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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey will be eliminating its Survivor Series component of the playoff format, Commissioner Kim Davis announced today.
This upcoming season (2016-17) will result in four, best-of-seven, quarter-final series. This format was approved by the league’s Board of Governor’s at their recent meeting in Selkirk. Playoffs will begin on Friday, March 10.
A number of other amendments were approved by The Board:
* An amendment was made to the Junior A Supplement guidelines that strengthen the length of suspension for accumulation levels (three minor penalties in the season), Major penalties and Match penalties for a Blow to the Head.
* An amendment was made to the Junior A Supplement guidelines that initiates a suspension for accumulation levels (five minor penalties in the season) for Goaltender Interference.
The Board of Governors also approved an amendment to the league's overtime format. This coming season, the OT format will consist of one, five-minute sudden period. Each team will use three skaters and one goaltender. If the game is still tied following the five-minute OT period, a shoot-out will take place.
Old Dutch Showcase
This year’s Showcase will take place Dec. 12-14 at the MTS IcePlex in Winnipeg. The event, now in its 14th year, usually took place in late September. This highly popular event would attract scouts from a number of levels of hockey: NHL, NCAA and CIS.
The following persons were appointed to league officer appointments. Board Chairman, Darren Russell; Board Vice-Chairman, Dale Deschouwer; Statistician, Reid Cutler; Director of Officiating, Jody Wielgosh
The Board of Governors approved the hiring of one, full-time staff person in the new position of Director of Operations for the league office. The recruitment process has begun and an announcement on the selected candidate will be made prior to the end of June.
Along with their draft, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League also held their scheduling and annual general meetings in Nipawin.
"The meetings went really well as always, we held the draft where all the teams were well organized and it went smoothly and then we met with the governors and coaches to try and make our league better", SJHL President Bill Chow said in a interview on Monday.
The SJHL has came out with a few changes for the 2016/17 season
--> Regular season Overtime will be moving from 4 on 4 to 3 on 3 for 5 minutes then followed by a shootout.
--> There will be a 1 60 second media time out around the 10 minute mark of each period.
Chow said "We thought about the 3 on 3 OT last year, but we needed it to pass it at our AGM to make it happen"
Here's my full chat with SJHL President Bill Chow.
Hockey Manitoba is proud to release the 2016 U-16 & U-18 Program
of Excellence (POE) Development rosters, both U-16 and U-18 programs
will host a prep camp in July followed by a final camp in August for
U-16 and the Bison's Exhibition Series for U-18 in September.
2016 POE Development Camps:
U-16 POE Prep Camp - July 11-13 - Riding Mountain National Park
U-18 POE Prep Camp - July 19-21 - Winnipeg (Seven Oaks Arena)
U-16 POE Final Camp - August 11 -14 - Winnipeg
U-18 POE Bison's Exhibition Series - September 2016 - Winnipeg
Locals named to U-16 boys development roster:
D Parker Malchuk (Yellowhead Bantam Chiefs)- Birtle, Manitoba
D Chad Nychuk (Yellowhead Bantam Chiefs)- Rossburn, Manitoba
Asst. Coach Darren Webstet (Swan Valley Stampeders- Swan River, Manitoba
Locals named to U-18 Girls development roster:
F Tatum Amy- (Yellowhead Chiefs)- Birtle, Manitoba
F Karissa Cullum- (Yellowhead Chiefs)- Russell, Manitoba
F Cassidy Lyttle (Yellowhead Chiefs)- Foxwarren, Manitoba