Friday 26 June 2020

Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) acquire 19 year old F Nikbahkt

The MJHL's Swan Valley Stampeders have completed a deal with the Winnipeg Blues.

The Stampeders' acquired 2001-born F Jayce Nikbakht and futures from the Blues in exchange for 2003-born forward prospect Garrett Zasitko

Nikbakht, a Regina product spent last year with the SJHL's Notre Dame Hounds and had 10 points in 53 games.

He was picked up by the Blues who acquired him earlier in the day from Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Zasitko was a 4th round pick of the Stampeders in 2018 MJHL draft and suited up with the Rink Hockey Academy last season compiling 21 points in 25 games.

Thursday 25 June 2020

Local Players invited to Hockey Canada's National U17 Development Camp this July!

Hockey Canada has announced a roster of 113 playersinvited to its virtual national under-17 development camp, set for July 19-25, as well as the coaching staffs that will lead Canada’s national men’s under-17 teams at the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Among the players selected include Strathclair, Manitoba's Conor Geekie, Russell, MB's Tyson Zimmer, Melville Millionaire prospect Kalem Parker and Kyren Gronick whose a prospect for the Yorkton Terriers 

Also Langenburg-born and Tri-City Americans Head Coach Kelly Buchberger, was named as one of the bench bosses for Team Canada White. 

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) seeking financial relief from City of Yorkton

The SJHL's Yorkton Terriers have approached City council in Yorkton with a request for financial aid for their hockey club. 

Corvyn Neufeld, the President of the Terriers board of directors says that the team started the season with a roughly a 60-thousand dollar deficit before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Neufeld notes that they were seeking help financially from the city in three areas for a total of roughly 44-thousand dollars.

Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney says they will be seeking a recommendation from administration for how to move forward as they know they'll be getting requests like this from another groups as well.

Neufeld said that doesn't concern them a whole lot. 

 Neufeld also adds that possible fundraisers the team was looking to profit including a Ladies Night, SHA Hall of Fame Banquet among others had to be postponed because of the pandemic.

Monday 22 June 2020

Wolverines' acquire 20 year old F Belinski from Selkirk (MJHL)

The MJHL's Waywayseecappo Wolverines added some experience to their forward group on Monday.

The Wolverines acquired 20 year old forward Mack Belinski from the Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) in exchange for 2003-born F prospect Tyson Smith, 2021 2nd round pick and future considerations.

Belinski, a Vista MB product had suited in 172 career regular season games with the Neepawa Natives and Portage Terriers compiling 53 goals and 75 assists for 128 points.

The Steelers acquired Belinski from the Terriers as part of a futures deal earlier this month, and with the Portage this past season he had 17 goals and 47 points in 60 games.

Meanwhile for Smith, he just completed his 2nd season with the Winnipeg Wild of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey league where he had 23 goals, 33 assists for 56 points in 47 games during the 2019/20 campaign.

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Yorkton's Korczak named to Hockey Canada's Junior Summer Development Camp Roster

Hockey Canada has announced a roster of 41 players invited to its virtual National Junior Team  Summer Development Camp, set for July 27-31.

Among the invitees, include Yorkton product and Kelowna Rockets' defenceman Kaedan Korczak. 

Korczak, who had his 3rd Junior season cut short by the pandemic, had 11 goals 38 assists for 49 points in 60 games with the Rockets. 

The Yorkton Mauler alumni also signed his 3 year entry level deal with the Vegas Golden Knights last Decemeber after the NHL club selected him during the 2019 draft. 

The players and staff will now attend the five-day virtual camp, participating in a variety of sessions with a focus on player development through online education. 

The 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships is slated to kick off this December in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta 

Question and Answer with Kaedan Korczak:

1. What does it mean to get the invite?

2. What do you expect from the virtual camp?

3. What helped you this past season that helped you earn the invite?

4. What would it mean to wear the Maple Leaf of Team Canada?

5. How disappointing was it to not be able to finish your Junior year in Kelowna, which included the chance to play in the Memorial Cup?

Manitoba Junior Hockey League to hold RoundTable Webinar next week!

WINNIPEG, MB - The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is excited to announce its first ever MJHL Roundtable Webinar Series set for June 22-24.

Moderated by well renowned broadcaster, speaker and emcee, Leah Hextall, the MJHL's goal of the webinar series is to provide the hockey community with valuable information and insight through informative discussion, stories and advice involving accomplished athletes, coaches, professionals and role models.  

