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Broncos Move 20 Year Old

Posted by Darryl Skender on June 29, 2011

The Humboldt Broncos have an influx of 20 year olds and coach & GM Dean Brockman started solving that issue by dealing 20 year old forward Dayton Shaw to the Notre Dame Hounds in exchange for future considerations. Shaw had 6 goals and 7 assists for the Green & Gold last year in 25 regular season games. He also added 1 assist in 5 playoff games. Going to Notre Dame will be a good fit for Shaw on the Olympic size ice surface as he will be able to utilize his speed. What he lacks in size (5’8″ 165 lbs.) he makes up for in determination.

For Humboldt, it slightly eases a little bit of the load for all the 20 year olds they have. I believe that leaves them with 11 twenty year olds. I assumed in the past that they would need a spot for a 20 year old goalie. I asked Dean if he’d do the Darrell Mann trick and buy a 20 year old goalie from Quebec. Deano told me that he’d be ecstatic with a good solid 19 year netminder too. If he went that way, that would make the Broncos only 2 over the limit. And remember that Brett Pisio won’t be joining the team until late October or maybe even early November if the Saskatoon Hilltops make it to the national final. So really, they may only be 1 over the limit to start the season. Factor in that by late October or early November, the injury list starts building and the Broncos may want to carry 10 twenty year olds anyway. Remember the Mustangs did it most of the year last year. What it comes down to is if Deano is happy with his over-agers. He may also want to keep a spot open for the trade deadline. I guess what I’m saying is that it’s still anyone guess what’s going to happen over the summer. Sometimes being a coach is like being a chef trying to create a great dish with the perfect ingredients.

As I said in my last post, I will be awaiting Dean’s permission to name the return the Broncos are getting for Spencer Braaten. Expect more and more trades and transactions getting finalized as the farmers get closer to finishing spraying their fields. There are several coaches faced with that task still.


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Posted by Darryl Skender on June 29, 2011

I’ll start off by saying that it is a bitter sweet announcement in the newsroom this week. Gino De Paoli has moved on to our sister station in Whitecourt, Alberta to do afternoon news/sports as well as having a hand in the junior ‘B’ hockey team out there. His last day was Saturday and we should be making a decision on his replacement in the next week or two. We are sorry to see him go but are happy he is advancing his career.

The next set of congratulations goes to my color commentator for Huskie football games. Kelly Bowers will be inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame on October 29th. And all I can say is it’s about time. He has been volunteering in the area for close to 50 years. He has been a mainstay in Saskatoon during that time refereeing basketball. He’s also been or still is involved in football, tennis, wrestling and track. He was the offensive coordinator with the Saskatoon Hilltops for 2 of their championships in the 90’s. Way to go Bif. The only problem now is I’ll need a color guy for the October 29th game in Alberta. I have put an email out today to former Golden Bears coach Jerry Friesen to see if he’ll be able to do it. He of course has ties to Saskatchean football and is a terrific guy.

Next on the list while we’re talking about the Huskies would have to be Jade Etienne, Rory Kohlert and Patrick Neufeld for making the CFL. Etienne is a receiver with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Kohlert is a receiver for the Hamilton Tiger Cats while Neufeld will be part of the offensive line for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Unfortunately, linebacker Peter Thiel didn’t make the Riders but rest assured, just as Neufeld did, Thiel will be given another shot next year. In the meantime, he will be back with the Huskies this Fall.

On the hockey front, congratulations to Dwight Kulchysky, who did color for me during last year’s SJHL playoffs. He has been given the assistant coach job for the Melfort Mustangs. Dwight will add valuable experience to the coaching staff. He told me on the phone jokingly that he hopes he’s not available to do the playoff run for me next season, of course hoping his team will still be in the running.

Still with hockey, Humboldt Broncos fans waiting to hear some news on the trade that sent Spencer Braaten to the Kindersley Klippers will have to keep waiting. Dean Brockman is not ready to make the announcement yet and I can’t say anymore because it was a confidential conversation I had with him earlier today. Still with the Broncos, I added 3 more RBC Cup reports in the “RBC Cup” section yesterday. The Humboldt host committee has been doing a fantastic job so far in preparation of next year’s big event. It has been time consuming for me to do them but has also been fun at the same time.

