Monday 31 August 2015

Terriers Coaches Show- Aug 31st Edition

In this weeks installment of the Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show, Head Coach Trent Cassan tells us the schedule of this weekends camp, what players are expected to come in and his expectations of this weekend

Thursday 27 August 2015

Springside's Nehring earns invite to New York Rangers Camp

A local hockey player is one step closer to that childhood dream.

28 year old Springside product Chad Nehring (pictured above) has earned an invite to training camp for the NHL's New York Rangers next month.

"It's exciting, it's kind of a lifelong dream and at one point when you think it's unreachable then you keep working hard and when finally the hard work pays off I'm very excited for the opportunity", the former Yorkton Terrier said.

Nehring is also excited that he will be attending camp with another local product in Jarret Stoll who signed a 1 year deal with the Rangers earlier this summer.

"Ya I reached out to him by email, and he was pretty much one of my mentors through my pro career and just watched how he takes big face-off & how he plays his game and tried to mold my game around him."

Nehring spent most of last season with the Rangers AHL- affiliate the Hartford Wolfpack where he compiled 4 goals & 12 points in 53 games. He also suited up in all 15 of the Wolfpack's playoff games in their run to the Calder Cup Finals.

Spoke with Nehring about the off season, the camp invite and last years run to the Calder Cup Final

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Mils Coaches Show- Aug. 26th Edition

In the first Mils Coaches Show of 2015/16 season, Mils Head Coach/GM Jamie Fiesel discusses the busy offseason for his club.

Monday 24 August 2015

Terriers Coaches Show- Aug 24th Edition

In this the first installment of the Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show of 2015/16, Terriers Head Coach/GM Trent Cassan discusses the recently passed Terrier Early Bird Season Blitz and how the offseason recuiting went.

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Maulers begin preparations for 2015/16 SMAAAHL Season

The Yorkton Maulers Midget AAA hockey team began preparations for the upcoming Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey league season as they held their annual training camp at the Farrell Agencies Arena.

I had a chance to chat with Maulers Head Coach Graham Garrett to recap the camp.

The Maulers will play their first exhibition game on Wednesday Sept 2nd when they take on the Parkland Rangers in Dauphin, Manitoba.

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Terriers (SJHL) complete staff for 2015/16 season


(Yorkton Terriers Press Release)

The Yorkton Terriers are pleased to announce that Matt Weninger (pictured above) will be joining the Terriers staff for the 2015-16 season as the teams Goalie Coach.

Matt is no stranger to the SJHL having played his rookie season in Kindersley (2007-08) before being traded and spending his final two years in the league with the Flin Flon Bombers (2008-10).  Matt was an SJHL All-Star and held numerous records for shutouts and consecutive shutouts.

While playing for Flin Flon Matt accepted an NCAA Division I scholarship to St. Lawrence University, located in Canton, New York. While at St. Lawrence Matt set single season and career records for games played, consecutive games played, minutes played, saves, and is second all-time in wins and shutouts.  Upon the completion of his College career in 2014 Matt finished his season with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. Matt is one of a number of very successful goalies who developed in the SJHL before advancing to the NCAA Division I level.

Matt graduated from St. Lawrence in the spring of 2014 with a degree in Communications.

For the 2014-15 hockey season Matt and his family lived in Sudbury, Ontario where he served as the Goalie Coach for the Laurentian University Voyageurs men’s hockey team at the CIS level.

Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Matt and his wife Desirea and their two children Emma and William have recently moved to Regina where Matt currently works for Southeast Connection.

Matt also works as a regional manager/instructor for Alberta and Saskatchewan with Pro Goal Development where he works with numerous young goaltenders.

The Terriers are extremely excited to have a person of Matt’s talent, experience and professionalism on staff to be able to work with their goaltenders for the upcoming season.


(Yorkton Terriers Press Release)
The Yorkton Terriers are pleased to announce that they have completed their hockey operations staff for the 2015/16 season with the hiring of Nathan Hollinger as the teams Athletic Therapist/Equipment Manager.

Originally from Grenfell, Saskatchewan Nathan recently graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, majoring in Human Kinetics. He also has his Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University in Calgary.

