Monday, February 14, 2011

The Saskatoon Blades' Telemiracle jersey.
 You will remember earlier this season when the Saskatoon Blades donned their cowboy jerseys.
Now they’ve come up with another set of uniforms. These ones will be worn March 4 in a game against the visiting Kootenay Ice.
The jerseys are being auctioned off via a silent auction — you may check it out at the Blades’ website — with proceeds going to Telemiracle.
The weekend of March 4-5 is Telemiracle time in Saskatchewan.
Garrett Mitchell and the
Regina Pats will wear throwback
jerseys Friday and Monday.
The Regina Pats will wear commemorative jerseys and socks when they meet the Calgary Hitmen in an outdoor game Monday at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
The jerseys are replicas of what the Pats wore in the 1950s.
Pats fans will get a look at the jerseys on Friday when the Hitmen are in Regina. The jerseys from Friday’s game will be available via silent auction during the game.
The Swift Current Broncos raised $6,400 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation through a jersey auction and the sale of pink carnations.
If you were wondering, the top three jerseys went for $1,000 (Justin Dowling), $755 (Taylor Vause) and $650 (Adam Lowry).
Three men who bought into the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers a couple of weeks ago — including former Medicine Hat Tigers G Kelly Hrudey — met with the media in the Vancouver Island city on Sunday. Greg Sakaki of the Nanaimo News Bulletin was there and his story is right here.
Roy MacGregor of The Globe and Mail has done it again. Here’s another great read on Mario Lemieux, Sen. Hartland Molson and the debate about headshots, fighting and travesty in the NHL.
It seems that seven is the number in the WHL these days.
F Colton Jobke of the Kelowna Rockets was hit with a seven-game suspension Monday, the second time in less than a week that a WHL player has drawn a seven-game sentence.
Jobke was suspended after he hit Chilliwack F Tim Traber during the Bruins’ 5-4 shootout victory in Kelowna on Friday. Traber ended up with a season-ending broken right leg; Jobke was hit with and interference major and game misconduct.
Jobke will be eligible to return on Feb. 25 when the Rockets are in Red Deer to visit the Rebels.
Last week, Chilliwack D Brandon Manning was given a seven-game suspension after a hit that left Kamloops Blazers D Austin Madaisky with a fracture to his C-7 vertebrae. Madaisky won’t play again this season.
The Saskatoon Blades put their 11-game winning streak on the line tonight when they meet the Wheat Kings in Brandon. That means that F Brayden Schenn, who spent three seasons with the Wheat Kings, makes his return to Brandon. Cory Wolfe of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has that story right here.
JUST NOTES: The Chilliwack Bruins will meet the Winterhawks in Portland on Saturday and the game is close to being declared sold out. It’s Pink The Rink night, to benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation, and the game will be played on pink ice. . . . The Winterhawks might become the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot this week. A Portland news release explains: “Kamloops and Seattle, the ninth- and 10th-place teams in the Western Conference, can max out at 79 points, the Winterhawks’ current total. If Kamloops loses Tuesday or Friday, and Seattle loses on Friday, the Winterhawks will be in. Or if either team wins this week, then a Portland win Saturday against Chilliwack would clinch a playoff spot.” . . . Portland F Ryan Johansen has 13 points in five February games. He is one of five Portland players averaging more than one point per game. . . . Moose Jaw F Quinton Howden is the WHL’s player of the week. He had nine points and was plus-5 in three games as the Warriors went 1-1-1. . . . Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels is the WHL’s nominee as the CHL’s goaltender of the week. He was 2-1-0, 1.35, .960 last week. . . . Cory Wolfe of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports that the Blades will be without F Brent Benson (leg) for up to four weeks. He was injured in the Blades’ 5-3 victory over the Warriors in Moose Jaw on Saturday.
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