Friday, 17 May 2019

Wolverines' Labelle commits to Trinity Western

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines are pleased to announced that graduating goaltender Isaac Labelle will be advancing his hockey career at the collegiate level.

The Saskatoon product has committed to the Trinity Western Spartans in Langley, BC.

The Spartans will play in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League in 2019-20 before making the jump next year to USports.

Labelle played in 81 career games in a Wolverines' uniform compiling a record of 29-43-3, with a career 3.05GAA, 0.905SV % and 3 shutouts.

Labelle is the 4th member of the Wolverines graduating class from this past season to ink a hockey commitment.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Yorkton's Wyonzek continues to excel in the officiating ranks

When you think of one of the top hockey officials in Saskatchewan, you don't have to look much further than someone from right in our own backyard.

For Yorkton's Tarrington Wyonzek, he traded in his stick for a whistle, and his players jersey for a striped jersey with the same dream in place of one day making the National Hockey League.

Wyonzek played his minor hockey in the Yorkton area and like any other young player with the hopes of one day making the big leagues but as his childhood continued another interest came up.

"I knew I wasn't a good enough hockey player to advance on as I just did it for fun and then starting officiating more seriously and got pushed along by the likes of Garry Gawryliuk, Jeff Bahrey and Marc Dubreuil and they kept pushing me and helped me get my foot in the door so to speak," Wyonzek said.

Ever since then his on-ice officiating career has took off each and every year with him doing around  150-160 games in the Midget AAA, Junior, Senior and Pro ranks (AHL) on average per season.

Like there is for any referee, there has been some highlights for Wyonzek during his career.

"This year has been pretty exciting for me just getting to do Game 7 of the WHL Final on Monday, and then I got the chance to go to Sweden last month for IIHF U-18 Hockey championships was an outstanding experience and then getting the chance to chance work last years' Memorial Cup in Regina in home city and that was big honour, and I've got to watch some great hockey the past couple years."

For Wyonzek he's always looking to get better and advance on his career, and just a couple years back signed a contract with the American Hockey League (AHL), which is that one step closer to his ultimate dream.

"At the end of the day every official in Major Junior and pro hockey, their goal is to get to the top level just like the players so yep that would be the main goal for me."

The next assignment for Wyonzek will be to head east to Halifax, Nova Scotia to work as a linesman for the 101st Memorial Cup.

Full Chat with Wyonzek below:

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

May 14th Local Sports

Mils G Entz commits to St. Norbert College

The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce that G Colby Entz will be playing hockey at the collegiate level next year. 

The 21 year old Entz has committed to advance his hockey career with St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, joining former Millionaire Keegan Milligan who just completed his sophomore year with the team.

"I'm pretty excited to be going to an organization with a reputation as solid as St. Norbert", Entz said. "The school itself has such great history so that means a lot to me and I really don't think I could've picked a better school to get an education and play some top-end hockey as well."

The Churchbridge product played in 118 career games over 3 years with Melville compiling a record of 42-51-8-5 record with a 2.64 GAA, 0.915 SV% and 6 career shutouts. 

"Melville was a great place for me to play my Junior hockey, it was really close to my hometown where I always have gotten a ton of support and my billet family helped me more than I can possibly say and I'm just thankful for all the fans, supporters, sponsors and organization for giving me the chance to wear the Mils uniform, it helped me become not only a better player but a better person."

Entz also added he would like to thank  the Mils staff and personnel who did a lot for him his 3 seasons.

"When things were tough the coaches were there to help to make you a better player and when things were going well they helped me move forward".

The entire Melville Millionaires organization would like to thank Colby for his time as a Millionaire and also congratulate him on his commitment & wish him nothing but the best going forward. 

(Mils Press Release)


Roblin’s Brook & Prince Albert Raiders captures 2019 WHL Championship

The Prince Albert Raiders are 2019 Western Hockey League Champions.

Dante Hannoun scored with 95 seconds left in the first overtime as the Raiders downed the Vancouver Giants 3-2 in Game 7 of the Western Hockey League Championship to capture the Ed Chynoweth Cup and advance to the Memorial Cup.

The victory marked the first time the Raiders have won the WHL title since 1985.

Roblin, Manitoba’s JakoB Brook and Raiders AP & Swan Valley Stampeders F Brian Harris are members of the championship squad.

Prince Albert will begin their Memorial Cup on the opening day on Friday when they battle the host Halifax Mooseheads.


Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) name Whitewood's McEwen as General Manager

The Winnipeg Blues announced on Tuesday that it has named Taras McEwen its new General Manager.

McEwen joined the ICE organization in 2017 as the team’s Manager of Scouting.

In 2018, McEwen’s duties expanded and his title was changed to Manager, Scouting and Hockey Operations.

In addition to his role with the Blues, McEwen will continue his responsibilities with the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE.

