Friday 28 April 2017

Swan Valley's Ellingson receives MJHL Scholarship

(MJHL Press Release)

Swan Valley Stampeder Cody Ellingson is this year’s recipient of the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM)/MJHL scholarship.

Ellingson was presented a $2,000 cheque at this year’s IBAM President’s dinner staged at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Ellingson will be attending the University of Regina this coming fall where he is enrolled in pre-med studies.

“This scholarship will assist me in my post-secondary education finances,” said Ellingson. “I’m also hoping to continue my hockey career at U of R, and eventually work in the field of sports medicine.”

Ellingson, who hails from Swan River, was Stamps’ team captain this past season. In his three seasons with the Stamps the 6-foot forward recorded 87 points (33-54) in 158 games.

“Cody is committed to the community and has volunteered in a number of charitable events and activities,” MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis said. “Cody was involved in coaching minor hockey, speaking in schools, and supporting Special Olympics. He was named Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month in February of 2015 and is a two-time winner of the Heart Award as the Stampeders’ most dedicated player on and off the ice.”

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Football Night in Saskatchewan XI set for this Saturday in Yorkton

I caught up with Yorkton Minor Football President Roby Sharpe to discuss Saturday's event.

Swan River's Powell & Hawks victorious on Day 3 of 2017 Esso Cup

Brooklyn Platt and MacKenzie McCallum had a special connection Tuesday night, combining to score the first and second goals in the Pembina Valley Hawks' 4-1 win over the Durham West Lightning at the 2017 Esso Cup in Morden, Manitoba. 

Swan River's Kaila Powell had 1 assists in the win for the Hawks. 

With just two days left in the preliminary round, securing points is becoming far more important. On Day 4 action,   Pembina Valley meets the Harfangs du Triolet, two teams with two wins and looking for a chance to move up the standings.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. MB time

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League Welcomes the Stoney Creek Braves.


The Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League would like to thank Richardson Pioneer for continuing for their second year as title sponsor of the league. Wadena Director of Operations, Carter Kolybaba said “Richardson Pioneer is happy to continue our partnership with the league and are excited to see the continued interest in fastball in the area.” The league had a successful first season offering a great opportunity for area men to play ball on a regular basis. The endeavour also gave a league for the Bantam Ages Wadena Wildcats to play in a league without having to drive 2 or more hours to their closest opposition. The league Playoffs has some delays due to weather issues but in the end the Wynyard Blues came out on top with a victory over the Fishing Lake Mariners. Winning pitcher Mike Jordan was awarded Playoff MVP by his peers.
For 2017, the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League is happy to announce it is set to start May 3rd in Wynyard. The league remains at 6 teams this year with a slight change. The Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League was pleased to hear the Stoney Creek Braves wanted to join the league for 2017 keeping the league at 6 teams, with the Fishing Lake Mariners taking a year off. For their first year the Braves will play their all their games in Wynyard, Wadena, Fishing Lake, and Foam Lake. Stoney Creek Manager Sid Keshane said “My players are excited to play in the Richardson Pioneer League. I played a few games with the Cubs last year but I am excited to have our own team in the league. Now we can develop are younger boys on our team”. The Teams in the league include the Wynyard Blues, Wadena Wildcats (Bantams), Stoney Creek Braves, Foam Lake Merchants, Fishing Lake Cubs, and Rosebud Royals (based in Wadena).
The regular season runs May 3rd to June 20th, 2017 with the Playoffs set for June 24th and 25th in Wynyard. The league tournament is a double knockout style tournament starting Saturday at 10:00 AM with the final running at 3:00 and 6:00 Sunday (if Necessary). League Schedule, Results, and News are all available at Website Sponsors Scott Comfort and Flo Christianson RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty.

Local producs named to Hockey Manitoba POE U-16 Top 40 roster

(Hockey Manitoba)

Hockey Manitoba is pleased to release the roster for the 2017 Program of Excellence Top-40 Camp held May 4-7 in Winnipeg, MB.  This camp will be the second phase of the Hockey Manitoba U-16 (Male) Program of Excellence (POE) which is the provincial high performance development and selection program that leads to the formation of U-16 Team Manitoba.  The final U-16 Team Manitoba roster will compete at the 2017 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup hosted by the Western Hockey League, October 18-22 in Calgary, AB.
The U-16 POE Top-40 Camp will see a total of fourty-eight (48) players invited, comprised of twenty-six (26) forwards, sixteen (16) defensemen, and six (6) goaltenders.  The invite list also includes two under-age players born in 2003 who are invited for an exclusive development opportunity and as potentials to challenge for spots in the next phase of the program.  Should an under-age player potentially continue to challenge for a final roster spot later this fall a special exemption application process will be required to be filed by Hockey Manitoba to gain an under-age exemption status.

Click here for full roster

Local products named are Binscarth's Nathan Falloon, Roblin's Jacob Brook and Brody Wilson of Birtle
Player invite breakdown by Hockey Manitoba Region; Brandon - 4, Central Plains - 2,  Eastman - 2, Interlake - 1, Parkland - 1, Pembina Valley - 2, Winnipeg - 27, Westman South - 4, Yellowhead - 5
On the ice, the intensive nature of the camp schedule includes group practice sessions, specialized skills sessions, and six intra-squad games.  The camp also features a number of important development items off the ice featuring physical preparation presentations, mental skills coaching, team building, as well as leadership and character identification.  The majority of the potential players to be selected in the 2017 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft on Thursday, May 4 have been invited to the U-16 POE Top-40 Camp and will have designated time allotted by Hockey Manitoba for media inquiries that day.  The four day camp will take place at Seven Oaks Sportsplex and MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg.
For more information about the Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence please visit Hockey Manitoba is pleased to recognize Canad Inns, CCM Hockey, and the Western Hockey League as Official Partners of the Program of Excellence, along with Gatorade as the Official Sport Drink of Hockey Manitoba.

Monday 24 April 2017

Couple graduating Yorkton Terriers' commit to University hockey for this fall


The Yorkton Terriers are pleased to announce that a couple of their graduating players will be advancing their hockey careers at the university level.

Terrier captain Corwin Stevely (pictured above left) will be suiting up with the University of Regina Cougars while forward Dakota Odgers (pictured above right) will head east to play with the Carleton Ravens (OUA) in Ottawa, Ontario this fall.

Stevely, a Regina product played in 177 career games with the Terriers compiling 37 goals, 53 assists for 90 points. He also was apart of a Canalta Cup, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup championship in 2014.

Meanwhile for Odgers, who hails from Spy Hill played in 41 career games with the Terriers netting 14 goals & 22 assists for 36 points. He also helped the Terriers as an "AP" win their first of back to back league title in 2013.

Odgers also played just under 250 games in the WHL with the Swift Current Broncos, Vancouver Giants and Moose Jaw Warriors. 

Thursday 20 April 2017

SJHL / MJHL Champions crowned on Wednesday Night

In the SJHL,

Media preview
(from @lpunkari)

For the first time in 17 years the Battlefords North Stars are SJHL Canalta Cup champions.

The North Stars completed the 4 game sweep of the Flin Flon Bombers on Wednesday night with a 6-5 come-from-behind win in Game 4 from the Whitney Forum.

Layne Young led the way for the Stars with 2G 1A while Coby Downs while Reed Delainey, Troy Gerein and Bryce Hall also provided offence.

Kristian St. Onge had 2 goals for the Bombers while Tyler Nyman, Nick Shumlanski and Troy Williams had singles.

Battleford forward Coby Downs was named the SJHL Playoff MVP have recording 4 goals & 25 points in just 11 games.

Congrats to the Battlefords North Stars on capturing the league title.

Also congrats to the Bombers on another great run and hats off to the Jr. careers of couple Bomber forwards & former Melville Millionaires Teal Sobkowicz and Greyson Reitmeier.


In the MJHL,

Media preview
(from @mjhlhockey)

The Portage Terriers completed the 3-peat as they won their 3rd straight MJHL Turnbull Cup title after a 1-0 win over the OCN Blizzard in Game 6 last night (Wed) at Stride Place.

Chase Brakel had the lone goal just 1:16 into the 1st period for the Terriers, who won the Best of 7 series 4-2.

Kurtis Chapman made 27 saves in the Portage net for the shutout.

Elkorn's Josh Martin was named the Playoff MVP while Jeremy Leipsic was the Playoff leading scorer and Kurtis Chapman was named the Playoffs Top goaltender.

Congrats to the Portage Terriers on their 3rd straight title and congrats to former Swan Valley Stampeders Josh Martin and Carter McMurdo & former Waywayseecappo Wolverine Ty Enns on capturing their first league titles.

Also hats off to the impressive run for the OCN Blizzard and congrats to former Swan Valley Stampeder defenceman Jordie Valentino on the Junior career.

Former Stampeder & Playoff MVP Josh Martin talks MJHL title and next weeks Western Canada Cup

The Terriers and North Stars now join the Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL), and the host Penticton Vees to complete the field for the 2017 Sun-Life Financial Western Canada Cup that will run April 29th- May 7th in Penticton, BC.

Waywayseecappo Wolverines holding Round Table Discussion on Tuesday (April 25th)

Waywayseecappo Wolverines Round Table Discussion

Tuesday, April 25th  Russell Inn  10 am.

We are looking for active discussion and ideas to improve our hockey operations.
We are inviting all local hockey enthusiasts/corporate sponsors, etc. to come out and participate.
If you can attend please contact Jackie at the Wolverine Office or any Board Member by Monday April 24th so that we can plan our numbers for lunch. or call 859-3377

Talking Points
Regional Involvement
Re-branding and restructuring hockey operations
Booster Club
Expanding volunteer base for team activities
Team Merchandising
Corporate Sponsorship
Social Media
Game Day Promotions
Player Billets
Player Education and employment opportunities
One, three and five year strategic planning