And I’m not leaving the Nipawin Hawks out but Doug Johnson has been down in the States. He’s coming back now but I can’t speak with him tomorrow because I have a Huskie press conference in Saskatoon tomorrow (Wednesday). I will call him Thursday. Of couse the Hawks have been in the news a lot lately with different transactions. They traded their captain Tanner Dusyk a few weeks ago and now have brought another goaltender into the fold from Fort McMurray. That leaves 3 viable goaltenders in town and maybe some trade bait for Doug in the future. It’s tough to see Jamie Johnson go because he’s a heck of a good kid and hockey player but he is now closer to home.

And finally, I texted SJHL president Bill Chow yesterday asking when the league schedule would be out. He said it would be late this week or early next week.

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Mustangs Hire Assistant Coach

Posted by Darryl Skender on June 27, 2011

In the end, the Melfort Mustangs didn’t have to look far to find their assistant coach. Head coach Gavin Holcomb decided on former Nipawin Hawk assistant Dwight Kulchysky. Kulchysky brings plenty of experience both on and off the ice. Holcomb told me this morning, “He has a lot of experience in recruiting and scouting and he’s going to bring that with him along with bench duties and practices and everything else that comes with coaching duties. Anything that he can bring to the table right now, we’re fortunate to have.” Gavin believes the 2 will have good chemistry behind the bench.

When I spoke with Kulchysky this morning, he was equally as excited to be a member of the Mustangs. He said, “It gives me a chance to get back to what I like doing, getting a chance to give Gavin a hand in Melfort, getting a chance to work with another organization and I know the people in Melfort… it should be great.” Spears, as he is known in the hockey world, has been a scout for the Prince Albert Raiders over the past 3 years. He was the assistant coach in Nipawin for 8 years and did much of the recruiting for the Hawks while there. He’s not sure if he’ll be back to scout the Raiders with his new job. He said his main focus is on the Mustangs now. He knows it will be a tough grind this year but is looking forward to helping Gavin rebuild and helping put their new brand on the team. He replaces Cory Unser who was not hired back after one year with Darrell Mann.

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Happy Friday

Posted by Darryl Skender on June 10, 2011

I wanted to start of by saying what a great job the RBC Cup Committee did in putting on the golf tournament at the Humboldt Golf Course last Saturday. They raised $8000 dollars and provided a good time for everyone. I volunteered on the 18th hole. I challenged all golfers on the green using hockey sticks. Anyone that putted closer to the hole than me got entered into the draw for 2 NHL tickets to the game in Saskatoon this Fall. The supper afterwards was great. A couple of current Broncos that were there were assistant coach Tim Klimosko and captain Taylor Johnson. Former Bronco forward Brayden Klimosko took part as well.

Also, the Media Day Fishing event at Tobin Lake on Monday was a lot of fun. We caught pike, tagged them and released them back in the water. The Pike Festival starts June 19th to September 30th. Everyone entered will be trying to catch the tagged fish to win cash or prizes. This was my 4th year in a row there. Unfortunately, it was my first year where I couldn’t make the supper & awards afterwards which is a ton of laughs. I coach my son’s soccer team so had to leave by 5 PM. Doug Hidlebaugh did another terrific job running the event. I caught the biggest fish out of all media there (14 lbs.) and got a trophy. It was good to see some of the Nipawin Hawks faithful there. Doug Johnson couldn’t make it this year as he was travelling south to help out on the farm. Dennis Botterill, John Shenher and Jim Chute were there. Also, one of the most loyal fans and supporters of the Hawks Gerry Ladouceur took part for the first time. He had a great line when everyone was standing up one at a time saying their name and title. He said “Gerry Ladouceur, retired porn star!” That gave everyone a chuckle. He was helping a french CBC channel that was there filming.

The Hawks just made a couple of announcements this past week. They’ve hired a new assistant coach in Chad McLeod. We’ll have his story on sports tomorrow. He and Doug have worked together in the past. Also, Tanner Dusyk will not be a 3 year captain with the Hawks which we talked about last season. He was traded to Bonneyville for 2 players. Tanner was a small guy with a big heart. He was a likeable kid and everyone in the organization wishes him the best.

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