The guests include current & former Olympians, current NHL players & coaches along with presentations from experts in Mental Health, Physical Literacy and Social Media.

"The webinar series should be a fun and informative experience for everyone involved and it will be free for anyone to join in," shared MJHL Director of Operations, Kevin Saurette.

"Hosting this event gives us the opportunity to do something positive for the hockey community in what has been a difficult and uncertain time.  We are very ecstatic at the lineup of amazing guests scheduled for this event and can't wait for it to start."

During each day of the Roundtable series, two nightly seminars will take place that feature a different area of focus. There will also be an opportunity to donate, with proceeds going towards COVID-19 support for the MJHL and its 11 member teams as preparations are underway for the 2020/21 MJHL season.

Session 1  | Women's Hockey
Guest Panel: Cassie Campbell-Pascall - Brigette Lacquette - Marie-Philip Poulin

All three women have been instrumental in helping grow the women's game in Canada. The opening session will feature great stories, grassroots development talk, and a discussion on the state of the women's game.

Session 2 | Mental Health
Guest Panel: Corey Hirsch & Theo Fleury

Two former NHL/Olympic athletes who now find themselves as mental health advocates will share their personal stories while providing insight on how to help conquer mental health struggles.

Session 3 | Player/Coach Dynamic
Guest Panel: Barry Trotz - Ryan Pulock

Two Manitoba born members of the New York Islanders will share stories, discuss their player-coach relationship, and talk about what's required to make it to the next level.

Session 4 | Physical Literacy/Performance
Guest Panel: Dr. Dean Kriellaars

World renowned doctor, Dean Kriellaars, whose teaching fields include exercise & physical activity, biomechanics and neuromuscular control will share valuable information with a specific focus on physical performance.

Session 5 | Social Media
Guest Panel: Dan Marrazza

Emmy award winning social media specialist, Dan Marrazza will provide a vast range of knowledge from the world of multimedia, including tips on how teams can collaborate with hockey ops to build out the internal infrastructure of a social media department. A must watch for any social media enthusiast.

Session 6 | Coaches Prospective
Guest Panel: Paul Maurice & Sheldon Keefe

Two Head Coaches from Canadian markets in the National Hockey League will cap off the Roundtable Series with a coach focused discussion. Topics will include what coaches are looking for at the next level along with other tips and advice that will help young players along their hockey journey.

(MJHL Press Release) 

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Stamps' Maucieri commits to University of St. Thomas (Div III)

The Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League are proud to announce that Josh Maucieri has committed to play for the University of St. Thomas for the upcoming season.
Maucieri`s junior career started with the Breezy Point North Stars of the NA3HL. 
After two and a half seasons in the NA3HL, he would join the Swan Valley Stampeders  in the 2018/19 season. 
The 6`1” 180 lbs forward from Crosby, MN, USA dressed in 132 games for the Stampeders, scoring 32 goals, adding 71 assists for 103 points over two seasons in the Valley.
(Stamps Press Release) 

Monday 8 June 2020

Waywayseecappo Wolverines acquires G Cooke from Estevan (SJHL)

The MJHL's Waywayseecappo Wolverines have completed a deal with the SJHL's Estevan Bruins. 

The Wolverines picked up 19 year old goaltender Randy Cooke from the SJHL club in exchange for future considerations. 

The Souris, MB product had a record of 6-4 with a 3.79 Goals Against Average and 0.883 save percentage with the Bruins during the 2019/20 campaign. 

Thursday 4 June 2020

What did Yorkton Terriers and Melville Millionaires do at the 2020 SJHL Bantam Draft?


1st round, 1st overall:

F Blaze Gutzke (Francis, SK) - Weyburn Wings 
**59 points in 31 games played

2nd round, 13th overall:

D Wyatt Homeniuk (Regina, SK) - Regina Pat Blues 
**27 points in 31 games played 

3rd round, 32nd overall:

D Boston Harkness (Emerald Park, SK) - Prairie Storm  
**31 points in 31 games played 

3rd round, 35th overall:

F Zayden Sadlemeyer (Buena Vista, SK) - Prairie Storm 
**34 points in 31 games played 

4th round, 42nd overall:

D Jacob Booth - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK (Melville Millionaires)
**29 points in 28 games played 

4th round,  45th overall:

G Kelton Pyne (White City) - Prairie Stom 
**2.68GAA  0.897 SV% in 17 games played

Post Draft Recap with Mils Head Coach/GM Mike Rooney below: 


1st round, 9th overall

D Carter Herman (Swift Current, SK) - Swift Current Broncos 
**39 points in 27 games played 

2nd round, 21st overall:

Dustin Renas (Saskatoon, SK) - Saskatoon Maniacs 
**67 points in 31 games played 

3rd round, 33rd overall:

F Luke Korte (Saskatoon, SK) - West Van Academy 
**59 points in 28 games played 

6th round, 69th overall:

F Tylan Henrikson (Foam Lake, SK) - Yorkton Terriers 
**36 points in 27 games played 

Post Draft Recap with Terriers Head Coach/GM 

Monday 1 June 2020

Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) Offseason Signings and Trades

Terriers officially sign F Watterodt,  D Jasper and F Boulerice for 2020/21 

The Yorkton Terriers are pleased to announce the signing of 2004-born forward Vaughn Watterodt for the 2020/21 season.

The Rosetown product suited up in 40 games with the Battlefords Stars (Sask U18 AAA) this past season compiling 13 goals and 31 points.

He also played in 8 combined regular season and playoffs as an AP with Terriers scoring 1 goal.

Meanwhile the Terriers also announced the signing of 2003-born Parker Jasper out of the Moose Jaw Warriors (Sask U18 AAA Hockey League).

The Regina product had 3 goals, 16 assists for 19 points 44 games with the Warriors.

On Tuesday, the Terriers announced the signing of forward Blair Boulerice.

The 2001-born forward from Westlock, AB had 35 goals, 27 assists for 62 points in 33 games last season with the Fort Sask Hawks of the CapJHL.

Meanwhile on Wednesday,

The Terriers signed 18 year old forward Prescott Senger for the 2020/21 season.

The Clavet, SK product recorded 5 goals, 6 assists for 11 points in 41 games with the Yorkton SeCon Maulers of the Saskatchewan U18 AAA Hockey League this past season.

Terriers send G Pesenti back to Kindersley (SJHL) to complete futures

The Yorkton Terriers have sent back 19 year old G Matthew Pesenti back to the Kindersley Klippers to complete the futures from their trade back in January.

Pesenti who hails from Saskatoon, had a combined record between the regular season and the playoffs of 5-3-0 with the Terriers.

Stampeders' F Dodd commits to Bryn Athyn College Lions (Division III) for 2020/21 season

The Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League are proud to announce that forward Frazer Dodd has committed to play for the Bryn Athyn Lions. 

Located in Bryn Athyn Pennsylvania which is located in the suburbs, north of Philadelphia. They are a division 3 school that competes in the Colonial States Athletic Conference, (CSAC) They play their home games out of the Junge Ice Arena. 

Dodd a native of Hazelton B.C., brought high end compete and passion to the Stampeder Line up, In 46 regular season games, Dodd scored 19 goals, 17 assists and 22 penalty minutes, including In 3 playoff games, he added 3 goals and 1 assists, 2 penalty minutes before the playoffs came to a halt due to the coronavirus 

Dodd says "I am proud to announce my commitment to attend school and play hockey at Bryn Athyn College. I would like to thank my billets, coach’s, team mates, and the people of Swan River who made my last year of Junior Hockey a special one, I am looking forward to taking on the new hockey and school challenges for the up coming year. Again, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Swan Valley and have friends and memories that will last a life time. Finally a special thank you to Stampeder’s Coaches Barry Wolff, Suneil Karod and Darren Webster, for believing in me and helping me in my development as a player and a person."

Lion’s Head Coach Andrew Burke on Dodd’s commitment; "We are proud to welcome Frazer and his family to our program. Frazer was a pleasure to work with during the recruiting process. We are excited to add him into our line up as he has a knack for scoring and makes his team mates around him better. Frazer will make an immediate impact for us upfront as he can play in every situation and he will be given opportunities to preform in each of those situations next fall. "

Stampeder Head Coach/General Manager Barry Wolff –we are very happy for Frazer, and proud of him. This opportunity is well earned and deserved, the Lion’s Hockey team and Bryn Athyn College just got a whole lot better. 

The Stampeders wish Frazer and the Lion’s the very best in the future.

(Stamps Press Release)