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Hockey Manitoba Return to Play Update

Based on the announcement made by the province, current health restrictions will continue until January 22nd. Teams and individuals under Red level restrictions are ineligible to participate in hockey programming.

 

Although the start of the season in still uncertain, Hockey Manitoba remains optimistic that they will be back on the ice in the near future. They are also prepared to ensure their members and all the communities have a safe return to the game.

NHL Waiting on Manitoba's Approval for Canadian Division

Manitoba is currently the lone province not to grant final approval for the NHL's all-Canadian division.

 

However acting deputy chief public health officer Doctor Jazz Atwal said yesterday that Manitoba is “confident things will move ahead as planned” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Ontario, Quebec, B-C and Alberta have already given their respective teams approval to play at home. The N-H-L season begins January 13th.

MJHL Looking at Potential Restart

The MJHL is looking at a potential restart to the season for 2021-22. In Early October hockey across the province was brought to a hault due to Covid-19 concerns.

 

On January 8th the Manitoba government is expected to make an announcement lifting most of the province from code red to code orange. 

 

If the MJHL is given the go ahead the new season could start as early as mid February.

Outdoor Rinks Open for use Just in Time for the Holidays

The Manitoba government has loosened their Covid-19 restrictions allowing for the use of outdoor skating rinks!

 

The rink behind the Kelsey Rec and Wellness Centre has been flooded and is ready for use.

 

Patrons are welcome to use the rink any hour of the day or night as long as social distancing measures can be followed and you can brave the cold!

Clearwater Lake Ski Trails Open

The cross country ski trails around Clearwater Lake are up and running this holiday season! The Clearwater Lake Outdoor Club maintains aproximately 15 km of trails, visitors are allowed to use snowshoes or hike on these trails as well.

 


for maps and more information on the trails visit https://www.cwloutdoorclub.com
 

Parking is available at Pelican Point trailhead with limited parking at the chalet gate. The chalet is currently unavailable as needed renovations are underway.

 

NHL Season Kicks Off Next Month

The N-H-L will begin a new season next month. The league and its players agreed to a 56-game season beginning on the 13th of January.

 

The season will feature an all-Canadian division, but it remains to be seen if all Canadian teams will be able to play in their home cities.

WHL Postpones 2021 Season

The Western Hockey League is pushing back the start of its season indefinitely due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The league announced last night it is not in a position to start the season as planned on January 8th due to current public health restrictions across Western Canada.

 

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was the only one of the three Canadian major junior leagues to open but put the season on hold at the end of November.

 

The Ontario Hockey League plans to begin its season in early February.

Manitoba Summer Games Canceled

Sport Manitoba and the Dauphin Host Society have cancelled the 2021 Manitoba Summer Games which were supposed to take place in July of 2021.

 

Earlier this year they made the decision to postpone the games til July but with the recent increase of cases of Covid 19, the Provincial Sport Organizations decided this was best.

 

Sport Manitoba will now work with all the game partners to prepare for a new games date.Sport Manitoba, the Dauphin Host Society and the City Of Dauphin made the decision based on the safety of Manitobans and to help reduce the spread of Covid 19.

 

The City of Dauphin will now host the 2024 Manitoba Games sponsored by Manitoba Hydro in the summer of 2024.

Manitoba Receives Hockey Equipment for Minor Hockey

Hockey Manitoba has received 470 sets of donated hockey equipment through the NHL/NHLPA/Hockey Canada/Bauer Hockey Equipment Relief Program.

 

12 Minor Hockey Associations, three social organizations and two Indigenous groups have received new equipment including The Pas Huskies.

 

The hockey equipment relief program includes 7,000 sets of equipment donated across Canada, costing around two million dollars.

Changes Coming To Manitoba Curling

Covid 19 continues to rock the sports world, and curling in Manitoba is now going to have quite a different look if the sport is able to get back on the ice.

 

Curling Manitoba issued a press release yesterday about competitions for the rest of the year.

 

All competitions are now postponed for the rest of the year including the under 18 Provincial Competition which was supposed to take place over the Christmas break.

 

Curl Manitoba will continue to work Curling Canada on hosting a National competition for the Scotties, Brier and Mixed Doubles in the new year.

 

Regional qualifiers will take place in Selkirk between Feb 2nd to the 7th but the field will be cut down to 8 teams for the women and 16 for the men. The winner from both these events will represent Manitoba at the National event in Calgary .

 

Locally, The Pas Curling Club has not been able to get their season started. Currently there is no ice at TPCC and with red level restrictions in place a shortened season may not be possible.

Hockey Manitoba Cancel's Provincials

Due to the current ongoing Covid 19 situation, Hockey Manitoba has made the decision to cancel all 2021 Manitoba Provincials.

 

The decision to cancel all Provincial Championships  has been made with the safety of all it's members and the different communities.

 

Each year 25 communities across the province host Provincial tournaments as approximately 250 teams and 4,000 players  compete for a chance to win a Provincial Championship.

 

There has been no word if the host cities from 2021 will be awarded to host in 2022.

 

more details can be found at hockeymanitoba.ca.

Fred Saskamoose Passes Away at 86

Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL and a founding member of the Northern Indian Hockey League has passed away after a battle with a presumed case of Covid-19. He was 86.

 

Saskamoose was born in Debden Saskatchewan on Chrismas day in 1933. He began his hockey career with the Duck Lake Ice Hockey Team.

 

Saskamoose played 11 games with the Chicago Blackhawks between 1953-54 before playing in various minor leagues until 1961.

 

He served as a band councilor of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation for 35 years, and spent one term as Chief. Saskamoose was also inducted into multiple halls of fame and a recipient of the Order of Canada in 2017.

Flin Flon Bombers Games Postponed

The Flin Flon Bombers were hoping to schedule this past weekend's games with North Battleford for this Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Arctic Radio has received word that these games as well as any future games have been postponed until at least after the Christmans break.

 

The SJHL is still in play however Flin Flon is still considered inside of Manitoba's red zone which has paused all hockey until the new year.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan says that the organization is treating this as top priority and will continue to follow all the rules and protocol in a safe and respectful manner.

MJHL Pauses Hockey Until 2021

The MJHL has announced that all hockey activities will be postponed until at least January 1st 2021.

 

The date of the leagues resumption may change in accordance with the public health guidlines.

 

The entire province has been put into critical level (red) as Covid-19 numbers continue to rise. The new restrictions will remain in effect until at least 11:59 PM on December 11th 2020.

MJHL Teams Under Investigation for Disobeying Covid-19 Restrictions

Two MJHL teams are under investigation for disobeying Covid-19 regulations this week.

 

The Winnipeg Blues and new Winnipeg Freeze, both owned by the same group are under investigation after a video surfaced on livebarn.com of the teams practicing at Sunova Arena in Warren.

 

Winnipeg is currently under restriction level red as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the province. Any team within a region under red restrictions is prohibited from any hockey activity outside of those zones.

MJHL Standings

It's been an interesting start for teams in the MJHL, however even with the threat of Covid-19 teams have still managed to get out on the ice.

 

Currently the Waywayseecappo Wolverines lead the Northwest division with seven wins and three losses.

 

The Virden Oil Capitals lead the Interior division as well and the league with eight wins and zero losses.

 

In the Southwest division the Winnipeg Blues lead with five wins and zero losses.

 

Teams all over the league have had to postpone multiple games due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns. The OCN Blizzard have postponed four games so far and another two games previously scheduled for this weekend. Currently the OCN Blizzard are sitting second last in the league with one win and five losses.

Northstars Battle Chiefs

The Norman Northstars hosted the Yellowhead Chiefs in a pair of games at the C.A.Nesbitt Arena in Thompson.

 

The two teams battled Saturday and Sunday with the Chiefs winning 5 to 2 and 6 to 0.

 

Flin Flon's Magnus Pearson scored his first goal of the year on Saturday with Nolan Rideout picking up an assist.

 

Odin Chuch came in to the game in the third period and stopped 13 out of 15.

 

Norman will fall to 0-7 and will hit the road for the first time this year as they will take on the Parkland Rangers three times.

 

They will play in Swan River on Friday and Dauphin,  Saturday and Sunday.

MJHL Public Health Update

This weeks scheduled games involving the OCN Blizzard have been postponed due to a public health concern.

 

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is following our return to play guidelines while working closely with public health officials and following their direction.

 

Public Health are the only informed authority to provide public information via daily bulletins on possible exposure, close contact to exposure or the declaration of an outbreak.  We will adhere to these Public Health Protocols concerning any COVID related public announcement.

 

OCN Blizzard's first win of the season

The OCN Blizzard won their first game of the season last night against the Dauphin Kings! Aiden Litke opened things up with the first goal of the night however things were looking bleak for the Blizzard after the Kings scored a whopping 4 goals by the end of the first period.

 

After the first intermission the blizzard came back strong, with Danick Rodrique now in net the blizzard began to even the score. Dauphins lone second period goal was deemed no good due to a hand pass infront of the net.

 

By the end of the 3rd the OCN Blizzard took home their first win with a final score of 7-4.

OCN Blizzard Game Canceled

Tonights OCN Blizzard Game against the Dauphin Kings has been canceled due to poor highway driving conditions.

 

At this time the game scheduled for tomorrow is still happening  however we'll provide updates should anything change.

OCN Blizzard Home Game Rescheduled

The OCN Blizzard game scheduled for this Friday has been rescheduled. Instead of playing at home the OCN Blizzard will be in Dauphin Saturday and Sunday. The news comes almost a week after the home game also scheduled for Oct 23rd was moved and eventually canceled due to Covid-19 concerns.

 

Puck drop will be at 7:30 PM with your pre game show starting at 7:15 both days. You can catch both games live on 102.9 CJAR Your Radio and by clicking the "Your Radio" tab.

KJHL Postpone Start to 2020-21 season

The Keystone Junior Hockey League has announced it will be pushing back it's already postponed start for the 2020-21 season to December. The decision was made after manitoba experienced it's largest jump in daily Covid-19 cases since the virus arived back in march.

 

The province is currently experiencing over 100 cases a day with over 2,200 active cases at the time of writing.

 

The OCN Storm attempted to kick off the year with exhibition games on the weekend of the 18th although the home game against the NCN Flames was canceled.

Blizzard Add WHL Experience

The OCN Blizzard got a big shot in the arm as the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL have reassigned Evan Herman and Justin Nachbaur to the Blizzard til December the 20th.

 

Both these players are from Northern Manitoba with Herman right from the Pas and Nachbaur from Cross Lake.

 

Herman has already suited up for a game and picked a goal in a loss to the Dauphin Kings last weekend.

 

Herman suited up for 59 games for the Raiders last season and picked up 22 points including 9 goals. He also won best conditioned Raider for his rookie season.

 

Nachbaur is entering his 20 year old season and played with the Blizzard as a 16 year old where he picked yp 31 points in 55 games.

 

In three seasons with the Raiders he has 74 points and has been tremendous in the locker room. 

 

Head Coach and GM of the Blizzard, Billy Keane is excited for  what these players will bring to his program. " The addition of these players will elevate our skill level, pace and performance levels and all the guys around them will get better and that is our goal."

 

Keane also mentioned that the Blizzard will  be welcoming back Bryden Sinclair, a 19 year old defenseman who was recently with the Maryland Black Bears of the NAHL.

 

With Covid, Sinclair wants to remain in Canada.

 

All these players are expected to be in the Blizzard lineup this weekend against Dauphin.

OCN BLizzard VS Dauphin Kings

The OCN Blizzard suffered a 6-3 loss despite being able to kill a 2 man disadvantage in the first period. Friday’s game was postponed until a later date. The Blizzard now have a 0-4-1 record.

These same 2 teams reconnect this coming weekend. 

 

OCN Blizzard Game Vrs Dauphin Kings

The game tonight between the OCN Blizzard and Dauphin Kings has been cancelled. CJAR will provide updates when available.

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