Tuesday 29 December 2020

Ochapowace’s Bear inks new 2 year deal with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers


The Edmonton Oilers are bringing back defenceman and Ochapowace First Nation product Ethan Bear on a two-year, $4 million deal.

The 23-year-old former Yorkton U18 AAA defenceman scored five goals and added 16 assists in 71 games last season for the Oilers.

He was selected 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Friday 18 December 2020

Terriers' alumni Petruic excited to be kicking-off pro Career with Wichita (ECHL)


Yorkton Terrier alumni Chantz Petruic had plenty of options in front of him to continue his hockey career after completing a very successful Junior career with the Yorkton Terriers, but the path he went with took him south of the border.

Petruic, who was named the SJHL's Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player during the 2019/20 season, originally earlier this year decided to join the USports' Carleton Ravens but as things rolled out in 2020, he eventually decided to join the Wichita Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League.

"Ya every player wants to play pro hockey one day, and I believed this was a great opportunity for me and it gets me closer to my goal of playing in the NHL and with the Thunder their Head Coach Bruce Ramsey used to play against and Coach my dad Jeff so there was a relationship already there with him and I'm happy to join the Thunder."

The Moose Jaw product began his pro career back last Friday night and during that game he was able to score his 1st pro goal in the Thunder's 3-2 victory over the Tulsa Oilers. 

"It was pretty exciting, obviously a lot of nerves and you don't know what to expect going in because you've never played a pro game before, but ya it was nice to get on the scoresheet but more importantly we got the win so that was nice."

Before Petruic headed down to Kansas to begin his professional career, he began his 2020/21 campaign playing Senior hockey with the Highway Hockey League's Raymore Rockets where he had 6 points in 2 games. 

Petruic and the Thunder return to action on Boxing Day when they visit the Kansas City Mavericks. 

Full Chat with Petriuc below:

Saturday 12 December 2020

Yorkton's Korczak cracks Team Canada for 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton

(Photo from: Kelowna Daily Courier) 

For the first time in almost 20 years, a Yorkton product will suit for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships. 

Kaedan Korczak will join likes of Jarret Stoll as a local product who'll get to represent his country at the Under 20 event after he was named to the final 25 man Canadian roster that was announced on Friday. 

"It's definitely a dream come true, it's something that I've wanted for a while and to have my mom, dad and little brother Ryder deliver the news to me on FaceTime was pretty special", Korczak said during a phone interview with GX94 on Friday night. 

Korczak who completed his 4th season with the Rockets this past Spring, and Team Canada will look to defend their World Juniors Gold this time on home soil and he says expects his role to not change a whole lot from his club team. 

"I expect to put into that shut-down role on the back-end, playing against other teams top lines and I'm looking forward for to the challenge to play against other countries top players." 

Korczak and Team Canada will play two pre-tournament games before they begin games for real on Boxing Day when they open up the championships against Germany. 


Korczak chats about his selection to Team Canada below: 

Friday 11 December 2020

Former Terrier Seiferling excited to finally be kicking-off Senior season with the RIT Tigers (NCAA)

(Photo from: RIT Athletics)

Just over a month ago, they weren't sure if they were going to get a chance to play their 2020/21 NCAA hockey season, but for former Yorkton Terrier Regan Seiferling (pictured above) and the Rochester Institute Technology Tigers, they are excited to get back to playing competitive games. 

At the end of October, the RIT brass announced they would be cancelling all winter sports because of the pandemic, but after some discussions between university and the hockey team they came to an agreement and they rescinded their decision allowing hockey to begin their season safely.

"It's definitely exciting to get back to playing, obviously there is no fans and that's kinda different, but it was just nice to play games after practicing for like 3 months that gets pretty tiring," Seiferling said in a phone interview.

It was extra special and exciting for the Moose Jaw product to return to the ice as he is entering his Senior season with the Tigers, something that can hardly believe has already come.

"Ya time has flown by, it seems just like yesterday that I was finishing up my 3rd season in Yorkton and I was getting ready to head down here for the first, but I loved my time in Yorkton and that organization did a lot for me and helped me not only develop into a better play, but into a better person as well."

Seiferling played in 160 career games in the SJHL with the Terriers compiling 19 goals and 70 assists for 89 points. 

The Tigers who sit with a 2-1-1 record through their first 4 games, will entertain Long Island University for a pair games this Friday and Saturday.

Full chat with Seiferling below:

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Yorkton-born Wyonzek getting set to head to officiate 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships

Tarrington Wyonzek, who grew up in the Yorkton and Canora area will have the chance to officiate on the World Hockey stage later this month.

The 28 year old was chosen to work as a linesman at the upcoming 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, scheduled for December 26 to January 5, assuming there are no changes due to COVID. 

"I'm really excited, the World Juniors is one of the highest level IIHF events and during these times of uncertainty I'm just glad that I get a chance to work this event and proud to represented not only my province and my country but my hometown as well", Wyonzek said in a phone interview. 

The tournament is to take place in the same Bubble where the NHL held its games earlier this year.

Wyonzek says there's a process they have to go through before they are allowed in the Edmonton bubble. 

"Well currently I'm in a quarantine period at home here in Regina, and then I need three negative tests to come back to even get to travel to Edmonton, and then when we get there we quarantine in the hotel again and we need three more negative COVID test before we are allowed in."

Wyonzek adds right now the focus is on the World Juniors' but like any official the end goal for him is to get a shot at officiating in the National Hockey League one day.

Full audio with Wyonzek below:

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Melville Millionaires Coaches Show - Dec. 2nd


Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) are asking for Community donations for Food and Clothing Drive


The MJHL's Swan Valley Stampeders  are collecting non-perishable foods, good used winter jackets, winter boots, mitts, toques, and toys for the local Swan Valley Community families in need.

All the way until Tues. Dec 8th there will two spots for drop off: at the Star and Times Newspaper in Swan River from 8AM to 5PM on Monday to Friday and the Stampeders Hockey office at the Centennial Arena where you can leave at the outside office door.

Meanwhile for curbside pickup at any local address you can call or text Head Coach/GM Barry Wolff at 1-604-250-9145

Stamps' Head Coach/GM Barry Wolff chats clothing, toy and food drive as well as MJHL pause below: