This is a place were East fans along with Central, West, and American fans of the Western Hockey League (WHL) can come and chat and keep the rivalries real!!! Let's all play nice and try to keep the sticks below the waist and checking-from-behind to a minimum because out of line behaviour will be penalized!! If anyone feels they need to contact me, my email address is: email@example.com Please respect posters and do not reveal personal names/information of posters unless you have their permission. Breaking forum rules will result in being banned from the board. The puck drops here! ! ! ! PLEASE NOTE: All ANONYMOUS posts will be deleted!
The best of the best WHL fights from 2006-07. 3+ hours spread over 2 DVDs, with color covers, easy to navigate menus and chapters and 2 music videos. Anyone interested please contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
The "Best of the Best" from 2005-06. Lots of knockouts, toe to toe wars and line brawls. Full color cover, easy to navigate menus/chapters, music video intros and ten minutes of trailers for my other DVDs.
I am doing a scrapbook for an Everett Silvertips player and wanted to add a picture of the Credit Union Center for his road trip. If anyone has any pictures they would be willing to share I would really appreciate them!
And unfortunately for Blades fans this Cougars team is hungry and desperate for a win. No one more so than Setoguchi. Here's hoping it's a hard fought, entertaining battle that the Cougars come away from with 2 points!
Well, here we are again...The start of another new season in the “dub”. What better way to get cranked up for this year than by reliving some of yesteryears wildest action. Cosa Nostra Productions is offering up the following WHL fight DVDs for anybody interested. All DVDs come with easy to navigate menus and chapters, full color covers and music video intros. Any questions or requests please contact Chris directly at email@example.com.
Here is what’s available right now:
Best of the WHL 1977-1994 2 DVD Set
4 hours of great quality vintage footage from some of the WHL’s legendary battlers. Ultra rare Boris Fistric footage, Curt Fraser, Cam Neely, John Kordic, Link Gaetz, Ken Baumgartner, Rudy Poeschek, Stu Grimson, Jeff Odgers, Tony Twist, Kelly Chase, Greg Spenrath, John Badduke, Dody Wood, Darcy Simon, Brantt, Myhres, Kerry Toporowski and many, many more. Lots of great fights, knockouts and wild brawls in this DVD set. This one comes approved by Boris himself!
Best of the WHL 1994-1999 2 DVD Set
Another 4 hours of excellent quality footage from the “glory days” of WHL tough guys. Some of the NHL’s toughest players of recent years came from this era in the “Wild West”. Watch Scott Parker, Rocky Thompson, Wade Belak, Eric Godard, Paul Ferone, Tyler Willis, Kevin Popp, Rob Trumbley, Rob Skrlac, Kris Graf, Stephen Peat, Kyle Freadrich, Mike Brown, David Kaczowka, Todd Fedoruk, Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara battle their way to the top of the WHL. A must see for any WHL fight fan, my personal favourite DVD set.
Vancouver Giants 2005-06 Fight and Highlight 2 DVD Set
3 hours if Giants 2005-06 action! Watch the Giants battle their way to their first WHL Championship. Milan Lucic terrorizes the WHL as a rookie, keep your head up for Garet Hunt and JD Watt swings and scores his way to the Memorial Cup. 20 minutes of great goals by Gilbert Brule, Cody Franson, Paul Albers and Spencer Machacek as well. A great collector’s item for any Vancouver Giants fan.
Matt Kassian 2003-06 Fight DVD
The undisputed heavyweight champion of the WHL since 2004-05, Matt Kassian’s DVD has almost 2 hours of non stop toe to toe action. Highlights include the Tommy Maxwell KO and Matt claiming the WHL title from Matej Trojovsky in an unbelievable battle in 2004-05. Great footage of Kassian tangling with Brandon Tidball in the “most hyped fight” from 05-06. I’ve just added the 2005-06 footage that also includes Matt’s two fights at the Traverse City NHL Rookie Tournament. This one is Kassian approved!
Brandon Tidball 2003-06 Fight DVD
This DVD contains almost an hour and a half of excellent quality footage of Tidball terrorizing the QMJHL and WHL. Brandon came to the WHL with a huge reputation as a guy not to be messed with. He backed this up in 2005-06 and took on all takers. Brandon loves to get the crowd involved after his tilts, and love him or hate him, he is a tough kid who shows no fear of anyone. Follow Brandon as he battles his way through the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts for two seasons before coming to the WHL and finishing his junior career with the Saskatoon Blades and Swift Current Broncos. Good luck in Utah, Brandon!
Benn Olson 2004-06 Fight DVD
One of the “dub’s” up and coming enforcers, Benn had a wild year for the Seattle T-Birds in 2005-06. Follow Benn’s young WHL career from Kamloops to Seattle and watch him go toe to toe with Myles Stoesz (x2), Frazer McLaren (x4) and Milan Lucic (x3) among many others. All 20 of Benn’s 2005-06 fights are on the DVD plus a few from 2004-05.
Triston Grant 2000-2005 WHL Fight DVD
Almost 2 hours of excellent quality Triston Grant footage on this DVD. Triston started his career in Lethbridge and came to Vancouver where he eventually was given the “C” for his hard work, leadership and willingness to protect his teammates. Grant has some memorable battles with Matej Trojovsky, Troy Bodie, Zack Fitzgerald and Adam Huxley. Triston loved the DVD and so will you!
Best of the Vancouver Canucks 1970-2004 2 DVD set
This is the most comprehensive DVD set I’ve ever put together. Excellent quality footage of the very best of the best Vancouver Canuck battles from their inaugural year in 1970-71, through their Stanley Cup run in ’82 to the present day. Watch all your Canuck favourites including Jack McIlhargey, Stan Smyl, Craig Coxe, , Ron Stern, Gino Odjick, Scott Walker, Alek Stojanov, Shawn Antoski, Donald Brashear, Darren Langdon, Wade Brookbank and many, many more. Gino has his copy, come and get yours!
For full information on these and many other DVDs please contact Chris directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blades are young, fast, and are going to gain alot of valuable experience this season, Holtby is doin awsome, wouldn't that be something if the blades had no 20 year olds next season? I know they wouldn't do such a thing but i wouldnt fuss about it that way the following season they wouldnt loose anybody!
I was just wondering how the weather is in Toon town, cause so far it is looking to me like the Blades are going to be playing the good old game of golf, being that their season is 1 game away from being over.
P.S. The weather is beautiful here and our golf courses are all open.
You are both on the verge of having your access to this forum restricted. Please no more petty bickering. KBF, most of your posts these days are sniping, negative, and full of name-calling. Please cool it. Pepper Carrot, you are again starting to post too frequently and getting involved in too many different threads. This drives a lot of people nuts, present company included. Please use a little more discretion in deciding where and how often to offer your opinion, and please do not get involved in any more petty bickering.
Shut up you loser, dumb fuck bitch, you and carrot should both be banned and then life would be awsome, but no the mods are gutless losers with no back bone and keep you morons on, are you carrot's boyfriend?
But with you stalking me I think you really want to be me. But you can't see cause I have all of my brain cells as opposed to you but thats to be expected from a white trash idiot like you. Now run along and go run down some stray dogs down with your tractor.
for the month of November and December the blades picked up 18 win, also trenched in was a wopping 8 losses. Following this disasterous streak the organization fired off all defenseman with the exception of Ward, Panchyson, and cole. 18-8 far out man
November 7th Armstrong was the player of the week and had a 14-7-1 record for the blades at the age of 17, far out man
18 year old Crowley (19 now) who was swarming with potential and would drop the mitts with anyone and hold his own and should get drafted this upcoming NHL draft, traded away, (could have worn the C for saskatoon next season)
Evan Haw who wore a blades Jersey for 199 games worth of blood sweat and tears was traded away
Knudsen traded away after wearing a whl jersey for 160 games all with saskatoon, played with a passion and always took the body and faught when called upon
348 penalty minutes floated away when Flatt busted his balls for 128 games in a saskatoon uniform and installed fear into forwards in the corners in his territory
All players listed above spent there entire whl career with saskatoon, why would they get rid of these loyal kids? Who gave up there homes and familes? only to come up short and get traded away before they completed what they have had started
The blades were as a tough and experienced as any team in this league and pulling the plug on the only thing that kept their soul going hurt! And there 11-10 record following has shown that, nothing against the team today because no matter what blades are my favorite team and we blades fans will die with them till the end and wanna see saskatoon put up a banner to start off the 2006-2007 season. It makes it all worth it and just follow there grit and determination and these new guys will do fine
but all im getting at here is did something just happened behind closed doors and life got in the way of hockey, or did they really think they needed improvements? there was nothing wrong with the depth in saskatoon so why did they unload and reload
go ahead you can have the name. I guess you and I no the truth, but I will not get caught in your childish game's because you are (1) sick puppy and I don't want to be associated with you in anyway, shape or form. Have fun posting pacman jersey. You sound like (1) scary dude, almost freaky.
