The ice at Credit Union Place has been in for just more than two weeks and Dauphin Kings hockey is right around the corner. The team will hold their rookie camp next weekend, August 26 to 28.

Following a busy month at the rink which included the return of Nakodan Greyeyes and Grady Hobbs for a skills camp to start and the Kings hockey school, the team will now shift their focus to the 2022-23 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season which is slated to begin on September 16 against the Neepawa Titans.

Dauphin will enter this season as the defending champions after they beat the Steinbach Pistons in seven games last year. Rylan Gibbs had the opportunity to travel with the Kings to Estevan for the Centennial Cup last year and he said it was an incredible experience. Gibbs - who is coming off an incredible year with the U18 Rangers - also signed his letter of intent to join the Kings. From Dauphin, Rylan grew up watching the team and he will take part in rookie camp next week. Gibbs' main focus during the off-season was improving his speed because he knows as a smaller player, speed is the way to work around that, just like Riese Gaber is.

"I'm very excited to get started here, I've been itching to get going," said Gibbs. "It's going to be great to be back on the ice competing, it's what I love to do." 

Rylan scored 21 times last year and he added 42 assists in the regular season. Then in the playoffs, Rylan scored twice as the Rangers advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years and he had four assists. Known for his great speed and shot, Gibbs, says he is in the best shape of his life and he's looking forward to making an impact with the team he grew up watching. 

"There's going to be some pressure for sure being the hometown guy but honestly, I'm pretty excited about that," said Gibbs. "It may be difficult at first to get used to that but once I get used to it, I'm just looking forward to enjoying it and taking it day by day."

A dream come true. That's what it would be for Rylan if he were able to crack the roster on a full-time basis but he knows nothing will be given to him.

"I have to push myself and give it everything I have," ended Gibbs. "I'm looking forward to this challenge, I've been working hard for many years for this opportunity and it's my turn to show what I have."

Following rookie camp next weekend, Dauphin will host their main camp the following weekend which includes the annual JoFo Cup. 

People are still buzzing about what went down at the Gilbert Plains Country Club on Saturday. Ryan Rauliuk and Ruff's Furniture came together to host a Ukrainian golf tournament in support of the Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund. 

A sold-out event featured 152 golfers hitting the links in a four-person scramble. There was no official winner as the scorecards didn't matter. Following play, golfers had the chance to enjoy a great dinner inside the new event centre and prizes were also handed out.

A few days following the event, Ryan wants to thank each and every player as well as every single sponsor.

"It was awesome, above and beyond my expectations," said Rauliuk. "It was overwhelming, it was a wild and crazy day where things went so well. I don't know what the Ukrainian culture does to people but everyone was so happy, it was a tremendous day."

A definite highlight of the day was the cossacks who were out in full force which includes several horses running around the course. They put on a show and so many people loved seeing them on the course.

"It's so unique, that's just something you won't see on another golf course, only in Gilbert Plains," ended Rauliuk. 

Rauliuk wasn't able to confirm how much money was raised; however, he did say he expects the number to be above his expectation and a formal presentation to hand the money over to the Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund will be done in the coming weeks. He also confirmed that he will host another tournament next summer. 

It was a battle that came down to the wire and it was won by Shelly Love.

Playing the ladies club championship over the weekend at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club, Love shot an 83 and won an eventual playoff against Linda Kitching.

Beth Tarrant won the first flight with a 104 while Laurie Vandendool's 111 stood up as the winner in the second flight. Linda Kitching won the Low Net with a 62. 

The Canadian Football League season has entered the back half of its schedule for some teams, the National Football League has begun its preseason and the Rural Manitoba Football League is also preparing to do so.

The Dauphin Clippers have begun on-field workouts ahead of the new season which at this time, is slated to begin early next month with an exhibition game against Neelin. One week later, Dauphin is slated to open their regular season schedule against Swan Valley on either September 8 or 9. That game will be a rematch of last year's championship final in which the Tigers won a close battle.

The team has so far been focusing on conditioning for now and Cam Bennet says the team is in a good spot.

"I imagine we will be right in the mix again. We have had tremendous turnouts for our workouts already, we had about 25 or 26 kids in our first workout," said Bennet. "I'm anticipating a roster of 30 to 35 so our numbers are looking great and there is a lot of interest from guys that have never played before."

Dauphin's last championship came in 2017 when they upset the Moosomin Generals. Since that season, Dauphin has been close as they lost two semifinals and last year's final. 

This year will also be a trial run for the league and if all goes well, as many as three new teams could be permanently joining the league. The Winnipeg Falcons and Winnipeg Nomads have both shown interest in joining the league as are the Neelin Spartans; however, Neelin seems to be having issues getting players out to workouts. 

Just more than three weeks separate now from the start of the regular season and the Clippers will be ready.

"The kids are excited, you certainly get that sense," said Bennet. "Our coaches are all back from last year as well which is great. We have lots of bodies to help out and our roster will be solid. We're excited to get on the field and play some football."

Jarrett Newton survived a playoff to win his 11th championship at the Roblin Golf & Country Club.

Playing in the Moonshine Daze Men's Open over the weekend, Newton drained a 30 footer for birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff against Chad Facey. Both players shot a 72. Then in the playoff, Newton made a two-putt par on the first hole while Facey made a bogey as Newton won his 11th club championship.

Chad Jones finished in third, just one stroke back of a playoff after a round of 73. Brayden Dube, who sent the Dauphin Kings to the national championship, put together a solid round of 75 to finish in fifth, one stroke behind Shawn McQuarrie of the Gilbert Plains Country Club. 

