Sunday 31 August 2014

Swan Valley Stampeders Training Camp Recap 2014

Stamps' send Erb to Aurora 

The Swan Valley Stampeders also swung a trade dealing away 20 year old forward Nic Erb to the Aurora Tigers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for 20 year old defenseman Braedan Pearl and future consideration.

Erb, a London Ontario native had 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points in 60 regular season games with the Stamps last season. Meanwhile, Pearl from L'Original Ontario had 6 points in 28 games with the New Jersey Hitmen of the USPHL last season.

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Mils Coaches Show-- Aug 27th Edition

In the first installment of the Melville Millionaires Coaches Show for the 2014/15 season Head Coach/GM Jamie Fiesel talks about this weekend's training camp and about what spots might be the most up in the air.

** Mils are also still looking for some billets for the upcoming hockey season. If you can help out the club please call Dwayne Kraft at 306-728-5627 or Neil Lamberty at 306-728-2321.

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Showcase 2014


The Showcase will be held September 29th and September 30th 2014 in Warman Saskatchewan.
Warman is conveniently located 25 minutes north of Saskatoon.

The SJHL Showcase will include the top players from each team and each age group and will consist of 6 teams.

The teams will consist of players in the following age categories:
19 and 20 year olds; 17 and 18 year olds; 16 and 17 year olds. Each age group will have 2 teams.
These teams will play 1 game against each other on Monday and Tuesday.

This format is to allow the scouts to see the top 120 players in the SJHL in these age groups as determined by the coaches in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Sunday Sept. 28th 2014.
**The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League introduces the Top 80 from the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League***

This game will be played on Sunday Sept 28th 2014 in Warman.

Sept 28/14 Top 40 Sask Midget - 16 yr old 1:30pm
Sept 28/14 Top 40 Sask Midget - 17 yr old 4:00pm
Sept.29/14 Rookie 16-17 yr old 12:15pm
Sept.29/14 Sophomore 17-18 yr old 3:00pm
Sept.29/14 Veteran 19-20 yr old 5:30pm
Sept.30/14 Rookie 16-17 yr old 10:15am
Sept.30/14 Sophomore 17-18 yr old 12:45pm
Sept.30/14 Veteran 19-20 yr old 3:15pm

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Wayway Coaches Show- Aug. 26th Edition

In the first Wayway Wolverines Coaches of the 2014/15 seasonn, Head Coach and GM Barry Butler chats about the ongoing rookie and main training camps and also about the good nucleus of 15-17 returnees that are coming back.

2014/15 Swan Valley Stampeders Training Camp is Underway!


Here is the 2014-2015 Swan Valley Stampeders Main Camp Schedule:

Tuesday, August 26

8:30-9:30 am - Practice Team Bronze (All Goalies)

10:00-11:00 am - Practice Team Blue (All Goalies)

7:30-9:30 pm - Scrimmage

Wednesday, August 27

8:30-10 am - All Players Practice

7:30-10:00 pm - Inter-Squad Game (3x20 minute periods)

2014-2015 Main Camp Roster

Team Blue YOB Team Bronze YOB
G - Graham Hunt 95 G - Lasse Petersen 97
G - Jerret Smith 95 G - Brett Evans 98
D - Gavin Froese 95 D - Holden Cronin 95
D - Jordan Valentino 96 D - Carter McMurdo 96
D - Jesse Lawrence 97 D - Jesse Mitchell 96
D - Troy Heywood 96 D - Ty Dornn 97
D - Brayden Groot 97 D - Austin Brown 96
D - William Lovell 98 D - Dane Bumstead 98
F - Tristen Mullin 96 F - Nicholas Kobelka 94
F - Boden Sigurdson 94 F - Carter Johnson 95
F - Brayden McDonald 95 F - Jagger Thomas 94
F - BJ Avery 94 F - Jacques Bernier 95
F - Colton Brausen 95 F - Cody Ellingson 96
F - Tanner Hepp 95 F - Daylon Creasy 95
F - Michael Fortin 96 F - Trent Laycock 96
F - Tristin Langan 98 F - Linden McCorrister 98
F - Josh Martin 96 F - Boedy Vaeth 98
F - Chandler Ashcroft 96 F - William Teichgraber 96
F - Josh Tripp 98 F - Brett Masterton 96
F - Layne Anderson 96

Monday 25 August 2014

Terriers' Cassan named Canada West Head Coach for 2014 World Junior A Challenge; 1st Terriers Coaches Show

After capturing a silver medal with Team Canada West at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge as an Assistant Coach, Yorkton Terriers Head Coach and GM Trent Cassan will return back to the 2014 edition of the tournament as the team's Head Coach.

