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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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Huskies Have Outside Shot At First

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 6, 2011

It’s been an up and down season for the U of S Huskies who hit the bye week at 3-2, tied for 2nd place with the UBC Thunderbirds. On Monday and Tuesday, the Dogs had what Brian Towriss called, “Good practices” and they also got their team picture taken. Tuesday also featured a scrimmage with some of the younger players who don’t get to travel with the team. B.T. held a simualted game on Wednesday where there was no contact and the purpose was more for conditioning than anything else.

The bye comes at a pretty good time for the Huskies and all teams considering it’s the mid-point for teams that are planning on playing 10 or 11 games (with playoffs) this season. Obviously from an injury standpoint, the Green & White probably could have used a bye a couple of weeks ago. Remember these players have been going hard since late August while trying to keep their academics up.

The Huskies offence certainly looked better last game. I asked B.T. about the improvement and he said, “We narrowed the package a little bit, concentrated on execution and really emphasized getting the ball out on time, plus getting Ben Coakwell back to provide us with a little more speed in our run game. It was better, we can be better yet, that’s what we have to continue to work towards.”

The Huskies still have a shot at 1st place in Canada West but they need some help. The Calgary Dino’s, despite all their changes this season, are 5-0. The Dino’s have to play in Saskatchewan and UBC and will be at home to Manitoba so they have the tougher schedule. We’ll have a better idea of whether the Huskies have a shot at 1st place after the Calgary game next Friday. Obviously it’s a must-win. Calgary has been able to remain healthy this year, something the Dogs have not been able to do. B.T. said, “Big game for us after the bye this weekend. If we can win that one, we can stay in touch with 1st and put a pretty good leg up on 2nd. If we don’t win that, we’re kinda right back in the hunt and have to get after the last 2 weeks to secure a playoff spot.”

Some good news for the Green & White is they are expecting to get both Luke Thiel and Kit Hillis back into the lineup for next weekend’s game. They were both lost in Week 3 against Manitoba. Thiel will be playing with a cast so he probably won’t be available for returning kicks but will be in the secondary.

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Huskies Grab Share Of Second Place

Posted by Darryl Skender on October 1, 2011

The 9th ranked U of S Huskies beat the UBC Thunderbirds 36-33 last night in front of over 6000 fans at Griffiths Stadium. Starting QB Trent Peterson was replaced by Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren after hurting his throwing hand late in the 2nd quarter. Gilbert Knorren threw for 187 yards for the rest of the game and rushed for 66 more and 2 TD’s. The Dogs trailed 11-2 at the end of the first half. The only UBC TD in the first half came on a drive that started at the Huskies 1 yard line after a Trent Peterson interception. QB Billy Greene got into the end zone on his 2nd attempt. The star of the night belonged to Huskies running back Ben Coakwell who retured from injury. He carried the ball 20 times for 205 yards and 2 TD’s. Jeff Moore was the leading receiver with 6 catches for 70 yards while Garrett Burgess hauled in 5 and Rory Kohlert 4. The win improves Saskatchewan’s record to 3-2 heading into the bye weekend. It also gave head coach Brian Towriss his 170th win of his career to make him the CIS all-time winningest coach. Towriss’ record stands at 170-95-1. UBC falls to 3-2 as they trail the Calgary Dino’s who are 4-0 and play tomorrow against winless Alberta. The Dogs next game is October 14th when they host the Dino’s at Griffiths Stadium.

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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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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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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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Tidbits

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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Peter Thiel Invited To Riders Camp

Posted by Darryl Skender on May 18, 2011

It was not exactly a shock that linebacker Peter Thiel was signed to a undisclosed contract by the Saskatchewan Roughriders yesterday. Thiel was draft eligible and many believed he might go in one of the later rounds but it never materialized. It was the exact same scenerio last year with Taylor Wallace who didn’t end up making the club. The question is, “can Thiel stick?’

For those of us that watch the Huskies on a regular basis know he has the potential. Dogs head coach Brian Towriss said, “He’s a solid linebacker, he’s physically very much ready to play at the next level. Now he’s going to go out and get an opportunity to go out and see how he does. If he makes it, great for Peter, if not we’ll get him back for another year and hopefully he’ll have another opportunity.” I guess the one difference between the situation with Thiel and Wallace is that Taylor was invited after he already graduated while if Thiel doesn’t make  the Riders, he still has 2 years of eligibility left with the Huskies to make an impression on a CFL club.

The Regina native had another impressive season last year compiling 20 solo tackles, 22 shared tackles and 1 QB sack in 6 games. Remember he played a couple games with the club on his hand as well after injuring it. BT is impressed with the 22 year old’s skill saying, “He’s a big strong kid that runs very well. He tested very well at the CIS-CFL combine in March. There were a lot of teams that liked his skill-set and now the Riders have given him an opportunity.”

Because he was not drafted, Thiel was picked up as a free agent which is what he’ll be again if the Riders release him after training camp. If that happens, he will be eligible again for the 2012 CFL Canadian draft. The Roughriders ‘Rookie Camp’ starts June 1st at Mosaic Stadium.

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East-West Bowl Goes To OT

Posted by Darryl Skender on May 9, 2011

Laval running back Sébastien Lévesque scored on a 10-yard run on his team’s first possession in OT to lift the East to a 34-27 victory in the 9th annual East-West Bowl.

For the west, former Saskatoon Hilltop and current Regina Ram standout Adrian Charles carried the ball 9 times for 35 yards. Western QB Donnie Marshall led the squad with 57 yards rushing and 127 yards passing.

Three Huskies were named to the West team. Safety Bryce McCall, defensive back Keenan McDougall and offensive lineman Ben Heenan. McDougall was scratched due to an injury. Huskie head coach Brian Towriss was there as one of the coaches but told me it was more of an evaluation role for the upcoming IFAF Senior World championships. Defensive coordinator Ed Carleton was invited but could not make the trip to the University of Western Ontario.

That’s the East’s second win in as many years but the West has still won 6 of the 9 meetings.

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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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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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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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Peter Thiel Looking Forward To Evaluation Camp

Posted by Darryl Skender on March 2, 2011

The CFL evaluation camp starts on Friday and runs right through until Sunday in Toronto. The purpose of the camp is for CFL coaches, GM’s and scouts to get another look at the top “up & coming” talent before this year’s CFL draft which takes place on May 8th. 45 of the 53 players invited are CIS players.

Three members of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies were selected, those being receivers Braeden George and Jade Etienne as well as linebacker Peter Thiel. Etienne led the team in receiving yards with 721 which included a 25.8 yard per catch average. George was 3rd on the squad with 26 catches. Thiel was outstanding on defence once again making 20 solo tackles (2 for losses), 22 shared tackles and also had a QB sack. Thiel said, “It’s a pretty unreal feeling knowing this will have the top prospects eligible for the CFL. You grow up watching the league and then finally getting a chance to be in it… it’s an unreal feeling.” The 6’1″ 210 pound Regina product is looking forward to seeing where he stands against the best competition in the country.

There are a total of 6 linebackers participating in this year’s event. Peter said his goal is to get a CFL tryout with any team but considering he is from Regina, there is no doubt where his first preference would be. Thiel said, “I think it would be pretty cool to say I was a Rider. A lot of my high school buddies are huge Rider fans. It would be pretty cool to be part of that organization. But realistically, I’d like to play for anyone who needs a Canadian linebacker and would be happy anywhere.” When the Huskies season begins in the fall, he will be entering into his 4th year of eligibility with the Dogs.

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Dog Breakfast XI Announced

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 13, 2011

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team and is expected to be as big as ever again this year. The Dogs Breakfast will take place at Prairieland Park on Thursday April 28th and will start at 7:30 AM. This year’s guest speaker will be professional football’s all-time leading passer Damon Allen. The Calfornia State University – Fullerton product has amassed 72 381 yards passing in his career, mostly recently with the Toronto Argonauts where he retired in 2008. The amazing thing about Allen is that he is also the 3rd leading rusher in CFL history behind only Mike Pringle and George Reed. The Dogs Breakfast has an impressive list of ex-quarterbacks who have been key-note speakers such as Matt Dunnigan, Ron Lancaster, Russ Jackson and Warren Moon.

It’s an event that many of us wait for all year with anticipation. The money raised goes towards the Huskies football scholarship fund. As for the importance of the event, head coach Brian Towriss said, “We’re hoping to raise in excess of $100 000 dollars in scholarship money and tuitions going up every year all across the country, we are paying out to our cap right now or pretty close to it with the support. We wouldn’t be able to attract the top student athletes without doing that. It’s absolutely huge in that regard and just to raise the profile of our program and the city as well, I think its come a long way in doing that.” BT also talked about what a “thrill” it is for many of the recruits to be announced and walk up to receive and put on their jersey in front of 2000 onlookers.

So far, the Dogs Breakfast has raised over $800 000 dollars and will most likely sell out quickly once again this year. Tickets are $100 each or you can purchase a table of 8 for $800 dollars. For more information or to order tickets, you can go to http://huskiesfootballfoundation.com/. One of the bonuses about the breakfast is that you should be out and at work for 9:00 AM. City police help with parking and traffic flow to make sure everything goes smooth. Can’t wait, we’ll see you there!

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