CBC Saskatchewan: 2014 the top sports stories
Olympic medals and a Super Bowl victory highlight Saskatchewan's 2014 in sports
If 2013 was a banner year for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2014 was a bit of a downer for the Green and White. There were plenty of other Saskatchewan sports stars both professional and amateur making headlines and winning hardware this year.
Regina's Jon Ryan wins Super Bowl
On Feb. 2, Jon Ryan became the first Saskatchewan player to win a Super Bowl. He punted only once as his Seattle Seahawks crushed the Denver Broncos 43-8.
Mark McMorris captures bronze
Regina's Mark McMorris overcame a broken rib and some questionable judging to grab a bronze medal at the Olympics in Sochi. It was Canada's first medal at the 2014 Games.
- Olympic medalist Mark McMorris lands in Regina
- Mark McMorris post-Olympic interview: “It felt like a gold with everything I went through”
Saskatchewan hockey stars win gold for Canada
Ryan Getzlaf (Regina), Patrick Marleau (Aneroid), and Chris Kunitz (Regina) all helped lead Canada to a second straight gold medal in men's hockey.
Hayley Wickenheiser wins 4th gold
Shaunavon's hockey star helped Canada stun the U.S. in overtime and win the gold. Wickenheiser's fifth Olympic medal and fourth consecutive gold.
Dressler fever hits Saskatchewan
Weston Dressler was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in August and his free agency set off a firestorm in Riderville. Fans and businesses tried to entice the North Dakota product back to the Green and White.
- Deli wants Weston Dressler back, offers free sandwiches
- Roughrider fans delighted at return of Weston Dressler
Darian Durant knocked out for season
Darian Durant suffered a season-ending elbow injury during the Banjo Bowl. The Riders tried three different quarterbacks including 41-year-old Kerry Joseph. The Riders were knocked out of the playoffs in the West semi-final by the Edmonton Eskimos.
- Darian Durant likely out for season with elbow injury
- Kerry Joseph takes the blame for Riders playoff loss
Saskatoon Hilltops win fourth national title in five years
In November, the Saskatoon Hilltops continued their dominance of Canadian junior football by winning the national championship for the fourth time in five years. Led by quarterback Jared Andreychuk, the Hilltops won 39-14 over the Langley Rams.
The Toppers have now won the Canadian Bowl 17 times, passing the Regina Rams/Regina Thunder for most all-time.
Frank McCrystal retires
After 30 years at the helm, Regina Rams coach Frank McCrystal retired. McCrystal guided the team from junior into the university ranks.
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