Hello everyone,

I has been a long time since I have updated my blog and I apologized, but here are some photos from the North Stars game Tuesday night, as they beat Flin Flon 2-1 and reeled off their fifth straight win.

Things are coming together. It really looks the like the younger players on the team are comfortable and accepting their roles and key players on the team and everyone is buying into coach Kevin Hasselberg’s system.

After the game in an interview with Connor Creech he commending the team play in front of him and talked about the team moral after a five-game winning streak and spoke about the game winning goal: ‘That is the Dillon Forbes specialty. He has some touch.”


The Battlefords North Stars may want to and likely have already forgotten about the 10-4 loss to Melville Saturday night, but here are some pictures from the game at the Civic Centre.

Also the North Stars practice today with out three players: Casey Parker, Josh Betinol and Spencer Gosslein, as they were in Humboldt for the second day of the SJHL’s Team West evaluation camp. The players were competing for a roster spot on the Team West, which will compete in Nova Scotia in November in the World Junior A Challenge.

Coach Kevin Hasselberg was also in Humboldt scouting and assisting with evaluations.

An injury update – Ben Greenaway skated shortly by himself after practice and said that he is likely a week or two away from playing after a leg injury he suffered in pre-season.

I haven’t had time to get a blog post on the weekend written, but here is the link to the story I wrote for the Wednesday newspaper and the New–Optimist website.

I will post some photos shortly as well.


The Battlefords North Stars appeared as two different teams on the opening weekend of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season.

The North Stars started the season in Kindersley Friday. In total, the Battlefords played maybe a good 15 minutes of the game. The North Stars appeared a bit nervous and sluggish in the first period in Kindersley.

They showed some signs of life in the second period and played their best in part of the third period, but it wasn’t enough. Kindersley led 1-0 going into the third period and held on for the 2-1 win.

The next night, was the North Stars home opener and it was another story. After having a barbecue before the game, the more than 900 fans witnessed a much better performance from the North Stars at the Civic Centre.

The home team outplayed Kindersley and skated to a 4-1 win.

Brody Luhning had four points Saturday night and is likely in line for some weekly SJHL honorable mentions for his effort.

In net, Connor Creech played both games and despite going 1-1 on the weekend he was arguably the teams best player both nights.

Roger Tagoona has notched a goal and a assist in his first two games.

Blake Young earned an assist in each of the two games on the weekend as well.

Here are some photos from the action in Kindersley. (The pictures were taken through the glass or mess that surrounds the entire Kindersley ice surface).

Wednesday, 26 players were introduced to the billets and sponsors at the kick off breakfast and one more was scheduled to arrive later that day, as Kyle Schmidt was reassigned from the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades to the North Stars.

Those at the breakfast included returning netminder Connor Creech, a 1992-born goalie from Lloydminster while the other goalies on the roster include Michael Gudmanson a 1993-born goalie from Sherwood Park, Alta. and Casey Parker, a 1995-born goalie from Regina, who hasn’t played a game yet, as he is recovering from a concussion.

Returning on defence is 1992-born Brody Luhning from Lumsden and Grayden Turner of Saskatoon, and 1993-born Dillon Forbes from Battleford and Matt Sheeran of Victoria, B.C. The new defenceman include 1992-born Evan Ripley of Kitimat, B.C., 1994-born Cody Bird of Wainwright, Alta. and Spencer Gosselin of Wainwright, Alta.

Returning forwards include 1992-born Kyle Hall of Assiniboia, Braeden Johnson of Saskatoon and Roger Tagoona of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, 1993-born Tanner Quinn of Winnipeg, Man. and Robbie Newton of Saskatoon and 1994-born Ryne Keller of Wilkie.

The list of new forwards include 1993-born Brandon Long of Calgary, Alta., Ben Greenaway of West Kelowna, B.C., 1994-born Blake Young of Battleford, Carter Danczak of the Battlefords, Austin Evans of Whistler, B.C., Josh Betinol of Okotoks, Alta., Nick Fountain of Wainwright, Alta., Bryden Serafini of Cut Knife and Luke McColgan of Manhattan Beach, Calif. The lone 1995-born forward on the roster is Jake McMillen of Carievale.

“We have a lot of quality and character young men here today who are going to represent our program moving forward and we are excited to introduce them,” said head coach and general manager Kevin Hasselberg.

The North Stars also could have on the roster 1994-born defenceman Connor Sutton, whose junior A rights were acquired by the North Stars in a trade this summer. Sutton is still playing pre-season hockey games in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

In the final home pre-season game of the season, the Battlefords North Stars hosted a beat the Humboldt Broncos. Here are some photos from the game which the North Stars won 7-3. The North Stars lost in Humboldt the next night a ended the regular season 2-3. The North Stars were 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road during their five exhibition games.

