The 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge pre-tournament begins today in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
Grandview's Koby Morrisseau, Fowarren's Dawson Barteaux, and Yorkton's Brett Kemp are all in the Soo for the tournament, each on a different team Canada. Kemp will wear a black Team Canada jersey, Morrisseau landed on Team Canada White's roster, and Barteaux will play for Team Canada Red.
Pre-tournament play begins today with four games, the official tournament gets underway Sunday.
Morrisseau will get things started for Canada when Team White takes on Russia at 3:00pm.
Later tonight at 6:30 both Team Canada Red, and Team Canada Black will take to the ice at once, though in different venues.
Team Black and Brett Kemp will play Sweden, while Dawson Barteaux will get to experience a highly-contested rivalry when Team Canada Red faces off with the United States.
The Dauphin Kings visited the Dauphin Fire Department Wednesday evening.
The Kings divided into groups of three and took to the course set up by Dauphin Fire Chief and Kings Director of Billets Cam Abrey.
The players had to carry a 160lb. dummy, move a large tire by hitting it with a sledgehammer, then carry two large buckets back towards the fire station. And that's just the first half of the course.
After that the players took a fire hose, walk forward with it and shoot at the corners of a hockey net. After that they had to roll up a separate hose, then climb a ladder and ring a bell to finish.
The event was done to create create chemistry, communication and overall make for a tighter-knit group of players.
It was a perfect opportunity for new arrivals Ashton Clark and Howard Yawit, who were acquired from Portage Tuesday, to get to know and begin working with their new teammates.
The Kings are back in action on Friday when they're on the road to Winkler.
Another local hockey player has had a setback in the major leagues due to injury.
Grandview's Ryan Pulock has broken his foot and will be out 4-6 weeks.
He broke the foot while blocking a shot in his first call-up game for the Isles this season against Arizona.
Roblin's Jayce Hawryluk has also been on the sidelines after breaking his hand during a preseason game with the Florida Panthers against Washington.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has opened a web store just in time for Christmas.
A variety of MJHL branded hats, shirts, and hoodies are available for anywhere from $15-45.
MJHL branded gear can be purchased HERE.
But if you'd rather support your hometown team, the Dauphin Kings have plenty of merchandise available at home games this season including hats, shirts, and golf shirts, and you don't have to worry about them being shipped in time for the holidays.
Currently the MJHL store has no merchandise from any of its 11 franchises. The best way to get gear with your favourite team's logo on it is to go out and support them and buy merch from an in-arena vendor.
The Dauphin Kings have completed a trade with the Portage Terriers.
Dauphin sends Kirklan Lycar and Kelby Picard to the Terriers in exchange for forwards Ashton Clark, Howard Yawit, and Matthew Pitchenese. More on sports Wednesday.
The Grandview Comets have released their 2016-17 NCHL Schedule.
The campaign kicks off in Rivers when the Comets take on the Jets November 5th. The Comets play their first home game November 12th against the Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks at 7:00.
Sat 5th GRANDVIEW COMETS @ RIVERS JETS 8:00pm
Fri 11th GRANDVIEW COMETS @ RUSSELL RAMS 8:30pm
Sat 12th MINIOTA-ELKHORN C-HAWKS @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 7:00pm
Fri 18th SWAN RIVER AXEMEN @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 8:30pm
Sun 20th RIVERS JETS @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 5:00pm
Sat 26th VIRDEN OIL KINGS @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 8:00pm
Fri 2nd RUSSELL RAMS @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 8:30pm
Sat 3rd MOOSOMIN RANGERS @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 8:00pm
Tues 6th FOXWARREN @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 8:30pm
Sun 11th GRANDVIEW COMETS @ SWAN RIVER AXEMEN 6:00pm
GAME TO BE PLAYED IN MINITONAS
Fri 16 GRANDVIEW COMETS @ FOXWARREN 8:30pm
Fri 6 GRANDVIEW COMETS @ VIRDEN OIL KINGS 8:30pm
Sun 8th GRANDVIEW COMETS @ SWAN RIVER AXEMEN 5:30pm
Fri 13th RUSSELL RAMS @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 8:30pm
Sun 15th GRANDVIEW COMETS @ MOOSOMIN RANGERS 2:30
Tues 17th FOXWARREN @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 8:30pm
Fri 20th GRANDVIEW COMETS @ FOXWARREN 8:30pm
Sat 28th GRANDVIEW COMETS @ MINIOTA-ELKHORN C-HAWKS 8:00pm
Fri 3rd SWAN RIVER AXEMEN @ GRANDVIEW COMETS 8:30pm
Sun 5th GRANDVIEW COMETS @ RUSSELL RAMS 7:00pm
The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame has announced their 2017 inductees and two local teams are in the mix.
The Ebb and Flow Lakers (1990-96) are honoured as the Small Community Team inductee, while the Gilbert Plains Legion Bantams (1965-68) will be added to the Special Category.
The 21st annual induction banquet takes place June 3, 2017 in Morden.
The pride of Ebb and Flow First Nation, the Ebb and Flow Lakers have been an integral part of their community. The early 90s Lakers were a dominant tournament team with an estimates .900 in Manitoba, and in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and even Minnesota.
Minnesota is where the Lakers achieved their greatest success in 1995: a win in the North American Indigenous Games final 4-1 in Blaine, MN over a state selected Minnesota team. Archie McIvor pitched a three-hitter for the Lakers in the win.
The Gilbert Plains Legion Bantam dominated bantam ball in Manitoba and Western Canada for a four-year period during the 1960s. Coached my MB Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Mel Stoughton, the team won five Manitoba baseball titles in four years, and three Western Canada championships.
The team advanced to a Bantam 'A' classification after winning the Manitoba and Western Canada titles as a 'B' team in 1965 and 1966, and 1967 provincial title. In 1967 they played in the 'A' playoffs, winning the province, but were finalists in the Western Canada title.
In 1968 they captured the Manitoba and Western Canada Championships.