Category Archives: Saskatoon Blades

Blades Add Partner

The Saskatoon Blades are teaming up with Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation for next week’s Wine, Woman and Hockey fundraiser. The event will see two stars from the reality shows, Bachelor, Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise – Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul – at the Park Town Hotel for a gourmet dinner Thursday, October 16, the Blades game Friday, October 17 and a party after the contest at Fionn MacCool’s downtown. People will be able to ask Marcus and Lacy questions about the stories behind the scenes of the wildly popular shows and have their pictures taken with the newly-engaged couple.

“We’re grateful for the support of the Blades – and what a unique way to raise funds. I know some ladies who will love being able to directly ask Marcus and Lacy questions!” says Steve Shannon, the CEO of Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.

“We’re fortunate to be in the position to support worthy causes in the community like the City Hospital Foundation,” says Blades president Steve Hogle. “They’ve got a stellar track record raising money to better care for people in the Saskatoon region.”

More Blades Moves

General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Saturday that the Saskatoon Blades have claimed centre Landon Welykholowa off waivers from the Calgary Hitmen.

Welykholowa, 18, split the 2013-14 season between the Hitmen, Victoria Royals and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Canucks. In 34 Western Hockey League games last season (18 with Victoria, 16 with Calgary), the ’96-born Alberta product recorded one goal, five points and eight penalty minutes. In five post-season contests with the Hitmen, he recorded four goals, finishing second on the team in that category.

Welykholowa was originally drafted by the Prince Albert Raiders in the third round – 58th overall – in 2011.

Meanwhile, the Blades announced yesterday that they have reacquired defenceman Ryan Coghlan from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2015 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Blades In The Moodie To Make Another Deal

(PHOTO COURTESY Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatoon Blades are pleased to announce the return of goaltender Alex Moodie. The 19-year-old, who the Blades selected in the 5th round (108th overall) of the 2010 Bantam Draft, is returning to the City of Bridges from Spokane. He was dealt there in the off-season for a 4th round conditional draft pick in 2016.

“This worked out well for us. They had two goalies the same age playing well for them, one being their veteran, the other being Alex, so we were able to reacquire Alex. He brings a lot of talent to the table, including experience in this league,” says Blades general manager and coach Bob Woods.

The 6’1″, 182 lb. netminder from Winnipeg is slated to arrive in Saskatoon later today and join the Blades for their practice this afternoon.

Blades Wheel And Deal With Numerous Roster Moves On Monday

General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Monday that the Saskatoon Blades have acquired ’96-born defenceman Cole Bevan and a 2015 seventh round draft choice from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for defenceman Ayrton Nikkel.

Bevan, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound product of Cloverdale, BC, has appeared in 18 career games with the Broncos, recording two assists and nine penalty minutes. The 18-year-old was originally drafted by the Broncos in the 10th round – 213th overall – in 2011.

Nikkel, 19, appeared in 60 career games with the Blades, posting five goals, 15 points and 95 penalty minutes.

“We want to think Ayrton for his contributions to the Blades organization,” Managing Partner Colin Priestner said. “He’s been a warrior for us and we wish him nothing but the best in Swift Current.

Blades Look To Harvest Wheat Kings: Game Preview

OFF THE TOP: The Blades kick off a two-game road trip tonight in Brandon, facing the Wheat Kings in the first of eight meetings this season. Last year, the Manitobans had the upper hand on the Blades, winning six of eight, all in a row after dropping the first two by a combined score of 8-4. Coming into tonight’s matchup, Brandon sits atop the WHL’s Eastern Conference standings with a perfect 2-0 record after handing the Regina Pats back-to-back losses last weekend, outscoring them 10-3. Eighteen-year-old centre Duncan Campbell currently paces the WHL in rookie scoring, co-leading the Wheat Kings with three points (1G, 2A) in two games so far this season.

LAST GAME – SEPT. 20, 2014: For the second straight night, veteran winger Nick Zajac opened the scoring early to give a Blades a 1-0 lead, but that was all she wrote on the offensive side of the ledger. The Prince Albert Raiders stormed back with three unanswered (Tomas Andrlik, Dakota Conroy and Reid Gardiner), spoiling the Blades’ home opener with a 3-1 win in front of 6,337 at Credit Union Centre. Making his WHL debut, Blades goaltender Trevor Martin made 27 saves in a losing cause.

