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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Riders Sign 2012 Draft Class


The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed all four of their 2012 Canadian Draft picks. Non-import offensive lineman Ben Heenan, non-import linebacker Samuel Hurl, non-import linebacker Kevin Regimbald-Gagne and non-import wide receiver Ismael Bamba have agreed to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

Heenan (6’4 – 310) was selected by the Riders with the first overall selection in the 2012 Canadian Draft. The offensive lineman spent four seasons at the University of Saskatchewan where he helped the Huskies to three Canada West regular season titles and four straight playoff appearances. While with the Huskies, Heenan picked up a number of CIS Awards including 2008 Canada West Rookie of the Year; 2010 and 2011 Canada West All-Star; 2010 First Team CIS All-Canadian; 2011 Second Team All-Canadian and played in the East-West Shrine Game. Prior to joining the U of S, the Grand Coulee native was a standout offensive lineman at Sheldon Williams high school in Regina.

Hurl (6’1 – 225) was selected in the second round (12th overall) by the Riders. The linebacker played three seasons in his hometown at the University of Calgary. Hurl has twice been named the Canada West Defensive Player of the Year and led the Dino’s last season with 97 defensive tackles and four tackles for a loss.

Regimbald-Gagne (6’1 – 230) was the Riders fifth round pick (35th overall). The native of Rouyn-Norand, QC attended the University of Sherbrooke where he was a standout linebacker. In 2011, Regimbald-Gagne was named a First Team CIS All-Canadian after registering 40 defensive tackles. He was also named to the RSEQ all-star team in each of the past two seasons.

Bamba (6’1 – 195) was selected in the sixth round (39th overall) by the green and white. Last season, Bamba played his senior year with the University of Sherbrooke where he finished with 50 receptions for 543 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 12 kick returns for 310 yards and one touchdown and 18 punt returns for 208 yards and one touchdown. Prior to transferring to Sherbrooke, Bamba spent two seasons at the University of North Dakota.


·The Riders have also announced that they have invited three members of the Regina Thunder Junior Football Club to participate in training camp. Quarterback Asher Hastings, wide receiver Clay Cooke and defensive tackle Zach Evans will be in uniform when Rookie Camp opens Thursday, May 31st.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Details on Day 1 of Rider Camp


The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be holding their first full training camp practice on Sunday, June 3rd at 1:30pm at the University of Regina. This and all other training camp practices are open for fans to attend.

Immediately following Sunday’s practice fans in attendance will get a chance to meet their favorite returning Riders as well as the newest players in green and white. Players will remain on field to sign autographs and take pictures with fans of all ages.

Free parking at the University of Regina has been designated to Lot #17 on the Southeast side of the campus for those planning to take in training camp.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Portland's Carruth Signs in NHL

Portland Winterhawks goaltender Mac Carruth has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was drafted by Chicago in the seventh round, 191st overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.



Carruth will be entering his 20-year-old season in 2012-13, meaning he could play for Chicago's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, or come back to Portland for his final season of junior eligibility.



Carruth has played 137 regular season games in three seasons in Portland, compiling a record of 87-39-3-1, with four shutouts, a goals against average of 3.08 and 90.5% save percentage. His 42 wins in 2011-12 set a new single-season franchise record, and his 87 career wins are second in franchise history.



He's also backstopped the Winterhawks to two straight Western Conference championships, and in three seasons has posted a record of 33-19 in the playoffs, with three shutouts, a goals against average of 3.10 and 91.4% save percentage. He holds franchise records in playoff wins (33), games (54), saves (1744) and minutes (3193), while his three shutouts are tied with Lanny Ramage for the lead in that category.


"Mac has been one of our most valuable players since he joined us in 2009," said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. "We'd love to have Mac back with us for one more season, but if the Blackhawks assign him to the AHL, then we wish him the best as he pursues a pro career."

Monday, May 28, 2012

Riders Name Guest Coaches


The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to welcome a group of guest coaches to the 2012 Training Camp beginning June 3rd at the University of Regina.

Cheston Blackshear joins the Riders after spending the last three seasons at the University New Mexico working with the Offensive Line and Tight Ends and has nine years’ experience coaching at the collegiate level. Blackshear entered coaching after an outstanding playing career at the University of Florida where he was a four-year letter winner (1996-99) with 28 career starts at offensive guard. He will work alongside Offensive Line Coach Kris Sweet.

Jeff Cummins is the head coach of the Acadia University Axemen. In his seven years at Acadia, Cummins has captured back to back AUS Football Championships (2005, 2006) and was named AUS Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Following his graduation from the University of Oregon, Cummins played six seasons in the Canadian Football League with stops in Las Vegas, Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton where he captured the 1999 Grey Cup with the Tiger-Cats. Cummins will work with Rider Coach Mike Walker and the Defensive Line.

Richard Kent spent the 2011 season with the United Football Leagues Omaha Nighthawks. Kent comes to the Riders with over 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels. Previous to Omaha, Kent spent the 2009 season as the secondary coach with the Toronto Argonauts. As a player, Kent was a quarterback and receiver at Appalachian State from 1979-81. Kent will spend time with Special Teams Coordinator, Craig Dickenson and Linebackers Coach, Alex Smith.

Ben Norton guests with the Riders after spending the 2011 season with the UFL’s Hartford Colonials where he filled the triple role of offensive line assistant, special teams assistant and offensive quality control coach. In addition, Norton has over 17 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, working mostly with offensive linemen. As a player, Norton was a four year letter winner at Stephen F. Austin State in Texas and was a member of the team that played in the 1989 NCAA FSC national championship game. Norton will spend time working with Running Backs Coach, Bob Dyce as well as Coach Kris Sweet and the offensive line.

Jamie Stoddard joined the University of British Columbia in 2010 as a Receivers Coach. Before getting into coaching Stoddard enjoyed an impressive nine year professional career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a non-import wide receiver. While with Winnipeg, Stoddard had 191 receptions and amassed 2,808 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. Stoddard will work with Receivers Coach Jason Tucker.

Ted White joins the Riders from Howard University where he is currently the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach. From 1994-98 White attended Howard where he is the Bison and MEAC all-time passing leader and total offense leader with almost 10,000 yards during his productive collegiate career. Following that, White played professionally for five years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also had stints with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe and the Montreal Alouettes. White will join Coach Khari Jones working with Rider quarterbacks.

Pats Prospect Camp



Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats 2012 Spring Prospect Camp goes this
weekend at the Cooperators Centre on the grounds of Evraz Place. Twenty Four
of the Pats list players will be put through an organizational orientation,
engage in fitness testing and will hit the ice three times under the
watchful eyes of Pats coaches, scouts and management.

Pats General Manager Chad Lang - "This is great opportunity to introduce our
young players to our organization and for them to gain an understanding of
how we do things and what it takes to play in the Western Hockey League and
more specifically for the Regina Pats. It also provides our hockey
department to gauge the development of our second year kids and gives us a
starting point for the players that we recently drafted or listed."

All camp ice sessions are open to the public,

Friday 5:15 - 6:30 Cooperators C-6

Saturday 10:30 - 12:00 Cooperators C-6

Sunday 10:30 - 12:00 Cooperators C-6

Pats 2012/13 Season Tickets are now on sale. For more information contact
the Pats office at 522-5604 or go to www.reginapats.com

Here is the Roster for this weekends camp.

