Thursday 27 April 2023

Stampeders' G Grant up for CJHL's Top Goalie Award


The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Thursday the list of the five netminders who have been selected finalists for its Top Goaltender Award for the 2022-23 season.

Each of the nominees were determined through a voting process completed by the CJHL’s nine-member leagues, for their respective efforts during the course of the regular season.

Among the finalists is Swan Valley Stampeder netminder & MJHL Goalie of the Year: Kobe Grant.

Grant enjoyed a standout season in the Stampeders crease, leading the MJHL in wins (26), save percentage (.933) and minutes played (2,699). He helped Swan Valley to their first division title in franchise history and led his team to win 14 of their last 15 games.

Terriers' F Kruska commits to Salve Regina Seahawks (NCAA DIV III)

The SJHL's Yorkton Terriers are proud to announce that graduating forward Karsten Kruska has committed to the Salve Regina Seahawks (NCAA Div III) in Newport, Rhode Island for this fall.

Kruska played two seasons for the Terriers posting 53 points in 69 career games. This past season in a injury-riddled campaign, he scored 8 times and added 13 assists for 21 points in 19 games during the 2022/23 season.

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Millionaires graduating F Martens commits to Mount Royal Cougars (U Sports) starting in Fall of 2023


The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce that graduating forward Jaxon Martens has committed to the Mount Royal University Cougars of USports starting in the Fall of 2023. 

The Warman, Saskatchewan product joined the Moneymen on Jan. 9th/23 in a trade with the Flin Flon Bombers and he went on contribute 8 goals, 9 assists for 17 points in 22 games with the Millionaires to finish off his final season of Junior hockey with 46 points in 55 games combined with his time in Melville & Flin Flon. 

During his 131 game SJHL career split between the Bombers and Millionaires, Martens scored 40 goals and added 63 assists for 103 points with only 16 minutes in penalties. 

Martens becomes the 4th Millionaire to commit to College hockey for the 2023/24 season. 

Monday 24 April 2023

Battlefords North Stars sweep their way to 2023 SJHL title


The Battlefords North Stars were the best team all SJHL season, and at the end they came out on top.

The North Stars completed the 4 game sweep of the Flin Flon on Saturday night after a 7-4 win over the Bombers in Game 4 from the Whitney Forum.

Steven Kesslering and Jordan Grill led the way offensively for the North Stars in the deciding game with 2 goals each while Josh Kotai made 44 saves on 48 shots in the win.

Local ties to the North Stars include members of the roster including Moosomin's Marshall Light, Esterhazy's Ashytn Shields and Yorkton product Matt Procyshen, whose a member of the coaching staff.

The North Stars have now advanced to the 2023 Centennial Cup National Junior A  Hockey championships that starts May 11th in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

Monday 17 April 2023

Melville Millionaires announce Head Coach & GM Mike Rooney will be leaving organization


The SJHL's Melville Millionaires have announced that Head Coach and GM Mike Rooney has decided to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities. 

Rooney joined the Mils organization in May of 2020, and spent parts of three season as the team's bench boss. 

The Yellow Grass, SK born product led the Moneymen to a 25-68-16 record and the club failed to reach the postseason under his guidance. 

The Millionaires say the search for a replacement will begin immediately. 

Melville will also begin looking to fill the role of Asst. Coach as well after the departure of Daven Smith last month. 

GX94's Matt Dekker caught up with Mils President Tammy Stevenson below: 



The Melville Millionaires Jr. A Hockey Club in partnership with Mike Rooney, would like to announce that that Mike will be leaving the Melville Millionaires organization to pursue other opportunities.

 Mike joined the organization in May of 2020, where he was an integral part of the return to play coordination during the pandemic.

Mike Rooney statement below: 

“I would like to thank the Melville Millionaires and the community of Melville for the opportunity. Although I am disappointed, we did not bring playoff hockey to the community, our hockey department worked extremely hard and there were many internal improvements. I know I am leaving the organization better condition than my arrival.

The enthusiastic fans need to know success is extremely near. The new group will have assets to work with. There are ample draft picks for the upcoming draft; there remains trade assets still to return to the Millionaires; there is opportunity to return a core of quality players from major junior. All this should not overshadow a strong core of returning players and a strong group of new recruits already committed to arrive in Melville.

I am proud I was able to play a strong role in developing the Education Foundation for the organization. I am immensely proud we are relevant in moving players to higher levels. We had five players who developed in Melville playing major junior hockey this season. When all said and done, there will be seven players from our 2022-23 roster playing hockey at post-secondary level and receiving scholarship support.