The Blades remain winless in 2014-15, sporting a 0-2-0 record heading into tonight’s contest.

Blades Make Another Add

General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Thursday that the Saskatoon Blades have acquired ’94-born forward Sam McKechnie from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in the 2015 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound product of Airdrie, AB, split the 2013-14 season with the Thunderbirds and Lethbridge Hurricanes, recording a combined seven goals, 18 points and 50 penalty minutes in 66 regular-season games, adding another goal and two points in nine post-season contests.

McKechnie, 20, broke out offensively in 2012-13, scoring a career-high 26 goals and 43 points in 72 games with the Hurricanes, who drafted the winger in the third round – 47th overall – in 2009. In 212 career games over four seasons, Mckechnie has 46 goals, 92 points and 144 penalty minutes.

Blades Shuffle D-Men

(PHOTO COURTESY Steve Hiscock)

General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced tonight that the Saskatoon Blades have assigned defenceman Nolan Reid to Notre Dame Midget AAA.

Reid, a product Deer Valley, SK, recorded two penalty minutes in his only appearance so far this season, a 3-1 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders on Sept. 20.

The 5-foot-10, 163-pound blueliner spent most of the 2013-14 season with Notre Dame, tallying 10 goals, 32 points and 12 penalty minutes in 42 regular-season games. In 12 post-season contests, Reid recorded one goal, 10 points and 10 penalty minutes.

Reid, 16, scored his first-career WHL goal back on Dec. 14, 2013 against the Kamloops Blazers.

Blades Reduce Roster

General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Monday night that the Saskatoon Blades have released defenceman Ross Hnidy.

Hnidy, 18, played in 27 games with the Blades last season, recording one assist and 27 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound blueliner did not appear in either of the Blades’ two games so far this season.

Blades Deal Scherbak

The Saskatoon Blades announced a blockbuster trade today, dealing forward Nikita Scherbak to the Everett Silvertips in exchange for ’97-born goaltender Nik Amundrud from Melfort, SK, a first round selection in the 2015 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, and a second round pick in the 2016 draft.

The arrival of Amundrud paved the way for the release of 20-year-old netminder Troy Trombley.

“We certainly thank Nikita for all he did for us,” General Manager and Head Coach Bob Wood said, “but the excellent play of our two new Europeans, Swedish defenceman Amil Krupic and Russian winger Nikita Soshnin, forced us to seriously consider other teams’ proposals. League rules prevent us from trading the Euros we just drafted so we would have to outright release one of them to get down to two imports if we were going to keep Scherbak. The only option we had in terms of realizing any kind of return was trading him.”

Scherbak, a first round pick (26th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens, is still away at the club’s training camp. He is also expected to miss WHL games this season due to his participation in the 2014 Subway Super Series and the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“The immediate help in net in the form of a high-end like goalie Nik Amundrud, plus first and second round draft picks, is a trade that was too good to pass up,” adds Managing Partner Colin Priestner. “Getting a 1997 goalie is a key piece in our rebuild, as is having Nikita Soshnin for potentially four more years.

“We now possess two first round picks in the upcoming draft, which we feel positions us extremely well in our path to building a championship team.”

Added Woods: “We scouted Nik in a pre-season tournament and he is a big, technically sound goalie. He is going to have every opportunity to play a lot of games here in Saskatoon.”

Amundrud was the top goalie in the pre-season, leading the WHL with a 0.51 goals-against average and a .981 save percentage, allowing only one goal in four appearances.

Tough Start For The Blades

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock/Saskatoon Blades)

The Saskatoon Blades are oh-and-2 to start the young WHL season. The Bridge City Bunch were topped in both ends of their home-and-home series with the Prince Albert Raiders.

Indeed, the Saskatoon Blades probably deserved a better fate. But for the second consecutive game, the Prince Albert Raiders had the upper hand by night’s end.

Tomas Andrlik, Dakota Conroy and Reid Gardiner each scored as part of an unanswered trio, lifting the Raiders to a 3-1 win over the Blades on Saturday night at the Credit Union Centre.

Netting his second is as many nights off the top of the new year, Nick Zajac recorded the lone goal for the home side.

“We wanted more out of these games, obviously,” Blades veteran Brett Stovin said following the game. “We have a lot of video to watch. Some teams have some slow starts; others start hot. Hopefully it’s just these two games and we can get rolling next weekend.”