Rush Are Best In The West

The two-time defending National Lacrosse League champion Saskatchewan Rush will get their chance at a threepeat after winning the West Division Final on Saturday night in Saskatoon. Two goals early in the More »

Rush A Win Away From Advancing To Champions Cup Final

An explosive second-half performance, highlighted by six goals from Adam Jones, paced the Saskatchewan Rush to an 18-9 win over the Colorado Mammoth in Game 1 of the NLL West Division Final. More »

New Voice Coming – Huskies Introduce Recruits

The 17th Annual Dogs breakfast was held yesterday in front of almost 1500 supporters at Prairieland Park. With a classy salute to outgoing Head Coach Brian Towriss, new bench boss Scott Flory More »

Huskies Round Out Coaching Staff Naming D Coaches

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his defensive coaching staff for the 2017 season Wednesday highlighted by coordinator and former teammate Warren Muzika. A graduate of the College of More »

Huskies Introduce New-Old Special Teams Face

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his special teams staff for the 2017 season Tuesday morning highlighted by veteran coach Jerry Friesen. A member of the University of Saskatchewan More »

 

Rifles Looking For New H-C

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After two full seasons as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Rifles, Ryan Karhut announced today he has accepted a full time CIS coaching position in the OUA.

The Rifles have named Winnipeg Rifles Defensive Coordinator Jason Park as Interim Head Coach. The Rifles Board of Directors will now begin the process of selecting and interviewing a new Head Coach for the 2015 Season. Details related to the application and selection process will be posted on the Rifles website at www.riflesfootball.com in the next few days.

Dogs Set To Go Camping

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Ready to hit the turf of Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park for spring camp, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team will get its first chance to test skills for the 2015 season.

Spring camp kicks off early Thursday morning with the 15th annual Dogs Breakfast at Prairieland Park and wraps up Sunday with the Green and White scrimmage. The Dogs Breakfast helps raise scholarship funds for the team. NFL legendary defensive back Ronnie Lott will be the guest speaker. At the event, Huskie head coach Brian Towriss will make an official announcement of new recruits to the team.

The players will then hit the field that night at 6:10 p.m. in the first practice of the weekend. They suit up again Friday at 5:45 p.m., 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and finally 10:30 a.m. Sunday. All fans, supporters, alumni, family and friends are invited to attend any of the practices during the camp. The camp will feature more than 100 returning Huskies, new recruits and walk-on players.

A full spring camp roster will be available soon.

WHL Names Award Nominees: Former Blade Up For Player Of The Year

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The Western Hockey League is pleased to announce that Tim McGauley (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks) have been selected as the Eastern and Western Conference nominees, respectively, for the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the 2014-15 WHL Player of the Year.

The finalists and eventual winner are determined through a voting process which includes general managers, coaches, and media representatives from each WHL Club. The winner will be crowned at the 2015 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary on Wednesday, May 6th.

A product of Wilcox, SK, McGauley enjoyed a career campaign for the Wheat Kings this year, helping Brandon to a 53-11-4-4 record and the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s top regular season team. The 19-year-old scored 42 goals and 63 assists for 105 points along with a plus-43 rating while playing in all 72 games.

McGauley’s 105 points ranked third in WHL scoring while his 63 assists placed him fourth amongst all players. In addition, McGauley’s plus-43 rating led all Wheat Kings skaters this season while he also notched eight game-winning goals and three shorthanded goals. McGauley’s impressive season included a 24-game point streak in which he totalled 53 points (17g-36a) from January 16th-March 13th. McGauley also produced 34 multiple-point games and notched two overtime winners this year.

Selected by Brandon in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, McGauley has played 225 career regular season games for the Wheat Kings and amassed 210 points (80g-130a) with a plus-27 rating. McGauley is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Habby Happy In Prince Albert

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The Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League are pleased to announce that they have extended the contract of Head Coach Marc Habscheid for a four year term through the 2018-19 season. Habscheid became the Raiders 14th Head Coach November 1st, 2014 on a contract to complete the 2014-15 season.

“The Prince Albert Raider Hockey Club is pleased to have Marc signed with the organization long-term”, said General Manager Bruno Campese. “Marc connected very well with our players, fan base and corporate sponsors since joining us in November, and understands our community very well. We are happy with the long term of the deal as it establishes stability in our Head Coaching position through the next four seasons.”

“I very much enjoyed my first 5 months in Prince Albert”, said Habscheid. “The community and organization was very welcoming.  I am very pleased to continue that relationship over the next 4 years.”

A Questionable Top 10 Thoughts on a Tuesday!

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As they say inquiring minds want to know. I’d love to say that I have all of the answers… However sometimes you just need to concede, scratch your head, and move on.

With that being said in no particular order here are my top head scratchers from the week that was in the sporting world. Feel free to drop a comment if you have the answers.

10 – Why will the drought continue for the WHL’s Saskatchewan franchises? The elimination of the Regina Pats from the post-season over the weekend means that there will not be an Ed Chenoweth Cup winner from the province for 23 years. Yes, that dates back to the 1993 Swift Current Broncos. Is it coaching? Scouting? Finances? Unwillingness to commit to play in SK by top prospects?

9 – Speaking of top prospects the cream of the crop is apparently headed to Edmonton. The Oilers won the NHL draft lottery for the fourth time in five seasons and will undoubtedly select Phenom, Connor McDavid. Fans from across the world have pointed to McDavid’s reaction to the news that Edmonton had won the lottery and the less than flattered look he had on his face. That being said what was the NHL’s reaction to result of the lottery? You would have to think they would have preferred for him to land in Arizona to inject some interest into that market. OR would keeping him in a TV friendly Eastern Conference city, for example Buffalo, be more preferential? I will submit that Toronto wasn’t even on the NHL’s radar as the franchise will be fine without him off the ice, on the ice is a different story.