Its truly said when someone tries to steal someone's name. To tarnish my posting rep. To try and pass ones self as me. Surely this poor person has no self worth. I pithy you and hope this doesn't happen to anyone else.
just made the small connection that pazmanian devil cut off is pazman and was similar to pac man, didn't think anyone would trip, anyways ya blades made the wheatkings lay down beating them 4-1 on V DAY, who has some final standing predictions or desires?
this is mine
Then saskatoon and Moose jaw move on, get caught in the mess of central, and lets see what happens, moose jaw is coming on strong as of late and saskatoon is hurting a little bit so watch out when their back to normal hockey with a full lineup. I would love to kick the crap out of the central this year lol
I understand why Lorne made teh changes he made, but wonder. Look at the chemistry of the team. It is not the same as before you made the trades. The Blades had great talent and great chemistry, now you have great talent but lack in the chemistry. Now is the time to show how good of a coach you guys are. Get them to play as a team for a full 60 mins. not just 40 or even 20 like lately
That yes he is a clown, can't skate, can't shoot can't do much of anything. Just one of your regular old time meatheads/ He's a useless bum and will be serving Big Mac Combos in a couple years at your local McDonalds.
Modern hockey is slowly dropping traditional brawl
By Blake Sebring email@example.com
When Kevin Kaminski played for the Fort Wayne Komets in 1990-91, opponents never knew if he was coming from the front, the side or behind. They only knew he was coming every shift of every game, fists up and head down.
Kaminski became an all-time Fort Wayne fan favorite because of his brawling, leave-nothing-behind style. It didn’t matter if opponents were 25 pounds bigger or if they had a reputation as being NHL tough, he’d take a swing at anybody and was an inspiration to teammates because he picked himself up after every beating. The bigger they were, the harder he’d fall on them.
In today’s game, a player like Kaminski might not even get on the ice, even if a man like Kaminski is the team’s coach.
“Fighting is slowly dying,” said Kaminski, now the coach of the Missouri River Otters. “You can be physical and be a fighter, but you better be able to skate and keep up. You have to be accountable at both ends of the ice. I hate to see it go out.”
When the Komets traded tough guy Jeff Worlton last week, Komets General Manager David Franke said fighting is less important in hockey today. United Hockey League Director of Hockey Operations Brad Jones then reported that there were approximately 100 fewer fights this season than at this point in last year’s schedule. In the NHL, fighting is down 46 percent from two years ago.
Franke, the man who brought “The Ice Patrol” and tough players such as Kevin MacDonald, Andy Bezeau, Steve Fletcher, Andre Roy, Phil Crowe and Bruce Ramsay to Fort Wayne, isn’t happy to see fighting diminish, but feels he has to adapt to the game in front of him.
“The game has changed and the need for a heavyweight enforcer isn’t as great as it was two, three or four years ago,” Franke said. “With the rules changes, you have to be able to skate and contribute. If there’s a big guy out there who can’t skate, you just leave him alone with the fighting, and maybe you can burn him for a goal or two sometimes.”
For years the UHL had the reputation as a brawling circuit, something the league fought against for more than a decade. Now players at all levels are getting smaller, mostly because the game is getting faster with rules changes.
This year hockey eliminated the center-ice red line, turning games into speed-skating contests. There’s still room for physical play – if you can catch them. With stricter enforcement of hooking, interference and holding rules, larger players aren’t as effective unless they can skate with smaller players. Major penalties and cheap shots are down so there is less need for players to police themselves.
“There are a lot of guys who used to play every game as fighters who barely play any more,” Komets defenseman Ryan Jorde said. “I’ll fight every game under the right circumstances. If someone runs somebody or does something stupid I’ll be the first one in there, but there has to be somebody to fight, too. I love to fight, but on every team there are fewer fighters now.”
Roster rules have also changed. Each UHL team is required to play four rookies in each game and can have only 19 players on each roster, instead of 20 or 21. If an opponent doesn’t have a fighter in the lineup, it’s unlikely an opponent will put their enforcer on the ice. It’s more important for that extra player to be a versatile skater who might be able to play forward or defense rather than fight.
And players who can play, have size, can skate and possess a high skill level are almost immediately snatched up by higher leagues.
There were also times earlier this season when the Komets were playing games with four or five defenseman, Jorde said. It would have been selfish of him to get into a fight and take himself off the ice, leaving his already tired teammates to pick up the slack.
This year every UHL player is required to wear a half-shield visor.
The move was made because of increasing insurance costs to cut down on eye injuries, but it also served to cut down on fights. Players are asked to take their helmets off before fighting, but it’s not mandatory, and taking the time to discard a helmet might mean taking a shot in the face.
“I’m definitely thinking twice before possibly wrecking my hands up,” said Komets captain Colin Chaulk, who fought five times last year but none this year. “I don’t want to maybe wreck my hands and not be able to hold my stick or do things offensively. It also feels like there are a lot tighter games than last year, and you have to put the team ahead of your own personal matters.”
Maybe the biggest factor isn’t the changes in rules but the changes in players. College and European hockey, which are producing more players every year, prohibit fighting. Junior hockey also requires shields. “I think the players nowadays have never been indoctrinated into the fighting style,” Komets coach Greg Puhalski said. “I’m sure most of these players have never been involved in a brawl.
“They don’t know what it’s like because some of these players have never been in a fighting situation until they came to pro. That’s just who they are.”
But it’s also doubtful fighting will ever be completely eliminated from the sport. Owners know there is a segment of their fan base that would quit buying tickets. UHL owners are stressing to linesmen that they shouldn’t be as quick to jump in and break up fights before they get started.
“If you look at the game now, it’s a good product, a really good product,” Komets forward Jonathan Goodwin said. “If you look at the NHL, fighting is way down because the game is too fast. It’s a skating game now.”
Not much of a test tonight against the lowly Broncos. Nice for the new boys to be able to play without pressure.
My heart goes out to a certain player who has to face his former team. Sucks knowing that his last and only season will end sooner than he wanted. With the Blades now being a favourite to advance to the MC. A sad way to face his old team.
Klassen is a premier player..givin the right linemates this kid can score at any givin time. he doesn't check nor dig in the boards very well but put the puck on the tape and its all over for his opponents!!!!!
Watt is a class act...the kid you want to talk to in the hall...had a heartbreaking last year beings his mom was ill. when hes on hes on..when hes off it's usually to defensive breakdowns..he doesnt let too many soft ones get by...when you look at his stats keep in mind the chiefs defense was in front of him...lol
logan...well...he had the hitman award last year..but i'll keep it short and quick with him...don't let him settle in..keep him on his toes....good player tho(if they made it to the dub) give him a chance.
shulz....same as logan..these 2 dman are great kids..but i think we gave em an oppertunity to do somethin here in spokane and time ran out b4 they could live up to our expectations....keep in mind...we only had shulz part this year..and logan part last till now...they didn't really stick in my head as a close season ticket holder who never takes his eyes off the game. i love all the kids and wish em well...i think they might step it up for you as far as logan and shulz goes!!!....klassen and watt...well...you'll get up from your seat more than you think at your arena...good luck blades...i am now a BLAAAAAADES FAN when i'm not rootin for the chiefs!!!btw..thanks for haw and armstrong...are there any nicnames so we can make em feel at home????
I somewhat personally knew the guy. He's got about 3 nicknames.....
As a fan in Spokane, i think he'd like to be called Hawzy..... He'll put up points on the board and will be a great player for the American division. He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. We're gonna miss ya Hawzy.
