1,063 yards and 9 touchdowns. UNLV offensive lineman Brett Boyko was the other runner up he is the top ranked prospect for the CFL draft recently finished his senior season with the NCAA’s UNLV Rebels and was invited to the NFL combine where some experts have him picked as a mid round selection for the NFL draft.

Blades Recall Duo

The Saskatoon Blades have called up forward Brayden Uhrich and defenceman Mackenzie Dwyer.

The 1997 born Uhrich is the younger brother of Blades forward Josh Uhrich, and has played one game earlier this season with the Blades. He provides a gritty, energetic style and is not afraid to play a physical game.

The 1997 born Dwyer is a product of Winnipeg, and plays for the Portage Terriers of the MJHL.

NHL Returning To ToonTown

The newly named Sasktel Centre will welcome the NHL for the first time in 2015!

The Edmonton Oilers will host the Minnesota Wild September 26th at the facility.

Ticket prices will range from $47.25 to $99.75 for the pre-season contest. Tickets will be made available to Saskatoon Blades season ticket holders first before being offered as part of a pre-sale package that will include tickets for the Blades home opener.

Blades Cut Another Deal

The Saskatoon Blades have acquired 1996 born winger Mitch Skapski from the Victoria Royals. Victoria will also send Saskatoon their 2015 5th round draft pick. Victoria will acquire Saskatoon’s 2016 5th round draft pick.

“We’re excited to bring Mitch to Saskatoon,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods. “We’ve got some openings with the departures of Ryan Coghlan and Landon Welykholowa, and we’re looking forward to having Mitch join us.”

The 18 year old Skapski hails from Abbotsford, BC. He has 1 goal, 3 assists and 12 PIM in 34 games played with the Royals this season.

Blades Make Two More Roster Moves

The Blades would like to announce that defenceman Ryan Coghlan and forward Landon Welykholowa will both be returning to Junior A.

Coghlan, 19, will be returning to his hometown of Nanaimo in the BCHL, while Welykholowa, 19, will be heading to Fort McMurray of the AJHL.

“This is a mutual decision between the team and the players,” said Head Coach and GM Bob Woods. “It will give both players more ice time and bigger roles with these teams. We wish them the best.”

Blades Deal First Round Pick: WHL Nixes Deal Bringing Martin To Toontown

The Saskatoon Blades have acquired 1996 born defenceman Brycen Martin and a conditional 2017 5th round draft pick from the Swift Current Broncos.

“This is a real big trade for the Saskatoon Blades,” said Head Coach and GM Bob Woods. “Brycen is a big presence on the blue line, great attributes, obviously a high NHL pick, we’re just really excited to have him here.”

The Broncos will receive 1996 born defenceman Jordan Thomson, and a 2016 1st round pick draft pick (Red Deer.)

“We’re very proud of Jordan, the work he put in with us. He’s a great kid, and we’re so happy he was a part of our organization. We certainly wish him the best with the Broncos.”

Blades Not Done Dealing: Henry Headed Back West

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The Saskatoon Blades have traded 20 year old blueliner Adam Henry to the Portland Winterhawks for a 2017 2nd round pick.

“We said with any of our older players, if we trade them, we want it to be to a winning team if we have the chance,” said Colin Priestner, Blades Managing Partner. “Adam is great on the powerplay, and to trade him to a team that gives him the opportunity for a deep playoff run is great.”

The Blades also acquire a valuable draft pick in the swap.

Blades Make Another Deal Add Another First Round Pick

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The Saskatoon Blades have traded 19 year old centre Alex Forsberg, a 2015 3rd round pick (from Portland,) and a 2016 4th round pick to the Victoria Royals for 16 year old forward Brayden Dunn, and a 2017 1st round pick.

“It was a deal that made a lot of sense,” said Blades Managing Partner Colin Priestner. “We took what some people though was a bit of a chance when we acquired Alex, and we’re proud of how he’s developed and got his game on track, and we were able to parlay that into a future first round pick, which will only help this team.”

Forsberg is from Waldheim Saskatchewan, and is the Blades leading scorer this season, with 33 points in 36 games.

“He’s a special player, and he’ll do well in Victoria. Great kid, and it’s nice that he’ll have the chance to play in the playoffs for the first time, which is great for him. We always said that to trade a player like that, it would have to be to a playoff team that really wanted him, and this trade just made sense.”

The Blades also acquired 1998 born Brayden Dunn in the trade.

“That’s an age group where we are weak in the depth chart, he’s a good player, a former 4th round pick, and he has a lot of potential. Hopefully he can earn a spot with the team next year.”

Blades/Rebels Play Let’s Make A Deal: The Sequel

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The Saskatoon Blades would like to announce the trade of goaltender Trevor Martin to the Red Deer Rebels for defenceman Kolton Dixon.

The 18 year old Martin had a record of 3-10-2-0 with the Blades this season, with a GAA of 4.16 and a SV% of .886.

19 year old Dixon is a physical presence on the blueline, standing 6’4 and weighing 190 pounds. He’s played 36 games with Red Deer this season, and has 1 goal, 2 assists and 36 penalty minutes. Last season in 64 games, he had 6 points and 128 penalty minutes.

“This is a good trade for both teams,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods. “Marty is a good goalie, and Red Deer had interest in him. We get back a big guy for our blueline, which is an area of need, and Dixon will have a real good chance to earn a 20 year old spot on our team next season.”

Blades Make Major Deal

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The Saskatoon Blades have announced a block buster trade with the Red Deer Rebels: Assistant Captain Nelson Nogier and Austin Adamson are going to Red Deer in exchange for 17 year old winger Mason McCarty, a first round draft choice and a second round draft choice. The first round pick is in 2016 while the second rounder is in 2015.

“This is a tough trade to make but in the big picture this makes all the sense in the world for both Nelson and our team,” says Blades GM and Coach Bob Woods. “Nelson gets the opportunity to play some very meaningful games: playoff games this season and the Memorial Cup next season. It also helps us in our re-build – we gain a younger, skilled forward and two high draft picks. Obviously, the Rebels thinks very highly of Nelson and Austin, as do we.”

McCarty has 1 goal, 2 assists and 7 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Rebels over this season and last season. The native of Blackie, Alberta, racked up 22 goals, 20 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 32 games this season with the UFA Bisons of the Alberta Midget Hockey League.

The Saskatoon born Nogier played in 128 games with the Blades over the past four seasons, notching 2 goals, 16 assists and 75 penalty minutes. Austin Adamson, who hails from Vancouver, scored 5 goals and 5 assists in 84 games with the Blades over the last two seasons.