Blades Sign Prospect Paterson

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The Saskatoon Blades are extremely proud to announce the signing of Josh Paterson, the teams top pick from the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

“This is a huge day for our organization,” said Colin Priestner, Blades Managing Partner. “Josh is a highly skilled, big centreman who thinks the game very well. He makes players around him better. We’re just so excited to have him as a cornerstone addition to our franchise.”

The Blades chose Paterson 25th overall in the 2014 Bantam Draft. Already 6’2 and 180 pounds at only 16 years of age, the Blades believe the sky is the limit for the centre from Edmonton.

“We think he plays a Joe Thornton or Ryan Johansen style of game,” added Dan Tencer, Director of Scouting, Western Region. “Being a gifted student he actually finished high school two years early, and had plenty of suitors and options. We’re thrilled he chose Saskatoon as the place to develop his game.”

“I’m really excited to be going forward on this path and join the organization,” said Paterson after signing his contract. “I really like the way the team is shaping up this year, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Josh was drafted out of South Side Athletic Club in Edmonton where he led the entire Alberta Bantam AAA League in scoring with 97 points in 33 games. Paterson most recently played with the SSAC Athletics Midget AAA team in the AMHL, where he had 9 goals and 19 points in 32 games. He was also a member of Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, finishing with 6 points in 6 games helping, his team to a Silver medal.

“Josh will be a big part of our rebuild going forward,” said Head Coach and GM Bob Woods from the WHL USA Combine in Anaheim. “He’s the type of kid you want to add to your team – he thinks the game very well, and he’s got the Blade Factor we look for, just a great kid on and off the ice. It’s huge for us going into the draft to have another big 1999 player secured. Signing him was one of our top priorities this year as a club.”

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat On A Friday Morning.

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With the start of the NHL post season, a faltering home stand for the Toronto Blue Jays, Handed out Hardware in the SJHL and the continuation of the WHL play-offs it has been a busy week.

Here are my random thoughts from the week that was!

Chop-gate continues in Montreal. Ottawa wants P.K. Subban suspended while the Canadiens are OK with the resulting major and game misconduct from Subban’s slash on Mark Stone. While I don’t like the outcome of the slash I think the penalty was appropriate. If hockey starts determining penalties on the severity of the injury that it causes the game could be in trouble…. Oh wait, hockey already does when it comes to high sticking penalties. (i.e. Did it draw blood?)

The WHL play-offs continue to roll and I am still flabbergasted that attendance numbers sag in the face of NHL play-offs being on the tube. The fall in attendance in Regina from games three to four baffles me.

Speaking of the Regina Pats

Tabbies Tabbed For Breaking Salary Cap

Kent Austin returns to Mosaic Stadium, 6 years after winning a Grey Cup with the Green and White.

An extensive audit process has confirmed eight of nine teams were under the Canadian Football League’s salary expenditure cap for 2014, the CFL announced today.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were the only team to exceed the cap. Their total salary expenditure of $5,008,939 was $8,939 over the salary expenditure cap of $5,000,000. They will be penalized one dollar for each dollar they were over the cap for a total fine of $8,939.

“The salary management system was brought into the CFL to provide competitive balance and responsible business practices,” said Michael Copeland, President and Chief Operating Officer of the CFL. “It is clear, with eight of nine teams under the cap, our teams understand that for the continued growth of our league, we have to remain fiscally responsible.”

The salary management system was introduced in 2007.

The system’s review process includes detailed field audits of all nine clubs twice per year, once during the CFL season and once following its completion. Teams are also required to provide regular updates on compensation levels at the 6-game, 12-game and 18-game point of the season.

Under the provisions set by the league’s Board of Governors, teams are fined one dollar for every dollar they exceed the cap up to $100,000, and two dollars for every dollar they exceed the cap between $100,000 and $300,000, plus the loss of the team’s first round draft pick. Teams are fined three dollars for every dollar they exceed the cap beyond $300,000, and they lose their first two draft selections.

As no team exceeded the cap by more than $100,000 in 2014, the order for the CFL Draft on May 12 is not affected. It remains (barring trade) for the first round:

The Good The Bad The Ugly: Night One Of The NHL Play-offs:

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The NHL play-offs are underway with four games on the ice last night. Here are a smattering of observations from night number one in the first installment of the good the bad and the ugly!

The Good!

Sam Bennett gets full marks for his post-season debut for the Calgary Flames. The rookie, who had played only one regular season game after being sent back to junior after a shoulder injury early in the year, stepped in seamlessly to the Flames second line. That line was the Flames most dangerous throughout the evening.

The emotion in Montreal was outstanding. The Senators and the Canadiens do not like each other and are not afraid to show it. My only wish that some of that emotion could spill into the stale regular season.

What a darling!

CFL Hall of Famer Needs Help To Help Kids!

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Don Narcisse set to catch for kids once again!

One of the finest receivers in Saskatchewan Roughrider history is coming back to Toon Town to once again help kids in our community.

The CFL All-Star will be in Saskatoon Saturday April 25th for his annual End Zone Experience Gala. In addition to Narcisse, current Rider Rush-End John Chick will be in attendance.

Chick will serves as the keynote speaker while Narcisse will share some of his fondest football memories.

Other CFLers will be in attendance with some great silent auction items and chances to win fabulous prizes!

The best part of the evening is that all proceeds will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Minor Football.

Unfortunately, at this point Narcisse needs to sell 8 to 10 tables to make the event viable.