Tuesday, 28 June 2016

2015/16 Yorkton Terriers AGM Recap

The SJHL's Yorkton Terriers held their annual general meeting last night (Mon) at the Gallagher Center. 

The Terriers announced at the meeting that their deficit was just over 40-thousand dollars from this past season.

"I think we were put behind the eight ball a little bit earlier as we were down around 100-150 season tickets, we can rationalize that, that we are a grey season ticket base, they can't get out to buy their season ticket or people weren't as excited above the team, Terriers President Dave Baron said in a interview this morning (Tues)

Baron also announced at the meeting that the Terriers bid for the 2018 RBC Cup came up a little bit short to the eventual winning bid from Chilliwack, BC.

"We were led to believe that is down to us and Chilliwack, and they liked some of things from our bid, but in the end Hockey Canada liked the bid from Chilliwack a little more, said Baron

Below is my full chat with Terrier President Dave Baron about the AGM.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Yorkton to host Mosquito AA baseball Provincials July 15-17

Yorkton Minor Baseball is pleased to announce that Yorkton has been chosen to host the Mosquito AA Tier 1 Sask Baseball Provincials July 15-17 at Jaycee Beach.  A schedule for the weekend will be release in the upcoming weeks.
It will be a 9 team tournament with the Weyburn Beavers & White Butte Broncos from zone 1, Swift Current Indians from zone 3, Melville Millionaires & Yorkton Cardinals from zone 4, Lloydminster Twins & North Battleford Beavers from zone 7, and North East Wolfpack & Prince Albert Royals from zone 8.
Volunteers are a major part of hosting and high caliber baseball event & we are looking for volunteers to assist with scorekeeping, pitch count, grounds keeping, parking assistants, admission collection to name only a few of the important roles to fill.
If you are interested in helping out with the event and showing other communities what great hosts Yorkton can be please contact the chairperson Kelly Hubic who can be reached at 306-621-4342.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Blades named former Humboldt Bronco bench boss Brockman as new Head Coach

The Saskatoon Blades have named Dean Brockman as their 21st head coach, with news Bob Woods is returning to the NHL.

Woods, who joined the Blades two years ago, has signed on to be the right hand man to Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma.

“This was too great of an offer to pass up,” says Woods. “It’s a chance to work alongside a Stanley Cup winning coach who also coached in the AHL. It’s an example I’d love to follow. I have mixed emotions leaving the Blades since the team is turning the corner but I know the players are in great hands.”

Brockman, 48, who was alongside Woods for the past two seasons, is thrilled with the opportunity.
“We’ve come through three difficult but necessary years but the time for talk is over. It’s time for results and we are committed to take a major step forward this season. We have a room full of great players who have outstanding character. They’ve taken great strides during our time together and I can’t wait to work with them to seize the opportunity we have in front of us.”

Brockman is well-suited to take the top job. Previous to his two years with Woods, Brockman coached the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to incredible success over 17 years. He led the team to victory in the Royal Bank Cup on two occasions, 2003 and 2008. In two other appearances at the national championship, Humboldt was the runner-up in 2009 and lost the semi-final in 2012.

The product of St. Benedict, Saskatchewan, also guided the Broncos to four Anavet Cup Championship titles in five appearances at the event, which matches up SJHL champion against the winner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Brockman was named SJHL Coach of the Year four times.

Brockman also has a history of success with Hockey Canada. He coached Canada West to a silver medal at the World Junior A Championship in 2012, taking home a gold medal at that same event as an assistant coach one year earlier in 2011.

While Brockman has some strategic thoughts on adjusting the team’s play on the ice for more wins, he also sees opportunity on the mental side of the game. “I have great passion for our players and I want to help guide them through the obstacles that stand in their way so we can together find – and enjoy – success.”

“We believe Dean is a great fit to carry on to what we have been building for three years while adding a different perspective to our players,” says the new general manager, Colin Priestner. “Our fans are anxious for a return to the playoffs and so are we. It’s been a long wait and we have every intention of returning to the playoffs this coming season.”

Priestner assumes the GM position on a full time basis, a role he has largely carried out while Woods focused the bulk of his attention on rebuilding the team on the ice. Priestner, who becomes the 7th GM in Blades history, may be only 32 years of age but he guided the team through the previous three drafts, the results of which have been widely praised by independent observers. He has also crafted the restructuring of the Blades scouting system as well as rebuilding the 50-man list.

Priestner, who has a degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta and is currently enrolled at the Business of Hockey MBA program at Athabasca University, becomes the youngest GM in the WHL.

“Colin has brought tremendous talent to our organization. He was very insightful introducing critical structure and analysis to our recruitment process, and that is reflected in the quality of players who are joining our great group of veterans,” says president Steve Hogle. “The fact he’s the youngest GM in the league is similar to some hires of bright young minds in the NHL, such as the Phoenix Coyotes signing 26-year-old John Chayka as their GM.”

One of the men who has been at Priestner’s side every step of the way while rebuilding the team, Assistant General Manager Steve Hildebrand, is being promoted to Associate General Manager. The man commonly known as “Hilty” was also just named by Hockey Canada as one of the Directors of Operations for the U17 national team.

“Hilty is an incredible talent and we’ve worked very closely over the last three years. We plan on making all decisions together to do what’s best for the Blades,” adds Priestner. “This is a great day for the Blades. We are extremely excited to build upon what we have achieved so far. Our fans are anxious for a return to the playoffs and so are we. It’s been a long wait and we have every intention of returning to the playoffs this coming season.”

“Any time someone at our level, whether it’s a coach or a player, makes it to the NHL, it’s a great thing for the franchise and shows we are developing quality people,” adds Hogle. “Bob Woods helped poured a great foundation here. Now we have a dynamite person in Dean Brockman to build upon that and take the team to new success.”

The staff will be rounded out in short order. The freshly minted head coach has a few candidates in mind for his assistant. But Dean Brockman also knows he’ll receive a lot more interest, adding,

“We’ve got a good thing going here and it’s only going to get better.”

The Blades welcome Dean as their new head coach and thank his family for supporting him in this new endeavor. The team also thanks Bob Woods for his work here and wishes him well in his return to the NHL.

(Blades Press Release)

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

2016 U16 and U18 Male & Female SaskFirst Summer Camp Rosters announced

The rosters and schedules for the Male U16, Female U16, and Female U18 SaskFirst Summer Camps have been released.

The U16 Female and U18 Female SaskFirst Summer Camp will take place in Wilcox on July 27th-31st. This is a chance to showcase the Top 42 U16 and Top 44 U18 players  in Saskatchewan. The U16 players are split into two teams, Intensity and Pride. While the U18 players will be on either team Desire or Passion.

The U16 Male SaskFirst Summer Camp will take place in Wilcox on August 1st-5th. This is a chance to showcase the Top 43 Male U16 players in Saskatchewan. The players are split into two teams, Desire and Passion.

Local products named:

U16 Female Camp Roster:

F Heather Fiske (Esterhazy) - Melville Prairie Fire

G Taylor Nagy (Bredenbury) - Parkland Lions

G Cheyenne Jamieson (Moosomin) - Moosomin Rangers

D Ally Hayhurst (Wapella) - Melville Prairie Fire

D Hannah Pennell (Kamsack) - Parkland Lions

D Chace Sperling (Theodore) - Parkland Lions

F McKenna Davis (Esterhazy) - Parkland Lions

U18 Female Camp Roster:

G Ashlyn Taillon (Lampman) - Melville Prairie Fire

D Erin Armstrong (Whitewood) - Melville Prairie Fire

F Brooke Hauserman (Kamsack) - Saskatoon Stars

F Georgia Kotylak (Montmartre) - Melville Prairie Fire

D Eryn Johanson (Stockholm) - Melville Prairie Fire

D Raine Smith (Carlyle) - Notre Dame Hounds

F Regan Nichol (Kamsack) - Melville Prairie Fire 

U16 Male Camp Roster :

