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StarPhoenix Says “Saskatoon not a great sports town”

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has recently put in a bid to acquire an 8th NHL team in Canada. While some immediately brush the idea off, there are many who believe that this could work. None seem to be following this topic as closely as the StarPhoenix. The reason for that is clear once you realize that the StarPhoenix is not an Arizona product, but rather a Saskatoon paper.

Thursday morning, Les MacPherson has penned an article indicating that an NHL club may struggle to fill the local barn:

In a city that aspires to the National Hockey League, I would have expected more than 4,825 patrons the other night at a Saskatoon Blades playoff game.

This is only the best junior hockey in the world. If the Blades can’t draw 5,000 to a playoff game, how is the NHL going to draw 15,000 for 40 nights a year with ticket prices four or five times as high?

I just don’t see it happening, at least not anytime soon.

 

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Oil Kings Clinch WHL Eastern Conference Title

Oil Kings beat Rebels 5-2
A game that features two top ten prospects going into this year’s NHL entry draft is enough to garner attention. A Friday night WHL game featuring two top ten prospects in Red Deer is enough to attract a circus. As the scouts poured into the building, some wearing the logos of their teams, others merely with their clipboards and pens the importance of these final games became even more apparent.  While the Oil Kings’ have five players that will likely be drafted this summer, it is Griffin Reinhart who has stolen the spotlight. For the Rebels, the feature player is of course Mat Dumba.

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Fall Apart for Reinhart

There has been “fall for Hall,” “arson for Larsson,” “hoping for Hoppy” and there has even been talk of “fail for Nail” around Edmonton, but it is unlikely that the Oilers will have their third consecutive first overall pick. So, how about “fall apart for Reinhart?”

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Triumphant Return: Travis Ewanyk Rejoins Oil Kings Lineup

The Edmonton Oilers have been using their WHL affiliate team, “the other oil in town” the Edmonton Oil Kings unlike any other team in the NHL and the Oil Kings keep winning. Recently, the Oil Kings have been selecting in the expansion draft players that the Edmonton Oilers have drafted, players such as Kristians Pelss and Martin Gernat. And now, the Oilers have been drafting from within the Oil Kings roster as well.

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Triumphant Return: Travis Ewanyk Rejoins Oil Kings Lineup

The Edmonton Oilers have been using their WHL affiliate team, “the other oil in town” the Edmonton Oil Kings unlike any other team in the NHL and the Oil Kings keep winning. Recently, the Oil Kings have been selecting in the expansion draft players that the Edmonton Oilers have drafted, players such as Kristians Pelss and Martin Gernat. And now, the Oilers have been drafting from within the Oil Kings roster as well.

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2012 Draft Prospect Griffin Reinhart Mid-Season

Griffin Reinhart and the Edmonton Oil Kings have been having an amazing season. The Oil Kings are leading the Eastern Division of the WHL and Reinhart is second in points for defencemen on the team. Leading the team is Oilers’ prospect Martin Gernat but the two are separated by only 4 goals, but 13 points.

Reinhart has 12 goals, 16 assists, 23 penalty minutes and is a +15 all with a quarter of a season left to play. These numbers make Reinhart and attractive prospect going into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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Oil Kings Topple Hitmen 9-5

The Oil Kings have taken all three games against the Hitmen at home, and after falling behind the Hitmen early in the first period, it looked as though the Hitmen may take all of their home games. But, hockey is a funny sport, and you often need to see the full sixty minutes.

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Hitmen Beat WHL Eastern Conference Leading Oil Kings 4-3

The Eastern Conference leaders, the Edmonton Oil Kings, came into Calgary to challenge a team riding a six game winning streak. You must also remember that despite the fact that this is WHL hockey, this is still very much a battle of Alberta. It doesn’t matter how long a player has been with their team, they know that the rivalry is very real. And as such, this was anyone’s game.

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Kristians Pelss at the 2012 WJC

Edmonton Oil King and Edmonton Oilers’ prospect Kristians Pelss was named the Team Captain for his country, Latvia in the 2012 IIHF World Juniors Tournament. For Pelss, being the team captain, the only player drafted into the NHL, a player currently playing in Alberta, and one of the few players on the team that speaks English fluently made him a very popular man with the media. With every loss, Pelss had to field more questions than any of his teammates. And although the weight of the world looked to be on his shoulders, Pelss handled it all with grace and strength.

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Canada Takes Bronze With 4-0 Win Over Finland

This wasn’t the medal that team Canada wanted to play for, but this is the game they ended their tournament with. Despite strong play through their preliminary round, the loss to Russia Tuesday night was the most significant game of the tournament. For Finland, losing is never easy, but losing to Canada in Canada only increased the focus on their loss. Not that a 4-0 loss wouldn’t draw enough attention as it was.

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