Russell's Tyson Zimmer has been having quite the season with the Bantam Parkland Rangers, and now, he's getting prepared for the Manitoba Winter Games, in early March.
"It means a lot to get the opportunity to play in the games," said Zimmer. "Not that many kids get the chance, so I'm just going to do my best, and hopefully it works out."
In 28 games, the 13-year-old has been red-hot, scoring 29 goals, and adding 20 helpers.
"I've been training a lot," said Zimmer. "I've been shooting more in games, so, the more shots I take, the better chance I have at scoring, and it's been working so far."
Zimmer will be one of seven players from the Parkland Rangers that will suit up for team West (White) at the games when they kick off in Thompson.
"We have a great group of guys," said Zimmer. "It's going to be nice to meet some of the new guys, and play with them. The team is stacked with a bunch of really good players, so it's super exciting."
Zimmer and the rest of his team kick off their games on March 4.
In just 26 days, Roblin's Aidan Brook will be lacing up his skates to compete at the Manitoba Winter Games.
"It feels pretty unreal to be selected," said Brook. "I can't wait for the games to start."
The 14-year-old Roblin native, will be one of seven Parkland Rangers on Team West (White) and the rest of the team members are from Southwest, Yellowhead, RHA and Central Plains.
"I'm looking forward to getting to know the new guys," said Brook. "We had some good practices at the pre-tournament tryouts, so I feel pretty confident that we'll all connect pretty easily."
In 32 games this season, Brook has 17 points, three of which are goals. Last year in 32 games, Brook had just eight points. Next season, Brook will look to make the Midget Parkland Rangers.
"I'll be playing against all the best Bantam players in Manitoba, in March, which should get me ready for next season," said Brook. "I need to bring back the compete level, and get better every shift."
Aidan won't be a rookie at the games when they kick off in less than a month. Brook took part in the last Manitoba Summer Games.
"It's awesome that this is going to be the second games I've played in," said Brook. "Getting the chance to play with some new people, and improve my skill, is really exciting for me."
Brook and his team kick off their games on March 4.
An initiative, spearheaded by the players from the McCreary Atom Mustangs hockey team, has raised more than $12,700 for Ronald McDonald House.
"All of the players on our team have been going out and getting pledges, for each goal we score this season," said Syd Gower, Head Coach. "Then at the end of the season, which just ended, we were going to tally it all up, and donate it to the RMH in Winnipeg."
In 14 games this season, not only did the Mustangs go 14-0, but they scored 192 goals, and each goal was worth just under $67.
"I think the success we had was overwhelming for everyone," said Gower. "Nobody expected to raise as much money as we did. We sort of thought if we reached $5,000, we would be more then happy, but we more then doubled that, so it's great."
The Mustangs will travel to Winnipeg, to hand-deliver the over-$12,700 to the Ronald McDonald House, in the coming weeks.
Brayden Paterson is well into his first season with the Meaford Knights of the Greater Metro JR.A Hockey League.
"It's been a really good learning experience," said Paterson. "The people are great. It's different playing with people from around the world, but it's interesting. It's just a lot of fun playing out here."
Paterson, who played his high school hockey with the Dauphin Clippers, is starting to get more comfortable playing Jr. hockey every day.
"It's definitely a lot faster pace out here," said Paterson. "We're on the ice every day, and in the gym. I'm learning a lot, and I'm definitely getting used to it more every day."
The 18-year-old Dauphin native has played just three games with the Knights, but Paterson loves the Jr. hockey life, and he continues to work as hard as he can to get in the lineup on a more consistent basis.
"We have a great group of guys that push me to get better," said Paterson. "I'm just working hard, and I know it will pay off in the end."
Paterson expects to be playing Jr.A hockey for a few more years, but where, is still to be determined.
"I'm really not sure where I'll be playing," said Paterson. "I was thinking of coming back to Dauphin, but it all depends. We'll see what the Knights offer me, and I'll go from there."
The Knights are fifth in the North Division, with a 20-13-5 record.
The Dauphin Kings are back on the ice tonight as they welcome the Portage Terriers to town, for the fifth meeting between the two teams this season.
In four prior meetings against the Dogs this season, the Kings are 1-3, with the lone win coming at Credit Union Place, in October.
The Kings will play the Terriers twice this week, tonight being the first, and then this Friday when the two teams hook up at Stride Place.
Kyle Oleksiuk comes into the game as the hottest King, with points in four straight games, with three of them being goals, while he’s chipped in three assists in the last two games.
Jaymes Knee is also in the middle of a four-game point streak, with one goal and four assists.
The game starts up tonight at 7:30 at Credit Union Place.
The Dauphin Kings are getting set to welcome the Portage Terriers to Credit Union Place, tomorrow night.
The Kings and Terriers hooked up four times this season, with the Kings winning the first meeting between the two teams, way back in October.
Tomorrow's meeting is the first of two-straight between the two clubs, as the Kings will head to Portage on Friday night.
The Kings are coming off a mixed bag of results over the weekend, as they beat Wayway on Friday, but fell on Saturday night, against the Selkirk Steelers.
The puck drops tomorrow night at 7:30, and you can hear Friday's game right here on 730CKDM, kicking off with the pregame show just before 7:20.
Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.
In just over a month, Russell's Keaton Ziprick will be in Thompson, for the Manitoba Winter Games.
Ziprick, who plays club hockey with the Bantam Parkland Rangers, will suit up on team West (Green), at the games.
"It feels really good to be chosen to play at the games," said Ziprick. "I just want to bring my A-game out there, and I'm really excited to play with some new kids."
Three other Rangers players will join Ziprick on the green team, and 13 other players from the west part of the province.
"It's going to be a little tough getting used to playing with players that I usually play against," said Ziprick. "But, once I play a game with them, it's going to be really fun."
The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games men's U16 hockey tournament will feature eight-teams, and several scouts will be in attendance, as players compete to try and make team Manitoba that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Summer Games.
"I'm confident, and feel like I have a really good chance, at making that team," said Ziprick. "It's going to be really fun playing in front of the scouts. Just the whole experience and everything, it's going to be a lot of fun, and I can't wait."
The men's hockey tournament takes place from March 4-7 at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.
The Dauphin Peewee House team were in Stonewall this past weekend for the Vets Cup, and they came home Champions.
"We played really well as a team all weekend," said Cory Armstrong, Head Coach. "Everyone really bought into our game plan. We had a great forecheck, and we kept control of the puck really well, and our defence locked down."
The team ended up winning the final, 4-2.
"The boys and girls were extremely happy," said Armstrong. "But, the coaches were just as excited. It was a great weekend for the team, no doubt about it."
The team will now play one more league game this week before the Parkissimo playoffs kick-off later this month.
The Golden Gals Provincial Championships wrapped up earlier today, and Dauphin's Dawn Steiner came up on the wrong end, as she lost the final.
Three teams from the Dauphin Curling Club started the week.
The Dauphin Clippers finished off their Piper Classic, earlier today, with a tight loss, in overtime, against the College Jeanne Sauve Olympiens.
Hunter Glover, Ty Hassel, Austin Storey and Wade Kopytko scored for the Clippers.
Rory Campbell had a sensational game, and his teammates rewarded him, as the Parkland Rangers picked up a massive two points this afternoon, as they beat the Pembina Valley Hawks, 2-0.
Campbell turned away all 30 shots he faced, and Warren Jubenvill potted the game winner for the Rangers, 16:05 into the third.
Vincent Hughes also scored a goal for the Rangers, with just one second left in the game.
With the win by the Rangers, and a Southwest loss earlier today, the Rangers are 10 points back of the Cougars for the eighth and final playoff spot, with seven games left.
The Rangers end the season with two games against Southwest, but first, they welcome Kenora next weekend.