G Nolan Maier (Yorkton) - Yorkton Xerox Terriers

D Kaeden Korczak (Yorkton) - Yorkton Rawtec Maulers

F Zach McIntyre (Yorkton) - Yorkton Xerox Terriers

F Kishaun Gervais (Kamsack) - Yorkton Xerox Terriers 

D Josh Bear (Ochapowace) - Notre Dame Hounds

D Adam Herold (Montmartre) - Prairie Storm

Monday, 20 June 2016

Local products named to Hockey Canada Summer Development Camp Rosters

(Hockey Canada Press Release) 
The top 196 players in Canada have been invited to attend the men’s camps as part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26-Aug. 6.
In its second summer, the National Teams’ Summer Showcase will bring together Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp (44 players) and Canada’s national under-17 development camp (111 players) in Calgary, at the Markin MacPhail Centre from July 26-Aug. 2. Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (41 players) will be hosted in Toronto July 30-Aug 2, and will feature a four-game series against the U.S., Sweden, and Finland from Aug. 3-6 in Plymouth, Mich.
Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, was responsible for all player selections, with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario) for the under-17 roster along with branch representatives, and with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League for the under-18 and under-20 rosters.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have across the country, and for our coaches and scouts to evaluate the players in our programs,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “These camps are key in selecting our international teams for the 2016-17 season, and we are looking forward to hosting 196 players as they work towards their ultimate goal of wearing the maple leaf.”
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp
From July 29-Aug. 2, 44 players – four goaltenders, 16 defencemen, and 24 forwards – will participate in practices and three Red-White intrasquad games.
Of the 44 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2016 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, Aug. 8-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament 11 times in the last 12 years, including the last eight consecutive years. 
Canada’s national under-17 development camp
From July 26-Aug. 1, 111 players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defenceman and 63 forwards – will participate in practices and games on one of six teams: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, and White.
Following the development camp, players will continue to be evaluated through the early season before 66 are selected to represent Canada on one of three national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is scheduled for Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
This year, 110 players have been drafted or listed by CHL teams, including 42 from the Ontario Hockey League, 40 from the Western Hockey League and 28 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp
From July 30-Aug. 6, 41 players – four goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 23 forwards – will participate in practices on July 30-Aug. 2 in Toronto before playing in a series against the Finland, Sweden, and the United States at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
Jankowski will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates during the first few months of the 2016-17 season and at the CHL Canada Russia Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship when it returns to Canadian ice Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 5, 2017 in Toronto and Montreal.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men


Local products named: 

Under-18 Selection Camp Roster: 
D Josh Brook (Roblin, Manitoba)-- Moose Jaw Warriors 

Under-17 Development Camp Roster: 
D Dawson Barteaux (Foxwarren, Manitoba) - Yellowhead Chiefs 
D Kaleb Bulych (Yorkton, Sask) - Yorkton Rawtec Maulers 
F Brett Kemp (Yorkton, Sask) - Yorkton Rawtec Maulers 
F Carson Miller (Yorkton, Sask) - Yorkton Rawtec Maulers 
F Koby Morrisseau (Grandview, Manitoba) - Parkland Rangers 

Blizzard name Fort Qu'Appelle product Hedley as their new Head Coach/GM

A new face is returning to the OCN Blizzard for the 2016-17 season. Doug Hedley has been hired by the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, OCN Blizzard Board of Directors as Head Coach and General Manager.

Hedley, a native of Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, has 20 years of coaching experience between Midget AAA and Jr A Hockey. Most recently, he spent last season as Head Coach of the Parkland AAA Rangers leading them to a 19-21 record.
Hedley is no stranger to the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and OCN Blizzard Hockey Club. He spent three seasons with the team from 2006-2009. In his most recent season in OCN, he led the Blizzard to a 32-22-8 record, winning the honour of MJHL coach of the year.
When asked about coming back to OCN Hedley said “I’m glad to be back here in OCN, and am thankful for the opportunity”. He also mentioned “We have some unfinished business to take care of and I can’t wait to start the 2016-17 season”.
The OCN Blizzard will be hiring an Assistant Coach and a Trainer in the coming weeks. The Blizzard are continuing to prepare for the 2016-17 season. Rookie and Main camp will be held in late August.

(from OCNblizzard.com)

Cardinals; Mils victorious on a Father's Day Sunday in the WMBL

In the Western Major Baseball League last night both of our local teams were winners on Father's Day Sunday,

At Jubilee Park, the Yorkton Cardinals got a 3 hit performance from Ben Schanding (pictured above right) as they improved to 9-8 on the season with a 7-4 win over the visiting Regina Red Sox.

The Cards are back on the field tomorrow night (Tues) when they visit the Moose Jaw Miller Express.

Meanwhile down in Melville,

Kris Brown (pictured above left) went the distance scattering 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 to get his 2nd win of the season as the Melville Millionaires hammered the Weyburn Beavers 10-3 at Pirie Field.

Braden Alleman led the way offensively with 4 hits for the Mils, who host the Swift Current Indians tonight at 7:05 from the Rail City.