Category Archives: WHL

Body Checking Cut!

Hockey Canada has removed body checking from the Pee Wee age group.

After much debate the national governing body followed suit with Hockey Alberta and Nova Scotia who independently decided to remove it on their own.

The motion passed by a nearly unanimous vote, with Saskatchewan registering the only “no” vote in opposition.

The provincial federations have, however, agreed to develop a bodychecking standard for coaching to be implemented in 2014-15.

Hawks Soar To Final:

The Portland Winterhawks will play for the MasterCard Memorial Cup on Sunday, having edged the London Knights 2-1 in the semi-final game of the tournament on Friday night at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK.

A third-period goal from Ty Rattie and the brilliant play of goaltender Mac Carruth carried the Hawks past the OHL Champion Knights in what was a hard-fought, intense and competitive contest, and into Sunday’s final where they will face the QMJHL Champion Halifax Mooseheads.

“That was a tough game tonight,” said Winterhawks’ head coach Travis Green.  “That’s a very impressive team that we beat tonight.”

Carruth, a 20-year-old from Shorewood, MN, turned in a masterful performance, stopping 34 of 35 shots he faced, including making several outstanding saves over the final few minutes of the third period as London poured on the pressure.

A Chat With The Commish

David Branch the Comissioner of the Ontario Hockey League and the President of the Canadian Hockey League joined the pre-game show tonight.

I had a chance to pick his brain regarding the success of the tournament here in Saskatoon, the future of the event after the last two hosts have been entering the tournament through the back door as well as his thoughts on the “Inside Edge” program.

You can have a listen to the podcast of the conversation by clicking below.

A Little Of Dis N’ Dat Memorial Cup Style

An abbreviated version of a little of Dis N Dat on this Friday Morning….

Firstly I would like to sincerely thank Steve Hiscock as well as his contributors for providing me with some breath taking images from the Mastercard Memorial Cup….. The shots have been outstanding from this pro and I am honoured that he is allowing me to share his work.

The unfortunate part about his photos are all of the empty seats in the background. Being a part of the national radio broadcast I have been asked numerous times where the hockey fans are in Saskatoon. The reasons are many, unfortunately, I am starting to see how bad the event looks on television.

Speaking of television a question I wanted to pose yesterday was whether or not Saskatoon Blade Defenceman Dalton Thrower would have been suspended from the tournament if it weren’t for television. The result of the hit was not good and I wish Taylor Leier a speedy recovery. However, there was no penalty on the ice and without the multiple replay angles available to the overseeing officials would they have seen the collision the same as those on the ice?

The ice is now on the Saskatoon Blades season as the team was eliminated from the Memorial Cup after 6-1 loss to the London Knights in the tie-breaker last night.

Molleken Meets The Media

Following the Saskatoon Blades 6-1 loss to the London Knights in the MasterCard Memorial Cup Tiebreaker on Thursday night he met with the media.

Here’s his conversation at the podium following the loss where he addresses the loss, what happened and even a look ahead for the franchise.

You can listen here.

Blades Bounced From Memorial Cup:

The London Knights advanced to the semi-final of the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament with a 6-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades in the tiebreaker game on Thursday night at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK.

The convincing win over the tournament’s host team means the OHL Champion Knights will now face the WHL Champion Portland Winterhawks on Friday night.  It was a solid rebound effort from the Knights, who were thrashed 9-2 by the Halifax Mooseheads in their final round robin game on Tuesday night.

“We knew that our last game against Halifax was a hiccup, and we came into tonight still confident,” said Knights’ defenceman and captain Scott Harrington.  “It was a tough game, I thought our forwards did a great job of executing, and I thought Jake (Patterson) was really good tonight…we knew that was the effort that we needed.”

For the Blades, it marks their final game of the season.  Having lost an emotional game to Portland on Wednesday night, the Blades didn’t come out with the same determination and desperation they had shown over their previous two games.

CHL Lowers The Boom:

The Canadian Hockey League has announced that Saskatoon Blades defenceman Dalton Thrower has been suspended for the remainder of the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Thrower threw a body check at Portland Winterhawk forward Taylor Leir that clearly caught Leir in the head. The result left Leir on the ice motionless bleeding from his face before he was helped to the Portland dressing room where he didn’t return for the remainder of the contest.

No penalty was assessed by the officials on the ice.

Thrower will miss tonight’s tie breaker with London and any further games that the Blades play in the tournament.

Here’s the official release from the CHL:

Decision Day For Dalton:

The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Host Committee for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup informs media of the following schedule for Thursday May 23, 2013.

NHL Hockey Operations is reviewing the hit by Dalton Thrower of the Saskatoon Blades resulting in an injury to Taylor Leier

Hawks Headed To Semis

The final game of the Mastercard Memorial Cup featured a pair of teams that wanted to avoid a tie-breaker at all costs.

The hardly fought contest would see Portland score a trio of goals in the third period en route to a 4-2 victory over the host Saskatoon Blades.

The teams traded chances through the first 40 minutes in a very tactically played game that would enter the third period knotted at one.  However, Chase De Leo gave Portland the lead for good at 4:08 of the third when he jammed a loose puck past Blades goalie Andrey Makarov as the Winterhawks clinched a spot in Friday’s semifinal.

Saskatoon will now take on London in Thursday’s tie-breaker.

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A Knight To Forget For London:

The Halifax Mooseheads secured a spot at the very least in the semi-final at the Mastercard Memorial Cup thanks to a 9-2 thumping of the London Knights.

The victory leaves the QMJHL Champion Mooseheads with a 2-1 record, while the OHL Champion Knights’ loss puts them at 1-2, meaning they will have to play in the tiebreaker game on Thursday.

Martin Frk scored a hat trick, Darcy Ashley chipped in a pair of goals, and Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin each picked up three assists in a dominant offensive display for Halifax, which has scored 18 goals over their three games so far.