Cam Ziprick is a hockey dad, a big hockey dad. His son Aiden Ziprick plays for the Bantam Rangers and Keaton plays for the Midget Rangers. Cam is also an award-winning horse breeder and that includes breeding Champions, big Champions. 

Escape Clause, a mare that was bred by Cam won a $100,000 race this past weekend called the "La Canada" at Santa Anita Park in southern California. 

"You know what, it's just a special feeling knowing that just 100-feet away from my house she was born," said Ziprick. "That's what I do this for, to find that special horse. We get the racing channel here and watching it was just so exciting."

The horse which is now owned by Don Schnell became the first Manitoban-bred mare to ever win the race in Santa Anita history.

"That's pretty cool, it's like setting a record," said Ziprick. "She's our horse, we're down as her registered breeders and no one can take that away from us. It's very special to know she was the first Manitoba born horse to win that race."

Before the huge win this past weekend, Escape Claus was having a pretty solid winter. In three other races, she finished in 1st, 3rd, and 4th. 

"Everyone got to know her pretty quick and found out what she was made of based off those last three races, she was very competitive," added Ziprick. "She was picked to win this race so obviously we had hoped she would, but you never really know but it all worked out."

Now five-years-old, Cam sold her to Barry Arnason about three and a half years ago for $5,000. The owners of the horse are now entertaining offers for more than $600,000 to purchase Escape Claus. 

"You never know with these things, it's hard to tell how they're going to do at such a young age," said Ziprick. "If I knew she was going to do this well, I wouldn't have sold her. You don't know how big their heart is to do what they do."

Cam will now continue to breed horses alongside Arnason Farms. He has a full sister to Escape Claus that will be going to Edmonton this fall.

"Because of what Escape Claus has done, this horse should be worth a good amount," added Ziprick.

 

The Parkland Midget Rangers will head back to the drawing board after an 8-0 loss to Yellowhead tonight. 

A bright spot for the Rangers was definitely Keaton Ziprick. He was really good in net and made some fantastic saves throughout the night. 

Parkland welcomes Kenora to town this weekend for a double dip on Saturday and Sunday. 

Grady Hobbs has been in Dauphin through the tough times. In the past two seasons, Dauphin went 31-80-6-3. Now, Grady is reaping the benefits of continued hard work and commitment to the crest with the 2018-19 edition of the Kings'.

The club is 20-19-2-2 this year and are right in the middle of the pack in the MJHL, something that hasn't happened in the past two seasons.

"Yeah, obviously things are going a lot better than they have in the past few seasons and that's really exciting," said Hobbs. "Hopefully we can keep winning games and find a spot in the playoffs, that's what we're all pushing towards."

Just as the organization has trended in the right direction, so has Hobbs. After putting up seven goals each in the past two seasons for a 14-goal total, Hobbs has found the back of the net 10 times already this season. He's also got eight assists for 18 points and that's just one behind the 19 he put up in his first season of junior hockey. With still 17 games left this season, there is no doubt that Grady will easily pass the 19 point total from that season.

"I feel like I've gained a lot more confidence this year compared to the past couple ones," said Hobbs. "It's been really nice finding the back of the net more often."

"It's always nice to score goals and contribute to the team winning games," he added. "I just want to help this team win games."

For the past couple of days, Grady joined some of the best players in the MJHL as the MJ/SJHL Showcase took place in Regina. Hobbs was a part of the young team (Team Garbutt) as they played two games against the young guns from the SJHL. He was also joined on his team by his current teammate, Cole DeKoninck.

"It was a fun event. You get to meet guys that you battle with all season and now we had to come together and play together," said Hobbs. "It was a really cool experience. It was also pretty fun playing against the SJHL guys that I haven't played against before, it was just a fun event overall."

"It's always nice having someone you play with and you know," said Hobbs. "It just makes for a comfortable situation so it was nice to have Cole as one of my teammates."

Grady also made a mark on the event. After being held scoreless on Monday, Hobbs came out on a mission yesterday and scored a goal and he was named Garbutt's Player of the Game thanks to his solid play.

"It was really nice to score the goal for sure," said Hobbs. "Being named the Player of the Game was obviously a pretty awesome feeling as well."

