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Expedition League Planning to Expand to More Canadian Cities

According to an email from the Expedition League, They are looking at expanding to more Canadian cities in the future.

 

The Expedition League is a Collegiate Wooden Bat Summer Baseball League that operates mainly in the Great Plains region of the United States with a team based in Brandon, Manitoba called the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks.

 

It’s not known what Canadian Cities are being considered for expansion at this time.

 

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THE OCN BLIZZARD MAKE A COUPLE OF TRADES

 

 

THE OCN BLIZZARD HAVE MADE A PLAYER MOVE.
THEY TRADED 19 YEAR OLD DEFENCEMEN MALIK ALI TO THE SOO EAGLES OF THE NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE FOR A PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FEE.. THE 6 FOOT 190LB DEFENCEMEN HAD 2 GOALS AND 8 ASSISTS FOR 10 PTS IN 54 GAMES FOR THE OCN BLIZZARD LAST SEASON.

 

THE OCN BLIZZARD HAVE ALSO TRADED JOSEPH COURRIER TO THE RED LAKE MINERS OF THE SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE IN ONTARIO.

FOR A PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FEE.

THE 6’1” 210 LB DEFENCEMAN HAD 2 GOALS AND 4 ASSISTS FOR 6PTS IN 38 GAMES FOR THE BLIZZARD.

 

PBDC Presents Opaskwayak Fastball Championships!

Paskwayak Business Development Corp. Is presenting its 1st ever Fastball Championship Tournament next weekend. August 23rd-25th on Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
They are very excited to host this event. Fastball is coming back and is more popular in a HUGE way!!.
 

There will be a Mens and Ladies division.
Entry fee is due next Monday, Aug 19th.

 

Get your teams In and some great Fastball Action!!!

MJHL Pre-Season Schedule Announced

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League and it’s member clubs are pleased to release the 2019 preseason schedule.  The schedule consists of a total of thirty-seven (37) games spanning from September 2 – 15.

 

This year’s preseason will also see nine (9) inter-league exhibitions with several member MJHL clubs facing off with the Flin Flon Bombers, Melville Millionaires, and Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).  The Winkler Flyers will also feature in a home-and-home set against the Thief River Falls (MN) Norskies of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL)

 

CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE!!!

OCN BLIZZARD Main Camp Dates Have Been Announced!!

Main Camp Information:

 

The OCN Blizzard Management and Coaching staff are pleased to announce our Main Camp which will take place Aug 30th till Sept 1st @ the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Center.

 

Camp will consist of 4 teams featuring all drafted, signed, returning  and free agent players looking to earn a spot on the 2019-2020 Blizzard.

 

Camp Cost will be $100 and can be paid via Email Money Transfer to blizzard.reception@hotmail.com password Blizzard

 

Camp Schedule:

Thursday August 29th

6:00pm Check in and Meet and Greet

 

Friday August 30th:

8:30 AM Blue and Black Fitness Testing

9:00 AM Red vs White

10:30 AM Blue vs Black

11:00 AM  Red and White Fitness Testing

1:00 PM Red and White Goalie Session

2:10 PM Blue and Black Goalie Session

6:00 PM Red vs Black

7:30 PM Blue vs White

 

Saturday August 31st:

10:00 AM Red vs Blue

11:30 AM White vs Black

1:00pm Team Building exercise Red and Black

2:15 Team Building Exercise

6:30 pm Red vs White

8:00pm Blue vs Black

 

Sunday Sept 1st:

10:00 Am All Star Game

12pm Exit Interviews

 

To Register for Camp Please Click Here —–> https://form.jotform.com/92034544269257

For any Questions please feel free to contact:

General Manager Greg Hunter —- ghunter@ksd.mb.ca

Assistant GM and Associate Head Coach Ryan Wood – wood14@rocketmail.com

OCN BLIZZARD Associate Head Coach/.Assistant General Manager RYAN WOOD INTERVIEW

Associate Head Coach and Assistant General Manager of the OCN Blizzard Ryan Wood is excited to be joining the OCN Blizzard coaching staff.
Ryan had the chance to chat with the NEW voice of the OCN Blizzard Ryan Schultz and talk some Blizzard hockey and the subtle differences between junior hockey in Ontario and junior hockey in Manitoba..
CLICK HERE FOR FULL INTERVIEW......

OCN BLIZZARD AND FLIN FLON BOMBERS WILL CONTINUE THE "PRE -SEASON" "HIGHWAY 10 CLASH"!!!

OCN Blizzard fans, mark your calendars. After a one year hiatus, the customary preseason showdown between the Flin Flon Bombers and OCN Blizzard is back.

The Bombers will have their final preseason matchup against the Blizzard Sept. 7, facing their northern and cross league rivals for the first time in two years.

 The Blizzard and Bombers only meet in preseason games due to each being in separate leagues.

The two sides typically play a home-and-home series against each other every fall, but the series did not take place last year after Blizzard management deemed holding the series clashed with the team’s training camp schedule.

While the SJHL has not released a full regular season schedule for the upcoming season, the season traditionally starts in mid-September.

The complete MJHL Schedule is available -------->here<----------

2019 Has Shaped Up To Be A GREAT Year for CONNOR ROULETTE

its been quite the 2019 for Hockey Prospect and Grand Rapids, Manitoba native Connor Roulette.

Roulette was the Seattle Thunderbirds second round selection, 34th overall, in the 2018 Bantam Draft. Last season Roulette played in one game as a T-Bird. He played 43 games with the Winnipeg Thrashers in the MMHL last season and had 41 goals and 47 assists for 88 points.

Roulette played for Team Manitoba in February at the Canada Winter Games and had four goals and four assists in six games. Roulette signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team on June 5, 2018.

 


 

Roulette has  been named to the Selection Camp for Canada’s U-17 team that will be competing at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Selection Camp is July 19 to July 26 (NEXT WEEK)at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic  Park in Calgary, Alberta.

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge takes place November 2 to November 9 in Medicine Hat, Alberta and Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

 

CJAR Sports Reporter Ryan Schultz had a chance to chat with Connor!...............CLICK FOR FULL INTERVIEW!!

"RIVERTON RIFLE" REGGIE LEACH RECIEVES A 2019 "ORDER OF CANADA"

Leach is among 83 new appointees to the Order of Canada, in a list that includes scientists, health-care advocates, jurists, actors, athletes and public servants. They join nearly 7,000 people on the honor roll — “the elites that Canada has to offer,” Leach says — since its introduction more than five decades ago, including Leach’s relative, educator Rev. Frederic Leach.

 

Leach joins former Philadelphia Flyers teammate Bobby Clarke, in the Order of Canada. Leach is being honored for his work in promoting sport as a way to build healthy communities, part of his regular talks with Indigenous youth.

 

 

His NHL career started in the fall of 1970, three years after the Order of Canada was created in 1967 to mark Canada’s centenary.

 

CLICK FOR FULL AUDIO INTERVIEW....

MANITOBA JR. HOCKEY LEAGUE RELEASES 2019-2020 SCHEDULE

The MJHL and its member clubs are pleased to release the 2019-20 regular season schedule.  MJHL Opening Weekend is slated for September 20-22, 2019 featuring ten (10) games and ten (10) teams throughout the weekend with the exception of the OCN Blizzard who will get started September 26 against the Wayway Wolverines..  The defending champion Portage Terriers will open their campaign Friday, September 20 at Stride Place as they face the new look Winnipeg Blues.

The regular season will consist of sixty (60) games in a balanced schedule,

In a change from recent years the Old Dutch MJHL Players Showcase will move to the fall, hosted September 29 – October 1, 2019 at Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg.  The third SJHL-MJHL Showcase will be held January 21-22, 2020 in Regina, SK with no MJHL games scheduled January 19 through January 23.

The Selkirk Steelers will host two (2) off-site games at Peguis First Nation in the state-of-the-art Peguis Multiplex Centre.  Visiting opponents for the off-site games will be the OCN Blizzard and Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

COMPLETE SCHEDULE HERE

LOCAL BASKETBALL STAR MAKES TEAM MANITOBA

MBCI SPARTANS BASKATBALL PLAYER Austin Uffleman has alot to celebrate this week.,

Congrats to Austin Uffelman on making the Team Manitoba 17U Basketball Team. Austin is one of the 15 players chosen to represent his Province this summer.

This is a HUGE  accomplishment and opportunity for Austin to play and practice with the best in his age group from accross the province congratulations  and good luck at nationals.

