Canadian football player suits up for AAF opener

While Brett Boyko dreams of playing in the NFL again on day, he has found a home for now in the Alliance of American Football.

The brand new eight-team league held its opening games this weekend and Boyko, who is from Saskatoon, suited up for the San Diego Fleet in its matchup against the San Antonio Commanders.

The B.C. Lions drafted Boyko 14th overall in the 2015 CFL draft, but he never played for the team. Over the last three years, the offensive lineman has been on and off of various NFL teams’ practice squads and even started a game for the San Diego Chargers before finally landing with the AAF.

“Me and my agency, we had our mind set on the NFL, so I wasn’t really aware of (the AAF) but obviously jumped at the opportunity,” the 26-year-old told the Calgary Herald. “You get paid pretty well and it still gives you an opportunity to go play in the NFL, so absolutely you can make it work.

Some observers have worried that the AAF might threaten the CFL as it will likely bleed players from the league once free agency opens this month. But others say the Canadian game is unique enough that it will survive.

Saskatchewan man fights for “Assman” licence plate

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A Saskatchewan man is voicing his frustration that he can’t get a personalized licence plate that reads “Assman.”

But the requested plate was not meant as an indication of a preference for posteriors. It’s his name.

David Assman, who pronounces his last name as “Oss-men,” said the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) recently turned down his request as an “unacceptable slogan,” according to CBC News.

“It’s my last name, I’ve always had it,” he said.

A SGI spokesman told CBC that the agency would not allow for anything on license plates that could be interpreted as “offensive, suggestive or not in good taste.”

“Even if a word is someone’s name and pronounced differently than the offensive version, that’s not something that would be apparent to other motorists who will see the plate,” he said.

Assman is actually a relative of Dick Assman — a Saskatchewan gas station employee, who gained fame for his name after David Letterman featured him on the Late Show.

U.S. poachers could face charges in Saskatchewan

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Two American men could face charges in Saskatchewan for illegally hunting a number of animals before hauling their carcasses back to the United States.

The duo, who have been convicted of deer poaching in Missouri, allegedly shot a number of animals, including white-tailed deer, a coyote, an antelope and a badger in 2016, according to Yorkon This Week.

Two Canadians have been charged for allegedly helping the two men.

Sweden might build moose statue taller than Norway’s

The mayor of Moose Jaw, Sask., Fraser Tolmie, launches a campaign to figure out how to get back the record for the world’s tallest moose statue.

Norway might not want to get too cocky when it comes to its record for the world’s tallest moose statue.

A Swedish contractor is planning to build a moose statue on a mountain peak in Lapland that would stand 47 metres tall, according to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposen. This would tower over the moose statue in Stor-Elvdal, Norway, which recently made headlines for besting what was previously the world’s tallest moose structure in Moose Jaw, Sask.

The City of Moose Jaw, Sask. has since been trying to crowdsource ideas to regain their record by making their own statue, Mac the Moose, taller. Some ideas included putting a football helmet or a hat on the statue.

Mac the Moose is almost 10 metres tall, but its Norwegian counterpart stands taller by around 30 centimetres.

The proposed Swedish moose would house a restaurant in its belly and would measure 45 metres long.

Norway builds world’s tallest moose statue, besting Moose Jaw

An “a-moose-ing” competition has broken out between the city of Moose Jaw, Sask. and Norway.

For years, Moose Jaw’s “Mac the Moose” was the tallest moose statue in the world until the Norwegians built their own structure that stands on a highway between Oslo and Trondheim.

Mac the Moose is almost 10 metres tall, but its Norwegian counterpart is taller by 30 centimetres.

Since news broke that Moose Jaw had lost its record, the city’s mayor, Fraser Tolmie, posted a video on Youtube to crowdsource ideas on how to make Mac the Moose taller.

In response, the mayor of Stor-Elvdal, Norway posted their own message, saying they will do whatever it takes to make sure they keep their world record.

Teen goaltender makes Saskatchewan junior hockey history

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Taylor Keast has smashed a Saskatchewan junior hockey glass ceiling.

The 17-year-old goaltender became the first female player to dress for a regular season game in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, according to the Weyburn Review.

Keast suited up as a back-up goaltender for her hometown La Ronge Ice Wolves in a game Friday night against the Kindersley Klippers.

“It was pretty cool, I’ve grown up here, so when I was a little kid, I used to want to play for the Ice Wolves,” Keast told MBC Radio.  “It was fun, it was a really good experience.”

The Weyburn Review reported that while this was a first for the SJHL, a female player has laced up her skates to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before. Goaltender Shannon Szabados played in the AJHL from 2003 to 2007.

Saskatchewan man walks across Canada because he ‘just felt like walking’

Zayell Johnston stands by a map of Canada that shows his route. Photo/Zayell Johnston

A Saskatchewan man was channeling his inner Forrest Gump in 2018.

Zayell Johnston walked all the way across Canada last year just because he felt like it.

The Yorkton, Sask. man started his journey in Victoria, B.C. in February 2018 and dipped his feet in the Atlantic Ocean by the end of the year.

Others who have made similar treks have usually done so to promote a cause or to raise money for charity. Johnston’s voyage was rooted in something more simple.

“I just felt like walking,” he told Yorkton This Week.

Johnston said the longest part of his cross-country trip was Ontario, which took him two months to walk through.