BROOKS Adam May 6/96 MMH Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA C / L 5.10 153 Winnipeg, Man.
CHURCHILL Nathan Apr 17/96 T1Min Chicago Fury Minor Midget G / R 5.11 185 Lafayette, CA
COLE Rykr Apr 29/97 SBAA Melville Millionaires Bantam AA C/RW / R 5.09* 155 Moosomin, Sask.
DONALD Erik Jan 5/96 AMMHL Edmonton SSAC Minor Midget AAA RD / R 6.00.5 157 Edmonton, Alta.
FULTON Robbie Jan 31/97 AMBHL Camrose Bantam AAA RD / R 6.02 174 Camrose, Alta.
GORA Patrick Feb 1/96 AMMHL St. Albert Minor Midget AAA G / L 5.10 180 St. Albert, Alta.
Hardarson Henry Mar 4/94 NAPH18 Phoenix Firebirds C/L 6'1 185 Phoenix, AZ
HARRISON Chase Oct 11/96 MMH Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA LD / L 5.11 155 Winnipeg, Man.
HILSENDAGER James Mar 20/97 AMBHL Lloydminster Bantam AAA LD / L 5.10 157 Lloydminster, Alta.
KALLIS Brendan May 18/97 AMBHL St. Albert Bantam AAA RD / R 6.00 154 St. Albert, Alta.
KOBERSTEIN Nikolas Jan 19/96 AMMHL PAC Saints Minor Midget AAA RD / R 6.01 175 Barrhead, Alta.
KROEKER Colton Jan 21/97 PCBHL Surrey Bantam A1-T1 C / R 6.02* 155 Surrey, B.C.
LITWIN Drew Feb 28/97 SBAA Humboldt Broncos Bantam AA C/RW / R 5.10* 139 Wynyard, Sask.
MCAMMOND Jared Jun 2/97 AMBHL Grande Prairie Bantam AAA C / L 5.11 174 Grande Cache, Alta.
MUMBY Griffin Mar 11/96 AMHL Calgary Flames Midget AAA LD / L 6.00 176 Calgary, Alta.
NORDSTROM Kenny Mar 30/96 BCMHL Cariboo Cougars Midget LD / L 6.00 154 Terrace, B.C.
ORTYNSKI Bryar Jan 5/96 AMHL Edmonton SSAC Midget AAA RW / R 6.01 183 Edmonton, Alta.
REAGAN Brady Aug 14/97 BBant Okanagan (OHA) Bantam Tier 1 RD / R 6.00* 188 OK Falls, B.C.
SCHIOLER Dane Apr 3/96 WiAAA Winnipeg Hawks Midget City AAA RW / R 6.00 160 Winnipeg, Man.
SCOTT Angus Mar 3/97 SSMaa Notre Dame Bantam AAA C/RW 6.00 170 Salt Lake City, UT
SCOTT Kienan Feb 2/96 BMic Okanagan (OHA) Major Midget (Prep) LW / L 5.10 155 Spokane, WA
WAGNER Austin Jun 23/97 AMBHL Calgary Northstars Bantam AAA C / L 6.00* 156 Calgary, Alta.
WESTERINGH Kyle Aug 8/96 PCMHL Chilliwack Midget A1-T1 C / L 6.00 155 Rosedale, B.C.
ZIMMER Rylee Mar 8/97 SSMaa Notre Dame Bantam AAA C / L 6.00* 147 Russell, Man.

Rider Training Camp Schedule


Saskatchewan Roughrider Rookie Camp opens on Wednesday, May 30th at the University of Regina. Full 2012 Training Camp officially opens on Sunday, June 3rd at the University of Regina. Please note that all times are subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, May 30th
2:00 pm Rookie practice
3:30 pm Rookie players and coaches available to media

THURSDAY, May 31st
10:00 am Rookie practice
11:30 am Rookie players and coaches available to media
4:00 pm Rookie practice

FRIDAY, JUNE 1st & SATURDAY, JUNE 2nd
VETERANS REPORT – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY

SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd
1:30 pm Practice
3:15 pm Players and Coaches available to media

MONDAY, JUNE 4th
8:15 am 1st practice
10:35 am Players and coaches available to media
3:30 pm 2nd practice

TUESDAY, JUNE 5th
8:15 am 1st practice
10:35 am Players and coaches available to media
3:30 pm 2nd practice

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th
3:30 pm Practice
5:15 pm Players and coaches available to media

Saturday, May 26, 2012

CHL 2012 Award Winners

Shawinigan, QC - The Canadian Hockey League today announced the ten national award winners for the 2011-12 season including Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans who earned both the Chrysler Top Scorer and CCM Player of the Year Award. Shinnimin is the first player since Alexander Radulov in 2005-06 and Sidney Crosby in 2004-05 to win both major awards in the same season.

Winners were presented with their awards at Centre des Arts in Shawinigan as part of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup festivities.

2011-12 CHL Award Winners:

Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year – Nail Yakupov (Sarnia Sting):
One year after claiming BMO CHL Rookie of the Year honours, Nail Yakupov is the Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year ranked first overall by NHL Central Scouting in their final rankings for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old Russian scored 31 goals and 38 assists for 69 points in 42 games and represented his home country earning silver at the World Junior Championship. Yakupov looks to become the sixth straight CHL player to be selected first overall in June’s draft. Also considered for the award was Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts and Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips.

FRAM Sportsman of the Year – Mark Stone (Brandon Wheat Kings):
The 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, Mark Stone netted finished second in WHL scoring with a career-high 41 goals and 82 assists for 123 points this season while drawing just 22 minutes in penalties in 66 games. Stone, an Ottawa Senators prospect, drew minor penalties in just 10 of the 66 games he played and picked up more than one minor infraction in a single game just once all season, despite playing heavy minutes for the Wheat Kings. Also considered for the award was Zach O’Brien of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and Brandon Saad of the Saginaw Spirit.

Dodge Top Scorer of the Year – Brendan Shinnimin (Tri-City Americans):
Brendan Shinnimin finished the 2011-12 regular season with a CHL-leading 134 points on 58 goals and 76 assists. The 21-year-old Phoenix Coyotes prospect from Winnipeg, MB, accumulated the most points in a WHL regular season since the 1998-99 campaign. Shinnimin recorded points in 60 of the 69 games he played this season, and finished the season on a 23-game point streak. Also considered for the award was Yanni Gourde of the Victoriaville Tigres, and Michael Sgarbossa of the Sudbury Wolves.

Home Hardware Humanitarian Player of the Year – Vincent Barnard (Quebec Remparts):
Vincent Barnard, a 21-year-old from Sept-Iles, QC, was involved in his community from the beginning of his junior career, however he outdid himself this year participating in a variety of community initiatives in the city where he played the final two of his four-year QMJHL career. Also considered for the award was Andrew D’Agostini of the Peterborough Petes, and Taylor Vause of the Swift Current Broncos.

Subway Scholastic Player of the Year – Jonathan Brunelle (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles):
On top of maintaining an exemplary academic file, Jonathan Brunelle, a 20-year-old from Boisbriand, QC, is also a role model for his teammates just as much off as on the ice. His perseverance in class has caught the attention and praise of his teachers while still producing on the ice with 85 points in 68 games. Also considered for the award was Adam Pelech of the Erie Otters, and Reid Gow of the Spokane Chiefs.

Old Dutch Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year – Jim Hiller (Tri-City Americans):
In his third season as head coach of the Tri-City Americans, Jim Hiller guided the Ams to yet another outstanding regular-season campaign. Under Hiller, the Ams posted a 50-18-2-2 record for 104 points to capture their fourth U.S. Division title in five seasons and finish with the best record in the WHL Western Conference. Hiller’s Americans boasted the WHL’s fourth-ranked offense and the top-ranked defense, and scored 91 more goals than they allowed this season. Also considered for the award was Jean-Francois Houle of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and Greg Gilbert of the Saginaw Spirit.

BMO Rookie of the Year – Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts):
Mikhail Grigorenko captures the first-year honour thanks to his remarkable season recording 40 goals and 45 assists in 59 games for the Quebec Remparts, leading them to 43 wins and 93 points. The 18-year-old Russian native is also eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Also considered for the award was Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts, and Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice.

Vaughn Goaltender of the Year – Michael Houser (London Knights):
Michael Houser posted a 46-15-0-1 record backstopping the Knights to their fifth Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the OHL’s top regular season team, and tied an OHL single season record for most wins by a goaltender. The 19-year-old from Wexford, PA, had a goals-against-average of 2.47 and save percentage of .925 recording six shutouts. Also considered for the award was Mathieu Corbeil of the Saint John Sea Dogs, and Tyler Bunz of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Post Foods Canada Defenceman of the Year – Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs):
Dougie Hamilton led all OHL defencemen in scoring with 72 points in just 50 games and tied for third in the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-37. He scored 17 goals with 55 assists including 30 assists recorded on the power play. An 18-year-old from Toronto, ON, Hamilton was selected by the Boston Bruins with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Also considered for the award was Jerome Gauthier-Leduc of the Rimouski Oceanic, and Alex Petrovic of the Red Deer Rebels.

CCM Player of the Year – Brendan Shinnimin (Tri-City Americans):
Brendan Shinnimin, a Winnipeg, MB, native, enjoyed an excellent season for the Americans, recording 58 goals and 76 assists for 134 points along with a +45 rating in 69 games leading the CHL in scoring while helping the Ams win the WHL’s U.S. Division and Western Conference regular-season titles. The 5’10”, 175-lb pivot finished second among all WHL players with 58 goals and third among WHL players with 76 assists. Additionally, Shinnimin finished with 21 power play markers and second with seven shorthanded tallies. The 21-year-old overage player signed an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes late in the season. Also considered for the award was Yanni Gourde of the Victoriaville Tigres, and Michael Houser of the London Knights.

Friday, May 25, 2012

CHL AWARDS 1276 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS



Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that a record total of 1267 players have been awarded academic scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year. 

In providing these academic scholarships, the CHL also announced that its member leagues are collectively contributing over $ 5.2 million this season towards the academic scholarships awarded by the CHL.

The 1267 scholarships represent 545 student athletes currently playing in the league, with another 722 graduates enrolled in various post-secondary institutions across North America with many graduates continuing their hockey careers in CIS programs across the country.

“Canadian Hockey League scholarships provide the student athlete the opportunity to pursue goals in both hockey and in school,” said CHL President David Branch.  “The CHL continues to be the number one supplier of talent to the National Hockey League and to Canadian Interuniversity Sport.”

Scholarship Programs throughout the CHL are solely funded by the member clubs of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

For more information about the scholarship programs and education policies in each of the three regional leagues please visit
www.chl.ca

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDER TRAINING CAMP TIMES

Saskatchewan Roughrider Rookie Camp opens on Wednesday, May 30th at the University of Regina. Full 2012 Training Camp officially opens on Sunday, June 3rd at the University of Regina. Please note that all times are subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, May 30th    
  3:00 pm               Rookie practice
  4:30 pm               Rookie players and coaches available to media

THURSDAY, May 31st 
10:00 am               Rookie practice
11:30 am                    Rookie players and coaches available to media
  4:00 pm               Rookie practice

FRIDAY, JUNE 1st & SATURDAY, JUNE 2nd
VETERANS REPORT – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY

SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd    
  1:30 pm               Practice
  3:15 pm               Players and Coaches available to media
 
MONDAY, JUNE 4th 
  8:15 am               1st practice
10:35 am               Players and coaches available to media 
  3:30 pm               2nd practice

TUESDAY, JUNE 5th    
  8:15 am               1st practice
10:35 am               Players and coaches available to media 
  3:30 pm               2nd practice

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th    
  3:30 pm               Practice
  5:15 pm               Players and coaches available to media 

Riders Add 2 Imports



The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed import defensive end Curtis Gatewood and import receiver Jock Sanders. Financial details of the signings were not released.

Gatewood (6’3 – 255) joins the Roughriders after spending time in the NFL with Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and most recently with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. The 26-year old defensive end played his collegiate career in the SEC at the University of Vanderbilt and finished his four year career with the Commodores with totals of 101 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Sanders (5’6 – 185) most recently spent time with the B.C. Lions during the 2011 season. The West Virginia graduate made his CFL debut in week 17 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and totaled an impressive 234 all-purpose yards. The 23-year old Florida native played four seasons for the Mountaineers of West Virginia and left as the club’s all-time leading receiver after tallying 206 receptions for 1980 yards and 14 touchdowns in 51 career games. Sanders’ 206 receptions currently sit third all-time in Big East history.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday's This and That


The long weekend is over and it had its share of excitement and relaxation. Between watching sports, playing golf and some hockey and spending time with friends it was a busy one.

The MasterCard Memorial Cup kicked off and I have been fixated to the TV watching the action. The games have been fast and fun to watch and there has been some good competition. Just look at the standings today, all four teams are 1 and 1 heading into their last games of the round robin. Tonight Edmonton takes on London and tomorrow Shawinigan plays St. John. I'm not sure what the ratings are like but I wonder if there might be just as many people watching the Memorial Cup as there are the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Canada.

In Sundays game between the host Cataractes and the London Knights there was a fan wearing a Pats jersey in the stands, I thought that was pretty cool.

Now on to the NHL playoffs. Well to say that they are boring is an understatement. For me I have been able to get through the L.A., Phoenix games but I just cant get into the Rangers and Devils series. Basically I am indifferent towards both teams though if I was forced to choose I would cheer for the Devils. The reason I think its a boring series isn't because of all the blocked shots and constant dump ins, I like responsible hockey but not when its two teams who no one seems to care about outside of the New York area. In the West the Kings finally lost a game for Pete's sake. This has been an unbelievable run for them and while the Coyotes did get a win in the series they aren't going to win three straight and go to the Finals. I wish for Shane Doan that he would get a ring before he retires.

