Friday, 17 April 2015

Mustangs hoist first Canalta Cup since 1996


For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Melfort Mustangs are on top of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

The Mustangs blanked the Notre Dame Hounds 4-0 in Game 4 on Thursday, sweeping the Notre Dame Hounds to win the Canalta Cup, their first since 1996.

Richard Palmer made 29 saves for his second shutout of the playoffs, and went 12-2 in the post-season, with a 2.07 GAA, .922% to be names Co-Playoff MVP along with forward Adam Fauchoux, who racked up 14 goals in 14 post-season games.

Fauchoux was held off the board in Game 4, for just the second time in the playoffs.  David Heath opened the scoring on a first period penalty shot, before the Mustangs scored three in the second to round out the scoring, thanks to Justin Boyer, Sheldon Argent (SH) and Nick Hermary.

The Mustangs advance to the Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray, Alberta beginning next weekend.  The host Fort McMurray Oil Barons, and MJHL Champion, and RBC host Portage Terriers are already part of the WCC field.  The other two spots are yet to be determined, as the Penticton Vees lead the Nanaimo Clippers 3-2 in the BCHL final, and the Spruce Grove Saints holding a 3-1 edge on the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL championship series.

Yorkton Terriers' Spring Prospects Camp goes this weekend at the FAA

The Yorkton Terriers are hosting their Annual Spring Prospects camp this weekend at the Farrell Agencies Arena in Yorkton. The camp will have four teams and begin Friday morning April 17 and finish up Sunday April 19 in the afternoon.

Below is the camp schedule, players will receive their team assignment Friday morning at registration.

Yorkton Terriers 2015 Spring Camp Schedule
Friday, April 17th
10:00-10:30am Registration @ Terrier Locker Room
11:30-12:15pm Team Orange practice
12:30-1:15pm Team Grey practice
1:30-2:15 pm Team Green practice
2:30-3:15 pm Team Black practice
4:00 pm Parent/Player Information Session
6:00-7:45 pm Team Orange vs. Team Grey
8:00-9:45 pm Team Green vs. Team Black

Saturday, April 18th
9:00-10:45 am Team Grey vs. Team Green
11:00-12:45 pm Team Black vs. Team Orange
6:00–7:45 pm Team Orange vs. Team Green
8:00–9:45 pm Team Grey vs. Team Black

Sunday, April 19th
9:00-10:45am Team Orange vs. Team Grey
11:00-12:00am- Individual meetings for Orange and Grey
12:00- 1:45pm Team Green vs. Team Black
 2:00-3:00pm- Individual meetings for Green and Black

*** All players must wear the proper facial protection. ALL players who were registered at the Midget level must wear full face shields and neck guards. Players who were registered at the Junior level may wear visors.

*** Please note that players will receive their team assignment and schedule for the weekend upon registering on April, 17th from 10:00-10:30am. 

A reminder all fans that the Terriers are hosting their Spring Early Bird Ticket Blitz this Saturday at the Terrier Locker Room from 9:00AM to 8:00PM.

Last chance to purchase your Yorkton Terrier Lotto Tickets this weekend. The final deadline to purchase is Saturday at 8:00PM. The final draw will be Monday April 21.

  Preview with Terriers Head Coach/GM Trent Cassan


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Two local products announced as 2015 Inductess into Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has announced the seven (7) inductees who will become the newest members to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015. The inductees, including three in the athlete category, two in the category of builder and two in the team category will be officially inducted at the 49th Annual Induction Ceremony to be held at the Conexus Arts Centre on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

The 2015 inductees are:

Cliff Koroll (Canora) – Hockey
Milos Kostic (Milanovac, Serbia) – Triathlon
Jason Parker (Yorkton) – Speed Skating

Sharon Tkachuk (Prince Albert) – Athletics
Richard “Dick” White (Regina) – Multi Sport

1985 Moose Jaw Generals AA Senior Men’s Hockey Team – Hardy Cup Champions
2009 Eugene Hritzuk Senior Men’s Curling Team – 2009 World Senior Men’s Curling Champions

“2015 has been declared “The Year of Sport in Canada” by the Right Honourable, David Johnson, Governor General of Canada,” said Linda Burnham, Chair of the Induction Celebrations. “The declaration from the Governor General celebrates the role that sport plays in our Canadian identity and its vital connection to the cultural fabric of our nation.   Here at the Saskatchewan Sport Hall of Fame we certainly echo that sentiment which is truly embodied in our Class of 2015.  We look forward to enshrining them during our Induction celebrations in June.  Their accomplishments will also be featured in our Dedication to Sport exhibit as we share with the people of Saskatchewan the great sport history of our province."

