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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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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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Nipawin Hawks In Unfamiliar Territory

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 4, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks fast start has not gone unnoticed by the rest of Canada. In the latest CJHL rankings which came out yesterday, the Black & Gold are ranked 13th in the country. It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to say that. But a 7-1 start will open some eyes. They beat the Humboldt Broncos 5-4 on Saturday to even that head-to-head series at 1 game apiece.

The Hawks will look ahead to tonight now as they play the 2nd game of their 4-game homestand against the Battlefords North Stars. This is another team who has started out of the gate quickly and in fact, haven’t lost on the road yet this season going 3-0. The biggest difference I see with Battlefords is their defensive play. They were a run and gun team the past few years under Ken Pearson whereas this year with a new coach are more defensive minded. In fact, they have the best goals against average in the league up until this point.

The Hawks meanwhile are perfect at home at 4-0. The 2 teams met last Friday in North Battleford with Nipawin coming away with a 6-4 victory. Let’s take a closer look at how the 2 teams compare:

Record
Nipawin: 7-1 (1st place in Bauer Conference)
Battlefords: 5-2 (3rd place in Bauer Conference)

Goals Per Game
Nipawin: 4.63 (2nd)
Battlefords: 3.29 (7th)

Goals Against Per Game
Nipawin: 2.88 (2nd)
Battlefords: 2.71 (1st)

Shots Per Game
Nipawin: 32.38 (8th)
Battlefords: 35.86 (1st)

Power Play
Nipawin: 29.4% (T-1st)
Battlefords: 16.2% (9th)

Penalty Kill
Nipawin: 82.5% (4th)
Battlefords: 83.3% (3rd)

Head To Head
Nipawin: 1-0-0-0
Battlefords: 0-1-0-0

CJVR/CK750 will be on hand at tonight’s game helping out with the 50/50. Gametime is 7:30 at the Cage.

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Red Hot Hawks Host Broncos Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 1, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks have made believers out of a lot people early on. They improved to 6-1 on the season last night with a 6-4 win over the Battlefords North Stars. I wasn’t at the game as I was in Saskatoon doing the Huskies broadcast but the Black & Gold are proving to be a serious contender this year. They are first overall in the SJHL. Rookie Tad Kozun continues his quick start to the season as he opened the scoring in the first period. Justin Waskewitch led the way with 2 goals and Davis Jones stopped 35 pucks for his 5th straight win to start the year.

The Humboldt Broncos on the other hand have not yet found their identity. They have a lot of talent but the vast number of new players are still getting acquainted with playing with each other. Lines are being juggled to find the right chemistry. There’s no doubt that once things are finalized, they will also be near the top of the league. The Green & Gold are coming off a pair of losses on their recent road trip to Estevan and Weyburn. Neil Landry leads the team in scoring despite missing a game earlier in the season because of a suspension. The team is 3-0 at home but just 0-3 on the road.

Here is a preview of tonight’s game:

Record
Nipawin: 6-1 (1st in Bauer Conference)
Humboldt: 3-3 (4th in Bauer Conference)

Goals Per Game
Nipawin: 4.57 (2nd)
Humboldt: 4.50 (3rd)

Goals Against Per Game
Nipawin: 2.71 (2nd)
Humboldt: 2.67 (1st)

Shots Per Game
Nipawin: 33.00 (5th)
Humboldt: 31.67 (8th)

Shots Against Per Game
Nipawin: 31.29 (7th)
Humboldt: 22.00 (1st)

Power Play
Nipawin: 29.0% (2nd)
Humboldt: 17.9% (7th)

Penalty Kill
Nipawin: 85.7% (3rd)
Humboldt: 81.8% (7th)

Last Year’s Head To Head Record
Nipawin: 2-5-0-0
Humboldt: 5-2-0-0

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 Cage” in Nipawin.

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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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Hawks Training Camp

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 29, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks camp starts Wednesday. Registration is between 10:30 and 11:30, then the players will be hitting the ice immediately after that. Head coach & GM Doug Johnson says he is hoping to have between 72 and 78 kids this year which should be attainable considering they already have 70 signed up. The camp is free to the players. I asked Doug why he doesn’t charge like a lot of other teams. He said, “This is our bread and butter. You work as hard as you can all year long to get the strongest possible main camp and I don’t want to lose a player for $75 bucks or $100 bucks.”

Expect the Black & Gold to get down to 23 players when the regular season gets underway. Doug said that he doesn’t want to carry 25 or 26 players for a few weeks and then cut them loose because then there are less opportunities for that player to seek. He wants to work mainly with the players that are playing most of the games and let the rest get a chance to play somewhere else.

Camp will consist of 4 teams which will each practice once on Wednesday and Thursday. The evenings will consist of scrimmages. Each team will have another scrimmage on Friday morning. After that will be the first round of cuts. There will be 1 or 2 more cuts after the intersquad game on Friday night. Johnson is planning on keeping a few younger kids around for the September 3rd exhibion game against Flin Flon. Some will be sent home after that but he wants to get them in a Hawks jersey in a real game first. The hope is to entice the players to come back and become a part of the organization later on.

