March 29, 2023
OKOTOKS, AB – SASKATOON TO JOIN WCBL IN 2024!
Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club of the Western Canadian Baseball League (“WCBL”), Canada’s premier summer collegiate league, is pleased to announce that the Saskatoon Entertainment Group (“SEG”) will be bringing WCBL baseball back to Saskatoon starting in the summer of 2024. SEG is a leader in the Canadian sports entertainment industry operating the Saskatoon Rush professional lacrosse team as well as the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.
Dawgs founder and managing director, John Ircandia, had this to say:
“It has been far too long since we have had a Saskatoon franchise in the WCBL. It is extremely encouraging to have a new franchise whose ownership has the depth of experience that the SEG brings to the table. The positive profile of the WCBL has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past several years among our fans and business partners, and adding Saskatoon only enhances that profile. Welcome aboard, Saskatoon!”
Vice President of SEG, Steve Hildebrand, offered:
“SEG really appreciates… the opportunity to join an already growing and great league. It definitely has been too long since Saskatoon has had a team and we are looking forward to bringing exciting Western Canadian Baseball back [to Saskatoon].”
The addition of Saskatoon to the WCBL continues to elevate the WCBL’s profile among fans and business partners as top players from across college baseball in North America will now have the opportunity to play in all of the major markets in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Okotoks Dawgs 2023 Season Preview
The Dawgs are coming off a record-breaking 2022 championship season where the club captured another WCBL Championship and set a WCBL single season record for wins (43) while averaging over 4,216 fans per game and 130,000 for the season (4th in North America for summer collegiate baseball). This past June the Dawgs welcomed their 1 Millionth fan to beautiful Seaman Stadium.
The 2023 season is around the corner and there is reason for excitement among Dawgs fans. The Dawgs will be returning multiple players from the 2022 championship roster while bolstering it with top talent from across North America. Key players returning include Micah McDowell (OF, Oregon State University), Ricardo Sanchez (INF, Lamar University, Texas) and Brendan Luther (INF, Bellevue University, NEB.).
2023 Feature Games
- Home Opener Friday, May 26 vs Brooks Bombers at Seaman Stadium (7:05pm)
- Father’ Day Sunday, June 18 vs Lethbridge Bulls at Seaman Stadium (2:05pm)
- Canada Day Saturday, July 1 vs Brooks Bombers at Seaman Stadium (7:05pm)
- WCBL All-star Game & Home Run Derby, Saturday, July 15 at Seaman Stadium (5 & 7:05pm)
Season Tickets and All Star Game Tickets are already on sale and Game Day Tickets are available starting on Saturday, April 1st!!!
Tickets can be purchased online at www.tickets.dawgsbaseball.ca or by calling the Dawgs ticket office at 403.262.DAWG (3294).
For further information regarding Saskatoon contact:
Steve ‘Hilty’ Hildebrand
Saskatoon Entertainment Group 306-975-8844 ex 33- O 306-270-9163 – C
For further information regarding the Okotoks Dawgs contact:
John Ircandia, Managing Director 403.863.8413
Tyler Hollick, General Manager 403.262.3294
Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club
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