2018 Blades Training Camp Schedule

Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatoon Blades are set to open 2018-19 training camp this Saturday, August 25th at Elite Proformance Centre and Sasktel Centre. Players will be reporting to Elite Proformance Centre Saturday morning for registration, measurements, and photos at 10:00am, followed by fitness testings.

The camp will feature 39 forwards, 26 defensemen, and 9 goaltenders. The players will be split into four teams, each named after Blades alumni Braden Holtby, Wendel Clark, Glen Gulutzan, and Todd McLellan. The four teams will then compete for the 3rd annual Kirkness Cup. The Kirkness Cup is named after long-time Blades dressing room attendant, Bobby Kirkness, who had to take a step back from the team in 2016 after being diagnosed with leukemia. Kirkness won his battle against the disease after stem cell treatment and returned to the rink for training camp in 2016– the inaugural Kirkness Cup.

Bobby Kirkness, 2016

Competition between the four teams will begin immediately with fitness testing on Saturday afternoon at Elite Proformance Centre. On-ice scrimmages begin on Sunday morning at SaskTel Centre at 10:30am and run until 4:00pm on Monday afternoon.

The Frozen Pond will be open during camp with select items on sale. Frozen Pond hours are 11:30am-4:00pm on Sunday and 9:00am-5:00pm on Monday.

Ice sessions are open to the public all weekend and admission is free at SaskTel Centre. Team rosters will be made available later in the week and at SaskTel Centre during on-ice sessions.



Saturday, August 25th

10:00am – 12:00pm Player Registration Elite Proformance Centre
12:30pm – 2:30pm Fitness Testing/Competition Elite Proformance Centre

Sunday, August 26th

10:30am – 11:45am Team Holtby vs Team Clark SaskTel Centre
1:00pm – 2:15pm Team Gulutzan vs Team McLellan SaskTel Centre
4:15pm – 5:30pm Team Clark vs Team McLellan SaskTel Centre
5:45pm – 7:00pm Team Holtby vs Team Gulutzan SaskTel Centre

Monday, August 27th

9:00am – 10:15am Team Clark vs Team Gulutzan SaskTel Centre
10:45am – 12:00pm Team Holtby vs Team McLellan SaskTel Centre
2:00pm – 3:15pm 3rd Place Game SaskTel Centre
4:00pm – 5:15pm Kirkness Cup Final Game SaskTel Centre

Pre-season for the Blades begins on August 30th in Prince Albert against the Raiders. The Saskatoon Blades home opener for the 2018-19 season is set for Saturday, September 22nd, against the Swift Current Broncos.


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