The Battlefords North Stars opening day roster will be announced Wednesday at the Civic Centre during the annual kickoff breakfast from 7 to 8:15 a.m.

Who is still in camp?

Posted: September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

The North Stars reduced their roster after the weekend’s exhibition games and remaining with the team are four goalies, nine defenceman and 18 forwards. Unfortunately, of the players who were cut, a handful were locals and former Midget Stars in Brody Tatchell, Reece Fenrich, Jordaan Braun, Eric Pfiefer and Blair Mahon.

The players reported to be still with the team include:


Grayden Turner (92-Saskatoon)

*Brody Luhning (92-Lumsden)

Evan Ripley (92-Kitimat, B.C.)

Zak Kindya (93-Pittsburgh, Pa)

*Dillon Forbes (93-Battleford)

*Matt Sheeran (93-Victoria, B.C.)

Cody Bird (94-Wainwright Alta.)

Kyler Wilkinson (94-Prince George, B.C.)

Spencer Gosselin (94-Lloydminster, Alta.)


*Connor Creech (92-Lloydminster, Alta.)

Michael Gudmanson (93-Sherwood Park, Alta.)

Damian McKinnon (94-Hardisty, Alta.)

Casey Parker (95-Regina)


*Kyle Hall (92-Assiniboia)

*Roger Tagoona (92-Rankin Inlet, Nu.)

*Braeden Johnson (92-Saskatoon)

*Tanner Quinn (93-Winnipeg, Man.)

*Robbie Newton (93-Saskatoon)

Ben Greenaway (93-West Kelowna, B.C.)

Brandon Long (93-Calgary, Alta.)

Kyle Litchenwald (93-Canmore, Alta.)

Scott McCluskey (93-Lloydminster)

*Ryne Keller (94-Wilkie)

Blake Young (94-Battlefords)

Carter Danczak (94-North Battleford)

Austin Evans (94-Whistler, B.C.)

Josh Betinol (94-Okotoks, Alta.)

Nick Fountain (94-Wainwright, Alta.)

Bryden Serafini (94-Baldwinton)

Dylan Sakatch (95-Calgary, Alta.)

Jake McMillen (95-Carievale)

*Returning from 2011-12 roster

Battlefords North Stars vs. Melfort

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today was busy at work so there isn’t a post from the weekend’s exhibition action, but here are some photos from Saturday’s game versus Melfort at the Civic Centre in North Battleford, which the North Stars won 6-3.

With 38 players still in camp and the players separated into two groups for practices earlier this week, the North Stars coaching staff has decided to hold a 1.5 hour game with the players remaining in camp. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the North Battleford Civic Centre.

The Battlefords North Stars held their spring camp on the weekend and after fitness tests, practices, two scrimmages and an exhibition game against the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL, the North Stars have 38 players remaining.

On the one hand, 38 potential players means there is a lot of talent out there and coach Kevin Hasselberg and his staff want to give all the deserving players the best opportunity to play with the North Stars.

On the other hand, players are split into two teams for practices this week and at this point their may be as many question marks as there are answer regarding the team’s roster.

Time will tell what the roster will look like, but the understanding is that many players impressed on the weekend only about 10 players were sent home after the camp.

Some returning players came into camp in extremely great shape (Dillon Forbes) and provided great leadership and examples of what coach Hasselberg’s expectations are. Two veterans, Brody Luhning and Connor Creech were not at camp, but they are expected to be with the team in the coming days.

The next official cuts for the North Stars’ roster will likely come after the weekend’s home-and-home set with Melfort.

Along with the action on the ice, there was some sad news out of the North Stars’ camp Friday morning. One prospect who was one his way from Turtle Lake to camp was killed in a motor vehicle accident. The 18-year-old’s name was not released, but condolences go out to the young man’s family and the Battlefords North Star players who were former teammates of the man in the accident.

I hope to talk to Kevin Hasselberg later in the week, as he was busy registering players for school Tuesday and running two practices so I will have more feed back on the camp later this week.

This is the roster posted at the rink Sunday morning for the game later that day in Wainwright, Alta. against Lloydminster.


Kendall Fransoo


Jake McMillen


Cody Bird

Patrick Croome

Kyler Wilkinson

Spencer Gosselin

Reece Fenrich

Scott McCluskey

Nick Fountain

Ben Greenaway

Josh Betinol

Blake Young

Bryden Serafini

Dylan Sakatch

Jordaan Braun

Carter Danczak

Blair Mahon


Michael Gudmanson

Dallas McIntosh

Craig Fournier