While obtaining his university education Nathan was able to gain valuable work experience at various times with the University of Regina men’s hockey team, the Calgary Royals Midget AAA team, and the Regina Pats of the WHL.

Nathan will begin work with the Terriers at the end of August as the team prepares for Training Camp which will take place at the Farrell Agencies Arena from Friday, September 4th to Sunday, September 6th.

On behalf of the Yorkton Terriers organization we would like to welcome Nathan to the organization and the city of Yorkton.


Terriers Head Coach/GM Trent Cassan chats about the additions to the Terriers Organization.

Monday 17 August 2015

Swan Valley ship Mullin to Powell River (BCHL)


The Swan Valley Stampeders have made another deal as they have sent leading scorer Tristan Mullin (96) and future considerations to the BCHL's Powell River Kings in exchange for D Ross Hnidy (96) & F Adam Tracey (95).

The Cartwright, MB product had 24 goals, 28 assists for 52 points in 58 games in his first year as a Stampeder last season. Mullin (pictured above) came over after the 2013/14 season as part of the futures that sent former Stampeder Captain Justin Valentino the Dauphin Kings.

Stamps Head Coach/GM Erik Petersen says "Tristan expressed interest early this off season.  that he wanted head out to BC, then the next step was to try and get some value back for him

Petersen also added: "Tristan is a great kid off the ice, and very smart hockey player who has the goal of becoming a Division 1 player and we wish him nothing but the best"


In the return, the Stamps receive a couple big bodies to add to their line up.

Hnidy (pictured above right) is a  6'0, 220 lbs Saskatoon product who had 2 goals, and 10 points with Kings last season. He also some WHL experience playing 29 games with Saskatoon Blades.

Tracey (pictured above left) is a 6'2 190 lbs forward who hails from Sleepy Hollow, New York and had 7 goals & 8 assists for 15 points in 43 games split between the Kings & Merritt Centennials

Stamps Head Coach/GM Erik Petersen recaps the trade below:

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Wolverines acquire Cullum & Cameron from the OCN Blizzard

                                                                       (Brayden Cullum)

The Wayway Wolverines have swung a trade with OCN Blizzard to bring a player closer to home.

The Wolverines acquired Russell product & forward Brayden Cullum (96)  and the rights to F Matthew Cameron from the Blizzard for F Shane Roulette (97) & a conditional 6th round pick.

Cullum had 5 goals, 3 assists for 8 points in 57 games for the Blizzard in 2014/15 while Cameron played last season with Prairie Junior Hockey League's Ochapowace Thunder where he finished 2nd in league scoring with 32 goals, 54 assists and was also named the League's Most Valuable Player.

"Cullum has been improving every year and now has 1 year of Junior under his belt, and when there was chance to get his rights & Matthew Camerons who had an exceptional year in Junior B in Saskatchewan we jumped at the opportunity" said Wayway Head Coach/GM Barry Butley,

Roulette, a Winnipeg MB product had 1 goal, 4 assists in 31 games with the Wolverines this past season.

I chatted with Wolverines Head Coach/GM Barry Butler to recap the trade.

Monday 10 August 2015

Stoll headed for the Big Apple

(New York Rangers Press Release)

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Jarret Stoll.
Stoll, 33, has skated in 792 career NHL games over parts of 12 seasons with Edmonton and Los Angeles, registering 140 goals and 239 assists for 379 points, along with a plus-three rating and 582 penalty minutes. Stoll has won 55.4% of faceoffs he has taken in his career (6,834-for-12,339), and he has posted a faceoff win percentage of 51.0% or higher in every season of his career. In addition, he is one of three NHL players (among qualifying skaters) who have posted a 51.0% faceoff win percentage or higher in every season since 2003-04, along with Joe Thornton and Pavel Datsyuk. Stoll led his team in faceoff win percentage in nine consecutive seasons (2005-06 – 2013-14) and has ranked either first or second on his team in faceoff win percentage in 10 seasons during his career. He has also reached the 40-point plateau in four different seasons and has notched at least 20 assists in six different seasons.
The 6-1, 215-pounder has played in the Stanley Cup Final in three different seasons during his career (2005-06, 2011-12, and 2013-14), and he captured the Stanley Cup twice as a member of the Kings (2011-12 and 2013-14). In 93 career NHL playoff games, Stoll has registered 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points, along with a plus-five rating and 68 penalty minutes.
Stoll skated in 73 games with Los Angeles during the 2014-15 season, registering six goals and 11 assists for 17 points, along with a plus-three rating and 58 penalty minutes. He tied a career-high, and tied for eighth in the NHL, in shorthanded assists (two). Stoll led the Kings in shorthanded assists, tied for second on the team in shorthanded points (two), and ranked second among Kings forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (1:30). In addition, he posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 59 of 73 games during the season. Los Angeles posted a 10-2-2 record when Stoll notched a point, including a 5-0-1 record when he tallied a goal. Stoll registered eight of his 17 points in either the third period or overtime. He recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) and posted a plus-seven rating over a 10-game span from Nov. 15 vs. Anaheim to Dec. 6 vs. Philadelphia.
The Melville, Saskatchewan native was originally selected by Calgary in the second round, 46th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Upon re-entering the draft, Stoll was selected by Edmonton in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Friday 7 August 2015

Surrey's Kim captures 2015 edition of Canadian Junior Girls Golf Championship in Yorkton

It was a smooth sailing and composed final round for Surrey BC's Michelle Kim (pictured above) as she fired a even par 73 to help her capture the 2015 Canadian Jr. Girls Golf Championship that wrapped up earlier today (Fri) at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton.

The 17 year old Kim had 3 birdies and 3 bogeys in her 4th round to hold off fellow Surrey, BC product Hannah Lee who made a charge by shooting a final round of 2 under 71 to finish 2 shots off the pace.

Another BC golfer rounded out the top 3 as Victoria's Naomi Ko finished in 3rd at -3.

Two Saskatchewan products were left in the field and the top finisher was Prince Albert's Brooke Hobson who shot a final round of 8 over par 81 to finish in a tie for 28th. Fellow PA golfer Kayla Sawchuk fired her best round of the week, a 4th round of 80 finishing up in a tie for 62nd.

Cardinals' 2015 WMBL season comes to an end after Game 4 loss to Regina

The Regina Red Sox scored 4 runs in the Top of the 8th inning to lead them to a 5-1 victory in Game 4 to eliminate the Yorkton Cardinals from Western Major Baseball League playoff contention.

Zach Weatherford did most of the damage for the Sox with a bases clearing double in the 8th inning to help Regina beat the Cards in 4 games.

Michael Schofield led the way offensively for the Cards in a losing cause going 2 for 4 which included a single & double and the only home team RBI.

The Red Sox will now meet the Weyburn Beavers in the Best of 5 Saskatchewan division final which will begin tomorrow night (Sat) at Tom Laing Park in Weyburn.

Kim takes 4 shot lead into final round of Canadian Junior Girls Championships at Deer Park

(Golf Canada Press Release)

Team Canada’s Michelle Kim shot 4-under par to take the lead at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton, Sask.

The National Team Development Squad member from Surrey, B.C., carded five birdies to move up the leaderboard by two spots and sit four-strokes clear of her nearest competitor heading into the final round of play.

“I was very consistent off the tee which gave me the advantage. My iron shots were very good and I was just rolling those putts in for birdies and I went low today,” said the 18-year old whose round was highlighted by back-to-back birdies on holes 16 and 17.

“I won the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship which is definitely a confidence booster for tomorrow’s round,” said Kim, whose 2015 season has also included the B.C. Junior Girls Championship, the CJGA Western Canadian Junior Championship and a sixth-place finish in the 2014 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

When asked about the final round, Kim maintained her resolve and focus. “Same plan as today, my goal is to shoot under par, I’m just going to play my own game and not care what others shoot.”
A quartet of players sits four shots behind the leader, including Kim’s Development Squad teammate Naomi Ko. The 17-year-old fired a 1-under par 72 to move up two spots in the standings. The product of Victoria carded an eagle on the par-5 second hole and added four more birdies on the day.

Thirty-six-hole leader Jessica Ip of Richmond Hill, Ont., struggled on Thursday with a 5-over par. The 18-year-old finished the round with a birdie and was able to hang on to a share of second.

