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Sask Winter Games preparations underway

The Prince Albert 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games are just over a month away and organizers are busy making last-minute preparations.

Games manager Judy MacLeod Campbell said things are coming along nicely, but “there are a few areas that still need some work and that’s recruiting volunteers.”

UPDATE: Sask. players on Canada men's Olympic hockey team

Three Saskatchewanians have been named to Canada's men's Olympic hockey team.

The team's 25-man roster features a number of players that made big contributions to Canada's gold medal performance in Vancouver in 2010. Reginans Ryan Getzlaf, the captain of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, and Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins will make the trip to Sochi, Russia. Patrick Marleau, originally from Aneroid, has also made the squad.

GETZLAF FAMILY CELEBRATING

Grey Cup makes an appearance at the Saskatoon Blades game

The bleachers during a Saskatoon Blades game are usually filled with blue but Saturday night they were covered in green.

The Grey Cup toured Saskatoon throughout the day stopping at the Credit Union Centre as the Saskatoon Blades take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Fans lined up around the CUC to take a picture with the Cup and get signatures with their favourite players.

"We've been waiting since 4:30 p.m.," said Amanda Bryksa at just after 6 p.m.

She was dressed entirely in green along with her husband Mika and two children, Izibella and Ajay.

Pats fall to Brandon in overtime

The Regina Pats were in Brandon Saturday night trying to build off their first win of 2014.

However, that wasn't in the cards for the Pats as they lost 4-3 in overtime to the Wheat Kings. 

There was no scoring in the first period even though both teams had five-on-three powerplays. 

Pats squeak by Blades 4-3 in a shootout

The Regina Pats have their first win of 2014, while the struggles continue for the Saskatoon Blades.

The Pats beat the Blades 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night at the Brandt Centre.

It was hardly a Picasso, it was barely even paint by numbers as both teams struggled to complete some of the simplest of plays as passes bounced all over the ice and there was more icings than one would care to count. But for the Pats who are in the middle of a playoff race in the Eastern Conference, they got the two points and that's all that matters.

Update: Regina biathlete heading to Sochi for 2014 Olympics

Years of hard work are paying off for one newly-appointed Olympian from Regina—and it all started on a whim from his mother.

Scott Perras, 30, has been named to Canada's Olympic team. He will head to Sochi, Russia to compete in the biathlon next month. But his mother admitted he might not have gotten into the sport if it weren't for a random purchase she made when he was 13.

Regina's Mark McMorris officially named to Canada Olympic team

In what many assumed was a foregone conclusion, Regina snowboarding superstar Mark McMorris has been named to Canada's Olympic snowboarding team.

Field set for Saskatchewan Scotties Tournament of Hearts

The field is set for the 2014 Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Championship.

Twelve teams in all will be vying to represent Saskatchewan at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts come February in Montreal.

Defending champion Jill Shumay and her team once again qualified through the Maidstone area. Other big name teams include Stefanie Lawton (Saskatoon), Chantelle Eberle (Regina), Michelle Englot (Regina), Amber Holland (Regina), Trish Paulsen (Saskatoon) and Mandy Selzer (Balgone).

Blades pick up forwards, draft picks in trade deal with Broncos

The Saskatoon Blades are looking to the future as they announce their latest trade with the Swift Current Broncos.

Blades forward Nathan Burns is headed to the Broncos along with a 7th round draft pick in 2014.

In return, Saskatoon gets forwards Connor Sanvido and Wyatt Sloboshan, plus a 2nd round pick in 2014, and a 3rd round conditional pick in 2015.

Blades general manager Lorne Molleken said in a news release Wednesday that the trade will help the team rebuild.

Sloppy second period sinks Pats

52 seconds, that's all the time it took to sink the Regina Pats as they lost 6-3 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday afternoon.

New Year's Day always offers up new beginnings, but unfortunately for the Pats, this new beginning isn't very new at all. As has been the case lately the team was again plagued by inconsistent play and once again it cost them against a team they frankly should have beaten.

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