Blades Uncut

Blades Uncut

Blades Uncut is a podcast driven by the team and fuelled by our fans, giving you an in-depth look into the world of Blades Hockey. Host Mitch Bach is joined by the voice of the Blades Les Lazaruk from the 98 Cool FM studios, bringing you the latest information as the WHL inches closer to hitting the ice, exclusive interviews with players, alumni, and staff, and everything else happening in the world of hockey. Plug your headphones in, hit play, and immerse yourself in an all-new, digital way to connect with your favourite team this off-season!

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June 3, 2021 61 min

Time is ticking closer and closer to the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, and it seems to be a matter of 'when' Colton Dach will be chosen rather than 'if'. The former 1st rounder by the Saskatoon Blades is slotted at 19th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, making it a likely guarantee he'll be selected at some stage. Mitch and Les give the Fort Saskatchewan, AB product a call to hea...

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Blades Uncut, powered by Original 16, is back with another jam-packed episode featuring the latest in the local and national world of sports, along with an in-depth look into the life of a fan-favourite alumni. Josh Nicholls, who dressed in more than 300 career games in a Pacman sweater, calls in from his west-coast home and looks back on his five-year career in Saskatoon. Now 29-years-old, Nicholls reflects on the glory days of pl...

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May 6, 2021 73 min

Les Lazaruk is back from Regina, folks! The voice of the Blades joins host Mitch Bach inside the recording studios of CJWW Radio for the 36th episode of Blades Uncut, presented by Original 16, featuring Saskatoon Blades general manager Colin Priestner. Fresh off wrapping up his fifth season as GM of the team, Priestner dives into his level of satisfaction following the crew's 16-5-2-1 record in the 2021 campaign, and shares his...

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April 22, 2021 47 min

Mitch Bach and Les Lazaruk are back with another jam-packed episode of Blades Uncut, powered by Original 16, featuring leading rookie scorer Brandon Lisowsky as the main guest. Lisowsky is off to a great start to his WHL career, netting 15 points through his first 20 games, and working his way to the top line alongside captain Chase Wouters and alternate captain Caiden Daley. The former 1st round pick by Saskatoon dives into his ex...

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April 8, 2021 52 min

Blades Uncut, presented by Original 16 returns for its 34th episode, and the first recording in two weeks! Mitch Bach takes a deep dive into how the last few games have transpired and gives a complete stats update before welcoming the voice of the Blades Les Lazaruk onto the pod. The two chat the latest news in the WHL, and Les gives his thoughts on the recent slump the boys are dealing with. Defenceman Wyatt McLeod makes his retur...

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March 25, 2021 54 min

Mitch Bach is back with an all-new episode of Blades Uncut, presented by Original 16, diving deep into Saskatoon's scorching hot start to the regular season. This is the first Uncut recording in two weeks — before the 24-game schedule began — so there is clearly a lot to look back on. Mitch's regular co-host, voice of the Blades Les Lazaruk, is bunking in Regina calling play-by-play for the team on 98 Cool FM, so Mitch was ...

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March 11, 2021 47 min

After 368 long, tiring, painstaking, quarantine-filled, mask-wearing days, Blades hockey is ready to drop the puck. Saskatoon kicks off their 24-game regular season on Saturday, taking on the Swift Current Broncos from the confines of Regina's Hub Centre. This week's episode, presented by Original 16, takes a deep look into the 26 players representing the Blades during the entirety of the campaign, and reminds fans of the n...

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This week's episode of Blades Uncut takes a deep dive into the Hub Centre in Regina, bringing one player who's sure to be a difference-maker this season onto the podcast, along with the mastermind behind piecing together the Blades roster years in advance. Caiden Daley and Dan Tencer make their Uncut debuts this week, discussing the finer details of what fans should expect from within the bubble this season. Daley is one of...

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February 25, 2021 91 min

The clock continues to tick closer and closer to the start of the 2020-21 regular season, and teams are piecing together the details ahead of puck-drop on March 12. This week's episode brings two esteemed guests onto the podcast — one of which making his fourth appearance, and the other giving listeners a peak from 'behind enemy lines' for the first time. Tristen Robins, the Blades leading scorer from last season, recen...

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The countdown is on! The WHL received approval for the East Division to begin playing out of a Hub Center in Regina, bringing the five Saskatchewan-based teams and both Manitoba squads to the provincial capital. The 24-game regular season begins March 12, with rigorous quarantine and testing measures in place. Although a lot has yet to be decided on (game schedule, broadcast capabilities, roster announcements, etc), players and coa...

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February 11, 2021 81 min

Wearing the Pacman for five seasons, and living out a legendary 15-year career in the NHL, Mike Green is hailed as one of the all-time greats in Saskatoon Blades history. The former captain has 267 WHL games under his belt to complement his 172 points, escalating immensely in his final year where he led all WHL defencemen in scoring with 66 points, and assists with 52. The Calgary, AB product battled through the trenches of a diffi...

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February 4, 2021 84 min

The long-overdue Blades Uncut debut for one of the greatest of all time, Paul Buczkowski, is finally here. The hometown boy of Saskatoon has his name inked into the franchise record books on multiple occasions, playing nearly 400 career games from the early-to-mid 1990s. Mitch and Les chat with Buczkowski for nearly an hour, reflecting on his playing days wearing the Pacman jersey, his favourite stories from traveling on the road, ...

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In this week's episode, Mitch and Les get the best of both worlds on the mic, welcoming Blades general manager Colin Priestner and newly acquired defenceman Wyatt McLeod. Priestner shook (digital) hands on a deal with the Edmonton Oil Kings on Monday, sending a conditional draft pick to Alberta's capital and receiving overage blue-liner McLeod. Priester gives a candid take on how the trade unfolded, and the role McLeod woul...

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January 21, 2021 94 min

Mitch and Les are back with two esteemed guests in one suped-up episode of Blades Uncut. Cam Moon, who's making his second appearance on the podcast, is the newest member of the 630 CHED broadcast team in Edmonton, calling play-by-play for the Oilers. It's been a whirlwind 10 days for Moon, to say the least, who says the Oilers reached out to him initially and offered the position just three days later. The former Blades go...

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January 14, 2021 68 min

A proud graduate of the Western Hockey League, and now entering his third season manning the bench for the Saskatoon Blades, Mitch Love is one of the most well respected, decorated coaches in the WHL. He's fresh off capturing a silver medal with Team Canada as an assistant coach at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, following up his gold medal from the previous year. He's since returned to Saskatoon, working d...

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New year, new episode! Mitch and Les are kicking off 2021 with a jam-packed episode featuring a newly minted professional for the San Jose Sharks, and a legendary NHL broadcaster. Tristen Robins inked a three-year, entry-level deal on New Years Day, and joins Mitch and Les over the phone from Chandler, AZ. The Clear Lake, MB native is in the desert training in his first NHL training camp with other Sharks prospects, including Princ...

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December 24, 2020 62 min

It's the most wonderful time of the year, so to help you get into the Christmas spirit, we're unveiling the most wonderful moments from Blades Uncut in 2020. Mitch and Les are excited to unveil "Blades Uncut: Christmas Special" highlighting some of their favourite memories from the first 22 episodes of the podcast. They'll relive stories told by Kevin "Killer" Kaminski, Wendel Clark, Anton Khudobin, Rile...

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December 17, 2020 78 min

Natural, raw, goal-scoring talent was evident in Devin Setoguchi's early childhood, which made him a highly saude-after piece in the 2002 WHL Bantam Draft. He was taken by the Blades 5th overall  — the first step towards reaching the NHL and living out a childhood dream. After two seasons in the WHL, Setoguchi was selected 8th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks — a draft class that included Sidney Crosby, Bobb...

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December 10, 2020 80 min

As the 5th overall selection in 1991, Warrener was one of the very first players to be chosen by the Blades — back when the Shaunavon, SK product (or the rest of bantam-aged players for that matter) didn't have a clue what it was exactly. He's the first to admit it wasn't a dream for him to play for his favourite junior hockey team growing up, or even reach the NHL, saying naiveness steered any self-influenced pressure ...

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December 3, 2020 73 min

Living in Kazakhstan, and suiting up as one of the top defenders in the KHL, former Saskatoon Blades assistant captain Darren Dietz has seen all parts of the hockey world over the last decade. Undrafted in bantam, Dietz fought through tooth and nail to earn a spot on the Blades roster in 2009, back when Lorne Molleken was calling the shots as head coach. Drafted in the 5th round by the Montreal Canadiens in 2011, Dietz used his int...

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