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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

RIDERS ADD RECEIVING DUO AND RELEASE TWO FROM ROSTER



The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed a pair of import receivers to the roster – Jason Chery and Taj Smith. Financial details of the signings were not released. The Riders also announced they have released import receiver Freddie Barnes and non-import offensive lineman Alexandre Gauthier.

Chery (5’11 – 189 lbs) most recently spent time with the Hartford colonials of the UFL. Prior to that, the 26-year-old spent time with the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Chery played four years at Louisiana-Lafayette where he finished his college career with 106 catches for 1,379 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had 46 carries for 521 yards and five touchdowns. Also had 80 kickoff returns for 1,607 yards and one touchdown.

Smith (6’1 – 198 lbs) was most recently a member of the Indianapolis Colts prior to be released in September, 2011. The 28-year-old was originally signed to the Colts’ practice roster in September, 2008. He appeared in five games for the Colts in 2010 where he played mostly on special teams and added four tackles, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt. His first taste of the NFL came when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in early 2008. He appeared in one preseason game where he caught two passes for 23 yards. Smith spent two seasons at Syracuse where he tallied 56 receptions for 1,049 yards and eight touchdowns. Also added ten carries for 84 yards and one touchdown.

Barnes signed as a free agent with the Riders in August, 2011 and appeared in one game for the team while spending the remainder of the season on the practice roster.

Gauthier signed as a free agent with the Riders in February, 2011. He started all 18 regular season games for the Riders at left tackle.

Monday, January 30, 2012

MONDAY PAT CHAT


The Pats are back at practise today looking to right the ship after a tough weekend, losing at home to the Broncos on Friday and then in Saskatoon on Saturday. Against Swift on Friday the Pats played pretty well, they out shot, out chanced and outplayed the Broncos but good goaltending and capitalizing on some turnovers gave Swift the win. In Saskatoon on Saturday the Pats were in the game until the third period when they gave up 5 goals en route to an 8-1 loss. Jordan Weal got an assist to extend his point streak to 13 games. He also scored a point in every game the Pats played in January. While those were two games the Pats would have liked to win, there is absolutely no panic with the team or with head coach Pat Conacher. I talked with him before practice this afternoon and here's what he had to say about the weekend.

"Disappointed in the 3-2 loss to Swift Current, came into the game, there a team below us, those are the games you have to win. We came up short, they beat us 3-2 I give the credit to them, they stuck to their game plan, they were disciplined and their goalie played well. We outshoot them 30-16 and it doesn't matter, they get the win they get the two points and get out of town. We have to find a way to win those games especially here at home. That was a disappointment there. Going into Saskatoon Saturday night, we go in there and were going back and forth. I think we got drawn into to much of a river hockey game, giving up way to many out numbered situations both ways. And then it was tight going in, well they scored late in the second to make it 3-1 and then we got a 5 on 3 to start the third period and we just weren't prepared. You wonder where it goes sometimes, we didn't get a shot on that 5 on 3 from our hockey team and players seemed extremely frustrated at that time and things crumbled and went downhill and they gave us a pretty good beating."

I asked Pat what was his focus on these two days off before going to Prince Albert on Wednesday. "You gotta go back and have meetings with the guys, we have to let them express why. You have to listen to how they think it, why it unravelled and how it unravelled. Us as coaches we have to take what they said, congest it and give out feedback, we did that yesterday. This afternoon were going to go back out and do the things we need to do to beat the Prince Albert team. They score a lot of goals but they give up a lot too, we have to go back to working on where we are weak. We have to work on getting the puck deep and sustaining the forecheck. We've had success doing that and that's where it will start for us on Wednesday night."
Both Chandler Stephenson and Domonik Volek are gone to Kelowna for the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game. Conacher says they will be missed. "Big hole in our lineup, they both play on our power play. Chandler wasn't quite back up playing with Jordan Weal yet but hes a piece of the puzzle we need and Dom also. Its hard to see guys go at this time of the season for sure, I'm happy for them, its a feather in their hat to go to the prospects but to take them away right here when were in this very important stretch is tough but good teams find a way to win and we have to to that. We have to be resilient, it doesn't matter who goes in and out of the lineup, that's happened to us before and we've won so we have to find a way to win on Wednesday."

The Pats play in P.A. on Wednesday and then get a rematch with Swift Current in their barn on Friday. Next home game is Saturday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Friday is Rick Rypien Bobblehead Night



Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats are proud to announce that Friday night will be the Knight Archer “Rick Rypien Bobblehead Night” as the Pats play host to the Swift Current Broncos.

A limited quantity of bobbleheads will be made available to fans for a minimum donation of $2 with all of the proceeds to go to KidSport. Limited one per customer.

Rick spent his whole WHL career with the Regina Pats and left his mark both on the ice and in the community. He was the heart and soul of the blue and white for three seasons and was the Captain of the Pats in the 2004-05 season. He finished his career with a bang, scoring a hat trick and an assist in his final home game in a 5-3 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings.

“The initial discussion of having a bobble head night for Rick centered on his return to Winnipeg and him being one the most popular players we have had in some time. Our hope was that he would be able to be here for the game as it was during the NHL All-Star break.” Regina Pats President, Brent Parker continues, “Our plans obviously changed with Rick's passing this summer. We discussed the idea of continuing forward with the night with Rick's family and they were fully supportive of us paying tribute to Rick's memory in this manner. We felt that we could go one step further and use the bobble head to help raise funds for something that was important to Rick and that was Kidsport.”

The Regina Pats will host the Swift Current Broncos on “Rick Rypien Bobblehead Night” this Friday at 7:00pm at the Brandt Centre. Get your tickets now by going online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/, calling the Ticketmaster hotline at 543-7800 or head to the Brandt Centre or any other Tickemaster box office.

Pats lose Hunt for 2, could gain Stephenson

The Regina Pats are practising this week as they prepare to host the Swift Current Broncos on Friday at the Brandt. It will be the 4th of 6 meetings this season and the Pats had won the first three already. At practise yesterday, rookie forward Dryden Hunt found out he has been given a 2 game suspension for a hit he laid against the Warriors on Saturday. The refs called a hit to the head and he was kicked out of the game early in the first. When Coach Pat Conacher was asked about he said.... "You know from our video and from on the bench I thought it was a good hit, but the league and I aren't really seeing eye to eye as it is.....from where I sat and looking at the video the kid was on the boards, he saw the puck come to him and Dryden finished his hit, I mean that's hockey to me but again we all see it differently."

Some good news on the injury front as Chandler Stephenson has been cleared for contact as he continues to recover from his knee injury. Head Coach Pat Conacher gave an update yesterday on his status, "hes got a full practise here this week and hopefully we can get him in this weekend but again, we've come this far with Chandler and there's no way were going to risk it unless hes 100 percent ready to go....we are going to put him on a line, hes going to play, all the drills we do will be full contact and with a solid week of practise we will see how he goes."

Chandler coming back would be a huge boost to the Pats who are already playing well, Stephenson is currently ranked 36th in North America in the mid season NHL rankings. In 33 games this season he has 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points.

The Pats host the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night at 7 o'clock before heading to Saskatoon on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Regina Pats Launch Mobile App



Available on iTunes, Android and Blackberry Platforms

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats are proud to announce the official launch of the Regina Pats Mobile App! The App is available on all Apple Products, all Android and for Blackberry Phones and Tablets with an operating system on v6.0 and up. With the help of our proud sponsor, RCE Computers, the cost of the Regina Pats Mobile App is FREE!


The product was developed by Buzzer Apps Mobile Solutions, and they were key to launching the Regina Pats Mobile App on all platforms. The App will include the 2011-12 schedule and up to the minute scores, roster, a link to the Pats Twitter feed and Pats “buzz” with all of the news from your Regina Pats. It has everything a Pats fan needs to stay up to date with the blue and white.

From Buzzer Apps Mobile Solutions, “One tap access to all the information a Pats fan could want. The new Regina Pats Mobile App gives you mobile access to everything you need to follow the Regina Pats including: the latest news, the schedule, social media feeds and of course stats and the team roster.”

Regina Pats Vice President of Operations, Cliff Mapes, “We are proud to team up with Buzzer Apps Mobile Solutions and RCE Computers in the official launch of the Regina Pats Mobile App. As an organization, we found that it was important to have the Regina Pats Mobile App available on all of the major platforms and to allow all Pats fans access to the mobile app”

For Apple Products: Regina Pats Mobile App is available on iTunes
For Android Products: Regina Pats Mobile App is available at Android Marketplace
For Blackberry and Tablets with a version of v6.0 and higher: Regina Pats Mobile App is available on Blackberry Appworld.

Just use the keyword “Regina Pats” to search for the Regina Pats Mobile App, or go to www.reginapats.com for the QR codes.

Regina Thunder Announce New President



Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Thunder Football Club announced today that they have elected a new President and several new Board Members. Brin Werrett will now act as President for the club.

Werrett replaces Chuck Toth who served as President for the past several seasons. Toth's role as Commissioner of Athletics for the Regina High Schools Athletic Association has led to his decision, but he will remain as a member of the Board of Directors.

Werrett, who previously served as VP of Marketing, brings a different perspective. "While my background is more focused on business than it is football, it suits the current state of our club well. As a fairly young organization, we are still working to define ourselves and our program. Over the past few years, our focus was simply to put a team on the field and compete. We will now move forward, working closely together with our coaching staff and our community partners to define a joint vision and long term plan. Our focus is not only to win football games, but championships." 

There were also 7 new board members elected at the recent Annual General Meeting: Phil Andrews, Scott Assie, Paul Burch, Barry Gaber, Brett Lund, Johann Lozinski and Al Schindel.

It is an exciting time for the Regina Thunder as they look forward to a successful year both on and off the field. Head Coach Erwin Klempner and his Coaching Staff have begun their recruiting process and will hold their first of three indoor workouts in Moose Jaw this Sunday between 2-4pm.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Sports


It was a good weekend in the world of sports with some good hockey and football. I Spent Friday at the Pats and Tigers game hosting the television broadcast for Access 7. Rod and Jared always do an exceptional job and it was a pretty good game to watch, after the first anyways. It was a tough start for the Pats as they fell behind 2-0 and looked pretty sluggish but they were able to turn it around and go a goal in the second. There was also three fights in the period so it wasn't without entertainment. The Pats played a good third period and got the tieing goal with less than 5 to play but ended up losing in overtime 3-2. It was the second straight game they had lost in OT by that score.

On Saturday however they flipped that around against Moose Jaw, the Pats gave up the first goal but responded, then 20 seconds later the Warriors retook the lead. In the third the Pats Lane Scheidl got a breakaway on the penalty kill and was hooked from behind resulting in a penalty shot. He would cash and then Jordan Weal would score on a beauty individual effort to win it in overtime 3-2. The Pats manage 4 of a possible 6 points in their last three which is good. getting at least a point against some key conference rivals is huge. I did think the reffing was suspect especially against Moose Jaw on Saturday. In particular, I believe it was Brandon Davidson who cleared the puck off the boards and it very obviously went off a Moose Jaw players skate and all the way back into the Warriors zone. Somehow both the linesman missed it and called icing on the Pats. Right off the face off the Warriors score, I was pretty rattled until my boss made a comment about how this was a developmental league for refs as well. I still hate when a ref single handedly changes the game like that but the Pats ended up with two points so in the end it worked out.

Didn't make it to the skills competition yesterday afternoon because I was watching football all day. Definitely wanted to see a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Superbowl but both fell to the patriots and Giants respectively. The Ravens place kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32 yarder for the tie with 15 seconds left. I think I saw about 40 people, that I knew, tweet about how Ray Lewis was probably going to kill him, (referring to the stabbing incident from about 10 years ago in which he wasn't charged). People are funny. Felt bad for Billy though, a tough way to lose a game that should have been won the play before. Lee Evans almost caught a perfect Joe Flacco pass but it was knocked out of his hands. Everyone was hatting on Flacco after the game as well which I thought was ridiculous, other than the one interception over the middle I thought he played great. Gave his team a chance to win and that's all you can ask for. In the other game Kyle Williams fumbled twice which led to a go ahead touchdown in the second half and the game winning field goal in overtime for the Giants. The 49er's defense was outstanding  all game long, Eli Manning was under extreme pressure and if not for those two mistakes San Fran would have won the game. But thus is football, the Giants proves resilient and their defense stepped up making plays and keeping their team in it. What a turn around for them from the start of the year. Special teams was the difference yesterday as it seems to be a lot of the time in these types of games. Now we have a rematch of the 07/08 season between the Patriots and Giants. In that game the Giants snapped the Pats perfect season to win the Superbowl. The Giants will win again.

The Leafs lost to the Habs on Saturday, glad I was at the Pats game otherwise my apartment would have been a mess. Jofferey Lupul has more points than Kessel now, Phil needs Lupul, put them back on the same line. I am waiting in anticipation for what Burke is going to do before the trade deadline.

How about Evgeni Malkin? The guy leads the league and looks to have returned to form from his Art Ross Trophy winning season of 08/09. The guys got 58 points in 41 games, hes missed time due to injury but has come back with a vengeance. The Pens would be dangerous even without Crosby in the playoffs.

Who the hell is Matt Moulson and why does he have 22 goals? The Islanders forward has benefited greatly from John Tavares this season. 22? where did that come from.

Lastly, when is Ottawa going to realize they aren't that good and start losing on a consistent basis?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Team White Wins



Regina, Saskatchewan – Pats fans were treated to some great action on Sunday afternoon at the Co-operator's Centre as Team White came away with an 11-8 victory over Team Red in the 2nd annual Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition. The two import players wowed the crowd the most with Martin Marincin blasting a 101 mph slapshot to win the hardest shot competition and Dominik Volek scoring the nicest goal in the shootout competition 

Here's how the competition finished up:

Fastest Skater:Tier 1 Sabres winner: Caeden Donald (White)

Pats winner: Jack Rodewald (Red)

3-man Breakaway Competition:Team White wins 2-1

Hardest Shot:

Tier 1 Sabres winner: Matt Culling (White) 52mph

Pats winner: Martin Marincin (Red) 101mph

Accuracy:Tier 1 Sabres: Brandon Beaulieu 2/10 (White)

Pats winner: Chandler Stephenson 4/5 (White)

Breakaway Challenge:Breakaway challenge finished in a 5-5 draw so Team White finishes the competition with the 11-8 victory.

Many thank-you's go out to the Hockey Regina Tier 1 Sabres, The Wolf Morning Show with Chad and Ballsy from 104.9 The Wolf as well as Seanna from The Wolf Workforce and Ryan Schultz from 620 CKRM, Shae Paisley and the good folks at Prairie Mobile Communications for yet another great event.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Eastern Conference Race Heats Up This Weekend



Regina, Saskatchewan – With just 25 games left in the regular season, the Regina Pats find themselves in a six team race for home ice advantage in the first round of the WHL Playoffs. This weekend, the blue and white will host two of those teams beginning tonight against the Medicine Hat Tigers and then Saturday it’s the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Medicine Hat Tigers @ Regina Pats
Friday, January 20th, 2012   
Brandt Centre 7:00pm (Tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/ or call 543-7800)
Radio: 620 CKRM – Dan Plaster and Al Dumba(6:35 pregame show)
TV: Access 7 Sports – Rod Pedersen, Jared Dumba and Phil Andrews

This is the third time this season that the Pats and the Tigers have met with Regina winning the first two games including late September in Medicine Hat and November in Regina. Morgan Klimchuk scored the game winning goal in both of the Pats wins.

Who to look for:

C – Emerson Etem
The two time representative for the U.S. at the World Junior Hockey Championships is averaging a goal a game this season with 39 markers in 40 games. The 19 year old native of Long Beach, California is a 1st round pick of the Anaheim Ducks.

G – Tyler Bunz
The 19 year old WHL veteran is a 5th round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Draft. He is currently second in the WHL with 25 wins and is fantastic playing the puck with four assists this season.

Salute to Moms!
Tonight is also Salute to Hockey Mom’s Night with the Regina Pats honouring the backbone of any hockey player…mom! Team ticket packages are just $175 and with that ticket package, all the players’ moms get into the game free. Tonight, the Pats will also be honouring their billet moms and player video messages on what their mom means to them will also run throughout the night.

Moose Jaw Warriors @ Regina Pats
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Brandt Centre 7:00pm (Tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/ or call 543-7800)
Radio: 620 CKRM (6:35 Press Box Sports Bar pregame show start)

This is the fifth time this season that the best rivalry in the WHL heat up an just the second time at the Brandt Centre. The last time these two teams met was December 9th when a Lane Scheidl overtime winner was the difference in a 3-2 Pats win at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.

Who to look for:

LW – James Henry
The 20 year old forward is one of two new WHL Trade Deadline additions to the Warriors. The former Vancouver Giants captain came to Moose Jaw in exchange for a pair of high WHL Bantam Draft picks

C – Cam Braes
Braes is the other Trade Deadline addition to the Warriors. The 20 year old former captain of the Lethbridge Hurricanes has had a great start with the Warriors, picking up 7 points in his first four games.

Pats Show Off Their Skills This Sunday!!:
The 2nd annual Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition is set for Sunday, and if last year’s debut event was any indication, this year’s will be a must see event. The five event challenge (fastest skater, hardest shot, accuracy, 3-way passing breakout and the shootout) is set to begin at 2pm on Sunday, January 22nd at the Co-operators Centre and admission is FREE! All of the Regina Pats will take part as well as the Tier One Sabres from Hockey Regina.

Flex Packs!:
The Pats have 15 home games remaining during the second half of the season and the best and most affordable way to catch all of the action is by purchasing flex-pack. They come in packs of 8, 12 and 18 so you can build a Flex Pack around your schedule and budget! The deadline for purchasing a Flex Pack is coming soon, so call the Regina Pats office ASAP at 522-5604

Thursday, January 19, 2012

All-Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


The Regina Thunder have hired two new offensive line coaches for the upcoming season. Andrew Sinclair stepped down from his position after last season leaving some big shoes to fill. Head coach Erwin Klempner interviewed 5 different guys for the position and after the whole process Jason Kostiuk will head up the O-Line in 2012. Jason comes from O'Neil High School. Last season was the first time in a long time the Thunder had just one coach for the line but this year they have hired an assistant to Kostiuk as well, Mark Becker will join the ranks of the Thunder coaching staff as assistant o-line coach this season. Mark has worked in the RMS system and spent the last few years at Sheldon.

I had a chance to talk with Coach Klempner this morning about the new hiring's and this is what he had to say. "They bring a lot of experience, maybe new to the CJFL or the PFC but two good football minds, two guys that are very keen very excited and I think they will be a great addition to our staff."

Klempner added that having the extra coach makes a difference. "Our guys notice the difference in regards to time. There are so many integral things in regards to running an offense and in particular working with the offensive lineman. The young guys missed out on learning some extra technique and getting the idea and learning the system and learning how to work with other guys and that type of thing. And just an extra voice, I think its very important at this point in developing those offensive lineman, I've always believed that you are only as good as your front whether its on the offense or the defense. If you've got a good front 4 or 5 on offense your going to have some successes and you've got to get them all on the same page. So the more people we can get working with those guys the more successful we are going to be."

On recruiting. "We had 45 guys out to our last off season work out program, that's very exciting. I think that will continue to be up there where the numbers have been with 45-50 guys out every Tuesday...we've got our first indoor practise coming up January 29th in the Moose Jaw soccer facility."

I asked him if hes focusing on a specific position possibly linebackers seen as there were a number that graduated after last season. "Its always a broad view (at this point), you know we may lack a little bit of depth, but we carried a lot of extra guys at the linebacker position because we knew we would be graduating a lot of guys and that type of thing. but with that in mind its pretty much an even spread all the way around. Were just trying right now to ultimately get the best 73 athletes at the end of July, so that's our focus and its just a process now. Identifying, looking and then giving guys the opportunity to show us their skills and their skill sets and their aptitude to playing football."

On January 29th the team will hold its first indoor practise in Moose Jaw at their soccer facility. I should be able to attend and have more to report out of their.

Here's the full interview from this mornings interview with Coach Klempner.

Erwin Klempner

RIDERS SIGN TWO AND RELEASE ONE



The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import offensive lineman Clint Oldenburg and import defensive lineman Boo Robinson to the roster. Financial details of the signings were not released. The team also announced they have released import quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie from the roster.

Oldenburg (6’5 – 300 lbs) was released by the Washington Redskins in September after signing to the team’s practice squad in 2009. The 28-year-old was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. After being released from the Patriots’ practice roster, Oldenburg went on to sign and spend time with the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings until landing in Washington. Most recently the Colorado State product spent time with the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League.

Robinson (6’1 – 310lbs) most recently spent time with the Buffalo Bills before his contract expired in 2011. In 2010, the 24-year-old spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. Prior to that, Robinson played four seasons at Wake Forest at defensive tackle where he earned a starting spot after his freshman year. In his senior year, he played in 12 games registering 37 tackles, three quarterback hurries and 2.5 tackles for a loss. 

Dinwiddie came to the Green and White prior to the 2010 CFL season when he signed as a free agent. In his two seasons with the Riders, the 31-year-old completed 62 of 123 pass attempts for 950 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added 13 carries for 65 yards.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pats to Salute Hockey Moms on Friday



Regina, Saskatchewan – For most hockey players, may it be in minor, junior or pro, the backbone of their life is mom. The Regina Pats recognize this and Friday night against the Medicine Hat Tigers will be “Salute to Hockey Mom’s” night.


For Friday night only, any minor hockey team that purchases a team ticket package, each player’s mom will get in for free! Don’t worry dads, you too can get in at a discount price if your ticket is purchased with the team ticket package.


Regina Pats Vice-President of Operations, Cliff Mapes “As an organization, we know how much work hockey moms put into getting their sons and daughters to early morning practices, weekend games, washing their uniform, dealing with the bumps and bruises and everything else needed during a hockey season. We just want to recognize how important moms are in hockey.


A team ticket package of 16 player tickets and four coaches is $175, and with that, the mom’s of each player will get in for free.


For ticket package information, call Corey Hoskins at 337-1543 or Matt Geiger at 337-1538.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pats Split the Weekend


Friday the thirteenth started out unlucky for the Pats as they fell behind early to the Victoria Royals on a tough bounce. It didn't look good early in the second when they fell behind 3-1 and didn't seem to have a lot of jump in their game. But a big third period from the top line of Weal, Rieder and Scheidl sealed the victory as the Pats scored 6 unanswered goals to take the 7-3 win.

Last night was a different story as the Pats spotted the Blades 4, 1st period goals and then another early in the second to fall be hind 5-0. However the Pats would make a game of it in the second with goals from Jobke, Martell and an absolute beauty from Martin Marincin. However two Stransky goals or the Blades in the third put the game out of reach. Scheidl would score a nice one on the breakaway but it was too little too late as the Pats 5 game home winning streak came to an end in the 7-4 loss.

I talked with Pats assistant coach Josh Dixon at today's practise and he said yesterday was a tough one. "Yeah the last one was definitely tough, for us it was a case of not paying attention to details and not being as sharp as we need to be. Certainly the win over Victoria was nice but even in that one we didn't get the start we wanted to and we kind of got away from our game plan. So whats really important here is that we've got 3 really tough games coming up and its just to be back to establishing the way we play and making sure were paying attention to small details. Everything from finishing checks and taking the right route in on the forcheck, its kind of gotten away from us a little bit and that happens when you have some success and you are a young team."

Martin Marincin and Luke Fenske both made their home debuts on the weekend and played very well. I thought Fenske looked good, playing very physical hockey and shutting down opposing teams. He was definitely the best defender last night. Martin Marincin scored two goals in two games including last nights third goal that brought the Pats within 2. He made a couple of very nice moves walking in from the blue line and wired it off the post and in. Great goal, and even more than that he has been outstanding in almost every aspect. His presence on the powerplay adds a little something extra, even though they only went 1 for 7 last night, in watching him with the puck there's no panic in his game and in the two games Ive seen he makes the right decisions. Josh Dixon said today that both new defensemen are fitting in just fine. "Both definitely help us on the back end, they give us depth. With Fenske hes a good stay at home defenseman who can block shots that's going to finish checks. With Martin boy some good offensive output from him, he scored a couple nice goals, he can finish, he skates very well and he makes a good first pass. All those little elements that those guys bring are just going to help shore up our defense core and make us a tougher team to play against."

The Pats will host the Kootenay Ice at the Brandt Centre on Wednesday at 7 o'clock. The Ice are a point up in the Eastern Conference standings as of today but they have 3 games in hand. The Pats are currently tied with the Medicine Hat Tigers for 4th in the East with 54 points. In terms of individual statistics, Jordan Weal has 76 points on the year and is one back of Portland's Ty Rattie who has 77. Friday the Pats host the Tigers and Rod Pedersen, Jared Dumba and I will be broadcasting live for Access 7.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Corey Chamblin: Expect A Faster Rider Team


There is an emphasis on team speed from the Green and White's Head Coach.

Corey Chamblin is going through the personnel evaluation process and looking at which players will win a game, which players will help win a game and which players will help lose a game. Those are the three things Chamblin says he's using to evaluate the current players. One thing he said today that was that right now he isn't looking forward to training camp or even to free agency which starts February 15th, he is focused on, what is the best roster he can have if we were playing on Monday. A number of things have happened already with the signing of Brent Hawkins and Mo Loyd, the release of John Eubanks, Terrence Nunn and Remond Willis and the retirement of Sean Lucas. I asked Chamblin if we could expect a whole lot of changes and he said that " I don't see a lot of changes, we've made some changes right now, probably one or two changes to open the door for some other things that we are thinking. The thing I'm not going to do is completely overhaul this roster, because two years ago this was a team that was a Grey Cup contender. The thing we want to do is get this team back to a winning level, not just as a team that lost the Grey Cup two years in a row but like all the other teams we better be trying to win a Grey Cup and that's what were looking at across this roster and how ere going to win a Grey Cup."

Certainly this coach seems to know what he is doing and he said that already this team is better than it was a month ago before he got the job. He says Team speed is key, and they are in the process of addressing that. Its not necessarily about the guys who can run the fastest but Chamblin says its about playing fast as a team at a high level. What that means and what that looks like we will see come the 2012 season.

Here's a link to the full press conference.

Chamblin

Thursday, January 12, 2012

RIDER LINEBACKER SEAN LUCAS RETIRES

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that import linebacker Sean Lucas is retiring from the CFL.

“It is a difficult decision, but it is also the right decision for me,” stated Lucas. “I would like to thank the organization, Rider Nation and especially my teammates for a lifetime of memories.”

Lucas has spent the last six seasons in Green and White. In that time he has tallied 372 defensive tackles, 23 special team tackles, 17 pass knockdowns, nine tackles for a loss, seven quarterback sacks, five interceptions and three tackles for a loss in 86 regular season games played. He has also played in four playoff games and two Grey Cups and was a member of the 2007 championship team.

In his last season, Lucas played in 15 regular season games and tallied 61 defensive tackles, a team leading five tackles for a loss, three pass knockdowns, two special team tackles and one interception. The 28-year-old originally signed with the Riders as a free agent in May, 2006.

“The entire Roughrider organization thanks Sean for his contributions and dedication to the team over the last six years,” stated General Manager Brendan Taman. “He has made the decision to move on to the next phase of his life and we wish him nothing but the best.”

RIDERS RE-SIGN BRENT HAWKINS AND RELEASE THREE



The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import defensive lineman Brent Hawkins to a new contract. Financial details of the signing were not released. The team also announced they have released import defensive back John Eubanks, import receiver Terrence Nunn and import defensive lineman Remond Willis from the roster.

Hawkins came to the Riders when he signed a free agent deal in April, 2010. In his first CFL season the Illinois State product tallied 31 defensive tackles, four tackles for a loss, three quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries in 13 games starting at defensive end. Due to a shoulder injury sustained in training camp, Hawkins missed the 2011 CFL season. The 28-year-old was set to become a free agent in February.

Eubanks signed as a free agent with the Riders in February, 2011. He dressed in two games with the Riders and started at halfback in one game. He spent the remainder of the season on the nine-game injured list .He finished the season with three defensive tackles and one special teams tackle.

Nunn signed as a free agent in January, 2011. He started in eight regular season games at receiver and then spent the remainder of the season on the teams nine game injured list. He finished with 13 catches for 171 yards.

Willis signed as a free agent in July, 2011. He played in ten regular season games at defensive end and finished the season on the nine-game injured list. He tallied 22 defensive tackles and one quarterback sack.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Three in NHL Mid-Term Rankings


Stephenson, Volek and Rodewald make the NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Regina, Saskatchewan – The NHL’s Central Scouting Mid-Season rankings were released today and three members of the Regina Pats have cracked the list among North American skaters.

Chandler Stephenson is the 36th ranked skater in North America. The second year Pat forward is currently fourth on the team in scoring even though he has missed the last eight games due to a lower body injury.

Dominik Volek is the 95th ranked skater in North America. The WHL rookie is sixth on the Pats in scoring and is also second on the team in game winning goals with four.
Jack Rodewald wasn’t among the players ranked in the preliminary rankings to begin the season, but has crept into the North American rankings at 208th.

The National Hockey League Entry Draft is set for June 22nd and 23rd, 2012 in Pittsburgh.

The Regina Pats would also like to announce that 17 year old defenceman, Landon Peel has been reassigned to the Swan Valley Stampeders of the MJHL and 18 year old defenceman, Nathan Zimbaluk has been reassigned to the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL.



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chad Lang on Todays WHL Trade Deadline


Pats General Manager Chad Lang addressed the media following the 4 o'clock deadline this afternoon. He said he was happy with the day and adding Martin Marincin. Interestingly he said the phones were quiet regarding Weal and Davidson. Overall it wasn't a crazy day for trades.

Here's the link to the audio from today's news conference.

CHAD LANG

Pats Acquire World Junior Defenceman


The Regina Pats are proud to announce the acquisition of defenceman Martin Marincin as well as a 4th and 7th round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and a 4th in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for defenceman Ricard Blidstrand, a 1st and 2nd round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and a 5th in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 6’4” 187 pound native of Kosice, Slovakia is a 2nd round pick, 46th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Draft. Martin was selected by the Prince George

Cougars 1st overall in the 2010 CHL Import Draft and has played for Slovakia at the past two World Junior Hockey Championships. In 2010-11 Marincin’s 56 points was 8th among WHL defencemen in scoring.

D – Martin Marincin
6’4” 187Lbs
Born: Feb 18/92
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Kosice, SVK
                                    GP     G       A       Pts     PIM  
2010-11 Prince George  67      14      42      56      65
2011-12 Prince George  30      4        13      17      25

Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang, “Martin is a big, mobile defenceman with extensive experience on the elite level that will strengthen our back end and our team overall. He will also add another element to our power play and penalty kill."

Marincin will join the Pats in time for tomorrow’s game in Prince Albert against the Raiders

Monday, January 9, 2012

DICKENSON RETURNS TO LEAD RIDERS’ SPECIAL TEAMS



The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce that Craig Dickenson will return to the Riders coaching staff as Special Teams Coordinator for the 2012 CFL season.