When the NHL was on this weekend I found myself just flipping over to see the score and spending most of my time watching the Jays and the NBA Playoffs which have been exceptional. The Blue Birds seem to have rebounded from a tough stretch and swept the Yankees, took two of three from the Mets and beat the Rays last night. They sit just 3 games back of Baltimore for the Al East lead. Its good to see Jose Bautista swinging the bat well again but it seems since hes started to turn it on Edwin Encarnacion has hit a bit of a rough patch, imagine if they both had it going at the same time. Pitching has been good, defense has been better with a lot less errors and they are getting production throughout the lineup. I'm super impressed with Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson. I believe this team has a chance to make the post season.

In the NBA the action has been in a word, outstanding. From the dominance of the Spurs and Thunder to the hard fought battles between the Heat and Pacers as well as the Celtics and 76ers. Lebron James continues to silence his critics, who are in my opinion delusional. Yes he had a special on where he was going to sign after Cleveland and promised numerous championships BUT he is the best player in the game right now and that's all that matters. From defense to offense Lebron is hands down head and shoulders above anyone else. However without Chris Bosh the Heat will have to battle hard to get past the Indiana Pacers. Elsewhere the OKC Thunder eliminated the Lakers, good riddance Ron Artest/Meta World Peace. I have grown to dislike him as a player more and more. Yes he can score and plays great defense but he has no respect for his opponents. I feel for Kobe though who is such a competitor and one of the all time greats. The Thunder will play the Spurs in the West Final, man that should be a good series. I think that it will go 7 games in that one with the Thunder going to the Finals. In the East for me whoever comes out of the Heat and Pacers series will be in the finals. the 76ers were beneficiaries of injuries to the Bulls in round one and I don't think they have what it takes. The Celtics may have a chance but not much of one in my mind.

I know no one cares about soccer but what an awesome Champions League Final on Saturday between Chelsea and Byron Munich. Chelsea was outplayed all game but tied it late and won the European title in penalty kicks. I can tell you its not a boring game to watch.

Saturday night my wife and I had the privilege of staying at the Hotel Saskatchewan for a night thanks to Brin Werret at Rockstar Homes. Brin is the president of the Regina Thunder and also a realtor who helped us buy our first house. One of the perks with his company is that they put you up for a night after making a purchase. I can tell you he does things right, visit rockstarhomes.ca for information. I highly recommend this guy, he will take good care of you, not to mention you can talk football while you look at houses.

Rider rookie camp is just over a week away. I cant wait to see all the new talent. First pre-season game is the 13th of June.

Thats it for today

Cheers

Friday, May 18, 2012

Riders Add 4 and Release 1



The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import linebacker Daren Stone, import defensive lineman Mick Williams, non-import running back Nathan Riva and non-import wide receiver Bogdan Raic to contracts. Financial details were not released.

Stone (6’3 – 215) was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 6th round (203rd overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft and appeared in 12 games that season as a rookie.  The University of Maine product also spent time with the 2008 Baltimore Ravens appearing in eight games registering four tackles and one pass knockdown. The Jamaican born linebacker appeared in eight regular season games last year with the Calgary Stampeders, finishing the 2011 season with 18 tackles and nine special teams tackles.  

Williams (6’1 – 282) comes to the Roughriders after stints with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and New York Jets in 2010.  The product of Monessen, PA played four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, finishing his senior year with 42 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10 QB hurries, five quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles while being named 2009 First-Team All-Big East and earning Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors.    

Riva (5’11 – 195) spent the previous four seasons in the CIS with the University of Western Mustangs.  Last year as a senior he carried the ball 92 times for 568 yards and nine touchdowns. As a junior in 2010 he saw action in just three games due to injury but managed to total 272 yards on just 50 carries.  He set career highs in 2009 as a sophomore when carried the ball 98 times for 606 yards.        

Raic (6’2 – 218) signed with the Riders after playing his collegiate career with the Ottawa Gee Gees in the CIS.  Last year as a senior the Ottawa, ON native recorded 497 receiving yards on 25 receptions. 

As Canadian undrafted players, Riva and Raic will not count against the 75 man training camp roster. 


·     The Saskatchewan Roughriders also announced they have released import linebacker Tony Taylor.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pats Volek Signed in Sweden?

 

Truppen (The Squad)

#– Dominic Volek
Forward
Född 1994
182cm 73kg
Moderklubb: HC Sparta Praha

I was given a tip from Mike Beukeboom about the possibility that Pats forward Dominik Volek has signed on with Farestad BK of Karlstad in the Swedish Junior Elite League. Above is how Volek is listed on their roster. However I have been told that it does not mean his time with the Pats is over. Apparently it is common for Euro's to sign in the off season but does not necessarily mean he will not be back with the Pats next year. I will try and get more information as it becomes available.

2013 TEAM PACIFIC HEAD COACH AND STAFF ANNOUNCED

The Team Pacific management group, (BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Western Hockey League and Hockey Canada) announced today the staff selections for Team Pacific that will compete at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.  The 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be held December 28, 2012 - January 4, 2013 in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Quebec.



Head Scout
Wade Klippenstein
Coaldale, AB
Director of Operations
Brent Polischuk
Victoria, BC
Head Coach
Jason Becker
Prince George, BC
Assistant Coach
Steve Hamilton
Edmonton, AB
Assistant Coach
Brandon West
Kelowna, BC
Video Coach
TBA

Athletic Therapist
Brian Cheeseman
Edmonton, AB
Equipment Manager
Troy Clifford
Kamloops, BC



"I am very honoured and excited for this opportunity to be the Head Coach for Team Pacific at the U-17 World Challenge. I am looking forward to working alongside our staff, Brent Polischuk, our D.O.P, Assistant Coaches Steve Hamilton and Brandon West, and our trainers Brian Cheeseman and Troy Clifford,” commented Team Pacific Head Coach, Jason Becker. “I am very happy to get the chance to work with not only two very good coaches, but quality individuals as well. Each of them brings different elements to the table."

Wade Klippenstein has been the Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personal with the Prince George Cougars since 2009. Prior to this position he served as the Director of Player Personal with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Wade has been involved with Team Alberta Programs as well as the BC Hockey High Performance Program and served as the Team Yukon Coach Mentor at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. The head scout position for Team Pacific was added this year to support BC Hockey and Hockey Alberta now that Team Pacific will be assembled as a true regional team.

Brent Polischuk has an extensive background with the BC Hockey High Performance program serving as the Vancouver Island District Evaluator. He has represented BC Hockey on the International Stage as Head Coach of Team BC U16 that competed at the Nagano Cup in 2008.

Jason Becker has been with the Prince George Cougars since 2009 serving as an Assistant Coach. After a successful career in the WHL he went on to play at the University of Saskatchewan and Europe. He has been involved with the BC Hockey High Performance program since 2010.

Steve Hamilton has been an Assistant Coach with the Edmonton Oil Kings since 2010. Prior to this position he was the Head Coach/General Manger of the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). He has served as a camp coach for Hockey Alberta in the U17 program as well as serving as a presenter at coach development sessions.

This past year Brandon West completed his first year behind the bench for the Westside Warriors of the BCHL. Prior to this he was the Head Coach for the Okanagan Rockets in the BC Major Midget League. His most recent involvement with the BC High Performance Program was at the 2012 Male U17 BC Cup.

Brian Cheeseman has served as the Athletic Therapist for the Edmonton Oil Kings since 2010, prior to this he was with the Tri City Americans. He has served as the Team Alberta Under-17 camp therapist.