Tickets to the 49th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony are $100/person and are available directly from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Jason Parker
Born: Yorkton, SK
Athlete:  Speed Skating

  • Was involved in the sport of Speed Skating for over 20 years and spent 12 of those on the National Team
  • During the course of his career Jason competed in 75 World Cups and 10 World Championships - over 130 International races on both Sprint and All-Round Teams
    • 49 times he was in the top 10
    • 99 times he was in the top 20
  • From 1987-1993 was Saskatchewan Athlete of the Month 8 times
  • 1998 & 1999 World Cup Bronze Medalist
  • 1998 World Championship Bronze Medalist
  • 1998-99 Established Provincial Records in the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m races
  • From 1998-2002 Canadian record holder in the 1500m
  • Olympic Games participation:
    • 1998 in Nagano, Japan
    • 2002 in Salt Lake City, UT
    • 2006 in Torino, Italy
  • Silver Medalist, 2006 Olympic Long Track Team Pursuit, Torino, Italy
  • 1996 won the Roland Michener Canada Games Award for his leadership skills and ongoing commitment to scholastic and athletic excellence
  • 1997 & 1999 was Saskatchewan Male Athlete of the Year
  • 2005 Recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal from the Lieutenant Governor
  • 2006 Inducted into the Canadian Speed Skating Hall of Fame
  • 2006 Inducted into the Olympian Athletes Association
  • 2007 Inducted into the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame

  • I had chance to catch up with Parker below:


    Cliff Koroll
    Born:  Canora, SK
    Athlete:  Hockey

    • 1961/62 Saskatoon Wesleys won the Midget “A” Provincials
    • 1963/64 Saskatoon Wesleys were the Juvenile “A” Provincial Champions
    • 1964 Bedford Road High School Athlete of the year
    • 1967/68 University of Denver hockey team NCAA National Champions. Cliff was the team Captain
    • 1967/68 Cliff was a NCAA All American candidate
    • 1968 awarded a pro tryout with the Minnesota Twins and was offered a contract.  
    • 1968/69 joined the Dallas Blackhawks of the Central Hockey League (CHL).  He only played one year before joining the ranks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
    • 1969-1980 Cliff played for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. 
    • After his playing career, Cliff remained with the Blackhawks as an assistant coach for 7 years and 2 years as the Public Relations Director; a total of 21 years with the team!
    • 1971 & 1973 Chicago Blackhawks were Stanley Cup Finalists
    • Cliff holds the following distinctions with the Chicago Blackhawks:
      • 20th All Time Blackhawk scorer
      • 11th in games played
      • 3rd in game winning goals
    • 1986 instrumental in establishing the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association along with his good friend Keith Magnusson.  Currently serves as President of the Association.
    • Inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Denver Hall of Fame, and the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Hall of Fame.

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    Terriers' capture MJHL Turnbull Cup Trophy


    The Portage Terriers capped their historic season Tuesday night in Steinbach, winning the Turnbull Trophy with a nail-biting 4-3 win over Steinbach Pistons. Terriers’ ran the table in the playoffs going 12-0, winning the Turnbull Trophy in four straight.

    “It’s always a good thing to be the last team standing at the end,” Terriers’ Head Coach Blake Spiller told CFRY-Radio. “I’m really proud of my team. We have a great group of guys on this team. To go undefeated in the playoffs is great. I’m really happy for the guys on our team.

    “The last few minutes were a bit nerve wracking for everyone involved. But we did what we had to do to win; just like all season. Good for our guys.”

    Terriers’ netminder Justin Laforest was thrilled with the championship. Not to mention, going 12-0 in the playoffs.

    “This is amazing,” said Laforest. “No greater feeling in the world than right now. Our team is just fantastic. We came out strong in the game, but we knew Steinbach was going to battle. But, we weren’t going to lose this one.”

    Terriers’ forward Dane Schioler was named the playoff MVP. The Winnipeg native was thrilled as he carried the Turnbull Trophy around the ice with his teammates.

    “This is very special,” said Schioler, 18. “I owe this to my teammates. We were a bit nervous (coming into the game)…but we knew what we had to do. It was a tough game.”

    The Terriers, who are hosting the RBC Cup next month, have now won six MJHL championships in 11 seasons: 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

    Playing in front of 1,200 thrilled fans at the TG Smith Centre, Terriers held period leads of 2-0 and 3-1. Pistons rallied in the third, pulling to within one goal – 4-3 – but the Terriers successfully snuffed the comeback.

