CBC Saskatchewan: 2014 the top sports stories

There were plenty of Saskatchewan sports stars both professional and amateur making headlines and winning hardware in this year.

Olympic medals and a Super Bowl victory highlight Saskatchewan's 2014 in sports

Mark McMorris soaring to a bronze in Sochi. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) (Cameron Spencer/Getty)

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

John Ryan, punter with the Seattle Seahawks, had a single punt on Super Bowl Sunday, but he made it a good one: 45 yards. (WEBN-TV/Youtube)

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 poses with his medal on the podium (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty)

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.

Saskatchewan hockey stars win gold for Canada

Team Canada got to sing for the second games in a row. (Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

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

Hayley Wickenheiser celebrates her fourth straight gold medal. (The Associated Press)

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

Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Weston Dressler returns a kick off for a touchdown against the Ottawa Redblacks. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press)

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.

Darian Durant knocked out for season

Darian Durant tried to make it back in time for the playoffs but his injured arm wasn't quite 100 per cent. (Brent Just/Getty Images)

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.

Saskatoon Hilltops win fourth national title in five years

The Hilltops were once again tops in Canadian junior football. (Saskatoon Hilltops)

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

Frank McCrystal coached his 30th and final season in 2014. (Peter Mills/CBC)

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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