This will be Troy Clifford’s second time as part of the Team Pacific staff. He has extensive experience within the BC High Performance Program; additionally he serves as the trainer for the Thompson Rivers University men’s team that competes in the BCIHL and with the Okanagan Hockey Academy.

Team Pacific will be comprised of the top 22 players from the Pacific region. Each province will hold programming to identify 34 players (4 G, 12 D, 18 F) to move on to the Team Pacific Regional Camp that will consist of 68 players.  The Team Pacific Regional Camp will be held July 25-29 in Kamloops, B.C.  From this camp players will be scouted with their club team until the top 22 players are named to Team Pacific in November.

"Our work has already begun with BC Cup just finishing up last weekend. The BC staff had an opportunity to watch the best 16 year olds. And next week we have an opportunity to watch the best 16 year olds from Alberta. Our summer will be busy, but will be worth all the hours and work we put into it," commented Becker.

Team Pacific has included some of the top hockey players that Canada has ever produced. Some notable graduates who have competed on Team Pacific include:
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Team Pacific 2010
  • Evander Kane, Team Pacific 2008
  • Brent Seabrook, Team Pacific 2002
  • Dion Phaneuf, Team Pacific 2002
  • Mike Green, Team Pacific 2002
  • Jarome Iginla, Team Pacific 1994
  • Joe Sakic, Team Pacific 1986

The Under 17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under 18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Preview

Shawinigan, QC – The 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament kicks off on Friday, May 18th, in Shawinigan, QC.

The CHL’s Championship tournament, which wraps up with the Championship game on Sunday, May 27th, features four teams – the host Shawinigan Cataractes, the OHL Champion London Knights, the WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings and the QMJHL Champion and defending Memorial Cup Champion Saint John Sea Dogs – who will battle for the storied Memorial Cup trophy.

The tournament format sees each team play one another in a round-robin format. The team with the best record after the round-robin advances directly to the Championship game, while the second and third-placed teams play a semi-final game to determine the other tournament finalist. If there is a tie for third place after the round-robin, a tiebreaker game will be played to determine the second semi-finalist.

Here’s a look at the four teams who will be vying for the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup:

EDMONTON OIL KINGS (WHL Champions)
Head Coach: Derek Laxdal
General Manager: Bob Green

2011-12 Record: 50-15-3-4, 107pts, GF: 310 GA: 193

2011-12 Final CHL Ranking: 4

2012 Playoff Record: 16-4 GF: 74 GA: 43
-Defeated Kootenay Ice 4-0 in first round
-Defeated Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0 in second round
-Defeated Moose Jaw Warriors 4-1 in Eastern Conference Championship Series
-Defeated Portland Winterhawks 4-3 in WHL Championship Series

2012 Playoffs Top Scorers:
C – Curtis Lazar 20gp-8g-11a-19pts
C – Michael St. Croix 20gp-7g-12a-19pts
C – Tyler Maxwell 20gp-5g-11a-16pts
C – Henrik Samuelsson 17gp-4g-10a-14pts

The 2012 WHL Champions, the Edmonton Oil Kings are making their first appearance in the MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament in the five-year modern history of the franchise. The original incarnation of the Oil Kings won Memorial Cups in 1963 and 1966. That franchise eventually relocated to Portland.

Up Front:: Balance is the key for the Oil Kings in generating offense. Not a single member of the Oil Kings averaged a point per game in the playoffs. Yet, the team boasted 11 players that put up at least 10 points, and eight players who tallied at least five goals. Michael St. Croix led the team with 105 points in the regular season and shared the scoring lead in the post-season with 19 points. However, the team got plenty of contributions from the likes of rookie Curtis Lazar, the team’s co-leader in post-season scoring, Tyler Maxwell, Jordan Peddle, Rhett Rachinski, Stephane Legault and Henrik Samuelsson. They will need all the offensive depth they can get versus the best teams in the CHL at the Memorial Cup.

On The Blue Line: The best defensive team in the WHL during the regular season, the Oil Kings continued to stifle the WHL’s top offenses throughout the post-season. Led by captain Mark Pysyk, Edmonton boasts size, great mobility and excellent puck movement from the back end. Pysyk and Keegan Lowe have handled several of the WHL’s top scoring threats through the playoffs, while rearguards like Griffin Reinhart, Martin Gernat, Cody Corbett and Ashton Sautner have combined for a +54 rating among the defense corps during the playoffs.

Goaltending: 19-year-old Laurent Brossoit posted a spectacular 16-4 record to go with a 2.04 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in 20 post-season starts, and was named the MVP of the WHL Championship series. A Calgary Flames prospect, Brossoit has proven to be a big-game player for the Oil Kings, showing he can make big saves at the right time. Brossoit’s performance will go a long way in determining how much success the Oil Kings have at the Memorial Cup tournament.


SHAWINIGAN CATARACTES (Host Team)
Head Coach: Eric Veilleux
General Manager: Martin Mondou

2011-12 Record: 45-16-3-4, 97pts, GF: 274 GA: 179

2011-12 Final CHL Ranking: 5

2012 Playoff Record: 7-4 GF: 47 GA: 28
-Defeated Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4-0 in first round
-Lost to Chicoutimi 4-3 in the second round

2012 Playoffs Top Scorers:
RW – Kirill Kabanov 11gp-4g-9a-13pts
C – Michael Chaput 11gp-4g-8a-12pts
LW – Yannick Veillieux 11gp-5g-6a-11pts
D – Morgan Ellis 11gp-4g-7a-11pts

An original QMJHL franchise, the Shawinigan Catarates come into the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup as the host team. The Cataractes are making their second appearance in the Memorial Cup tournament, having lost to the Prince Albert Raiders in the 1985 Memorial Cup final. The Cataractes also have not played in a month after being eliminated in the second round of the 2012 QMJHL playoffs.

Up Front:: The Cataractes boast a balanced, deep group of forwards who helped the team to the QMJHL’s fourth-best offensive output during the regular season and average over four goals per game in their short playoff run. Highly skilled Russian Kirill Kabanov, a New York Islanders prospect, paced the Cataractes in post-season scoring while another five players had at least 10 playoff points. Shawinigan product and Canadian World Junior veteran Michael Bournival, a Montreal Canadiens’ prospect will need to bring his tireless work ethic, while veterans Yannick Veilleux, Anton Zlobin and Michael Chaput are serious offensive threats as well. Expect plenty of offensive contributions from defensemen Brandon Gormley and Morgan Ellis as well.

On The Blue Line: The best defensive team in the QMJHL during the regular season, the Cataractes allowed just 179 goals during the season and owned the third-best penalty killing unit. Offensive rearguards Morgan Ellis, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, and Brandon Gormley, a Florida Panthers prospect, combined for nine goals in the playoffs. Both can provide excellent two-way play and leadership. Through they lost in a tough seven-game series to Chicoutimi in the second round, the Cataractes’ defense corps posted a solid +36 rating through 11 post-season games.

Goaltending: After splitting goaltending duties during the regular season, 17-year-old Alex Dubeau and 20-year-old Gabriel Girard both saw action in the 2012 QMJHL playoffs as well for the Cataractes. Dubeau posted the best numbers of any goaltender in the QMJHL during the playoffs with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in seven games. Though not ranked in NHL Central Scouting’s rankings, Dubeau has the ability to steal games for the Cataractes. Veteran Girard posted a 4-0 record in the post-season, and gives the Cataractes another solid option between the pipes.


LONDON KNIGHTS (OHL Champions)
Head Coach / General Manager: Mark Hunter

2011-12 Record: 49-18-0-1, 99pts, GF: 277 GA: 178

2011-12 Final CHL Ranking: 3

2012 Playoff Record: 16-3 GF: 72 GA: 45
-Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4-0 in first round
-Defeated Saginaw Spirit 4-2 in second round
-Defeated Kitchener Rangers 4-0 in Western Conference Championship series
-Defeated Niagara IceDogs 4-1 in OHL Championship series

2012 Playoffs Top Scorers:
RW – Seth Griffith 19gp-10g-13a-23pts
D – Olli Maatta 19gp-6g-17a-23pts
C – Vladislav Namestnikov 19gp-4g-14a-18pts
C – Austin Watson 19gp-10g-7a-17pts

The London Knights won the OHL Championship and are back in the MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament for the first time since 2005, when they won the Memorial Cup on home ice as the host team. Though they may be a younger group, the Knights showed great consistency and commitment to the cause throughout the season.

Up Front:: The Knights are a deep group up front, and play a very disciplined and structured system. The Knights boast star power in the form of Vladislav Namestnikov, Gregg McKegg, and Austin Watson, whom are all NHL prospects, and undrafted Seth Griffith, who is one of the team’s top all-around players. A key cog on the penalty kill for the Knights, Griffith led all forwards on the team in playoff scoring. The team also gets plenty of contributions from youngsters like Max Domi and Ryan Rupert, who helped the Knights to the OHL’s third-best offense during the regular season.

On The Blue Line: The Knights’ defense was the stingiest in the OHL during the regular season, giving up a League-low 178 goals. Led by draft-eligible rearguard Olli Maatta and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect and Canadian World Junior defenseman Scott Harrington, the Knights are as defensively responsible and tight as any team in the tournament. Maatta, a native of Finland, also brings considerable offense to the table, having co-led the Knights in playoff scoring with 23 points. Jared Tinordi, a first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, is also a key player in the Knights’ defensive scheme, playing a tough, physical defensive game.

Goaltending: 19-year-old veteran netminder Michael Houser has been outstanding all season for the Knights, winning 46 of 52 regular-season appearances while earning OHL Goaltender of the Year and Player of the Year. The 19-year-old was just as good during the playoffs, posting a 2.25 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in 19 games. Houser’s strong goaltending is a major reason the Knights posted the best defensive record in the OHL.


SAINT JOHN SEA DOGS (QMJHL Champions)
Head Coach: Gerard Gallant
Director of Hockey Operations: Mike Kelly

2011-12 Record: 50-15-0-3, 107pts, GF: 298 GA: 180

2011-12 Final CHL Ranking: 1

2012 Playoff Record: 16-1 GF: 103 GA: 39
-Defeated Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-0 in first round
-Defeated Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4-0 in second round
-Defeated Chicoutimi Sangueneens 4-1 in Semi-Final series
-Defeated Rimouski Oceanic 4-0 in QMJHL Championship series

2012 Playoffs Top Scorers:
RW – Stanislav Galiev 17gp-16g-18a-34pts
RW – Charlie Coyle 17gp-15g-19a-34pts
C – Zack Phillips 17gp-9g-23a-32pts
RW – Tomas Jurco 16gp-13g-16a-29pts

The Saint John Sea Dogs come into the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup as back-to-back QMJHL champions and defending Memorial Cup champions. The Sea Dogs arguably boast an even stronger squad than the one they had last year. Once again, the Sea Dogs enter the MasterCard Memorial Cup as the CHL’s top-ranked team.

Up Front:: The Sea Dogs boast a lethal offense that piled up a whopping 103 goals in just 17 playoff games. Last year’s Memorial Cup stars Stanislav Galiev, Tomas Jurco, Zack Phillips and 2011 Memorial Cup MVP Jonathan Huberdeau are back and as productive as ever. All four are among six Sea Dogs who averaged well over a point per game in the playoffs. Add in former Boston University star Charlie Coyle, who shared the team scoring lead in the playoffs, and you have a dynamic and powerful attack that has been near impossible to slow down in the QMJHL. The Sea Dogs also boasted the QMJHL’s top power play in the post-season. With a talented group of top NHL prospects, the Sea Dogs shouldn’t have a problem scoring goals in the tournament.

On The Blue Line: The Sea Dogs were equally impressive on the defensive side of the game during the post-season as they were offensively. The team allowed just 39 goals in 17 games, and boasted the second-best penalty killing success rate in the post-season. Montreal Canadiens prospect and Canadian World Junior star Nathan Beaulieu heads up a defense corps that combined for an astounding +101 rating in the playoffs. Beaulieu, Charles-Olivier Roussel and Kevin Gagne also combined for nine goals and 45 points in 17 post-season games.

Goaltending: 20-year-old Mathieu Corbeil is the main man in the Sea Dogs’ net after backing up former WHL netminder Jacob DeSerres last year. The 6’ 6”, netminder posted a 2.18 goals-against average and a solid .917 save percentage during the QMJHL playoffs, proving he can step up his play when the games mean more. Corbeil got into one game in last year’s MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament, which gives him a slight advantage in the experience dept.


2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Schedule:
Round Robin
Game 1 – Edmonton vs Shawinigan; Friday, May 18; 7:00pm
Game 2 – Saint John vs London; Saturday, May 19; 7:00pm
Game 3 – Shawinigan vs London; Sunday, May 20; 7:00pm
Game 4 – Saint John vs Edmonton; Monday, May 21; 7:00pm
Game 5 – London vs Edmonton; Tuesday, May 22; 7:00pm
Game 6 – Shawinigan vs Saint John; Wednesday, May 23; 7:00pm

Tie-Breaker (If Necessary); Thursday, May 24; 7:00pm

Semi-Final; Friday, May 25; 7:00pm

Memorial Cup Championship Game; Sunday, May 27; 7:00pm

The 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup is proudly supported by MasterCard, title sponsor of this event for 14 straight years. Associate sponsors include Bank of Montreal, Subway, CCM, and broadcast partners Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For more information about the event please visit www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

OIL KINGS SET TO DEPART FOR MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP

CALGARY, AB. – The Edmonton Oil Kings are heading to their first MasterCard Memorial Cup in modern franchise history and depart to the 2012 host city Shawinigan, Quebec Wednesday, May 16.  The Oil Kings capture their first Western Hockey League Championship this past Sunday after defeating the Portland Winterhawks in a thrilling WHL Championship Series 4-3, to claim the Ed Chynoweth Cup.  The Edmonton Oil Kings charter departs the Edmonton International Airport Wednesday morning at 10am (local) and arrives in Trois-Rivieres at 4:04pm (local), just a short drive away from the host City of Shawinigan.

They will hit the ice for their first practice on Thursday at the Gilles Bourassa Arena at 12:30pm ET, Head Coach Derek Laxdal will then take part in the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Meet-the-Coaches media conference at 4:30pm ET and then the entire Edmonton Oil Kings team will attend the MasterCard Memorial Cup Opening Banquet at Espace Shawinigan.

The tournament officially begins on Friday with the WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings taking on the host Shawinigan Cataractes at 7:00pm ET.  All games will be played at the Shawinigan Bionest Centre and can be seen LIVE on Sportsnet.

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Schedule (All times are Eastern):

Round-Robin Game 1 – Edmonton vs. Shawinigan on Friday May 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 2 – Saint John vs. London on Saturday May 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 3 – Shawinigan vs. London on Sunday May 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 4 – Saint John vs. Edmonton on Monday May 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 5 – London vs. Edmonton on Tuesday May 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 6 – Shawinigan vs. Saint John on Wednesday May 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Tie-Breaker (if necessary) – Thursday May 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Semi-Final – Friday May 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Championship Final – Sunday May 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

The 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup is proudly supported by MasterCard, title sponsor of this event for 14 straight years.  Associate sponsors include Bank of Montreal, Subway, CCM, and broadcast partners Sportsnet and TVA Sports.   

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 WHL PLAYOFFS ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS



CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League is pleased to announce that the 2012 WHL Playoffs reached new heights this season with record attendance numbers and the most LIVE television exposure in The Leagues 46 year history.

The 2012 WHL Playoffs culminated with an epic Championship Series that saw two power-houses battle it out over seven games before a Champion was crowned.  The Edmonton Oil Kings and Portland Winterhawks pushed each-other back and forth throughout the series in true heavy-weight fashion, with the Oil Kings coming out on top in Game Seven 4-1, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 12,514 at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

Overall the 2012 WHL Playoffs attracted 436,411 fans to 74 games with an average of 5,897 per game.  The attendance total is an increase of close to 15% compared to the 2011 WHL Playoffs which drew 385,927 fans to 75 games, averaging 5,146 per game.  The successful 2012 WHL Playoffs were highlighted when during the WHL Championship Series a WHL All-Time Record for Attendance in a Playoff Series was set.  Over the course of the seven game series a record 74,618 fans attended the 2012 WHL Championship Series, averaging 10,660 per game.

2012 WHL Championship Series
Game #1 – Portland @ Edmonton; Thursday, May 3 - 7,466
Game #2 – Portland @ Edmonton; Friday, May 4 - 10,720
Game #3 – Edmonton @ Portland; Sunday, May 6 - 10,947
Game #4 – Edmonton @ Portland; Tuesday, May 8 - 10,947
Game #5 – Portland @ Edmonton; Thursday, May 10 - 11,077
Game #6 – Edmonton @ Portland; Saturday, May 12 - 10,947
Game #7 – Portland @ Edmonton; Sunday, May 13 - 12,514
Total - 74,618
Average per game - 10,660

The extensive media coverage in both Edmonton and Portland, combined with the largest television audience in WHL Playoff history and record setting attendance, provided the Western Hockey League with the most extensive exposure it has ever experienced during a WHL Championship Series.  The WHL's broadcast partner Shaw produced all seven games of the Championship Series LIVE in high-definition and the WHL's U.S. broadcast partner Root Sports carried the series in many regions of the United States reaching the highest audience levels ever recorded for a WHL Championship Series in Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

"We are very fortunate to have such a loyal and enthusiastic fan base during the WHL Playoffs," commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison.  "Our record setting attendance for the WHL Championship Series was definitely a major highlight and that is thanks to the tremendous support we received in both the Edmonton and Portland markets."

Monday, May 14, 2012

OIL KINGS' PYSYK NAMED WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK



CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Mark Pysyk is the WHL Player of the Week.  

Pysyk picked up three points, scoring one goal and two assists in four games over the last week helping the Oil Kings capture their first WHL Championship title in modern franchise history over the Portland Winterhawks.

On Tuesday, May 8, with the Winterhawks leading the Championship Series 2-1, game four went in Portland at the Rose Garden.  Pysyk collected one assist in the Oil Kings 4-3 over-time win, evening the series at 2-2.  A pivotal game five was back at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Thursday, May 10.  Pysyk scored the game-winning-goal with just under a minute remaining to give the Oil Kings a 4-3 victory and 3-2 series lead.  He also gathered one assist in the contest and was named the games 1st Star.  The Winterhawks took game six 3-2 back in Portland on Saturday, May 12 with the Oil Kings claiming the title in game seven in front of 12,514 fans 4-1 on Saturday, May 13.  As team Captain Pysyk's leadership was instrumental on and off the ice throughout the playoffs, especially late in the WHL Championship Series.

A 20-year-old (born 1992) from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Pysyk has been the face of the Oil Kings franchise since the team joined the WHL as an expansion Club in 2007.  He was the team's first ever WHL Bantam draft pick in 2007, the first ever NHL first round draft pick in 2010 (23rd overall - BUF) and the first to represent Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2012.  Pysyk has appeared in 243 WHL games over his career, collecting 25 goals and 100 assists for 125 points.    

By virtue of their victory in the 2012 WHL Championship the Edmonton Oil Kings will now represent the WHL in the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament will run from May 18th to 27th and will also include the OHL Champion London Knights, the QMJHL Champion Saint John Sea Dogs and the host Shawinigan Cataractes. The Sea Dogs are the defending MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions.  

The WHL has also nominated Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.  Brossoit posted a 3-1-0-0 record this past week, stopping 128 of 138 shots faced for a 2.42 goals-against average and 0.928 save percentage.  Brossoit, a native of Surrey, BC, helped the Oil Kings capture their first WHL Championship title in modern franchise history over the Portland Winterhawks.
WHL Player of the Week - 2012 WHL PlayoffsMay 7 – May 13: Mark Pysyk, Edmonton Oil Kings
Apr. 30 – May 6: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Brad Ross, Portland Winterhawks
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Klarc Wilson, Edmonton Oil Kings
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Jordan Martinook, Vancouver Giants

WHL Player of the Week
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Matej Stransky, Saskatoon Blades
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Michael Ferland, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Dominik Uher, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 27 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 2 – Dec. 18: Patrick Holland, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Mike Winther, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Alex Petrovic, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Cody Beach, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 22 – Sept. 25: Adam Hughesman, Tri-City Americans

Friday, May 11, 2012

Riders Add 3 Release 4



The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import receiver Dwayne Jarrett, import defensive back Jalil Johnson and non-import defensive back Dominic Noel to contracts. Financial details were not released.

Jarrett (6’4 – 219) was a second round pick (45th overall) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2007 NFL Draft. The New Jersey native remained with the Panthers through the 2009 season, and also appeared in the first three games of the 2010 campaign during his time in Carolina.  Over the course of his time in the NFL, the 25-year old appeared in 32 games while making three starts and recorded 35 receptions for 428 yards and one touchdown.

One of the most decorated receivers in USC history, Jarrett was a three year starter and two-time consensus All-American for the Trojans. During his time in Southern California, Jarrett played in 38 games and finished his collegiate career with receiving totals of 216 receptions for 3,128 yards and 41 touchdowns. While forgoing his senior collegiate season to enter the NFL Draft in 2007, Jarrett still remains the Pac-12’s all-time record holder with 41 receiving touchdowns.

