Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I had an e-mail on my phone when I woke up this morning from Shayne Nieszner (father of former Klipper goalie Ryan Nieszner). It's definitely interesting. Read on.


The Mount Royal Cougars have been stripped of the provincial championship title and the ACAC has ordered a rematch.
Photo Credit: Courtesy, Global Calgary

CALGARY- A stunning ruling in the world of college sports Tuesday night.

The Mount Royal Cougars will have to battle the SAIT Trojans once again, after being stripped of the provincial hockey title they won just three days ago.

On Sunday, the Cougars defeated the SAIT Trojans to win the provincial hockey championship for the first time in five years.

Now the ACAC has ruled that Mount Royal, in error, used a backup goalie ineligible to play for the championship. The goalie was brought in as a backup for Brett Bothwell, who stepped in after starting goalie Justin Cote was injured Saturday night.

The ACAC has ordered a rematch, which means the Trojans will have another shot at the championship title- and could become the first team to win the provincial hockey championship five times in row.

Meanwhile, head coach Ken Babey says he's "prepared" for the rematch and wouldn't want the team to be handed the title without playing for it. The Acting athletic director for Mount Royal says they are currently looking into their options and are consulting with ACAC officials.

The championship game will be replayed 6 p.m on Saturday at the SAIT Arena.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mann done in Melfort

The Melfort Mustangs and head coach Darryl Mann are parting ways after the Mustangs were eliminated from the SJHL playoffs by the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

Mann joins Larry Wintoneak in Kindersley and Kerry Biette in Estevan as coaches being fired in the SJHL this year.

No word on possible replacements at this time. In Estevan, I'm told they have a made contact with a few possible candidates but no names have been released at this time.

Josh Lewis of the Kindersley Clarion reports that talks have begun between the Klippers and interm coach Rockie Zinger. Word is the Klippers have some interest in bringing Zinger back and talks have begun.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday morning water cooler

It's been a while since our last water cooler chat but we're back in full force today and a few things to catch up on.

Let's start by ranting about my March Madness bracket and how it is, of course. broken. I didn't expect much but man it was brutal. I thought I could save it as I still had Ohio State and Kansas meeting in the final but that's not the case. Both teams were eliminated and missed out on the final four.

Better luck next year.


The Saskatoon Blades are cruising in the first round of the WHL playoffs against the Prince Albert Raiders. The Blades won game one 8-1 and game two 5-2 to jump out to a 2-0 series lead. The Bridge City Bunch will be in PA for games three and four mid-week.

On 620 CKRM I picked the Brandon Wheat Kings as my sleeper pick out of the East and they got their split in Medicine Hat and head home with the series 1-1.

In the West I picked Portland to come out and Vancouver as my sleeper. The WinterHawks lead their series 2-0 while the Giants are in a 2-0 hole.


It's hard to digest the way the Kindersley Klippers were bounced from the SJHL playoffs. This is a team that had high expectations and were one of the best in the SJHL down the stretch and through round one of the playoffs but ran into a Yorkton Terriers team that just ran roughshod en route to a four game sweep.

Now, the Terriers are a great team and heading into the playoffs were heavily considered to be the favorite to come out of the entire SJHL but this series surely was expected to be a battle.

The Terriers won in four straight games by scores of 7-2, 7-0, 7-0 and 3-2.


One more note in the WHL. The Red Deer Rebels announced their intention to bid for the 2013 Memorial Cup. Will the Saskatoon Blades tender a bid? Or perhaps another Saskatchewan based team?


This weekend the top graduating high school football players will put their skills on display as camps open for the 2011 Ed Henick Senior Bowl. Saturday, April 2nd, players trying out for Team North will take part in the first camp in Saskatoon while players in the South will head to Regina for their first camp.

The 2011 edition of the game will take place at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on the Monday of the long weekend in May. Stay tuned to for coverage of the Senior Bowl from the 9-man perspective.


Speaking of SaskGridiron, there are some MAJOR plans in the works that you should be really excited about. I can't divulge any details yet but as soon as it's official I'll pass along the info. It's going to be great news for the site and for high school football in the province.


Congrats to UNB on winning the Cavendish Cup as CIS men's hockey champions beating McGill 4-0. It was a tough tournament for the Canada West representatives as Alberta and Calgary each went winless.


SJHL president Laury Ryan announced his resignation this past week. The search for a new president has begun and applications are being accepted at the league office. Check out for more continuing updates and how to submit an application.


I really like the 1-up/1-down system used by Les Lazaruk and Cody Nickolet for the WHL playoff broadcasts on 92.9 The Bull. It's working well, keep up the good work guys!


It appears as though the clock has struck midnight for my Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs continue to play good hockey but Buffalo is on fire and all but squashed any hopes that the Leafs had of making the playoffs.

Good news, if there is any, is that the Leafs have showed a lot of promise as a young team and only good things can come from this.


Finally saw True Grit this past week and, although it didn't quite live up to the expectations that I had for it, I liked it and give it one and a half thumbs up.

I still want to see Sanctum and 127 hours, both playing at the Rainbow this week.


Ok, that's all for today. I have a pretty busy week planned. SJHL final begins this week in La Ronge and WHL playoffs shift to PA. Enjoy the week!

Friday, March 25, 2011

SJHL President steps down


After serving for eight years, SJHL President Laury Ryan is announcing he is stepping down at the end of this current term. In making this announcement, President Ryan wishes to acknowledge the many people in the present and in the past, involved with the member teams and their contributions to the league.

During Ryan’s term, the SJHL has prospered and is considered by many as one the top junior “A” hockey leagues in Canada. The league has seen many developments including the creation of the World Junior “A” challenge which allowed junior “A” players and coaches to represent Canada for the first time in history. The establishment of the SJHL Hall of Fame that in 2011 will see its third induction ceremony as the league recognizes its past heroes. The Saskatchewan Development Model, which coordinates elite hockey in Saskatchewan and the Junior A Supplement, that is a partnership with Hockey Canada and four other Junior A leagues are considered key achievements. The SJHL has had a successful run with league teams participating in six RBC championships finals collecting three national championships. The SJHL also became the first Junior “A” league in Canada to have live games broadcast across the province including the Credit Union Cup Championship series on cable television.

“It has been an honour to represent the league on behalf of so many great individuals who work tirelessly in their respective communities to make their franchises viable and successful. Any and all the good things that were achieved are a testament to their efforts” stated Ryan, “It has been an honour to serve as President of the SJHL”

On behalf of the SJHL board of Governors I would like to thank Laury for his many years of service and numerous innovations and contributions to the league and wish him the best in his future endeavors.” SJHL board of governors chair Rick Shultz said. “The SJHL management committee will be advertising and accepting applications for the position of SJHL president.”

**An audio interview with Laury Ryan done with SJHL Communications Director Mitchell Blair can be found on the league website at Any media outlet using clips or quotes from this interview is please asked to give credit.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Globe and Mail article feat. Dave Adolph

Here's the article from Tuesday's Globe and Mail on concussions in hockey and featuring Huskies' head coach Dave Adolph. Great read.


Dave Adolph was there the night his son Max was obliterated.

It happened in Portland, Ore., where Max’s Kelowna Rockets were playing the Winterhawks in a Western Hockey League game late last October. Adolph had the puck down low and was trying to protect it when all of a sudden he was rocked high and hard by an opposing player.

At that moment, both father and son were changed. Max Adolph has struggled with post-concussion syndrome all season, and Dave Adolph, a hockey coach by profession, has wrestled with his emotions while trying to help his son.

“It’s terrible,” Dave Adolph said. “He feels useless, worthless. As a parent, you offer support, but it’s frustrating because that’s all you can do. I don’t know how to comfort him.”

For two decades, Adolph has coached the University of Saskatchewan men’shockey team. Before that, he played for the Huskies and captained their 1983 national championship-winning team. He knows the game, studies it and has followed the recent rash of head injuries, not just because they’re in the news, but because it’s hit home.

His 18-year-old son Max has played just over 30 games this WHL season. The league’s weekly reports show he was out with a head injury on Nov. 2, 2010. He returned to action Dec. 7 but was out again with a head injury on Jan. 11, 2011. He returned Feb. 8, then was sidelined yet again, this time for good, on Feb. 22.

Overall this season, WHL players suffered more concussions and head injuries than their celebrated counterparts in the National Hockey League. By the NHL’s own tally, there have been 80 incidents of players hurt by a shot to the head. According to the WHL’s updates for its 22 teams, there were at least 97 cases of concussions and head-related injuries.

WHL commissioner Ron Robison acknowledged that count, tabulated by the Kamloops Daily News, and agreed: “The number of concussions has risen at an alarming rate.”

Why, though, is the crux of the matter.

Robison sees it as many hockey people do: a batch of ingredients creating a dangerous mix; bigger, stronger players moving on an ice surface that hasn’t gotten any larger. Add to that the clampdown on hooking and holding that has allowed for more speed and more hits. Add, too, a generation of young players cursed by the advent of lighter yet more dangerous equipment. They feel invincible until that same piece of equipment on an opposing player hammers them into submission.

“More than half of the concussions occur next to the glass,” Robison said. “When we discuss it with the coaches and managers, it’s largely players who are positioned along the boards. Maybe we have to look at charging and the way the rules are called.”

The father believes his son’s recurring problems are related to the hit he took in Portland.

“He was in the corner, doing what he does, trying to cycle the puck,” Adolph recalled. “He exposed his head and he got ripped. [This past Saturday] he felt nauseous. He told the Kelowna trainer and that put him on another seven-day rest period. He’s worried if the coach thinks he’s not tough enough. That’s what kids do. As a parent, I’m thankful he’s not playing.”

Adolph’s twin vantage points as a father and coach have altered his way of thinking. He admitted his son’s plight affected the way he acted this past Canadian Interuniversity Sport season. For starters, he paid more attention to what the trainer was saying about the Huskies’ injured players. He also found himself “reaching out to those kids, 24/7. Those were things I never thought of before.”

Adolph has done his share of thinking over what’s happening in hockey. He wonders why modifications haven’t been made to deaden the dangerously hard-shell elbow pads and shoulder pads, something that’s been talked about for close to 10 years. He wonders why so many young hockey players go into the corners with their arms down, their heads exposed, face-first to the glass.

He wonders, too, why every hit now has to be so punishing, as if the intent is to hurt the opponent, especially if he’s in a vulnerable position.

“There’s no more angling [off a puck carrier], especially in junior hockey,” Adolph said. “They’re trying to put someone out of the game. Before, kids would get their sticks up [as protection] and you’d see more high-sticking penalties. Now you see them get crushed and their heads ricochet off the glass.”

Max Adolph recently returned home to Saskatoon to spend time with his parents. They wanted to see how he was doing, how he responded to their prompts. It was a chance for the hockey-coach dad to talk to his son and say the only thing he could.

“I saw him the time he was hit in Portland, that was not good. But at home, he was bright and positive. I wanted to reassure him there’s more to life and that he’ll find something he enjoys doing [beyond hockey]. We wanted to make sure he knows that.”

CHL top 10: Blades 2nd in final ranking

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the final BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for week 27 of the 2010-11 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 MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 26

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (58-7-1-2)
2 Saskatoon Blades (56-13-1-2)
3 Miss. St. Michael's Majors (53-13-0-2)
4 Montreal Juniors (46-12-5-5)
5 Red Deer Rebels (48-16-4-4)
6 Quebec Remparts (48-16-1-3)
7 Portland Winterhawks (50-19-0-3)
8 Owen Sound Attack (46-17-1-4)
9 Niagara IceDogs (45-17-2-4)
10 Drummondville Voltigeurs (45-15-5-3)

Honourable Mention:
Ottawa 67's (44-19-3-2)
Spokane Chiefs (48-18-4-2)
Medicine Hat Tigers (46-18-4-4)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday morning water cooler

The cooler has been postponed until Tuesday morning. Sorry for the inconvenience but just too busy today.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Huskies fall short

WINDSOR, Ont. - Jessica Clemencon led the Lancers with 18 points Sunday as top-ranked Windsor defeated the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies 63-49 to win the Canadian university women's basketball championship.

With the victory, the Lancers became the first host team to capture the Bronze Bay Trophy in the championship's 40-year history.

"I'm so glad we won this first national title in front of our fans," Windsor coach Chantal Vallee said. "Their support is phenomenal. We'll cherish this win in our own building forever."

Clemencon, the CIS player of the year, was named the game's MVP. The native of St. Rambert, France, won CIS rookie of the year honours last season.

Windsor native Bojana Kovacevic was a catalyst for the Lancers, scoring 14 points and knocking down half of her three-point shots.

"I had the confidence in myself, in my ability, to make the big shots right from the start of the game today," said Kovacevic. "We play as a team and everyone knows their role and we all were able to get the job done today."

