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Thursday, May 5, 2016

CFL OFFERS SUPPORT TO FORT MCMURRAY


All nine CFL teams and the League Office have united to support Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo who so graciously hosted the league on two occasions last season.

A combined $50,000 donation will be made to the Red Cross to support relief efforts. A special thank you to the Edmonton Eskimos who have helped lead this initiative.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Fort McMurray,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. “They have been our gracious hosts. They are our friends. And most importantly, they are our fellow Canadians. All of our teams, and I know all of our fans, wish them safe passage and in time a full recovery from this crisis.”

In addition to this donation, the CFL will contribute its proceeds from May 12, 2016, CFL/adidas sales on CFLShop.ca to the Red Cross. That is the day the CFL is launching its new adidas collection for the upcoming season.

PTASZEK NAMED O.C. IN HAMILTON

Kent Austin, Vice President of Football Operations and Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, announced Thursday that Stefan Ptaszek has been named the team’s offensive coordinator.


“Stefan is a smart, innovative coach with strong leadership qualities, integrity and a proven track record of success at the CIS level. He has a thorough understanding of the Canadian game, and his body of work with respect to producing top ranked, efficient and explosive offences at McMaster speaks for itself,” said Austin. “He and his family are committed to the area and already entrenched in the Hamilton community. We are excited to have him on board as we continue to prepare for the upcoming season.”


Ptaszek, 45, has spent the last 10 seasons as Head Coach at McMaster University, posting an overall record of 73 wins and 29 losses, including playoffs. During that span, he was named the OUA Coach of the Year twice (2012, 2014) and also recognized as the CIS Coach of the Year in 2012. Since taking over the program in 2006, his teams have made the playoffs in every season with three Yates Cup (OUA) Championships (2011, 2012, 2014), and, subsequently, three Vanier Cup appearances. Ptaszek became the first coach in school history to lead the Marauders to a national football championship by winning the Vanier Cup in 2011, and he led McMaster to the longest winning streak in CIS history with 21 consecutive victories spanning over the 2011 and 2012 seasons.


“To have a chance to support and learn from Coach Austin and the Tiger-Cats organization is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Ptaszek. “The City of Hamilton is critical to this decision because my family has zero interest in ever leaving this wonderful community. I am extremely motivated and determined to be a positive force that adds value to the entire Ticat organization.”


In 2015 under Ptaszek’s watch, McMaster quarterback Asher Hastings set a new CIS record for TD passes in a season with 31. Two Marauder receivers also had significant success, as Dan Petermann set a team record with 61 receptions and Danny Vandervoort led the CIS with 12 touchdown receptions, also a new school record. McMaster placed 11 players on the OUA 1st and 2nd all-star teams, and saw Vandervoort named a 1st-team All-Canadian.

REGINA'S DRUMMOND NAMED PRESIDENT OF HOCKEY IN AZ

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that John Chayka (SHUY-ka) has been named as the Coyotes' new General Manager. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Chayka becomes the eighth general manager in franchise history.

The Coyotes also announced that Alternate Governor Gary Drummond will now serve as President of Hockey Operations and Dave Tippett will take on the new role of Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach. Tippett has also agreed to a new five-year contract. Under the new structure, Drummond will oversee the Coyotes' hockey operations department and Tippett will be involved in hockey personnel decisions. Drummond's main role will be to ensure communication and collaboration within the department and serve as a catalyst for ensuring an alignment of vision and objectives between ownership, management, coaches and the team's core players.


"We're very pleased to name John as our new General Manager," said Coyotes' President of Hockey Operations Gary Drummond. "John is among the best and brightest minds in hockey. He is knowledgeable and driven and has an incredible passion for the game. He brings an innovative approach to assessing talent and looking at player development and combined with his strong analytics expertise, we feel that he's the right choice for the direction we want to go with our franchise."

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity," said Coyotes' General Manager John Chayka. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Gary, Dave and Anthony and I look forward to working with them. We are excited about the challenge ahead and focused on taking our team to the next level. We have a great core of players and prospects here and a very bright future ahead of us."


Chayka joined the Coyotes last season as Assistant General Manager/Analytics. He was involved in all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support. 


Prior to joining the Coyotes, he co-founded and served as Director of Hockey Operations at Stathletes Inc. since 2009. Stathletes is a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and breaks down the game to provide objective insight into player and team performance tendencies. 

