Dauphin, Canada

If you're a girl that's heading into grade 9 or 10 this year and you're going to the DRCSS, it's time to start warming up your shoulder as volleyball tryouts are coming up.

The JV girls team will hold tryouts on Thursday, September 6 at 3:45 at the DRCSS gym. There will also be a follow-up tryout on Tuesday, September 11.

"We're going to have some returning players from last years team so we're going to have some experience," said Gord Wood, Head Coach. "But, anyone at all in this age group going to the school is welcome to come tryout. It should be a fun year, and we're looking forward to lots of girls coming to try and make the team."

Tryouts will wrap up on the 11, then it's basically right into game action for the ladies that remain on the roster.

"We have a tournament in Yorkton on that weekend," said Wood. "Then, we have our home tournament, and then we also have a tournament in Portage. It's a real quick start with lots of action, so hopefully, we can get off to a good start."

Heading into the season, Wood has a good feeling this year's team should be a competitive one.

"There's going to be a lot of girls who have played lots of volleyball and have a good amount of experience," said Wood. "And, at this age level, some will mature and develop their skill level faster than others. It's going to be really interesting to see what we get at tryouts."

There is no fee to tryout for the team, but there will be a team fee once the team is finalized which will include tournaments and travel fees. That cost has yet to be set.

The Portage Terriers are used to having very good teams. They're also used to hosting the National Championships, and now they will once again.

After hosting the event in 2015 which was then called the RBC Cup, the Terriers will host the 2020 National Jr. A Championship in mid-May at Stride Place.

"Our last one in 2015 was definitely very successful," said Dale Deschouwer, Co-Chair. "Everyone remembers what happened that year because we won it, and people still talk about it to this day."

"We as a Chair are all really excited we get another chance to host this event, and I know the entire community of Portage is pumped up as well," he added.

It's one thing to host a National Championship, but it's another to do it successfully. With the amount of money it costs to host this tournament, some teams may struggle, but not Portage.

"This tournament was probably around $600,000 to put it on," said Deschouwer. "We made well over $150,000 so we were very happy."

"But, it's a lot of work," he added. "We've been in the preliminary planning phase for about a year already."

At the 2015 event, Portage was successful in winning the Championship on home ice after beating Carleton Place in the finals. 

The 2020 event will mark 50 years since the first one way back in 1970 when it was called the Centennial Cup.

Photo Credit - Golden West Broadcasting.

For the most part, it`s getting cooler during the day and especially at night. The days are becoming shorter, and the leaves are turning colour. And, when all of that happens, it means hockey season is right around the corner, and that corner for the Dauphin Kings is within reach.

The Kings are set to embark on their 51st season when they begin their Training Camp tomorrow at Credit Union Place with registration from 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

From there, on-ice sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. and scrimmages take centre ice at 5:00 p.m.

"Getting camp going is definitely a really exciting thing," said HC/GM for the Kings Doug Hedley. "We're definitely looking forward to getting started. We already have 30+ guys here that are doing strength testing and getting some reps on the ice."

"I think there's a lot of players here that really committed in the summer time to get better," added Hedley. "I'm really looking forward to the attitude, the commitment level. Camp really should be outstanding."

For Doug, this season will be a homecoming of sorts. He's spent many years coaching in the Parkland between the Rangers and Kings. After spending the past two seasons with the OCN Blizzard, Hedley was hired by the Kings on April 23 to become the team's new HC & GM. 

"I'm just thankful to the board that they gave me another opportunity to come back here," added Hedley. "It's nice to be back in Dauphin and the surrounding areas. The people here are great, and it's definitely a comfortable feeling. It's been great for me."

30+ players are already in town prepping for camp, but dozens more are expected to arrive in town later today and into tomorrow morning. Overall, nearly 60 players are expected to suit up as they look to make the Kings. 

With that many players, Doug could have some tough decisions on what players he'll keep and which ones he'll let go, and that's something he not only expects, but he's also okay with it.

"I really think we have some great battles shaping up here," said Hedley. "We have some depth in every position right now. Obviously, they have to prove themselves, but as it is right now, it's going to be a battle for the players to make this team."

"We also have several veterans here at camp so that's a good thing," added Hedley. "It really seems they want to put the work in to get better each and every day. So, that's what we're focusing on right now."

Some of those veterans include Riley Shamray, George King, and Brennan Kitchen.

Before being traded to OCN at the deadline last year, Shamray was among the team's best players defensively and offensively. King, who played last season with Doug in OCN has quite the resume. Playing in the MJHL he's proved to be a near point-per-game player.

Kitchen last year was basically the team's human highlight reel. Numerous games he was tasked with making 35+ saves, and perhaps the game of his season came in a 3-2 overtime win against the Steinbach Pistons when he made 50+ saves. 

What else is going on this weekend:

Fan's won't have to wait long to see the Kings in real game action. After Sunday's JoFo Cup at 2:00 p.m., the Kings will welcome the Swan Valley Stampeders to town on Monday night for their first preseason game at 6:00 p.m.

"Our goal is to put a work-ethic in every night," said Hedley. "Of course results are important, but if we work hard every night they will come. We're going to be a team that's coming to the rink every day to get better. I think fans are going to like what they see."

Tomorrow's scrimmages start at 5:00 p.m. and are once again free.

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Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

The Vanguard Catalyst Credit Union Junior Open took place at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club yesterday.

Here are the results:

13 & older boys (18 holes): Luke Davidson, with a score of 77

11 – 12 boys (9 holes): Jackson Delaurier, with a score of 43

11 – 12 girls (9 holes): Dalayna Tomlinson, with a score of 65

10 & under boys (9 holes): Brady Turko, with a score of 48

10 & under girls (9 holes): London McCullum, with a score of 95

For the past several seasons Gilbert Plains Riese Gaber has been showing off his skill around Manitoba.

And, of course to scouts around the world as he played in a couple World Jr. A Challenges. Then, you add winning the Turnbull Cup, Anavet Cup and attending the Royal Bank Cup to it all.

It's safe to say Gaber has been very successful on the ice, but perhaps his biggest challenge yet is coming up this season.

Gaber is all set up for USHL Training Camp with the Dubuque Fighting Saints which kicks off tomorrow a mere 14+ hours away from his hometown of Gilbert Plains.

"I'm definitely really excited for this," said Gaber as he was en route to Dubuque. "It's going to be a really good challenge and opportunity. It's going to be cool to see a lot of different things in the US, and I'm hoping I can have lots of success out there."

Gaber has already got a small taste of what the Saints will be like this season and what calibre of hockey it'll be as he took part in Main Camp back in June, but he knows with the season only three weeks away, when he heads back this time things will be a little different.

"There was a pretty good pace at the camp for sure," added Gaber. "But, now with only 30 guys left, I think the pace is going to pick up quite a bit which should be interesting. I know it's going to be a bit of an adjustment, but I'm hoping I can make the transition pretty seamlessly."

"It's going to be pretty fun getting the chance to play alongside some top players," he added. "And, of course against them. There are some really good teams with some excellent players, so I'm hoping I can find a way to match their skill and lock them down."

During his time with the Dauphin Kings and Steinbach Pistons this past season, and really since he started playing hockey at a young age, Gaber has always been a top line guy that has the ability to produce lots of offence.

Now that he transitions into the USHL, Riese isn't exactly sure where he'll fit in on the team, but he plans on giving it all he has.

"Right now, I'm just going to go in and work as hard as I can so I can prove myself," added Gaber. "I feel like I'm going to get some opportunities to play top-six minutes so hopefully I can get there and stay there. There's going to be some nerves for sure, but not really a crazy amount."

Gaber and the rest of the Fighting Saints begin their preseason on September 14, and their regular season begins one week later against Green Bay. 

"I think I'm pretty confident heading in for sure," added Gaber. "And, the more confidence you have the better you'll play. It's going to be a really fun season."

Riese will also join his former Steinbach Pistons teammate Matthew Thiessen.

The Dauphin Kings will once again kick off their regular season this year against the Virden Oil Capitals.

But, before that, they'll play six exhibition games that begin on September 3 against the Swan Valley Stampeders.

Here's the team's entire 2018-19 schedule. Note: Games in bold will be broadcasted on 730CKDM with Darnell Duff.

Exhibition:

DateVisiting Home Venue Time    
Sep. 3 Swan Valley - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   6:00 pm CDT        
Sep. 4 Dauphin - Swan Valley - Swan River Centennial Arena   6:00 pm CDT        
Sep. 8 Virden - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Sep. 10 Dauphin - Waywayseecappo - Waywayseecappo Arena Complex   7:00 pm CDT        
Sep. 13 Dauphin - Virden - Tundra Oil & Gas Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Sep. 14 Waywayseecappo - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT    

Regular Season:

Sep. 22 Virden - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Sep. 23 Dauphin - Virden - Tundra Oil & Gas Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Sep. 28 Dauphin - Selkirk - Selkirk Recreational Complex   7:30 pm CDT        
Sep. 29 Dauphin - Steinbach - T.G. Smith Centre   7:30 pm CDT        
Sep. 30 Dauphin - Winnipeg - Bell MTS Iceplex   6:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 3 Dauphin - Swan Valley - Swan River Centennial Arena   7:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 5 Selkirk - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 6 Selkirk - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 10 Dauphin - Neepawa - Yellowhead Centre   7:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 12 Dauphin - Selkirk - Selkirk Recreational Complex   7:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 13 Dauphin - Winnipeg - Bell MTS Iceplex   7:00 pm CDT        
Oct. 16 Dauphin - OCN - Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre   7:00 pm CDT        
Oct. 19 Dauphin - Waywayseecappo - Waywayseecappo Arena Complex   7:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 20 Waywayseecappo - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 26 Winkler - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Oct. 30 Dauphin - Swan Valley - Swan River Centennial Arena   7:30 pm CDT        
Nov. 2 Winkler - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Nov. 3 Swan Valley - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CDT        
Nov. 7 Dauphin - Swan Valley - Swan River Centennial Arena   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 9 Steinbach - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 10 Dauphin - Virden - Tundra Oil & Gas Place   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 14 Winnipeg - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 16 Dauphin - Winkler - Winkler Recreational Complex   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 17 Dauphin - Winkler - Winkler Recreational Complex   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 21 Portage - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 23 Dauphin - Neepawa - Yellowhead Centre   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 24 Neepawa - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 28 Winnipeg - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Nov. 30 Virden - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Dec. 1 Dauphin - OCN - Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre   7:00 pm CST        
Dec. 4 Dauphin - Winnipeg - Bell MTS Iceplex   7:00 pm CST        
Dec. 7 Waywayseecappo - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Dec. 9 Swan Valley - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   4:00 pm CST        
Dec. 11 Waywayseecappo - Dauphin - Seven Oaks Rec Centre   4:00 pm CST        
Dec. 12 Dauphin - Portage - Seven Oaks Rec Centre   4:00 pm CST        
Dec. 19 Dauphin - Neepawa - Yellowhead Centre   7:30 pm CST        
Dec. 21 Dauphin - Waywayseecappo - Waywayseecappo Arena Complex   7:30 pm CST        
Dec. 22 Virden - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 4 Dauphin - Winkler - Winkler Recreational Complex   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 5 Dauphin - Steinbach - T.G. Smith Centre   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 8 Dauphin - OCN - Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre   7:00 pm CST        
Jan. 11 Portage - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 12 Selkirk - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 18 Neepawa - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 23 OCN - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 25 Dauphin - Portage - Stride Place   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 26 Portage - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Jan. 30 Swan Valley - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 1 Dauphin - Steinbach - T.G. Smith Centre   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 2 Dauphin - Selkirk - Selkirk Recreational Complex   7:00 pm CST        
Feb. 6 Dauphin - Portage - Stride Place   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 8 Winkler - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 9 OCN - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 13 Winnipeg - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 15 Steinbach - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 16 Steinbach - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 20 Dauphin - Waywayseecappo - Waywayseecappo Arena Complex   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 26 OCN - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Feb. 28 Neepawa - Dauphin - Credit Union Place   7:30 pm CST        
Mar. 2 Dauphin - Virden - Tundra Oil & Gas Place   7:30 pm CST

Taron Topham grew up in Grandview and from a young age, he knew he wanted to play hockey at an elite level.

And, it didn't take the 16-year-old long to live that dream of his, as he made the Bantam Parkland Rangers in the 2014-15 season.

Fast forward a couple years, and Topham just wrapped up another Training Camp with the Midget Parkland Rangers this past weekend, where he once again showed how much skill he has on the back end.

"All in all, I would say things went pretty well," said Topham. "The compete level picked up as the camp went on, and by the end, it was really strong."

"I definitely felt really good on the ice," he added.

Now after a few years of playing in the Rangers system in the Parkland, Topham will try to make the next step up. He'll be on the ice when the Dauphin Kings kick off their Training Camp on Thursday. 

"It's sure going to be a different speed, and different type of hockey," said Topham. "I'm really looking forward to adapting to that and all the changes that come with it. I'm just going to give it all I can, and go from there."

