You can almost place a "done deal" label on this season's SJHL Schedule.

The games for the SJHL Showcase in Estevan are set.  Here's the schedule via estevanbruins.com, the Ice Wolves have been highlighted in a beautiful red.

Fri. October 14         11:00               Weyburn vs Laronge

Fri. October 14         2:00                 Notre Dame vs. Melfort

Fri.  October 14        5:00                 Yorkton vs. Battleford

Fri. October 14        7:30                 Estevan vs. Humboldt

Sat. October 15     11:00               Battleford vs Melfort

Sat October 15    2:00                  Laronge vs. Humboldt

Sat. October 15   5:00                   Nipawin vs. Kindersley

Sat. October 15    7:30                 Flin Flon vs. Melville

Sun. October 16      11:00               Nipawin vs. Weyburn

Sun. October 16      2:00                 Estevan vs. Yorkton

Sun. October 16      5:00                 Kindersley vs. Melville

Sun. October 16      7:30                 Flin Flon vs. Notre Dame

If I'm not mistaken, this is the same schedule the Ice Wolves had last year.  It also means the games will likely not be on the air, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.  Maybe I can commandeer the webcast like I did in the third period of the Wolves first game last year.  

For folks in Estevan, the team's looking for volunteers to help keep the weekend moving smoothly.  If you're interested in helping out, call 634-7730.
 
 
Just saw this video up on the Ice Wolves website.  Great camera angle, pretty much on the ice.
What championship celebration would be complete without some flying Gatorade?
That's me leaping out of the way as the guys open fire.  It's tough to keep a straight face doing an interview while watching those guys cruise in from behind with Marc-Andre Carre waving his arms around trying to make sure I keep Bob there.  Also gives me a look at how thin my hair is getting back there... but I digress.

Bob Beatty has been all over the place this off season as a guest coach for some events at a Hockey Canada Coaching event and of course recruiting for the Wolves upcoming season.  He's playing everything pretty close to the chest so we'll have to wait a little longer before learning about the new Ice Wolves joining the team this upcoming season.

For now, enjoy the golf/fishing/camping, or whatever you do during the summer.  Ice Wolves northern prospects camp goes the last weekend of August, then training camp the week after and we're off and running.

-D
 

NHL Social Media

07/18/2011

 
I thought this was interesting and worth sharing.  It's a breakdown of the people following NHL teams on twitter.  
NHL Fans on Twitter

[Via Coyle Media]

Do you follow your favourite teams on twitter?  Do you follow any SJHL teams on twitter?  You can find a list of SJHL teams on Twitter along with the members of the SJHL Media here or a list of NHL teams here.

-D
 

Super Joe

07/17/2011

 
You know Joe Sakic is an awesome hockey player, now observe.
What a great reaction, "did it go in?"  I love that he does a round of high-five's with the fans.  Super Joe just keeps on being... well, super.

-D
 
 
The news came out yesterday that former Ice Wolves goalie, Joel Danyluk signed on with the Augustana Vikings in the ACAC.

Being a quasi-ACAC product myself, it always makes me happy to see guys sign with one of those schools.  It's a great league and in recent years it's really pushing forward as one of the premier collegiate leagues in the country.  Joel's popularity in La Ronge should only go up as he's going to school to become a teacher through the U of A's five year program.

Joel took the time to fire me an email with a message for Ice Wolves fans.  Here it is:

"My biggest reason of letting you know this is that I know that coach Beatty is the biggest contributor of getting me there. I (would) just like to thank the town of LaRonge and the Ice Wolf organization 1 more time.  The people I have met there are incredible."

Joel is headed off to Europe and was reminded of why he enjoyed his time in   La Ronge so much.  His jersey that was sold at the annual Ice Wolves Jersey Auction after the 2009-10 season was returned to him so he could don #34 again while overseas.  

Danyluk is a class act and it's great to see him getting to work towards his goal of being a teacher and keep playing hockey.

Congrats!

-D

Post Script: Blaine Weyland in Estevan did an interview with Joel today and says he'll have that audio up on his blog sometime today.  Check it out.
 

SJHL Pre Season

07/08/2011

 
The SJHL has released its pre-season schedule.  Games get going September 2nd starting with Battlefords going up against Lloydminster.

There's a lot of cross-league action this pre season, and plenty of games.  No countdown clock this time, here's the Ice Wolves schedule followed by the full dockett.
 
 
As I previously reported, both Marc-Andre Carre and Travis Eggum signed professional contracts to play in Texas with the Rio Grande Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League.

If you're an SJHL reader, you likely know Carre and Eggum fairly well, but not the CHL.  If you're a reader in Rio Grande trying to read up on the new players your team acquired, I'll take care of that too.
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From Left to Right: SJHL MVP Carre, SJHL Coach of the Year Bob Beatty and SJHL Player of the Year, Eggum (icewolves.ca)
 
 
If you're looking for something to do on your week night's in La Ronge, Churchill Community High School's Summer Programming is getting into gear.

Here are the sports you can take part in nightly:

2011 Summer Programming

July

Volleyball                  Monday’s                 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Floor Hockey           Tuesday’s                 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Basketball                 Wednesday’s           7:00-9:00 p.m.

Recreation

Weight Room          Monday-Friday       1:00-5:00 p.m.                                 

August

Flag Football            Monday’s                 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Indoor Soccer         Tuesday’s                 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Basketball                 Wednesday’s           7:00-9:00 p.m.
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It's a great way to get active and if you come see basketball, you can come see me miss repeatedly from my maximum range of about six inches from the rim. Not an overly pretty sight, but funny nonetheless.  One of these day's I'm going to finally figure out my dunking and that'll be taken care of.  Until then though, the bad rim outs will continue, but I digress.

I've been playing basketball at Churchill for a couple months now, it's a lot of fun, there's a great group of people that come out to play and I'm sure it'll be the same for any other sports.  I finally brought my hockey stick up to La Ronge, so I may have to play some floor hockey starting Tuesday.

Another great option is the Kikinahk Friendship Centre.  I don't have their summer program listing, but I know they have basketball on Tuesday's, because I take my amazingly low shooting percentage there as well.

Hope I see you out one of these nights!

-D
 
 
The 2010-11 SJHL MVP, Marc-Andre Carre is moving on with his hockey career.  

Carre signed his first professional contract Monday night with the Rio Grande Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League.

He tied with Travis Eggum for the SJHL lead in points with 106 in the 2010-11 season and led the league in playoff scoring with 30 points while helping the Ice Wolves to their second consecutive Credit Union Cup Championship.

I'm hoping to speak with Marc in the next day or two so I'll get more posted then.

If you missed it on my twitter account, I followed up on Taylor's post and Travis Eggum has indeed signed on with the Killer Bee's as well.

Eggum led the SJHL with 58 goals becoming the first player in 20 years to record a one goal per game average while scoring over 50 goals.

Apparently Travis and Marc-Andre signed their contracts at the same time, which just shows the confidence Rio Grande has in the chemistry these two fantastic players have with each other.

I will add more to this post tomorrow when I'm not nearly keeling over after a couple hours of playing basketball.

Congratulations Marc and Travis!

-D
 
 

Without further adieu... 

Home Games/Road Games/Showcase

Sept 16 Nipawin @ LaRonge 7:30pm (Home Opener)

Sept 17 LaRonge @ Melfort 7:30pm

Sept 20 LaRonge @ Nipawin 7:30pm

Sept 21 LaRonge @ Humboldt 7:30pm

Sept 23 LaRonge @ Kindersley 7:30pm

Sept 24 LaRonge @ North Battleford 7:30pm