John Tomlinson, also of the Gilbert Plains Country Club, won first in the first flight with a round of 79, Ken Schulz shot 80 to win second in the first flight while Butch Fleury also shot an 80 to place third.

The Dauphin Kings will hit the ice to play a few teams that they don't usually do during the preseason.

Dauphin opens their tune-up schedule against the Swan Valley Stampeders on Tuesday, September 6. The following night, Dauphin plays their one and only home exhibition game. That's when the Wisconsin Lumberjacks of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) make a trip to Dauphin.

Then on Saturday, September 10, Dauphin heads to Melville to play the Millionaires at Horizon Credit Union Centre. They will then play the Yorkton Terriers the following afternoon to wrap up their preseason.

Dauphin opens the regular season on Friday, September 16, on home ice against the Neepawa Titans. This game will mark the start of Dauphin's title defence after they downed the Steinbach Pistons in seven games to claim the MJHL title last year. The team then advanced to the national semifinal. 

Mason Chartrand put up some impressive numbers on the national stage as he joined Team Manitoba for the u17 national championships in Edmonton.

In the team's first game against Alberta, Mason went 3-for-7 from the field and finished with eight points. He was a force on the glass recording five offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds. He also had one steal and one block, the team won 78-67.

Chartrand followed that up by going 5-for-12 from the field for 10 points in a 125-96 loss against Team British Columbia. Mason had another five defensive rebounds, two offensive rebounds and one assist. Then he scored six points against Team Nova Scotia while adding two blocks, one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

Following a one-assist game against Team Newfoundland, Chartrand caught fire against the same Team Newfoundland as he went 5-for-9 from the field for 11 points. He also had one block, four offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds. Mason then capped off his event with two defensive rebounds against Team Nova Scotia. 

He's won the tournament 10 times and come Saturday, he's hoping to add another trophy to his cabinet. Jarrett Newton is back for the Roblin Tire Moonshine Daze Men's Open at the Roblin Golf & Country Club. 

This year's field is an impressive one. Joining the 10-time champion are Chad Jones, Chad Facey, and John Tomlinson, just to name a few. The event is always a marquee one on Jarrett's schedule and he's looking forward to the challenge on the links.

"I just want to play well, I don't play enough competitions anymore," said Newton. "I love the competition. It's the one tournament that I always want to play well so I add some pressure, it's my home course."

Facey has also won in the past while Tomlinson has been putting together a very solid season. Jones; meanwhile, is one of the longest hitters in the region and he is playing some great golf so Saturday's test will be true and one that will likely come down to the final holes. More than 60 golfers in all will tee it up Saturday.

Following Saturday's action, Newton's focus will switch to his match on Tuesday night at the Gilbert Plains Country Club. For the first time, he has qualified for the A-side playoffs and they won their first-round match this past week against Mark Odut and Chris Todoruk, Jarrett fired a 71. He's playing alongside Jones who drove the 13th hole. 

"I'm very excited, it's great that we made the playoffs this season," said Newton. "We got off to a good start last week, we played pretty consistently and we're looking forward to Tuesday's match."

Next up for the duo of Newton and Jones is a match against Fred Todoruk and Mike Zazuliuk. 

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have suffered their first loss of the season after falling to the Montréal Alouettes 20-17 in overtime.

After a scoreless first quarter, Dominique Davis opened up the scoring for Montréal with a 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Winnipeg responded to tie the game by Dalton Schoen catching a 27-yard touchdown pass from Zach Collaros.

In the third quarter, a 43-yard field goal by David Côté allowed the Als to regain the lead near the midpoint of the quarter. Shortly after, the Bombers tied the game after a 45-yard field goal by Marc Liegghio.

The Blue Bombers took the lead for the first time during the game near the beginning of the fourth quarter after Brady Oliveira scored a touchdown off a 19-yard run. With under three minutes remaining in regulation, Dominique Davis' 1-yard touchdown run helped Montréal tie the game to force overtime.

David Côté scored a 43-yard field goal in overtime to win the game for the Alouettes.

Josh Brook will get an opportunity to make the Calgary Flames this season.

The Roblin native signed a professional tryout with the Flames after he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2017 in the second round. 

Josh played 12 regular season games last season, split equally between the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League and Trois-Rivières Lions of the ECHL. He then scored once and had five assists in seven playoff games with the Lions. That was the highest point total for a defenceman on the team and he was second overall in team playoff scoring.

Josh is just a few years removed from playing with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships. 

The Gilbert Plains Country Club will be turned fully Ukrainian on Saturday as Ruff's Furniture and the Rauliuk family presents their Ukrainian Golf Tournament.

The event which will feature more than 150 golfers is set to be a special day on the links and Rauliuk is looking forward to the day.

"We are very excited about this, the community has backed up this event," said Rauliuk. "People have jumped on board, we put out a platform on what we wanted to do and everyone is very excited about the day."

The 18 hole four-person scramble will see giveaways on each hole and there will also be raffle prizes including a signed Ryan Pulock jersey. At the end of the day, proceeds from the event will be going to the Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund. Ryan and his son Mitchell filled up 12 homes with furniture and those homes are now being used by Ukrainians that are now calling Dauphin home. 

"It's a way for us to give back," said Rauliuk. "It's easy to go out and donate but we wanted to do something fun that the community could get involved. We're also going to have a live band, so there's plenty of exciting things going on."

There will also be a chance to win $10,000 on hole 17 thanks to Western Financial Group.