OCN BLIZZARD SCORE BIG ON DRAFT DAY!!!

 
YETERDAY WAS A BIG DAY FOR THE OCN BLIZZARD IN THE MJHL BANTAM DRAFT.
THE OCN BLIZZARD WERE TO PICK 2ND OVERALL BUT TRADED THEIR PICK TO THE VIRDEN OIL CAPITOLS FOR 17 YEAR OLD RILEY ZIMMERMAN. 
 

Zimmerman played last season with the Winnipeg Wild in the Manitoba AAA U-18 Hockey League where he had 5 goals and 13 assists in 33 regular season games.

The left winger added another 3 points in 11 playoff games for a Wild team that lost in the league final.

The Oil Caps knew the price would be high to move up to the 2nd overall spot in the draft and although it is tough to give up a player of Zimmerman’s caliber,. 
THE OCN BLIZZARD ARE HAPPY TO AD HIM TO THE TEAM AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE WHAT HE CAN DO ON THE ICE

 

The Blizzard Used the 7th Overall pick to choose Karson King of the Interlake Lightning AAA Midget Hockey Team!
 

Here are the Blizzard Draft Picks for 2019!!


NELSON HOUSE CREE NATION FLAMES TO PLAY IN THE KEYSTONE JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE FOR 2019-2020

The Keystone Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce the addition of the NCN Flames for the 2019-20 season.

The team play at Gilbert McDonald Arena in Nelson House.

Previously a member of the Norwest Junior Hockey League (NJHL), the Flames captured the Baldy Northcott Trophy in 2002 sweeping the North Winnipeg Satelites in a best-of five series. They were two-time NJHL champions repeating as league champion in 2003.

With the Nelson House minor hockey growing the Flames decided to add the Junior B team.

NCN Flames will be the fifth KJHL team for 2019-20 joining Cross Lake Islanders, Norway House North Stars, OCN Storm and Peguis Juniors.

 

 

OCN BLIZZARD BRYDEN SINCLAIR NAMED MANITOBA ABORIGINAL SPORTS AND REC COUNCIL INC. ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Bryden Sinclair is a 17 year-old Hockey player from Peguis First Nation. This season he played for the OCN Blizzard where he received Rookie of the Year. Bryden has been playing Hockey for 13 years, and says his favourite part is getting to travel and meet new people.

 

In May, Bryden travelled with Team Manitoba to Whitehorse, Yukon for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships where his team won the gold medal while he received the award for top defense player for the whole tournament.

Bryden has said that one lesson he's learned through being an athlete is the importance of respecting your body with proper eating and training. Looks like this has really paid off for Bryden as he was signed to the NAHL for the 2019-2020 season!

OCN BLIZZARD AQUIRE RIGHTS TO 2 PLAYERS, AND WELCOME BACK 2 20 YEAR OLDS.

The MJHL Draft is fast approaching this Sunday. Set for 9am. The OCN Blizzard Protected 2 players ahead of the draft. 15 Year old forward Colby Hnidy, and 15 year old Defencemen, Cheechoo Lathlin.
Both players were members of the Norman Wolves Bantam AAA Hockey team last season. Of the Winnipeg Division 1 Bantam AAA League.


 

 

MBCI Sparatans take part in The 2019 MILK Provincial Track & Field Championships

THE MBCI SPARTANS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM WILL HEAD TO PROVINCIALS THIS WEEK. THE CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE HELD AT UNIVERSITY FIELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA.

OVER 1500 ATHLETES WILL BE PARTICIPATING .

 

SPAR TAIN  athletes that will be attending provincials in Winnipeg on June 6 and 7. 

The following students will have the opportunity to go to provincials:

 

Chase Bertholet – 800m and 1500m

Lynelle Bon – 1500 m

Mia Brown – Hurdles and Triple Jump

Jack Dunham – 3000 m

Jane Dunham - 400m and 800m

Jayden Foster – 100m and long jump

Leif Grindey – 800 m 1500m 3000m

Colby Hnidy – 400m

Brock Johnson 100m 200m 400m

Josh Luce – 200m and 400m

Blake MacDonald – 800m and 1500m

Lucas McDonald – 200m and 400m

Daniel McMillan – 100m and 200m

Dylan Stark – 100m long jump and high jump

 

The following relays also qualified for the provincials:

JV Boys 4 x 100m

Jv Boys 4 x 400m

SV Boys 4x100m

SV Boys 4 x 400m

JV Girls Medley relay

 

2019 MILK Provincial Track & Field Championships. We know that this event will provide all participants with an exciting and special memory of their high school track and field days.

