Category Archives: WHL

Hawks Set To Role Out The Welcome Matt:

The Minnesota Wild has loaned defenseman Matt Dumba to Portland of the Western Hockey League.

Fresh from representing Canada at the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden, Dumba returns to the WHL after his rights were traded from Red Deer to Portland. At the WJC, the blueliner had an assist and was plus-4 in seven games.

Blades, Riders And Hurricanes All At CUC Tonight!

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock:

The Saskatoon Blades look to extend their point streak to three games to kick off 2014 as they play host to the Lethbridge Hurricanes tonight. The Blades are coming off of a 4-3 shootout loss in Regina last night as Troy Trombley was the story as the goaltender took home first star honours thanks to a 43 save night. The Blades got all of their goals from the blueline, with Ayrton Nikkel, Graeme Craig and Clayton Kirichenko all finding the back of the net. Special teams was also key for the Blades as they were 1 for 3 on the PP and perfect on the PK by going 3 for 3.

Blades Come Up Short In Big City Battle:


The Saskatoon Blades picked up a point for the second consecutive game as they dropped a close, 4-3 battle in a shootout to the Regina Pats on Friday night. Troy Trombley was the big story as the Blades goaltender was the first star of the game after making 43 stops in the shootout defeat.

Early in the first period the Blades almost got on the board. Nikita Scherbak was given room down the left wing and walked right in, firing a high hard shot just over the shoulder and cross-bar past the goal of Pats goalie Nick Schneider. While the Blades failed to score on their first good chance, the Pats didn’t miss the opportunity. Dryden Hunt scored his 10th of the season at 1:25 as he had the puck behind the net, walked to the side and snuck one past Troy Trombley to make it 1-0. But the Blades were quick to respond. At 3:20, Dylan Busenius fed Graeme Craig at the top of the blueline and his powerplay slapper beat Schneider through a screen to make it 1-1. Craig’s 4th of the season was assisted by Busenius and Scherbak.

Kelowna Rockets To Top Of Rankings

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the fifteenth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 15


Saskatoon Saddles Up With Broncos On New Years Deal

The Saskatoon Blades and general manager Lorne Molleken are pleased to announce the acquisition of forward’s Connor Sanvido, Wyatt Sloboshan, a 2nd round pick (2014) and a conditional 3rd round draft pick (2015) from the Swift Current Broncos.

In exchange, the Blades have dealt 1993-born forward Nathan Burns and a 7th round draft pick (2014) to Swift Current.

Sanvido is a 1993-born right winger form Maple Ridge, BC. The 5’10, 175 pound forward is currently on pace for a career-year in 2013-14, having registered 12 goals, 26 points and 21 PIMs to go along with a +13 rating in 40 games. Sanvido is also a former member of the Seattle Thunderbirds, having been selected by them 14th overall in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.

Blades Suffer Big Loss: Nogier Done For Season


The Saskatoon Blades and general manager Lorne Molleken have announced that defenceman and alternate captain Nelson Nogier will undergo surgery to repair an injured shoulder.

“Nelson Nogier injured his shoulder during a fight in Edmonton on December 15th,” announced Molleken. “He’ll head in for surgery later this month to repair the labrum in his right shoulder and we fully expect it to be a season-ending injury.”

The procedure is expected to sideline the Saskatoon product anywhere from 3 to 4 months.

“Obviously it’s an unfortunate thing to happen,” said the Blades defenceman. “But, injuries come with the game so I’m just going to have to deal with it and try and move on in my career.”

Nogier had appeared in 37 games this season prior to suffering the injury. The 6’2, 193 pound blueliner had posted 6 points, 25 PIMs and a -2 rating while also scoring his first career WHL goal on October 9th against the Vancouver Giants.

Ex-Blade Sinks Former Team


The Prince Albert Raiders followed up their Friday night performance on Saturday night, closing out their annual home and home against the Blades with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night in Saskatoon. Former Blade Ryan Coghlan scored a goal for the Raiders as it was the first game on their new teams for both him and the newest Blade in Dylan Busenius.

The Blades had the best chances to start the game, with Chase Clayton walking down the wing not even 4 minutes into the game and ripping a shot wide on the short side during a 2 on 1 break. The Blades held a 6-3 shot advantage through the opening 10 minutes, which included a good hard shot from the newest Blades defender Dylan Busenius that was stopped by Raiders starter Cole Cheveldave. Despite those good chances for Saskatoon, it was the visitors who struck first at 11:25. And while it was the visitors scoring, it was a familiar face doing the damage as Ryan Coghlan’s wrist shot beat Alex Moodie fivehole to make it 1-0. Coghlan was just dealt to Prince Albert late last night in the deal that saw Busenius become a Blade. After the goal, each team had a great chance to get on the board, with Logan Harland’s hard wrist shot being kicked out and Raiders forward Carson Perreaux being robbed on the doorstop by Moodie. The shots were 11-8 Blades through 20 minutes despite trailing 1-0.

The Blades got a good chance to open the second period on the right foot in t

Blades Return Home: Game Day Preview

Photo Courtesy: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades are back on home ice tonight as they finish off a post-holiday home and home with the Prince Albert Raiders tonight. Last night the two teams met in Prince Albert, meeting for the fourth time this season.

Last Game Recap

The Saskatoon Blades saw their losing streak slide to 12 as they fell 5-2 last night in Prince Albert. The Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, getting goals from Reid Gardiner (2) and Darcy Zaharichuk in the first 8:23 of the frame. An Ayrton Nikkel goal got Saskatoon on the board late in the frame before the teams went back and forth on the scoreboard in the frame. Shane Danyluk and Jayden Hard rounded out the scoring for the Raiders while Chase Clayton scored the Blades second goal at 11:21 of the third. In net, Troy Trombley made 36 saves for Saskatoon.

2013-14 Season Series

Rockets Blast Past Blades


The Saskatoon Blades saw their pre-Christmas break losing streak extended to 11 games with a 7-1 loss to Kelowna last night at Credit Union Centre.

The Blades are now off until next Friday December 27th when they return from their break to take on the Prince Albert Raiders.

Here’s the complete recap of last night’s game:

The Saskatoon Blades are looking to rest and recharge over the holiday break as they finished off their first part of the season on Tuesday night.  The Blades entered the break with a 7-1 loss to the Kelowna Rockets.

Blades Set To Rocket Into Christmas Break


The Saskatoon Blades play host to the Kelowna Rockets tonight in the two team’s only meeting of the 2013-14 regular season. The game also marks the final Blades game before the WHL holiday break.

Last Game Recap

The Saskatoon Blades saw their losing streak slide to 10 games on Sunday night as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Oil Kings in Edmonton. Luke Bertolucci scored the opening and hence game-winning goal while Cole Benson, Reid Petryk and Lane Bauer also tallied for the Oil Kings. Tristan Jarry made 27 stops for his 3rd shutout of the season, while Troy Trombley took the loss in goal for the Blades despite a 38 stop performance. On special teams the Blades were 0 for 2 on the PP and 3 for 4 on the PK.