CRAIG DICKENSON – SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR
This will mark Dickenson’s second season with the Green and White as Special Teams Coordinator.

Dickenson spent the 2010 season with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders as assistant special teams coordinator. This was Dickenson’s second stint in the NFL as he spent two years in San Diego as a special teams assistant for the Chargers starting in 2000.

Highly regarded for his special team schemes, Dickenson spent seven seasons with the Calgary Stampeders where he served as their special teams coordinator for five and worked with the running backs and receivers in his first two years with the team. He also spent one season with the Montreal Alouettes as running backs coach in 2003 before returning to the Stamps. Dickenson was a part of the 2008 Grey Cup championship team in Calgary.

Dickenson’s coaching career began at his alma mater – the University of Montana in 1995 when the Grizzlies captured the NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship. His work with kickers and running backs earned him a position with Utah State where he coached before making the move to the NFL.

Pats, Deal or Keep Weal?


The WHL trade Deadline comes tomorrow at 3 o'clock local time and as usual there will be a number of moves. Whether or not the Pats will make any blockbusters remains to be seen. The team has already acquired a defenseman in Luke Fenske from the Vancouver Giants. I talked with Luke today at practise and he said "Its definitely a big change here and I am really excited to get the opportunity and to be a Pat, its just been great so far for the first couple days."

The big question for the next 24 or so hours is what will happen with Jordan Weal. Do the Pats hold onto him and make a push for the playoffs or do they trade him away for a couple good players that can come contribute and be around for a few years. Head Coach Pat Conacher had this to say at practise today.

"I have not talked to Chad (Lang) today about it but I imagine his phone is ringing, but again we've talked about it before, I imagine people are throwing all types of offers at him but they have to be the right ones and it has to be the best fit for us first of all."

He said that he feels that IF Weal is traded they need guys that can come into the lineup and contribute immediately.

"Absolutely, we have to get players back, I feel anyways, were right in the thick of things of it right now. Selfishly speaking I'd love to make the playoffs here and that's what I want. That was the goal when I came here this year. So of course I would like to see players in return because we need guys here, and also again just speaking for myself, we need players that make us better next year and the next year too."

Weal said today that he wants to stay here and that its been a tough week looking at all the rumors and talk that's flying around.

"Depending on what happens, if I am here then it will be a big sigh of relief because I want to be here and I want to be with these guys, we are a really tight knit group and we've got something going here. If I happen to get moved then its going to be tough and I'm going to have to say good bye to a lot of good friends and a great organization."

"It really messes with your head with all the stuff going on with the internet and the newspaper. I just try and go about my day and not think about it and when the time comes just deal with it then."

"I want to be here, Ive said that I want to be here..... This organization has been so good to me, its given me such a great opportunity to play at 16 and show my stuff and I have all good things to say.....the greatest feeling would be to take a team like Regina, where Ive been my whole career and get us into the playoffs because its something where you get used to the city and you get to like the fans. To play for them and give them some playoff games and fill up this rink would be something that would be the best."

3 o'clock tomorrow is the latest we will know if Weal will end up somewhere else or stay a Pat. They sit second in the East Division and 5th in the Eastern Conference and are playing their best hockey of the year. Definitely a tough decision to make and I think assistant coach Malcolm Cameron said what everyone is saying. "I'm glad I'm not the one pulling the trigger."

Mondays Sports


Well holy crap Tim Tebow won a playoff game, in overtime, 29-23. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the obvious favorites heading into yesterdays game at Mile High Stadium in Denver but the Tebow Magic came through and the Broncos are headed to the Divisional round in the AFC. The numbers are staggering, Tebow was the first quarterback to throw for over 300 yards against the Steelers this year, yet he's supposed to be the worst arm in the league. Demarious Thomas set an NFL record for most yards by a receiver in a playoff debut. That's pretty awesome to begin with but to do it against the Steelers best corner Ike Taylor is pretty amazing. Taylor had only given up something like 200 yards against in his previous 10 games, and yet the leagues "worst quarterback" and his teammate (Thomas) who went in the same round of the same draft managed to pick apart the leagues best defense. The Steelers are more experienced, well coached, and were the defending AFC champs. That's a big win for the Broncos but they will be in tough playing the Patriots next week. I've come to respect Tebow this year, he's passionate, works hard and he is who is is no matter what people say or think. Plus he wins football games. Fans have no problem looking past off field issues with players, AKA, Plaxico Burress and Michael Vick, so why not look past whatever disagreements you have with what Tebow believes in and admire what hes done as a player. Not to mention I would say hes a pretty good role model for young kids who look up to these guys. All I'm saying is I don't think he deserves the hate.

The Giants offense finally clicked late in the third quarter and into the fourth as they routed the Falcons 24-2. Eli Manning got his first playoff win at home and the Falcons continued their road struggles. Atlanta put themselves in so many 3rd and 4th and short situations but the Giants defense was stingy on the run and that was the difference in this one. The Falcons star tailback Micheal Turner was held to just 41 yards and Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for less than 200 yards. New York's defense has been their problem all year but they seemed to have everything going well in that area yesterday. Now they will head to Lambo Field in Green Bay for a match up with the defending champion Packers. This will be an exciting game if its anything like their week 13 match up where the Packers won on the road 38-35. These two offenses went head to head and unlucky for the Giants the Packers got the ball last and Aaron Rodgers marched down the field for the game winning field goal. Should be a good one next weekend.

Also the Baltimore Ravens host the Houston Texans and San Fransisco 49ers will welcome the New Orleans Saints.

The WHL trade deadline is tomorrow at 3 o'clock our time. The big question is what will happen to Jordan Weal. The Pats are currently sitting 5th in the Eastern Conference, 2 points behind the Tigers and the Ice. Will Chad Lang decide to keep Weal and make a run in the playoffs or will he be a seller and send him away for some younger players. Its more than a tough decision when you have one of the top players in the league and a chance to make a run with a team that wasn't supposed to make the playoffs this year. Chad Lang made a deal over the weekend to bring defense man Luke Fenske over from the Vancouver Giants. Initially that makes me think that Lang will be trading one of the older defenseman on the roster, but who knows. It will be an interesting day to see what happens. The Pats are in Prince Albert in Wednesday taking on the Raiders.

The Leafs Devils and Senators continue to win and make some noise in the Eastern Conference Standings. Most people would have predicted these three teams to be on the outside looking in. However the Leafs have won three straight including a huge win over the Red Wings on Saturday. The Senators took 3 of 4 points from the Flyers including another third period comeback yesterday. The Devils have won 6 of their last 10 picking up 13 points over that stretch and are playing some really good hockey. Meanwhile the injury bug continues to bite the Penguins who are now without Crosby, Neal, and Jordan Staal. The Pens have dropped into 8th in the Eastern Conference and until they get some guys back they could be in for a tough run. What a good game between the Canucks and Bruins on Saturday, a heated battle with punches and fights and dirty hits, plus some goals of course. Those two teams really hate each other, the Canucks scored 4 power play goals to win 4-3.

Scott Arniel is out as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The N-H-L club fired Arniel this morning and promoted assistant Todd Richards to interim head coach. Arniel was in his second season as coach and led Columbus to an 11-25-and-5 record this year. Just two games on the ice tonight, including Vancouver visiting Florida.

The US college football title is on the line tonight with LSU and Alabama squaring off at the Superdome in New Orleans. It's the second meeting this season between the two teams. The Tigers beat the Crimson Tide 9-6 in overtime two months ago.
The Toronto Raptors host Minnesota tonight looking to continue their recent domination of the Timberwolves. Toronto has won seven straight at home against Minnesota and 13 of 14 head-to-head match ups. It's one of six games on the hardwood.

Steve Stricker remains the leader through three rounds of the PGA's Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Stricker fired a 4-under-par 69 for a 19-under total. He's five strokes ahead of Martin Laird, Webb Simpson and Jonathan Byrd. There are no Canadians in the field.

A Saskatchewan snowboarder has placed first against other world class competitors at a meet in Davos, Switzerland. 17 year old Mark McMorris is also the son of provincial Health minister Don McMorris.
He won this weekend at the TTR Men's Big Air event.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Regina Pats Add Defenseman



Regina, Saskatchewan – Four days in advance of the 2012 Western Hockey League trade deadline Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang has swung a deal with the Vancouver Giants. 

The Pats have given up a 3rd Round selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in order to acquire 6'1 205lb defenseman Luke Fenske from the Vancouver Giants.
 
"We are excited to add Luke to our line-up." Commented Pats General Manager Chad Lang "He is a big strong puck moving defenseman and addresses our need of an experienced guy in the 93 age group where we were a little thin. I believe that this deal will help us now and moving into next season" added Lang

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Interview With Riders New DB Coach Barron Miles


I had the privilege of talking with the Riders newest defensive backs coach Barron Miles this afternoon. The Riders announced their defensive coaching staff today with Richie Hall returning as defensive coordinator and Alex Smith and Mike Walker will return as well. Here's what Barron had to say.

Q: Excited to come to Saskatchewan?

Miles: I am very excited, starting a new chapter in my life and coaching career. I think anybody would be ecstatic. Its a move for me to keep moving forward in this business.

Q: Coming off a grey Cup Win, do you feel you bring some good experience to this team?

Miles: I think so, I think the heart beat of the game when the game is in process I think DB's do a lot of different things, some panic, some get nervous, some shy away and some get excited and ready to play. I think me having a pulse on that and an understanding of those certain situations when prepping for the game and different avenues. I think I bring that and a little bit of youth.

Q: Thoughts on the roster?

Miles: I'm excited, at the same time I still have to look at film a little bit more and get with Ritchie to understand the schemes that were being played to really get a full understanding of how the guys were playing and a get a true assessment. At the same time from what I saw from the TV and watching the games, they have guys that want to make plays and want to play football, the back end front end, the potentials there we just have to make sure they are in the right spots and doing their jobs.

Q: On working with Ritchie Hall, Mike Walker and Alex Smith?

Miles: Exactly I am very excited, its going to be an opportunity for me to bond with those guys quickly, they've been working together and understanding with same language and things like that so its my job to get tin there and make sure I'm on the same page as them.

Q: Chamblin targeted you, how does that feel?

Miles: It gives you good confidence. Of all the coaches out there and all the friendships and relationships that he has made in his life and he picks you. Its up to you and if it fits it fits and you move on. Just to have that and to be wanted is always good.

Q: Anything to say to Rider fans?

Miles: I will say, all my playing days there I had a ball with you guys. I know you know your game, its going to be exciting. I look forward to the 2012 season I know were going to have fun and I look forward to meeting you guys.

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Here's a link to the audio from the interview.


BARRON MILES

RIDERS NAME DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF




The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce their defensive coaching staff for the 2012 CFL season.

RICHIE HALL – DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Hall will once again run the Riders defence after returning to the Green and White last season. Previous to that, Hall spent two seasons as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos where he also led the defence. Previous to his time in Edmonton, Hall was a part of the Green and White coaching staff for 15 seasons, eight as defensive coordinator and developed a reputation for fielding a top defence year after year. Before moving into his coaching role, Hall spent nine years playing in the CFL including four seasons with the Roughriders from 1988-1991.

ALEX SMITH – ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD COACH/LINEBACKERS COACH
Smith returns to the Green and White for his 16th season. He will continue to coach the Rider linebackers and will work in an advisory capacity with Head Coach Chamblin. He will also act as a facilitator in regards to the Canadian draft. Smith originally joined the Roughriders' coaching staff in May 1997 as linebackers coach. A Level Two Certified National Coach, Smith offers the Roughriders 36 years of coaching experience. Before joining the Green and White on a full-time basis in 1997, Smith gained valuable CFL experience as a Roughrider Guest Coach in 1995 and 1996.Prior to joining the Roughriders, Smith spent five seasons with the Regina Rams of the Prairie Junior Football League as defensive coordinator and linebacker coach.

MIKE WALKER – DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
Walker returns to the Riders for his second season leading the defensive line. He brings over 25 years of playing and coaching experience to the Green and White. The Indiana native spent the 2010 season as defensive line coach for the Edmonton Eskimos and was a defensive consultant for the Toronto Argonauts in 2008. From 1997 to 2007, he coached the defensive line at his alma mater Washington State as well as four bowl games – two Rose Bowls, Holiday Bowl and the Sun Bowl. During that time he also coached the 2002 Outland Trophy winner Rien Long. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Walker was a three-time CFL all-star and a four-time All-Eastern Conference selection, playing with both Hamilton (1982-89) and Edmonton (1990-91).

