Monday, 21 July 2014

Stampeders' Howard Commits to Dakota College

(Swan Valley Stampeders Press Release)

The Swan Valley Stampeders are pleased to announce the commitment of 1993 born defenceman, Andrew Howard, to the Dakota College Lumberjacks for next season.
Andrew joins the Lumberjacks following a one season Junior A career in Swan Valley.  The Texas born defenceman played 60 regular season games, scoring 3 goals while adding 7 assists, and added 2 assists in 6 playoff games.

Stampeders head coach and general manager Erik Petersen was very happy in making the announcement.

“Andy was a very pleasant surprise out of camp last season, and through his excellent work ethic, quickly progressed to a valuable, steady defenceman on our team.  I’m extremely happy to announce that Andrew’s joining of the Stampeders and the MJHL, has paid off as the stepping stone into College.  Andrew was the ultimate teammate in Swan River, and did everything he was asked, game in and game out. I wish Tex the very best of luck in his college career, and in the future. The Lumberjacks are getting a 1st class person in Andrew Howard” finished Petersen.

Botineau Head Coach Travis Rybchinski adds that they’re very excited to have Howard a part of the Lumberjack Hockey family.

“We are fortunate to get a player like Andrew from the Manitoba Junior League. All the past players we have gotten from the MJHL have worked out well and do not expect Andrew to be any different. He will be an important piece of the puzzle for us to reach our goals. Not only are we getting a solid defenseman we are getting a solid person. He is what a coach looks for in a student-athlete."

Dakota College of Bottineau is a varsity program and are members of the NJCAA. More information can be found at

With this latest announcement, the Stamps have successfully placed 5 of 7 graduated players to the college-university ranks, and there are more to follow.

Mils' Brandrup commits to Norwich

The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce that another one of their graduating players will be advancing their hockey careers at the collegiate level for the upcoming 14/15 season.

21 year old defenseman Alec Brandrup (pictured above) will join the Norwich College Cadets (Division III) of the ECAC for the upcoming college season.

The Rochester, Minnesota native was a bright spot on the Mils blue line this past season compiling 8 goals, 21 assists for 29 points in 53 regular season games while also adding 5 points in 13 playoff games in the Mils run to the SJHL Final, losing to the eventual RBC Cup Champion Yorkton Terriers.

Brandrup was also named the team's Top Defenseman.

Mils; Cardinals both win on Sunday

The Melville Millionaires scored 4 runs in the 7th inning to push them to their 3rd straight victory with a 8-2 win over their East divisional rivals Weyburn Beavers on Sunday night.

Zach Holley and Blake Evetts led the way for the Mils offensively each chipping in with 3 hits while lefty Steven Bunnell improved his record to 5-3 on the season going the distance allowing 2 runs on 9 hits while striking out 9 Beaver batters.

Mils improve their record to 14-23 on the season and still sit 1.5 games back of the Beavers and 2.5 games back of the Yorkton Cardinals for the final couple playoff spots in the East Division. The Cardinals moved into sole possession of 2nd in the division with a 9-2 hammering of the Moose Jaw Miller Express on Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Mils send Clark to Lloydminster

The Melville Millionaires have announced that they have sent '96 born forward Ashton Clark to the AJHL's Lloydminster Bobcats as the futures that sent F Kelvin Walz and D Cole Berreth to the Mils this past season. 

The Aberdeen SK product had 5 goals, 1 assists for 6 points in 41 games in rookie SJHL season with Melville. Clark also spent the previous 2 years with Battlefords Stars of the Sask Midget AAA Hockey League. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Stamps' acquire Dman Cronin from Yorkton

The Swan Valley Stampeders have acquired 1995-born  defenceman Holden Cronin from the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers for future considerations.

The Regina product had 7 points in 35 regular season games with the Terriers.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Locals selected in 2014 NHL Draft

Haydn Fleury (Carlyle, Saskatchewan)-- 7th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes

Travis Sanheim (Elkhorn, MB)--- 17th overall to the Philadelphia Flyers

                          Jayce Hawryluk (Roblin, Manitoba)-- 32nd overall to the Florida Panthers

Chat with Roblin's Jayce Hawryluk below:

Friday, 27 June 2014

Mils AGM Notes

The Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League who were league finalists this past season,  held their annual general meeting last Tuesday at the Horizon Credit Union Center.

The team is pleased to announce that the 13/14 hockey season produced a profit of around $17,000.

"Yes, its definately nice to make some $, it doesn't get much better than the support that our fans give us" said Mils President Dawn Melnychuk.

Melnychuk adds the club is staying status quo with the same executive, officers and directors for the upcoming season and that the committee is working on their bid for the 2016 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup that needs to be submitted by September 10th.

Interview with Mils President Dawn Melnychuk below: