The Western Hockey League held the prospects draft last week and it was a tremendous showing for the Parkland.

The first U15 Ranger to get drafted was Ryan Gower as the McCreary native was selected 32nd overall by the Prince Albert Raiders. 

The good times would then continue as Luke Myhre was taken 106th overall by the Portland Winterhawks. Tom White is the head coach of the U15 Rangers and he says both Ryan and Luke are well deserved of being drafted.

"As a coach, it's very satisfying to see players from your program drafted," said White. "Luke and Ryan are very deserving and I am very happy for them."

Shortly after Gower was picked, the Brandon Wheat Kings selected Easton Odut of Dauphin, he is coming off a championship season with the U15 Wheat Kings. Brady Turko of McCreary was also selected by the Wheat Kings.

Tom does say it is a little disappointing as he believes there were more Rangers that should have been drafted; however, he says that just because you're not drafted doesn't mean the journey is over. 25% of current players playing in the Western Hockey League are made up of players that weren't drafted.

When talking about the players that did get drafted from the Parkland, White says it just shows that you don't need to leave the region to get noticed and advance.

"There has been quite a few players from this region that have been drafted over the years and it just shows that we are in a good spot," said White. "We have some great minor hockey associations in the region that are doing a great job of preparing these kids for the AAA level."

Special teams was the difference Sunday night and the Dauphin Kings earned a huge win because of them.

The team scored five times on the man advantage as they hammered the Summerside Western Capitals, 7-1, on day four of the Centennial Cup at Affinity Place in Estevan.

It was a very close period in the first with Summerside getting some good chances and they led on the shot clock after 20. However; the second period was a very different story as the Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions completely took over.

Parker Malchuk scored back-to-back powerplay goals to end the period, Nick Braun scored back-to-back goals to start the period, Logan Calder added one in the middle and Dauphin took a commanding 5-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Kaden Bryant and Brayden Dube scored in the third period while Will Irvine responded for the Western Capitals.

With the win, Dauphin moves to a perfect 2-0 and they lead Group B with six points, Flin Flon is one behind with five. Dauphin's next game is Tuesday against the Flin Flon Bombers and that will be the biggest game of the championships so far.

You can hear it with Darnell Duff on 730CKDM beginning with the pregame show at 4:45. 

The Western Hockey League held the prospects draft last week and it was a tremendous showing for the Parkland.

The first U15 Ranger to get drafted was Ryan Gower as the McCreary native was selected 32nd overall by the Prince Albert Raiders. 

The good times would then continue as Luke Myhre was taken 106th overall by the Portland Winterhawks. Tom White is the head coach of the U15 Rangers and he says both Ryan and Luke are well deserved of being drafted.

"As a coach, it's very satisfying to see players from your program drafted," said White. "Luke and Ryan are very deserving and I am very happy for them."

Shortly after Gower was picked, the Brandon Wheat Kings selected Easton Odut of Dauphin, he is coming off a championship season with the U15 Wheat Kings. Brady Turko of McCreary was also selected by the Wheat Kings.

Tom does say it is a little disappointing as he believes there were more Rangers that should have been drafted; however, he says that just because you're not drafted doesn't mean the journey is over. 25% of current players playing in the Western Hockey League are made up of players that weren't drafted.

When talking about the players that did get drafted from the Parkland, White says it just shows that you don't need to leave the region to get noticed and advance.

"There has been quite a few players from this region that have been drafted over the years and it just shows that we are in a good spot," said White. "We have some great minor hockey associations in the region that are doing a great job of preparing these kids for the AAA level."

It's become one of the most popular events of the summer and it's coming back this July to the Gilbert Plains Country Club. 

The Battle for the Belts is all set for Sunday, July 24. It's a two-person scramble and the entry fee is $130/team which is just $65 per person. That includes your round and a meal alongside a great chance for prizes.

There's also a $10,000 hole-in-one prize and it's a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Pre-pay registration opens on May 23.

For more and to register beginning in just a few days, get in touch with Danny Scott at 572-7552 and Chris Todoruk at 648-7989. 

The Dauphin Kings have their first win at Canada's National Junior A Hockey Championships.

Opening their Centennial Cup Friday afternoon against the Ottawa Jr. Senators, Dauphin scored back-to-back goals in the second period and held on late for a 2-1 win. 

The win gives Dauphin a 1-0 record at the Centennial Cup ahead of a day-off Saturday.

Ottawa was the better team in the opening 20 as they outshot the Kings 16-7; however, the second period was a completely different one. Luke Morris and Nakodan Greyeyes scored for the Kings, Greyeyes' was on the man advantage as Dauphin took a 2-1 lead after 40.