There won’t be a lot of special tactics for the first part of the exhibition schedule. Johnson said, “For our first 2 or 3 exhibition games, basically there’s a little black puck out there, go find it, work as hard as you can to get it and if the other team has it, bang the hell out of them. It’s going to be high tempo, lots of intensity. Then that Tuesday game against Humboldt on the 6th, we’ll start getting into X’s and O’s a little bit. Hard work wins a lot of games for you, systems can come later. With the returning group we have, they know some of the systems we have in place so it’s going to be of less importance.”

Here is a list of the Hawks pre-season games:

Sep. 3: Nipawin @ Flin Flon – 6:30 PM
Sep. 4: Nipawin @ Flin Flon – 6:30 PM
Sep. 6: Humboldt @ Nipawin – 7:30 PM
Sep. 9: Nipawin @ Melfort – 7:30 PM
Sep. 10: Nipawin @ Humboldt – 7:30 PM

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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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Hawks Trade Jorgenson

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 30, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks traded defenceman Dallas Jorgenson to the Estevan Bruins for future considerations. The 6’1″ 200 pound defenceman had 6 assists and 84 penalty minutes in 53 games last season with the Black & Gold. Coach & GM Doug Johnson said, “Dallas is one of those guys that every team needs and we wanted to do what’s best for him and that was move him to Estevan where he can get a little more ice time and also with the new rink and facility, it’s going to be a great experience.” Johnson said that he’d still like to get a couple ’93 forwards signed and that the club’s backend is looking solid.

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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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One On One With Hawks Doug Johnson

Posted by Darryl Skender on July 1, 2011

It’s been an interesting off-season for the Nipawin Hawks so far to say the least. There was a lot of hype last season about the fact that they didn’t have a single 20 year old on the squad and every player was eligible to return. Of course we all knew that isn’t realistic but certainly one would expect fewer than usual transactions with the main core returning. Doug Johnson has made 3 trades in June, all of which are intriguing. The latest move involves bringing in goaltender Davis Jones from Fort Mac for forward Jamie Johnson. Of course, Brody Hoffman is eligible to return for the Black & Gold. There was talk last season also that Tanner Dusyk could be a 3 year captain, but he was also dealt for Eric Peterson and Jesse Williamson. It wasn’t overly surprising that Brendan Tash got traded, maybe just the fact that it was to their arch-rival Melfort Mustangs. Doug has been down south for a lot of the off-season, both in the States and in Climax, SK on the farm. I caught up with Doug to see what has been happening. Here is part of that Q & A:

Q- You’ve been involved in several trades this year. Is this out of neccessity to improve the team or did you have your hand forced by the players?

A- I’ve said I’m not going to trade a kid just because he wants out. You look at our trades, I think we got very good returns for all the deals. With the Tash trade to Melfort, I think that a change of scenery is going to benefit both Tash and the Nipawin Hawks… You look at the Tanner Dusyk trade, Tanner was a huge part of out team last year but we were able to get 2 quality players. Eric Peterson put up as many points as Tanner did last season, then we also get a 6’3″ defenceman in Jesse Williamson that’s really going to anchor the back-end. Now the one trade, it wasn’t forced on us but Jamie Johnson is going through some personal issues and he wanted to get closer to home. His dad is in Fort MacMurray, it was a fit that worked out. Davis Jones is a goalie that we ‘ve targeted for a while and we’re very happy to acquire him.

Q- With the loss of your captain, who are you looking towards not to just fill in as captain but for a leadership role?

A- Most people that are close to the organization know that I let the players vote on the captain and assistants. I will do that again this year. We had some very good leaders last season that didn’t have an “A” or a “C” like a Steven Jean or a Scott Bollefer. Dan Szerlip I really thought stepped up…

Q- You brought Chad McLeod into the fold, how important was that?

A- I think adding Chad may was our biggest acqusition this summer because of his work with goalies and his experience coaching. Something that hasn’t been brought up is his recruiting in the U.S.  He just loves being on the road. Every weekend when I talk to him, he’s either in Denver or in Fargo or in Nashville working camps. He’s not just scouting, he’s working but while he’s working he is able to recruit. He loves being on the phone, he loves talking to kids, family and recruiting. That’s going to pay huge dividends. He’s had a few commitments from some guys. We have a 6’6″  defenceman coming in. There’s some skilled forwards he’s working on that we’re hoping in the next week or 2 we’ll get commitments from…

Q- What was the purpose of bringing a third goalie into the fold?

A- Obviously we’re going to have to make another move. I’ve discussed with the guy we’re going to move, he’s ok with it and we’ll just make sure we get him in a good spot. Right now we have a few things on the go. We’re just trying to make sure it works for both parties. It’s going to take a little more time than anticipated but hopefully we’ll get something done in the next 2 weeks.

Q- How competetive are the Hawks going to be this season?

A- Until you get the guys on the ice, it’s tough to say we’re going to be very good or it’s going to be a rebuilding year. Last year didn’t go the way we had planned. We took our lumps, this year we need to be better. We need to make playoffs and get a round or 2 under our belts. I don’t foresee us selling off our 20 year olds at the deadline, no. I foresee us going out and acquiring a player that will make us better and by at end of the day, make sure we’re right there with the elite of the SJHL.

The one thing one has to admire about Doug is he’ll answer the questions no matter how tough they are. He should be back in Nipawin on Tuesday after a pretty hectic schedule. Of course the SJHL has just released it’s schedule and Nipawin’s first game will be September 16th in La Ronge. Their first home game will be the very next night against Flin Flon.

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Congrats!!!

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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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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