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Leaving The Business

Posted by Darryl Skender on November 17, 2011

I stopped blogging a little while back but thought a personal blog about myself might save me from answering the same questions hundreds of times.

There comes a time in every guy’s life where he sits back, looks at his life and wonders about his future. I have thought hard and long about it and when a job opportunity came up for me, I realized I must take it while I can. I love my current job at CJVR/CK750, I also love the people I work with. But this decision was based on what is right for me and my family and all of our futures. I handed in my resignation at work today and will be done in the radio business as of December 7th.  Yes it was tough considering it was my dream as a kid to do play by play and also get paid to do nothing but sports. This being a guaranteed RBC Cup year made it even tougher.

I have accepted an offer by Provincial Aerospace Ltd to operate the radar on one of their aircraft in Comox, BC. They are a civilian company that is contracted by the military, fisheries and quite often work in conjunction with the RCMP. They detect, track and do surveillance on the west coast looking for illegal activity in the water such as illegal fishing, drug smuggling, illegal immigrants as well as search and rescue. So I get to fly in airplane everyday now instead of travelling on a bus with the teams. The company is great. The pay is terrific and the benefits are tremendous. If you’re wondering how I am qualified for this, it’s the same job I used to do in the Navy except I did it on a boat back then instead of on an aircraft.

I would like to say thanks to all the coaches I have had the privilege of meeting and becoming friends with, my fellow broadcasters who are all outstanding at what they do, the players who have made my job easier and the staff at CJVR/CK750 who are second to none. It truly is a wonderful company to work for. Also to all listeners through out my four and a half years in Melfort that have said so many kind things. I feel like I have been blessed with what I have accomplished in the past and the future that I am about to embark on.

My last game will be on December 7th, Humboldt @ Melfort. I’m not sure of my replacement yet but Branden Crowe will do a wonderful job in the meantime. He is as talented as anyone I have ever met for his age. Not sure what my new number will be but I can always be contacted at dskender@hotmail.com. Take care!


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Dubyk To Start Against Mustangs Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 8, 2011

It will be a battle of 2 struggling teams on our CK750 radio broadcast tonight. The Humboldt Broncos and Melfort Mustangs will tangle at the Northern Palace. The Mustangs have lost 5 of their last 6 games while the Broncos have lost 4 of their last 5. Both teams lost last night as Melfort dropped a 7-1 decision to Nipawin and Humboldt a 5-4 score to Battlefords.

Melfort has been alternating their goaltending this season with the exception of opening weekend. Expect Jesse Ehnisz to be in between the pipes this evening as Jesse Wilkins played in Nipawin last night. The Broncos have alternated Matt Hrynkiw and Tyler Marble every game until last night where Marble started his 2nd straight. That will change tonight. Former Moose Jaw Warrior Deven Dubyk gets his first start of the season in a Bronco uniform. Dubyk was not dressed last night as Marble started with Hrynkiw playing the role of back up. Tonight, Marble won’t dress and Hrynkiw will once again be the backup.

Melfort is 1-4 at home this season while Humboldt is 0-4 on the road. It will be the first of 6 meetings this season. Here is a look at tonight’s match up:

Melfort: 2-6-0-1 (6th in Bauer Conference)
Humboldt: 4-5-0-0 (T-4th in Bauer Conference)

Goals Per Game
Melfort: 1.89 (12th)
Humboldt: 4.67 (4th)

Goals Against Per Game
Melfort: 4.11 (12th)
Humboldt: 3.11 (3rd)

Shots Per Game
Melfort: 25.67 (10th)
Humboldt: 33.33 (5th)

Shots Against Per Game
Melfort: 37.00 (12th)
Humboldt: 23.78 (1st)

Power Play
Melfort: 10.2% (11th)
Humboldt: 21.6% (6th)

Penalty Kill
Melfort: 75.4% (11th)
Humboldt: 79.3% (5th)

Last Year’s Head To Head Record
Melfort: 4-2-0-0
Humboldt: 2-4-0-0
* Note: Humboldt was actually 3-3-0-0 after Melfort had a win taken away for using an ineligible player.

How To Listen
Radio: CK750
Internet: www.ck750.com
TV: Saskatel Max Ch. 858 (audio only)

Tonight’s pre-game show starts at 7:15, play by play at 7:30 from “The Palace” in Melfort.

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Hawks To Don Pink Jerseys Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 7, 2011

There will be a new look to an old rivalry tonight at the Cage. The Nipawin Hawks will wear pink jerseys this evenng when they host the Melfort Mustangs. They will be raising awareness as well as money for a great cause. After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off with all money raised going towards breast cancer research and support. It’s being dubbed as, “Pink Out The Rink” night and fans are also encouraged to show support by wearing pink. Sponsors for this event are “Joelle’s Hair Design”, “Your Dollar Store With More”, “Honeywood Vet Clinic” and “Flowers ‘N Things Step By Step.”

The 2 teams met back on September 23rd at the Palace with the Hawks coming away with a 5-2 victory. Melfort has made quite a few changes lately and are a different team from when they last saw each other. Melfort is coming off their first home win and second victory overall on Wednesday. Nipawin comes into the game riding a 4-game winning streak and are 8-1 overall. The Mustangs are 2-5-0-1. Melfort’s line up will look familiar to Hawk fans with 3 players on it that played for the Black & Gold last year. Brendan Tash, Pearce Gourley and Steven Jean will all be suited up tonight.

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SJHL Pre-Season Standings (After Sep. 7-11)

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 8, 2011

Bauer Conference

Flin Flon           3-0-0-0    6    11-6
Melfort             1-0-0-0    2     6-1
Nipawin            1-2-0-0    2     8-11
Humboldt         0-1-1-0     1     5-7
Battlefords       0-1-0-0     0     4-6
La Ronge          0-1-0-0    0     1-6                  

Sherwood Conference

Estevan            3-0-0-0      6     13-8
Yorkton            3-0-0-0      6     17-14
Kindersley        2-2-0-0      4      8-20
Melville             1-1-0-1      3     20-16
Notre Dame      0-1-0-0      0      5-6
Weyburn           0-2-0-0      0      3-7

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Hockey Is Back

Posted by Darryl Skender on September 7, 2011

After a pretty tough week for me personally last week, I am happy to say that this week should be better. In a matter of 30 minutes last week, I totalled my truck, then learned that my Grandma had passed away. I am back at work today.

I have updated the “RBC Cup”, “Football Calls” and “Interviews” sections of my website as well as the radio broadcast schedule on the sidebar. Branden Crowe has been helping me with the RBC Cup reports which has been a huge help.

All 3 of our coaches feel that their training camps were a success this year. Hawks coach & GM Doug Johnson liked his team’s effort and was also pleased with the 2 games up in Flin Flon. The Hawks won their first pre-season game at home last night, 4-3 over the Humboldt Broncos at the Cage. The Black & Gold have 30 players left on their roster which include six 20 year olds.

Dean Brockman of the Humboldt Broncos also liked his training camp. In the annual Green & Gold game on Sunday, the Gold won 4-1. He started with over 100 kids and is down to about 30 or so. The rest of the cuts should be made after pre-season is over. Dean has said he’d like to be down to about 25 players after that. They have eleven 20 year olds left but 2 of them are out until at least the end of September.

The Melfort Mustangs training camp ended on Sunday. Branden was one of the coaches in their intersquad game. They were impressive in their first exhibition game last night. They beat the La Ronge Ice Wolves 6-1 at the Mel Hegland Uniplex. Ex-Hawk Brendan Tash scored one of the goals for Melfort. That was the Mustangs first of 3 exhibition tilts. I don’t know if this is right but the SJHL website shows this as the only game the Ice Wolves play in the pre-season. Melfort is in Humboldt tomorrow. Gavin Holcomb told me this morning that he is down to 24 players on his roster and is using 8 players from the Mintos and Trojans on top of that. He currently has eight 20 year olds.

Branden will be doing the first radio broadcast on CK750 on Friday September 16th from La Ronge as I will be flying to Winnipeg for the Huskies-Bisons game on the 17th. He then does a webcast the 17th. I have a hockey broadcast the same day I get back from Manitoba on the 18th in Notre Dame. This will be by far our busiest hockey season to date but will also be a lot of fun.

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A Long Overdue Post

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 23, 2011

I’m back off holidays and have a lot of catching up to do so here we go.

