Welcome… to hockey season. It feels like it, too.

Aargh! Yes, the ultimate reminder of winter’s final approach is now upon us. NHL hockey season has started as of last night. If you don’t believe me, believe the people of Calgary which earlier this week got covered in snow. Yes, summer is definitely over in this country, you sure cannot play baseball in that….

Welcome to September. Yes, hockey is back already #sjhl

I have spent tonight tuning in to Jr. A preseason exhibition games involving SJHL teams across the border in Alberta tonight (Battlefords North Stars in Frog Lake vs. Bonnyville, Humboldt Broncos in Peace River vs. Whitecourt). I can’t believe hockey season is back already. Football’s return I can believe, but hockey? This is way too…

Audio from the Humboldt Broncos’ last game of 2017-18 is now up online.

On an overall gloomy day in Saskatchewan, when lawyers were in court getting the $50,000 interim payments approved for families of the Humboldt Broncos‘ crash victims, I notice audio has been posted of the Broncos’ last game before the collision. The audio is from the April 4 playoff game with the Broncos hosting the Nipawin…

Boxing and football make for a winning movie box office combination

Recently, I read an article on TSN’s BarDown website that talks about Darren Rovell’s list that he posted of the top ten-grossing sports movies of all time — in today’s dollars might I add. As it turns out, the top movies he listed are mainly football or boxing related.  At the top: Rocky and Rocky III, followed by…

There’s just something right about Ron MacLean hosting HNIC

It’s already a great start to this NHL season, and not just because Auston Matthews had a four-goal night in his first game for the Leafs a few nights back. It is Saturday night, and Hockey Night in Canada is back. Or more particularly, the Hockey Night in Canada we’ve known is back — not…

It’s that time of year, folks: it’s finally hockey season!

Yes, folks, at long last hockey season is upon us! Tonight, the SJHL season begins with five games on the schedule.  My press pass is here, and while I’m not going to be covering the game tonight here in the Battlefords against Kindersley, I’m looking forward to following the games on the radio and maybe…

Last word from me on my latest recent hockey coverage

  And now, the sports.  For the past couple of nights I was back on the hockey beat covering the Sask Prairie league finals. On Friday, I was at the Civic Centre where the Meota Combines beat the Hafford Hawks 5-4 in overtime to force Game 5. Then last night at Battleford Arena, the Hawks’ temporary…

Now, here are the links to my hockey stories from the weekend

My stories are now up from my hockey coverage from the weekend. I filed stories from the North Stars-Bruins series in the SJHL, the Stars-Contacts series in midget AAA hockey, and the Sharks-Bears series in female midget AAA hockey.  Honestly, I’m completely exhausted. Maybe I should do what Conan O’Brien did and book a trip to Cuba. I should point out…

The king of Saudi Arabia is dead, Deflategate, and other News from Nowhere

It is time for another News from Nowhere on this boring, largely football-free weekend. The only interruption to that has been yet another Bill Belichick press conference today on Deflategate, which I tuned into. This is proving to be a big distraction for the team’s Super Bowl efforts. I gotta say, Belichick looked supremely ticked…

New era of Hockey Night in Canada begins tonight

Yes indeed, the new era with Rogers in charge of the new-look, new-host Hockey Night in Canada begins tonight with NHL games tonight not just on CBC but on multiple channels all over the dial: Tonight on CBC, it’s Pittsburgh at Toronto, followed by Edmonton at Vancouver. On City, it is Montreal at Philadelphia. On…

TODAY IS HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA IN LLOYDMINSTER!

Well, today is a BIG DAY for hockey fans on the Saskatchewan-Alberta border as CBC takes Hockey Day in Canada to Lloydminster! Fans there can enjoy all the hockey-related activities including sightings of Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, and of course the Stanley Cup. A blog is going at the Hockey Day in Canada site about all the…

ROUGHRIDERS FOOTBALL WITHDRAWAL DOMINATES SASKATCHEWAN

My newspaper column this month is about Saskatchewan Roughriders withdrawal, now that football season is over in the land of wheat and potash.  Basically, the main thing we’ve got going here now is the junior hockey season, which is great, but it’s definitely not the same as I point out in my column. I will…

HOCKEY THOUGHTS, INCLUDING A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE BRAMPTON BATTALION

We are officially into the dead season as far as hockey is concerned where I am. The playoffs have been over for the local teams here for a long time. Both the local SJHL and AAA midget teams exited the first round, and then the Saskatoon Blades down the highway made life even more miserable for their…

ENJOY GETTING UP FOR THE WORLD JUNIORS

All the news on the latest at the World Juniors Hockey tournament from Russia can be found here at the TSN website. The tournament begins today, on Boxing Day, and runs until Jan. 5. Enjoy waking up early.

IT’S STILL HOCKEY NIGHT IN SASKATCHEWAN, NOT SO MUCH EVERYWHERE ELSE

Hi, again. With our resident sports guy down in Mexico, I am doing the SJHL beat this week. Tonight, I’m covering the Battlefords North Stars versus the Nipawin Hawks. Saturday, the North Stars host Weyburn. I’ve also been writing a few stories this week for the sports pages on SJHL and other hockey happenings. There is never…

ESPN IS SHOWING KHL HOCKEY GAMES. I KID YOU NOT!

Today was a historic day for hockey fans. That’s right, for the first time ESPN2 in the USA was showing a live Kontinental Hockey League game. It was Alex Ovechkin and Moscow Dynamo taking on HC Lev. Then they repeated the game later that night! Here’s a live blog of what went down. From what I…