It's my Parting Shot for some Weekend Short Shots...
I can hardly wait to see what the new Saskatoon Hilltops' clubhouse is going to look like inside...and outside...once the work is done! The size of the new facility dwarfs the current one...which is definitely on its last legs, especially when you take the basement smell into consideration!
A lot of teams use the slogan, "Once a whomever, always a whomever." That definitely applies to the Toppers. Wandering into the coaches' office back on Monday and seeing recent graduates Andre Lalonde and Graig Newman mixed in with the cagey vets like Tom Sargeant, Brent Turkington, Jeff Yausie, Donnie Davidsen and Dave Fisher...yup, "Once a Hilltop, always a Hilltop" is very much the truth!
That's quite the change to the Saskatchewan Rush line-up with the three moves pullled off in the last two weeks by G-M and head coach Derek Keenan. He, obviously, saw two areas that needed improving...in his humble, yet all-important estimation...goaltending and left-side forward. Gone is goalie Aaron Bold and left-side forwards Adam Jones. In are 2016 N-L-L Top Goaltender Evan Kirk and 2011 N-L-L M-V-P, Jeff Shattler...also the 2011 Transition Player-of-the-Year. Give Keenan credit, he doesn't sit idly by when he doesn't win the big prize!