City of Moose Jaw Audited Financial Statement

More information available here …

Leafs' Burke Impressed By Rielly

Warriors-BrianBurke-Sept25Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke watches the Warriors' home opener at Mosaic Place. (photo courtesy of Cory Kerr photography)

Any time Morgan Rielly steps on the ice, all the eyes in the rink tend to lock on him, but during the home opener last Friday, he was being watched especially close by his new boss, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke.  

Burke was in town to check up on the team's fifth overall pick as Rielly kicks off his third junior hockey season with the Moose Jaw Warriors and he says the Leafs will be keeping an eye on their top prospect this season.

"We have three player development guys and they're going to be in here a lot.  We've got Jim Hughes, we've got Steve Staios -- who just joined us after a 16 year NHL career -- and we've got Bobby Carpenter, so these are all guys who are going to be in Moose Jaw, or catching Morgan on the road," explained Burke.  "If we're not playing, I intend to be in here a fair amount to see him play.  We invest a lot in player development."

Burke sees Rielly as a steal as the fifth overall pick and says it isn't a matter of if, but when he'll be in the NHL, "I'm not sure he needs anything but time.  This is a guy in my mind that there is no question he's going to play (in the NHL) and his prospect camp with us was so strong that I think our coach was thinking he might be ready to play this year."

The NHL lockout changed those plans, but Burke says he's comfortable that Rielly will continue to develop this season with the Warriors, "It was part of the discussion we had when we were talking about drafting Morgan, is he in a good program? Yes, Moose Jaw is a good program.  Is this the right coach to develop him? Yes.

"I have a great deal of respect for Mike (Stothers).  This is a guy that I watched turn Bobby Ryan into a hockey player in Owen Sound.  I think he's an excellent coach, I think he teaches a professional style and a professional approach to the game in the weight room and conditioning and nutrition.  I think when you get a kid that played for Mike Stothers, you get a kid who's going to be ready."

As for what Burke likes about Rielly, he says the blue print is there for a very successful NHL player, "His character is very important to us.  He's an intelligent hockey Warriors-Rielly-Sept25Rielly takes the puck up ice.player, he has a really high hockey IQ, he has a high IQ off the ice, he's coachable, he listens, he's a good teammate, he's a leader, and these are all things that are important to us.

"This guy has the whole package.  He can skate, he makes intelligent decisions, he makes safe decisions, he's good offensively, he's good defensively, he plays in every situation, so I think it's just going to take time."

Any Warrior fan can tell you about Rielly's vision on the ice and Burke says that is one of the things that really stands out to him when he watches Rielly play, "I've had some great defenceman play for me, I had Scott Neidemeyer and Chris Pronger, and they always viewed an outlet pass as their first obligation.  They move the puck and then get open, you only lug the puck when you don't have options, and that's what Morgan does.  If he's got an option, he moves the puck and then moves up the ice and tries to get it back.  That's key to us because that's a guy who's unselfish."

Rielly put on a good show for Burke in the home opener, picking up an assist in the Warriors' 4-3 overtime win over the Broncos.  He also scored the Warriors' only goal in a 7-1 loss to the Broncos the next night.

The Warriors are practicing at Mosaic Place this week as they get set to head to Prince Albert on Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Raiders.  They'll be back home on Saturday to host the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Leafs' GM Brian Burke joined James Gallo and Derek Kletzel on the Country 100 broadcast during the home opener.

Share This:

  • storm aug 19-wanderingwhimzy 2

    More Storm Activity Expected

    Wednesday August 20, 2014

    Hitting 30 degrees at 1 o'clock in the afternoon led to some very unsettled weather in the province Tuesday. A storm system developed late

  • rcmp

    Serious Crash Near Gravelbourg

    Wednesday August 20, 2014

    Speed and not wearing a seatbelt were contributing factors in a crash south of Moose Jaw Tuesday evening according to RCMP. Around 6 o'cl

  • RCMP Cruiser

    Two Dead, Three Injured South of Regina

    Wednesday August 20, 2014

    Few details have been released after a three vehicle, fatal collision Tuesday afternoon near the Village of Pangman. RCMP say the vehicle

  • McKarrs 1

    Tuesday's Storm Tame Compared To Saturday

    Tuesday August 19, 2014

    A severe thunderstorm watch has ended for Moose Jaw and southern Saskatchewan.  Storm activity reached Moose Jaw after six and consiste

  • South Hill Banner

    Banner Program Aims To Strengthen South Hill Identity

    Tuesday August 19, 2014

    South Hill is a unique and mature neighbourhood, but the South Hill Community Association feels it is sometimes overshadowed by our downt

  • Semi Blocking Highway

    Highway 10 "Fully Open" Following Semi incident

    Tuesday August 19, 2014

      White Butte RCMP say Highway #10 is "fully open", hours after an accident blocked the road earlier today.  RCMP responded to the scen

  • smart meter

    Smart Meter Investigation Underway

    Tuesday August 19, 2014

    The Crown Investments Corporation has announced that it will be conducting a thorough review of the SaskPower smart meter program and the

  • hazy sunrise

    Hot, Cold and Hazy

    Tuesday August 19, 2014

    By the end of the week, you might need a light jacket on your way out in the morning. Forecasters are still calling for a real mixed bag o

  • police

    Crash on Main Street

    Tuesday August 19, 2014

    One person has been charged after a two vehicle crash in downtown Moose Jaw Monday afternoon. Just after 1:30pm, a vehicle and a motorcyc

  • elgin spray structure

    Elgin Park Control Structure Ripped Out By Vandals

    Monday August 18, 2014

    After celebrating renovations, Elgin Park will once again be under construction following a case of vandalism this weekend. Saturday nigh

  • west park access

    What To Do With $26 Million?

    Monday August 18, 2014

    With City Council getting their hands on the audited financial statements this week, they also learned that there is one bank account th

  • valley view home atha

    Valley View Residents Need More Time

    Monday August 18, 2014

    It was a decision made strictly with residents in mind and that's why Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw will not be closing in 2016 as origi

  • brian acker aug 11

    MJ Pension Plan is Solid

    Monday August 18, 2014

    As the pension situation in Regina heats up with the employees accusing City Hall of walking away from negotiations. The pension plan is a

  • ALS Ice Bucket

    Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Awareness & Funds For ALS

    Sunday August 17, 2014

    Chances are you've seen the viral videos of celebrities and local people taking the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in support of ALS awareness

  • potholesss

    City Making Progress on Pothole Situation

    Sunday August 17, 2014

    A lot of pothole work has been happening around Moose Jaw this summer thanks to some back up being provided by Moose Jaw Asphalt. "Initia

  • sask flag

    Saskatchewan Leads The Way on Crime Severity Index

    Sunday August 17, 2014

    New findings from Stats Canada shows crime dropped in Saskatchewan in 2013, but the prarie province still leads the nation on the Crime Se

  • Police Service Building

    Police Asking For Help Locating Suspects

    Saturday August 16, 2014

    Moose Jaw Police are investigating an incident that occurred on Thursday afternoon. "It was a Break and Enter that occurred on the east s

  • Harvest

    Saskatchewan Agriculture Talks Crops

    Saturday August 16, 2014

    The 2014 harvest season is right around the corner and all eyes are on the crop. Saskatchewan Agriculture is telling us that things are ju

  • mjuh

    Officials Sweat Broken Hospital AC But All Is Cool

    Friday August 15, 2014

       Moose Jaw Union Hospital -- photo credit: Moose Jaw Health Foundation A broken air conditioning compressor caused a few beads of swea


    Lucky STARS Align For Imperial Man

    Friday August 15, 2014

    The STARS Lotto Regina Showhome The 2014 STARS Lotto offers the chance to win some amazing prizes, while also helping out a great cause. Th

Search Local News Archives

National News

  • View more