Proof Good Guys Do Finish First

One of the all time good guys was officially promoted this morning.

Congrats to Hilty!!!

The Saskatoon Blades are pleased to announce that Steve ‘Hilty’ Hildebrand has been named as the team’s new assistant general manager. Hildebrand leaves his post as the team’s trainer to take on the new position.

“I’m excited about the direction of this hockey club and to now have a bigger part of it, it’s an exciting thing,” said Hildebrand. “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do. I thought it would come later down the road, but the opportunity arose and I’m looking forward to the new challenge as I’ve been doing this role for the past 21 years.”

“Hilty comes with a lot of experience within the WHL,” said Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods. “He has also been involved with things like the World Junior Hockey Championships and has a lot of connections. He’s going to be a big help and a guy that we all lean on heavily. He was a person that was instrumental in making me feel comfortable through this transition and he’ll be a great fit for what we’re looking to accomplish.”

Hildebrand has spent a total of 13 seasons on the bench as a member of the Saskatoon Blades training staff. His other career stops include time with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, the SJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers and in the CIS with the Manitoba Bisons. Hildebrand has also earned the opportunity to work for Hockey Canada at three World Junior Hockey Championships and one World Under-18 Hockey Championship.

Hildebrand’s role will include helping manage and track the players on the Blades 50-man protected list, taking care of team travel arrangements, contracts and league paperwork, while also watching players at all levels including bantam, midget, junior A and the WHL.

To replace Hildebrand, James McDonald has been hired as the team’s athletic therapist, joining Blades equipment manager Graham ‘Spike’ Watt. McDonald has spent the last two seasons as the head trainer and equipment manager of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL.

“James comes highly recommended,” said Hildebrand when asked about his replacement. ” He’s been working at the craft for the last number of years including working at the World Junior A Challenge last year. He’s excited, we’re excited to have him and I know it will be a great fit.”

McDonald brings with him a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and athletic therapy certificate from York University. His résumé also includes work as the head student therapist for the University of Toronto’s men’s soccer and ice hockey teams and York University’s women’s rugby team. As well, McDonald has covered provincial and national championship events in Track and Field, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Wrestling and MMA.

The Blades would like to congratulate Steve Hildebrand on his new position within the organization, while also welcoming James McDonald and his family to the club.

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