Johnson (5’10 – 181) joins the Riders after originally signing as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2011 season. The 23-year old played his freshman season at Mississippi Delta Community College where he tallied 27 tackles,18 pass break ups and two interceptions prior to transferring to Jackson State University. During his tenure with the Tigers, Johnson finished with career totals of 59 tackles, 18 pass break ups, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 21 games played.

Noel (5’10 – 175) joins the Riders after completing an outstanding career at Laval playing for the Rouge et Or. The 24-year old defensive back was named a CIS All-Canadian in 2011 while also being named a defensive All-Star in the RSEQ conference. The native of Sorel, Quebec played in 30 games during his career at Laval, playing in three Vanier Cup championships and capturing two.

·   The Saskatchewan Roughriders also announced they have released the following players.
Import LB – Maurice Lloyd

      Import LB – Kye Stewart
Import LB – Darnell Bing

Non Import WR – Kolten Solomon

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Winterhawks Bartschi named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Sven Bartschi is the CHL Player of the Week after scoring four goals and one assist for five points in three playoff games for the week ending May 6.

Bartschi opened the WHL Championship Series with a goal in Game 1 last Thursday night despite a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings. He followed that up with a pair of first star performances including Friday night in Game 2 where he scored two goals in a 5-1 win, and on Sunday where he scored once and added an assist as part of the 4-3 victory which gave the Winterhawks a 2-1 series lead. The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Thursday night in Edmonton.

Bartschi, a 19-year-old from Langenthal, Switzerland, is playing in his second full WHL season with the Winterhawks. Selected 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Bartschi is currently second in WHL playoff scoring with 32 points including 13 goals and 19 assists in 19 games played.

Also considered for the award this week was Andrew Agozzino of the Niagara IceDogs who scored four goals in the opening two games of the OHL Championship Series against the London Knights. In the QMJHL, Tomas Jurco of the Saint John Sea Dogs scored two goals and one assist for three points in the first two games of the QMJHL Finals against the Rimouski Oceanic.

2011-12 CHL Playoff Players of the Week:
Apr. 30 – May. 6: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Olli Maatta, London Knights
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Alexandre Mallet, Rimouski Oceanic
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Freddie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Zack Phillips, Saint John Sea Dogs
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Stefan Noesen, Plymouth Whalers
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Charlie Coyle, Saint John Sea Dogs

2011-12 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Michael Sgarbossa, Sudbury Wolves
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Michael Ferland, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Cameron Brace, Owen Sound Attack
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Guillaume Asselin, Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Alexandre Mallet, Rimouski Oceanic
Dec, 5 – Dec. 11: Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alex Saulnier, Moncton Wildcats
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Ryan Spooner, Kingston Frontenacs
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Riders Announced 2012 Plaza of Honor Inductees



Today the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee announced four new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor. This year Ed Buchanan, Nate Davis, Andrew Greene and Tom Robinson will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.

Besides being Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sporting dinner, the Plaza of Honor Dinner has contributed approximately $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 113 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.

The cairn honouring the Plaza of Honor Inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.

This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 21st at the Credit Union Eventplex – Evraz Place. To accommodate a much larger audience, the event has been moved to the Eventplex and will allow patrons a spacious opportunity with a large reception area throughout the evening to meet and greet friends and associates. The ambiance will be significantly improved and there will be amble room to move around and a quick food service delivery time. 

For information on tickets or corporate tables, contact the Saskatchewan Roughrider Ticket Office at 525-1281 or 1-888-474-3377 or any committee member.


ED BUCHANAN
San Diego Jr. College
#25
Halfback
1963-67



  • Born in San Diego, CA.
  • Played five seasons with the Roughriders
  • Played his college ball at San Diego Jr. College
  • Played 45 regular season games for the Riders
  • Was a member of the 1966 Grey Cup Championship Roughrider team
  • His 2,531 rushing yards as a Rider place him 10th on the all-time Rider list
  • Also had 93 career receptions for 1,637 yards and eight touchdowns
  • His 1,325 kick-off return yards place him 16th on the all-time Rider list
  • Was named to the All-Canadian team in 1964




CAREER STATS
YEAR  TEAM                          GP       CAR    YDS    LG       TD  REC  YDS   LG  TD
1963 Saskatchewan                 3        47        179      23        0         6     96    36      1        
1964 Saskatchewan               16       179     1390      93        7       36    681   48      2
1965 Saskatchewan                 4        24          86      15        0         4      87   28      0
1966 Saskatchewan                 6        32        181      43        0       14    296   80      3
1977 Saskatchewan               16       120       695      85        2       33    477   53      2         
Totals                                      45       402      2531     93        9       93  1637   80      8



NATE DAVIS
Indiana
#98
Defensive Lineman
2001-06

  • Born in Hartford, CN. In 1974
  • Played his college ball at Indiana
  • Spent six seasons playing for Saskatchewan
  • Was originally drafted in the second round (32nd overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft
  • Spent parts of four seasons with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons
  • Started 91 regular season games for the Riders
  • Also started in six playoff games
  • Finished his career with 144 defensive tackles
  • His 32 quarterback sacks are 9th on the Riders all-time list
  • Also recorded five fumble recoveries
  • Was a West Division All-Star in 2003 and 2004
  • Was a CFL All-Star in 2004




CAREER STATS
YEAR TEAM                         GP      DT       FR       QS     
2001   Saskatchewan         13        40          2          3
2002   Saskatchewan         15        38          1          3
2003   Saskatchewan         17        31          0       10
2004   Saskatchewan         18        20          2          8
2005   Saskatchewan         12        15          0          4
2006   Saskatchewan         16        20          0          4
Totals                                    91      164        5          32



ANDREW GREENE
Indiana
#68
Offensive Lineman
1997; 1999-2006



  • Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1969
  • Played eight seasons with the Roughriders
  • Played his college ball at Indiana
  • Selected in the 2nd round (18th overall) by the Riders in the 1994 CFL Draft
  • Selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round (53rd overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft
  • Spent four seasons in the NFL with Miami, Seattle and Jacksonville
  • Spent nine seasons with the Roughriders
  • Started 116 regular season games on the Riders offensive line
  • Also started in nine playoff games and the 1997 Grey Cup game
  • Was named a West Division All-Star five times
  • Was named a CFL All-Star four times
  • Was the West nominee for Most Outstanding Lineman in 2000
  • Was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2003




TOM ROBINSON
President



  • Served as on the Roughrider Board of Directors for 11 years
  • Served as President/Chairman from 2001-2003
  • Also spent three years as Vice-President of the Riders
  • Was instrumental in conceiving, planning and implementing the modern Board of Directors structure currently used by the organization
  • Served on the first committee of the Board to search for and recommend the hiring of the first CEO
  • Instrumental in dealing with the provincial government in debt of the Club essentially forgiven
  • Helped get the finances of the Club turned around from -$3 million to +$10 million when he left the Club
  • Played a very active role at the CFL level where he served for a time as Chairman of the CFL Board of Governors
  • Served as a Vice-President for the 1995 Grey Cup held in Saskatchewan
  • Also oversaw a tremendously successful Grey Cup 2003 hosted in Saskatchewan