    Terriers received goals from the Bowles brothers, Brad and Shawn, Tyler Jeanson and Carson Perreaux. Pistons received goals from Denis Bosc, Tyler Penner and Dustin Loeppky.

    “Our team came out hard,” said Shawn Bowles. “We all wanted to end it tonight. We just stuck together. We all know our roles and we come out every night and battle hard. It’s awesome to win this championship. A real highlight in my career.”

    Terriers’ captain Tanner Jago summed up the championship: “This championship is unbelievable. We knew it was going to be a grind in the playoffs, but hats off to the fellas. This rink is really tough to play in. Credit to the Pistons.”

    EXTRA POINTS: Terriers now advance to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup (April 25 to May 3.) Terriers will open the round-robin tournament April 25 against host Fort McMurray Oil Barons…Several hundred Portage fans made the trip to Steinbach…Terriers were forced to overtime only once – against Virden Oil Capitals − in the playoffs.

    Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    McLellan named Head Coach of Canadian entry for World Hockey Championships


    Jim Nill, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team, announced Tuesday that Todd McLellan (Melville, Sask./San Jose, NHL) will be Canada’s head coach at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, scheduled for May 1-17, 2015 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

    Peter DeBoer (Dunnville, Ont.), Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./Carolina, NHL) and Jay Woodcroft (Toronto, Ont./San Jose, NHL) will join McLellan behind the bench as assistant coaches.

    “This is a coaching staff with extensive experience in the NHL and knowledge of the international game, as well,” said Nill. “As a management group we are excited to work with this staff, and look forward to building a roster and representing Canada in the Czech Republic next month.”

    Nill is working with a management group comprised of George McPhee (Guelph, Ont.), Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Phoenix, NHL), Pat Verbeek (Sarnia, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL), Claude Loiselle (Ottawa, Ont.) and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams.

    Todd McLellan (pictured above), 47, just finished his seventh season as head coach of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. He has led the Sharks to three division championships and the President’s Trophy in 2008-09, and is the winningest coach in franchise history. Previously, McLellan spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, and won the Calder Cup as head coach of the AHL’s Houston Aeros in 2003. He also spent six seasons as head coach and general manager of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos from 1994-2000; McLellan was named WHL executive of the year in 1996-97, and WHL coach of the year in 1999-2000. He has one previous experience with Team Canada, winning a bronze medal as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship. McLellan was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, and played five NHL games with the Islanders during the 1987-88 season.

    Canada’s roster will be comprised of players not involved in the NHL playoffs. Canada can also add players eliminated during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and can register up to 25 players, including three goaltenders, on its official roster. 

    Canada opens the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship against Latvia on May 1. It will also face Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland in preliminary round play.

    Terriers' Pre-Preseason Ticket Blitz Set for Saturday

    **Pre-Preseason Ticket Blitz - Sat April 18/ 2015 **
    9:00 AM- 8:00 PM at the Gallagher Center

    The Terriers will be conducting their first ever Spring Preseason ticket BLITZ!!!

    For this day only the prices will be as follows:
                 Seniors- $265.00
                 Adults- $280.00
                 Child- $49.00
                 Teen- $99.00
    There will be a fall preseason ticket blitz with the following prices:
                 Senior- $285.00
                 Adult- $300.00
                 Child- $49.00
                 Teen- $99.00
    Regular Season Ticket prices will be:
                 Senior- $305.00
                 Adult- $320.00
                 Child- $49.00
                 Teen- $99.00

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015

    Former Millionaire Trapp & ND Hounds prepare for SJHL Canalta Cup Final that begins Friday in Melfort

    For the first time in 27 years, the Notre Dame Hounds are headed back to the SJHL's Canalta Cup Finals. The Hounds advanced by defeating the Kindersley Klippers in overtime on Sunday night to capture that Semi-Final Series in 6 games.

    The Hounds will now battle the Melfort Mustangs in the SJHL Final that'll begin on Friday night at the Northern Lights Palace.

    The 30 year old Trapp scored 50 goals, 93 assists for 143 points in 154 career SJHL games with the Melville Millionaires and Estevan Bruins.

    He then went on to score 56 goals & 96 assists for 155 points in 4 years with Sacred Heart University (NCAA Division 1)

    I had a chance to catch up with former Melville Millionaires and Balcarres product Bear Trapp (pictured above) who is the Asst. Coach for the Hounds to preview the championship series.