You will be happy with Chad Klassen. His ability to get the puck in the net is remarkable, although he lacks speed and that should surprise you.
Jim Watt will be a top-notch back-up who will be able to step in and play like a starter. He has the ability to make jaw dropping saves, but he will also let in softies that will cost you dearly.
Joe Logan: Amazing slapshot--especially for his size. Would be a GREAT PP quarterback but he struggles with keeping the puck in the zone. Irresponsible defensively at times.
Dave Schulz. Big and strong...but disappointing. Plays with little passion or heart, but his talent alone allows him to be a solid D-man who can create offense.
I would be very grateful if you would give me an analyzation of Armstrong and Haw. I've heard many speak of Haw very highly on the white board, but I've also seen him criticized for being slow and irresponsible. How physical does he play?
Is Armstrong as good of a talent and prospect as he has been credited? One Blades poster on the Chiefs board said that he isn't quite the goaltender he gets credit for.
No there really is a post like that i saw it on the white board and came on here to the surprise that someone else thought it was strange. shouldnt be to surprised i guess but man are some people lousy at trying to bring down PC
darn you PC
you get me so upset at times i could scream. how would you like to be a man hidden in a womans body ? it's not fun you know. if i could afford the operation i would love to be a woman.
Hockey Info: The Tidball family has a long history of hockey in their genealogy; however for a family who calls Regina home, it hadn’t been since 1977 that a member of the Tidball family has laced up their skates in the WHL… that was until this year when Brandon hit the ice for the Blades. In what is almost a mirror image to his brother Curtis’s career, Brandon headed east to Quebec to play for the Ramparts of the QMJHL (the same team as his brother) to get a taste of CHL hockey. Again like his brother, “Tidsy” did what he does best for the Ramparts, he added extreme toughness. Participating in 29 altercations last year in Quebec , this first year member of the Blades is well on his way to eclipsing that number as he has already been involved in 9 donnybrooks this season... Brandon was isted by the Blades in September of 2005 and scored his WHL goal on Sept 22nd, 2005 vs. the Swift Current
Best of the WHL Fight DVD 70's, 80's and early 90's now ready!
This one is a must see for any vintage WHL fight fan. All the big names from the early years of the WHL, Boris Fistric, Curt Fraser, Tony Twist, Kerry Toporowski, John Badduke, Ken Baumgartner, Rudy Poeschek, John Kordic, Cam Neely, Link Gaetz and so many more! Most of the footage has announcing and is very good quality considering that a lot of this is 20+ years old and came from cable access or team game tapes. Coming soon, Best of the WHL 1995-2006. Please contact Chris directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on this and other fights DVDs.
***Medicine Hat-Swift Current 1993-94
***Portland-Tri Cities 1992-93
***Tri Cities-Seattle Fans 1989-90
-Wild stick fight with the fans!
***Seattle-Medicine Hat 1989-90
***Seattle-New Westminster 1987-88
-Kerry Clark (Wendel’s brother) goons it up for the Blades! Classic commentary from a few of Saskatoon’s finest in the stands…
-never ending linebrawl!
***Seattle-New Westminster 1986-87
***Prince Albert-Calgary 1984-85
***Brandon-Regina 1983-84 (PQ)
-Ron Hextall slashes Regina player over the head, wild fight!
***Kamloops-Medicine Hat 1982-83
-dozens of fights!
***New Westminster-Portland 1978-79
***New Westminster-Billings 1977-78
-Boris Fistric and the Bruins terrorize the Billings Bighorns at Queens Park, dozens of fights, police on the ice, one of the wildest and longest brawls I’ve ever seen!
***New Westminster-Victoria 1977-78
-Boris Fistric destroys Paul Enquist and then fights Curt Fraser among others
***(PA)Ken Baumgartner-(SSM)Bob Probert 1984-85 (PQ)
***(Sas)Kevin Kaminski-(Pet)Tie Domi 1988-89
***Spokane-Chicoutimi Line Brawl 1990-91
-Kerry Toporowski and the boys menace the QMJHL!
