Friday, 29 May 2020
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Friday, 22 May 2020
The SJHL's Melville Millionaires announced on Thursday a restructuring of their scouting department under the guidance of newly named Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney.
The 7 members of the Scouting staff now included:
Director of Scouting:
Asst. Director of Scouting:
North Provincial Scout:
South Provincial Scout:
Advanced Scout/Analytics Coordinator:
Special Assignment Scout:
Player Development Coordinator:
"Having people with the ability to identify and recruit players, who will fit the new Mils criteria is a very important step for the organization" stated Rooney. "We will continue to expand our scouting staff outside of Saskatchewan, but as an SJHL team we require strong representation in our province. We want Saskatchewan players and we want our team and the City of Melville to be a destination for high character dedicated players."
The staffs first duties will be to prepare for the 2020 SJHL Bantam Draft which will take place on Friday June 5th starting at 1PM.
The Mils heading into the draft currently have 5 picks including the number 1 overall selection.
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
I caught up with Terrier Head Coach/GM Mat Hehr to chat about the SJHL SIM, the offseason, SJHL Draft (June. 5th) and more..
Friday, 15 May 2020
Football Canada continues to monitor the public health situation regarding COVID-19. The Football Canada Board of Directors have voted unanimously to recommend cancelling all spring and summer programs due to the issues surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. This reiterates the bulletin and policy position distributed on March 12 to all members and the public. Based on Football Canada’s Code of Conduct and responsibility to create a safe environment for all participants, Football Canada is suspending activity until further notice. This applies to all members.
With that being said, Football Saskatchewan as elected to cancel all spring and summer programs offered including Player Development Camps and Top 100. Also, all provincial teams have been cancelled as well, U16 Team Sask, U18 Selects, U18 Team Sask, U16 & U18 Male & Female Flag. The Sr. Women’s Team Sask program has been postponed until a later date in the fall or winter.
We will continue to pause all scheduled events for the fall until further notice and still recommend suspension of face-to-face meetings or gatherings, training, practice for all members until further notice due to the issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon any changes we will immediately communicate to all our members and participants that information as it becomes available.
The health and well-being of our football community is our absolute top priority. We ask that you have faith in our decision on this matter and that Football Saskatchewan and Football Canada have your best interests in play.
President, Football Saskatchewan
President, Football Saskatchewan
(Football Sask Press Release)
GX94's Ryan Young catches up with Mils HC/GM Mike Rooney to chat Berk Berkeliev & goaltending position, his past week in new role and tackling obstacles behind of the scenes surrounding COVID-19
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Friday, 8 May 2020
After an extensive search the SJHL's Melville Millionaires and their board of directors have found their new bench boss.
The hockey club announced on Thursday that they have hired Mike Rooney as their new Head Coach and General Manager.
"I'm really excited for the opportunity and challenge, I know its a great location there in Melville with
good people and players & I'm hoping to a great and successful product on the ice", Rooney said in a phone interview this morning (Fri).
Rooney spent this past year as the Skills Coach with the AAA and Elite programs at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and he will go right to work in his role.
"First thing I did was get familiar with the list and players, and now its now time to get in contact with them and introduce myself to them and get prepared for everything moving forward."
The Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan product returns to the SJHL after last being in the league as GM/Director of Player Personnel with the Notre Dame Hounds from 1997 to 2000 and before that was the Head Coach/GM of the Kindersley Klippers from 1995-97.
Rooney also has an extensive scouting background having scouted for over 15 years with a number of NHL (Nashville Predators & Buffalo Sabres) and WHL teams (Saskatoon, Swift Current and Regina) and also is the camp director of Western Prospects Hockey and is the founder of Exceptional Hockey.
Associate Coach and Assistant GM Jarett Waldbauer will remain with the hockey club in both roles.
Q & A with Mils Head Coach/GM Mike Rooney
1. What's you're feeling and excitement to be named the Mils new Head Coach/GM?
2. What made you get back into coaching after scouting at the NHL level for so many years?
3. What intrigued you about the position in Melville?
4. What do you know about the community and the hockey club?
5. What qualities do you bring to the hockey club as Head Coach and GM?
6. What's the next step now for you in your new role?
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Foster commits to UBC Thunderbirds (USports)
Kamsack product Logan Foster will head to the west coast to begin his university hockey career.
Foster will join the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds beginning in the 2020/21 season.
The 20 year old compiled 28 goals, 47 assists for 75 points in 57 games in his final year of Junior hockey.
Foster began his Junior A career with the Melville Millionaires where scored 10 goals and 29 points in 35 games.
He also played in 30 career WHL games with the Spokane Chiefs and the Swift Current Broncos.
Budz with join Aurora University this fall
Yorkton's Derrick Budz will take his hockey talents south of the border this fall as he will join the Aurora University Spartans in Aurora, Illinois.
The Yorkton Mauler alumni spent his 3 year Junior career with the AJHL's Drumheller Dragons where he compiled 90 points in 160 games.
This past season while serving as the teams captain, had 14 goals and 35 points in 50 regular season games.