Monday, 29 August 2016

SJHL to honour "Mr. Hockey" Gordie Howe during 2016/17 season

The passing of Gordie Howe has given everybody time to reflect on what is arguably the most dynamic hockey career and person the sport has ever seen.
Tributes have come from around the globe for the 88-year-old legend and fittingly it is the Junior “A” circuit from his home province that is about to recognize Gordie Howe. The SJHL teams will be wearing #9 patches on their home and away jerseys during the 2016-17 hockey season.

“As a league from Mr. Howe’s home province, for what Mr. Howe did for hockey in Saskatchewan and the world, the Governors wanted to recognize Mr. Howe somehow. It was decided a #9 patch would be worn on the jerseys.” says SJHL president Bill Chow.

“Mr. Howe meant a lot to hockey and the Saskatchewan people,” added Chow. “He is the epitome of what Saskatchewan hockey is all about: heart, soul, character, dedication and commitment.”

Throw in an abundance of talent and the package is complete.

Howe was born in Floral, Sask., in 1928 and just days later his family moved the short distance into Saskatoon where he spent his formative years going to school and playing various sports.

Howe excelled at both hockey and baseball, but it was the former that got him the most attention as he caught the eye of the New York Rangers when he was just 15 years old. After declining their offer to go to Notre Dame College in Wilcox for a year of competition at a higher level, Howe was invited to the Detroit Red Wings camp the following year and as the saying goes the rest is history.

Howe was just 16 when he went to Detroit’s camp in Windsor and then assigned to a junior team in Galt, Ont. When he was 17 he played his first season of professional hockey in Omaha and then in October of 1946, at the tender age of 18, he played the first of what would be 2,421 games in the NHL and WHA – playoffs included.

Howe retired in 1980 after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, four with the Houston Aeros and three more with the New England/Hartford Whalers. His NHL regular-season totals of 801 goals and 1049 assists were records until a kid named Wayne Gretzky came along and shattered them.

While Howe’s exploits on the ice have been well documented it is his humanitarian efforts away from the rink that have put him in a different stratosphere. Howe was in constant demand to lend his name to a worthwhile venture and he seldom, if ever, turned anyone down.

Howe never laced up the blades to play in the SJHL, but Chow says that having Mr. Hockey come from this province is something that should never be forgotten.

He has been previously acknowledged with bridges, parks, rinks and schools being named after him, but his roots are in Saskatchewan and his badge of honour was hockey. Put those together and the SJHL is proud to immortalize his memory as both a player and a person.

(SJHL Press Release)

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Swan Valley Stampeders acquire Roblin's Townsend from Dauphin Kings


The Swan Valley Stampeders have announced they have acquired 1999-born forward Jaden Townsend from the Dauphin Kings (MJHL) in exchange for future considerations.

Townsend played last season with the Manitoba Midget AAA's Parkland Rangers where he compiled 17 goals, 22 assists for 39 points in 43 games. 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Changes to format and qualification for 2017 Viterra Scotties taking place in Melville

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CURLSASK is pleased to announce a new format and qualification for the Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Melville will play host to the 2017 Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The championship will feature a 9-team round robin. At the completion of the round robin the top four teams will advance to the page playoff system.
Each year, CURLSASK conducts a player survey; an overwhelming majority of player responses indicated a strong desire to eliminate pool play and move to a longer round robin format for the provincial championship.
The CURLSASK competition committee reviewed a number of proposals before making the recommendation to the CURLSASK board to adopt the new format. After many hours of research and debate the CURLSASK competition committee determined this format would declare the best representative for Saskatchewan at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts to be played in St. Catharines, ON.
The competition committee strongly felt this format will best prepare Team Saskatchewan for the National Scotties, as they will be required to play all of the best teams in the province in order to become the provincial champion.
A longer round robin has a number of benefits, including the preparation of our championship team, equality when it comes to qualifying records for playoffs and adequate time for tiebreaking games.
The nine teams will be determined as follows:
Pre Qualifiers:
3 – Top Ranked CTRS as of December 5th, 2016
1 – Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour Champion
1 – Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour Runner Up *(Conditional as this team must be in the top 65 team on CTRS to be awarded the berth)
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2- Viterra Challenge – December 9 – 11 Kindersley SK
2 or 3* – Viterra Last Chance January 13 – 15, Regina Highland
The provincial championships will be held in Melville, SK January 24-29, 2017. For more information contact theCURLSASK office.

Chat with CurlSask Executive Director Ashley Howard 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Yorkton-born Bednar named Head Coach of NHL's Colorado Avalanche

(Colorado Avalanche Press Release)              
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Jared Bednar as the franchise’s new head coach. Bednar becomes the seventh head coach in Avalanche history and the 15th in franchise history.

“After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. “Jared’s track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business.”

“Even though we had to accelerate the process with training camp approaching, we feel we met some real strong candidates with a lot of potential to become head coaches in the NHL in the near future, continued Sakic. “I would like to thank the general managers who gave us permission to talk to key staff members at such a precarious time.”

Bednar, 44, guided the Columbus Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to the 2016 Calder Cup as AHL champions this past season. The Monsters finished second in the Central Division with a 43-22-6-5 record (97 points) and then proceeded to go 15-2 during the postseason, sweeping both the Western Conference Final and Calder Cup Final.

The 2015-16 campaign marked Bednar’s 14th season in professional coaching, his sixth as a head coach and fourth as a head coach in the AHL. He owns a 251-158-42 (.603) record as a head coach, which includes two seasons in the ECHL. Prior to leading the Monsters to their title, Bednar served as the head coach of the Blue Jackets’ previous AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, in 2014-15. He also spent two seasons as the head coach of the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen from 2010-12.

“My family and I are thrilled to be heading to Denver to begin this new challenge,” said Bednar. “I feel ready for this role with the Avalanche and I am grateful for the trust that (Avalanche President) Josh Kroenke, Joe (Sakic) and the organization has shown me. This is a great sports market with a passionate fan base and I can’t wait to get to work. I would also like to thank Columbus Blue Jackets organization for the opportunity they gave me.”

Bednar began his coaching career as an assistant with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL in 2002-03. He took over the Stingrays’ head coaching job in 2007-08 and in his second season led South Carolina to the 2009 Kelly Cup as ECHL champions. He posted a .654 winning percentage (89-45-9) in two years as an ECHL head coach.

The Yorkton, Saskatchewan, native was an assistant coach in the AHL with Abbotsford in 2009-10 and later served two seasons as an assistant with Springfield from 2012-14.

Bednar played nine seasons of professional hockey, a career that spanned parts of six seasons in the ECHL with the Huntington Blizzard and South Carolina Stingrays (1993-2002), parts of three seasons in the AHL with the St. John’s Maple Leafs and Rochester Americans (1996-2000), and one season in the IHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 1998-99. The defenseman was part of two Kelly Cup championship teams as a player, 1997 and 2001 with South Carolina. Prior to turning pro, Bednar spent three seasons in the Western Hockey League from 1990-93, competing with the Saskatoon Blades, Spokane Chiefs, Medicine Hat Tigers and Prince Albert Raiders.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

1st Melville Millionaires Coaches Show of 2016/17

                         Mils Coaches Show with Head Coach/GM Devin Windle

1st Yorkton Terriers & Wayway Wolverines Coaches Show of 2016/17

Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show with Head Coach/GM Trent Cassan.

Wayway Wolverines Coaches Show with Head Coach/GM Barry Butler 

Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) name Keane as their new Head Coach

The directors of the Winnipeg Blues Hockey Club of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League are pleased to announce that Billy Keane has assumed the role of Head Coach for the up-coming season. Melville product Tim Schick will be the Head Scout and Director of Hockey Operations and Wayne Bartley has joined the club as an assistant coach.
The team is delighted to report that the other members of the Blues Staff will continue in their capacities including: Dan Gregovski, Video Coach and Coordinator; Cindy Anderson, Game Day Manager; Sonny Mignacca, Goalie Coach; Lana Debeer, Trainer; Bill Burfoot, Game Notes and Releases; and Herb Mowat, Event Manager.
The Winnipeg Blues Hockey Club sincerely appreciate the contribution of Don MacGillivray as Head Coach and General Manager over the last six years and wish him the very best with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Canada Hockey League. http://edu.internal/step/index.html.



Other Coaching news (ICYMI): 

-The Weyburn Red Wings are please to announce that after an extensive

search they have name Wes Rudy as the new Head Coach and Tanner McCall

as the new General Manager/Head Scout for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

The Battlefords North Stars have named Nate Bedford as their new Head Coach and General Manager.
Bedford spent the last four seasons with Keyano College in Fort McMurray,

where he led the school to its best ever year in 2016, finishing with a bronze

medal in the ACAC.