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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Off-Ice hockey training centre opens in Regina

There's a brand new facility in Regina for hockey players of all ages and skill levels to work on their game.

The Peak Performance Hockey training centre officially opened their doors on Tuesday afternoon on the second floor of the Co-Operators Centre in Regina between the Prairie Mobile and Regina Motor Products rinks.

The facility is actually the first of its kind in Saskatchewan, but not new to the world of hockey at all.

Riders add secondary depth

The Riders defensive backfield is getting some insurance.

On Tuesday the team announced the signings of import defensive backs Greg McCoy and Mark LeGee along with non-import defensive back Hugo Lopez. As usual, terms of the deal were not released.

Lopez is entering his fourth year in the CFL. Lopez was drafted by the Eskimos in the second round of the 2011 CFL Draft. After two seasons in green and gold Lopez joined the Argos last year. Lopez has played 11 career games picking up eight special teams tackles.

Riders sign Avon Cobourne as running backs coach

It's not known at this point who will be the starting running back this year for the Riders but we know who will be overlooking the position.

As the Green Zone first reported on Sunday evening; the Riders officially named former Hamilton Ti-Cats and Montreal Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne as the team's running backs coach on Monday.

Cobourne last played in the CFL in 2012 and has been working in insurance in Florida since; while Cobourne found that work rewarding he definitely missed the football life.

Roughriders linebacker Rey Williams retires as player

One of the more popular members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is calling it a career, but he won't be leaving the team just yet.

Former linebacker Rey Williams announced his retirement from the CFL Monday after six seasons north of the border and a few seasons in the NFL as well. Williams won't be leaving the province he now calls home though, as the Riders have hired Williams as their first ever Director of Player Development.

Huskies women's hockey celebrate first ever CIS medal

The Universiy of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s hockey team defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks 6-3 in the bronze medal game at the CIS women’s hockey championships in Fredericton Sunday.

Julia Flinton scored three goals for the Huskies while Sara Greschner scored twice. Second year goaltender Cassidy Hendricks made 39 stops in the win. 

Saskatoon Blades give out record 50/50 jackpot

The Saskatoon Blades' final match of the season brought out huge crowds for the game and the 50/50 ticket draw Saturday night.

The 50/50 draw ended up at $140,490, breaking the old record of $132,000. It was the biggest crowd of the season with over 8,800 people in attendance.

"I would be shocked if there were a whole lot of people there who didn't buy a 50/50 ticket," Saskatoon Blades' Mike Scissons said.

"It was obviously a draw to come to the game and we had a lot of other things going on with Fan Appreciation Night."

Blind Watrous hockey player headed to national tournament

When Curtis Shawn lost his sight to brain cancer he worried he might have to hang up his skates forever.

But the 26-year-old from Watrous wasn’t about to let blindness stop him from playing the sport he loves. Next weekend he will strap on his skates to compete in the 2014 Courage Canada National Blind Hockey Tournament in Toronto, Ont.

To Shawn, hockey is a way of life. He played AAA midget in Moose Jaw and was even drafted to the Kamloops Blazers.

Pats clinch East Division title despite blowing two goal lead

The Regina Pats are the 2013-14 WHL East Division Champions but you’d never know it.

The Pats came into their game with the Brandon Wheat Kings needing just one point to clinch the title, they got it but not in a very good way. The Pats had a 3-1 lead after one period of play but ended up losing 4-3 in overtime to the Wheat Kings. After the game, Head Coach Malcolm Cameron didn’t feel like celebrating.

“I’m more bitter about the way we lost to be honest with you,” said Cameron who wasn’t sure how long it would take for him to perhaps see the positive in the evening.

U of S women's basketball team advances at the CIS Championship

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s basketball team is moving on at the CIS Championship.

Kelsey Trulsrud led the way with 22 points while Kabree Howard poured in 12 in a 61-52 win over the #6 ranked Queen’s Gaels. The Huskies dominated the fourth quarter outscoring the Gaels 24-9.

The #3 ranked Huskies now take on the #2 ranked Saint Mary’s Huskies in Saturday’s semi final.

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Sheets spends off-season swamping for Sask. trucking business

When Kory Sheets signed an NFL contract in February, many people in Saskatchewan thought they were saying goodbye to him forever.

But it seems the simple act of signing a big-time contract with the Oakland Raiders doesn’t automatically make him rich. That means Sheets has remained in the province.

“I need to pay bills,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t get a signing bonus so I had to come up here and work.”

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