The hardest working player was Braeden Johnson and the hit of the game was was made by Brent Benson.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The hardest working player was Braeden Johnson and the hit of the game was was made by Brent Benson.
Friday, November 27, 2009
There was a fight that broke out in the 1st period. Travis Toomey dropped the gloves with Derek Ryckman,it was a pretty entertaining fight as both players landed some punches.
Curtis Hamilton played well in this game and his line mate was Wacey Hamilton of the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Blades will take part in their 1st set of back to back home games this weekend and as a fan "I love this"
Every player the team has been growing or attempting to grow a mustache in the month of November & there is a very good video on http://www.saskatoonblades.com/. Watch it to see who is voted to having best mustache and worst one!!!!!!!!
My vote for best mustache goes to Braeden Johnson and worst goes to Travis Toomey.
3 current Saskatoon Blades players and 1 of the Blades prospects have made their respective U 17 teams.
Representing the Blades on team Pacific are Duncan Siemens and Dalton Thrower who were 1st and 2nd round picks of the Blades in 2008.
Also representing the Blades except on team West are Brent Benson (1st round pick in 08) and goalie prospect Tyler Oswald (5th round pick in 2008 as well)
Good luck guys!!!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
The bridge city bunch will have had a week off... once Friday arrives, they will then hit the ice at home against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Then the Calgary Hitmen make thier way into the CUC on Saturday night. I hope they are using the pratices to stay sharp and on their game because they have been playing pretty good currently riding a 4 game winning streak as well as a 12 game point streak.
Just a reminder that the LED Video boards and a new and improved scoreboard that were installed will be used for the first time this weekend.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The Blades continued their impressive play tonight & it does not really matter whether they play at home or on the road they usually find a way to win.
Stefan Elliott,Josh Nicholls,Brent Benson and Walker Wintoneak put the biscuit in the basket for the Blades. 4 goals for the Blades... The Warriors did manage to slip 1 past Steven Stanford.
The Warriors did send more rubber Steven Stanford's way 27 times to be exact. Jeff Bosch was forced to face 20 shots but 4 of those found the back of the net. Brandon Glover the Warriors back-up played 1 period (the 3rd) and was perfect making 3 saves on 3 shots.
The score was 4-1 for the Blades.
The Blades now are riding a 4 game winning streak.
Darian Dzuirzynski,Randy McNaught,and Jyri Niemi amassed double digits in penalty minutes.
The Blades record continues to improve to 19-3-0-3.
Captain Derek Hulak and Gaelan Patterson each played in thier 200th WHL game.
A week from tonight(when the Blades host the Lethbridge Hurricanes) the new score clock as well as the power ribbons will be in use. (They both look AMAZING!!!!)
Ok now for some non hockey talk but this event did take place at Credit Union Centre.
Comedian Dane Cook and his Isolated Incident Comedy tour hit centre stage.... There were two other openers before "The Main Event" hit the stage.... all 3 of them were funny but everyone was there to see Dane Cook. He did not disappoint!!!!!!! I had to buy some merchandise.... The t-shirts might have been the cheapest thing,but they were not cheap at all.... $40 was the price tag on an awesome looking shirt.
To sum the night up..... It was probably the BEST $155 I HAVE EVER SPENT... According to Dane Cook there are attractive "HOT" girls in Saskatoon,and I agree.
The good news is: "He will be Back"
In the past 10 games the Warriors are 7-3 and the Blades are 9-1.
The leading scorers for the Blades are: Derek Hulak and Walker....(NOT WALTER) Wintoneak.
For the Warriors: Jason Bast and Brendan Rowinski lead the charge.
So far this season the bridge city bunch are undefeated against the Warriors with a head to head record of 2-0 in favor of the Blades.....
It should be an entertaining game...however I will most likely will not be listening to the game but rather watching and listening to Dane Cook....@ the Credit Union Centre & and no doubt he is going to put on a good show.
Enjoy your Friday everyone!!!!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
If you are one of Poke Check's friends on Facebook he has posted pictures of the power ribbons and the new scoreclock that only yours truly and the rest of his Facebook friends can see.
Since with these renovations the CUC is pretty much an NHL calibre arena... It is going to be exciting when all of the power ribbons are installed as well as the new score clock. Next weekend can not come soon enough!!!!! haha...first Dane Cook tomorrow night!!!!!!!!
Former Blade Jamie Crooks faced off against another former Blade in Milan Kytnar tonight... I was fortunate enough to catch the 3rd period on Shaw... after my soccer game. Crooks and his Bruin teamates defeated the Giants for the 1st time this season. Jamie Crooks pitched in with 1 goal. It is good to see that he has found success with his new team.
Could we say that Randy McNaught is having success here with the Blades? It depends on how you look at it....he does play on the 4th line and he does create room for Brent Benson and Darian Dzuirynski(but these guys throw thier own weight around to create space) There is also the INTIMIDATION factor (although one could argue that) because the much smaller Andrew Sullivan of the Swift Current Broncos fought Randy McNaught. I think that was alot of courage on Sullivan's part. Good trade for both teams but the Bruins have the advantage because Jamie Crooks is only 17 and McNaught is 19. That is probably what both teams asked for to fill some roles on each team.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Many hockey players choose the WHL for many reason..... The scholarship program is one of them...who would turn away from paid education?....Every season that you play in the WHL that earns you a year of paid education. Another reason that hockey players chose the WHL is that they may think that it is the shortest path to the NHL...an example of that is Evander Kane.....who made the Atlanta Thrashers at 18 years of age. Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs made the NHL as a 19 year old & the list goes on.... Another path is from the AHL to NHL depicted above. Former Regina Pat/Vancouver Giant Craig Schira is taking this path with the Ottawa Senators organization, He is playing with former Saskatoon Blades forward Ryan Keller in Binghamton with the baby Senators. There is an interesting story in today's issue of the hockey news about Ryan Keller's different and slightly longer path to the NHL.
There are many former players,some with junior eligibility left that are "next in line" for the NHL according to THN's depth chart.
I hope that the Blades are enjoying this break that they are having.....but not too much,don't want to be rusty.
One WHL deal to mention... Today the Swift Current Broncos traded 19 year old Geordie Wudrick to the Kelowna Rockets for 16 year old defencemen Tanner Clark and 19 year old European forward Stephan Novony.... The Broncos with this move are probably scaring some teams in the East Division....The Blades may be concerned but with the way they are playing I think that they are not too worried what other teams are doing.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
The Wheat Kings scored 2 goals to make it a close affair. Derek Hulak then scored a goal to increase the lead and give him 30 points on the season.
The Blades did not receive a power play until the 3rd period and they made it count.
The Wheat Kings outshot the Blades in this game but they still came up on the loosing end. 4-3 was the score in favor of the visiting Blades.
Lorne Molleken's men continue to pad their lead in the east division..... 17-3-0-3 is the record now.
The Blades now will head home to entertain the Prince George Cougars on Saturday,who were soundly defeated by the Prince Albert Raiders 9-2.
I am looking forward to this game because the Blades keep on rolling and P.G is struggling.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Each season the Blades select a handful of players to experience first hand what drugs and alcohol abuse can do to a person and other sights that one would not want to witness,the Saskatoon Police Service and RCMP help them out in this experience as well.
They take the players to Vancouver's East Hastings Street where the majority of this takes place. This season Derek Hulak,Adam Morrison,Travis Toomey,Jeremy Boyer,and Darian Dzuiryznski were picked to be educated and witness this type of thing. After this experience the players then visit Saskatoon and area school and talk to grade 6-8 students about the importance of making smart choices in life......
I think this is an AWESOME program that the Blades organization and the City of Saskatoon put together.
The University of Saskatchewan I think has the most WHL players going to school there and taking advantage of the WHL Scholarship program but it is not limited to Canadian Universities..... Check out the Blades website for more detail.
The Blades next action is this Friday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings,and then a date at the Credit Union Centre against the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Steven Stanford got the start against his former team and Dayln Flett was put in goal to face the Blades. Brendon Wall was a scratch for the Raiders but Tyler Yaworski did play.
Friday, November 6, 2009
The Prince Albert Raiders are coming off of a 4-0 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings,also on Friday.
The Raiders have 21 points and are in 4th place in the division.
I personally am excited to see how ex Blades Tyler Yaworski & Brendon Wall will do against their former team.
Igor Revenko is the Raiders top point producer so far with 13 goals & 13 assists....26 points.
Steven Stanford will start in goal for the Blades on Saturday.
Final score 4-3 Pats in a shootout.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Ok on to the game. Randy McNaught made his return from his 5 game suspension,and to be honest I did not see much of him out there.
Moose Jaw started things the way they wanted by scoring the first goal of the game. The play went something like this: I think the Blades lost the puck just outside of their blueline and Brendan Rowinski of the Warriors picked up the black disc dangled past and undressed the Blades defence and put the puck in the net to open up the scoring.
Adam Morrison did make some pretty big saves for the Blades though,and Darian Dzuirzynski engaged in a scrap with Riley Reinbolt of the Warriors.... the result was a draw,and nothing really noteworthy happened after that.
The Warriors took the lead into the 2nd period. The Blades did respond,it was not your typical goal though.... Burke Gallimore was cutting in toward the goal on a partial breakaway and was taken down,and therefore awarded a penalty shot! The result was a goal...He scored on Jeff Bosch. Not every game you see a penalty shot.
The Warriors did gain some momentum but did not manage to score any goals. In the final period the Warriors continued their impressive work in the Blades zone which caused the Blades to call a time out and during the time out Adam Morrison was giving the other 5 players on the ice a tap on the legs....probably saying something like "Thanks for the help". The timeout proved to be successful as Walker Wintoneak scored and gave the Blades a 2-1 lead and eventually won the game for the Blades.
Gaelan Patterson was awarded the ICR Hit of the Game,and Jeremy Boyer was awarded with the Hardest Working Player of the game.
The attendance for a tuesday night was decent 4,954. It was Minor Hockey Night so that helped the numbers as well.
The 3 stars in tonight's game were 1)Adam Morrison 2) Jeff Bosch 3) Walker Wintoneak with the game winner.
The Blades are HOT....they have won 6 in a row and 12 of their last 13 games played.
The Warriors are now 11-7-0-0.
The Blades will re acquaint themselves to the Swift Current Broncos tomorrow night at the Credit Union Centre... Soccer calls my name tomorrow night but there will be a short recap of the game despite my absence from the rink. I will try and listen to Les Lazaruk on the radio though.
Monday, November 2, 2009
This week the Blades play 2 home games back to back Tuesday and Wednesday and then go into Regina on Friday,then return home to play the Prince Albert Raiders pay a visit to the CUC on Saturday. That will conclude a busy week 7 games in 9 nights for the Blades.