The Nipawin Hawks traded goaltender Brody Hoffman to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons for future considerations a little over a week ago. Hoffman was up on the trade block for a while. Coach & GM Doug Johnson brought in goaltender Davis Jones from the Oil Barons in June. It’s interesting that the Hawks and Oil Barons ended up trading goaltenders to each other about a month and a half apart. Doug said, “We wish Brody the best of luck. He was a key part of the organization for 2 years and is a great young man.” A lot of people feel that Jones will be the starter in Hawksville but Johnson said that’s not the case. He stated, “Davis’ numbers are very appealing what he did last year but Stephen’s a competitor and he’s had a good summer so I’m going to let them sort it out. That’s the best way to do things, let the players decide who’s going to play. Summer’s a long time. Guys can work hard or guys cannot. I want to see who comes in prepared and who doesn’t. That goes for all positions.” Whichever way Doug decides, there will be a new starting goalie in Nipawin this season.

Still with the Hawks, their Hockey School is fast approaching. It is taking place this weekend at the Cage. It will be run by coach & GM Doug Johnson and assistant coach Chad McLeod as well as some of the players that are volunteering their time. It works in conjunction with Nipawin Minor Hockey. All the information is on the Nipawin Hawks website including an online registration form. Johnson said, “We’ll take players from age 5 to 17. We will have 3 different groups per day. You get what you put into it. If the guys come in with a good attitude, they’re going to learn a lot. If they’re just out to get in shape, they’re still going to get something out of it.” Ten per cent of the money raised will go back to Nipawin Minor Hockey.

I was driving back from Saskatoon (Huskie press conference) and I passed Doug near Aberdeen. He was on his way to Saskatoon to pick up assistant coach Chad McLeod. Welcome to our great province Chad.

I did up our SJHL broadcast schedule while I was away. Our first hockey broadcast is September 16th with Nipawin @ La Ronge. That’s followed by Humboldt @ Notre Dame on September 18th and Melfort @ Kindersley on September 20th. We will be doing an increased amount of games for all teams this year which will keep Branden and myself very busy.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have been hard at training camp. They started with testing on Thursday and have been doing two-a-days since Friday. About 95 players started out at camp. One notable not there is running back Jeff Hassler. He suffered a severe high ankle sprain while playing in a select rugby game and has been lost for the season. Head coach Brian Towriss told me that Hassler has accepted a position with Rugby Canada and is a carded athlete. That means his footabll career is either on hold or over. Despite losing a player with a ton of talent, BT said that even though they are a man short, they aren’t missing someone they’ve ever had on a regular basis. Jeff has spent most of the past 2 seasons injured. Obviously that means Ben Coakwell will get more carries and also opens the door for a guy like Dexter Janke.

As for training camp, the players have had a few of the days in sweltering heat. Things seem to be progressing nicely. The Dogs still don’t have a starting QB yet however. Trent Peterson and Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren are still battling for that title. Peterson was the back up last season while Gilbert-Knorren was 3rd but Jahlani also played other positions like receiver, running back and kick returner. They have 2 very different styles. Peterson is more like a Laurence Nixon type. He is very cerebral and methodical while Gilbert-Knorren uses his legs a lot more. Both QB’s will get a lot of time with the 1st unit during their non-conference game Friday.

At today’s press conference, it was announced that the September 2nd game is going to be dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces. They are calling it the “Support Our Troops” game. CEO of the Concorde Group David Dube is once again involved in this venture. There will be a barbecue tailgating party for the troops and their families in attendance as well as a live band. The regular public is also invited for a small fee. All money raised will go to the “Soldier On” fund.

And finally, I can’t wait. Football is back on Friday with the Huskies hosting the Windsor Lancers in a non-conference game. Game time is 7:00. The pre-gamwe show with myself and Kelly begins at 6:30.  Let’s have a good turnout at Griffiths Stadium.

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On Holidays

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 4, 2011

I’m on holidays right now but have still been busy with hockey meetings etc and am about to do up another SJHL Broadcast Schedule. I will have it done by the weekend. I am looking forward to working with our 3 SJHL teams as well as the U of S Huskies football team again. It will be a lot of broadcasts as always but will also be a lot of fun.

I went to the Riders game last week with Hawks coach Doug Johnson. It was nice getting to spend the day with him just talking hockey and especially Hawks talk. Btw, for the ladies in Nipawin, Doug is single so put the word out to your friends. Yes he’ll probably kill me for saying that but he’ll have to wait until i’m done my vacation.  I ran into Mustangs assistant coach Dwight Kulchysky a couple weeks ago at his work (where my wife also woirks). He’s looking forward to being back behind the bench again. We talked about some old times when he was in Nipawin. I’ve also spent some time over the past couple days with Broncos coach Dean Brockman. He has been critical in some radio station business and I have nothing but good things to say about him. I’m proud to call him a friend and hope the fans of Humboldt realize what they have.

I also wanted to say congratulations to a couple of my broadcasting buddies. First of all, Dan O’Connor, the new voice of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars. That was inevitable. He told me a couple years ago that the “Dub” was his goal and it was just a matter of time. He’s extremely skilled, dedicated and very deserving. Also, former CJVR/CK750 play by play man Fraser Rodgers is now doing play by play with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. He was with the Powell River Kings last season. He’s also a very talented young broadcaster who will be “Dub bound” in the future.

Three weeks from tomorrow will be our first Huskies football broadcast. That spells the end of our summer in the sports department. Kelly Bowers is back with me for another season. We have a brand new transmitter which should help our signal get into Saskatoon better, however, there are still the same restrictions from the CRTC for broadcasting there at night.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I have been at the lake a lot and loving every second of it. Our family has rented cabins at Greenwater for 4 more days next week and then that will be it for me until October when I go to Las Vegas to see Jimmy Buffett at the MGM. Take care and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

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Mustangs Add Defenceman

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 30, 2011

The Melfort Mustangs have added 18 year old defenceman Cody Brown from Alberta Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League. Brown was the captain of the UFA Bisons last season. He had 3 assists in 25 regular season games last season to go along with 71 penalty minutes. Stangs coach & GM Gavin Holcomb said, “We’ve had a lot of good reads on Cody and we’ve had an opportunity to meet him and his parents. He’s excited. He’s a big kid and we’re expecting him to step in and play a significant role right away.” Holcomb said there will be more moves in the future. He said the team is still looking for at least a couple more bodies.

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Mustangs Add Goaltender

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 18, 2011

The Melfort Mustangs have given themselves some depth in between the pipes. Last year’s back up Jesse Ehnisz (who will be a 20 year old this year) will be competing for a job against another veteran this season.

Jesse Wilkins, a Calgary native, was acquired from the Sioux Lookout Flyers of the SIJHL where his record wasn’t great (10-26-3-1) but had good numbers with a 3.92 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He was the Flyers #1 goalie as an 18 year old last year. Melfort gave up future considerations in return.

Mustangs head coach & GM Gavin Holcomb said, “It’s important in this league to have 2 goaltenders that can play. We feel Jesse Wilkins really helps solidify a position in net and just makes us stronger overall.” Holcomb also said he wants to see a good competative healthy rivalry between the 2 once training camp begins. The 2 should be able to push each other which makes both of them better. Gavin was also quick to point out that there is not a #1 goalie in his mind as of yet and has some prospects coming into camp that could surprise as well.

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I’m Back

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 18, 2011

It’s my first day back from my week off which I enjoyed quite a bit. There has been a lot that has been happening. First of all, I’d like to say congratulations to Branden Crowe who we’ve hired to help out with afternoon sports as well as some SJHL and Long Lake Hockey League broadcasts. He will also be the new Mustangs webcast broadcaster. Branden had been working with us as mostly a news guy before Gino DePaoli departed for Alberta.

The Humboldt Broncos will be having their AGM on Wednesday at 7:00 at the Youth Centre in the Uniplex. Everyone is welcome to attend. Speaking of the Broncos, I have updated the RBC Cup portion of the website with another report which will run tomorrow and Friday on our stations. The Melfort Mustangs AGM has been rescheduled to August 8th at 7 PM at the Kerry Vickar Centre. The agenda will remain the same.

