Blades to Host First Ever Skills Competition

Saskatoon Blades

September 30, 2013, SASKATOON, SK – Hockey fans have a thrilling event to add to their calendars this winter. The Saskatoon Blades Skills Competition, presented by Merlin Ford Lincoln, is set to take place Sunday, January 26th, at Credit Union Centre.

A skills competition is brand new to the Blades and their fans and it’s already a stir in the locker room.

“It’ll be a lot of fun,” said Saskatoon Blades alternate captain Nathan Burns. “We’ll get to show the fans what we can do.”

Third year Blade Nick Zajac echoed Burns comments. “I’m excited. It’ll show off who’s the fastest skater, who’s got the hardest shot. We’ll get to see who’s got a lot of skill on the team.”

The addition to the Blades schedule stems from a new partnership with Merlin Ford Lincoln. The agreement makes Merlin the exclusive auto dealer of the Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club for the next three years.

“The skills event speaks to what our partnership is all about – finding new ways to serve our customers, Blades fans and the community better than ever. Both Merlin and the Blades have been serving the community for more than 50 years and we are excited to keep building on that,” says Jason Bews, president of Merlin Ford Lincoln.

“We are thrilled to partner with Jason,” says Saskatoon Blades managing partner Colin Priestner. “Merlin Ford Lincoln is a great brand and we share the same values. It’s all about how we can best serve our customers and, by extension, the city and the province.”

The Skills Competition will feature great events such as the Ford Mustang Fastest Skater and the Ford F-150 Hardest Shot. Fans will be able to participate even before the event begins with the chance to win some cool prizes. They just need to follow the Blades on Twitter and like them on Facebook to find out how to predict which player will win certain categories.

Tickets for the first-ever Saskatoon Blades Skills Competition, presented by Merlin Ford Lincoln, can be purchased for $5 through the Blades office in the Credit Union Centre.

The Saskatoon Blades are one of the oldest junior hockey franchises in Western Canada, having been first founded in 1964. The Blades are celebrating their 50th season in franchise history in 2013-14. Currently owned by Mike Priestner, the Blades play in Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre, a venue that seats more than 15,000 hockey fans.

Merlin Ford Lincoln is a premier Ford Lincoln auto dealer in the province of Saskatchewan. With solid growth over the years, Merlin Ford Lincoln is able to offer their customers a state-of-the-art showroom, parts and service centre and a finance department.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.