When John Bolen watches a Pittsburgh Penguins game, he doesn't see assistant captain Chris Kunitz as a star hockey player; the 29-year teacher sees the young boy who was on his lacrosse team years ago.
In Bolen's decades of teaching at Regina's Riffel High School, he has had a lot of athletes come through his department. His office in the school's gym has a wall dedicated to pictures of teams he's coached throughout the years and now features three Olympians among them: speed skater Mark Knoll, curler Ben Hebert and hockey player Chris Kunitz.
It was basically a year ago that the Riders began their building of a team that would win the Grey Cup.
Throughout the off-season General Manager Brendan Taman added a number of key free agents that ended up paying off as the team captured the 101st Grey Cup on their home turf.
That pressure is now gone, so how busy does Taman expect to be in 2014?
"Not as active as last year, there's no doubt about that," he said. "If we sign one that would probably be the tops."
It wasn’t outright skill that got White City’s Marsha Hudey to her first-ever Olympics. Her dad likes to think it was a lot of hard work and the ability to chase a dream.
Brad Hudey was a speed skater himself and has studied the sport all of his life. It was something that taught him a lot of important life lessons. So when Marsha turned four, he started taking her to the outdoor oval at Mount Pleasant in Regina.
It wasn’t something that she had asked to do, but she never complained about going either.
It's moment that 24 year old William Dutton has been training hard for
for most of his life.
The Regina-born speedskater will represent his home province in the men's 500m and 1000m races during the 2014 Sochi Olympic games. He qualified by coming in third and fourth respectively at the Olympic trials in Calgary over the holidays.
This will be Dutton's very first Olympic games.
Saskatchewan’s minister of Highways and Infrastructure Don McMorris has finally got the chance to sit down with his son—bronze medal-winning slopestyle snowboarder Mark McMorris—and enjoy a long-awaited moment of relaxation.
Since his victory on Saturday morning, Mark has been inundated with requests for interviews and photo opportunities as the media swarmed the first group of medal winners over the weekend. All the while, his family waited in Sochi for a chance to give their congratulations.
He is from the small town of Dilke, Saskatchewan and he's officiating in his second Olympic games.
Ken McArton loves the game of curling. He grew up playing at the local rink which no longer exists.
"I did curl at a young age and we had a natural ice rink in our town Dilke and all the neighbouring towns had ice too," he said.
Kevin Reynolds did an admirable job filling in for Patrick Chan and Canada won a silver medal in the figure skating team competition at the Sochi Olympics.
Reynolds landed three quad jumps and scored 167.92 points to finish second in the men's free skate, giving Canada an insurmountable lead over the bronze-winning Americans with two skates to go.
Host Russia clinched its first gold medal of the Games later in the women's free skate, when Yulia Lipnitskaya finished first and Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond was fifth.
The Regina Pats honoured their name sake on Saturday night the best way they knew how with a 7-3 squashing of the Saskatoon Blades.
Members of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the house to celebrate their 100th anniversary as part of a pre-game ceremony, they stuck around to watch the game and even added their own little touch to it by honking the horns on their armoured vehicles in building whenever the Pats scored.
A hot start from Medicine Hat put the Saskatoon Blades behind the eight ball early Friday night, and they simply couldn’t recover, losing 5-2 at Credit Union Centre.
Medicine Hat’s Chad Labelle drew first blood two minutes into the game, but the Blades responded quickly on the power play.
MacKenzie Johnston’s point shot at 2:40 found its way through traffic and behind goaltender Nick Schneider. That was just the start of a five-goal first period.
A dream that started in a small-town Saskatchewan skating rink is finally coming true for a team of pair skaters.
Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers both learned to skate when they grew up in Saskatchewan, training at the Wawota rink for many years. They now train in Virden, Man., and will represent Canada at the Sochi Olympics.
"I'm really excited about that first time of stepping on the ice for our short program, that's the first program we compete, and just being on the Olympic ice with the Olympic rings on the ice surface," Lawrence said.