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Medicine Hat, too much to handle for young Blades

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.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Sask. figure skaters off to the Olympics

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.

'McRib came through' says McMorris' uncle

He might be from the flat lands of the Saskatchewan Prairies, but Regina’s Mark McMorris will be coming back home with a bronze medal for his efforts in the slopestyle snowboarding event.

McMorris scored 88.75 out of 100 in the final of the competition to become Canada’s first medalist at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. American Sage Kotsenburg took home gold and Norway’s Staale Sandbech claimed silver.

Jon Ryan returns home after Super Bowl win

Saskatchewan’s Super Bowl hero is back at home.

It was a warm welcome as the Seattle Seahawks’ punter Jon Ryan took the escalator down from the arrival gate at the Regina International Airport. He was flying in from Seattle where he’s spent a week celebrating with the 12th Man, the cities die-hard football fans.

But Ryan said it was important for him to come back home.

Canada's slopestyle team to be strong medal contender

Canada is in a good position to be among the first countries to medal at the Sochi Olympics.

The first medals of the 2014 games will be handed out Saturday morning with the men’s snowboard slopestyle event. Regina’s Mark McMorris will compete in the semi-finals, trying to advance to the finals after finishing seventh in the qualification round.

Danny Currie will be staying up to watch McMorris compete. He knows him from their days snowboarding together at Mission Ridge Winter Park.

Orr, Hull, Chick support Saskatoon Kinsmen

A trio of sports all-stars is in Saskatoon tonight for the Kinsmen Celebrity Sports Dinner, and they all brought their stories from their time in professional sports.

Bobby Orr, Dennis Hull and John Chick were candid in front of TV cameras and microphones on Friday.

Chick is the only one amongst the three who currently still plays. Orr and Hull, both well into their 60s, shared some advice and memories. They even shared some regrets.

Orr remembered the one and only time he wore Canadian colours at an international event, the 1976 Canada Cup.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Wickenheiser bears Canadian flag

The star of Shaunavan Sask and women's hockey around the world, Hayley Wickenheiser will be chasing her fourth gold medal in the Sochi Olympics.

Wickenheiser went to her first Olympic games with the Canadian women's hockey team in 1998 where she took home a silver medal. Every Olympic games since she has only seen gold.

"Each (games) has it's own flavour there is no doubt about that," Wickenheiser said.

Opening ceremonies at Sochi today

The 2014 Winter Games officially open in Sochi, with the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saskatchewan time this morning.

Shaunavon Saskatchewan’s Hayley Wickenheiser will carry the Canadian flag for the opening ceremonies.

Canada has high hopes entering the games after Canadian athletes won 26 medals in Vancouver four years ago.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Regina's Scott Perras to compete in Biathlon

It's been a goal since he's been a teenager and it’s now become a reality, Regina native Scott Perras will be competing in various Biathlon events during the Olympic Games in Sochi.

For all those not sure of what Biathlon is, it combines two different disciplines. In this case, cross-country skiing is being mixed with rifle shooting.
This will be the 30-year-old's first trip to the biggest sporting event in the world but he's not content with just showing up.

Blackhawks and Oilers face off in preseason action at CUC

Two of the NHL’s most storied franchises will face off in preseason action at Credit Union Centre this year.

On Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Edmonton Oilers in front of die-hard hockey fans in Saskatoon.

Calling from their respective team cities, assistant general managers from both teams couldn’t say for sure who will be playing when they come to CUC.

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