Second-year guard Miah Langlois was named tournament MVP for the Lancers.

"We have a lot of great players and everyone contributes, maybe this was my time," she said. "If we were to play next week, it would be someone else winning that award."

Langlois was thrilled that Vallee kept a promise she made during recruiting.

"She told me that the program was going to win a national championship before too long," Langlois said. "I just didn't think we were going to be able to get it done so quickly."

The three-time OUA champs from Windsor went on a 23-9 run to overcome a 16-11 deficit early in the second quarter and led 34-25 at the half.

It was Windsor's roster depth that propelled the Lancers to the national title. In addition to Clemencon, Kovacevic and Langlois, Korissa Williams reached double figures in points, with 10.
The Lancers kept Saskatchewan on their heels defensively for much of the game.

Jill Humbert lead the Huskies with 15 points, while Katie Miyazaki and Kim Tulloch chipped in with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Windsor shot just under 43 per cent in the paint, compared to Saskatchewan's 30 per cent. The Lancers knocked down 40 per cent of their three-point attempts. The Huskies managed just over 11 per cent of their shots from beyond the arc.

Langlois and Kovacevic were both named to the tournament all-star team, along with Miyazaki, Saskatchewan teammate Jana Spindler and Cape Breton's Kari Everett. Ashley Stephen of St.

Francis Xavier won the R.H. Pugh Fair Play Award.

Earlier Sunday, Cape Breton parlayed a 12-2 run early in the fourth quarter to defeat the St. Francis Xavier 67-53 in the bronze-medal game.

(1) Windsor vs (2) Saskatchewan on TSN

The Huskies are in the CIS gold medal game in Windsor against the hosts and you can watch live on TSN starting at 2:30pm (SK time). This is the first time that SK has played in the gold medal game and regardless of the result this will be the best finish in team history.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Huskies advance in Windsor

Quarter-final: Saskatchewan 58 Laurier 51
(Saskatchewan advances to semifinals)

WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – The second-seeded Saskatchewan Huskies got all they could handle from the No. 7 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the second quarter-final matchup of the CIS women’s basketball Final 8 but still managed a 58-51 win on Friday at the University of Windsor’s St. Denis Centre.

Championship website

With the victory, Canada West champion Saskatchewan extended its overall winning streak to 28 games dating back to a 72-65 conference loss to Victoria on Oct. 30.

The Huskies, who reached the CIS podium for the first time in program history a year ago in Hamilton with a third-place finish, hope to keep the Bronze Baby Trophy out West for the 20th consecutive season. They are the only Canada West representatives in Windsor.

Saskatchewan will face sixth-ranked St. Francis Xavier in Saturday’s early semifinal at 6:00 p.m. EDT (6:00 p.m. MDT).

The Huskies opened the game with an 11-0 run and were leading 23-12 after the first quarter, 39-27 at the half and 47-40 after 30 minutes but the Hawks hung in there and cut the deficit to two points (51-49) with 2:40 remaining in the contest thanks to a bucket by freshman Felicia Mazerolle.

“It was a tough game. We knew Laurier had a very good team and were confident coming off their big win over Regina in the Regionals,” said Saskatchewan sideline boss Lisa Thomaidis, who was named CIS coach of the year prior to the tournament. “It was a battle total. I thought we didn’t play our best basketball but we’re off to the semis.”

A foursome of fifth-year seniors paced the winners. Forward Marci Kiselyk of Athabasca, Alta., led the way with 15 points, while player of the game Jill Humbert of Saskatoon had 13. Humbert played a well-rounded game adding seven assists, three blocks and two steals.

Canada West MVP Kim Tulloch of Regina, with 12, and Jana Spindler of Port Williams, N.S., with 10, also scored in double figures for Saskatchewan.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday jot notes

It's 3:00am and I come to you in the middle of an all-night study session to check in.

Let's take a quick peak into our favorite teams and what they're up to this time of year. We'll quickly look into the SJHL, WHL, CIS and I've filled out my NCAA brackets.


The Saskatoon Blades won a thriller infront of nearly 9,000 fans Wednesday night at the Credit Union Centre. Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant was in attendance and witnessed a shootout victory for the Blades over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.

The game meant nothing for the standings but boy was it good. The Blades will finish first in the conference and likely meet the Prince Albert Raiders in the first round of the playoffs.