Carson Cherepak was marvelous in the game as he made 30 saves, including one at the buzzer as Dauphin skated off with the win. Next up is a battle with the Summerside Western Capitals on Sunday afternoon. 

He is only 16-years-old but clearly, that hasn't stopped him from getting the job done against guys a few years older than him. The T.G. Smith Centre was the venue and with eight minutes left, Brayden Dube scored a goal that has sent the Dauphin Kings to the Centennial Cup.

It's not often that a 16-year-old will send a junior hockey team to the national championships but the young sensation from Roblin has done just that. Brayden finished his first MJHL playoffs with three goals and six assists.

"It was the best feeling ever, especially getting the game-winning goal," said Dube. "There's no better feeling than winning a championship, especially with such a great group of guys."

The line of Dube, Logan Calder and Mathew Rathbone has been a big reason for the team's success. They were firing on all cylinders in the final and combined for three points in game seven. It's a line that wins a ton of battles and when they get the puck on their stick, they have found a way to put it in the back of the net. They're now hoping to ride that momentum into nationals.

"We have some really good chemistry between us," said Dube. "We're really good friends off the ice as well so I believe that helps us play together on the ice. We're looking forward to playing together on the national stage, it's going to be a great challenge."

Dube says there will be some pressure playing in a national championship; however, he believes the team is confident and they're ready to play the best teams in Canada.

"We just have to focus on doing the things that help us succeed," said Dube. "If we play hard the entire game and play as one unit, we're confident."

One of Brayden's highlights of the playoffs was playing in front of the amazing fans at Credit Union Place. Nearly 1500 fans packed into the rink for game six and a group of nearly 300 made their way to Steinbach for game seven.

"That's what it's all about, so much passion and energy," offered Dube. "We love that support and we appreciate it."

Luke Myhre is the newest member of the Portland Winterhawks.

As the Western Hockey League draft rolls on, they drafted Luke 106th overall. Not long ago, Portland drafted Ryder Thompson 105th overall and Ryder is now a full-time player on the team.

Luke is coming off a season in which he scored 28 times and had 18 assists. 

He just won a championship with the Brandon U15 Wheat Kings and now, Easton Odut is sticking in the Wheat City.

With the 34th overall selection in the WHL Draft, the Wheat Kings picked Easton Odut of Dauphin. 

He had 36 goals and 39 assists this past season with Brandon and also played in a single game with the U18 Wheat Kings. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2022 will go down as a day that Ryan Gower will never forget.

The McCreary native was drafted 32nd overall by the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western Hockey League draft.

Ryan had 13 goals and 21 assists this past season with the Parkland U15 Rangers and he just recently took part in Hockey Manitoba's Program of Excellence Top 40 camp. 

Logan Calder has been nothing short of exceptional since joining the Kings at the trade deadline. Calder's work ethic is unbelievable and more often than not when he goes into the corners battling for a puck, he will come out with it.

In game six of the finals against Steinbach, Calder took a nice pass from Brayden Dube at the left post and beat Will Hambley and that goal added some insurance as Dauphin and Steinbach needed a game seven. In game seven, Calder once again came to play and came up huge.

While a man down, he stopped a clearing attempt with his stick and skated down to the left-side circles and snapped a shot past Hambley. Later in the game with about eight minutes to play, Calder won a battle in the right corner and centred a puck for 16-year-old Brayden Dube and the Roblin native did the rest, giving Dauphin a 2-1 lead and they never looked back.

You can either sell at the trade deadline, stay firm with what you have or try to add some all-stars, Doug Hedley decided the latter was the best decision and Calder has turned out to be a huge reason why Dauphin are MJHL champions.

"It was such a great feeling to win with a great group of guys," said Calder. "We were very happy to get the job done in Steinbach."

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Logan is a proven champion -- he won a title with Portage in 2019 -- when the Terriers downed the Swan Valley Stampeders in seven games. Now the focus has switched to the Centennial Cup which begins on Friday against the Ottawa Jr. Senators. They took down Hawkesbury in the final of the Central Canada Hockey League. 

Calder has been crucial to the team's success so far and if Dauphin wants to have success in Estevan, you can expect the two-time MJHL champion to be front and centre. 

It looks like the Canadian Football League season will start on time.

According to reports, the CFL and CFL Players' Association came to an agreement on a seven-year collective bargaining agreement Wednesday night.

It must be ratified still by both the board of governors as well as the CFLPA membership; however, it appears that teams will report to their teams Thursday.

The first preseason game between Winnipeg and Saskatchewan will take place May 31. Prior to that, Winnipeg opens their preseason on May 27 against Edmonton.