The host committee for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup is pleased to announce the Saskatoon Blades’ Team of the ’70s.
Voted by fans, the Team of the ’70s features five prominent players who established a tradition of excellence for the Blades:
Brent Ashton, Bob Bourne, Bernie Federko
Dave Lewis, Pat Price
**Please see below for a short bio of each player.
The Team of the ’70s is the second of five franchise all-star teams that will be unveiled leading up to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup, which runs May 16-26 in Saskatoon. Starting last spring, the host committee invited fans to vote online for their favourite Blades from each decade dating back to the team’s inception in 1964. The teams of the ’80s, ’90s and the Millennium (2000 to present) will be announced in the coming weeks.
Congratulations to Jeff Anderson, winner of a pair of game tickets for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Jeff’s name was randomly drawn from all submissions for the Team of the ’70s. Thanks to everyone who voted.
Choose your ticket option – Full-event packages and two-game mini-packs are available for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup through Ticketmaster. Purchase your tickets online at Ticketmaster.ca or by phone at (306) 938-7800 or 1-800-970-SEAT (7328). Event details are available at www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca
About 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup
The MasterCard Memorial Cup is the Canadian Hockey League championship and will feature the top team from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, as well as the host team, Saskatoon Blades. The championship will take place May 16-26, 2013. The 10-day event will include a community-wide celebration showcasing alumni events, concerts and the CHL Awards. The Saskatoon Blades last hosted the MasterCard Memorial Cup in 1989.
Brent Ashton – A bonafide junior sniper, Ashton netted a whopping 131 goals in 173 career games with the Blades from 1975-79. During his final junior season, he registered 119 points – including 64 goals – in just 62 games and was named team MVP. The Saskatoon native went on to play 998 NHL games with nine teams and had his No. 7 retired by the Blades in 2004.
Bob Bourne – Bourne didn’t play organized hockey until he was 12, but five years later – during the 1971-72 season – he was a rookie with the Blades. Nicknamed ‘Bird’ for his rangy 6-foot-3 frame, Bourne was a gifted skater who netted 40 goals as a sophomore with the Blades. He went on to win four Stanley Cups as a member of the New York Islanders’ dynasty and had his No. 12 retired by the Blades in 2005.
Bernie Federko – Federko was an unmatched offensive force in the mid-1970s. He broke Bobby Clarke’s league scoring record in 1975-76 with 187 points – a mark that still stands as the Blades’ franchise record. Federko went on to record 1,130 points during a 14-year NHL career and in 2002, he became the first Blade to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Furthermore, his No. 15 was the first number to be retired by the Blades and he will serve as the volunteer ambassador for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Dave Lewis – A sturdy defender, Lewis used his two seasons with the Blades as the launch pad for a 1,008-game NHL career with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. He subsequently made his mark in the coaching ranks, winning three Stanley Cups as an assistant coach with Detroit. Lewis went on to serve two seasons as head coach of the Wings and one with the Boston Bruins.
Pat Price – A master of the stretch pass, Price set up plenty of breakaway goals by his teammates. He registered 239 points – 188 of them helpers – during a four-year career with the Blades from 1970-74. Price’s franchise record for points by a defenceman stood for nearly three decades until Stefan Elliott took over top spot with 241 points from 2007-11. After graduating from the Blades, Price played 14 pro seasons in the WHA and NHL.
Ed Humphreys – Braden Holtby rewrote most of the Blades’ goaltending records from 2006-09, but a couple of marks eluded him including the goals-against average records established by Humphreys in the early 1970s. During an era of run-and-gun hockey, Humphreys managed to keep the damage to a minimum on most nights. His 2.57 GAA during the 1972-73 season remains a franchise-best, along with his career mark of 2.82. He also set a franchise record (since eclipsed) with five shutouts in 1972-73.