***(Kam)Chris Murray-(Lav)Sylvain Blouin 1993-94
***(Kam)Chris Murray-(Lav)Jeff Mercer 1993-94
***(Kam)Chris Murray-(NB)Steve McLaren 1993-94
***(Let)Mike O’Grady-(Hull)Peter Worrell 1996-97
***(Let)Kirby Law-(Hull)Francis Belanger 1996-97
***(Let)Dale Purinton-(Hull)JF Nault 1996-97
***(Kel)DJ King-(Gue)Cam Janssen 2003-04
***Canada-USSR World Jr. Brawl 1986-87
-dozens of fights, they turn off the lights in the rink, refs leave the ice, one of the wildest brawls you will ever see!
Calgary - The Greyhound WHL Player of the Week is forward Joe Barnes of the Saskatoon Blades. Barnes earned player of the week honours by recording three goals and four points in two games during the week of November 28th to December 4th. Barnes returned to the Blades line-up after a shoulder injury that kept him out of action from November 15th and helped the Blades to a perfect week and first place in the WHL’s East Division.
On Saturday, December 10th, Barnes recorded a power-play goal and added an assist in a 4-3 win against the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.
On Sunday, December 11th, Barnes scored a short-handed goal and the game-winning goal in a 4-2 home victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Barnes, a 19-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2005 NHL Draft.
I'm hearing conflicting reports about Joe Barnes status in the lineup for this weekend. From a very reliable source which I have to keep confidential says he will be in the lineup but today I read on the website that it still says 2 weeks. Perhaps someone in the "KNOW" can shed some light on this please?
I would like to see the Blades with Menei(10 pts in 14 games) and Barnes 24pts in 24 games back tonight to form our top 2 lines again.
However, reading the Star Phoenix today they say that we only have 11 forwards tonight with the callup of Walker Wintoneak from MJHL. That leads me to believe that Barnes and Menei aren't ready to return yet! The lines look drastically different without Barnes and even Menei who has been very good this year as a 19 yr old.
Cloud and Tiball
It is even going to get more thin when the Blades lose Setoguchi, Bahensky to the WJHC and Gillies to Under 17's. In addition the Blades won't be able to call up Cameron as he will be on the Western Under 17 squad. That will leave Saskatoon with only 8 forwards if Barnes and Menei are still hurt and 3 of those forwards are: Cloud, Tidball and Wintoneak who don't see any regular ice time at all. Others will be rookies MaCaulay, MacAngus and 17 yr old McCrae. The only veterans around over Xmas if Barnes and Menei aren't ready will be Rabbit and Bader to basically carry the team! Looks like a tough road ahead.
The defense only loses Funk(Under 17's). Anton Khudobin who has picked up his game lately will be with Team Russia at the World Jr's leaving the Blades with only ROOKIE Kevin Armstrong and callup Braden Holtby(16 yrs old).
Here is a look at the roster for Dec 27th-Jan 6th...assuming Barnes and Menei aren't ready.
Cole- 19 yrs, 1st yr as a Blade
Panchyson- 17 yrs, 1st yr as a Blade
Lineker-19 yrs, 1st yr as a Blade
Ward-17 yrs, ROOKIE
Armstrong-ROOKIE, 17 yrs
Holtby- ROOKIE, CALLUP, 16 yrs...here till xmas and then to Under 17.
So in total the Blades will have 8 forwards, 7 defense and 1 goalie from its regular roster. 5 of the 8 forwards will be rookies. 3 of the 7 dmen were not with the team last season. Both goalies will be rookies. 9 of the 16 players left will be 17 and Under!!!! 10 of the 16 will be Blade rookies.
I'm pretty sure Les is busy enough to not be on here every day. He has posted on here in the past that he accepts e-mails and responds as quickly as possible. I'll bet Dozer or some other posters on here know his addy. Sorry, I do not have it.
Just wait Chipper, you yeh get a real team, get a life, get a city , get a job, and you can put my hockey stick up your#@# see you in the playoffs, oh I forgot, your Team will not be in the playoff's this years! Suck's hey
Saskatoon has a pretty good team, but as the two games have shown MooseJaw is a little better ! Moir stole the show in Moose Jaw, but nothing the less it was still a loss. Good Luck to Saskatoon, it will be a tight race for first !