 

Over 9,000 student athletes participate in high school track & field province wide, and the 1,500 athletes who advance to this championship are to be congratulated. We wish you success in attaining your goal to reach the podium and be rated as one of the best in Manitoba. We hope that this may be a stepping stone to regional, national, and international events.

Congratulations and Good Luck to All the Competitors!!!!

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS AD MANITOBA TALENT TONY APETAGON TO THE LINEUP.

Continuing to bring in Manitoba talent, the Bison men's hockey team is announcing the addition of forwards Tony Apetagon  for the 2019-20 season.

Apetagon, 20, is a 6'2", 175-pound forward from Norway House, Manitoba, who last played for the Winnipeg Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). He was a First Team All-Star in the MJHL this season, finishing the season third in the league in scoring with 29 goals and 45 assists in 59 games for the Blues (18 games) and OCN Blizzard (41 games).

In six post-season games with Winnipeg, Apetagon added three goals and two assists.

"I'm excited to be joining the Bison men's hockey program as well as getting my education at the same time," said Apetagon. "It'll be nice to represent my home province. I know it'll be a huge step forward from junior hockey to university hockey, but I love adversity and I'm excited to get started."

"I am very pleased to announce the signing of two local Manitoba hockey products to the Bison men's hockey program," said Bisons head coach Mike Sirant

"Tony is a late bloomer who has tremendous upside to his game. He is an excellent skater with good puck skills, and is a natural scorer who can score goals in different ways. I am very impressed with Tony's passion for hockey and how hard he competes in games."

THE PAS MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION AWARDS BANQUET WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!

 

On May 15, 2019, The Pas Minor Hockey Association hosted its year end Awards Banquet, All the hardware was handed out this evening. Putting our local kids in the spotlight for their achievements in their hockey season. The Board of Directors and Volunteers would like to thank the hundreds in attendance and see you next season!!

 

 

 

NOVICE
 

League Awards
Best Defense: Luke Ferland
Best Forward: Marcus Burns-Cochrane
Most Sportsmanlike: Kason Hester
Most Improved: Peyton Richards
Most Valuable: Connor Bird
Best Goalie: Gracelynn Melnyk 
 

 

Team Red
Most Sportsmanlike:  Riley Mischuk
Most Improved: Cooper Rousson
Most Dedicated: Joden Cruz
 

Team White
Most Sportsmanlike:  Josie Petryk 
Most Improved: Chad Martin
Most Dedicated:  Connor Lemieux
 

Team Black
Most Sportsmanlike:  Lennix Constant Villeneuve 
Most Improved:  Daniel Richardson
Most Dedicated:  Jakob Melko



 
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ATOM
 

League Awards
Best Defense: Kayden Leaske
Best Forward: Breton Donovan
Most Sportsmanlike:  Teagan Kadachuk
Most Improved: Johann Elliott
Most Valuable: Chantyn Michell-Thompson
Best Goalie: Will Gislason
 

Atom First Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Landen Dorion
Most Improved: Logann Melko
Most Dedicated: Rylan Fourre
 

Atom Second Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Evander Richards
Most Improved: Landon Murphy
Most Dedicated: Dex Conaty
 

House League
Red
Most Sportsmanlike:  Colin Perchaluk
Most Improved: Jake Polischuk
Most Dedicated: Kalem Whitehead

 

Black
Most Sportsmanlike: Nolan Glenn
Most Improved: Wyatt Hall
Most Dedicated: Luke Adam
 

Grey
Most Sportsmanlike: Brody Sayese
Most Improved: Jaidyn Tritthart
Most Dedicated: Marek Madrigga
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PEEWEE

 

League Awards
 
Best Defense: Carson Clemons
Best Forward:  Rachlan Hay
Most Sportsmanlike: Matt O'Toole
Most Improved:  Rieko Cook
Most Valuable:  Mariko Bercier
Best Goalie: Matt Baker
 

Pee Wee First Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Aidan Mayer
Most Improved: Riel Chartrand
Most Dedicated: Isaac Tomchak


Pee Wee Second Team
Most Sportsmanlike:  Tyson Titterton
Most Improved: Erik Elliott
Most Dedicated:  Jesse Lagimodiere
 

House League


OILERS
Most Sportsmanlike: Brody Burrell
Most Improved:  Erik Godwin-Scott
Most Dedicated:  Devin Pfund
 

JETS
Most Sportsmanlike: Jaxen Muswagon
Most Improved: Duck Nabess
Most Dedicated: Austin Gibb

 

LEAFS
Most Sportsmanlike: Jaydin Muswagon
Most Improved: Jesse James Paranteau
Most Dedicated: Terrell Martin
 
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BANTAM
 

League Awards
Best Defense:  Connor Colgan
Best Forward: Hutton Hurst-Foster
Most Sportsmanlike: Colby Hnidy
Most Improved: Melodine Thomas
Most Valuable: Abby McKinnon
Best Goalie: Nathan Moore

 

Bantam Rep
Most Sportsmanlike:  Kaiden Knutson
Most Improved:  Rowan Fenner

Most Dedicated:  Ezekiel Kirkness
 

House League
Most Sportsmanlike: Mason Young-Nbungo, Julianna Herman
Most Improved: Jacey Melnyk, Rylan Campbell
Most Dedicated: Andrew Fischer, Ravis Constant-Kuba


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VOLUNTEERS:

3M Coach of the Year:  Dion Bird
Larry Mayer Memorial Volunteer of the Year:  Savannah Sayese


 

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OFFICIALS:

 

Bryce Olson, Most Deserving Senior Official
Colby Hnidy, Most Improved Junior Official
Jaydon Glenn, Most Promising Junior Official

OCN BLIZZARD SALE APPROVED!!!

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is pleased to introduce the new owners of the OCN Blizzard.

Recently, a group of business owners in The Pas, MB consisting of Mr. Usman Tahir and Mr. Salman Safdar negotiated a Purchase Agreement with the current owners of the OCN Blizzard, the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

On March 30, the MJHL Board of Governors approved a Motion to transfer the ownership of the OCN Blizzard from the current owners to Mr. Tahir and Mr. Safdar. The MJHL Board approval of the ownership transfer did require some additional steps on behalf of the new owners. The final steps of the approval process have been completed which prompts the official announcement being made today.

The Governor of the hockey club has also been announced as Ms. Lori Lathlin of Opaskwayak, MB who has served as the team Governor previously.

The arena location of the OCN Blizzard remains unchanged as the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre in Opaskwayak, MB and the new owners will begin the process of developing their organization going forward.

FORMER OCN BLIZZARD/NORMAN NORTHSTAR , JUSTIN NACHBAUR IS A WHL CHAMPION

THE MANITOBA SPORTS WORLD AND SOCIAL MEDIA IS ALL A BUZZ FOR FORMER OCN BLIZZARD/ NORMAN NORTHSTAR AND CROSS LAKE , MB NATIVE JUSTIN NACHBAUR.

JUSTIN WAS A PART OF THE WINNING PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS LAST NIGHT IN A HUGE GAME 7 WIN AT THE ART HAUSER CENTER IN PRINCE ALBERT LAST NIGHT. JUSTIN IN THE WHL PLAYOFFS HAS PLAYED 20 GAMES AND HAS NETTED 1 GOAL WITH 3 HELPERS FOR 4PTS THIS PLAYOFFS. BUT THAT GOES WITHOUT SAYING HIS 26 PENALTY MINUTES IS SOMETHING TO BE RECKONED WITH. CONSIDERING HE PUTS HIS TEAM MATES 1ST.
 

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WITH THE PRINCE ALBERT WIN THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE MEMORIAL CUP FINALS WHICH WILL START THIS FRIDAY NIGHT IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA,. PRINCE ALBERT WHO WILL REPRESENT THE WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE JOINS THE HEAVILY FAVORED GUELPH STORM REPRESENTING THE OHL, THE ROUYN-NORANDA HUSKIES REPRESENTING THE QMJHL, AND THE HOST TEAM HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS,.
PRINCE ALBERT WILL START THE TOURNAMENT FRIDAY NIGHT AS THEY FACE THE HOST TEAM HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS,.AT 8PM. 

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