"It's a very exciting opportunity and I'm very thankful for the CJHL and Hockey Canada for giving me the chance and also the Terriers for allowing me to take time away from our hockey club to take in this very good experience and the chance to work some of the best coaches and players in Western Canada", the 31 year old Cassan said on this morning's coaches show.

Cassan along with Assistant Coaches Tim Fragle (Sherwood Park Crusaders), Luke Pierce (Merrit Centennials & Jason Williamson (Vernon Vipers) were announced by the Canadian Junior Hockey league & Hockey Canada this morning as the Canada West coaching staff.

 "The coaching staff around me is knowledgable, so I think there is going to be alot of input and ideas and I'm looking forward to working with every one" Cassan added.

The 2014 World Junior A Challenge will be taking place December 14th-20th, 2014 in Kindersley.

--The 1st KW Men's Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show with Trent Cassan for the 2014/15 season below. Cassan discusses this weekend's training camp, and also about the Canada West Coaching gig.

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Prairie Fire Training Camp set for this Weekend in Melville

The Melville Fox FM Prairie Fire of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League begin preparations for the upcoming season this weekend when they hold their training camp at Melville's Horizon Credit Union Center.

I had a chance to catch up with Prairie Fire Head Coach Kevin Kirkwood

Prairie Fire are also looking for billets for the upcoming hockey season. If your interested please call Brittany at 1-306-280-6785.

Ochap's Bear captures Ivan Hlinka U-18 Gold

It was a golden weekend this past weekend for Ochapowace's Ethan Bear. Bear along with his Canadian teammates defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 on Saturday to win gold at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup for the seventh consecutive year.

The 17 year-old Bear had 1 goal and 1 assists in 5 games for Canada at the tournament held every year in the Czech Republic & Slovakia.

Bear will be entering his 2nd season with the Western Hockey League's Seattle Thunderbirds this upcoming 2014/15 hockey season.

Chat with Bear below

Monday 18 August 2014

Mils acquire netminder from Lloydminster

With just under 2 weeks until training camp the Melville Millioniares of the SJHL have made a trade acquiring 19 year old goaltender Sean Keuhn (pictured above)from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL for future considerations.

Keuhn, a Flower Mound, Texas native appeared in 21 games last season for the Bobcats posting a record of 9-5-2, .861 save percentage and a goals against average of 3.21 with 1 shutout.

Mils Head Coach Jamie Fiesel comments on trade & about the offseason for the Mils below.

Terriers announce signing of Staff Members; Cassan becomes GM

The Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL are pleased to announce the signing of 3 staff members.

Trent Cassan (pictured above) will return as Head Coach, as well as step up from Associate GM role to become the team's new General Manger.

Don Chesney will step away from the General Manager position but will continue with the club in an expanded Director of Marketing & Public Relations position.

The contracts of Cassan and Chesney are both for 2 years with the third year being an option year.

Casey O'Brien will be back as Assistant Coach and take on the duties of Assistant GM.

In addition, Garry Carson will also be returning as the Terriers Head Scout.

Chat With Trent Cassan below

Inductions announced for Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014


Thursday 14 August 2014

Broncos Hand Over the Reigns

(Humboldt Broncos/SJHL Press Release)

The Humboldt Broncos are extremely pleased to announce that Ryan Smith from Winnipeg, MB will be their new Head Coach and General Manager agreeing to a three year contract.  Ryan has been the Head Coach and General Manager of the Selkirk Steelers for the past 5 seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL).

He is a two time MJHL All-Star Head Coach and last year; Ryan was honored with being named the MJHL Coach of the Year as he led the Steelers to a 1st overall placing in Manitoba and 2nd overall regular season ranking in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.  For these efforts, Ryan was also a runner up for the CJHL Coach of the Year.

He was also an Assistant Coach with Team Canada West for the past two years, helping the Team win a Silver Medal in 2012 and Bronze in 2013.

Team President, Jamie Brockman stated, “This has been a long and arduous process but we could not be more pleased with Ryan accepting our offer to be our new Head Coach and General Manager. We were very impressed with the passion and determination Ryan had exhibited through this entire process.  His resume speaks for itself and we are extremely confident that he will continue providing the community of Humboldt with the strong, exciting Teams that they have become accustomed to.  We are very excited to get the 2014/15 Hockey Season under way.”

Ryan had this to say about joining the Broncos, “I am truly honored to be part of the Broncos Organization.  It is deep in tradition and has been a top club for many years, not just in the SJHL but the entire CJHL.  I am excited to get the season underway.  It is a new team, league and challenge for me and I am confident in the Team that I am inheriting.  Speaking with Assistant Coach, Brayden Klimosko, whom has done a ton of work for the Team this off season, about the players returning and the new recruits, one can't help but get excited." 

"Dean Brockman is an outstanding Coach and an even better person.  I know he has left some huge shoes to fill and I will do my best to continue on with what he has built and add to it.  These opportunities don't come along every day and I am so pleased to call myself a Bronco.  I would like to thank the Board for this chance and I anticipate an excellent working relationship.  I am looking forward to being part of the community in Humboldt and getting involved in it.”

Ryan also had this to say about his previous Team, “I would like to thank the Selkirk Steelers for allowing me to lead their Team on the ice the past 5 years.  They provided me a place to grow and learn, for this I thank them.  I enjoyed my time with the Steelers and would like to wish them the best of luck in the future.”

The Community will have an opportunity to meet Ryan at Humboldt Streetfest the afternoon of Saturday, August 23rd as the Broncos will have some kid activities with current Broncos players and an opportunity to “Meet the Coach”.  Come on out and let’s welcome Ryan to this great Community.

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Yorkton Rawtec Maulers Midget AAA's Training Camp set for this Weekend

The newly named Yorkton Rawtec Maulers Midget AAA hockey team will begin preparations for the 2014/15 season this weekend when the team holds its training camp at the Farrell Agencies Arena.

I had a chance to catch up with Maulers Head Coach Dan Cross to chat about the weekend.

Terriers' Season Ticket Blitz set for Next Thursday

The Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL will be holding their annual Season Ticket Blitz next Thursday August 21st from 7am to 7pm in the Gardon Securities Terrier Locker room at the Gallagher Center.

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Yorkton's Kustra signs with WHL's Blades

A Yorkton product and recent 2014 WHL Bantam draftee has took another step forward in the progression of becoming a Western Hockey League player.

Jake Kustra, who was selected in the second round, 34th overall by the Saskatoon Blades has signed to Standard Western Hockey League Player Agreement with the WHL team.

The 5'10, 155lbs blueliner played this past season with Notre Dame Bantam AAA Hounds of the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League and in 28 regular-season games, he recorded five goals, 16 points and 105 penalty minutes.

Vernon Vipers Trade Veteran Defensman Michael Statchuk to Battlefords

(Courtesy of Brian's Banter)

After playing the last two seasons far from home, 20-year-old Michael
Statchuk returns to his notive province after the Vernon Vipers traded him Monday to the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Statchuk, who put up outstanding offensive numbers in his final season of midget hockey with the Prince Albert Mintos, never became a major point-producer at the junior A level with the Vipers. He was solid in Vernon though, playing in 114 BCHL regular season games and 19 playoff games.

Including returning, recruited, and acquired players, the Vipers were one over the BCHL roster limit of six 1994-born players, which meant changes had to be made. The 20-year-olds remaining on Vernon's roster include goaltender Danny Todosychuk, defenseman Riley Guenther, and forwards Liam Coughlin and TJ Dumonceaux as returnees, recently acquired forward Anthony Latina, and Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League recruit Kyle Tanev.

Sunday 10 August 2014

Yorkton athlete will attend Nationals

(Submitted by Marcel Porte) 

Local athlete Jaden Porte will be attending the Youth National Championship in Langley, BC on August 15-17th, 

He has qualified for the 800m and 1,500m for nationals. Youth level is 15 to 16 years old. 

Porte is happy to qualify for youth nationals because it's his last year at this level. For 2015 he will be moving up to try to qualify for Junior Nationals which will be in Edmonton. 

Porte's favourite event is the 800m. He is currently ranked 19th in the country. 

Friday 8 August 2014

Two Local Products capture Canadian Senior Little League Baseball Championships


Two Local products  helped capture the 2014 Canadian Senior Little League Championships yesterday as the Kiwanis National/North Regina/Broncos defeated a team from Whalley, BC 6-5 to become national champions.

Caleb Bymak and Jordan Bieber both of Yorkton and play during the year with the Yorkton Midget AA Cardinals along with your teammates will now represent Canada at the 2014 Senior Little League World Series in Bangor, Maine from Aug 10th to Aug. 16th.

Kiwanis National/North Regina/Broncos (Team Canada) will play in Pool A, along with Asia-Pacific’s Saipan L.L., Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Maine District 3’s Bangor East/West L.L., Bangor; U.S. Southeast’s Dumfries District L.L., Dumfries, Virginia; and U.S. West’s Central East Maui L.L., Wailuku, Hawaii. Its first game is scheduled for this Sunday at 10 AM Sk time, against Bangor East/West.

Terriers' hosting Fundraising Cabaret August. 23rd

                                                      (From the Yorkton Terriers)

Yorkton Terriers are hosting a fundraising  Cabaret on Saturday August 23 at the Gallagher Centre Curling Rink. The doors will open at 9PM and go until 1AM. The Steve Gibson Band will be playing live. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at KW Men's Wear, Yorkton Co-op, and the Gallagher Centre Ticket Kiosk. Tickets at the door will be $15. Come on out for a great evening.

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Terriers' Pritchard Named to Regina Pats Staff

(SJHL Press Release) 

The Yorkton Terriers have graduated 5 players from their RBC Cup Championship team on to post secondary education and now their Assistant GM is graduating to the WHL. 

The Terriers announced on their facebook page Tuesday afternoon that Gordan Pritchard has begun his new job as the Director of Corporate Affairs with the WHL's Regina Pats. 

Pritchard, who played his junior hockey with the MJHL's Neepawa Natives and earned a law degree at SUNY-Brockport has been with the Dogs for three seasons and done everything but laundry for the club. 

The SJHL would like to congratulate Gordon on his new job and wish him the best of luck with the Pats. 

Ochapowace's Bear cracks Canadian Under 18 Squad

The Canadian men's roster for the upcoming under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup will have some local flavour on the squad.

The 22-man roster comprised entirely of players competing in the Canadian Hockey League, will include Ochapowace product & Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Ethan Bear.

Bear, had 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 58 WHL games with the T-Birds this season.

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup starts Monday and ends Aug. 16 with games played in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada has won the annual tournament six years in a row, and 18 of the past 23 times since it began in 1991.

Canada opens the tournament Monday against Switzerland.

Tuesday 5 August 2014

MFE Bronx are off to the 2014 NAFA World Series

The Maple Farm Equipment Bronx will be heading down the 2014 North American Fast Pitch Association World Series in Moline, Illinois starting on Thursday.

I had a chance to catch up with Bronx Player/Coach Craig " Gubba" Geisler to chat about the tournament.

The Maple Farm Farm Equipment Bronx will play their first game of the World Series on Thursday morning at 10AM SK time in the "AA" division vs. Wilkomm Mobile from Wisconsin.

Cardinals' 2014 season has come to an End

The Yorkton Cardinals had their 2014 WMBL season come to an end last night as they fell 4-2 to the first place Regina Red Sox and they were swept 3 games to None in their East Division Semi-Final series.

Veteran Cardinal Kameron Mizzell led the way for the Cards at the plate with a home run, double and 2 RBIs while Cole Roark took the loss on the mound going 7 innings allowing 4 runs while scattering 10 hits and striking out 10. Dylan Blaha, Steve Hazel and Hans Ask led the way for the Sox with 2 hits each.

The Red Sox will now advance to the East Division Final where they will take on the Swift Current Indians starting Thursday in the Queen City. The West Division Final is still to be determined as the Medicine Hat Mavericks still await their opponent it'll either be the Okotoks Dawgs or Lethbridge Bulls who play the fifth and deciding game of their Best of 5 West Semi-final tonight in Lethbridge.