Thursday, 11 December 2014

Huskies seniors to get taste of international stage

Huskies captain Matt Delahey in action.

            It will definitely be a February to remember for the senior players with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team.
            Forward Craig McCallum, defenceman and captain Matt Delahey and goaltender Ryan Holfeld were all named to the men’s hockey roster for the Canadian team that will compete at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain, which runs Feb. 3-14 in the new year. The trio of fifth-year players will also be joined by Huskies teammate and second-year blue-liner Kendall McFaull.
Huskies head coach Dave Adolph will be the head coach this year for Canada’s team.
            The men’s team is made up entirely of players from the Canada West Conference. As a result, there are no Canada West games scheduled, when the Universiade is on. The three conferences that make up the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey league represent Canada at the Universiade on a rotating basis.
            For the three Huskies seniors, the Universiade will provide a final hurrah, before they bow out of playing at the post-secondary level.
            McCallum, Delahey and Holfeld all have had very successful careers with the Huskies and were all solid players in the Western Hockey League.
            After this season wraps up, the time in highly competitive hockey will likely be over for each player. In Holfeld’s case, he might not even get to play senior hockey due to the fact he is pursuing his degree in law.
            For anyone playing hockey in Canada, it is always a big dream to represent your country on the international stage. McCallum, Delahey and Holfeld will get to live out that dream. 

Hendricks tops career win’s list

Cassidy Hendricks covers up a shot in goal for the Huskies.
            A belated congratulations needs to be passed on to Cassidy Hendricks.
            The third-year netminder for the Huskies women’s hockey team captured a special milestone, when her club finished the first half of the season with an 11-3-2 record to sit first overall in Canada West.
            When Hendricks made 18 stops in a 2-0 shutout of the Mount Royal University Cougars on Nov. 29 at the ancient Rutherford Rink, she became the Huskies all-time career leader in goaltending victories.
            The shutout to close out action before the Christmas break was Hendricks’ 32 career victory. Vanessa Frederick held the old Huskies record for career wins piling up 31 victories from 2007 to 2010. Frederick is currently one of Hendricks’ goaltending coaches on the Huskies.
            Hendricks appears ready to smash Frederick’s record for most regular season wins. Frederick currently holds the Huskies team record for regular season victories posting 14 wins in the 2009-10 campaign.
            This season, Hendricks has started every game in goal for the Huskies posting an 11-3-2 record, a 1.64 goals against average, a .940 save percentage and four shutouts.
            The focused Vancouver product gives the Huskies big edge in being able to win night in and night out.
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