Friday, April 30, 2010

Humboldt's Schwinghamer among Huskie recruits

Humboldt Mohawk Adam Schwinghamer is heading to the University of Saskatchewan. The 2010 list of recruits were announced Thursday morning at the annual Dog's Breakfast.

You can check out the full story HERE.


The Huskies are also getting set for spring camp. To check out the spring camp roster click HERE.

Friday, April 23, 2010

SasKota bowl try-outs approaching

The 2010 SasKota bowl is fast approaching and graduating players are encouraged to register for try-outs as soon as possible.

Try-outs for the Team Saskatchewan roster will take place May 9th in Saskatoon at the Saskatoon Hilltops training facility. From there, the coaching staff will construct a roster to compete in the 7th annual SasKota Bowl in Lumsden on July 16th.

Full registration info can be found on or by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kindersley comes out on top at Western Canadian sledge hockey tourney

The Kindersley Klippers took home the gold medal over the weekend at the Western Canadian sledge hockey tournament.

The Klippers knocked off the PSA Blades 2-0 in the game to take home the gold.

The 13-team tournament had four divisions: senior A, senior B, intermediate and junior.

Monday, April 12, 2010

SJHL champs // football update

First off congratulations to the La Ronge Ice Wolves on winning there first ever SJHL championship. They started their run by winning the Survivor series and now they have a championship.

With Dauphin winning the MJHL title and also hosting the RBC cup that means that the Wolves have an automatic berth in the RBC cup. Do both teams take it down a notch in the Annavet and not risk losing anyone to injury or is momentum that important that they go hard through a possible grueling seven game series? Maybe somewhere in the middle? I guess making these decisions are what the coaches get paid to do.

The Annivet cup starts Friday in La Ronge.


There has been some chatter as to how the restructuring of the four 9-man football conferences will be decided. I believe one team in the SWAC has dropped down to 6-man football and we may see another team enter 9-man.

The ECFL had 7 teams last year and the SWAC had only 4 so I'd like to see that evened out if possible. The SHSAA website is showing that Assiniboia has dropped to 6-man and Caronport is the new 9-man team. It also has Lumsden in the SWAC as part of the restructuring.

People questioned how good the teams in the SWAC were last year and having Lumsden in that conference will definitely help bring out the competition.

I don't know anything official at the moment but am working on it today.


We're now less than a month away from Saskota bowl try-outs. I'm getting excited.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lewis, Bates to attend Kindersley fundraiser

Dave Lewis and Kelly Bates both grew up in small town Saskatchewan and both know the importance of the local rink. That's why both felt the importance of being involved in the Kindersley minor sports dinner.

"When I was flying in from Detroit I was thinking of all the memories I have growing up in Kindersley and how important that arena was in my success in the hockey world and the places it has taken me."

Lewis, a native of Kindersley, played junior hockey for both the Kindersley Klippers and Saskatoon Blades, and remembers the old rink in Kindersley well.

"We used to skip school when I was in high school on Friday afternoons and the rink manager used to let us in and play for three or four hours in the afternoon. I remember watching the Klippers play and having a great time and doing that when I was a young guy. Being able to play with the Klippers when I was young is something I'll never forget. I had lots of friends around there. I was a rink rat and helped clean the ice. it was a different time then it is today, but it was a great experience for me."

The Kindersley Arena, built in 1955, burned to the ground on Jan. 8 but firefighters did manage to save the adjoining arena. The fire forced the Klippers to find a temporary home in Eston.

Proceeds from the dinner will go directly back to the minor sports program which offers the community hockey, baseball and skating programs.

Lewis, who played more than 1,000 games in the NHL hopes the rink can be rebuilt.

"I remember where this arena took me and I hope one day that there will be other kids that have the same opportunity that I had and enjoy and learn about themselves individually, learn to deal with winning and losing and all those things that go along with athletics, particularly hockey. It's such an important vision for small towns."

Bates, one of the newest members of the Roughriders who played university football with the Saskatchewan Huskies, grew up in Humboldt and still cherishes his memories.

"I come from a small town. I understand first and foremost the place of worship in a small town is the rink. During the winter growing up I lived at the rink and you really take it for granted. When something like this happens and you have an opportunity to contribute back to the community, it's something special."

The Kindersley sports association lost its main office, equipment room, coaches room, skating club room and the concession.

Both Lewis and Bates brought memorabilia to be auctioned off with proceeds going to minor sports.

"Anytime a tragedy happens like this it's so disruptive to community. I just want to give back to the community to help out," added Lewis.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Overtime heartbreak ends Klippers' playoff quest

Stringfellow sends Yorkton to SJHL final

The Clarion
The Kindersley Klippers had just killed a penalty and seemed to have the wind at their backs in their bid to reach the Credit Union Cup final.

Moments later, the puck was in their net and the ride was over, snuffed out by the finality of a rare Game 7 overtime.
Kevin Stringfellow stripped Steven Turner of the puck and snapped it between the pads of a surprised Josh Thorimbert at 6:39 of overtime to give the Yorkton Terriers a 4-3 game and series victory Tuesday in Eston, launching the Terriers into the SJHL final and sending the Klippers packing.
In what would prove to be the final moment of his junior career, Turner, who is from Eston, was skating the puck toward the Klipper blueline on the left side when Stringfellow swooped in as the bearer of disaster.
"I think he wanted to corral the puck and it didn’t happen," said head coach Larry Wintoneak. "Sometimes in that situation, if you don’t have (a play), you just gotta get it quickly up the wall, off the glass, so it doesn’t matter if anybody’s there (for support) or not. You’re the last man back.

"I feel bad for him because it was in Eston and it’s his hometown. But it happens," the coach added.
"You don’t lose the game because of one person. It was a very emotional game. It’s a tough pill to swallow because the players know how close we were to making it to the final."
Only 45 seconds earlier, the Klippers had killed off a hooking penalty to Turner and actually came close to ending the series while shorthanded. The best chance came when Taylor Duzan knocked the puck away from Terriers goalie Devin Peters behind the net, setting up a point-blank shot for Jordon Hoffman that the Major native couldn't pull the trigger on quickly enough.
Yorkton head coach Trent Cassan was all too happy that Game 7 wasn't decided on a power play. His team has lost two overtime games in these playoffs and both came when the opponent scored shorthanded.
"I was almost ready to decline the penalty," he chuckled.
Cassan called a time-out after the Klipper kill and reassured his troops that "we didn't want that anyway." Stringfellow scored the winner on the next shift.
"In the back of my mind, I didn’t even have the next line out of my mouth before the puck went in the net," Wintoneak recalled. "Then you look around and depression sets in, disappointment. It hurts.
"I woke up the next morning and I had no energy. I felt like a weak man. It bothers me. People think it should go away right away; you can get it out of your mind, but it’s not that easy to do, especially when you know how committed the guys are and all the work that goes into it."
Klippers captain Jordan Braid also saw his junior career come to an abrupt end on the Stringfellow goal. He summed up his reaction, one that was likely shared by most of the fans in a stunned Eston Complex.
"It didn’t really kick in. I knew my junior career would have been done, but it happened so quick that it didn’t really hit me till I got back in the room," said the Saskatoon native, who played left wing in the deciding game.
Left winger Kevin Clark, who was able to return from a hip pointer in Game 7 but with reduced minutes, also played his final game as a Klipper.
After clawing back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the third period, the Klippers received a rare penalty shot when Duzan was hauled down with 7:04 to go in regulation. The 18-year-old winger shot high and wide.
"I can just imagine what was going through Duzy’s head in that situation, standing there with the game on the line," said Wintoneak.
It was another missed opportunity on a night that saw the Klippers' share of them and then some.
"Both teams had numerous chances," said Wintoneak. "The difference is when we make a mistake, they execute; they made a couple mistakes and we didn’t execute.
"The better team won that game. They had the opportunity and scored the goal."
Andrew Dommett scored twice for Kindersley, including the opening goal only 95 seconds into the game on a long wrist shot that beat Peters blocker side.
Riley Paterson tied it about five minutes in on a wraparound that beat Thorimbert after Sanfred King had fallen behind the net.
Adam Moar gave the Terriers their first lead late in the period when David Ahl stabbed at and missed the puck at the Yorkton blueline and got caught, setting up a 3-on-1 that Moar finished off by tapping a pass past Thorimbert's right pad.
Yorkton took a 3-1 advantage at 4:35 of the second on a turnover at the Klipper blueline which evolved into a 2-on-1 and a Rylan McDonell wrister that beat Thorimbert glove side.
But Braeden Adamyk chose a good time to break out of his slump two minutes later, beating Peters five-hole on a breakaway deke that had more moves than a chess master.
The 3-2 Terriers lead held up until the end of the period, despite Yorkton carrying the shots 12-5 in the frame.
Dommett surfaced again at 4:01 of the third, tying the game with a dazzling effort. The Major product crossed the blueline on the left side, undressed stalwart defender Drew McDermott by slipping the puck between his skates, and snapped a hard wrist shot over Peters' blocker.
"We were down 3-1 and you find ways to get yourself back in the game, and obviously Andrew Dommett did a hell of a job for us," said Wintoneak.
The Terriers thought they had taken the lead again 48 seconds later when the puck entered the Klipper net, but the would-be goal was called off on a high stick.
Yorkton advanced to face the La Ronge Ice Wolves for the Credit Union Cup, an improbable match-up if there ever was one. La Ronge finished a measly fourth in the Bauer Conference, but they have home ice advantage because the Terriers finished even lower: fifth in the Sherwood.
"I’m still kind of stunned that we’re going to the league final," admitted Cassan, 26, who checked his BlackBerry after the game to discover 35 new messages.
"When we started this, there were only 25 people who believed that we could get this far and that was the right people, the guys in the room and the coaching staff. Everyone stepped up their game so much and I’m really proud of everyone."
Cassan may have best summed up the incredibly tight series when he argued there was no better team.
"It’s tough that one team had to lose in this series because they’re just as deserving as we are," he said of the Klippers. "They have a great young team that’s going to be scary next year with the experience from this year. Larry’s done a tremendous job with them and all those guys on their side should be very proud because they showed a lot of heart and determination and grit."
Despite the crushing defeat, the 2009-10 season was without question a feel-good story for the blue and green, given the team's youth - only three 20-year-olds compared with eight for Yorkton and seven for Notre Dame - and the January fire that turned their daily routine upside down.
"There’s nothing to be ashamed of for these kids," said Wintoneak.

"Everything happens for a reason and it’s all about our development curve and we feel we’re going in the right direction. We’re very excited for what lies ahead for the Kindersley Junior Klippers."
The coaching staff held 1-on-1 sessions with players on Thursday and teammates had returned home for the summer by Friday afternoon.
The Klippers will hold their annual banquet and awards night May 1 at the Kindersley Inn.