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Blades In Moodie To Make A Deal

(PHOTO COURTESY Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatoon Blades have traded goaltender Alex Moodie to the Brandon Wheat Kings for a conditional 2015 8th round draft pick.

The 19 year old from Winnipeg began his WHL career with the Blades during the 2011-2012 season. He was dealt to Spokane earlier this year, before being returned to Saskatoon.

Moodie has played in 11 games for the Blades this season, posting a record of 3-7 with a 0.864 save percentage and a 4.86 goals against average.

Blades Deal Winger To Raiders

Blades trade Cory Millette to Prince Albert Raiders

The Saskatoon Blades have traded left winger Cory Millette to the Prince Albert Raiders for a 2016 5th round draft pick.

The 19 year old from Storthoaks, Saskatchewan started his WHL career with the Red Deer Rebels, before spending the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons with the Blades.

Millette had 17 goals and 34 points last season with the Blades, and currently sits second on the Blades in team scoring this season, with five goals and 14 points.

Blades Add One – Look To Clip Hawks

BLADES vs. WINTERHAWKS
7:05pm – SaskTel Centre

OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (4-8-0) continue a season-long six-game homestand tonight as they face off against the Portland Winterhawks (4-9-2). The defending Western Conference Champions are off to a rocky start, but are coming off a 5-2 victory last night over the Prince Albert Raiders. … Layne Viveiros led the way offensively, recording one goal and two assists, while Bolton Pouliot made 29 saves in the win. … Chase De Leo leads the Winterhawks in scoring this year, tallying eight goals and nine assists for 27 points in 13 games.

LAST TIME OUT: Carter Folk recorded a hat trick, while Stuart Skinner made 32 saves as the Lethbridge Hurricanes knocked off the Blades 7-2 on Friday night at SaskTel Centre. … Cameron Hebig and Sam McKechnie scored for the home side, while Alex Moodie was on the hook for the loss, allowing all seven goals on 29 shots. … In the loss, the Blades lost a couple key contributors to injury. Rookie Wyatt Sloboshan suffered a broken jaw and could miss as many as eight weeks, while Alex Forsberg also left due to injury (upper body), but he will need to be reevaluated before a timeline can be given.

Blades Look To Weather The Storm

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)

OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (4-7-0) continue a season-long six-game homestand tonight as they face off against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (2-8-1). … The Hurricanes are coming off a stunner, defeating the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 in a shootout this past Wednesday night at Rexall Place. Stuart Skinner made 46 saves, in addition to a perfect, three-for-three effort in the shootout, stoning Lane Bauer, Brett Pollock and Edgars Kulda. … Jamal Watson scored the shootout winner. … Riley Sheen leads the Hurricanes in scoring, tallying three goals and five assists for eight points in 11 games.

LAST TIME OUT: Nik Amundrud recorded his first-career win in the Western Hockey League, posting 31 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. Offensively, Alex Forsberg scored twice, while Cameron Hebig (first of the season), Isaac Schacher (first as a Blade) and Josh Uhrich (first as a Blade) did the rest, securing the Blades’ fourth win in five games. … For the second straight game, Forsberg tallied a pair of goals, extended his lead in team scoring to 10 points (6G, 4A) in 11 games. … The Blades are now only two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot, trailing the Eastern Division rival Prince Albert Raiders.

Blades Freeze Out Ice

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In life as a hockey player, nothing is as sweet as your first win.

Except for the sugary tang of shaving cream, of course.

Spread generously on a disposable paper plate, that was Nik Amundrud’s reward after a spectacular, 31-save performance in a 5-2 win – his first in the Western Hockey League – over the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday night at SaskTel Centre.

His face caked in a hazy blue glow, Amundrud addressed the media after a curious crowd (scallywags masked as teammates) dished it out, bellowing in laughter.

It’s clear. After their fourth win in five games, the Blades have become one – a team as tight-knit as can be.

“It’s pretty cool seeing yourself up on the big screen making those big saves,” Amundrud said. “It’s really exciting. It took a while, but I’m happy to get [the win].”

“He was good,” Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods added. “That’s what we’re looking for out of him. When he gets his opportunities, he’s got to make the most of it. Tonight, he made the saves that we needed at key times.”

Blades Set For Ice

(Photo Courtesy STEVE HISCOCK)

BLADES vs. ICE
7:05pm – SaskTel Centre

OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (3-7-0) play the third of a six-game homestand tonight as they face off against Kootenay Ice (3-8-0). … The Blades and Ice are tied for 10th in the east with six points, one back of the Red Deer Rebels for ninth and four back of the Prince Albert Raiders for the eighth and final playoff spot. … The Ice coming off a 3-2 loss to the Raiders last night. … Kootenay is led in scoring by Jaedon Descheneau, who has five goals and four assists for nine points in nine points.

LAST TIME OUT: Led by Andrew Koep and Blake Orban, the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings handed the Blades a 6-4 defeat this past Saturday at SaskTel Centre. Koep and Orban each recorded a pair of goals, while Dysin Mayo and Cole Benson did the rest offensively. In goal, rookie netminder Patrick Dea made 25 saves in the victory, snapping Saskatoon’s three-game winning streak. For the Blades, Alex Forsberg scored a pair on the power-play – his third and fourth goals of the season – while Ryan Graham and Austin Adamson chipped in with singles, the latter fuelling a late Blades rally, but it wasn’t enough. Alex Moodie suffered his first loss in four consecutive starts, surrendering six goals on 35 shots.

CHL Responds To Lawsuit

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the world’s premier development hockey league and the number one supplier of player talent for the NHL, Canadian university hockey and Canada’s national hockey teams. Our players are some of the best amateur student athletes in the world and we are proud to provide them with the support, programs and tools to ensure they have the best player experience.

As the CHL we have worked hard over the last decade to continually review, refine and improve the player experience. This player experience, funded by our member teams and leagues, now includes:
• an education program, unmatched in amateur sports, that promotes academic success both during their time in the CHL and after, including post-secondary scholarship programs,
• extensive health and safety, anti-doping and mentoring programs that support our players whether they continue with the sport or pursue other careers,
• a comprehensive mental health program in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and
• out-of-pocket expense coverage, equipment, billeting and travel costs.

In all three CHL member leagues, the Commissioners have spent much time dealing directly with players and their parents on team-specific issues. The Commissioners are always available to respond to any concerns raised by players or their parents. We will also continue to review and refine our programs through research and talking to our players, their parents, and our teams. We believe that our players are amateur student athletes.

Blades To Paint The Rink Pink

The Saskatoon Blades will be joining the fight against cancer this Saturday, Oct. 18 against the Edmonton Oil Kings at SaskTel Centre.

As part of the initiative, the Blades will be debuting a special-edition, one-off jersey to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, as well as to honour those who have lost their battle with cancer of all types. Accenting the primary logo, which features a unique Blades crest and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation ribbon, the bottom of the sweater will include the names of friends and family members of the Blades and season ticket holders who have been affected by the illness, all as a special tribute to the cause.

The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during and after the game, with the proceeds benefitting the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer Research. All money raised will be donated to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, funding a number of local research projects.

Blades Set For Throwback Thursday

OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (0-5-0) square off with the Tri-City Americans (4-3-0) for the first and only time this season. The Americans are in the midst of a season-high seven-game road trip, which began back on Sept. 27 in Spokane, and will come to an end on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Swift Current. Sitting second in the WHL’s US Division coming into tonight’s contest, the Americans are led in scoring by Brian Williams (4G, 4A) and Parker Bowles (2G, 6A), both recording eight points in the Ams’ seven games so far this season.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING… The SaskTel Centre has never been kind to the visiting Americans. Outscoring their opponents 89-57 all-time in Saskatoon, the Blades have won all but one game at home to the Americans (losing 7-1 on Feb. 27, 1996).

LAST TIME OUT: The Blades are coming off an 8-1 loss on the road to Medicine Hat Tigers on Oct. 3. Matt Bradley, Ty Schultz, Markus Eisenschmid, Chad Butcher, Cole Sanford and Trevor Cox each recorded multi-point nights as the Tigers raced out to a 4-0 lead on the back of three power-play goals in the opening 20 minutes. The Blades’ leading-scorer, rookie Wyatt Sloboshan, broke the gooseegg with a man-advantage marker of his own with less than seven minutes to play in the third period, but the damage had already been done. Recently reacquired goaltender Alex Moodie was charged with the loss, allowing six goals on 25 shots before making way for Nik Amundrud in the third period. Amundrud stopped 14 of 16, while at the other end, Nick Schneider answered 20 overall, securing the win for the Central Division’s top-seeded team.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Blades are back home, playing only their second game of the season at SaskTel Centre, and first since Sept. 20 against the Prince Albert Raiders.

Blades Name Lettermen

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatoon Blades have announced their team captains for the 2014-15 season.

Brett Stovin has been named as the 55th captain in Blades franchise history.

Making his WHL debut in 2010, Stovin is currently in his fourth full season, appearing in 195 regular-season games – all with the Blades. The 19-year-old product of Stony Mountain, MB, has recorded a combined 38 goals and 76 points in his career.

Stovin was originally drafted by the Blades in the fifth round – 90th overall – in 2009.

“Brett has proven himself as one of the most respected players in our locker room,” Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods said. “As a lifetime Blade, his commitment to our organization and to the city of Saskatoon is second to none. I could think of no one more deserving and I have no doubt he’ll succeed in this role, continuing to speak up and provide unparralled leadership for our team both on and off the ice.

The Blades also announced that the alternate captaincy will be shared between Adam Henry, Nelson Nogier, Nick Zajac and Ryan Graham. Henry and Nogier will don the letters exclusively at home, while the latter pair will sport the A’s on the road.