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Monday, July 28, 2014

Reid Gow not returning to Spokane in 2014/15

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Chiefs defenseman Reid Gow has decided he will not return for the 2014-15 season, citing personal reasons for his decision. Gow's decision leaves the Chiefs with the maximum three eligible overage players leading into the regular season.

"I have spoken with Reid numerous times over the summer and he has informed me that he does not want to play in the WHL for his overage year," Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz said. "Reid said he has lost his desire to compete and does not have the drive to play in this league. He has decided to stay home and be close to family and friends.

"As an organization, we hope Reid reconsiders, but at this time, it is important for us to be prepared to move forward without him. He was a huge part of our team last year, but we understand the commitment and dedication it takes for a player to play at this level of competition.

"Although I do not agree with Reid's decision, our organization must accept and respect it. I will continue to have communication with him but I am not confident any change in his decision is imminent."

Gow scored 6 goals and 56 assists for 62 points last season, good for fifth in the WHL in scoring by a defenseman. He was third on the Chiefs in scoring behind overage forwards Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani. In 229 career games - all with Spokane - Gow tallied 17 goals and 129 assists for 146 points. He stands at 39th in franchise history in games played.

With Gow's departure, returning 1994-born players Liam Stewart, Connor Chartier and Marcus Messier remain as Spokane's eligible overage players. The Chiefs traded 1994-born defenseman Cole Wedman to Moose Jaw earlier in the summer and forward Carter Proft signed a professional contract in Germany last week.

The Spokane Chiefs' Bud Light Opening Night at Spokane Arena is Saturday, September 27.Ticket packages for the 2014-15 regular season are on sale now and begin as low as $96. Stop by the Chiefs' Ticket Office or call a Chiefs Ticket Account Executive at (509) 535-PUCK for more information.

Courtesy Chiefs PR

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hurricanes name new Radio Broadcaster

Lethbridge, AB - The Lethbridge Hurricanes and radio broadcast partner Rock 106 are pleased to announce Dustin Forbes as their new play-by play voice.

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."

Esther Madziya
Communications & PR Manager
Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club

Pats to host Stanley Cup Celebration

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.”

Media are asked to confirm their attendance with Daniel Fink, Director of Media and Communications, prior to the event by emailor by phone at 306-337-1535.

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

Daniel Fink

Manager Communications 

Regina Pats

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blades re-structure Scouting Staff

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

Manager Communications

Saskatoon Blades 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pats Sinitsyn signs in KHL

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced today Pats import defenceman Dmitry Sinitsyn has signed a professional contract with the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow.

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.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sask Amateur Men's Golf Championship: Day 1 Results

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

July 21-24


1. Michael Herperger, Humboldt GC, *33-33-66 -5
2. Justin Wood, Elmwood G&CC, *33-34-67 -4
3. Clayton Mullis, Cooke Municipal GC, *31-37-68 -3
4. Leighton Bearchell, Elk Ridge Resort, *35-34-69 -2
4. Kris Carley, Carnduff GC, *36-33-69 -2
6. Colin Coben, Delisle GC, *34-36-70 -1
6. Brett Henry, Cooke Municipal GC, *33-37-70 -1
6. Zach Hurd, Cooke Municipal GC, *36-34-70 -1
9. Ashley Ziegeman, Cooke Municipal GC, *36-35-71 E
9. Martin Ring, Cooke Municipal GC, *38-33-71 E
9. Joel Keylor, Northern Bear GC, *36-35-71 E
9. Levi McDermott, Alberta PPC, *35-36-71 E
9. Todd Turgeon, Golf Sask Public Players, *35-36-71 E
9. Christopher Tupper, Golf Sask Public Players, *36-35-71 E
15. David Stewart, Saskatoon G&CC, *36-36-72 +1
15. Torrie Coghlin, Bent Brook GC, *35-37-72 +1
15. Justin Paradis, Cooke Municipal GC, *38-34-72 +1
15. Scott Allan, GC at the Rise, *35-37-72 +1
15. Jaret Nelson, Cooke Municipal GC, *36-36-72 +1
15. Garrett Blair, Willows G & CC , *38-34-72 +1
21. Scott Thompson, Golf Sask Public Players, *37-36-73 +2
21. Jehremy Ryde, Elmwood G&CC, *37-36-73 +2
21. Rhys Tosczak, Weyburn GC, *36-37-73 +2
21. Danny Klughart, Riverside CC, *37-36-73 +2
21. Tyler Wright, Wascana CC, *36-37-73 +2
21. Cory Selander, Cooke Municipal GC, *37-36-73 +2
27. Corey Bailey, Rock Creek GC, *36-38-74 +3
27. Liam Courtney, Waskesiu GC, *36-38-74 +3
27. Tanner White, Golf Sask Public Players, *38-36-74 +3
27. Taylor Afseth, Saskatoon G&CC, *35-39-74 +3
27. Cameron Bergen, Cooke Municipal GC, *35-39-74 +3
27. Carson Harcourt, Golf Kenosee, *39-35-74 +3
27. David Patola, Cooke Municipal GC, *37-37-74 +3
27. Cameron Mugford, Cooke Municipal GC, *38-36-74 +3 

For complete results please click here


Brian Lee, Executive Director of Golf SK.

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I'm on a boat in Northern Saskatchewan catching Jack and Pickerel but here are some thoughts on this Wednesday.

- 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.

- 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.

That's it from me today. Have a good week.