Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Worldfest Pics!!!!!! Blades @ Seattle.

I really enjoyed the Switzerland/Latvia game, Switzerland won 7-5 and it was the closest game I have seen so far.

Here are some pictures from worldfest:


The Blades kicked off their 6 game road trip with a game against the Seattle Thunderbirds, and they won the game 4-3. The Blades had a 4-0 and it slipped. The bridge city bunch are now 1-0 and will face the Everett Silvertips tomorrow night.

Canada has a day off. Blades Begin US Roadtrip.

Today team Canada does not have any games and sport a 3-0 thus far,but Switzerland plays Latvia today. I wonder who the crowd will be cheering for? Maybe the underdogs again: Latvia? Or will they cheer for Switzerland? We shall find out.

One little interesting fact that I found out: Is that both the Slovakia and Latvia goalies wear the #2 for some reason.

The Blades start their 6 game West/mainly US roadswing tonight against the Seattle Thunderbirds and Jeremy Boyer will face his former team. With that being said I will be wearing one of my new Blades RBK jerseys at the WJR game today and obviously when I go to Worldfest after the game.

The Blades will be without Jyri Niemi for this roadtrip,that is fine with me because they can not really change this situation BUT I HOPE HE STAYS HEALTHY.

Canada skates away with 3rd striaght win.

Team Canada played a slightly tougher opponent in Slovakia,whose lineup boasted Richard Panik and Tomas Tatar. Martin Jones of the Calgary Hitmen was given the start tonight.

Canada was pressuring the slovaks all night long and once again they played a good all around game,and of course the almost near capacity crowd was into the game as well. Taylor Hall who plays in the OHL recorded a hat trick and was awarded player of the game for Canada.

The final score was 8-2 for Canada. Team Canada's next game is a new years eve clash with the Americans on Thursday night. It should be a good game.

There is only one game tomorrow as well as the Mens Canadain Olympic team being offically announced.

Here are some pictures that I snapped from the 9th row in section G from my cell phone.

I attended the Latvia/U.S game earlier and yes Lativa did score. It was kinda fun watching but painful at the same time seeing Latvia struggle but the majority was cheering for Latvia.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Canada Earns 2nd win.

The CUC was packed for this game and before it all started when a Canadain flag was carried overtop of the crowd in the lower bowl and it was awesome to experience such a thing.

Canada started quickly by scoring about 3 minutes in.

The Swiss team was able to create some chances but Canada played a good game preventing any goals against Montreal Juniors goalie Jake Allen.

Canada defeated it's opponent Switzerland 6-0.

The 50/50 jackpot was close to 80,000 in total. Sadly I did not win. Canada's next game is tomorrow at 7pm against Slovakia. Who lost their opening game of the tournament against USA.

I am attending both hockey games, it is gonna be fun!!!!


Canada gets set to take on Switzerland

Today at 3pm team Canada will take their 1-0 record and try to defeat Luca Sbisa and team Switzerland.

Here is some info from out of the official program that can be had for $10 or essentally free if you bought the package like me.

Switzerland only has 71 indoor hockey rinks but has 24,449 registered hockey players.

Meanwhile Canada has 2,451 indoor hockey rinks and 583,805 registered hockey players.

I am so excited to see my first Canada game!!!!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Canada BLASTS open the 2010 WJR's.

I was not able to attend the game but team Canada dominated Latvia defeating them by a score of 16-0. Most of you probably watched the game on tv.
Canada's next game is on monday against Switzerland. I will be at this game. FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!
I did take in the USA vs Slovakia game and it was a intense game and it became more chippy as the game progressed. One Player that caught my eye were Jordan Schroeder,a Vancouver Canuck Prospect.
I have a pretty good seat for the tournament too. It looks as if they are eventually going to replace the plastic seats with the semi comfortable seats. (do not quote me on this) I think that is what they are doing.
If you do go to a game you can not leave without buying a program, sure it is $10 but it has tons of facts and stuff.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mike Meets Stanley!!!!!!

December 22nd,2009 was probably one of the best days of my life so far!!!!

I had my picture taken with the Stanley Cup!!!!!!!!!! I also bought a Luke Schenn framed picture.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Curtis Hamilton picked to play in the 2010 Top Prospects Game.

The currently injured Curtis Hamilton will showcase his skills in the 2010 CHL Top Prospects game in Windsor Ontario on January 20th,2010.
Both Jyri Niemi and Stefan Elliott participated in this event in previous years.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blades earn a split with the Raiders.....

The Blades came back and played like the usual team that I saw play early in the season, they were hitting and making the Raiders cough up pucks, they were capitalizing on their chances.

The Blades scored first but the Raiders tied it up soon after.

The bridge city bunch only allowed the visiting Raiders to score 2 goals.

Steven Stanford of the Blades burned his former team.

The final score was 5-2 in favor of the Blades. Their next action is not until Dec 30th when the Blades start their U.S Division road trip in Seattle. The Blades will play 6 games against U.S based WHL teams before their next home game on Jan 9th against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Blades Doubled by Raiders

No the Raiders are not front and centre (well in the game tonight they were) but only for tonight hopefully.

Not going into much detail but the Blades lost this game by a score of 4-2. They face the same PA Raiders at the Credit Union Centre tonight.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Home & Home with the Raiders this weekend.......

In the next 2 days the Blades will play their rivals from the north exactly 2 times. First tonight at the Art Hauser Centre in PA. Then the hockey scene shifts back to Saskatoon for Saturday night.

For the Raiders Brandon Herrod and Igor Revenko lead their team in scoring.

For the Blades Walker Wintoneak surpassed Derek Hulak in points but these two players continue to lead the Blades offencive attack.

The Raiders are 3rd in the division and the bridge city bunch continue to lead the east division.

So hockey fans get set for an exciting weekend of WHL hockey!!!!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blades Spoil Kelowna's Roadtrip

I was only able to catch 2 periods because I had to go and play a soccer game..... Now to the game.
The bad blood between Randy Mcnaught of the Blades and Tyler Matheson spilled over again in the 1st period but not before Darain Dzuirzynski and Curt Gogol dropped the mits and DD had trouble in this fight he had to adjust in many ways..... descision Gogol.
The Blades took a 2 to nothing lead into the third period. Randy McNaught scored the first goal and allowed the winter gear to fly onto the ice.
McNaught,Wintoneak and Benson scored for the Blades while Mitchell Calahan of the Rockets potted the only goal for them.
I do not know what else to say about the game since I only saw 2 periods but the Blades did win 4-1
EDIT: A video of the game is now up on the Blades website and it shows that Patterson and Callahan fought as well as Thrower amd Bulmer.
The attendance was 5,531 thanks to raicheck night and $5 tickets for that.
The Blades winning streak is now at 2 games. Their next action before Christmas is Friday in Prince Albert and Saturday @ the CUC.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Blades VS Rockets Wednesday.

Again with my busy schedule of work,Blades games and soccer games,this preview is coming a day early.

Ok the Kelowna Rockets are 3-1 on this road trip so far...with a game against Prince Albert tonight. Regan Bartel is doing an AWESOME job with his blog posting pictures and videos throughout this trip!!!! I know it is a visiting team from BC,but reading any WHL blog with pictures and things is very cool. Just goes to show how much I love junior hockey.

The Blades are hoping to extend their 1 game winning streak into the Christmas break. Their last result was a shootout win against Red Deer back on Saturday night.

The bridge city bunch are still holding their ground in the standings but other teams are catching up for instance: Brandon is tied with the Blades....48 pts. Calgary has 52 pts,Tri City has 48pts and the Vancouver Giants have 47pts.

WHL On Shaw tonight Regina @ Red Deer. If the Pats dress their new acquisitions it will be a good game because that team has alot of talent on paper at least. I am excited that I am able to watch this game on the TV tonight.

The most recent edition of the WHL Plays of the Week features Blades goaltender Adam Morrison, the game against the Wheat Kings In Brandon. This play was #5 on the chart.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blades Get Revenge On Rebels.

The Saskatoon Blades came into this game trying to erase the sour taste left in their mouths after Brayden Schenn potted the OT winner on Dec 9th.

The Blades scored less than a minute into the game when Charles Inglis (who now just sports a visor instead of a cage) snapped home the opening goal for the home side.

The game went back and forth as each team traded one goal leads and the Blades were forced to scramble (in the last 5 minutes of the game) and score to tie the game at 3.

There was not too many hits in this game and nobody REALLY seemed like they wanted to drop the gloves either but the game did see situations where players were looking for the opposing player to drop the gloves... speaking of dropping the gloves,Randy McNaught has not done this in a while, and there is no denying that when he does it energizes the team.

The game went into overtime and the Blades Captain Derek Hulak was called for goaltender interference. Luckily the Blades killed off the penalty. The game then went into a shootout,it went 4 rounds and the last shooter was successful and how fitting is that when it was the Captain Derek Hulak that scored in the shootout? I would think it was the icing on the Blades cake to end this game the way they did. Adam Morrison was perfect in the shootout and Darcy Kuemper stopped 3 out of 4 shots.

The hardest working player was New York Rangers Prospect Sam Klassen who was +2 and added 2 assists. The attendance was under 4,000.... 3,874 was the announced attendance. The weather was most likely a factor in this...but that did not stop me from going!!!!

Something funny was discovered by the couple who have season tickets next to me.... They were looking at the backup goalie (Kraymer Barnstable) and they thought that he looks like me. I took a look and kind of agree,then they started joking around. It was kinda cool actually.

The Blades next game and home game is Wednesday the 16th against the Kelowna Rockets and Regan Bartel. (I hope he will take pictures of when in Saskatoon and put them on his blog like he usually does) Former Blade Cody Chikie may be in the line-up for the Rockets on $5 game ticket and toque toss night.

Game Day Blades VS Rebels

Tonight in home game # 15 the bridge city bunch will take on Ryan Nugent Hopkins and the Red Deer Rebels. The last result (as I mentioned in my last post) was 5-1 Rebels.

That is all for tonight...Work early tomorrow..... Then straight to the Blades game!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

WHAT A GAME!!!! Major Trades.

Wow what a game tonight at the CUC. The Wheat Kings almost completely controlled the 1st two periods going up 4-0.

The line of Schenn-Calvert-Glennie was ON FIRE tonight...That line was UNSTOPPABLE.

In the 3rd period HOLY SMOKES!!!!!!!! It almost seemed as if the Blades came out of nowhere to start stacking up the goals.... they did have some momentum that helped though. The Blades did manage to tie up the game 4-4 in the final period,and force overtime.

Matt Calvert had a hat trick for the Wheat Kings,Mark Schneider,and Brayden Schenn added singles but Schenn's goal was the crutial overtime winner.

Braeden Johnson,Tyler Kiziuk,Charles Inglis,Burke Gallimore all scored for the home team but they could not pull out a win.

The Blades 4th line of McNaught,Benson and Dzuirynski was solid again even though they did not produce any points they went out there and played physical and even had some decent scoring chances. Randy McNaught did drop the gloves.... here is how it happened: The play was in the Wheat Kings zone and McNaught went to hit a Wheat Kings player and he did but he stuck out his leg/knee and Mark Scheinder did not like that,so he challenged McNaught to a fight in defence of his team mate. The smaller Schnieder who gave up about 4 inches to the bigger McNaught did not do too well, although not being pounded into the ground Schnieder did receive what looked to be a cut under his eye.
The hit of the game was delivered by Darian Dzuirynski and the Hardest Working Player was Braden Johnson.
One little thing of interest that I thought I would add.... In Thursday's SP newspaper,in the sports section where it has a picture of Teigan Zahn and Brayden Schenn and the caption says: Brayden Schenn of the Wheat Kings and Colby Robak of the Blades collide wednesday in a WHL East Division matchup.
Coincedently the only Robak that may play for the Blades is Colby Robak's brother Colton.
I can not believe that something so simple can be messed up.....this is life after all and mistakes are bound to be made.
Despite the Blades applaudable comeback attempt they lost to the Wheat Kings 5-4.
The next Blades action is another home game on Saturday Dec 12th VS Red Deer. Now I hope we see a better effort than the 5-1 road loss last time in Red Deer.
Ok now to talk about a trade that happened today between the Regina Pats and Lethbridge Hurricanes... The Pats are probably considered buyers from this deal, acquring Carter Ashton,Craig Orfino and a 3rd round pick in 2010. In exchange for Graham Hood,15 year old Taylor Balog as well as 2nd round pick in 2010 and a 1st round pick in 2011.
The Pats and Giants hooked up in a deal a few days later,the Pats acquiring: Mitch Spooner,Cass Mappin and Mikael Jung in exchange for Derek Tendler,a 5th round pick in 2011 and the Pats 1st round pick in the 2010 CHL Import draft.
If this move does not signify that the Pats want to make a run than I do not know what does. I think it is pretty safe to say that Eberle and Teubert are staying in Regina.
These deals kind of scare me IF the Pats can change things and become a threat later in the season. As it stands now I just want the Blades to be able to hold their ground in the standings.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blades VS Wheat Kings Wednesday.....

