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Gilbert Plains Riese Gaber is an Anavet Cup Champion for the first time!

"It's an absolutely awesome feeling," said Gaber from Steinbach. "I knew the guys could get it done, and I'm just glad they gave it their all and did it."

"Our depth is really strong," he added. "We're a complete team, and that was huge for us in beating a tough Nipawin team."

Gaber hasn't played since game two of the Anavet Championship after suffering an upper-body injury.

"Obviously you want to be out there making a difference, and I couldn't, so that was tough for sure," said Gaber. But, just to see the guys win, and still be a part of it is awesome."

The Pistons now move on to the RBC Cup in Chilliwack, BC, and Gaber is optimistic he'll be playing.

"I'm day-to-day right now, but we'll see," said Gaber. 

The Pistons schedule for the RBC Cup is as followed:

Sunday, May 13th - Wenatchee Wild

Monday, May 14th - Ottawa Jr. Senators

Wednesday, May 16th - Wellington Dukes

Thursday, May 17th - Chilliwack Chiefs 

"We'll see about Sunday's game against Wenatchee," he added. "If I don't play that game, hopefully, I'll be ready for the other three round-robin games."

"I think our expectations are still pretty high," Gaber said. "We feel we're not done yet. We're one step closer to our end goal, so we have high expectations and we believe in ourselves."

The team will fly out of Winnipeg on Friday.

"It's a huge stage," he said. "We're going to leave it all out there."

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The Dauphin Clippers men's rugby team were victorious once again last night.

They beat Elton, 31-27 on the road.

Brandon McCrady led the team with one try and three conversions.

Nathan Campbell had two tries of his own.

May 7th, 2018 will go down in the history books, and will be a day to remember for a very long time for the Steinbach Pistons. 

They beat the Hawks tonight, 2-1 on home ice to claim the Anavet Cup Championship in six games. 

It's the Pistons first ever Avanet Championship.

Gilbert Plains Riese Gaber once again did not suit up in the game, but is progressing well in his recovery from an upper body injury he sustained earlier in the series. 

The Pistons will now head to Chilliwack for the RBC Cup, which gets underway this weekend. It will be their first ever apppearance at the "Big Dance"

Stay tuned to 730CKDM for reaction from the Pistons leading up their departure West. 

Fun Facts

Before taking a break to change to the Western Canada Cup format, the last MJHL team to win the Anavet Cup was Portage in 2011, before Steinbach did tonight. 

Kurtis Luke is coming off an All-Star type of season with the Parkland Rangers, and now he's set to take his talents to the National stage.

He'll be suiting up for Team Manitoba at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia.

"I'm super excited for the first game," said Luke from his hotel room. "We've watched a few games already, so I'm just really excited to get on the ice."

Last year was a golden one for Team Manitoba at the Championships, and two years ago they won bronze, and Luke is thinking this year could be another great one.

"I think we definitely have another chance of winning it all," he added. "We have a really tight-knit group. And, we've been here before, so we're going to use our experience to our advantage."

In 44 games with the Rangers this past season, he had 67 points (30 G, 37 A), but he's not worrying much about his point production this week, just winning.

"It would be nice to get points, but I just want to win," he said. "Points don't really matter in the end, only winning does."

"I've never played on the East Coast, and it's a really good feeling wearing the Manitoba jersey," said Luke. "It's a pretty cool atmosphere out here, and everyone's ready to go."

Luke and the rest of Team Manitoba play their first game tonight at 6:00, and you can watch it live at National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

After three games, the Dauphin Clippers baseball team is still winless in Prairie West High School Baseball league action.

The team took to the field in a double dip on Sunday, beginning with a game against Vincent Massey in Brandon.

The club mustered five runs but gave up seven in a 7-5 loss.

In the second game, the Clippers made the short trip to Hamiota, where once again offence wasn't the problem.

The Clippers scored seven but gave up 11 in an 11-7 loss.

Dauphin will look to win their first game of the season on Wednesday when they welcome Birtle to town for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch.

It’s going to be an exciting week for Swan River’s Kaila Powell.

Shell be wearing a Manitoba jersey, as a part of Team Manitoba at the 2018 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia.

The teams first game is tomorrow night against Ontario South. 

Keep it locked here on 730CKDM all week long to see how Kaila and the rest of the team is doing. 

If you're looking for something to do today, head down to KIN Field.

Over 50 girls aged U-16 & U-18 are battling for a spot on the Team Manitoba womens rugby team. 

The field is home of the "Parkland Pirates rugby" and is a part of Vermilliom Sportsplex.

Dauphin's Connor Shaw officially wrapped up his jr hockey career yesterday at the MMJHL's banquet, and he was rewarded for all his hard work, and commitment to playing at the highest possible level.

He was named to the MMJHL's Second All-Star Team.

"It was definitely pretty special," said Connor. "As a goalie, the one thing you want to do is gain the respect of your teammates, and know they trust you. But, to be respected by teams around the league is pretty special."

Connor found out he was named to the All-Star Team when Transcona held their windup last week.

Now that his competitive hockey career is over, Connor had the chance to reflect on what was a successful career between the pipes between several teams.

"I remember one game we had in Steinbach and we lost 2-1," he said. "But, I remember it because I made 52 saves in that game. That definitely gave me confidence that I could play hockey at the junior level."

His competitive hockey career may be over, but playing competitive sports will definitely be very much a part of Connor's life going forward.

"Now that hockey's in the rear-view mirror, I hope to play some competitive golf," said Connor Shaw. "So, I'll be playing some events throughout the summer, and hopefully, I can play for the University of Manitoba Bisons golf team next fall."

On top of his award at the banquet, Connor also won the 50/50 draw.

The 2018 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships get underway this weekend, and the Parkland will be well represented on the Manitoba men's team.

Kurtis Luke who played his midget hockey with the Parkland Rangers will suit up for the team. On the bench, Daniel Chartrand and Tarran Lacquette will serve as Assistant Coaches. 

The Manitoba men are known to have success at the Championships. Last year they won gold and earned bronze two years ago.

"The team is looking really good," said Kevin Monkman, Head Coach. "We have strong goaltending, defence and I think we have pretty good depth on our forwards. I definitely believe we're going to do really good again."

The team will play four round-robin games kicking off on Monday against Ontario South. 

This will be Kevin's fifth-year coaching Manitoba at the Championships and he's no stranger to success. On top of winning bronze and gold, he's coming off winning the Keystone Jr. B Championship earlier this year with the Peguis Juniors. 

"The most exciting part is just bringing all the players together," he added. "These guys all play against each other, and have for years, but it's a good feeling when they all come together and work as one team."

Stay tuned to 730CKDM  throughout next week to see how the Manitoba men do.

Roblin's Jakob Brook was drafted in the second round, 40th overall by the Prince Albert Raiders in the 2017 Bantam Draft, and it didn't take the 16-year-old long to sign with the club.

In late-March, the Raiders signed him to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

"I actually signed in Moose Jaw when my brother was playing against Prince Albert," said Brook. "Then I went back to PA, and I got to hang out with the team, and see what the WHL life was. I was super happy I decided to sign with them."

"They had been so good to me ever since they picked me in the draft," he added. "When I went there for camp, they treated me like I was already on the team. When I was having problems, they were always helping me, and they always treated me like one of their own. I felt it was a good fit for me."

Brook spent the 2015-2016 season with the Parkland Rangers, and the last two years he played for the Rink Hockey Academy. Playing for RHA allowed Brook to develop as an elite hockey player while playing against teams from all over Canada on a regular basis.

In his one-year with the Bantam RHA squad, he had 32 points (20 G, 12 A) in 27 games, while in his one season with the Midget RHA team, he had 36 points (12 G, 24 A) in 34 games.

On top of his 36 points this season, Brook had a very good season on the ice winning wise as well. The team went 28-6-2, which was only behind Burnaby in the standings.

"The competition and coaching were absolutely amazing," said Brook. "They always pushed me so I could make the next step. They were really specific in teaching me the right skills to have success at the next level."

Although this year's hockey season has wrapped up for Jakob, preparation won't be stopping as he gets ready for next season.

"I'll be training day in and day out to make sure I'm ready for what's next," he said. "I have to make sure I'm fully focused on cracking the Raiders roster. It's a matter of how I impress the coaching staff and working hard every time on the ice."

Jakob isn't the only successful Brook on the ice. His older brother Josh Brook plays for the Moose Jaw Warriors, and Aidan Brook has now been drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds. Family domination? Some would say yes.

"I've seen my brother go through it, and I've always looked up to him," said Brook. "Having success at the WHL level obviously allows you to make the next step most time, so I'm hoping I can do that as well."

Jakob plans to be at the Raiders Camp next fall.

What a season it's been for 14-year-old Aidan Brook.

First, the Roblin native was invited to Hockey Manitoba's Top 40 Camp, and now he's a part of the Seattle Thunderbirds.

He was drafted earlier this morning at the WHL Bantam Draft in the fourth-round, 76th overall.

Stay tuned to 730CKDM to hear reaction from Aidan later today.

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