Cody Fajardo would centre Craig Dickenson’s Riders hockey team

Mosaic Stadium has been transformed from a football field to hockey rink which prompted Riders’ head coach Craig Dickenson to select his green and white hockey team.

“Is [Chris] Getzlaf playing for us still? Dickenson said while laughing. “Because he would be one of them.”

Dickenson is referring to the brother of Ryan Getzlaf who used to play for Saskatchewan — both are Regina natives. The younger Getzlaf is Anaheim Ducks captain, perennial all-star and Stanley Cup champion. The 34-year-old has 261 goals and 923 points in 984 career NHL games.

The Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames faces off on October 26 in Regina. Due to setup, the Riders have been on the road for three straight weeks after an October 5 against the Winnipeg Bombers. The NHL needed ample time for proper preparations.

“We got some good hockey players,” Dickenson said.

Saskatchewan’s football bench boss would put Philip Blake in net, Micah Johnson and Brett Lauther as his defencemen with Cody Fajardo at centre and Manny Arceneaux and William Powell on the wings. Special teams coach Terry Eisler would be the coach.

“I’d put Eisler behind the bench, he knows hockey,” Dickenson said. 

Blake checks in a six-foot-two, 311 pounds — an imposing figure to try and put the puck past. Johnson could nimble and powerful on the backend while Lauther seems like a puck-moving d-man. Fajardo could setup his teammates for tap-ins and could be a sniper himself. Powell can finish and Arceneaux would be a power forward.

“That would be my team,” Dickenson said. “We’d get smoked I’m sure by the junior team around here.”

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