"I thought it took me a bit to settle in during the first game, but I had a pretty solid second game, so that was a nice way to end things off."

Grady is now back in Dauphin as he and the rest of the team prepare for a game against the Neepawa Natives on Friday night at Credit Union Place.

You can also hear the full interview with Grady during the Dauphin Kings power play show after the 4:00 p.m. news, weather, and sports on Friday.

It's simple, having local players on any local junior hockey team attracts fans down to the arena whether the team is winning or losing. In Swan River, the team is winning and they have a few local players that attract the fans to the Centennial Arena and that includes first-year player, Carter Cockburn. The 17-year-old is in his first full season with his hometown Stampeders and to say it's been a successful one would be an understatement.

"Yeah, things have been going great and It's a ton of fun playing at home in front of my family and friends," added Cockburn. "I'm really enjoying it here."

Carter aged out of Midget hockey last year with the Parkland Rangers and he did so with a bang. In 48 games with the club, he had 61 points (35G) which had him in a tie for 13th league-wide in the scoring race and he had the second most points on the Rangers.

Just like anyone who moves up from Midget hockey to junior hockey, the leap is a big one. You go from playing 15-16-17 year-olds to playing guys who are as old as 20 and are much stronger and for the most part, much bigger as well. 

"I came into this season with quite a bit of confidence because I had a great season last year with Parkland," added Cockburn. "I'm obviously a rookie this year so a big thing has been learning how these guys play and how I can succeed at this level. It was challenging at first but I think I've adapted pretty well to it."

"You have a lot more time in Midget and the players aren't quite as skilled," said Cockburn. "You always have to be on your A-game up here, you have to move a lot quicker and you just have less time to make every decision."

Cockburn got a small taste of the junior hockey lifestyle last year when he played four games later in the season and he suited up in one playoff game. During that time, he was pretty productive with three points (1G). Carter has now suited up in 33 games for his hometown team this year and he's racked up five points (2G). With the 17-year-old being a rookie, it's not about the points, it's just about learning the ropes and finding ways to stick around at this level.

"I think I've gotten a lot better since the start of the year and especially compared to last year," he added. "I'm only going to get better going forward with the amount of practice I'm getting in and I have a great group of veterans that help me out a lot."

So why is calling this season just good an understatement? It's every kid's dream to advance to the next level and Carter has done exactly that. The part that makes it a step above just being a good season is the fact that he's on a second place team and they're one of the best in Canada. Swan Valley is 27-9-3-2 for 59 points. 

"It's definitely something different from what I've ever experienced, we have a ton of great guys on this team," said Cockburn. "We have really good chemistry and winning has really brought the community together and we see that at our games, so it's awesome."

"Being able to play at home is awesome, and I can't wait for what's next," he added. 

Carter and the rest of the Stampeders are back at it on Saturday in Portage against the top-ranked Terriers.

Jesse Koshowski scored his first goal of the season plus he added another and the Dauphin Clippers skated all over Minnedosa tonight as they won 7-0.

Before the first period was even over, the Clippers found themselves up 3-0.

After a scoreless middle period, Dauphin turned back up the heat in the third with four goals to pick up the commanding win. 

Wade Kopytko also scored twice for Dauphin in the game. 

Keanu Woodhouse, Riley Hammond and Logan Storey all picked up one goal. 

Dauphin’s power play was solid on the night picking up three goals while Bode Child’s turned away 15 shots to record the shutout.

Dauphin will look to make it 15 in a row on Sunday at 7:30 at Credit Union Place.

The Dauphin Kings have gone 2-1 in their last three games and a big reason for that is the man between the pipes, Bryan Landsberger. In his first year with the team, the Quebec native is settling into his new life right here in Dauphin.

"Things have been going really well, I've been playing pretty well and I love living in Dauphin," said Landsberger.

Last Tuesday against OCN, Bryan did not start the game but was quickly called upon to replace Ethan Slobodzian and Landsberger shut the door making 21 saves on 22 shots. A couple days later on Friday, Bryan was once again called upon to replace Ethan against Portage and the 18-year-old made 27 saves on 29 shots against a very offensively gifted Portage Terriers team.

One day later against the Selkirk Steelers, Bryan was called upon to start the game and he definitely did not disappoint. The 18-year-old made 45 saves and the Kings scored five goals as they picked up a huge two points against Selkirk. 

"I'm here to do whatever I have to do and I'll always be ready every night to play," said Landsberger. "My job is to make saves and that's what I'm obviously focused on. That was a huge win for me and the rest of the guys to get. It's always nice to win a close game like that especially when it's against a very good team."

"I've been feeling good about my game for a while and I know I can produce every night," he added. "I’m just trying to do the best I can whenever I get the opportunity."

After Saturday's win against the Steelers, Bryan was visibly pumped up as the rest of the team skated towards him to celebrate the two points.

"It's been an awesome ride here and I love every single second," said Landsberger. "The boys are great and we all get along great. Getting the chance to play junior hockey every day is fantastic."

Bryan and the Kings are next on the ice on Friday when they welcome the Neepawa Natives to town. Dauphin is 2-2 against Neepawa this season (1-0 at Credit Union Place). Two more points on Friday could help the Kings get even closer to a top four spot. As of today, Dauphin is in a tie for sixth with 44 points and Selkirk and Virden both have 49 points. 

"We know every night is a really big night for us and we're grinding it out as we prepare for this weekend against Neepawa," said Landsberger. "We're really confident that we have a deep lineup and once the playoffs come, we're going to be really tough to beat."

Dauphin's Lane Prokopowich and the rest of her foursome are heading to the U-18 Manitoba women's Provincial Curling Championships in March.

Lane, Brianna Cullen, Lauren Beaudry, and Serena Gray-Withers earned their spot by going a perfect 3-0 at a qualifier this past weekend in La Salle.

"It definitely felt really good, especially considering we have a new teammate that is playing with us," said Prokopowich. "One of our players aged out so we picked up Lauren and it went great. It was nice that we were able to play so well right off the bat."

From start to finish, the foursome did really dominate their competition. First up they won 8-4 and followed that up with a big 9-3 victory. To officially clinch their spot, the team won 7-3.

"We just picked up on the ice really quick which was a massive advantage to us and it really showed out there," added Prokopowich. 

Just two weeks before this event, Lane, Brianna, and Serena played in the Canola Growers U-21 Provincial Championships. After starting 2-0 in that event, the team finished with a 3-4 record. Having that experience under their belt, the foursome which added one new player knew what had to be done.

"We kind of got overwhelmed in the U-21's and I think we were a little bit too excited going in, we were the #2 seed and that brings some pressure," said Prokopowich. "We were focused on the outcome a little bit too much. We needed to just enjoy the moment and have fun out there."

"This past weekend we didn't really have the mindset that it was a qualifier, we just thought of it as another bonspiel and it worked well," added Prokopowich. 

The Asham U-18 Provincial Championships are set for March 7-10 in Swan River. Just like the U-21's, this event will feature the best teams in the province at the U-18 level.

"We're going in thinking it's just another bonspiel and we don't want to worry about the pressure from our coaches or anything like that," said Prokopowich. "We just want to curl for each other and have fun and we'll see how it goes. We're really looking forward to the opportunity."

Former Parkland Ranger and current Swan Valley Stampeder, Josh Tripp is a runner-up for Player of the Week in the MJHL.

In three games last week, the 20-year-old Swan River native had five points (1G). The goal came in a 6-1 thumping of Winkler this past Saturday while he also chipped in two assists. 

Josh continues to have a career year with his hometown team. In 42 games, he's racked up 64 points (28G) which is 10 more than his teammate, Bradly Goethals. 

Tripp is currently in Regina playing for Team Zajac at the MJHL/SJHL Showcase.

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Portage Terriers goaltender Ethan Peterson was named the Recycle Everywhere MJHL Player of the Week. The 19-year-old had a .978 save percentage last week en route to two wins. In 14 games this season, Peterson has three shutouts for a Portage team that is 33-6-1-1.

Blake Sidoni of the Virden Oil Capitals is the other runner-up for the award.

This Saturday will go down as one of the funniest nights of the year. That's right, Kings Comedy Night is coming up at the 11th Avenue Hall. The 5th Annual event will once again be presented by Twin Motors in Dauphin and it's an event that gets more popular every single year. 

This year will feature two comedians and the deadline for tickets is this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. That means you only have a few hours to get in on a hilarious night with some great people.

"It's a huge event for the Kings, and another big fundraiser for the team, it's like the Kings Par-3 but obviously it's in the winter," said Christian Laughland, Marketing Director & Media Relations for the Kings. "We're really looking forward to the event and the two comedians are going to be awesome."

"There is also a ton of prizes to be won and you can't forget about the roast beef dinner. It's going to be a great night and you don't want to miss out on it," he added.

Tickets for the night are $70 for one or you can buy a table of eight for $525 which works out to about $65 per ticket.

By getting your tickets today, you will also get the chance to meet all of your favourite Kings in person as every member of the team will be there on Saturday.

"The players will be selling tickets and they'll be doing a number of things throughout the event," said Laughland. "It's just an overall fantastic night"

Everything kicks off with cocktails at 5:30 with dinner to follow at 6:30 and the comedians will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. To buy your tickets now you can call Christian at 622-5461.

Be sure to look for CKDM's Darnell Duff at the event!

When Grandview's Logan Storey hits the ice, his sole goal is to win hockey games and usually, that ends up happening and he puts up a ton of points in the process. For Logan and the rest of the Clippers, that didn't happen as much as they would have liked this past weekend in Winnipeg at the Piper Classic.

The team lost their first three games before they rebounded by crushing Dryden in their final game.

"Yeah, we definitely didn't play our best, so we're just trying to get our minds back on league play," said Storey. "We know we have to be better if we want to have success going forward."

"We lost three games but we could have won all of them as well, it was really close," he added. "We just didn't play the full 60 minutes it takes to win."

Last week, the 17-year-old was named the Westman High School Hockey League's Player of the Week. He had eight points in just two games.

"It felt pretty good, I've never been named a POW and I've played on this team for three years, it was exciting news,"

Storey's eight points last week has him right up near the top as far as league leaders go. With his 37 points, he's only five points behind Swan Valley's Trey Sauder. He's also two points behind his teammate, Riley Hammond.

"It's been a pretty solid season for sure, I've had a pretty strong start," said Storey. "I just want to keep it going. We've also been doing great as a team after the two losses to open the season, so that's the most exciting part."

"Winning, in the end, is what matters the most, it's nice to score, but I want to win," he added.

Logan and the Clippers now return to league action tomorrow night when they play the Minnedosa Chancellors at Credit Union Place. It's a 7:30 puck drop and Dauphin will be looking to win their 14th straight league game after the earlier mentioned two straight losses to begin the season. Tomorrow's game will be the one and only regular season meeting between the Clippers and Chancellors.

It was a busy weekend of sports action in the Parkland. 

The AtoMc Jr. Kings beat Swan River today, 5-3.

Brayden Budolowski recorded a hat-trick in the win. Tylor Catcheway and Cash McCallum scored for the Kings in the win. 

Dauphin Atom 3 Kings beat the Swan Valley Stampeders Atom 2, 3-1.

Quinten Fisk scored twice for the Kings while Connor Morrisseau lit the twine once. 

Midget Grand Plains Ice Dogs:

The team played a double header against the Manitou Tigers today and they won both games. 

First up, Allee Hrechka, Jayselyn Nybo, Rylee Zalischuk, and Brady Grasby scored as the Ice Dogs came out on top 4-3.

Another great effort earned the Ice Dogs a win in their second game of the day. Emma Gamache was on fire in the game with three goals. Brook Schwartz and Rylee Zalischuk scored the other Ice Dogs goals in the game. 

Mallory Mathison-Eddie also had three assists in the big win. 

Dauphin Clippers junior varsity boys basketball:

Played three exhibition games in Brandon and went 2-1.

In their first game the team beat Vincent Massey. The player of the game was Davin Shewchuk. JJ Love was the player. of the game in a loss against Neelin in their second game. 

The Clippers finished their weekend by beating Crocus Plains. Levi Seale was the player of the game. 

Dauphin Clippers varsity girls basketball:

Played in the Neepawa tournament and got off to a slow start. Dauphin started with a loss against Neelin and Portage. 

They did end their weekend by thumping Russell, 51-25 to finish in seventh place.