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Imagine making your WHL debut at 16-years-old. Now imagine it being with the best team in Canada. 

That's what Roblin's Jakob Brook has experienced this season. The 16-year-old made his debut with the Prince Albert Raiders in the team's season opener on September 21.

He scored in that game, and since then, that's the only thing the Raiders have been doing. The team is a league-best 15-1 and they're the top-ranked CHL team in our country.

"Things have been pretty awesome," said Brook. "The team has been great to me and obviously we've done a great job of winning games. The veterans are all awesome, and yeah, the experience is unexplainable."

"It's been great to start my WHL career on a team that is winning so much," said Brook. "I've really gotten a sense of what it takes to be successful in this league. There are highs and lows, but obviously, we're on a high right now. We have a great group of guys and a great coaching staff that keeps us even keel at all times. It's an awesome setup."

Not only have the Raiders got off to a great start, but so has Brook. In his 12 games with the club, he has six points (6 G). 

"I think my skating is my strong suit and it's what I've been able to use to my advantage," added Brook. "I have to keep using it and that's how I can have success going forward."

Eight days after Jakob started his first WHL regular season, he was a part of another special game. The 16-year-old played against his brother who is the star of the Moose Jaw Warriors. Josh Brook has already been drafted to the NHL and signed an entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Brook's only played one shift against each other in that game. 

"I tried hitting him and I missed which was pretty funny," added Jakob. "It was pretty awesome getting to play against him and seeing him after the game. It was a memory I won't forget about for sure."

Although Jakob missed his hit against Josh, it was Jakob and the Raiders who got the final laugh. The Raiders won the game 5-4 and Jakob was a +1. The Raiders also have the advantage by quite a bit so far this season. The Warriors have a respectable 6-4-3 record but sit 15 points back of Jakob and the Raiders.

"We support each other no matter what's happening, and it's pretty great," added Jakob. 

The Raiders have won just one WHL League Championship. That came way back in the 1984-85 season. The club will still play 55+ games this regular season, but they know this could be a special year.

"It's always in the back of our minds honestly," said Brook. "We think we can make it really far with this team. We're really deep and we have a lot of speed. We just have to keep playing hard every game and I believe good things will happen."

At the pace he's scoring at, Jakob is on pace to get at least 30 points in his first WHL season. But, he'll be okay even if he doesn't.

"I'm not really focusing on points as a 16-year-old," said Brook. "It's just all about learning and finding out ways to succeed in this league. Points are nice obviously, but they're just a bonus."

Brook takes us back to what was going through his mind when he scored that goal in his first game in the league.

"There was a lot of emotions going on," added Brook. "It was pretty cool. After I scored the goal, it felt like I was blacking out and I don't really remember anything. It was a great experience and definitely a really special goal."

Brook and the Raiders will look to keep it going this Friday when they welcome the Kootenay Ice to town. The Raiders are perfect at home (8-0).

Dauphin's Mya Kubrakovich has a dream one day of representing the women's National Team at the Olympics.

For now, she's making the right steps as she has success playing in the Parkland.

The 13-year-old is in her first season with the Parkland Bantam Women's Rangers.

"The season is going pretty good so far," said Kubrakovich. "I really like being on this team and being a part of the group. They feel like family to me. I think we're going to have a really successful season."

This is Mya's first year of AAA hockey. Last year she played with the Peewee AA Kings. If you don't remember, that team won the Provincial Championships. All in all, Mya feels like she fits in very nicely at the AAA level.

"Playing on the boy's team last year was pretty challenging for sure," added Kubrakovich. "Because I played with the boy's, I think I'm going to have a good year this year at the AAA level with the Rangers."

It's already been a busy campaign for Mya and the rest of the Rangers. They've played several games and have had some really good outcomes. One of them was a 7-1 drubbing of Norman this past weekend.

"It's been a lot of fun learning new things and meeting some new people, and of course travelling with the girls," she added. "It's been a really great experience and I can't wait for the rest of the season."

"We have to always work as a team and be positive no matter if we're winning or losing," added Kubrakovich. "For myself, I just have to give it my all every time I'm out on the ice and do whatever it takes."

Mya has already hit the scoresheet a few times throughout the season. She knows it's always nice putting up points, but that's not something she's overly worried about.

"I don't really care about the points at all," said Kubrakovich. "I just want to have fun and learn new things. That's how I'll have success."

Being just 13-years-old, Mya will continue to develop as she hopes to one day wear the red and white.

"I've learned that I need to just stick with the basics like passing, shooting, and looking for open targets," said Kubrakovich. "Of course going hard to the net and just helping my team out."

Dauphin for now, but Mya plans to make the jump up in the next couple of years. Where?

"I'm planning on going to Notre Dame in grade 9 or 10 to play with their academy team," said Kubrakovich. "After that, I want to play up in the states collegiately. I really want to be like Brigette Lacquette. She really inspires me."

The Dauphin Kings battled, but lost to their Parkland rival Swan Valley Stampeders tonight, 4-3.

The Stamps opened the scoring just over eight minutes into the game as Quinton Sudom beat Brennan Kitchen with a sweet shot. 

Carter Sawchuk tied the game up just over 14 minutes in as both teams went into the locker room tied at one. 

Within the first 1:40 of the second, the Stamps scored two to take a 3-1 lead. The goals were from Bradly Goethals and Josh Tripp. 

At the 7:37 mark, Mitchell Joss brought the Kings back with a gorgeous goal. Swan Valley responded though very late in the frame to take a 4-2 lead after 40.

Playing in his first game with the Kings, Eamonn Miller brought the team back within one in the third, but that’s as close as they would get. 

Dauphin’s back at it on Friday when they welcome Winkler to town.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols has been named a Shaw CFL Top Performer of the Week.

He was solid last week, throwing for 358 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. That performance led the Bombers to a win over the Calgary Stampeders which clinched a playoff spot for the team.

He also moved past Don Jonas into the sixth spot on the Bombers all-time passing yardage list at 13,041. It was also his first 300-yard passing game of the season.

The Bombers will wrap up their season against Edmonton. They will then head to Regina or Calgary for the West Semifinal on November 11.

It's safe to say this year has been a memorable one for Dauphin's Monique Coffey.

The 20-year-old Dauphinite was first named to the U20 Team Canada reserve roster. Fast forward to earlier this week. 

Playing in her third season at Acadia University, Coffey was named an Atlantic University Sport All-Star for her contributions to the Axewomen rugby program.

"I'm very proud of it and it shows the hard work that I've been putting into the game has paid off," said Coffey. "This is what I've been working towards, and it's just a really special honour."

"It makes me feel really good about my abilities," she added. "I'm confident I can use them going forward to help this team win games."

There's no doubt that Monique works nearly around the clock during the season. That's not the only time she's grinding away though.

"I played on a couple different teams out here in the off-season to stay sharp," added Coffey. "I was always working on my cardio, sprinting and working hard. If you don't work hard in the off-season, you'll come into the regular season all out of sorts, so it was important that I worked hard all year."

Coffey and the rest of the Axewomen wrapped up their AUS Conference this past weekend with a loss in the Championship. 

"It was definitely disappointing losing that game," said Coffey. "We know we have the abilities to beat St. FX, but we just couldn't get it done."

Just because they lost the final, it doesn't mean that's it for Coffey and the group. They will host the National Championships that start up this weekend.

"I'm so excited to get the chance to play in the nationals and just see what the entire country has to offer," said Coffey. "We're pretty confident as a group that we can make something special happen."

"I think I'll be able to help the team this weekend with the little things we need to do in order to have success," she added. "I have the drive that's needed, and I just can't wait to get things going."

So Monique was named to the U20 Team Canada reserve roster and she's been named a Conference All-Star all within a year. Is being named a National Champion next? Time will tell.

The team's quarterfinal matchup comes against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. You can catch all the action at Acadia vs Ottawa.

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Avery Smith was born in Texas, he played on a few different teams in the US, and now he's found his way to Dauphin and is suiting up for the 51st Dauphin Kings.

One of a few Americans on this year's roster, Avery is perhaps one of the most intriguing if you bundle up his skill with his physical play.

"I'm loving the city a lot and it's a great community," said Smith. "There's not a whole lot going on, but I think that allows me to focus on hockey more."

In 12 games with the team, Avery has managed seven points (4 G). With his seven points, Avery is seventh in team scoring.

"I think I've been able to play in any role and I think I've shown that pretty well," said Smith. "I can bring a skilled game and I can bring a hard-hitting game. Any game coach wants me to play, I'm confident that I can give it to him. I've also been able to tap into my skill set a little more than I have in the past, so I'm liking that."

Avery didn't take long to show the coaches what he can do. On top of some nice goals in training camp, he also dropped the gloves with Leeam Tivers.

That was the moment when we found out exactly how much Avery is capable of.

"I'm always open to go especially when it's a big guy because I can show what I can do," said Smith. "I'm obviously not out there looking for that sort of thing, but if it needs to happen, I'm definitely open to it. It's the type of player I am."

Avery and the Kings travel to Swan River tonight to take on the Stampeders. Avery will not play as he recovers from a lower-body injury.

"It's not too bad, I just blocked a shot with my lower leg," added Smith. "It'll only be a couple of days and I should be good to go this weekend."

Now, it's time to get to know Avery a little more.

Favourite memory this season? Scoring my first MJHL goal in Selkirk when my parents were there. It was electric. It was a pretty big moment for myself.

Was it hard moving away from home? No, not really. A lot of my friends are older so a lot of them have moved on as well. I'm always talking to them and my family, but I'm chasing my career here so I'm committed to doing this.

Any hobbies outside of hockey? I love going to the gym whenever I can especially in the off-season. In the summer, my brother and I have a landscaping company and we're really busy with that. Those are two things I definitely enjoy doing outside of hockey.

Favourite memory of your hockey career? It's hard to say. I've played with so many great guys so I don't think I can narrow it down to one thing. It's honestly probably just being at the rink with the guys and playing the game I love. I cherish everything that happens.

So we know Avery is not in the lineup tonight. But as he said, he hopes to be this weekend and it's always very exciting watching Smith play with his abilities to do just about anything out on the ice.

Learn even more about Avery tonight during the first intermission of the Dauphin Kings game right here on 730CKDM. Don't forget, the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show goes at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings / Pederson Photographic.

Her brother is tearing it up on the ice, and she's killing it on the volleyball court.

Gilbert Plains Paige Gaber has been a huge reason why the Trojans varsity girls team is having so much success this season.

The 16-year-old and the rest of the Trojans have been dominant all season long which included a tournament win this past weekend.

"This season has been an absolute blast," said Gaber. "We've been so successful so far. It's going by super fast, but I'm loving every minute of it."

Being from a small town, Gaber has been able to play the game she loves for years mostly with the same girls since she was much younger. She figures that's a big reason for the team's success.

"I think we're all just so close and we're close to the same age," added Gaber. "Some of us have been playing together since grade 5. We just click so well and that's a big reason we're winning games."

The team's main goal this season is winning the Provincial Championships. But, along the way, the team set a goal of winning the Swan River tournament, and they did just that.

"Yeah, that was a really good feeling to win that tournament for the third year in a row," said Gaber. "It was a big goal of ours for sure. Hopefully next year we'll go 4 for 4."

For Gaber, it's all about getting better every time she hits the court, and that's the progression that she's seeing.

"I feel like I've improved over the last couple years for sure," said Gaber. "I just want to be the best player I can be."

The team's success this year really doesn't come as a surprise. Gaber was a part of the Trojans JV team last year and they won the Provincial Championships. This year the Trojans are ranked #1 in the province in the "A" category. 

That means a couple things. This team is red-hot. And, the rest of the province is gunning for them.

"I feel because of last year, we have a target on our back," said Gaber. "Everyone wants to beat us. Obviously, our biggest goal this year is winning it all once again."

Next up for Paige and the rest of the Trojans is a tournament this weekend in Brandon. It's one of the bigger high school tournaments of the year that welcomes teams from across the province at every level. 

"We know it's going to be tough but we're confident in ourselves and we're excited about the challenge," added Gaber. "We're hoping we can keep it going and make something special happen again."

The Dauphin Kings will look to do something no one has been able to do in a while and that's stop the Swan Valley Stampeders.

The club's meet for the second time this season at the Centennial Arena.

It's an arena where the Stamps haven't lost this season in eight games, while the Kings are 5-5 on the road. 

The last time the Kings and Stamps met was earlier this month. The Kings led 2-0 and 3-2 before falling 5-3. 

Tonight's meeting will be the first of three against the Stamps in the next 10 days. 

The two teams will hook up this weekend in Dauphin before a rematch in Swan River on November 7.

The puck drops tonight at 7:30. You can hear all the action right here on 730CKDM, beginning with the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings - Pederson Photogtaphic.

Andrew Liwiski became a Dauphin King earlier this month and played his first game for the team in a thrilling 6-5 shootout win against Selkirk on October 5.

Fast forward and the Dauphinite has now played nine games with his hometown team. In that time, Liwiski has five points and the Kings have gone 6-3.

"I think as a team we're just trying to get better every day," said Liwiski. "We had a bit of a winning streak that got snapped on Friday. We're trying to rebound from that and hopefully, we can pull out two points tomorrow against Swan."

"Personally, I feel I'm just getting back into the groove of things here," he added. "I'd like to chip in some more points but I feel that'll come when we start winning more. It's not really something I can be too concerned about."

Liwiski and the Kings last game was against Winkler this past Friday and it wasn't a great one. The team lost 5-1.

"It felt like anytime we generated a little bit of energy or a chance, we would take a penalty," added Liwiski. "We have to work on being more disciplined for sure. When you're always in the box, it disrupts the flow of the game."

That loss was the Kings first one at Credit Union Place this season. 

"It's always disappointing to provide a result like that on home ice," said Liwiski. "There was a good crowd out there and we felt like we let them down that night."

As any follower of the MJHL knows, this year is an extremely competitive one. Six teams are within six points of the first place Portage Terriers. For Andrew, he's learned first hand what it takes to have success in this league.

"To be a good player in this league, you need to be able to skate well," said Liwiski. "I'm just looking to get better every day. I need to stay more disciplined as well. I've picked up a few penalties that I'm definitely not happy about."

Next up for Andrew and the Kings is a date with the Swan Valley Stampeders tomorrow. Coming into the tilt, the Stamps have won six straight games and are second in the league.

"We just have to go in there working hard, and hopefully we can pull out a greasy road win," added Liwiski. "We know Swan is always a tough barn to play in especially on a Tuesday night. It should be a pretty solid game."

Of course, playing for the Kings provides Andrew with the unique opportunity of playing in his hometown. That's something he's loving.

"It's been pretty awesome," said Liwiski. "It's nice getting up every day and going to the rink I grew up playing in. I get to live back with my parents as well. It's been a pretty good experience for sure."

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings - Pederson Photographic.

Hops, sick dunks, great passes, lots of laughs and oh yeah, great basketball is coming to Brandon this weekend.

That's right, the Harlem Globetrotters is set to invade Westoba Place on Saturday, November 3.

This one night only event is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats for the entire show.

"We got an exciting show coming for you guys," said Orlando Elgato Melendez, Globetrotters player. "We're coming with all the fun, tricks, comedy and of course all the skill. We have a four-point line which is obviously pretty unique. We also have a trampoline and some dunkers that get extra high off that. It's going to be a lot of fun."

When it comes down to it, there may not be one thing that's better than the other, it's just overall a great night.

"I think it's a combination of everything like we have some great ball handlers and we love to interact with the crowd," said Melendez. "There is so much happening that it's hard to pinpoint one best thing. The best thing would be for you to come down and check it out because it's going to be amazing. I guarantee it."

Just because most players are tricksters, that doesn't mean they also don't have a ton of skill.

"You have to be a very good basketball player to become a Harlem Globetrotter," said Melendez. "You get scouted by the Globetrotters. In my case, I got recommended because I was playing pro and I also played at the University of North Carolina."

"Once you get in there, you have to show that you're a group person," he added. "We go beyond the game of basketball. We're interactive and we do a lot of fun things for the fans."

Sure, Saturday's show will be just another one of the 450 the group will do throughout the year. But, it's not just another show for the team. They want Westoba Place to be packed so they can show off their best stuff and feel good while doing it.

"We get energy from people coming down to watch these shows," said Melendez. "We play basically every day and sometimes it's tough because we're tired and just want to relax. But, we're fuelled by the fans wanting us to do what we do. Energy pushes us to be our best."

Great tickets are still available and they start as low as just $38. You can head to Harlem Globetrotters right now to purchase them.

The Bayer Crop Science Parkland Super League of Curling continued earlier today at the Dauphin Curling Club. 

Here are the scores:

Richardson Pioneer skipped by Greg Todoruk beat Nutrien AG Solutions skipped by Glenn Toews, 7-5.

Turko Fertilizer skipped by Kyle Forsyth beat C. Bergen Service skipped by Tyson Beyak, 5-3.

South Fork AG Services skipped by Lorne Orpin beat Oil Depot skipped by Jim Todoruk, 6-4.

Duck Mountain Tire skipped by Brian Preston beat Russell Murray, 7-5.