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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. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Giants hire Troy Ward as Head Coach

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,
Vancouver Giants.

Tim Hunter new Head Coach in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Warriors General Manager Alan Millar has announced the hiring of Tim Hunter as the teams new Head Coach.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, Management, staff, and players, I am very pleased to welcome Tim and his family to the Moose Jaw community and the Warriors,” said Warriors General Manager Alan Millar. 

“Tim brings tremendous experience to our team both as a very successful player and coach.  His character, work ethic, and passion for development and teaching made him the ideal candidate for this position.  I am excited to have Tim leading our players in what we anticipate to be a bright future for our hockey club,” Millar added.

Hunter’s coaching career began in the NHL as an Assistant Coach with the Washington Capitals from 1997 to 2002.  In December 2002 he joined the San Jose Sharks as their Assistant Coach and remained with the organization until 2008.  He then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as their Assistant Coach from 2008 to 2011.  Hunter spent the 2011-2012 season as the Head Coach at the Okanagan Hockey Academy.  In 2012-2013 he returned to the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals as an Assistant Coach. 

He has spent the last ten months living in Calgary doing work for the Calgary Flames and the Flames Alumni.  He was the Head Coach for Team Orr at the 2014 CHL/BMO Top Prospects Game, which featured current Moose Jaw Warrior Brayden Point.

As an Assistant Coach in the NHL, Hunter has been on the bench for 1089 games, 526 of them wins.  He has been on coaching staffs that have captured three Southeast Division Championships, two Pacific Division Championships, and he has one appearance as an Assistant Coach in the Stanley Cup Final.

Hunter is from Calgary, he played with the Kamloops Chiefs in the BCJHL and Seattle Breakers in the WCHL in 1977-1978.  He played for the Breakers in the WHL from 1978 to 1980, in 142 games he had 22 goals, 116 points, and 611 penalty minutes.

He was drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the third round, 54th overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.  He played professionally for 18 years, he suited up in 815 games in the NHL, scoring 62 goals and finishing with 138 points and 3146 penalty minutes.  He had five goals, 12 points, and 426 penalty minutes in 132 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

He spent 14 years in the Calgary Flames organization winning two President Trophies, two Smyth Division Championships, two Campbell Conference Championships, and he appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals.  He was one of three Co-Captains of the Calgary Flames 1989 Stanley Cup Championship team.

After spending eleven years playing for the Flames, Hunter’s career continued with the Quebec Nordiques, Vancouver Canucks, and San Jose Sharks.  While with the Canucks, he helped the team to a Smyth Division Championship, Campbell Conference Championship, and a berth in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.

Throughout his career Hunter has worked tirelessly in the communities he played in.  He was nominated twice for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. He was nominated twice for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is the award given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.  He won the Calgary Flames Ralph T. Scurfield Award as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination, and leadership on the ice combined with dedication to community service. 

He had the honour of serving as the Canadian Down Syndrome Society Celebrity Spokesperson, the Celebrity Chairman for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Celebrity Spokesperson for the 65 Roses Sports Club.

For more details or information regarding the hiring of Tim Hunter as the Moose Jaw Warriors Head Coach, please contact:

James Gallo

Manager, Communications/Hockey Administration

Moose Jaw Warriors

2014 Sask Junior Golf Championships: Final Results

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
2. Roman Timmerman - Silver
3. Cory Selander - Bronze
4. Tyrin Foley - Team Alternate + quota spot *
4. Kade Johnson - quota spot *
6. Kyle Wiebe - next alternate **
6. Cory Sawchuk **
6. Drew Kocur **


Other awards: 

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 
2. Brooke Hobson - Silver
3. Brooke Hill - Bronze 


Other awards: 

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 



Saskatchewan Junior Men's Championship

July 14-16, 2014


1. Corey Bailey, Rock Creek GC, *70-72-71-213 -3
2. Roman Timmerman, Wildwood GC, *71-80-69-220 +4
3. Cory Selander, Cooke Municipal GC, *72-75-75-222 +6
4. Kade Johnson, Deer Park Municipal GC, *75-75-74-224 +8
4. Tyrin Foley, Golf Sask Public Players, *72-73-79-224 +8
6. Cory Sawchuk, Cooke Municipal GC, *78-83-68-229 +13
6. Drew Kocur, Royal Regina GC, *74-81-74-229 +13
6. Kyle Wiebe, Golf Sask Public Players, *77-77-75-229 +13
9. Bradley Moser, Wildwood GC, *76-77-77-230 +14
10. Ty Campbell, Riverside CC, *82-74-75-231 +15
10. Nathan Corrin, Hillcrest GC, *81-74-76-231 +15
12. Marc Sweeney, Riverside CC, *74-80-78-232 +16
13. Mitchell Morrison, Golf Kenosee, *76-76-81-233 +17
14. Carson Harcourt, Golf Kenosee, *78-76-80-234 +18
15. Edrich Crouse, Moosomin GC, *79-84-73-236 +20
16. Diehl Normand, Meadow Lake GC, *85-75-77-237 +21
16. Adam Schoettler, Wascana CC, *77-77-83-237 +21
18. Zach Hurd, Cooke Municipal GC, *77-86-75-238 +22
18. Tyrell Wees, Wascana CC, *78-75-85-238 +22
18. Kirk Humphrey, Elmwood G&CC, *75-78-85-238 +22
21. Joshua Marcia, Royal Regina GC, *83-82-75-240 +24
21. Tayden Wallin, Humboldt GC, *77-81-82-240 +24
23. Payton Ochitwa, Wildwood GC, *85-80-76-241 +25
23. Kristian Houk, North Battleford G&CC, *79-78-84-241 +25
25. Kyle Schneider, Cooke Municipal GC, *77-83-82-242 +26
26. Blake Morrow, Sask Landing GR, *80-88-75-243 +27
26. Jordan Unger, Memorial Lake GC, *78-87-78-243 +27
26. Jordan Simpson, Saskatoon G&CC, *84-75-84-243 +27
29. Brock Ochitwa, Wildwood GC, *87-74-83-244 +28
30. Austin Paulhus, Chinook Players Club, *80-80-85-245 +29
31. Matt Bean, Wildwood GC, *83-89-74-246 +30
31. Connor Tate, Golf Sask Public Players, *84-79-83-246 +30
33. Ryan Gilewich, Wascana CC, *87-81-79-247 +31
34. Jordan Bean, Wildwood GC, *90-80-80-250 +34
35. Tanner Kirkland, Tisdale Riverside GC, *91-78-82-251 +35
36. Thomas Rowlett, Nipawin Evergreen G&CC, *82-84-87-253 +37
37. Julian Gilewicz, Wildwood GC, *85-85-85-255 +39
38. Walker Hengen, Golf Kenosee, *93-75-88-256 +40
38. Sam Wills, Deer Valley Golf & Estate, *83-81-92-256 +40
40. Teddy Wiens, Wascana CC, *93-84-82-259 +43
41. Cole Hobson, Cooke Municipal GC, *91-86-83-260 +44
42. Kalem Zary, Melfort Golf & CC, *92-83-86-261 +45
43. Stephen Oleskiw, Deer Park Municipal GC, *85-96-83-264 +48
44. Jordan Simoneau, Tisdale Riverside GC, *89-102-86-277 +61
45. Cole Obrigewitsch, Deer Valley Golf & Estate, *84-104-91-279 +63
46. Reid Arnold, Deer Park Municipal GC, *95-91-96-282 +66
47. Chase Lato, Fairview Fairways GC, *106-89-91-286 +70
47. Jace Carlisle, Estevan Woodlawn GC, *97-94-95-286 +70
47. Justin James, Golf Kenosee, *93-89-104-286 +70
50. Davis Chorney, Nipawin Evergreen G&CC, *106-109-100-315 +99


WD. Justin Simpson, Saskatoon G&CC, *+12
WD. Kane Altwasser, Weyburn GC, *+18
WD. Henry Thomas, Golf Sask Public Players, *+35


Saskatchewan Junior Women's Championship

July 14-16, 2014


1. Kayla Sawchuk, Cooke Municipal GC, *75-80-76-231 +12
2. Brooke Hobson, Cooke Municipal GC, *87-82-73-242 +23
3. Brooke Hill, Royal Regina GC, *85-87-84-256 +37
4. Alexandria Bernier, Meadow Lake GC, *98-88-90-276 +57
5. Keely Tallon, Nipawin Evergreen G&CC, *102-102-94-298 +79
6. Hannah MacNeil, Rock Creek GC, *107-96-105-308 +89
7. Tenesha Pompu, Nipawin Evergreen G&CC, *96-110-107-313 +94
8. Sierra Sherman, Deer Valley Golf & Estate, *102-112-115-329 +110
9. Bree Tallon, Nipawin Evergreen G&CC, *119-114-112-345 +126
10. Jessica Vik, Nipawin Evergreen G&CC, *121-125-133-379 +160



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.