Morning Water Cooler

If you reside in one of the communities that got dumped on over the weekend (not sure there are many who didn’t) I hope you enjoy it, I know I will! I love the snow and have definitely done my fair share of shovelling the past few days.

Let’s start with the Saskatoon Blades. Hands up if you thought there would be 15 goals scored in Saturday night’s game against Swift Current? Didn’t think so. Hands up if you thought the Blades would slide 7 past Landon Bow? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

The Blades went down 3-0 on the first five shots the Broncos took but clawed their way back by the time the first minute of the second period was through.  They went down several more times including down 7-6 with just over three minutes to play but again they came back and forced overtime. It truly was a wild game and left many people scratching their heads including Swift Current Head Coach and GM Mark Lamb who said to me following the game that he has never seen a game like that. His message to his team afterwards? ‘Let’s get out of here as fast as we can.’

Some good things from this game:

  • Nakita Soshnin found the back of the net for the first time this season. He is a guy the Blades really need to start filling the net on a regular basis. He has the skill and the tools and now needs to put them to work.
  • Brett Stovin found the back of the net and had tremendous success with Nick Zajak and Josh Urich. Those three created problems for the Broncos all night. They combined for six points.

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Last week the Blades traded away Cory Millette for a fifth round draft pick and they’re not done. Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Star Phoenix reports that the Blades are very close to pulling the trigger on another deal that would send away one of the three goaltenders on the roster. If it means anything, Nik Amundrud and Trevor Martin made the trip with the team to Brandon on Tuesday while Alex Moodie stayed behind. I fully expect something to happen by as early as the weekend and no later than next week.

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CIS coaching news now. There are a couple of head coaching vacancies across Canada West and the rumour mill is running at full steam. The Regina Rams have known that a replacement is needed ever since longtime coach Frank McCrystal announced that 2014 would be his final season at the helm while the UBC Thunderbirds only recently are found without a coach.

For the Rams, many names have come into play and, for me, my money has always been on Marc Mueller being the man for the job. Mueller is currently preparing for the Grey Cup as an defensive assistant with the Calgary Stampeders and his bloodlines are well known. While patrolling the sidelines for the Canada West football broadcast on Shaw October 25th, McCrystal told me that if he has his choice, Mueller would be the guy.

CFC reported that the Rams had made a formal offer to former CFL Head Coach and current TSN analyst Paul LaPolice but he turned them down.  Mueller appears to be at the top of the list now one would think.

For UBC a couple of interesting names have come up. I had heard his name come up in talking about the UBC position and that was confirmed this morning from CFC when they mentioned Calgary Dinos coach Blake Nill with regards to the Thunderbirds. Would he leave a successful program in Calgary to go to UBC?

There is no denying the success Nill has had in Calgary. The Dinos are perennial favorites to win the Canada West and are regularly near the top of the CIS Top 10. Since Nill took over in 2006 the team has reached three Vanier Cups. Previously, he guided Saint Mary’s to a pair of Vanier Cup championships so there is no doubting his accomplishments. Perhaps he is interested in taking on another challenge in UBC. As Jim Mullin mentioned on Twitter this morning, ‘Everyone has his price.’

The other name that surface this morning on CFC is Noel Thorpe. Thorpe is currently with the Allouettes and this is the first I have heard his name mentioned. It will be very interesting to see how these to scenarios play out.

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Montreal Canadiens top pick and former Saskatoon Blades’ star Nikita Scherbak left the ice on a stretcher Saturday night after taking a hit. He later tweeted out that he is feeling alright and hopes to be back on the ice soon. Scary incident and hopefully the road to recovery isn’t a long one.

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Are the Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team back on track? The team has ripped off three straight wins (albeit against Regina and Lethbridge) and head to Mount Royal this weekend on a high note. The biggest issue with this team has been scoring goals but a young team will take time to adjust to the CIS game and if they can start scoring on a regular basis this team can be a very dangerous one with good defence and goaltending.

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As a Tennessee Titans fan life can get pretty tough at times. For starters, the team is not very good right now. They are a few key pieces away from being a contender again in the NFL. Second, if you don’t have NFL Sunday Ticket, you basically can’t watch them play in Canada as they rarely find their way onto television up here.

By some stroke of luck I was able to watch two Tennessee Titans games in a span of five days as they were featured on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers and then again on Sunday when they were in Philadelphia. The Titans lost them both but put on a great show on Monday. Tough times indeed. For me it doesn’t get any better being a fan of the Titans, Riders, Leafs and Blue Jays. Does anyone feel sorry for me?

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Check out CTV Morning Live tomorrow when I’ll join Mike Ciona and Jeremy Dodge to talk Movember. I’ll share the results from the Movember Classic and try to show off what’s left of my Mo here in the final week. I’ll be on at 8:20am.

The real reason we grow the facial hair and raise money is to promote awareness for men’s health and to fight back against prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. It’s not just about growing a moustache but also about doing your part to help. I took my yearly visit (well it was a little bit longer than a year… oops) to the doctor and got my physical and blood work. If you haven’t, book your appointment and get checked. It is really only a 10 minute check-up and could save your life.

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That’s all for today! Enjoy the snow Saskatchewan!

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