"I feel I definitely have quite a bit of speed, so I think I'll be able to adjust to everything fine," he added.

Heading into the camp, Taron has a good feeling what HC/GM of the Kings Doug Hedley will be looking for from the 16-year-old.

"He's looking for hard work, and compete," said Topham. "And, of course making the smart first passes. That's what I'm expecting, and that's what I'm preparing for."

"It's really important that I don't overthink things and I just go with the flow of things," he added. "I need to trust my instinct and give it all I have."

The dream for Taron growing up like mentioned before was to play at an elite level and he did that with the Parkland Rangers. So, after playing a few years with the Rangers and getting older, his goal changed to wanting to play for the Dauphin Kings.

"That was my goal finishing last season for sure," said Topham. "I've been working all summer with Doug, and my main goal is to make this team."

Being just 16-years-old, Taron won't only have to adapt to the speed of Jr. hockey, but he'll also have to get used to playing with older and bigger players. A few 20-year-olds will be at camp including Riley Shamray to just name one. But, for Taron, that's all a part of the game and he's not using it as an excuse.

"It's obviously going to be a big change and might be difficult at the start because I'm used to playing with 15,16 and 17-year-olds," said Topham. "But, I've always been used to being the younger guy and working my way up, so I'm hoping this will be the same."

The Kings officially kick off their on-ice portion of Training Camp on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

He hasn't hit the field yet in game action, but that hasn't taken anything away from Dauphin's Mason Rody's experience playing for the Winnipeg Rifles in the Canadian Junior Football League.

"I'd say things have been going really well so far," said Rody. "It's definitely been a tough transition, and there's a lot of veterans so that's why I haven't been able to hit the field in a game yet. It's just been tough to get a spot."

"The coaches are really helping me along and they've been really patient knowing I have a lot to learn," he added. "And, all the veterans are right by my side. It's just been a really positive experience so far, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."

In high school, Rody was able to find a way to get lots of open room on the field which is one of the reasons he had so much success. But, at the CJFL level, Rody is tasked with playing against the top young football players in Canada, which means things aren't quite as easy as they were for the past three seasons.

"There's a lot less field out there, the plays are a lot harder and I've had to learn a bunch more," said Rody. "I got moved to cornerback for a week, but then the coach moved me back to receiver because they felt I'd be better at that."

"To have success in this league you can't make any mistakes," said Rody. "I have to work on my cuts, and I need to remember and execute the routes more consistently."

Rody and the rest of the Rifles (1-1) take on the Saskatoon Hilltops (2-0) on September 2. After that, the team enters their bye week and won't play again until September 13 when they head to Edmonton to take on the Wildcats. That game is followed by another game eight days later in Edmonton against the Huskies.

Mason realizes it's unlikely he'll hit the field for this weekend's contest, but with the team having several practices before they head to Edmonton, he feels that's when he could make his debut.

"That bye week is going to be really important for me," said Rody. "I just need to push myself and work extra hard. If I can show to the coaches I have what it takes in those practices, I think I have a good chance at starting or at least getting some playing time."

"I'll definitely have to work on my speed, and like I said before I need to sharpen my cuts and routes," said Rody. "I'm not the guy that's going to catch the big bomb too often, but I feel I can bring a lot of first downs with just the short passes."

When the Dauphinite does hit the field, he knows exactly what his goal is and what he has to do to have success.

"I just want to make sure I make all my blocks and just work as hard as I can every play," said Rody. "And, if I make a bad play, I just need to forget about it and get back to the grind."

"Then, getting my first CJFL touchdown would be pretty special," added Rody. 

Playing for the Rifles is quite a unique opportunity for a first-year player out of Dauphin. Sitting at 1-1, Rody has a good feeling they can go all the way.

"The teams pretty strong this year," he added. "We still have lots of season left. I think if we work hard and execute, we have a good chance at winning nationals."

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Western Hockey League camps are well underway, and that mean's the Regina Pats are on the ice preparing for the season and so that means so is Grandview's Koby Morrisseau.

The 17-year-old is getting set for his third season in the WHL and second with the Pats. 

"I'd say things have been going really good so far," said Morrisseau. "It's been a really competitive camp and everyone's just trying to make the most of it."

"At this point, everyone just wants to get the pre-season going," he added. "We all just want to show off what we have and how hard we trained all summer long."

After hosting the Memorial Cup last year, the Pats stocked up as they looked to win the National Championship on home ice. Unfortunately, that didn't happen but, Koby and the rest of the remaining Pats that played in that tournament are hoping to use the experiences they gained in a good way.

"There's definitely a lot of things we learned from that tournament we can use," said Morrisseau. "Like we had to learn first hand how to prepare for so many really competitive games in a short period. It was a good experience, and I feel it's only going to help us going forward."

This year's Pats team will feature a different feel to it. Sam Steel who was one of the team's best players has moved up to the next level. And, Steel is just one of a few players that won't be back. With that being said, it just gives Koby and the other players a chance to move up in the lineup.

"You know there's going to be spots available after the Memorial Cup last year," added Morrisseau. "I just have to be in control of myself and show that I can do whatever they need me to do. And, when I get that role it's important that I embrace it."

In his first WHL season with Spokane, Koby produced just two points in 22 games. Last year after joining the Pats, Koby was much more efficient as he produced 12 points in 47 games with six of them being goals. But, for Koby, it's not all about points. It's about doing what the team needs in order to succeed.

"It's, of course, nice to get a couple goals and assists," said Morrisseau. "But, the most important thing is helping the team win games. I know some guys will be able to boost me up, and I want to be able to boost them up. Our main goal as a team is just to gel together and win games. That's what we want."

Last year the Pats finished third in the East division with a 40-25-6-1 record which was good enough for 87 points. Then, they almost stunned the Swift Current Broncos in the first round as the series went the distance with Swift coming out on top. 

So nearly two months later, Koby and the Pats played in the Memorial Cup. After losing some players, what are Koby's thoughts on the upcoming season?

"I think we're going to be a good club," he added. "We're just going to have to work extra hard and fill the roles of the guys that are gone. Everyone's pretty pumped up to get the season going."

Koby and the Pats now kick off their pre-season on August 31 against the Swift Current Broncos at the Brandt Centre.

He played for the Parkland Bantam Rangers for one season, and now he's set to make the jump up.

Ste. Rose's Jean Berthaudin is moving to Alberta to play for the Banff Hockey Academy Varsity team (U16).

"It's definitely a great opportunity to show myself off within the game of hockey," said Berthaudin. "I'm really excited to get the season going."

"My dad was just looking around for teams for me to play on," he added. "And, he found Banff and I guess the rest was sort of history."

After playing in the top AAA league here in Manitoba with the Rangers, why did Jean choose to move to Banff over perhaps playing for the Rangers once again?

"I just feel it gives me a better chance of playing in front of scouts," he added. "There's going to be scouts at a ton of games, and that's not really the case here. It's also a good chance to develop more and play with some of the top young players in Canada, and really from around the world."

Jean will spend a few more days here in the Parkland before he heads to Banff on Friday morning. 

"It's going to be a pretty fun experience to drive out there and see some of the country," said Berthaudin. "I'll be doing it with my dad, so it'll be nice to share it with him as well."

Now that Jean knows where he'll play hockey this winter, he continues to prepare for what he knows will be a tough transition.

"I mean obviously it's not going to be easy," he added. "There's going to be a ton of talented players, and it's just up to me to show I have what it takes to be there. It's going to be a fun journey."

Jean and the rest of the BHA U16 team will play nearly 60 games this season which will give Jean tons of time to prove he is ready for that level of hockey, and he knows that.

"I just need to keep training as hard as I have all summer long," he added. "If I want to succeed, it's really up to me to make it happen."

The team plays their first games in mid-September.

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It went down to the wire and needed a shootout, but Team White skated away with a 6-5 win this afternoon as the Parkland Midget Rangers held their Intrasquad game at Credit Union Place.

After a scoreless opening 20, Team White busted out of the gates in the second with one goal each from Garrett Hrechka and Landon Brash as they took a 2-0 lead.

But, Team Black responded with three goals of their own with Lane Luhowy, Jaeger Lapointe, and Colby Cherneski scoring to take a 3-2 lead after 40.

The seesaw battle continued in the third as Matt Boguski and Jordan Gray scored for the White team as they took a 4-3 lead, but it wouldn't last.

Team Black fired back with goals from Warren Jubenvill and Trey Sauder as they took a 5-4 lead late into the game.

Then, with 1.7 seconds left, Kevin Chrisp scored for Team White to send the game into a shootout.

Team White was the only team to score in the shootout as they won the game.