I wish the organization all the best and look forward to seeing the team make that next step.” ~

Mike Rooney

The Melville Millionaires would like to thank Mike for all his work over the past few years and wish him the best of luck in the future.

(Mils Press Release) 

Wednesday 12 April 2023

Yorkton’s Berezowski named as WHL’s US Division Player of the Year


The Western Hockey League announced today the 2022-23 Division nominees for the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the WHL Player of the Year.

Among the nominees is Yorkton's Jackson Berezowski (pictured above) of the Everett Silvertips, who was named the US Division's Player of the Year.

 Berezowski finished second among U.S. Division skaters with 81 points during the regular season, while his 48 goals during his final regular season, not only stands as a new Silvertips franchise record, but was also the third-highest total of any WHL skater.

Berezowski also became Everett’s all-time leading goal-scorer earlier this year, concluding his WHL career with 130 regular season goals. 

Regina's Connor Bedard (East Division), Red Deer's Kai Uchacz (Central Division) and Logan Stankoven of the Kamloops Blazers is BC division nominee. 

Monday 10 April 2023

Whitewood's Hamilton & Saskatoon Blazers clinch spot in 2023 Telus Cup in Quebec

After capturing their first league title in almost 3 decades, the Saskatoon Blazers have now clinched their spot in the 2023 Telus Cup. 

Whitewood product Reese Hamilton and the Blazers beat the host Warman Wildcats 4-3 in overtime on Sunday in the Championship final of the 2023 Telus Cup West Regionals at the Legends Center in Warman. 

Tyson Yaremko scored the game winner just 2:52 into the extra period to clinch the win for the Blazers. 

Hamilon ended the tournament with 1G 2A, while Foam Lake product and Yorkton Terrier signee Tylan Henrikson who was a member of the Wildcats, had 1G 1A for 2 points in 4 games. 

The Blazers will open up their 2023 Telus Cup championships on April. 24th against the rep from Quebec. 

Friday 7 April 2023

2023 MJHL Semi-Final Recaps- Swan Valley vs. Steinbach

GAME 6: Pistons 3, Stampeders 2  (Pistons wins Best of 7. 4-2)

The Swan Valley Stampeders had their 2023 MJHL Playoffs come to an end on Monday night after a 3-2 loss to the Steinbach Pistons in Game 6 of their 2nd round series. 

After getting the only goal of the 1st by forward Josh Danis to take a early lead, the Stampeders surrendered three unanswered to begin the 2nd period to the Pistons from Ian Amsbaugh, Ty Paisley and Travis Hensrud before Alex Walicki made it a one goal game late in middle frame. 

But that's as close as the Stamps would get as the Pistons locked it down in the third. 

Dominik Wasik made 21 saves on 23 shots for the Pistons to earn the win, while Stamps G Kobe Grant in his final Junior game turned aside 30 of 33 shots. 

Final Post game with Stamps Asst. Coach Darren Webster below:

GAME 5: Stampeders 3, Pistons 2  (Pistons lead Best of 7 series, 3-2) 

The Swan Valley Stampeders once again stayed alive on Saturday with a 3-2 road win over the Steinbach Pistons in Game 5.

After a scoreless first period, the Stampeders for the fourth time in the series were able to score first as just 5 minutes into the 2nd it would be Jakob Jones slipping home his 5th of the playoffs to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Then 5:42 later, Warren Marcotte walked across the blue-line and let a snap-shot go that just slipped through Pistons' G Dominik Wasik then just across the goal line for his 1st MJHL playoff marker to give Swan a two goal lead.

It stayed like that until the very late stages of the middle frame before Kirk Mullen banged home a rebound with just 3.3 seconds left past a sprawled out Kobe Grant for his 3rd of the post season to cut Steinbach's deficit in half heading into the 2nd intermission.

In the 3rd, the Stamps added to their lead with 3:58 left in regulation when birthday boy Steven Arp went wide and then his wrap-around squeezed through the five-hole of Wasik for his 1st of the series to make it 3-1.

Ty Paisley added his 6th goal of the playoffs with the goalie pulled in the final minute but that's as close as the Pistons would get.

Kobe Grant was rock solid in the Stamps net making 43 saves on 45 shots while Dominik Wasik made 23 stops in the losing cause for Steinbach.

The two teams will now meet in Game 6 on Monday night from the Centennial Arena in Swan River. GX94 will broadcast the game with the play by play starting at 7:00PM MB time.

GAME 4: Swan Valley 4, Steinbach 3 (2OT)    (Steinbach leads Best of 7, 3-1)

The Swan Valley Stampeders stayed alive on Wednesday after a 4-3 win in Double OT over Steinbach in Game 4.

