Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Local players picked in 2016 USHL Draft

The 2016 United States Hockey League Draft- Phase 2 was held on Tuesday with a few local players getting picked.

With the 7th pick of the 13th round, Gilbert Plains, MB product and current Winkler Flyers defenceman Tyler Jubenvill was picked by the Fargo Force.

The 1999-born Jubenvill had 4 goals, 25 assists for 29 points in 57 games in his rookie MJHL campaign.

Meanwhile in the 15th round, Swan River product and Swan Valley Stampeder forward Riley McKay was selected by the Omaha Lancers

McKay, in his 1st season with his hometown team had 12 goals, & 34 points along with 151 PIMs in 54 MJHL games this past season.

Friday, 29 April 2016

2016 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup Preview

The 2016 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup begins this Saturday at beautiful Affinity Place in Estevan, Saskatchewan.

The teams taking part are the West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL), Portage Terriers (MJHL), Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) and the host team the Estevan Bruins.

There is a good chunk of local connections to the participating teams.

Melfort Mustangs- Former Melville Millionaires Carter Hansen, Kirk Bear, Ashton Clark, Brett Kitt, Richard Palmer, Mark Zvonkovic and Moosomin product Dakota Boutin.

Portage Terriers- Former Melville Millionaires Josh Bykowski and Michael Knaub, former Swan Valley Stampeder Braydon MacDonald, former Wayway Wolverine Braden Pettinger and Elkhorn products Brad & Shaun Bowls and Brett Orr.

Estevan Bruins- Former Melville Millionaire Tyson Predinchuk and former Yorkton Midget AAA star Lyndon Pastachak.

Western Canada Cup Schedule

Tickets are still available for the WCC with week-long passes available for $250.

Single-game tickets are also available now and for more information on tickets call the Estevan Bruin box office at 306-634-7730 or go to


Also below I previewed the championship with someone associated with each of the participating teams.

Chat with former Melville Millionaire & Melfort Mustangs netminder Richard Palmer


Chat with former Melville Millionaire & Estevan Bruins forward Tyson Predinchuk

Chat with Warriors Play by Play voice Kyle Anderson

Chat with Bandits Color Commentator Ken Fleury


Chat with former Swan Valley Stampeder and Portage Terrier forward Braydon MacDonald

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wayway Wolverine leading scorer commits to the Minot State Beavers for 2016/17


The Minot State University Beavers are proud to announce the commitment of graduating Wayway Wolverine forward Johl Swedlo to their roster for the 2016/17 season.

In his 20 year old and final season in the MJHL, the Portage La Prairie product led the Wolverines in scoring with 23 goals, 27 assists for 50 points in 60 games.

Swedlo joins former Wolverines Dylan Gedjos and Craig Fournier on the Beavers.

Swedlo talks about the commitment below:

Yorkton Cardinals Sign Head Coach for 2016 WMBL Summer Collegiate Season

The Yorkton Cardinals are very pleased to announce the signing of Omaha native and current  Zone Training Instructor at the PMPM (Perfect mind Perfect motion) baseball academy, Bryn Biancalana, as the Head Coach for the team, summer 2016.

Bryn brings to Yorkton an excellent pedigree,  as he is the son of former Major League infielder Buddy Biancalana who won the 1985 World Series with the Kansas City Royals, first beating the Toronto Blue Jays in 7 games and then the ST. Louis Cardinals also in 7.

Bryn brings a wealth of baseball knowledge because he has been around the game all of his life. Not only did he accompany his father to many major league clubhouses, he took a very keen fascination to the game as he progressed through his teens and early twenties. He feels he certainly has matured in the process of teaching and dealing with the game over the last five years. The PMPM philosophy of slowing the game down and adopting the concept of motion factor is groundbreaking, which draws on neuroscience.

Bryn has a unique ability to connect with young baseball players striving to achieve Professional status. Since Collegiate baseball involves players under the age of 25, this becomes a perfect storm for him to charge his players with philosophies that are new to them.

Bryn has coached in Edmonton (WMBL) and Saskatoon (WMBL)  in 2011 and 2012 and very pleased to be in Yorkton (WMBL) for 2016.

The Cardinals begin their 2016 season in Melville on Sat May 28 and return to Yorkton for a 7PM game vs  Melville on the 29th.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Former Millionaire Palmer commits to Mercyhurst (NCAA Div. 1)

Fresh off winning his 2nd straight SJHL's Canalta Cup title with the Melfort Mustangs, former Melville Millionaire goaltender Richard Palmer has committed to NCAA Division 1 hockey next season.

The 20 year old Calgary, Alberta product has announced he will suit up with the Mercyhurst Lakers in Erie, Pennsylvania starting this fall.

Palmer has played in 99 career SJHL regular season games and has compiled a recorded of 64-20-2-6 and he had a 1.25GAA in recently wrapped up Canalta Cup Finals.

Newly Formed Men’s Fastball League looking for a Sponsor

The Milligan Creek Mens Fastball League had it first meeting on Monday night and they are currently looking for a presenting or title sponsor of the league.

This is the first mens league in the area since 1990.

We have 6 teams eager to offer recreation for young adults in the area.  The league not only offers a opportunity for area men to play but also offers high school aged kids an opportunity to play with a lack of minor softball leagues in the area.  The Wadena Wildcats and Fishing Lake Mariners are completely made up of 19 and under boys, in addition to some younger players on Wynyard and Foam Lake.  This league offers those boys a league to play in with a lack of minor softball in the area.  The only other option for those boys is to play against Bantam and Midget aged teams with the closest being PA, Saskatoon and Regina.

Our league is consists of the Foam Lake Merchants, Fishing Lake Mariners, Fishing Lake Cubs, Wadena Wildcats, Rosebud Royals (Wadena), and Wynyard Blues.

Any interested in sponsoring the newly formed fastball league can contact Scott at 1-306-338-9632.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Mustangs capture 2nd straight Canalta Cup

The Melfort Mustangs have gone back to back, winning a second straight SJHL Canalta Cup Championship after a 2-1 win in Game 6 in Flin Flon Sunday night.

After a scoreless first period, the Mustangs were forced to play from behind in a raucous environment, as the Bombers opened the scoring, sending a packed Whitney Forum into a frenzy.  Their leading scorer Alex Smith found the net first at 7:05 of the second period.  Smith finished the playoffs with seven goals and 21 points in 16 games.

Travis Mayan tied it up for Melfort seven minutes later, and it was 1-1 after forty minutes.  It stayed that way until the Mustangs got a late powerplay and Wyatt Hinson buried the winner with just 3:35 left.  Hinson had four goals and 10 points in the regular season, and followed that up with six goals and nine points in the post-season.

In goal, Richard Palmer won his third game in as many consecutive starts, making 46/47 saves, going 3-0, 1.25 GAA, .968% in the finals.  At the other end Zac Robidoux was also stellar, making 31/33 saves.

Mayan was named the SJHL playoff MVP, finishing with 12-goals and 23-points in 17-games.  In his post-season career Mayan had 51-points (25g-26a) in 37 games.  In total, 203 games (regular season + playoffs), Mayan racked up 130-goals and 270-points.

A year ago, the Mustangs moved on to the Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray and the RBC Cup in Portage.  This year, the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup takes place in Estevan, with the Mustangs opening up Saturday afternoon against the defending RBC Cup Champion Portage Terriers.

The field for the Western Canada Cup is:

SJHL: Melfort Mustangs
Host: Estevan Bruins
MJHL: Portage Terriers
AJHL: Brooks Bandits
BCHL: West-Kelowna Warriors

The full schedule can be found here:

Two teams from the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup will advance to the RBC Cup in Lloydminster.

(SJHL Press Release)


There are 7 former Melville Millionaires/local products on the Mustangs roster:


(Top: Left to right- Brett Kitt, Richard Palmer, Dakota Boutin, and Kirk Bear,
Bottom: Left to right- Carter Hansen, Mark Zvonkovic and Ashton Clark) 


A member of the Mustangs is former Melville Millionaire and Ochapowace product Kirk Bear who talks about the championship below: