Thursday, July 31, 2014
There are 4 QB's, 11 running backs, 16 receivers, and 15 offensive linemen. 17 defensive linemen, 12 linebackers, 19 defensive backs and 2 kickers.
That being said the team has plenty of depth and some your rookies coming in that will push for spots.
Head Coach Scott MacAulay says he is looking forward to seeing the players hit the field this weekend. "Very exciting times ahead, I know the guys have been working hard in the off season getting ready for camp and to come out with a bang. It has been a long time, we've had four indoor camps, we had our spring camp and the Can-Mm football Exchange. We've gone from about 200 guys down to about 100 guys for this fall camp. There's some exciting times and a lot of competition to look forward to watching."
Like any championship team there have been some players move on and there will be new faces in those roles this year. A total of 8 starters are gone from last years team, QB Asher Hastings, receivers Will Heward, Trystan Dyce, Jacob Carr and most likely Mitch Thompson. Plus defensive backs Tanner Hope and Landon Walter and defensive lineman Ben Simaluk.
MacAulay n the starting jobs available. "We've definitely had some turnover, that's part of the whole junior football experience but we have a good core of guys coming back. The offensive line you wont see much change, same with linebacker but pretty much at every other spot on our team we are going to see some good battles with guys coming in. With our defensive backs we lost two starters, the rest of the guys are coming back but its been really interesting because we've had a lot of great recruits in the last couple years and we are really loaded with talent at that position. So I expect there to be some changes as to whose starting compared to last year."
MacAulay says he feels his team has the depth to fill these holes. "That's what we are going to have to base out team off. When you lose some key players like Asher Hastings and some of our receivers you have to make sure you have good solid depth across the board and I think that's our strength... We have to make sure that all three sides of the ball take care of each other and work together cohesively and we will have a good opportunity to have a great season. "
There are a number of players to watch this weekend when it comes to new faces.
DB Ashton Vien who played at O'Niell.
DL Ryan Moore who was with the Rams last year.
RB Daniel Bjorge, formerly of the Calgary Colts.
OL Brayden Moroz who has come over from Manitoba.
LB Steven Siebrecht, also from Manitoba.
LB Spencer Berrett from Moose Jaw Peackock.
WR Levi Paul and WR Adam Peterson from Shaunavon.
It's been talked about to death that Asher Hastings is gone to the CIS and for good reason. However the page is turned and the competition for the starting quarterback job will be front and centre this weekend. There are 4 candidates in camp: Spencer Mack, Kieran Pruden, Jaedon Marwick and Kade Tuba. Marwick started in the National Championship game against the Thunder for the Vancouver Island Raiders last year.
MacAulay says he expects good competition there. "I expect them to push each other. Those guys will all be given first string reps for the first couple practices and then from there we will go with two guys and let them battle it out for the one/two spot."
The Thunder defense will be led by Derek Lamer for the first time this year. Lamer was set to be linebackers coach before Dave Jackson got a CFL job in Winnipeg and now he has taken over the reins.
The team will practice for the first time at 7PM on Friday night at the clubhouse. Then two a days go Saturday and Sunday at 9AM and 11:30AM.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars have made significant changes to their scouting staff for the 2014-2015 season. Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins has promoted two current scouts to new positions, and has also hired two new B.C. based scouts with championship credentials.
Bob Simmonds (Edmonton, AB) has been named Director of Scouting. Simmonds, a retired RCMP officer (37 years), is thrilled to contribute to the New Ice Age.
“To say that I am excited and thrilled would be a major understatement. There’s a lot of hard work that lies ahead for us, but I cannot wait to get at it,” comments Simmonds, who permanently resides in Alberta, but spent a good portion of his life living in British Columbia. He adds, “When I approach my scouting duties, I believe that I am not only a representative of the hockey team, but also an ambassador for the City of Prince George.”
“Bob Simmonds is a Prince George Cougar through and through and has seen it all over the past seven seasons,” adds Todd Harkins. “He’s very detail oriented, with a keen eye for talent at this level, and he has earned the opportunity to oversee our scouting department.”
Bill Horton (St. Paul, MN) has been promoted to the position of Director of U.S. Scouting. Horton, 27, joined the Cougars prior to the 2013-2014 season, and has made a very strong impression both with the Cougars and the rest of the Western Hockey League.
“The WHL is a hard-working league and Prince George is a hard-working city, and we’re looking for character players from the United States who do the little things right“, said Horton who played three professional seasons in Europe, most recently in the Netherlands Elite League (2010-2012). “I’m very excited for training camp. There are a lot of young Americans coming to our camp and fans will get to see some of our future players on display.”
“Bill Horton is a young guy who has really impressed me with his ability to identify talent and build relationships with U.S. born players and families,” comments Harkins. “He is a go-getter who continues to climb the hockey ladder, and we know that he will thrive in his new position.”
The Prince George Cougars are also thrilled to announce the hiring of two B.C. based scouts who have both been valuable contributors to winning organizations. Trevor Sprague (Prince George, B.C.) has been hired as a travelling scout for the team while Tom Hengen (Vancouver, B.C.) has been hired as a Lower Mainland area scout.
Sprague will soon be entering his seventh season as Head Coach of the Cariboo Cougars of the B.C. Major Midget League. He has also spent the past five seasons as a Northern scout for the Portland Winterhawks, the four-time defending WHL Western Conference champions. Sprague’s passion for the North and his close relationship to Harkins made this an easy decision for him to make the move.
As the travelling scout, Sprague will represent the Prince George Cougars at all B.C./Alberta high profile bantam tournaments and events during the season. His role with the Cariboo Cougars will also be vital in the development of 2014 first round draft pick Justin Almeida, who has committed to playing with the Cariboo Cougars this season.
“Being a Northern guy, it’s so exciting for my family and I to join the Prince George Cougars,” said Sprague. “It’s always been a dream of mine to be in the North. It’s a perfect fit for me, and I’m really looking forward to further building hockey in the North.”
“Nobody bleeds for the North like Trevor Sprague,” said Harkins. “He is an extremely hard-working and trustworthy individual who has done a phenomenal job scouting and recruiting for the Cariboo Cougars and he shares our commitment and passion to building a perennial winner in Prince George.”
Tom Hengen joins the Prince George Cougars after spending the past six seasons as Head Scout for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. Hengen, who is the father of newly hired Cougars assistant coach Michael Hengen, played an integral part in scouting a Vees team that won a staggering 247 regular season during his tenure along with the 2012 Royal Bank Cup Championship in Humboldt, SK.
In addition to these changes, the Prince George Cougars have retained the services of several regional scouts.
B.C. Interior Area scout Darren McFarland returns for his second season with the Cougars while in Alberta, Corey Lyons (Rural Area) and Lyle Feser (Calgary) will continue their scouting efforts. Jason Gordon will continue to scout the province of Saskatchewan while Kirk McCuspey returns for his second season as a Manitoba area scout. Down South, Ben Stromberg is back for his second season scouting the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States while Los Angeles based scout Nick Gallo will continue to scout the Western United States.
“Our scouting staff is comprised of great hockey minds who are all deeply committed to building a championship team in Prince George,” adds Harkins. “These guys all want to succeed, and they all want to eventually get to the NHL and we want to give them every opportunity to do so.”
Prince George Cougars Training Camp begins on Friday, August 22nd.
A reminder to fans that you can join the New Ice Age by purchasing your season tickets through Ticketmaster at: (250)-564-5585.
Manager of Broadcasting, Media and Community Relations
Prince George Cougars Hockey Club
The team heads out for two in a row on the road in Ottawa and then Winnipeg. Two big games with Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg all siting with 4 wins on the year.
The Blue Jays keep on winning. 4-2 last night in Boston, that's 4 in a row and they are 9 and 3 since the all star break. Marcus Stroman was awesome on the mound last night going 7 innings and giving up just 1 run.
This team is winning without the likes of Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie, Adam Lind and Brandon Morrow. Baltimore might he hard to overtake for top spot in the AL East but the wildcard is a real possibility. I'm excited.
That's it for me today, have a great week.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Portland Winterhawks have announced the hiring of Keith McKittrick as an assistant coach.
McKittrick will join General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon and returning Assistant Coach Kyle Gustafson on the bench this season. McKittrick comes to the Hawks from the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, where he spent six seasons, the last two as assistant coach – video.
The hiring of McKittrick from the Red Wings comes on the heels of the team bringing in 17-year NHL coaching veteran Kompon as the team’s General Manager & Head Coach.
On headset with Detroit’s assistant coaches during games, McKittrick’s responsibilities included presenting video breakdowns to staff and players during intermissions, as well as organizing video scouting reports for game preparation. In addition, McKittrick provided video reports for post-game individual player-performance reviews and joined the coaching staff on-ice during team practices, focusing on skill development work with individual players.
“Keith is a highly-regarded coach whose experience providing in-game analysis will be a valuable asset when he joins us on the bench,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. “With our coaching staff in place I’m looking forward to getting started with training camp next month.”
Prior to his tenure with the Red Wings, McKittrick spent time on the staffs with Michigan State University, and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. McKittrick also has international experience as the video coach for Team USA at the 2006 Three Nations Tournament, and at the 2007 World Junior Championship in Sweden where he helped the U.S. capture a bronze medal.
Courtesy Winterhawks PR
Monday, July 28, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Forbes will be joining the Lethbridge Hurricanes after spending this past season with the Cowichan Capitals in the BCHL. Prior to his time in Duncan, BC with the Capitals, Forbes was also the play-by-play voice of the La Ronge Ice Wolves (SJHL) as well as broadcasting Junior B hockey games for the Richmond Sockeyes and Comox Valley Glacier Kings.
Before he started calling hockey games, Forbes was also a sports anchor, reporter and host in Courtenay, BC. While attending British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Forbes also interned at Rogers Sportsnet where he covered both the BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks and he's excited for this next step in his broadcasting career. "I think it's a huge opportunity, it's something that's been a goal of mine to get a WHL opportunity so I'm really excited and can't wait to get out there and get the ball rolling." He added "I want the fans to know I'll bring high energy and excitement to the games. I will hopefully make you feel like you're at the game even if you're not and hopefully bring you in whether we're in Lethbridge or not."
Communications & PR Manager
Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats are pleased to announce the team will be hosting Alumni Rob Laird and the Stanley Cup in a celebration at the Wascana Golf and Country Club Tuesday, July 29th. The club will hold a private corporate/alumni reception from 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. before a Season Ticket Holder patio party from
2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The Stanley Cup will be available for photos with a donation to the ALS Society of Saskatchewan. Media are invited to attend the event starting at 1:50 p.m.
“It’s very special. I feel very fortunate that I have this opportunity to bring the cup back to Regina,” said Rob Laird. “I have immediate family here, my mother, brother and sister and lots of relatives and lots of friends. I’m pretty excited about sharing it with them. I also wanted to get the Cup out to the public and the Regina Pats have been very generous and cooperative in working with me to make this happen.”
Laird is the senior pro scout for the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, and has been with the organization for 19 years. This is his second time celebrating a Stanley Cup Championship in the last three years with the Kings.
The Regina native was a member of the Pats for two full seasons including the Blue and White’s 1974 Memorial Cup Championship team. Laird tallied 84 points (39G, 45A) in 68 games that season and 117 points in his career as a Pat.
“We are very proud of our alumni Rob Laird and his remarkable accomplishment,” commented Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang. “We are grateful Rob elected to share this special day with the Pats organization including our alumni, corporate partners and season ticket holders.”
Event: Stanley Cup Celebration with Pats Alumni Rob Laird
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 29th at 1:50 p.m.
Location: Clubhouse, Wascana Golf and Country Club
Available: Rob Laird, LA Kings Senior Pro-Scout and Pats Alumni
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
SASKATOON - The Saskatoon Blades look to be going on a powerplay after changes to their scouting system.
Veteran leader Doug Molleken, 54, has signed a two year extension and will direct his focus on Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the United States as Director of Scouting, Eastern Region. The long-time head scout for the Blades will be surrounded by a few of his old birddogs and a lot of new talent.
Doug's partner will be Dan Tencer, 28, promoted from regional scout to Director of Scouting, Western Region, responsible for Alberta and British Columbia. Before coming to the Blades in 2013, Tencer was the host of the Edmonton Oilers Radio Network and Inside Sports for 7 years on Corus Radio, where he still co-hosts a radio show.
Both men will report directly to Managing Partner Colin Priestner, who will oversee the bantam and European drafts, working closely with General Manager Bob Woods and Assistant General Manager Steve "Hilty" Hildebrand.
This trio has already demonstrated its effectiveness working together with what independent observers noted was an impressive performance at the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The three were point men at the Blades draft table, selecting a total of 12 players. After the last name was called, the influential Western Elite Hockey Prospects group was quick to applaud the Blades’ performance, stating, "The Saskatoon Blades didn’t have a first round selection this year but that didn’t stop them from having one of the top drafts."
"The amount of scouting, research and conversations those three led put the Blades in a great position heading into that draft. Their work, combined with the reporting of our other scouts, led to the success we realized at the draft," says Blades President Steve Hogle, who was eyewitness to both the work leading up to the draft as well as the decisions made at the draft table.
"This structure for scouting puts the organization in a great position for years to come," adds GM Bob Woods. "Their passion is unrivalled, their organization is impressive and their talent is evident in the results."
Highly respected Saskatoon-based scout Frank Dryka and Winnipeg's Scott Unger are both back with the Blades and they are joined by a number of new scouts, each with impressive resumes.
"The quality of our people is absolutely stellar and they’ve already shown their input is outstanding. We’re also going to employ cutting edge systems with the view to use another weapon to gain the edge on the competition," adds Managing Partner Colin Priestner. "We are out for more than respect. We are out to win."
Here is how the Blades scouting squad now stacks up under the Director of Scouting, Eastern Division, Doug Molleken and Director of Scouting, Western Division, Dan Tencer:
Kerry Gladson: Joining the staff for his first year, Kerry played NCAA hockey for the University of Illinois in Chicago and has both played and coached in the BCHL. The veteran minor hockey coach is also the Director at the prestigious West Coast Hockey Prep Camp.
Jason Smart: Entering his second season on staff, Jason played two seasons for the Blades from 1988-90 and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1989. Following his pro career, Jason coached and instructed hockey at various levels and serves as an RCMP Corporal. Jason’s son Jonathan was Kelowna’s 1st round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
Ty Symenuk: Entering his first year scouting for the Blades, Ty played Midget AAA for the Moose Jaw Generals from 2011-2013 and is now turning his focus to building a career on the business side of hockey as he prepares to major in Finance at University of Calgary.
Tom Symenuk: Tom brings a wealth of hockey history into his inaugural season as a scout. He played in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, including three years as a captain with the Nipawin Hawks. He went on to the University of Saskatchewan to play hockey and pursue a degree. He coached with the Saskatoon Contacts for 8 seasons and has spent the last decade as Vice President of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.
Mike Bracko: A first year scout, Mike has over two decades of experience as a skating, strength and conditioning coach. In addition to working with Junior and Pro players, Mike is also a member of the staff for the USA Men’s Deaflympic Hockey Team. Mike also played at the University of Illinois.
Joe Jacobs: Joining the scouting staff for his first season, Joe is an avid hockey observer with a history of playing competitive hockey in his youth. Joe will bring the same level of competitiveness, detail and professionalism to the staff that he does to his work as a mortgage broker.
Tyrel Spitzer: Starting his rookie campaign on the scouting staff, Tyrelhas 5 years of experience coaching Bantam AAA hockey, and was on the staff of the 2008 Western Canadian champions. Tyrel is entering his 3rdseason as head coach of the Sherwood Park Kings Bantam AAA team and 1st season as assistant coach of the club’s Midget AAA team.
Frank Dryka: Entering his fifth season scouting for the Blades, Frank is a 20 year veteran of WHL scouting, having previously served on the staff of the Regina Pats. Very involved in minor hockey with his two sons, Frank has also coached Bantam AA in Saskatoon.
Kelsey Lindal: Beginning his first year on the scouting staff, Kelsey is the President of the Humboldt Minor Hockey Association and has a long background in coaching, developing and mentoring young players.
Scott Unger: A five year veteran of the scouting staff, Scott has 11 years of experience in the sports industry, including four years as a Junior A scout and the last four and a half years in professional baseball with the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Courtesy Cody Nicholet
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Sinitsyn was the Pats’ 16th Overall selection in the 2013 CHL Import Draft and played his first WHL season in 2013-14. The Moscow, RUS product suited up for 69 games while posting 44 points (10G, 34A) to lead the Pats defence in scoring over his rookie campaign. His 44 points were tenth among WHL rookies and third among rookie defenders. That performance led the Pats defender to be named the Pats’ Rookie of the Year.
Drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, Sinitsyn attended Dallas’ Development Camp in Frisco, TX July 9th-12th.
Including Sinitsyn, the Pats currently have three import players on their roster with the other two slots being held by German forward Maximilian Kammerer and Russian defender Sergey Zborovsky.
Monday, July 21, 2014
The 103rd Saskatchewan Amateur Men's Championship has wrapped up play on day 1 from the Cooke Municipal GC in Prince Albert, SK.
Michael Herperger of Humboldt, came out of the blocks and played what he called a very steady round of golf. Three birdies on the front nine and three birdies and a bogey on the back nine carded a lovely 66. Herperger holds a 1 stroke lead over Justin Wood of Unity and a two stroke lead over local player Clayton Mullis who carded a round of 68 (-3).
Day 2 gets underway at 7:00 am. For updated results after 9 holes, pictures and video from the event please visit our Twitter feed @GolfSK, like us on Facebook at Golf Saskatchewan (GS) or visit our homepage.
Day 1 Results
103rd Saskatchewan Amateur Men's Championship
1. Michael Herperger, Humboldt GC, *33-33-66 -5
For complete results please click here.
Brian Lee, Executive Director of Golf SK.
- I am crossing my fingers that the Pats wont announce their new head coach this week when I'm gone. Though knowing my luck the announcement will come in the next few days.
- Former Head Coach Malcolm Cameron has joined the coaching staff of the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Here is the article on his hire. http://okanaganhockey.com/about/news/cameron-joins-oha-staff/
- Pats forward Dryden Hunt is headed to the Carolina Hurricanes Development Camp later this week. I've heard he also had an invite from Calgary but decided to go with the Canes.
- Four terrible games in the CFL this last weekend. Edmonton clobbered Winnipeg on Thursday, no contest. Then Ottawa's home opener against Toronto Friday was a snooze fest. At least the atmosphere seemed good in the nations capital. Calgary beat Hamilton 10-7 on Saturday, the score is self explanatory. And to cap it all off, Montreal was atrocious in BC losing 41-5. The only good game we've seen in the last two weeks is Winnipeg's comeback win over Montreal. I know the start of the year is usually sub par but I don't remember it ever being this bad. Bring on the NFL. Here's hoping it gets better in Week 5.
- Dwight Anderson is coming back to Regina on Saturday. Should be fun to see how he carries himself on and off the field.
- The Blue Jays got spanked on Monday at home to Boston. Drew Hutchison should not pitch at Rogers Centre. He is 2 and 5 at home plus a no decisions. He is 4 and 4 on the road and his ERA is light years better. At least they bounced back with a big 7-3 win yesterday. I've still got hope for the post season. Would love to see a starting pitcher come over in a trade. Plus they need to get healthy.
- The East Division leading Regina Red Sox have clinched a playoff spot. Congrats to Scotty Douglas and the team. Well done.
- Stanley Cup Champion with the Los Angeles Kings, Jarret Stoll will be bringing the cup to Saskatoon in early August. Here's the info below.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants announced on Thursday that Troy G. Ward has been named the fourth Head Coach in team history.
“We’re looking forward to a new era of Giants hockey,” said General Manager Scott Bonner. “When I did research with some highly regarded alumni, they all spoke very highly of Troy, and we think he’ll be a perfect fit for us.”
Ward joins the Giants after spending the last three seasons as the Head Coach of the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, the affiliate of the Calgary Flames. The Minnesota native compiled a regular season record of 119-83-26 over his three years with the Heat, leading the team to the post-season on two occasions.
“It’s an honour,” said Ward of joining the Giants. “You talk about the WHL and the history of the league and everything that goes with it and the exposure, and obviously Vancouver is right there at the top.”
Ward was also an Assistant Coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1997-2000 and has served as a Head Coach in the ECHL where he won the John Brophy Award as Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading the Trenton Titans to the Kelly Cup Finals.
In his playing days, Ward suited up for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the NCAA before becoming an Assistant Coach and eventually the Head Coach of his alma mater at the age of 25.
Courtesy Brandon Batchelor,
The 2014 Saskatchewan Junior Championships have concluded at the Evergreen Golf Course at Nipawin, SK.
In the Junior Men's competition, Corey Bailey of Shaunavon was crowned provincial champion and took home the gold medal. The top 3 names listed below will represent Saskatchewan at the Junior Boys National Championhip.
1. Corey Bailey - 2014 Provincial Champion - Gold medal
Under 17 winner - Roman Timmerman
Under 15 winner - Brad Moser
Under 13 winner - Davis Chorney
PGA of SK Team Cup - Tie with Cooke Municipal GC and Wildwood GC
* playoff ** playoff
In the Junior Women's competition, Kayla Sawchuk of Prince Albert was crowned provincial champion after cruising to an 11 stroke victory over the rest of the field. The top 3 names listed below will represent Saskatchewan at the Junior Girls National Championhip.
1. Kayla Sawchuk - 2014 Provincial Champion - Gold
Under 15 winner - Tenesha Pompu
PGA of SK Team Cup - Cooke Municipal GC
Thank you to the Evergreen GC in Nipawin, the volunteers and Town of Nipawin for the support of this provincial event.
For complete results and stats, please
DAY 3 RESULTS
Saskatchewan Junior Men's Championship
July 14-16, 2014
1. Corey Bailey, Rock Creek GC, *70-72-71-213 -3
Saskatchewan Junior Women's Championship
July 14-16, 2014
1. Kayla Sawchuk, Cooke Municipal GC, *75-80-76-231 +12
For pictures and video from the event please visit our Twitter feed @GolfSK, like us on Facebook at Golf Saskatchewan (GS) or visit our homepage.
Our next event will be the 103rd Saskatchewan Men's Amateur which will be played at Cooke Municipal GC in Prince Albert, SK July 21-24.
Brian Lee, Executive Director of Golf SK.