Adam Rajsigl scored twice for the Stampeders including the game winner just 1:24 into the 2nd over time period, while Callum Halls and Justin Keck also scored.

Dawson Milliken, Ty Paisley and Landon Roberts replied for the Pistons.

Kobe Grant was rock solid once again in the Stamps net making 55 saves on 58 shots, while his counterpart Dominik Wasik made 35 stops in the loss for Steinbach who now lead the Best of 7 series, 3-1.

The two teams will now meet in Game 5 of the MJHL Semi-Final on Saturday night from the T.G Smith Center in Steinbach with the play by play beginning on GX94 starting at 8PM MB time, right after Kinsmen Radio Bingo

GAME 3: (Steinbach 3, Swan Valley 2 (2OT)   (Steinbach leads Best of 7, 3-0) 

The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped their 2nd double OT game of their Semi-Final series on Tuesday night after 3-2 loss to the Steinbach Pistons in Game 3.

The Stampeders struck first in Game 3 as after a scramble in front it would be Jakob Jones getting credit and tapping it home for his 5th of the playoffs to make it 1-0 with 3:53 left in the opening frame.

Shots after 1: Stampeders 13, Pistons 8

In the 2nd, the home team added to their lead as Alex Walicki beat Dominik Wasik over the right pad just 5:18 into the period to make it 2-0 Swan.

But the Pistons responded just 4:16 later as Ethan Johnson's long point shot beat a screened Kobe Grant for his 2nd of the playoffs to cut the Stamps lead to 2-1 through 40 minutes.

Shots through 2 periods: 26-14 Swan Valley

In the third would be the tying goal with 4:09 remaining as Ty Paisley's shot pass was redirected in nicely by Dawson Milliken to tie the game.

After a scoreless overtime period, the Pistons got the game winner almost half-way through the double OT period as Milliken's back-hander in the slot beat Grant over the left pad to give the road team the win.

Dominik Wasik earned his 3rd straight win in the series making 35 saves on 37 shots in the Pistons' net, while Stamps G Kobe Grant made 38 stops in the loss.

Swan Valley will need a win in Game 4 on Wednesday night to keep their season alive as they trail the Best of 7 series, 3-0.  Play by play on GX94 begins at 7:00PM MB time.

GAME 2 Pistons 5, Stampeders 1 (Steinbach leads series, 2-0): 

The Steinbach Pistons scored 5 unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 win over the Swan Valley Stampeders on Saturday night to take a 2 games to 0 series lead in the MJHL Semi-final.

For the 2nd straight night it would be Justin Keck opening the scoring as he walked across the blue-line and sniped home his league-leading 7th of the playoffs at the 12:46 mark of the 1st to make it 1-0.

The Pistons responded a short time later as after scramble in front it would be Ian Amsbaugh poking in a rebound through the five-hole of Swan goalie Kobe Grant to make it 1-1 through 20 minutes.

Shots after 1: Pistons 13 Stampeders 12

In the 2nd, the Pistons grabbed their first lead of the night as Hunter Degelman went in alone on Grant and his snap-shot snuck through the right arm for his 1st of the playoffs to make it 2-1 with 11:03 left in the 2nd. 

They added to their lead just under two minutes later as after a scrabble in front a couple Pistons' sticks whacked at the loose puck in the slot and Dawson Milliken got credited with his 4th to give the home team a 3-1 lead after 2 periods. 

Shots in 2nd: Pistons 10 Stampeders 8

The only offence in the third period was a pair of powerplay goals from Dawson Milliken and the 2nd of the night from Ian Amsbaugh to wrap up the scoring.

Dominik Wasik made 25 saves on 26 shots to earn his 2nd straight victory in the series while Kobe Grant 27 stops in a losing cause.

The series now shifts back to Swan River for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday & Wednesday repetitively.

GAME 1:  Stampeders 4, Pistons 5 (2OT)  

The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped the opening game of their Semi-Final series on Friday night after a 5-4 double OT loss to the Steinbach Pistons. 

The Stampeders got on the board first as Justin Keck capitalized on a Piston turnover and made no mistake for his 6th of the playoffs to make it 1-0 just 4:42 in.

But the Pistons responded back in a big way with 3 unanswered goals from Ty Paisley, Davis Fry and Noah Szabo just 4 minutes and 35 seconds apart to give the home team a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes.

Shots after 1 were 21-12 Pistons. 

In the 2nd, it was another quick start for the Stamps as they struck shorthanded as Trey Sauder's shot was stopped but rebound came out for Jakob Jones and he tapped home his 4th of the playoffs just 1:11 in to make it 3-2.

Collin Jennings tied it up just 6:16 later as Justin Keck found him as the trailer and he went top-shelf over the left shoulder of Dominik Wasik for his 5th to pull the visitors even 3-3 through 2 periods. 

Shots in 2nd were 12-11 Swan Valley making it 32-24 Pistons through 40 minutes.

Adam Rajsigl gave the Stampeders the early lead in the 3rd as he knocked in his 3rd of the year just 3:09 into the period to make it 4-3.

But the Pistons tied things up with just 1:47 to go as after a nice face-off play by Ty Paisley, Davis Fry's shot pass was deflected in nicely by Kirk Mullen and by Kobe Grant to make it 4-4. 

After a scoreless first overtime, Ty Paisley ended the game just 3:38 into the 2nd OT as he went in on a 2 on 1 and beat Grant for his 2nd of the night to give the home team the win.

Dominik Wasik made 39 saves on 43 shots in the Pistons' net for the in, while Stamps netminder Kobe Grant made 48 stops in the loss.

The Pistons who now lead the Best of 7 series, 1-0 will host Game 2 on Saturday night.

Wednesday 5 April 2023

2023 MJHL Semi-Final Preview - #3 Swan Valley Stampeders vs. #2 Steinbach Pistons



#3 Swan Valley Stampeders (36-16-5-1 = 78 points) vs. #2 Steinbach Pistons (42-15-0-1 = 85 points)

Regular Season Head to Head

Sept. 30th/22 -  2-1 Steinbach
Nov 18th/22 -  5-2 Steinbach 
Jan 29th/23 -  5-3 Steinbach
Mar. 10th/23 - 2-1 Swan Valley (SO) 

Steinbach -  3-0-0-1
Swan Valley- 1-3-0-0 

Regular Season Top Scorers 

#20 Jacob Jones - 58GP 30G 42A = 72 pts 
#16 Justin Keck - 53GP 31G 32A - 63 pts
#15 Trey Sauder - 58GP 24G 36A - 60 pts 
#2 Adam Rajsigl - 53GP 13G 39A = 52 points 
#6 Collin Jennings - 54GP 16G 25A = 41 points 

Goaltending-  #35 Kobe Grant- 45GP 26-14-3 record  2.69GAA  0.933SV%  3SO
                         #1 Loic Mainguy-Crepault- 15GP 10-2-2 record   3.31GAA  0.910SV%  

#9 Travis Hensrud: 55GP 35G 37A = 72 points 
#22 Ian Amsbaugh: 58GP 21G 37A = 58 points 
#26 Ty Paisley: 51GP 21G 35A= 56 points 
#27 Davis Fry: 40GP 16G 34A = 50 points 
#19 Leo Chambers: 57GP 18G 22A = 40 points 

Goaltending-  #30 Dominik Wasik: 35GP 25-9-0 record  2.22GAA  0.924SV%  5SO 
                        #35 Cole Plowman:  24GP 17-6-0 record  2.33GAA  0.913SV%   3SO 

Playoff Top Scorers:

#6 Collin Jennings: 6GP 4G 5A = 9 points 
#16 Justin Keck: 6GP 5G 3A = 8 points 
#20 Jakon Jones: 6GP 3G 4A = 7 points 
#15 Trey Sauder: 6GP 3G 2A = 5 points 
#22 Noah Wilson: 6GP 0G 4A = 4 points 

Goaltending-  #35 Kobe Grant- 6GP 4-1-1 record  2.82GAA 0.914SV% 

#29 Ty Paisley: 7GP 2G 7A = 9 points 
#9 Travis Hensrud: 7GP 3G 3A = 6 points 
#15 Kirk Mullen: 7GP 1G 5A = 6 points
#17 Dawson Milliken: 7GP 3G 1A = 4 points 
#22 Ian Amsbaugh: 7GP 2G 2A = 4 points 

Goaltending- #30 Dominik Wasik: 7GP 4-2-1 record  2.89GAA  0.905SV%  1SO 

Special Teams (Regular Season):

PP-- 45/227 = 19.8% (6th)
PK-- 171/227 = 78.8% (8th) 

PP-- 58/241= 24.1% (1st)
PK-- 81.1% (5th) 

Stampeders PP vs. Steinbach-->  2/23 = 8.7%
Pistons PP vs. Swan Valley -->  4/24 = 16.7% 

Special Teams (Playoffs):

