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Watching A Couple Of Ex Huskies Tomorrow

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 30, 2010

I’m looking forward to going down to Mosaic Stadium tomorrow to watch a couple of former University of Saskatchewan Huskies play against each other. No they never played for the Dogs at the same time but they did don the same uniform at different times. Offensive lineman Gene Makowsky played his last season with the Huskies in 1994 while Dylan Barker last played for the U of S in 2007.

Makowsky has played all 14 of his seasons with the Riders and in that time has been named a Western all-star 4 times, CFL all-star 3 times and has won the Lineman of the Year Award twice. Barker, who was the 1st overall pick in 2008, made an impact last season leading the league as well as tying a Tiger Cats record with 37 special teams tackles. He has 4 more to add to that total so far this season. Barker started the last 3 games in the secondary for Hamilton last year and with safety Sandy Beveridge retiring this year, it is all his now.

A couple of other Huskie alumni that won’t be suited up are offensive lineman Kelly Bates who is on the Riders 9-game injured list and receiver Scott McHenry who is on the Riders practice roster.

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Ben Rush Always Wanted To Be A Huskie

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 27, 2010

It’s hard to believe that Ben Rush was a slotback just a few years ago. I say that because he has been such a dominating defensive end ever since. The Humboldt native has a trophy case which includes, “Rookie of the Year” in Grade 10, “Most Improved Player” with the Calgary Colts 2 years ago and “Lineman of the Year” last year where he led all of Canada with 10 sacks.

The 21 year old says he wants to take a business program at the U of S, a place where he has always wanted to play football. In fact, he was worried that he wouldn’t get a chance to play for the Dogs. Offers started coming from a lot of schools except the U of S. University teams such as the Calgary Colts, Alberta Golden Bears, McGill, Mount Allison, St. Mary’s and Concordia came calling but not Saskatchewan. It was a relief when Brian Towriss finally gave him a call. He said, “He gave me a call when I was in Calgary. I was at work and I was pretty excited to hear from him because I’d been getting some calls from a bunch of other schools out east and a few schools in the west. I was telling my mom a few days earlier that I was a little bummed that I hadn’t got a call from the Huskies yet and then it was pretty neat to have him give me a call. He knew I was sold on the team probably right when I first talked to him as I was pretty pumped. It was almost like a relief. That was my choice, I knew that’s where I wanted to go.”

Rush says he hopes to make an immediate impact with the team but says the position is wide open with lots of competition and that no promises have been made. The coaching staff has already told him that is the deepest the team has ever been on the defensive line. Whether he is in a starting role or on the sidelines, the 6’4 225 pound giant is looking forward to being on the field in front of 5000 screaming fans and being part of the ‘Game Day’ experience which is being talked about all across Canada. He said he was playing in front of less than 500 fans at McMahon Stadium with the Colts. Because he played there for 3 years, by CIS rule, he has used up a full year of CIS eligibility.

Rush is of course the brother of an Olympian. Lyndon Rush won a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In fact, Lyndon played for the Green & White for 5 years. But Ben is looking to make a name for himeself. He and his family are very close. He has 5 siblings (3 brothers & 2 sisters). All 3 of his brothers played football and everyone is both athletic & supportive of each other. Most of them including his parents live in Sylvain Lake, about 15 minutes west of Red Deer.

I asked him about what the biggest difference was between junior football and CIS (He knows CIS competition from Spring Camp). He said, “In junior at practice, when you’re taking reps, you’ll go against really good guys but then you’ll get the odd rep or 2 against a guy you’re thinking wow, maybe you shouldn’t really be here whereas with the Huskies, everybody’s good. Everybody’s fast and nobody’s out of place.” As for his biggest challenge. Rush says, “Things like learning systems, working on my run game, I want to improve on that and I want to get good at playing special teams too because I didn’t really do a lot of special teams in my last 2 years.”

Ben has been learning from some of the veterans which actually surprised him a little bit. He said, “It was really cool because usually when you show up as a new guy in camp, the vets sometimes give you that disapproval look and are not the most friendly but the guys all seem pretty good. One guy in particular that was really helpful in camp was a 5th year guy, Vaughn Rice. He was helping me out. Kyle Kuzak, he was a good guy to learn from. It just seems like everyone wants to win. It’s competative but it’s not a bunch of backstabbers. I’m really excited for that.

It was funny when I mentioned to him about the Dogs Breakfast. He chuckled saying he didn’t know he was supposed to dress up. He said B.T. told him that he was going to give him a jersey so he figured a few hundred people might be there not a few thousand. Rush said it was pretty a pretty amazing experience and having Warren Moon speak was unbelievable.

Rush may have been spending the summer building overhead power lines in Olds but he says he will be ready on August 20th to start main camp. He has been working out and keeping in shape despite being on the road a lot. Just talking to him makes one thing obvious, it will be tough to stop him from playing a major role with this team in the years to come.

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Hawks Extend Early Bird Tickets Deadline

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 22, 2010

The Nipawin Hawks have extended their Early Bird deadline for season tickets. I spoke with president Doug Botterill this morning and he said that the deadline has been extended to the end of July. He wanted to make sure that all previous buyers have been contacted to give them a fair chance at getting the tickets at a cheaper price as well as a blitz for new buyers. This will be the last extension before prices go up. Here are the Early Bird prices:

Adult: $262.50 ($250 + GST)
Students: $131.25 ($125 + GST)
Children: $78.75 ($75 + GST)

Tickets can be picked up at Flowers n’ Things. The Hawks office will open on Monday and be open weekdays from noon to 5.

Regular gate admissions this season will be:

Adults: $13
Students: $8
Children: $6

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Broncos Captain Going To St. Thomas

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 22, 2010

He’s a loveable guy off the ice and a competitor on the ice. Former Humboldt Broncos forward Bryce Walker was a practical joker on his off-time with both teammates and the coaching staff, but was all business on the ice which was proven as he led the team in penalty minutes durng the 2009/10 season.

Walker is headed for St. Thomas on a scholarship in which he credits many factors. He said, “The team for sure, the last few years I couldn’t have done it without them. We got quite a bit of exposure in the RBC’s and being the captain helped out. And Dean was crucial in this. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have got this… that’s for sure. He made the calls so I thank him for that.”

The Quill Lake native has 1 RBC Cup ring and 2 Anavet Cup championships on his resume. Last year, he compiled 10 goals and 9 assists in 54 games. A big part of his game was agitating the opponent and he was also very good on the penalty kill.

The 5’10” forward will taking “Business Entrepreneurship” as he says they have one of the top business programs in the state. It will be an adjustment for him however as he doesn’t know anyone at the school.

The thing that everyone loves about Walker is his personality. He is always joking, laughing and usually giving someone a hard time. For 3 years, he and assistant coach Tim Klimosko have had jovial battles. On the bus, the Broncos captain would always have a sarcastic remark for Klimosko, and in return, a jab would be fired back. Bryce is still working with Tim (he owns his own construction company) and I’m surprised that one of them has never been accidently pushed off a roof. I asked Walker about if Tim would miss him when he leaves. His answer, “Well obviously Tim is going to miss me a little bit but he’ll have to deal with that. You’ll have to ask him about that next year when you interview him.” I’m pretty sure the answer would be yes.

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Kerpan Ready For The Jump To Div. 1

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 21, 2010

Former Nipawin Hawk goaltender Ryan Kerpan says even though he has never played at this level before, he’s looking foward to the challenge of playing Division 1 hockey. Kerpan recently committed to AIC, a team that has a couple of goaltenders returning, but is still in need of help at that position. Kerpan said, “They haven’t done a whole lot for them so they’re bringing me in to have a chance at starting as a freshman.”

The 6′ 6″ 185 pounder actually got help from the Flin Flon Bombers organization in getting hooked up with AIC. Of course that’s where he played before Mike Reagen traded him to Nipawin to give the overaged netminder a chance to play as they were more than happy having Matt Weninger as their starter.

The Saskatoon native certainly didn’t disappoint when coming over to Nipawin. He was faced with a lot of shots on a nightly basis but was up to the task. He was used to that when he played in Battlefords. He said he liked the way he played in Nipawin, “I thought I did good but facing a lot of shots every game wears on you, it’s hard to keep up a low goals against average all year long, especially trying to win every game is just kind of unreasonable with the scoring chances and shots I’d see every game.” He finished with a 13-20-3-1 record with a 3.67 GAA and .904 save percentage.

As for the off-season, Ryan is spending a lot of time working, working out and skate boarding as he prepares to head off to college. He has the size, confidence and mentality to do well. Those are 3 big factors when vying for a number 1 spot as a freshman. The Yellow Jackets will have a scrimmage with Holy Cross on October 3rd before starting the regular season on October 9th.

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Official Broadcast Schedule

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 20, 2010

Here is our official 2010/11 broadcast schedule. It includes our SJHL and Huskie broadcasts for the year. We will do all playoff games for all 4 teams as well. We will be adding some Senior Hockey and either ‘Midget AAA’ or Junior ‘B’ games to the schedule a little later on.

Combined Broadcast Schedule (2010/11)
Date Teams Pre-Game Game Time Sport PxP Notes
Aug. 27 Western @ Huskies 6:30 PM 7:00 PM CIS   Non-Conference Game
Sep. 4 Huskies @ Calgary 6:30 PM 7:00 PM CIS   Season Opener
Sep. 11 UBC @ Huskies 6:30 PM 7:00 PM CIS   Home Opener
Sep. 17 Nipawin @ La Ronge 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL   Hawks Season Opener
Sep. 18 Melfort @ Flin Flon 6:15 PM 6:30 PM SJHL   Broadcast on CJVR
Sep. 18 Huskies @ Regina 6:30 PM 7:00 PM CIS    
Sep. 21 Humboldt @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Sep. 24 Huskies @ Alberta 6:30 PM 7:00 PM CIS    
Sep. 24 Nipawin @ Melville 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL   Broadcast on CJVR
Sep. 25 Nipawin @ Yorkton 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Oct. 1 Manitoba @ Huskies 6:30 PM 7:00 PM CIS    
Oct. 2 Melfort @ Nipawin 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Oct. 5 Melfort @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Oct. 6 Melfort @ Kindersley 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Oct. 10 Nipawin @ Humboldt 5:45 PM 6:00 PM SJHL    
Oct. 15 Calgary @ Huskies 6:30 PM 7:00 PM CIS    
Oct. 15 Melfort @ Estevan 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL   Broadcast on CJVR
Oct. 16 Melfort @ Notre Dame 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Oct. 17 Melfort @ Weyburn 5:45 PM 6:00 PM SJHL    
Oct. 19 Humboldt @ Estevan 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Oct. 20 Humboldt @ Weyburn 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Oct. 22 Huskies @ UBC 7:30 PM 8:00 PM CIS    
Oct. 29 Regina @ Huskies 6:30 PM 7:00 PM CIS    
Oct. 29 Nipawin @ Estevan 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL   Broadcast on CJVR
Oct. 30 Nipawin @ Notre Dame 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Oct. 31 Nipawin @ Weyburn 5:45 PM 6:00 PM SJHL    
Nov. 5 Humboldt @ Weyburn 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Nov. 6 Humboldt @ Estevan 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Nov. 6 Canada West Semi-final     CIS   If Necessary
Nov. 7 Melfort @ Battlefords 2:15 PM 2:30 PM SJHL    
Nov. 9 Nipawin @ Kindersley 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Nov. 12 Humboldt @ Flin Flon 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Nov. 13 Humboldt @ Melfort 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL   CJVR if Huskies play
Nov. 13 Canada West Final     CIS   If Necessary
Nov. 16 Humboldt @ Notre Dame 7:45 PM 8:00 PM SJHL    
Nov. 20 Mitchell Bowl     CIS   If Necessary
Nov. 23 Humboldt @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Nov. 24 Humboldt @ Kindersley 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Nov. 27 Vanier Cup     CIS   If Necessary
Dec. 3 Nipawin vs. Weyburn 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL   Showcase in Weyburn
Dec. 4 Humboldt vs. Nipawin 4:45 PM 5:00 PM SJHL   Showcase in Weyburn
Dec. 4 Melfort vs. Yorkton 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL   Showcase in Weyburn
Dec. 5 Notre Dame vs Humboldt 10:45 AM 11:00 AM SJHL   Showcase in Weyburn
Dec. 5 Melville vs. Melfort 4:45 PM 5:00 PM SJHL   Showcase in Weyburn
Dec. 14 Melfort @ Melville 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Dec. 15 Melfort @ Yorkton 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Dec. 19 Nipawin @ La Ronge 4:45 PM 5:00 PM SJHL    
Dec. 31 Nipawin @ Melfort 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 1 Melfort @ Nipawin 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 4 Humboldt @ La Ronge 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 5 Humboldt @ Flin Flon 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 7 Melfort @ Weyburn 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 8 Melfort @ Estevan 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 9 Melfort @ Notre Dame 1:45 PM 2:00 PM SJHL    
Jan. 13 Nipawin @ Notre Dame 7:45 PM 8:00 PM SJHL    
Jan. 14 Nipawin @ Weyburn 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 15 Nipawin @ Estevan 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 18 Nipawin @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 19 Nipawin @ Kindersley 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 25 Melfort @ Humboldt 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 28 Humboldt @ Melfort 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Jan. 30 Nipawin @ Humboldt 5:45 PM 6:00 PM SJHL    
Feb. 5 Melfort @ Flin Flon 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Feb. 8 Humboldt @ Kindersley 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Feb. 9 Humboldt @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Feb. 11 Nipawin @ Humboldt 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Feb. 15 Melfort @ Kindersley 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Feb. 19 Humboldt @ Notre Dame 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    
Feb. 22 Nipawin @ Flin Flon 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL    

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CK750 Broadcast Schedule Is Set

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 18, 2010

We will be broadcasting 56 SJHL games this season, mostly on CK750, with a few on CJVR because of conflicts with Huskies football. Melfort, Nipawin and Humboldt will all get 22 broadcasts each. I just had management approve it on Friday and I will release it on my blog in the coming days. We will also broadcast all playoff games home and away for the 3 teams. All 8 U of S Huskie regular season games will be broadcast on CK750 as well as the non-conference game against Western on August 27th and all playoff games. We are proud to be your sports station.

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Childerhose Looking Forward To Future

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 18, 2010

Chemistry seems to have been a big factor with the success that forward Gary Childerhose had in the last half of last season. Head coach Darrell Mann teamed Childerhose up with Todd Chinova and Jesse Mireau and that seemed to spark something. Since they were put together, they were quite often considered the #1 line on the Mustangs and showed that on the scoresheet. Childerhose finished the season as a point a game player. That, along with his character, helped him get a scholarship at Geneseo.

Chillie, as he is known by his friends, is an all around nice guy with a good sense of humour and doesn’t mind poking fun at himself sometimes. On the ice however, he wasn’t afraid to mix it up with guys a lot bigger than him.

As for the scholarship, Geneseo had started talking with him midway through last season. He said, “Manner (Darrell Mann) called me into the office after one of our practices and let me know there were a couple teams interested me. He mentioned Geneseo and I know Clint Olsen, a former Mustang who did well and is a good friend of mine. They showed big interest in me and we talked. I talked to the coaches down there and they were great, they seemed really nice and everything worked out. I’m really excited to move on to the next chapter of my life.”

The Manitoba native is living at home right now in Altona with his parents but will be flying out to Springfield, Massachussets on August 24th as his orientation starts on the 26th. He will be staying at the residence at the school.

Childerhose was told that he’ll be given every opportunity to be an everyday player with the hockey team but will have to earn it. That’s all he could ask for so he’s been training hard everyday getting ready. He wasn’t known for a lot of hard training with the Mustangs however. I remember Darrell Mann telling me the story about having a life size cutout of Gary put in the gym as a joke. It something that Chillie chuckled about it.

As for what he’ll be taking in school, Childerhose said he’ll major in Education with a special focus on ‘Childhood Education’ and ‘Students With Disabilities’.

Childerhose is also quick to credit Darrell Mann and his teammates for his success and having the opportunity to continue his hockey career. He said he loved playing in Melfort and does plan on coming back to visit. He said he has many memories which include big wins against their arch-rival Nipawin Hawks.

Geneseo is expected to be a contender this season. They were decent last season but were not allowed to participate in the playoffs because of an ineligibility rule. Childerhose hopes to be a part of that.

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Back From Holidays

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 10, 2010

I just got back from a couple of weeks off. I went to the Riders home opener, then left for BC to see family and friends. I know I missed a lot and may or may not recap some of our teams happenings that I missed while away.

I’m officially back to work Monday and will be doing the news and sports as Cam (our news director) will be off to get married. I will work on and hopefully get our SJHL broadcast schedule worked out on Monday and will post it here when I do. The Huskies football broadcast schedule is pretty simple. We broadcast them all including their non-conference game against Western on August 27th.

Back to watching the Riders game on TSN.

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