Thursday 31 August 2017

2017/18 Training Camp Preview with SV Stampeders Head Coach/GM Taurean White

Stamps Head Coach/GM Taurean White chats off-season and this weekends training camp

Yorkton Terriers release 2017/18 Training Camp Schedule

Yorkton Terriers 2017 Main Camp Schedule

Friday September 1st 2017
8:00-8:30AM Registration Gallagher Centre Lobby
9:30-10:45 Practice Team Norrish and Team McMullen
11:00-12:15 Practice Team Trebish and Team Nehring
2:00-2:30 Small Area Games Team Norrish and Team McMullen
2:45-3:15 Small Area Games Team Trebish and Team Nehring
6:00-7:45 Team Norrish vs Team McMullen
8:00-9:45 Team Trebish vs Team Nehring

Saturday September 2nd 2017
9:00-10:45 Team Trebish vs Team Norrish
11:00-12:45 Team McMullen vs Team Nehring

4:00-5:45 Team Trebish vs Team McMullen
6:00-7:45 Team Norrish vs Team Nehring

Sunday September 3rd
10:55-11:10AM   Warm Up
11:30-1:30PM  Terriers Intra Squad Game Team Spelay vs Team Marianchuk
3:55-4:10PM Warmup
4:30-6:30PM Yorkton Terriers Rookies vs Melville Millionaires Rookies @ FAA

All preseason games admission will be $5 for the Terriers home games.

The Terriers preseason home games are:
Sunday September 3 4:30 PM vs Melville Millionaires
Saturday September 9 7:30 PM vs Dauphin Kings

Wednesday 30 August 2017

Melville Millionaires Coaches Show - Aug 30th (presented by Melville's Future Ford)


In this weeks Melville Millionaires Coaches Show presented by "Future Ford" in Melville, Head Coach/GM Devin Windle previews this weekends training camp, their recent trade with Sherwood Park (AJHL) and the hiring of a new Assistant Coach.


Main Camp will take place August 31 - September 3 at the HCUC in Melville.  Each player will take to the ice a minimum of 4 times in their quest to crack the 2017-2018 roster.  Camp will consist of scrimmages, an inter squad game and a rookie game against Yorkton

Aug 31
4:00 - 5:00 pm Registration in the lobby of the HCUC
5:15 pm Meeting in the stands
6:15 - 7:00 pm Team Kunitz vs Team Propp
7:15 - 8:00 pm Team Kunitz vs Team Hextall
8:15 - 9:00 pm Team Hextall vs Team Propp
Sept 1
9:30 - 10:15 am Team Propp vs Team Hextall
10:30 - 11:15 am Team Propp vs Team Kunitz
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Team Kunitz vs Team Hextall
6:15 - 7:00 pm Team Kunitz vs Team Propp
7:15 - 8:00 pm Team Kunitz vs Team Hextall
8:15 - 9:00 pm Team Hextall vs Team Propp
9:30 pm Blue, White and Young Guns rosters posted
Sept 2
9:30 - 10:15 am Team Blue morning skate
10:30 - 11:15 am Team White morning skate
11:30 am - 12:45 pm Young Guns Practice
7:00 pm Blue vs White (warmups at 6:20 pm)
9:30 Meetings for players in Blue and White game
Sept 3
9:30 - 10:30 am Veterans Practice*
1:30 pm Bus loads for Yorkton
2:00 pm Bus leaves for Yorkton
4:30 @ Yorkton Young Guns (this game is for players 99 birth years and younger without Jr A experience)**


Melville Millionaires complete a trade with Sherwood Park (AJHL)

The Melville Millionaires have sent a pair of 20 year olds out to Alberta.

The Mils trade F Ryan McKinnon and D Kole Bryks to the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) for future considerations.

Bryks compiled 1 goal and 7 assists for 8 points in 47 career games with the Mils after being acquired from the Bonnyville Pontiacs during the 2015/16 season.

McKinnon who was acquired by Melville in this offseasons Brandon Wells deal with Spruce Grove had 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 40 games with the Saints last season.

MJHL announces new mobile app available

 WINNIPEG ─ The MJHL is launching a new mobile app this season, providing fans with real-time scoring data, game scores, schedules, standings, player and goal statistics. The mobile app is available for Apple and Android smart phones and tablets.

Downloading the new app is as simple as going to the application platform of a smart phone, and looking for the MJHL mobile app.

“This is another step forward in keeping our fans informed in real time,” Commissioner Kim Davis said today. “The new mobile app provides a variety of services. Users will also be happy to know the app is available for free.”

Other options available to users will be notifications for their favourite team, as well as two of their favourite players. A number of other junior leagues are currently using the same mobile app, notably the BCHL and Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

“The MJHL is continually looking for ways to enhance our information stream to fans and those interested in junior hockey,” said Davis. “This new MJHL app is another exciting step forward for our league.”

Davis also said that some items on the app are still undergoing development and changes to its appearance, and functionality will occur through the end of this season.

(MJHL Press Release)

Monday 28 August 2017

Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show- Aug 28th (presented by Merit Ford in Esterhazy)


In this weeks edition of the Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show, presentation of Merit Ford in Esterhazy, Head Coach/GM Casey O'Brien previews training camp happening this weekend.

Local products help Baseball Sask 15U selects capture "Ray Carter Cup" Bronze

Team Saskatchewan was able to grab a medal a the 2017 Baseball Canada "Ray Carter Cup" in Summerside, PEI.

Saskatchewan won Bronze in the 15U National championship after a 8-4 win over Team Ontario last night (Sun).

Sask lost a nail-biter in the Semi-Finals, 11-9 to Quebec earlier in the day.

Balcarres' Josh Cleggett got the win in the Bronze-medal game, going 3 innings allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 5.

Cleggett along with Goodeve's Ryan Rathgeber were members of Team Saskatchewan while a pair of Melville product in Chris Sastaunik and Brett Walchuk were apart of the Saskatchewan coaching staff.

Friday 25 August 2017

Millionaires (SJHL) welcome Waldbauer as new Asst.Coach


The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce the hiring of Jarett Waldbauer.  Jarett will work alongside Head Coach/GM Devin Windle and Assistant Coach Mark Chase.

Jarett, a Mils alumni and local product spent the past season as an assistant coach with the Melville Bantam AA team and has coached with the Pewee AA and Midget AA programs in the past as well.

 Waldbauer also works full time as an exercise physiologist.

Waldbauer had this to say about joining the Mils coaching staff, "I'm very excited to join the current coaching staff as they move the program in a new direction.  I've had a passion for the game since I was young and to be able to coach the Jr team in my home town that I once played for is a honor."

"We couldn't be more thrilled to add a coach like Jarett to our staff.  He is dedicated to improving our hockey club as well as our coaching staff and himself everyday.  We look forward to this new chapter behind the bench as we continue to revamp the program," said Head Coach/GM Devin Windle

Welcome again to the Mils family Jarett.

(Mils Press Release)

Thursday 24 August 2017

Team Sask U15 Selects win Ray Carter Cup opener in Summerside, PEI


It was a great start for Team Saskatchewan at the 2017 "Ray Carter Cup" 15U National Championships in Summerside, PEI.

Saskatchewan won their tournament opener on Thursday afternoon blanking Team Manitoba 5-0.

Kyle Froehlich, Kael Flynn and Goodeve's Ryan Rathgeber combined to throw a 1-hit shutout.

Rathgeber went 2 1/3 innings allowing 1 hit on 1 walk while striking out 5 batters.

Josh Cleggett of Balcarres caught for Team Sask and also went 2 for 2 at the plate with 2 singles in the win.

Saskatchewan will have a couple games on Friday. At 6AM SK time vs. Nova Scotia and 12:30PM SK time vs. Team Alberta.

Melville products Chris Sastaunik and Brett Walchuk are members of the Saskatchewan coaching staff.

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Melville Millionaires Coaches Show - Aug 23rd (presented by Melville's Future Ford)


In this first edition of the "Future Ford" Melville Millionaires Coaches Show, Head Coach/GM Devin Windle chats about the teams offseason, the recent trade with Alberni Valley & few other roster moves ahead of next weeks training camp.

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show- Aug 22nd (presented by Merit Ford in Esterhazy)

In this first edition of the "Merit Ford (Esterhazy)" Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show, Head Coach/GM Casey O'Brien discusses his teams off-season, couple trades they made this past week and their Texas Scramble golf tournament that take place next Thursday (Aug 31).

Monday 21 August 2017

Local teams making moves

Since I was away on holidays some of our local teams have been making some moves ahead of their training camps in just under couple weeks.

The Yorkton Terriers traded local products 18 year olds Carson and McKenzie Welke to the Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) in exchange for 19 year old F Slater Strong and a player development fee.

Carson had 25 goals, 36 assists for 61 points in 103 career games with the Terriers while brother McKenzie had 31 goals, 37 assists for 68 points in 108 games in a Terrier uniform.

Meanwhile Strong, who hails from Calgary AB had 3 goals 6 assists for 9 points in 34 games with the Kodiaks this season.

The Terriers then used the player development fee acquired from the Kodiaks and sent it to the Calgart Canucks (AJHL) for 18 year old forward Dalton Ossman.

The Calgary AB product in his 2nd season with the Canucks last season had 7 goals, 11 assists for 18 points in 41 games.

The Melville Millionaires dealt 20 year old D Tyson Slater to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) for 19 year old F Ethan Kopyczyn and 18 year old defenceman Jake Wilhelm.

Slater was acquired by the Mils from Trail in the Brandon Wells trade earlier this summer. 

Kopyczyn played last year with the AJHL's Calgary Mustangs and in 56 games had 8 goals, 13 assists for 21 points. 

Meanwhile, Wilhelm (Victoria BC) was pointless in 34 games last season with the Bulldogs. 

The Mils also announced that forwards Jackson Nauss & Aaron Aragon and defenceman Jake Sutton will be playing south of the border and will not be returning this season 

The Swan Valley Stampeders have made a couple moves dealing 19 year old D Dane Bumstead to the English River Miners (SIJHL) and acquiring 20 year old F Tanner Garnham from the Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL). 

Bumstead, a Winnipeg product was pointless in 30 games with the Stamps last season while Garnham (Portage La Prairie, MB) had 9 points in 46 games with the Lakers. 

Friday 11 August 2017

Churcbridge pair capture 2017 SK Women's Rosebowl Golf Championships

(Golf Sask Press Release)

Kim Boreen
 and Debbie Dirven, Golf SK Public Player members from Churchbridge put a solid round to be crowned the 2017 SK Women's Rosebowl Champions at the Harbor GC & Resort. The team got off to a hot start making net birdies and two net hole-in-one with one bogey on front nine for a 27 (-8).  They followed up their solid start with a net 33 (-2) on the back.  The duo's round of net 60 (-10) was enough to win the championship by 4 over last years champions Linda Sokul and Cheryl Lawrence, from the Wynyard GC.  

In the championship speech, they both stated the win was for Golf SK Past President Moe Martin (and 2017 Rules Official at the event) who encouraged the women to try the Rosebowl Championship almost 12 years ago.  As this is the second time the pair have won the championship, they dedicated the win to Moe.

In the bronze medal position there were 3 teams vying for the coveted bronze medal postion. In a two hole, sudden victory playoff, the team of Donna McNaughton and Beryl Robinsonbettered the play of Pat Pratt and Carol Walsh and the team of Toni Norton and Marlene Bennett to take home third place.    

Day 2 Final Results
1. Debbie Dirven, Golf Sask Public Players, Kim Boreen, Golf Sask Public Players, *61-60-121 -19 
2. Cheryl Lawrence, Golf Sask Public Players, Linda Sokul, Golf Sask Public Players, *62-63-125 -15 
3. Beryl Robinson, Katepwa Beach GC, Donna McNaughton, Echo Ridge GC, *63-63-126 -14 
4. Patricia Pratt, Katepwa Beach GC, Carol Walsh, Katepwa Beach GC, *61-65-126 -14 
5. Marlene Bennett, Katepwa Beach GC, Toni Norton, Katepwa Beach GC, *62-64-126 -14 
6. Marie Wachno, Wynyard, Sheila Popowich, Wynyard, *64-67-131 -9 
7. Cheri Ward, Royal Regina GC, Chris McGregor, Royal Regina GC, *69-62-131 -9 
8. Mamin Lee-Sing, Tor Hill GC, Jeannette Fehr, Tor Hill GC, *67-67-134 -6 
9. Linda Reakes, Tor Hill GC, Kathy Reis, Tor Hill GC, *71-64-135 -5 
10. Doreen Emmerson, Moonlake G and CC, Dawn Dunlap, Moonlake G and CC, *66-72-138 -2 
11. Kim Stephens, Katepwa Beach GC, Cathy Lebioda, Katepwa Beach GC, *73-65-138 -2 
12. Karen Beckie, Golf Sask Public Players, Vanna Gay Shaw, Golf Sask Public Players, *71-68-139 -1 
13. Barbara Arnold, Harbor GC & Resort, Brenda Corbett, Harbor GC & Resort, *72-67-139 -1 
14. Wanda Sweatman, Golf Sask Public Players, Julia King, Golf Sask Public Players, *71-70-141 +1 
15. Bev Langton, Murray GC, Liz Duncan, Murray GC, *67-77-144 +4

Thursday 10 August 2017

ECL Bronx begin play at the 25th annual NAFA Fastpitch World Series in Fargo, North Dakota

The ECL Bronx will once again play in a couple divisions as they head down south for the 25th anniversary of the North American Fastpitch Association World Series in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Bronx open up their "A" Major division play on Thursday at 11AM SK time vs. the Northwest Braves (Oregon).

They will also be competing the "AA" division that starts next Friday Aug 18th when they face Heannger's.

To follow along with the Bronx at NAFA go Here

I caught up with Bronx Player/Coach Craig "Gubba" Geisler to preview the event.

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Battlefords (SJHL) announce Brandon Heck as new Head Coach/GM

The Battlefords North Stars have announced their coaching staff ahead of the upcoming 2017/18 SJHL season.

The North Stars have named 32 year old Brandon Heck as their new Head Coach/General Manager.

The Forestburg, AB product spent last 2 seasons as the Head Coach of the Camrose Bantam AAA Red Wings.

The Stars have also announced that local product and former player Boyd Wakelin will be the teams Assistant Coach.

Wakelin played 3 plus years with the North Stars and just wrapped up his 5 year ACAC playing career with the Augustana Vikings.

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Local Sports- Aug 8th

Canada Summer Games
The first half sports wrapped up at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, MB.

In Men's baseball, in front of just under 7,000 fans,  Saltcoats' product Gregor Farquason and Team Saskatchewan defeated the host Manitoba 3-1 in the Gold Medal game on Friday night.

Lyndon Zimmer (Inglis), John Patmore (Pipestone) and Noah Geekie (Strathclair) were members of the Silver-medal winning Manitoba.

Also in Men's basketball, Yorkton's Matthew Mandziuk and Team Sask captured 7th place overall after beating New Brunswick 85-67.

2nd half sports are now well underway, in Women's Volleyball

Redvers' Ashleigh Wolensky and Team Sask split their opening 2 games on Monday losing to Nova Scotia in straight sets then they dispatched of BC in 4 sets in their 2nd game.

They'll be back on the court on Tuesday afternoon at 3PM SK time vs. Manitoba.

The Team Saskatchewan Men's Soccer team which includes Canora's Spencer Steele played to a 1-1 draw with BC in their opening game.

They'll be back in action at 3PM SK time as well when they face Nova Scotia.

Also Tuesday, will be the opening day for Men's and Women's golf at the Southwood Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg.

Melville's Chloe Sies and Yorkton product Kade Johnson are on the Saskatchewan team for the event.

Local Ball 
The matchup for the Tri-Highway Fastball League championship series is now set after the Balcarres Bronx advanced on Monday.

The Bronx beat the Neudorf Posse 5-2 in the 5th and deciding game of their Best of 5 series.

The Bronx will take on the Rhein Rockets in the final, and that series won't begin until Balcarres returns back from competing in the "A" Major and "AA" divisions' of the 2017 NAFA Fastpitch World Series which begins later this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

For more information on NAFA World Series go here

The Southeast Men's Fastball league Final between Round Lake and the Grenfell Gems will get underway on Tuesday with their Game 1 of the Best of 5 series.

Game 2 will be played on Thursday in Ochapowace while Game 3 is back in Grenfell on Friday night.

All games will begin at 8PM.

The 2017 Senior AA Tier 2 Baseball Championships will be taking place at Jubilee Park in Yorkton this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Yorkton E&S Yankees are the host team for the 8-team tournament.

The Yankees play their opening game on Friday night at 7PM vs. the Cabri River Rats.

For a full schedule Click Here

The Western Major Baseball League is into their divisional finals right now and both series will play their Game number 2's on Tuesday night.

The Weyburn Beavers lead the Swift Current 57's and Medicine Hat leads Edmonton by a 1 game to none mark after victories on Monday.

Local Hockey
Canada won't be playing for gold at the Sochi Hockey Open.

The Canadians fell 3-2 to Russia to wrap-up the tournament's preliminary round.

Instead, Canada plays Metallurg Magnitogorsk for third place on Wednesday.

Gilbert Brule and Maxim Noreau scored for the Canadians.

Wapella's Bud Holloway and Swan River product Chay Genoway are members of the Canadian team.

Local Golf 

The 2017 Canadian Men's Amateur Golf Championships is underway from Mississauga, Ontario.

Melville's Mitchell Matichuk fired an opening round of 1-under par 69 and entering Day 2 sat 5 shots back in a tie for 22nd place.

Yorkton-born Matt Procyshen is also field and he shot an opening round of 8-over par 78 and sat in T219th place after the opening day.

To follow along to the leaderboard Click Here 

Thursday 3 August 2017

SJHL's Melville Millionaires are seeking billets for the 2017/18 season

The Millionaires Jr Hockey Club are seeking billets for the 2017/18 season.

 Each Season the Melville Millionaires recruit talented hockey players who show great potential to play at the Junior level.  In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes, and become a “Home Away from Home” for them.  The importance of the billet families to the Melville Millionaires Organization is immeasurable.

If you are interested in the possibility of becoming a Billet or want more information please contact one of our Billet Coordinators Tammy Stevenson at 306-730-5223 or or Renee Waldbauer at 306-730-7334 or or visit us online at

MJHL to hold US Prospects Camp in Grand Forks, ND in May 2018


Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and The Hockey Academy at Ralph Engelstad Arena are proud to announce that the MJHL will hold a U.S. Prospects Camp in Grand Forks, North Dakota, May 12 and 13, 2018.

Representatives from the League office and all eleven MJHL franchises will be on site to scout United States hockey players with birthdates in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 that have the potential to play elite junior hockey in the Canadian Junior Hockey League system.

“The 2018 MJHL Prospect Camp at Ralph Engelstad Arena will provide the next generation of American MJHL Players with the knowledge and resources to be successful both on and off the ice, an insight into what playing in the MJHL is all about and the platform to showcase themselves to coaches and scouts from the MJHL clubs.”- Kim Davis, MJHL Commissioner

The 2018 MJHL Prospect Camp will focus on the skills, both on and off the ice, that are necessary to be successful in the upper levels of Junior hockey and beyond. The on-ice program will consist of practice and competitive game sessions. The off-ice portion of the camp will cover elements related to athleticism and mental skills, as well as identifying what is required to be a successful player in the MJHL.

“This is a great opportunity for some of our local hockey players to get exposure to a top Junior A hockey league so they can continue their playing careers and hopefully make it to the next level.”- Ryan Ladoucer, Director of The Hockey Academy. Most of the participants at the MJHL U.S. Prospect Camp will come from North Dakota and Minnesota, but it is expected that a few players will come from other parts of the country as well. The 2018 U.S. Prospects Camp will be an invite-only event.

For more information about the 2018 MJHL U.S. Prospect Camp being held at Ralph Engelstad Arena, visit or

Tuesday 1 August 2017

E&S Yankees complete 3-peat winning their 3rd straight SESBL title

The E&S Yankees are champions of the Southeast Senior Baseball League once again.

The Yankees captured their 3rd straight league title & 4th in the last 5 years after a 19-1 win over the Canora Supers on Monday night to sweep the Best of 5 championship series, 3 games to 0.

The Yankees will now shift their focus to hosting the 2017 Baseball Sask Senior AA Tier 2 Provincial championships held Aug 11th-13th at Jubilee Park.

They'll play their first game on Friday the 11th at 7PM vs. the Cabri River Rats.

Yankees Player/Coach Mark Jacobs chats about the title and previews Provincials

Whitewood product & former Millionaires coach McEwen named Hockey Canada's Head Scout

(Hockey Canada Press Release)

Hockey Canada has hired Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.) – most recently a western Canadian amateur scout for the Calgary Flames – as its Program of Excellence head scout.
McEwen, whose hockey background includes scouting, coaching, and management roles for the better part of two decades with the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift Current Broncos, will lead the player evaluation and selection process for Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence alongside regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario) at the under-17 level, and with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League for the under-18 and under-20 levels.
The hiring comes on the heels of the Buffalo Sabres’ announcement that Ryan Jankowski (Calgary, Alta.), Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, was joining the Club as director of amateur scouting.
“Firstly, on behalf of Hockey Canada, I want to congratulate Ryan and thank him for his leadership and commitment to our teams’ and players’ success since joining our group in 2013,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and men’s national teams. “We’re all looking forward to working with Brad, who hits the ground running this week with our Ivan Hlinka selection camp and National Junior Team development camp both underway. Brad brings a wealth of hockey experience and familiarity with both our POE program and the players within it. He’s a tremendous addition to our team.”
McEwen, who was awarded the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as the 2001-02 WHL executive of the year, will work through a transition with Jankowski to select Canada’s 2017 National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, which will compete at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia, Aug. 7-12.
He then takes over the reins as head scout with an eye to fielding the best in Canadian talent at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., in November, the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., in December, and the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship next spring.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.caor follow along via social media onFacebook,Twitter, and