PP-- 6/32= 18.8%
PK-- 84.6% 

PP-- 4/27= 13.3% 
PK-- 85.2% 


Game 1- Fri. April 7th/23 - Swan Valley @ Steinbach (7:30PM MB) (GX94) 

Game 2- Sat. April 8th/23 - Swan Valley @ Steinbach (7:30PM MB) (GX94)  

Game 3- Tues. April 11th/23 - Steinbach @ Swan Valley (7:00PM MB) (GX94) 

Game 4- Wed. April 12th/23 - Steinbach @ Swan Valley  (7:00PM MB) (GX94) 

**Game 5- Sat April 15th/23  - Swan Valley @ Steinbach (7:30PM MB) (GX94) 

**Game 6- Mon. April 17th/23 - Steinbach @ Swan Valley (7:00PM MB) (GX94) 

**Game 7- Wed April 19th/23-  Swan Valley @ Steinbach  (7:30PM MB) (GX94) 

**If Necessary

(GX94)- Broadcasted on GX94 with pregame starting 10 minutes prior to puck drop

Tuesday 4 April 2023

Stampeders clinch 1st round series after convincing Game 6 win in Dauphin

The Swan Valley Stampeders booked their spot into the MJHL Final Four after eliminating the Dauphin Kings with a 4-1 win in Game 6 of their first round series

The Stampeders struck first as Collin Jennings got the puck in the high slot and made no mistake over the right shoulder of the Kings goalie for his 4th of the series just 10:42 in.

Swan Valley added to their lead just 5:12 later as Josh Danis took a feed just inside the blueline and walked in & went bar-down for his 1st career MJHL Playoff goal to make it 2-0. 

The game stayed like that until just 1:33 remaining as on the powerplay, Alex Senf finished up and tic-tac-toe passing play by beating Kobe Grant over the right pad for his second of the playoffs to cut the Kings deficit in half at 2-1 through 20 minutes.
After a scoreless 2nd, the Stampeders added some insurance with 5:37 left in the third period as Trey Sauder walked in on his off wing and his wrister off the post and in for his 3rd of the playoffs before Jakob Jones iced the game into the empty net in the final minute.

Stampeder goalie Kobe Grant made 25 saves on 26 shots to earn his 4th win of the playoffs while Dmytro Kubritsky made 34 saves for the Kings in the losing cause. 

The Stampeders have now advanced to Round 2 and they'll now face the Steinbach Pistons while in the other Semi-Final it will be Virden battling the Portage Terriers.

Monday 3 April 2023

Balcarres Broncs capture QVHHL Title in 5 games over Grenfell


For the first time since 2013, the Balcarres Broncs are league champs.

The Broncs beat the Grenfell Spitfires on Saturday night, 6-1 to capture the Qu'Appelle Valley Highway Hockey League title in 5 games.

"Winning it all is definitely a great feeling just for the team, organization and definitely for the community whose always behind us which was evident with the great support and turnout on Saturday," Broncs Coach Craig "Gubba" Geisler said in phone interview on Monday. 

Jared Martin led the way for the Broncs with 2G 2A in the deciding game while goaltender Reece Hodson was solid once again in between the pipes and was named league's Playoff MVP. 

The Broncs beat the Southey Marlins in 5 games to advance to the Final.

This was the first meeting in the Final since 1998 between Grenfell and Balcarres.

Chat with Broncs Coach Craig "Gubba" Geisler below:

Saturday 1 April 2023

Stampeders drop Game 5 in double OT on Saturday night; still lead series 3-2

The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped their 2nd straight home game of their Best of 7 first round series after a 4-3 Game 5 loss in Double OT on Saturday night.

Deepkaran Hans knocked home the rebound through the five-hole of Kobe Grant just 29 seconds into the 5th period to help the Kings cut Swan's lead in the series to 3-2.

After Jayden Harris opened the scoring in the first, the Stamps got back to back girls from Callum Halls and Jakob Jones to help the Stamps lead 2-1 after 1.

In the 2nd, the Kings dominated and got rewarded with a couple of markers from Matthew Gough and Anthony Bax to put the visitors up by one through 40 minutes.

The Stampeders got equalizer with just over 9 minutes left into the third as Justin Keck potted home a rebound in front for his 5th of the playoffs to force the overtime periods.

Cole Sheffield got the start for Dauphin and only lasted one period after allowing 2 goals on 15 shots.  Dmtryo Kubritsky came in, in relief and made 15 saves on 16 shots.

The two teams will now meet in Game 6 on Tuesday night from Credit Union Place in Dauphin for a 7:30PM MB time puck drop.