The final four remaining teams in the SJHL are preparing for conference finals which begin this weekend in both La Ronge and Yorkton. The Ice Wolves host the Melfort Mustangs while the Terriers host the Kindersley Klippers. Games one and two in each series will go Friday and Saturday nights.


The University of Saskatchewan Huskies women's basketball team is in Windsor gering up for a run at a national championship. They'll open the tournament on Friday against the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. With a 32-3 record, the Huskies enter the CIS final 8 championships ranked second in the country.


Ok, so I filled out two brackets ahead of March Madness. The first bracket I filled out as soon as the seedings were released. It was based purely on gut feeling and nothing else. In that bracket I have Ohio St, Duke, Louisville and Kansas St. in the final four.

In bracket number two, I didn't take to many chances and have all four number one seeds - Duke, Ohio St., Kansas and Pittsburgh - making the final four.

I have seven first round upsets in my first bracket and eight in my second bracket. We'll see where the chips fall soon enough.

*** I should probably note that I always tank my NCAA bracket and this year I am not in any pool or playing for any money. Probably a smart idea.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Monday morning water cooler

We've got some ranting, some questions, and some observations this morning as we start another week so let's get right to it.

We'll start by checking in with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and this past weekend's CIS National Championship tournament.

The Huskies knocked off Dalhousie and moved onto face the Carleton Ravens in the semi-final. This was a re-match of last year's semi-final in which the Huskies won enroute to their first National Championship in team history.

This year's semi-final was slightly different as th
e Ravens came out on top ending the Huskies bid to repeat as champs.

I hate to be this guy but I have to agree with several people who felt the Huskies were given the short end of the stick on several calls in that game. I'm not one to complain about officiating but on more than one occasion there were some obvious blown calls.

Former Huskies' quarterback Laurence Nixon was very heated as one can tell from some of his messages posted on Twitter during the game. Here
are some examples:

This is a complete joke, #cis you're a joke, these refs are completely one sided, if you wanted Carleton to win another title, congrats



There are more and from other people but you get the drift. If you watched the game you'll know how bad it was and what we're talking about. That said, the Ravens are a good team and played some good basketball. At times it seemed as though they couldn't miss and they're offensive rebounding was very good.


Here's congratulations to TWU for their efforts
in picking up a CIS silver medal.


Moving onto the upcoming women's basketball championships and for some reason the U of S Huskies will enter as the #2 seed even though they are the #1 team in Canada. Do you understand?

We'll do our best to follow the women as they look
for their first gold medal in team history.


Here's a tweet posted by PGA tour player Graham Delaet of Weyburn:

Wake up this morning to a busted out window I'm my car and a missing ipod. This isn't supposed to happen in scottsdale.


This Tweet caught my attention from Team Canada goaltender Sami Jo Small:

Sami Jo Small
Glad to hear Billy and the men's sledge team is ok over in Japan. 2-1 win over USA with an 'earthquake' timeout during the game!

Have you ever heard of that happening before?


Are you tired of Charlie Sheen? I know many who are sick of hearing about him and plenty who can't get enough. I fall somewhere in the middle. Ya, I don't really need to hear anymore about his tailspin but I still love tuning into re-runs of Two and a Half Men.


The news of former Rider Kitwana Jones signing in Montreal came quietly last week. Speaking of the Als, do you think Porter and Green will be effective in the CFL? My guess is no but Jim Popp continues to keep the Als at the top of the league and it's hard to question his decision making.


We're full of Tweets today and here's another:

Jennifer Hedger
Did Matt Schneider really just suggest they bring back clutching and grabbing to slow the game back down and therefore prevent head shots?

Agree with him?


Have you heard anything about Google's new social network Circles? I heard it was set to launch any day or maybe has already. Some think it will rival Facebook. Hard to imagine anything doing that right now.


The SJHL playoffs are rolling along and now it's down to four. The top two teams in each conference have advanced and now Melfort will play La Ronge while Yorkton will battle Kindersley to see who moves onto the league championship. Both those series should begin on Friday.


The Saskatoon Blades clinched first place this past week and are rolling right along heading into playoffs.

Sticking with the WHL for a moment and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has had a great week as he passed the 100 point mark on the season.


Congratulations to the Alberta Golden Bears on sweeping the Calgary Dinos in Canada West men's hockey final. Both the Dinos and Bears will now prepare to head to Fredericton for the University Cup next week.


Congratulations to my sister and the Saskatoon Blues ringette team on capturing the gold medal at provincials in Regina over the weekend.


Did you fill out your March Madness bracket yet? I'm working on mine today. Check out twitter to see who I pick to win it all.


Checked out the movie Hall Pass with Owen Wilson last week at the Galaxy. I give it two thumbs waaay up. It had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Delisle Rebels head coach Ken Buyers was spotted in theatre checking it out and he gives it rave reviews as well.

We try to head to a movie at least once a week and we've been doing a good job of going each and every week. Any suggestions on what to see this week? I still want to see Sanctum.


I'm not going to touch on Japan too much because you must have been under a rock to miss any of it. Turn to CNN for ten minutes to get caught up or simply watch all the amazing footage on YouTube.


One last question before I go. How often do you get your hair cut?

I struggle with the frequency of getting a trim. Typically I wait until it's way too long and keep putting it off. What is appropriate? Once every two weeks? Three weeks? A month? More?


Ok, that's all for this morning. Enjoy the sun as much as you can this week!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ross, Bailey recognized by Canada West

Canada West announced its year end award winners and all-star selections earlier today and Huskies' forwards Kyle Ross and Andrew Bailey were named second team all-stars.

This is Ross' second all-star selection as he was named second team all-star in 2009.

Alberta's Derek Ryan was named Canada West MVP as well as the conference's scoring champion.

The release including all individual winners can be found HERE.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wees gets 2 games

The league has handed Weyburn Red Wing's forward TJ Wees a 2 game suspension for his check from behind at the end of Saturday night's game in Kindersley. The suspension was announced late Monday night on the SJHL website.

March 7- SJHL suspends Weyburn Red Wing TJ Wees two games after he received a major penalty for an incident that caused an injury during a game against the Kindersley Klippers March 6.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday morning water cooler

Good morning! Today's column is going to be a little different than in the past but just for this week. I'm going to start with a couple items and I'm going to keep adding to it as the morning progresses. I was up most of the night so I need some rest in between and it should help to break up the morning.

What did you get up to on the weekend? Among other things I took in game two of the SJHL's Sherwood Conference semi-final series between the Weyburn Red Wings and the Kindersley Klippers at the Hanger in Kindersley on Saturday night.

If you haven't heard by now, the game turned ugly late in the third period. With Kindersley up 9-2 and a delayed penalty coming up to the Wings, TJ Wees hit Klipper forward Jesse Mysiorek hard into the boards from behind. Needless to say the kid didn't look to good trying to make his way back to the bench. Wees received 5 minutes for charging and a game misconduct. At this point no word on a suspension from the league but I would hope/expect 2 or 3 games would be fair.

Immediately following the ensuing whistle, the two teams exchanged in some stick swinging at the players benches. It was fairly ugly but luckily nobody was seriously hurt from it anyway.

Weyburn head coach Dwight McMillan had an altercation with a Kindersley fan as he was making his way off of the bench and, yes, as per the rumors the police were involved but McMillan was not arrested as far as I know. Here is what we know from the league as of Sunday night:

March 6-SJHL suspends Weyburn Red Wing Lucas Ulmer and Kindersley Klipper Riley Down two games each after each were given a gross misconduct during a game in Kindersley March 5.

Those were automatic and are associated with the gross misconducts. We will likely see much stiffer penalties come down sometime today after the league reviews the game film (which I should add will be very telling). We'll see exactly how shorthanded both teams will be as the series shifts back to Weyburn for games three and four.

CKRM's Rod Pedersen has said this topic will be discussed this afternoon on the Sports Cage on CKRM. Check for times and tune in to likely hear some league reaction and more on what transpired.


Here's a snapshot from Global Saskatoon's Kevin Jesus of the PAC prior to tip-off at the Canada West women's basketball championship Saturday. Kevin posted this picture to Twitter and I have to say that it's great to see the place packed. I think it should be packed every weekend with the basketball programs at the top of the country.

Congratulations to the women on winning the CW championship beating the Regina Cougars. The girls will be looking to improve on last year's bronze medal performance when they head to nationals.

The men will also be heading to nationals looking to defend their championship. This time, however, they will not be going in as Canada West champs after losing to UBC in the gold medal match. On the bright side they can soon forget about that loss if they win another national championship.


