WHL’s top 10 new faces to watch in 2015-16

From Winnipeg Jets draft choice Michael Spacek to Regina Pats prized prospect Jake Leschyshyn, there’s no shortage of highly regarded rookies entering their Western Hockey League careers this season. The top two picks of the 2014 WHL bantam draft – Brandon Wheat Kings winger Stelio Mattheos and Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Jordan Bellerive – are expected

Välimäki making an impression at Tri-City Americans camp

R/P Annie Fowler Tri-City Herald Selecting a player in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft is a crapshoot at best, but Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory had his eyes on a certain player for a couple of years. He was confident Juuso Välimäki would be a solid choice. He was right. The Americans picked

Makarov Itching to Man the Pipes

When Andrey Makarov was given the night off by head coach and general manager Lorne Molleken last Saturday in Prince Albert, it’s not like he went to the bench and soaked in the sun. The Saskatoon Blades netminder was still in full uniform – save for his Bane goalie mask – and had to stay

Andrey Makarov – HF Prospect of the Month for February, 2013

Saskatoon Blades goaltender Andrey Makarov (BUF) is the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month for February. The undrafted Russian goaltender rocked the WHL last month, posting a 15-0 record, a 1.72 goals-against average, a .948 save percentage, and two shutouts. Signed by the Buffalo Sabres this past September, Makarov has been excellent most of the

Makarov Stars in Blades’ 17th Straight

RP – Saskatoonblades.com The Saskatoon Blades are winners of 17 consecutive games thanks to a gritty 3-2 shootout victory over the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night. Brett Stovin scored both Blades goals in regulation, while Andrey Makarov starred in the crease. There was no scoring in the opening period in Calgary, but both teams did

Makarov, Blades Tie Franchise Record With 13th Straight Win

The Saskatoon Blades have tied a franchise record with their 13th consecutive victory following a 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday night. The Blades got some key saves from Andrey Makarov early in the 3rd period before pulling away and scoring 4 times in the frame for the record-tying win. For the

Makarov Sets Two Blades’ Records with Another Shutout

The Saskatoon Blades won their 3rd game in a row on Friday night, kicking off parents weekend with a decisive 6-0 triumph over the Calgary Hitmen. The Blades got two goals each from Nathan Burns and Brenden Walker, while goalie Andrey Makarov had the 42-save shutout for his 8th of his WHL career, surpassing Braden