BARRON MILES – DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH
Miles is the newest member of the Riders defensive staff as he comes to Saskatchewan from the B.C. Lions where he spent the last two seasons as a defensive and player personnel assistant. Miles made the transition into coaching after retirning from a storied 12 year playing career in the CFL. His career began in Montreal where he spent seven seasons as a defensive back before playing his final five years with the Lions. The Nebraska grad was named a Divisional All-Star nine times and a CFL All-Star six times over the course of his playing career.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NICK GRAHAM OFFICIALLY SET TO RETURN TO RIDERS



The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import defensive back Nick Graham to a new contract. Financial details of the signing were not released.

Graham came to the Green and White in October, 2010 after signing as a free agent with the team. He went on to play in two regular season games, both playoff games and the Grey Cup to finish off the 2010 season. In his first full year with the Riders in 2011, Graham tallied 54 defensive tackles, five pass knockdowns, three special team tackles, and two interceptions in 17 regular season games starting at cornerback.

The 27-year-old was set to become a free agent in February.

Pats and Raiders Preview


The Pats play their third straight home game tonight at the Brandt Centre. Prince Albert is in town for the second time this season, the first meeting the Pats won 5-2. However the last time these two teams met in P.A. the Pats struggled on special teams giving up shorthanded goals and power play goals in a 6-3 loss.

The Raiders come into tonight having won 7 of their last 10 games. However even with their hot play as of late, the hole they dug themselves to start the season still has them last place in the East Division. Only the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Victoria Royals have given up more goals then the Raiders (158) and they are a minus 31 in goal differential, the Pats have given up 37 less goals and are a plus 7. The raiders have really struggled on the road this season with only 4 wins and 15 losses. The Pats meanwhile have increased their home record to 10-5-1, two of those wins coming on the weekend over Swift Current and Edmonton.

Special Teams are always a key and have played a big part in these two teams three match ups this season. The Pats come in with the 17th ranked power play at 17.6 percent while the Raiders are one spot higher at 16, operating at 20.0 percent. In terms of the penalty kill the Pats are 15th in the WHL killing 77 percent of their penalties and the Raiders are 16th with a 76.2 percent success rate.

The Pats are 2 and 1 versus the Raiders this season and will look to continue their current two game winning streak at home. I had a chance to talk with head coach Pat Conacher at practise yesterday and he said...

"they are going to play with lots of urgency in their game just like we have to bring it. But for us we have to come out and be us, we have to set a tempo and keep the tempo. We would like any team to, per say, chase us, we don't want to get caught chasing a team. That's one thing you can do against Prince Albert, they have great speed up front, they have great skill and they put the puck in the net a lot. We have to go out and set a high pace tempo, a physical game and we would like to play 200 feet from our net, that's very important."

Team Captain Brandon Davidson said yesterday...

"Their lower in the standings then us so these are games we have to win. Good teams can pull off those wins especially when you play the good teams and the bad teams. We are really looking just to put in a 60 minute effort and come out on top."

Jordan Weal said that special teams were a problem yesterday...

"Last time we played them our PK wasn't as sharp as it needed top be so I think were going to be ready, we are going to watch our film and see what they are doing on the power play and fix what we need to fix......I think they are rolling like we are, they are starting to work hard and find their game. Its going to be a good contest they are a good team so hopefully we can play for 60 minutes and get the win."

The puck drops at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock. Jordan Weal comes into the game with 60 points, 9 back of Ty Rattie who leads the WHL. The Raiders Mark McNeill has points in 9 straight, 9 goals and 8 assists while Justin Maylan is riding an 8 game point streak with 4 goals and 10 assists in that time.

Should be a good game tonight between two teams playing very well. Also its wiener Wednesday, two hot dogs for the price of one all game long.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

RIDERS NAME OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF



The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce their offensive coaching staff for the 2012 CFL season.

BOB DYCE – OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/RUNNING BACKS
Dyce has spent the last two seasons as the receivers coach and passing game coordinator with the Green and White. Before joining the Riders, the Winnipeg native spent seven seasons with the Blue Bombers where he served as the team’s receivers coach and was in charge of the team’s Canadian player personnel. Prior to making the transition into coaching in the CFL, Dyce spent seven seasons as the receivers coach with his alma mater the Manitoba Bisons. Dyce began his coaching career in 1992 when he joined the staff of the St. Vital Mustangs of the CJFL. He spent two seasons with the Mustangs before making the move to offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the Winnipeg Hawkeyes of the CJFL. He spent the 1994 and 1995 seasons with the Hawkeyes.
KRIS SWEET – RUN GAME COORDINATOR/OFFENSIVE LINE
Sweet spent the last five years as the offensive line coach with the Calgary Stampeders. Prior to joining the Stamps, Sweet coached the offensive line at Columbia University after spending a year in the same position at Kentucky State. He entered coaching in 1997 as a graduate assistant coach at Tennessee Tech followed by single seasons at Holy Cross and Elon. After that Sweet spent five years at Presbyterian College where he began coaching the running backs and tight ends before being named offensive coordinator in 2003. The Salem, Virginia native got his first taste of the CFL when he served as a guest coach with the B.C. Lions in 2005.

KHARI JONES – QUARTERBACKS COACH
Jones has spent the last three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he spent the first two seasons coaching the quarterbacks and most recently served as the Ti-Cats offensive coordinator. Prior to moving into coaching, Jones spent eight years as a decorated quarterback in the CFL receiving all-star nods and winning the Most Outstanding Player Award in 2001. His playing career began in 1998 with the B.C. Lions where he spent two seasons before being traded to Winnipeg. In 2004, he went on to play with the Stampeders for the remainder of the season before joining Hamilton in 2005. After attending training camp with Edmonton in 2006, Jones went on to spend the season in broadcasting with CBC. Before returning to the CFL as a coach, Jones became the Director of Football at National Sports Development based in Calgary.

JASON TUCKER – RECEIVERS COACH
Tucker spent two seasons coaching the receiving corps in Edmonton after suffering a fractured neck in 2008 which cut his distinguished player career short. The four-time CFL and West All-Star won a Grey Cup in 2003 and finished his career with 7,046 receiving yards in his seven years as a receiver with the Eskimos.