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS


THE NOTEBOOK

1 - The CFL season can't get here soon enough.  We've been through five months of a turbulent off-season and now each day in May seems to take forever to pass.  And, this wasn't the greatest week the Saskatchewan Roughriders have ever had.  With the retirements of players Bruce Campbell and Tearrius George, coupled with with Tearrius's recent brush with the law, we are longing for better things to discuss.

2 - And the ongoing case of receiver Maurice Price got some gas dumped on it this week as well.  As has been reported several times, Saskatchewan acquired the veteran receiver from Ottawa in January and restructured his contract which reportedly included a $30,000 bonus.  Then, he retired.  Took the money and ran.

It seemed as though the original fire had turned to embers, but on Wednesday Price took to Twitter to tell his side of the story.  Price wrote, (and I'll clean it up somewhat to make it readable), "Let's get to the bottom line of this ... If you all think I'm the first or will even be the last, ya'll and the CFL are in for a rude awakening.  Maybe, just maybe, if CFL players got paid better, things like this wouldn't be an issue.  ESPECIALLY for an international player.  Meanwhile, I'm guessing CFL fans didn't know about Chris Jones negotiating the Toronto job (in 2012) behind the Stamps' back.  Not mad at him, just saying.  But I'll be the bad guy and even go to hell and be a fake and a poser and whatever else for retiring with a few extra dollars in my bank account."

Why bring Chris Jones into it?  And it sounds like Maurice Price's side of the story is exactly the same as everybody else's; he figuratively robbed the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  All that's missing are the mask and the gun.  And it's my belief that somewhere deep down Price's conscience is bothering him and that's why he took to social media.

The fact is this:  he got the money for a job he never completed.

Illegal?  I don't know.  Immoral?  Absolutely.

We haven't heard the last of this.

3 - There are some who feel this recent rash of retirements somehow makes the Roughriders look bad.  I don't.  The naysayers - including some within the Rider Nation - will always find some negative to exploit.  To others, Chris Jones has come off very admirably with the way he's handled the whole thing.  He's basically shrugged his shoulders and said, "Life goes on".  His unflappable demeanour has been impressive.

Again, can May 29 hurry up and get here please?

4 - A Roughrider fan asked me this week if the alleged domestic dispute involving Tearrius George could be chalked up to early stages of C-T-E (the disease caused by repeated head trauma from playing football).  He said the situation is eerily reminiscent of a scene from the movie Concussion.  Obviously I have no idea if this is the case here, but it's food for thought.

5 - Another shocking retirement belongs to Ben Heenan who continues to shun interviews about the matter.  A request by TSN this week was declined by the Heenan camp as well.  Hey - that's Ben's right.  However if he were to simply hold a news conference and close the book on his football career properly, he can move forward with his life.  However what's proper is in the eye of the beholder.

- Speaking of Heenan, the annual Dog's Breakfast football fundraiser for the U of S Huskies goes Thursday morning at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.  Heenan was drafted #1 overall by the Roughriders at the Dog's Breakfast in 2012.  Many Saskatoon football fans have written to ask if I'll be speaking at this year's event just as I have the past two years.  (Last year's event with Ronnie Lott was a career highlight). However I was in Saskatoon on behalf of Prairie Mobile Communications who no longer sponsors the event.  That's too bad, but it's going to be a superb event regardless.

7 - Saskatoon football fans should try to get tickets to the Canadian Football Officials Assocation gala on Saturday, May 21 in the Bridge City.  I'll be giving a presentation on the Roughriders that evening as the "warm-up" act preceding keynote speaker Mike Pereira.  Avid football fans will remember Pereira as a former NFL referee who later served as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating.  He's now a rules analyst for the NFL on Fox.  Heck, I should be paying them to attend that event.  I'm SO looking forward to visiting with football referees and getting their take on the game and all the latest advancements in video review.  Of course you'll get a full report right here.

- If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  The discussion of video replay in football, hockey, basketball and baseball is getting so nauseating but every time I turn on American sports talk radio or watch the sports networks, that's all they're talking about.  So here's my latest take:  if video replay and reviews can't be abolished entirely (which is my preference, and have it simply left to the television broadcasts rather than the field of play), then a 90-second time limit should be placed on the actual review in the spotter's booth.  If the replay officials can't make a ruling within that time frame, then the call on the field should stand and play shall continue.  They're trying to make the games perfect yet for a hundred years they haven't been.  The human element is what has made sports so great.

It'll be fantastic to get the referees' actual take on this matter.  The way it's going, referees won't be needed at all.  For instance, goal judges are nothing but window dressing in hockey nowadays.  Take Game 1 of the Washington-Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Playoff series.  It was impossible for a goal judge to see if T.J. Oshie's overtime winner was a good goal or not.  Video decided the outcome.  In the end the right call was made, but the goal judge was useless.

9 - Lo and behold, pundits tabbed Swift Current Broncos legend Joe Sakic as the WHL's #1 all-time player on Wednesday.  I'm proud to say that way back in the fall when this contest was announced, I tabbed "Burnaby Joe" as the top candidate.  Interestingly enough, Sakic only played two seasons in Swift Current and wasn't a part of their 1989 Memorial Cup championship team.  However, he's likely the best I ever saw in the Dub and I've been following since 1979.  The two other candidates I suggested were Jarome Iginla and Dennis Sobchuk.  It would've been nice to get a vote.

Meanwhile congratulations to former Regina Pats captain Chris Schlenker who was named the WHL's Official of the Year, and Allan Paradice Memorial Award winner at Wednesday's awards luncheon.

Kudos also to former Regina Pat Dryden Hunt - now of the Moose Jaw Warriors - who was named WHL Player of the Year on Wednesday.

10 - "We Love Lou!"  The fundraiser for Calgary Flames broadcaster and SportsCage contributor Peter Loubardias has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at the Four Seasons Sports Palace.  It's a Pizza/Past night where you can enjoy All-You-Can-Eat for just $25.  ALL proceeds are going to Lou as he battles this mystery illness and his medical costs continue to pile up.  He hasn't worked (or been paid) for two months and has minimal health coverage due to his contract status.  We'll be broadcasting the SportsCage live on 620 CKRM that day from the Four Seasons and the event runs from 5:00-9:00 pm.

If you'd like tickets, contact me through this blog, Facebook, Twitter or email and I'll come to you if you're in Regina.  You can also contact Kelly Remple (306-537-2007) or George Yannitos at the Four Seasons.  Donations are welcome as well, and broadcasters such as Dave Naylor and Geoff Currier have stepped up in that regard as well as Peter's high school friends from Saskatoon.  A bank account is being set up at Conexus Credit Union under the name We Love Lou Fundraiser and donations can be made directly to that.  When the details are arranged, I'll pass along the info.

That's what we do in Saskatchewan --- be there for our friends.

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THAT'S ALL! TALK TO YOU THIS AFTERNOON FROM ESTEVAN
RP
@rodpedersen

BROOKS CLINCHES FIRST AT WESTERN CANADA CUP

First place was on the line Wednesday evening at the Junior A Western Canada Cup in Estevan.

The AJHL-champion Brooks Bandits clubbed the MJHL-champion Portage Terriers 9-3 at Affinity Place to clinch first place in the round robin.

It was Portage's final round robin game of the tournament, and now they wait to find if they are in the Championship game on Saturday night or the 3 vs 4 game.

"I think the four teams that are left are good clubs. It's one game in a tournament and we are fortunate enough to either play in the 1 vs 2 or the 3 vs 4 so we are okay with either scenerio," explained Terriers Head Coach and General Manager Blake Spiller.

Thursday will be the final day of the round robin at the 2016 Crescent Point Western Canada Cup and it kicks off with a big contest between Melfort and West Kelowna. A West Kelowna win and they are in the championship game, but a Melfort victory puts Portage in the 1 vs 2 game. That game fires up at 2:00pm. The other contest Thursday night features the Brooks Bandits taking on the Estevan Bruins at 7:00pm.

(With files from DiscoverEstevan.com)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NOT A GREAT DAY FOR TICATS

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will begin the season without star quarterback Zach Collaros

"He will not be able to participate in training camp," head coach Kent Austin told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. "He will be going through his normal rehabilitation protocol so if you mean, 'Will he be ready for the season coming out of training camp?', the answer is no."

Collaros continues to rehab his way back from a torn ACL that ended his 2015 campaign in September.


The 27-year-old was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season at the time of the injury, throwing for 3,376 yards, 25 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in 12 games.

(The Score App)

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MEANWHILE ...

HAMILTON - Kent Austin says his health won't impact his ability to continue as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach and vice-president of football operations.

Austin, 52, confirmed Wednesday he went to hospital Tuesday but was released a short time later. Austin told reporters on a conference call he'll be able to keep working with the Ticats.

"Yeah, I had a hang nail that I had to get cut out,'' Austin said with a chuckle. "It was really really bothering me.

"No concerns at all. There are some things I have to address and they'll get addressed but everything is going to be fine.''

No specific details were available but there are reports Austin suffered a suspected allergic reaction. Austin said he's continuing to undergo tests.

"The good news is they ruled out all the major stuff,'' he said. "Nothing too serious but I've got to go through some other things but I feel good about the diagnosis at this point.''

(The Canadian Press)

CFL EXPANDS DRAFT TO EIGHT ROUNDS


TORONTO - The CFL has expanded its draft from seven rounds to eight, starting with this year's event.

The 2016 CFL draft will be held Tuesday evening.

"With the emerging Canadian football talent across all levels, general managers across the CFL agreed that expanding the draft would be beneficial to the league,'' Glen Johnson, senior vice-president, football, said in a statement.

The CFL draft has consisted of seven rounds since 2013.

TSN will broadcast at least the first round live Tuesday night from 7-8 p.m. ET. The remainder will be streamed live on TSN GO.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders currently hold the first overall selection.

© 2016 The Canadian Press


THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER ... WITH PHIL ANDREWS

Voice of the Pats Phil Andrews
Happy Wednesday everybody!

- It's a big week in the WHL starting with today's annual Awards Luncheon in Calgary and then the 2016 Bantam Draft tomorrow. Let's get right to it!

Regina Pats forward Adam Brooks will be in Calgary today to receive the Bob Clarke Trophy as the leagues leading scorer in 2015/16. Brooks says he is looking forward to the ceremony. "Very excited! It's an opportunity that might only come around once in a lifetime and you never know when you will be back at an awards ceremony or get an award for that matter so for me it's definitely cool. Especially never thinking I would get here so I am pretty excited to get the trophy and just enjoy the experience."

Brooks finished the regular season with 120 points and he says while it has started to sink in the year that he had, he wishes the team was still playing. "I think it's a quick turnaround for playoffs and you don't really get a time to think about it and then after playoffs you are kind of dwelling on the loss and thinking about the way you could have played differently or the things you could have done differently. Especially for us losing a game 7. So for me I guess it's kind of sunk in that I did lead the league but at the same time a little frustrated that we are still not playing hockey."

The WHL Awards Luncheon gets underway at 11:30 this morning in Calgary. Click here for the full list of winners and nominees. Good luck to former Pat and Warrior Dryden Hunt who is up for Player of the Year against the Royals Joe Hicketts!

- Tomorrow the Pats and the rest of the WHL will take part in the biggest day of the year in the WHL Bantam Draft. The Pats will not pick in the first round, their first selection will come in round 2, 33rd overall. The club does not have a 3rd round pick but does have two in the 4th round. Head Coach and GM John Paddock says the lack of picks early does not change how they go into the selection process. "Just as we approach it normally. We expect to get a good player with our second round pick and we expect to get players that will play with our fourth round picks, they are very important."

Paddock says they have put the work in to hopefully find good players in the later rounds but as always it's a bit of a shot in the dark. "I think it matters where you pick, that's what the scouts do all year but you are projecting and it's very difficult. We were just going through a draft, the 1996 draft and maybe listed off about 9 guys in the first round that didn't play and then some more in the 2nd. So you don't know, you have to do lots of work. Some guys grow, some guys don't, some guys have maybe  family or girlfriend problems. There is all sorts of factors that come into it. That's what you are dealing with when yopu are dealing with 14-year-old kids."

The Pats went south for their third round selection last year taking Bryan Lockner out of the U.S. Paddock says they may take an American again on Thursday."We will look there, I don't know when it will be. There's lots of factors in that. We will have communicated with some of them down there and their desires and wishes and that can affect it and can not affect it. It's hard to say, it just depends whats gone around here that you feel can help you here in Western Canada. The guys might just go, there was a US kid we were going to take last year in the 8th round and he went like two picks before. He is a very high end player, I don't know what he's done and it's probably slim that he is going to play int he league so you just don't know."

Paddock says they are not looking at a specific position with their first pick. "We will look at everything, we will take the best player. I think that if it falls right you would sort of be alternating positions to keep yourself covered and guys coming through the system but that doesn't mean we will take a forward you know we will take the best player that is there because maybe the best forwards we have ranked 32 and better are gone so we won't have any choice. So it's hard to say, but I think that would be a plan if you could make good on your plan all the time but that doesn't happen."

Paddock on the prospect of a trade to acquire draft picks or a 20-year-old before or during the draft. "We definitely are going to add a 20 at some point. There wasn't much last year with trades involving draft picks this time. Draft picks are very valuable right now, starting last week and through Thursday they are more valuable than any time during the season. I don't foresee trades happening at all. We are looking to try and strengthen a fairly strong group whenever that is. We played last year with one 20 for a lot of times and we have the Adam (Brooks) question hanging over us for quite a few months but we will add a 20 at some point but I have no idea when that will be."

Here is the full breakdown of the Pats selections for the 2016 draft:

1st round -No pick, traded to Red Deer in the Jake Leschyshyn deal.

2nd round - The Pats will pick in the 2nd round with Medicine Hats selection which was acquired in the Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt trade. The Pats do not own their 2nd rounder, it was traded to Medicine Hat for Boston Leier three years ago.

3rd round - Regina will not pick in the 3rd round, their pick was traded to Medicine Hat as well when the team acquired Daniel Wapple and Logan McVeigh.

4th round - Two selections, their own pick as well as Prince George's which was acquired in the Lane Zablocki for Jesse Gabrielle trade.

5th round - Do not have their own pick but have Kelowna's from the Marc McCoy trade.

6th round - The Pats have their pick.

7th round - No pick, traded to Prince George for Aaron Maclin.

8th round and later - The Pats have all their picks for the rest of the draft.

The Bantam Draft will start at 8:30 tomorrow morning in Calgary and as always I will have full coverage here.

That's all I have for today, have a great week everybody!

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

BRUINS ELIMINATED AT WESTERN CANADA CUP

The host Estevan Bruins have been eliminated from playoff contention at the Junior A Western Canada Cup by virtue of a 2-1 loss to the SJHL-champion Melfort Mustangs Tuesday evening at Affinity Place.

The Mustangs' victory means they'll compete in the 3-versus-4 playoff game Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile the BCHL-champion West Kelowna Warriors knocked off the MJHL-champion Portage Terriers 3-2 in overtime in Tuesday's early game.

The result means West Kelowna moves to 2-1 while Portage falls to 2-0-1.

There is only one game on Wednesday as Portage faces the AJHL-champion Brooks Bandits at 7:00 pm.

TEARRIUS GEORGE RETIRES, FACING CHARGES

International defensive lineman Tearrius George is retiring from the Canadian Football League, the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today.
 
"I am stepping away from the game to focus on a personal issue," stated Tearrius George. "I would ask for people to respect my family's privacy during this time."
 
Chris Jones, Vice-President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach, said: "Through speaking with Tearrius, we were made aware that he was involved in an incident that has become a police matter. He subsequently informed us he has decided to retire."  
 
As the police matter involving Tearrius is before the courts, the Riders will have no further comment on it.

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From Regina Police Service:

A 33 year-old Regina male has been charged with assault after investigation into a domestic-related incident on April 28, 2016.
At approximately 2:16 p.m., on Thursday, April 28, 2016, police were dispatched to a residence on the 5600 block of Gordon Road for a report of an assault. The complainant, a 33 year-old female indicated that there had been an argument between herself and her partner, a 33 year-old male. It is alleged the argument escalated to the point that the male physically assaulted the female.  Upon further investigation, the male was arrested and charged with assault.  The female victim did not sustain any apparent physical injuries as the result of this incident.
Thirty-three year-old Tearrius Antwane GEORGE, DOB: 1982-12-03, of Regina, is charged with Assault [266 CC]. GEORGE was released on an Officers Undertaking with a court appearance scheduled for 2:00 p.m., May 12, 2016.

RIDERS LOSE ANOTHER PLAYER TO RETIREMENT

Reporter Justin Dunk reports the Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost another new player to unexpected retirement.

Dunk reports offensive lineman Bruce Campbell has filed his retirement papers with the Canadian Football League.  This news comes just three weeks after receiver Maurice Price retired from the CFL, but only after collecting a $30,000 bonus from the Roughriders following his trade from Ottawa.

The Roughriders acquired Campbell from the Toronto Argonauts on Feburary 10, sending their fourth round selection (27th overall) in the 2016 CFL Draft and the rights to a negotiation list player to the Argos.

“We are happy to add an experienced offensive lineman to our roster,” stated Riders general manager and head coach, Chris Jones in a news release at the time.. “Bruce is one of the most athletic players at his position and has a chance to be an impact left tackle in our league.”

Campbell started all 15 regular season games he played in last season and the East Semi-Final for the Argonauts after signing with the team in March, 2015.

The 27-year-old was originally selected by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round (106th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland. Campbell went to play 14 regular season games with the Raiders during his first two seasons before joining the Carolina Panthers in 2012 where he played five regular season games.

ROUGHRIDERS ANNOUNCE 2016 TRAINING CAMP DETAILS


The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced on Monday the details of the 2016 Coors Light Training Camp Event Series in Saskatoon.  The new-look Riders, led by General Manager and Head Coach, Chris Jones, will open training camp at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon beginning May 29th.

The Riders have teamed up with local community partners to host a series of events across the city that will bring the team and fans of all ages together with an assortment of music, entertainment, activities, and of course, football.

“This is a special year for Rider Nation and we wanted to do something above and beyond for our fans here in Saskatoon” said Gregg Sauter, Riders Vice President of Business Development and Marketing.  “This is our final year in the current Mosaic Stadium, the place we have called home for many decades.  We also have an energized new coaching staff led by Chris Jones and an incredibly talented group of players who are competing for spots on the team.  We’d like to give them a warm Saskatchewan welcome and we want to create some special events for our great fan base here in Saskatoon and northern Saskatchewan. “
Three events will take place in Saskatoon from May 27 to June 12:

MAY 27, THE OFFICIAL ROUGHRIDER KICKOFF PARTY
O’Brian’s Event Centre, Featuring One Bad Son

Coors Light and Cruz FM will present the Official Roughrider Kickoff Party on Friday, May 27th at 8:00pm.  The evening will include a night of incredible live music and entertainment with featured guests One Bad Son, and also some special appearances by Rider players. Join us for the best party in town as we kick off the season and three weeks of training camp in Saskatoon.

Ticket availability will be limited so purchase your $20 tickets today: http://bit.ly/23adgzR

JUNE 4, GREEN AND WHITE SCRIMMAGE AND FAN DAY 2-9pm    
Saskatoon Minor Football Field (Gordie Howe Bowl)

A day of fan activities, football and evening music at the Saskatoon Minor Football Field and the new Gordie Howe Sports Centre. Get up close with the 2016 Riders as they take the field for their first live scrimmage.

The day begins at 2:00 pm with inflatable fun activities for kids, a visit from Gainer the Gopher and members of the Rider Cheer Team. The team takes the field at approximately 4:00 pm where you will get a first-hand view of the new-look Riders and coaching staff as players compete for a spot on this year’s roster.  The team scrimmage will be followed by player appearances and a cabaret in the newly constructed Gordie Howe Sports Centre. Check out www.riderville.com for the latest news and schedule.

JUNE 12, ROUGHRIDER STREET FESTIVAL AND CO-OP TAILGATE BARBEQUE 12-4PM 21st Street, Saskatoon

Downtown Saskatoon will come alive on June 12th as the Riders present the Coors Light Training Camp Street Festival and Saskatoon Co-op Tailgate BBQ.

Game Day comes to 21st street with:
· The best burgers in town from the Saskatoon Co-op with a portion of proceeds supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
· A Rider Kids Zone featuring interactive inflatables
· Activity drills where kids of all ages can train with the pros
· Rider Cheer Team Appearances
· A visit from the one and only Gainer the Gopher
· Player and Coach appearances
· Tattoo stations and more

More details coming soon at www.Riderville.com.

DAY 3 RESULTS FROM WESTERN CANADA CUP

The Brooks Bandits and the Melfort Mustangs collided Monday night at the Crescent Point Western Canada Cup as they were the lone teams in action.  Brooks improved to 2-0 with a 3-0 victory over Melfort, who dropped to 0-2.

Brooks and Portage are now tied for the Round Robin lead at 2-0 while Melfort and Estevan are now in a must-win situation at 0-2.  The Mustangs and host Bruins will collide Tuesday evening at Affinity Place.

"I thought the start was a combination of things. I thought we were standing around in the neutral zone and watching them too much in the first period. " stated Head Coach Trevor Blevins. However, Blevins noted after they gave up the 3-0 lead, he liked what he saw out of his hockey club.

On Tuesday the Portage Terriers will battle the West Kelowna Warriors, and the Estevan Bruins meet the Melfort Mustangs.

(Courtesy Jeromy Corrigan, DiscoverEstevan.com)