I called former Nipawin Hawks coach Colin O’Hara on July 4th when it was announced he has taken over as head coach of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He wasn’t in so I left him a message saying that I’d like to do an interview with him as a feel-good story where he could thank Nipawin (his first junior ‘A’ head coaching job) etc. to put a positive spin on an ugly story. He never called me back. I’ve always been positive on the radio and on my blog regarding O’Hara despite the allegations that surrounded him and the way he treated me at the end. During his last game (before the board told him to quit or he’d be fired), I asked him for our usual pre-game interview. O’Hara, who was sitting down replied, “I’m not getting up.” He did the interview reluctantly. During the post game show, he gave me a one-word answer which is a slap in the face to a broadcaster. I said, is that all you have to say? That’s when he said the infamous “F” bomb on the radio. I ended it there and that’s the last time that I spoke with him.

On a brighter note, the draw for the Nipawin Hawks pontoon boat raffle is on Wednesday at the Nipawin exhibition. Yes, I put in my $100 for a ticket and am crossing my fingers. I believe there are a few tickets left if you still want to get in. I’d like to thank Dennis Botterill for helping me out with getting the stories on the air. The organization also held their first annual Walleye Challenge over the weekend.

At the IFAF Senior World Football championship in Germany, Team Canada got a silver medal on Saturday. There were 5 current or former U of S Huskies involved on the team. They were:

Head coach Brian Towriss (Special teams coach for Team Canada)
RB David Stevens
DL Brian Guebert
Safety Bryce McCall
DL David Rybinski

Canada lost 50-7 to the USA in the Gold Medal game. David Stevens got the lone touchdown for Canada.

In the round robin, here were Canada’s results:

Canada 45 France 10
Austria 36 Canada 14
Canada 31 Japan 27

In other recent Huskie news, I attended their press conference a couple weeks ago and it was announced that they were expanding Griffiths Stadium seating. 1174 news seats will be added which includes 880 premium seats. Those seats are close to 2 feet wide with cup holders and arm rests as opposed to the bleacher style seats in the rest of the stadium. David Dube and Heather Ryan are funding this project which will hopefully be ready for the Dogs regular season home opener on September 2nd. It is unlikely to be ready for the non-conference game against Windsor the week before. Season tickets are already on sale . Call 966-1111 to get yours.

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This Week’s RBC Cup Report Done

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 5, 2011

The “Road To The RBC Cup” report is done and inserted in the RBC Cup section of my website. It features the 2006 national championship. It will be of special interest to Yorkton Terrier fans as they went to the big game that year. I’d like to thank GX94’s Craig Stein for helping me with some contact information as well as our own Branden Crowe for helping with some of the interviews.

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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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Posted by Darryl Skender on May 27, 2011

Not a whole lot going on lately. Looking forward to seeing what happens at the SJHL AGM this year. It takes place next weekend in Nipawin. I’m speaking with SJHL president Bill Chow Monday to get a preview of items that will be discussed. Speaking of Nipawin, coach & GM Doug Johnson came back to Nipawin after an unsuccessful attempt at helping out on the family farm down south. Conditions were still very wet. Hawks president Dennis Botterill told me he plans to be back as a guide at the Nipawin Pike Fesitval ‘Media Day’ again this year. I look forward to seeing him there once again. I’ll be doing my morning sports from the Nipawin Chamber of Commerce that day (June 6th) as I do every year, then it’s time for fishing!. I look forward to that event every year. Broncos coach & GM Dean Brockman is still spending time on the tractor working on his family farm. Rumors continue to swirl about his future after next season. And Mustangs coach & GM Gavin Holcomb has found a place to live in Melfort finally. It hasn’t been an easy search as he had been staying in Prince Albert and commuting.

Riders rookie camp starts on Wednesday. Huskies linebacker Peter Thiel must be getting nervous. The Green & White invited him to camp for a tryout after he went undrafted. Also Huskie offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld will be back for a 2nd year in a row trying out for the Riders. He was cut last year but speaking with both Ken Miller and Greg Marshall, they both feel he has a great chance of making the squad. Huskies coach Brian Towriss agrees. Also, Huskie receiver Jade Etienne, who was the 4th overall pick by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, is excited to get things going. He told me he thought they were serious about keeping him considering they used their 1st pick to get him but he knows he will need to have an exceptional camp to stick.

I have also inserted my latest RBC Cup Report in the “RBC Cup” section of my website. Please feel free to have a listen. It has gotten a great response so far. Have a great weekend!

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