This post is coming 1 day early because I will have no time to write it up and post it before the game tomorrow because it means a trip straight from work to the Credit Union Centre for the game.
The Wheat Kings and Blades are still 1 & 2 in the division. Finally it will be the 1st time that Blades fans will be able to watch Brayden Schenn.

I am excited for this match-up because it will allow me to look at the Wheat Kings new players.....OK enough about the Wheat Kings. The Blades had a tough road trip against the Wheat Kings and Rebels,as they lost both games but they did muster up a win in Medicine Hat against the Tigers on Saturday night.
The Blades will be without 5 players for awhile after Christmas: Jyri Niemi (injured 1-week and may not even play in the World Junior's) Curtis Hamilton who is injured with a broken collarbone 3-5 weeks and will not be able to face his dad's team...the Kelowna Rockets on Dec 16th. Duncan Seimens,Dalton Trower and Brent Benson will all be playing in the U-17 Tournament.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Blades Lose to Rebels.

Tonight it looked as if the Blades took to many penalties and that is what may have cost them the game. Not much really to talk about from a Blades point of view because Walker Wintoneak was the team's only goal scorer in the 3rd period.

The Rebels nailed down a solid 5-0 lead and never looked back.

Randy McNaught did NOT have ANY penalty minutes according to the scoresheet on

As a result of this loss the Calgary Hitmen take a 2 point lead on the Blades and push the Blades into 2nd spot in the WHL standings.

The Blades next game is also their next home game against the Brandon Wheat Kings on wednesday Dec 9th...This will be the first time that the Wheat Kings have played in Saskatoon this season.

Oh and one more thing this game will be televised on Shaw TV. The attendance will not get any better if they contue to show home games on tv...... HOW ABOUT SHOWING SOME ROAD GAMES ON TV!!!! I know that Joe's Sports bar downtown supposedly shows every road game in their bar, then I would have spend money on alcohol and then to bus it all the way downtown and back after the game.... Oh that is right we can not compete with the Vancouver's or the Calgary's of the WHL but the Blades are a good team this year.

Wow What A Relief!!!!!!! Blades Sneak Past Tigers.

I decided to work a full day at work tonight so I was not able to listen to any of the game so on one of my breaks I gave my house a call and so I asked my brother to look up the score on the computer and he did and wow was he wrong..... He told me that the Blades had lost.
So when I did arrive home I jumped on the computer and checked the score and it was 2-1 for the Blades in a Shoot-out.
There was no scoring until the 3rd period when Burke Gallimore saved the Blades by tying the game,and forced O.T which solved nothing.
The Blades scored the only goal in the shoot out and it was the Captain Derek Hulak who lifted the Blades to victory.
The Blades record improves to:21-5-0-3. Which ties the Blades with the Calgary Hitmen,with 45 Pts each
The Blades will play in Red Deer tonight.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Road Game Day.... Medicine Hat.

I hope that the Blades can pull a couple of tricks out of their own hats tonight against the Tigers. After a 7-2 loss to the Wheat Kings on Wednesday. I am pretty sure that the Blades coaching staff got their message across in practice/ the post game meeting and hopefully the team responds with a better effort tonight.

The Tigers are 2nd in the central division and Linden Vey and Wacey Hamilton lead the Tigers in points.

For the Blades Captain Derek Hulak and Walker Wintoneak continue to lead the Blades in points.

This game will be the 2nd meeting between the Tigers and Blades,in the last game the Blades defeated the Tigers 7-2.

The Arena in the gas city is a rather difficult facility to play in (I have watched 2 games there although they were playoff games) but I think IF the Blades can score on the Tigers and keep the lead that should take the home crowd out of the game...they will have to do it without two key players... Jyri Niemi and Curtis Hamilton who are both injured right now.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blades Walloped by Wheat Kings. Blades Ranked #4 in the CHL.

For anyone who did not catch the Pre game show injury report Jyri Niemi is out....Curtis Hamilton is also injured with a broken Collarbone.... OUCH!!!!!!

Just by looking at the score sheet of the game. The Wheat Kings started GREAT going up 3-0 but the Blades battled back scoring 2 in the second period. Stefan Elliott and Walker Wintoneak scored those goals.

The Wheat Kings went on to score 4 more goals in the final period to put the game out of reach.

When all was said and done the Wheat Kings walked away with a 7-2 win.

Some good news to pass along,the team is still ranked in the CHL Top 10 @ #4 and through 12 weeks the Blades have been in the Top 10 for 8 of those weeks!!!

Keep up the good work. The bridge city bunch do not have a game on Thursday....but it probably will not be an off day either.

The Blades record is now 20-5-0-3 for 43 pts.

The Blades play in Medicine Hat on Friday night and conclude the mini Alberta swing Saturday in Red Deer against the Rebels.

2010 World Jr Selection Camp Roster .. The Drive For 6.

I will tell who and how many WHL players are trying to made the cut..... but for the full roster go to the Hockey Canada website.

No Blades made the list for team Canada, but I think the only guy that possibly had a chance was Stefan Elliott.
The lone pick for goaltender from the Dub was Martin Jones of the Calgary Hitmen.
Instead Travis Hamonic,Jared Cowen,and Colten Teubert will most likely be representing the WHL on the back end.
There are 6 WHL forwards who were selected: Jordan Eberle,Cody Eakin,Scott Glennie,Brayden Schenn,Brandon Kozun and Brandon McMillan.
In total 10 WHL players (1 goalie.3 defencemen,6 forwards) will try and win a roster spot and get the honour of wearing the Canadian jersey in Saskatoon starting on Boxing day!!!!
Now some of you are probably wondering why none of the Blades made the roster...well most if not all of the Blades success is by committee. Hopefully one year some Blades will make the team.
It will be exciting to see players from the other two CHL leagues: OHL and QMJHL. Nazem Kadri as well since he is the Toronto Maple Leafs 1st round pick in 2009.
Jyri Niemi most likely will be playing for team Finland in Pool B,So that is one player that the Blades will be without for possibly 6 games.
I bought the entire package for the Saskatoon games and hopefully I will be able to see all of team Canada's games.

Blades Road Game Day.....@ Brandon. 2 Blades games on Rogers Sportsnet.

Tonight the Blades will take on the Memorial Cup host Brandon Wheat Kings. In 2 previous games the season series between these two is tied at 1 game a piece.

Derek Hulak and Walker Wintoneak continue to lead the Blades in scoring. While Brayden Schenn and Matt Calvert lead their team in scoring.
These two teams are 1 and 2 in the East Division standings,it could be a close game but who knows because Brandon blew Saskatoon out of the water with a 3-0 win in one of their previous games.

I was thinking of heading downtown to Joe Dogs Sports Bar to watch the game...... but I have a soccer game at 7:30 so that puts a stop to those plans.
Another T.V related event to pass along: Rogers Sportsnet will be showing 2 Saskatoon Blades games. On January 27th Warriors at Blades will be televised, and on March 7th Blades @ Hitmen will be shown on the T.V.