The Huskies men's hockey team returned hom in the early morning hours from Calgary after their 4-1 loss in game three of their CW semi-final series. The Huskies had hopes of heading to nationals but fell just short. The story is in the post below. Don't worry, they're set up to be real good for the next few years.


Congrats are also in order for Huskies' football players Jade Etienne, Braeden George, and Peter Thiel for their job in this past weekend's CFL Evaluation camp held in Toronto. Their testing results are two posts below.

Here's hoping each improved their draft stock ahead of the May 8th Canadian draft.


Missed out on going to the movie 'Hall Pass' with Owen Wilson this past week. I'm hoping to hit it up on Tuesday. Is it any good?


Thinking out loud: Has anybody else been putting in the office/living room/basement? Just me?


Stay tuned there's more to come!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Huskies' season ends in Calgary

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies saw their season come to an end Sunday night after a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Dinos in the third and deciding game of their Canada West semi-final playoff series.

For the second straight season the Huskies exit the Canada West playoffs in the semi-final. A year ago it was the Manitoba Bisons knocking off the hockey Dogs in three games and this year it's the Dinos.

The Huskies' season was up and down. The team got off to a so-so start taking an 8-6 record into the break but were hot out of the gate in 2011 going 8-1 in their first nine games to start the new year. New Christmas additions Matt Delahey and Derek Hulak appeared to fit into the line-up perfectly and the team was cruising. Their hot play had many in the conference picking the Huskies as the team to beat down the stretch.

The Huskies' five game winning streak was met by disaster. The team suffered three straight losses and only one win in their last five games heading into the post season as they fell from second to third in the Canada West standing losing home ice advantage in the process.

Although the Huskies won three of four meetings with Calgary during the regular season it was the Dinos who took two of three when it mattered most.

"In Canada West, when you only get a three game series, you don't have a lot of time to recover from things," commented Huskies' second year forward Brennan Bosch. "That first game I thought we played a real strong second period and were all over them and kind of took the game away and then we just had a little let down for maybe a couple of minutes and they kind of buried us. If we could have hung on and (won) that (first game) I think that would have been a big turning point in the series and in a quick series those things are really important."

Calgary took game one of the series on Mar. 4 by a score of 4-2 scoring three goals in 1:29 midway through the third period to take a quick 1-0 series lead. The Huskies would bounce back with a 3-2 win in game two on Mar. 5 before dropping the third and deciding game a night later to end their season.

The Huskies boast a strong group of returning players heading into next season including the teams top five leading scorers from this season. The team's top line should remain intact with Steven DaSilva, Kyle Bortis and captain Kyle Ross all eligible to return to the team in the fall.

Saying goodbye will be fifth year forward Jason Wagar. While Wagar is the Huskies' only fifth year player, it is expected that both forward Steven Gillen and defenceman Matt Swaby won't be back next year either as the two are set to graduate from the U of S this spring. Swaby and Gillen aside, only Ross and defenceman Jesse Zetariuk will be in their final year of eligibility next season giving the Huskies a very bright future looking forward.

"We've had a lot of the same guys for the last two years," noted Bosch, "and we've had pretty disappointing ends (to our season) the last two years where we felt we had teams that definitely could do some damage and we just haven't got it done so we just have to realize that it takes a lot and it's pretty tough to win in the playoffs.

"I think it starts in the regular season. You can't let games slip and you have to situate yourself in the best spot possible."

Head coach Dave Adolph has positioned this team to contend for the next several years and with the University of Saskatchewan hosting the University Cup in 2013 and 2014 this team has the talent to make a serious run at a championship the next three seasons and beyond.

A total of 15 players from this year's roster will still be eligible to return when the Huskies' host the second of two University Cups in 2014 including both goaltenders David Reekie and Ryan Holfeld.

For the present day Huskies it will be a summer wondering what could have been but also one of optimism thinking about what this team could accomplish 2011-2012 with such a large core of the team returning in the fall.

"It's pretty tough to pin point (what went wrong). You knew the guys wanted it this year after the way it ended last year but we've got to find an extra little effort or (some) timely goals to get us past this point that we're struggling with right now."

Huskies' results from CFL E-camp

Three University of Saskatchewan Huskies took part in the CFL Evaluation Camp over the weekend in Toronto. Receiver Jade Etienne and Braeden George, and linebacker Peter Thiel were among 53 football players who took part in the three day camp.