Before joining the ICE, McEwen held a position in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League as the Hockey Operations Assistant and Assistant Coach of the Notre Dame Hounds. He also held two coaching positions in the Prairie Junior Hockey League including Assistant Coach of the Ochapowace Thunder (2013-2015) and Head Coach of Fort Knox (2015-2016).

(Blues Press Release)

Monday, 13 May 2019

Melville duo captures SHSAA Mixed Doubles Badminton Provincial Title


It was a golden Saturday for a couple of local badminton players at the Saskatchewan High School Badminton Championships in Swift Current.

The Melville duo of Talon Frick and Kylie Severson captured the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal after 3 set victory over a team from Englefeld.

"It's really special, it's been something we've been working towards since we started playing together when I was Grade 8 and Kylie was Grade 7, so this was kinda our goal to win Provincials and we were able to finish it off", Frick said in a phone interview with GX94.

Frick will graduate from High School badminton this year while Severson whose currently in Grade 11 intends to switch to Girls' Singles next year.

Chat with Kylie Severson and Talon Frick below:

Team Sask (Female); Team Manitoba (Male) capture Gold Medals at National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Yukon

A couple of local teams captured Gold Medals at the 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Yukon.

In Male Division championship game, Team Manitoba who featured Waywayseecappo's Cole Mentuck defeated Team Saskatchewan 6-1.

The Saskatchewan Male squad included Kamsack's Kishaun Gervais, Ochapowace's Josh Bear and Melville Millionaires prospect Chase Bertholet

Meanwhile, Team Saskatchewan flipped the script the Female title game defeated Team Manitoba 4-1.

Team Saskatchewan included Ochapowace's Kyla and Jordyn Bear, Anica Gauthier and Tori McNabb who all suited up for the Melville Prairie Fire (SFMAAAHL) this past season.

Kaila Powell of Swan River was a member of Team Manitoba

Friday, 10 May 2019

Stamps' D Sudom commits to Augustana Vikings (ACAC)

The MJHL's Swan Valley Stampeders are proud to announce that Quintin Sudom has committed to play for the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings, located in Camrose, AB.
The 6’2” 201 lbs Fort McMurray, AB native was named the MJHL Defenceman of the Year during the 2018/2019 season with the Stampeder organization.
Sudom played two seasons for the Stampeders, collecting 26 goals and 64 assists in 109 regular season games.
 “I am pleased to join the U of A Vikings, they are a great school, and have a fantastic program,” said Sudom. “It is exciting to be put in to a veteran line up and have a chance to make an impact and win a Championship right away. I would like to thank the Stampeder organization and everyone who has helped me further my career.”
 “We are very pleased to add a defenceman of Quintin’s pedigree to Vikings Hockey on many levels,” said Vikings Head Coach Blaine Gusdal. “Any time you can recruit a top end player, it’s a boost to your program and we are confident Quintin will fill a big role for us on our back end immediately and throughout his University career. His offensive numbers speak volumes as a productive power play quarterback and he’s also proven to be a very solid student which fits well with our high academic standards at U of A-Augustana.”
“We are very happy for Quintin, and it’s well deserved,” said former Stampeder Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff. “the Vikings Hockey team and U of A-Augustana School just got a whole lot better.”
The entire Stampeder Organization would like to congratulate Sudom on his recent commitment to play with the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings.

(Stamps Press Release)

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Melville will host 2020 Sasktel Tankard & Viterra Scotties Provincial Curling Championships

(Left to Right: Jim Wilson (CURLSASK Board member), Ashley Howard (CURLSASK Executive Director, Larry Petersen (Host Committee Chair)

Two of CURLSASK's marquee events will be taking place in Melville next year.

The Sasktel Tankard Men's and Viterra Scotties Women's Provincial Curling Championships will be played at the Horizon Credit Union Center from January 24th- February 2nd, 2020.

Melville last hosted the Tankard in 2015 and the Scotties back in 2017.

"Melville's a trusted host and is a community thats put on some great events in the past, and we are just glad to combine the two events and take them to the next level", CURLSASK Executive Director Ashley Howard said after the news conference.

The top 9 Womens' teams will compete from Jan. 24th- 30th while the 16 best Men's rinks will take to the ice from Jan. 29th to Feb. 2nd.

Host Committee Chair Larry Petersen says they ecstatic to get the chance to host these prestigious events.

"We are so excited, we are going to have 25 of the top curling rinks in the province for 10 days and it's actually something we've talked about before as a committee so we are glad we can actually make it a reality."

Sponsorship packages for the event are now available and if you're interested you can contact Larry 306-720-0744.

Ticket packages and Volunteer opportunities will be announced in the near future.

Chat with CURLSASK Executive Director Ashley Howard

Chat with Melville Host Committee Chair Larry Petersen