The University of Saskatchewan hosted a news conference this afternoon to to publicize the 73rd Hardy Cup. Both Huskies Head Coach Brian Towriss and Dinos Head Coach Blake Nill spoke at the event, each emphasizing their respect for their opponent and how much they anticipated this matchup.
“These are the two best teams in the conference and this will be a tremendous game,” said Nill. “We are relishing the opportunity to play in front of a hostile crowd in what is a great football environment.”
Coach Towriss echoed those thoughts, adding, “There are many across Canada West and across the country who have been looking forward to this game all season. This will be a great match and our team will be prepared and ready to go.”
Canada West All-Star certificates were presented by Huskies’ Athletic Director Basil Hughton to the all-stars present from both teams, which included quarterback Erik Glavic from the Dinos and Huskie offensive linemen Patrick Neufeld and Hubert Buydens, linebacker Taylor Wallace and defensive back Grant Shaw.
Canada West award winners were also presented with their awards this afternoon. Hec Crighton Player of the Year nominee / Frank Gnup Memorial Trophy winner Erik Glavic and Peter Gorman Rookie of the Year nominee Linden Gaydosh of Calgary received their awards, as did Canada West Coach of the Year Blake Nill. The Huskies’ Taylor Wallace, President’s Award Outstanding Defensive Player nominee was also presented with his award for his excellent 2009 campaign.