A player's draft stock and either rise or fall at the E-camp and Friday's interview portion and Sunday's on-field play can sometimes be the biggest indication of a player's true ability but the scouts can't ignore Saturday's testing results either. So, today we recap how the three Huskies faired in their individual tests.

Jade Etienne - Receiver (rank among position in brackets)
Bench press - 8 reps (8th)
40 yard dash - 4.66 (5th)
Vertical jump - 33" (7th)
Broad jump - 9'11" (6th)
Shuttle - 4.35 (t-6th)
3-cone drill - 7.19 (8th)

Braeden George - Receiver
Bench press - 17 (3rd)
40 yard dash - 4.88 (9th)
Vertical jump - 28.5" (9th)
Broad jump - 8'8.5" (9th)
Shuttle - 4.35 (t-6th)
3-cone drill - 7.09 - (6th)

Peter Thiel - Linebacker
Bench press - 18 (2nd)
40 yard dash - 4.90 (2nd)
Vertical jump - 32" (t-2nd)
Broad jump - 9'2" (4th)
Shuttle - 4.18 (2nd)
3-cone drill - 6.91 (2nd)

Looking at the numbers it would appear as though Peter Thiel had an excellent day of testing and it appears as though he did. Here's hoping that all three impressed in their interviews and on the field on Sunday.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

SJHL award winners

The SJHL has released the names of its year end award winners and La Ronge Ice Wolves forward Travis Eggum has been named Player of the Year.

Here is the full list:

Leading Scorer/Player of the Year: Travis Eggum
RBC Jr A Scholarship: Tanner McCall - Weyburn
Top Goaltender: Russell Abbott - Notre Dame
Most Valuable Player: Marc Andre-Carre - La Ronge
Top Defenceman: Blaine Tendler - Yorkton
Top Rookie: Eli Lichtenwald - Nipawin

For the full list including bios and the list of All-Star teams, click on the following link:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Three Huskies set for CFL E-camp

Darren Dupont

The Sheaf

Three draft-eligible members of the Saskatchewan Huskies football team will put their skills on display this weekend at the Canadian Football League Evaluation Camp held in Toronto from Mar. 4-6.

Receivers Jade Etienne and Braeden George along with linebacker Peter Thiel will represent the Huskies at the evaluation camp in front of CFL coaches, general managers, and scouts who will evaluate the prospects ahead of the 2011 Canadian Draft on Sunday, May 8.

Etienne is the highest rated of the three Huskies at number 15 on the recent list of top prospects published by the CFL’s Scouting Bureau published in December. Players at the camp will be trying to improve their stock ahead of the next top 15 prospects list which will be published in April prior to the draft.

Etienne is coming off a career year with the Huskies catching 28 balls for a league-high 721 yards and six touchdowns in seven regular season games earning him first-team all-Canadian honors.

Braeden George caught 26 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns this past season for the Huskies. Last May, George shone as member of team West in the annual East-West Bowl leading all receivers with eight grabs for 132 yards and the teams lone touchdown in a 12-9 loss.

Peter Thiel, the third member of the Huskies invited to participate in the evaluation camp, is coming off a stellar season of his own. The third year Huskies linebacker was in on 31 tackles and recorded one quarterback sack through six games with the dogs.

Canada West will be well represented at the E-Camp as a total of twelve players from Canada West teams will be in Toronto looking to impress including three Calgary Dinos who are all ranked among the top 15 prospects by the CFL’s Scouting Bureau. Slotback Anthony Parker(ranked third), wideout Nathan Coehoorn (ranked seventh), and running back Matt Walter (ranked 14th) rank among the top prospects along with Alberta kicker Hugh O’Neill (ranked 11th).

Regina’s Marc Mueller is one of only two CIS quarterbacks who will make the trip to Toronto joining Ottawa pivot Brad Sinopoli. Last year three CIS quarterbacks were invited including current Toronto Argonaut Danny Brannagan of Queen’s.

Of the 53 participants attending the camp a whopping 83 percent will be Canadian Interuniversity Sport student-athletes.

The 2011 Evaluation Camp begins on Friday afternoon with player arrivals and team interviews. Strength and flexibility will be tested on Saturday at the Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel and the weekend will finish up on Sunday on the football field at Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto.