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Humboldt 2012 RBC T-Shirt

Posted by Darryl Skender on April 28, 2011

The Humboldt 2012 RBC Cup Committee is going to be releasing a “Saddle Up t-shirt” at the launch on May 12th.

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Dogs Breakfast Is A Success Again

Posted by Darryl Skender on April 28, 2011

It has been an annual event that a lot of us look forward to every year. The Dogs Breakfast was held this morning at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. Over 1900 people attended the breakfast which raised $105 000 dollars towards the Huskie football scholarship program. The line up included Hall of Fame quarterback Damon Allen, TSN analyst Glen Suitor, Riders CEO Jim Hopson, Riders Vice-President of Football Operations Ken Miller, Dogs Breakfast Chair Mike Gartner, BC Lions offensive line coach Kelly Bates, Edmonton Eskimos running back Graeme Bell and Huskies head coach Brian Towriss to name just a few. Seventeen new recruits were also introduced and given their jersey.

It was also announced that the Huskie Football Foundation has raised over $1 million dollars since the inception of the Dogs Breakfast in 2001 and every penny of that has gone into the Huskie Football Scholarship Fund. B.T. and others said that this one of the big reasons why the Huskies can bring in top-rated talent from all over Canada every year.

I did cut-ins on CK750 between 6 and 8 this morning and had various guests on. The breakfast itself ran from 7-9, then a lot of the people were invited to check out the new clubhouse. The usual gang of media were there including Kevin Jesus, Wray Morrison, Dave Thomas, Kevin Waugh, Mike Ciona etc. I also wanted to say thanks to Ryan Lejbak (CEO Zu.com Communications, HFF member & Huskie Football Outsider) and Christine Bobyn (HFF member) for helping get me a great location to broadcast from.

Great job everyone! Now it’s time for Spring Camp.

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Mustangs New President Looking Ahead

Posted by Darryl Skender on April 26, 2011

The Melfort Mustangs have a few things on their agenda this summer and one was to replace outgoing president Barrie Jung. That was taken care of when Sean Isberg was voted in 5 days ago. Isberg didn’t talk so much about himself as he did about the future of the Mustangs organization. He said, “Exciting opportunity for us, we can take the club into a whole new direction now with a new coach and a new staff. We’re looking forward to putting a good team on the ice and I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

The Mustangs still have not named a new head coach for the upcoming season. Lots of names have been thrown out there in the rumour mill which I still refuse to be a part of. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me who I have heard as possible candidates. I’ll leave that for other people to gossip about. We do know that there were about 40 applications. The team was supposed to be short-listing the candidates as of yesterday.

Finding a new bench boss is at the top of Sean’s agenda right now. He said, “First thing on our plate is to find a coach that can bring in some young guys and put a competative team on the ice right away.”

Melfort loses ten 20 year olds this year plus some players on the roster from previous future consideration trades. It will most likely be a rebuilding year for the Mustangs. Assistant coach Cory Unser still has not found out his fate. It will be up to the new head coach to name his assistant. Cory told me that he hopes to be back next season but it’s just a waiting game now.

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Huskies Spring Camp

Posted by Darryl Skender on April 26, 2011

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies ‘Spring Camp’ schedule is set. And it just wouldn’t seem like Spring Camp without mentioning its prelude, the 11th annual Dogs Breakfast on Thursday morning. I’ll be doing cut-ins from Prairieland Park once again this year between 6 AM & 8 AM. At last report, there were only a few tables left to make it another sell-out. Here is the ‘Spring Camp’ schedule:

Thursday, April 28

7 a.m. – Dogs Breakfast

6 p.m. – Practice #1

Friday, April 29

5:30 p.m. – Practice #2

Saturday, April 30

 9:30 a.m. – Special Team Meetings

 1 p.m. – Practice #3

 6 p.m. – Practice #4

Sunday, May 1

11 a.m. – Practice #5 – Green & White Scrimmage

Head coach Brian Towriss is expecting about 110 players to be showing their stuff. That list includes returnees, new recruits and walk-ons. The Dogs have had about 85 players working-out in and around the University all winter.

If you’re wondering what the importance of ‘Spring Camp’ is considering the Dogs first game isn’t until September 2nd, let’s get that answer from the coach. BT said, “One thing it does is it gives us a chance to bring in our 20 or 25 new kids and give them an introduction to our systems for the fall. We get back here on August 18th and it’s short, we only have a week of training camp. Most of the pros go through 2 or 3 weeks, the NFL goes through a month where we have 1 week to get ready. We can lay the ground work here this spring with our base systems and those things so everyone’s familiar when we get here in the fall. Plus we want to do a lot of evaluating. So again when we get back here on August 18th, we don’t spend the first 3 or 4 days evaluating our talent.”

Seventeen of the new recruits will be announced and given a jersey at the Dogs Breakfast. It’s always a thrill for the players to be called up in front of 2000 people to receive their jersey and be welcomed to the team. Quite often, players come from towns with less than 2000 people so it’s quite a big change of scenery for them.

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Hockey Spring Camps

Posted by Darryl Skender on April 15, 2011

The Humboldt Broncos completed a successful spring camp last weekend with about 130 kids showing up in hopes of playing for the team in the future. The coaching staff had a good look at everyone during the 3-day event and did see some promise. Head coach & GM Dean Brockman said, “Saw lots of good young kids and lots of local kids so I was happy with that and there are certainly some prospects for next year.” A lot of the Green & Gold’s list kids were at the camp as well and that is always a good sign. The participants were as young as 1997’s and as old as 1992’s. Dean said he wasn’t particularily focussed on one age group more than another. He also talked about his next step now saying, “Now it’s just kinda breaking down things, we’ve gotta recruit some of the kids that were here and try to figure out where they were going to fit in.” Another good sign was to see that about 10 different members of the Broncos were in town to help out with the camp.

The Nipawin Hawks camp is this weekend. It is a day shorter than Humboldt’s as it will be a 2-day camp starting tomorrow (Saturday) and finishing up Sunday evening. Head coach & GM Doug Johnson likes the fact that they will be able to host it in Nipawin as he feels it showcases his talent and also helps the local businesses that have helped the Hawks in the past and present. The team will have players as young as 1996’s and as old as 1993’s with the exception of 2 goaltenders who are 1992’s. There are about 75 kids coming in to try and impress Doug. He feels it is a good turnout considering the Prince Albert Mintos are having their camp the same weekend. The Hawks will give each player 2 ice sessions per day that will last for an hour and a half each and they will all be scrimmages. Doug said, “We want to see how they can compete, how they make plays and what their hockey sense is. A lot of them don’t want to come down here and sit down and have me run drills for them. We’ll have a 10 or 15 minute warm-ups and then they’re going to go out there and compete and battle hard.” Besides Doug, assistant coach Duane Thorpe, 3 or 4 scouts and about a half dozen players will be helping out at the camp. Some will be on the bench but you may see some more in the stands talking with parents etc.

As for the Melfort Mustangs, they have cancelled their spring camp as they continue to look for a new coach and gm.

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Huskie Salute Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on April 1, 2011

The annual Huskie Salute is tonight. Here are the details:

Date: Friday April 1st
Time: 6:30 PM Cocktails; 8:00 pM Theatre Style Awards Program
Location: TCU Place, Grand Salon
Attire: Semi-Formal
Theme: A Splash of Green

The only football player nominated this year is QB Laurence Nixon for the Rusty MacDonald Trophy for All-Round Male Athlete. Here are the bio’s according to Nicole Betker (Sports Information Director at U of S).

Rusty MacDonald Trophy – All-Round Male Athlete

Laurence Nixon, Football

  • A former HAC president, captain of the football team and Canada West football MVP

Daniel Olver, Wrestling

  • A 10 time Canada West and CIS medalist, HAC representative and Academic All-Canadian

Taylor Petrucha, Track & Field

  • A pole vault record holder, All-Academic and scholarship donor

Kyle Ross, Hockey

  • Captain of the hockey team, an all-star and law student

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