Twelve-year-old Euna Han of Coquitlam, B.C., fired a bogey-free 2-under par round to move into a share of second. Han earned her way into the Canadian Junior Girls Championship after finishing in third-place at the CN Future Links Pacific Championship.

Hannah Lee, 15, shot 3-over par and remained in the second slot on the leaderboard at 2-under par 217. The Surrey, B.C., native fired two birdies through her last four holes to remain under par for the tournament.

Han and Lee sit tied atop the Juvenile Division and are one-shot ahead of Richmond, B.C., native Kathrine Chan. The 15-year-old finished her third round at even-par and is 1-over through 54 holes; she sits in solo sixth in the overall competition.

The final round of the 2015 Canadian Junior Girls Championship begins Friday at 7 a.m. CST with the final group set to tee off at 11:02 a.m.

Thursday 6 August 2015

SV Stamps swing deals with Melfort & Waywayseecappo

As the MJHL off season continues, the Swan Valley Stampeders have sent one of their 20 year olds across the border to Saskatchewan.

The Stamps sent 20 year old Stonewall, MB product Braydon MacDonald (pictured right) to the SJHL's Melfort Mustangs in exchange for 20 year old Zach Degraves (pictured left) and Future considerations.

MacDonald just wrapped up his 3rd full season with the Stamps where he had 19 goals, 26 assists for 45 points this past season. In his MJHL career MacDonald has 52 goals, 63 assists for 115 points in 187 career games.

Meanwhile Degraves was the backup to Richard Palmer in Melfort last season, but still had a 9-4-1 record, with a 2.09GAA and a 0.912 SV%.

The Stamps also swung a deal with the Wayway Wolverines by trading  the rights to 20 year old defenseman Joe Sutherland to the Wayway Wolverines in exchange for the rights to 17 year old defenseman Ryland Nernberg and future considerations.

Sutherland only played 1 game this past season for the Stampeders but has just over a year of Junior A experience with SJHL's Melville Millionaires. Sutherland spent last season with KJHL's Peguis Juniors

Stamps Head Coach/GM Erik Petersen talks about the trades below:

Ip takes 2 shot lead heading into round 3 at Canadian Junior Girls Golf Championship at Deer Park

Richmond Hill, Ontario's Jessica Ip has a 2 shot lead going into round number 3 at the Canadian Junior Girls Golf Championships happening at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton.

Ip shot a 4 under par 69 to lead by a couple shots at -7 over first round leader Hannah Lee of Surrey BC who shot a 2 over 75 and she sits at -5.

Two Saskatchewan golfers made the cut in the Prince Albert duo of Brooke Hobson and Kayla Sawchuk who sit in a tie for 30th and 68th respectively.

Melville's Chloe Sies did not make the cut after she shot rounds of 83 and 89.

Round 3 is underway now, with the fourth and final round takes place tomorrow (Fri)

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Scanlon dazzles as the Cards stay alive with Game 3 victory over Regina

The Yorkton Cardinals needed a superb pitching performance to keep their 2015 season alive and that's what they got on Tuesday night.

Portland, Oregon product Codi Scanlon (pictured above) threw a complete game 4-hit shutout while striking out 5 batters to lead the Cards to a 2-0 victory over the Regina Red Sox in Game 3 of their first round Western Major Baseball League series.

John Whaley provided all the offence that the Cards needed with a 2 run double in the Bottom of the 8th inning.

Yorkton will look to stay alive for the 2nd straight night as they host the Red Sox tonight in Game 4 at 7:05 from Jubilee Park. Red Sox lead Best of 5 series, 2-1.

Lee fires 66 to take lead after opening round of Canadian Jr. Girls Golf Championships

There was 7 players under par in yesterday's opening round of the Canadian Junior Girls Golf Championships, but Surrey BC's Hannah Lee was the best of the bunch. The Surrey BC product shot a 1st round of 7 under 66 at the national championship taking place at Yorkton's Deer Park Golf Course. Fellow BC golfer Kathrine Chan is 3 shots back after a 4 under 69.

Prince Albert's Brooke Hobson is the top Saskatchwan golfer in a tie for 12th after a 1 over par 73. Melville's Chloe Sies sits in a T63 at +10 after an opening round of 83.

Round 2 of the tournament will go today.