Financial problems, a nightmare that has become a reality for the OCN Blizzard in the past few seasons.

Since joining the league in the 1996 season, the Opaskwayak Cree Nation funded the team. After the 2016-17 season, the Blizzard nearly shut down but community members stepped up to make sure the team would continue to run. 

The question for the past few seasons has now been how long, how long would the Blizzard be a team in the MJHL? Three businessmen who all reside in the area will make sure it's for a long time moving forward.

Arthur Barbeau, Salman Safdar, and Usman Tahir have bought the OCN Blizzard.

"Both of the parties have come to an agreement that the three individuals will purchase the Blizzard franchise," said Kim Davis, MJHL Commissioner.

This is great news for the hockey fans in the community that love heading down to the rink to watch the Blizzard play. It's not a done deal, however.

Next step?

All transactions that include a member club need to be approved by the MJHL's board of governors. That does mean, this deal will be official if it's approved by the league. 

"The current owner and the proposed new owners now have to prepare and file documents that the board requires so they understand what the new owner's plans are to run this team," added Davis. 

"If the board is satisfied, a vote would take place to finalize the deal," he added. 

The timeline for everything to be concluded is unknown at this point. It could take a couple of weeks or a month.

"It's dependant on the abilities of the current owner and new owners to file the documents and send them off to the league office," added Davis. 

It's reported that OCN will continue to allow the team to use its facilities free of charge.

It was a red-hot shooting and a lock-down defensive weekend for the Dauphin Clippers junior varsity boys’ basketball team. That's added up to them being Champions as they won their home tournament at the DRCSS.

The Clippers beat their Parkland rival, Swan Valley Tigers in the finals, 84-50 to claim the title.

Before that game, Dauphin beat Grandview in the quarterfinals and Roblin in the semifinals.

It's been smooth sailing for Dauphin's Lauryn Kuzyk, Caitlyn Labossiere, Emily Zacharias, and Mackenzie Zacharias at the New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships so far. The foursome has kicked off their tournament with three straight wins.

"It's been pretty terrifying but it's also been very exciting at the same time," said Kuzyk. "Our first game we got the jitters out but our second game was live-streamed so there was a bunch of jitters during that game as well. I'm happy that we've come out with three wins and we're looking forward to what's next."

Kuzyk and the team started off by beating the Northwest Territories, 7-4. Next up they dominated Saskatchewan, 8-3 and most recently they beat Newfoundland & Labrador, 8-7. 

"We've just been playing how we usually do and we've been doing a good job of playing our style," added Kuzyk. "We just want to keep grinding it out and we'll see how everything goes."

"The trophy really was winning the Provincial Championships so now everything is just a bonus," she added. "Getting three wins is awesome."

Now the foursome will play Quebec this afternoon. They are also 3-0 and this game could very well determine who will finish first in Pool B. After this afternoon's game, they will play Prince Edward Island (0-4) before finishing out their round-robin against New Brunswick (2-1). 

"We just really need to keep it going and we just need to have fun out there," said Kuzyk. "We usually play our best when we're relaxed. We need to keep going stress-free and just have fun while it lasts."

Stay here all week long to find out how the team does.

Logan Storey scored twice and the Dauphin Clippers have now won 15 games in a row as they beat McCreary, 5-1 tonight. 

Logan, Carson Sokolan and Brayden Broome scored one goal each as Dauphin led 3-0 after 20 minutes. 

Riley Hammond scored for the Clippers in the second while McCreary's Brayden Kohlman who had a very good game scored for the Mountaineers as they trailer 4-1 after 40.

Logan would add his second goal of the game in the third as the Clippers skated to their 15th straight win.

It was a great weekend for the Grand Plains Peewee Ice Dogs and they’re coming home with a silver medal because of it. 

After going 2-0 yesterday in Neepawa, the Ice Dogs wrapped up their round-robin with a game against the Foxwarren Foxes and they lost 5-0.

Grand Plains had the chance to reset as they played the Foxes once again in the tournament final and what a game it was. 

The Ice Dogs led the whole game until Foxwarren tied it up very late to send the game into overtime tied at three. 

In the extra period, Foxwarren scored to win the Championship.

Jordyn Seversen, Skyla Burns and Addison Damsgaard did the scoring for Grand Plains in the game. 

Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy A1 Kings:

Played in the Swan River tournament this weekend and played some solid hockey. 

They ended up losing in the final but still are coming back home with silver medals!

Frederick Ledoux scored his first ever goal as a Parkland Midget Ranger, the team played pretty well but they ended up falling to Kenora, 3-1 this afternoon. 

The Thistles scored just 12 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Kenora increased their lead with a goal with just nine seconds left in the first. 

3:05 into the second, Ledoux let go of a shot from the right point that floated over the Thistles goalie right shoulder as the Rangers cut the deficit in half. 

Kenora got their two-goal lead back just 43 seconds into the third. 

With the extra man late, the Rangers pushed very hard but they couldn't find the back of the net in a 3-1 loss. 

Parkland heads to Shoal Lake on Tuesday.

It was a solid day for a couple of Dauphin Peewee teams today.

The Dean Cooley GM Peewee A1 Kings beat the Melville Millionaires, 6-3 in the Championship final. 

It was a complete team effort for the Kings that saw six different skaters score.

William Miner and Norman John Lacquette had the Kings up 2-1 after the first period. 

Shonie Caplan and Rhett Tkachyk had the Kings up 4-2 after the second period. 

Dauphin kept it coming in the third as Dixon Flett and “AP” player Ethan Everett scored one each as the team picked up a comfortable 6-3 victory to win the Championahip on home ice.

Dauphin Home Hardware Peewee A Kings:

A hot third period fuelled the Kings to a 6-3 win over the Minnedosa A Bombers in the bronze medal game.

Liam Chartrand and Ronin Mouck scored once each but that was the only offence the Kings could muster through two periods as they trailed 3-2.

Dauphin caught fire in the third scoring four times to pick up the win. 

Liam Chartrand added his second of the game while Luke Myrhe, Easton Odut and Tyron Sweetman all scored once.

The Grand Plains Peewee Ice Dogs dominated their way to a couple wins in Neepawa on Saturday.

They started off with a 8-1 thumping against the Rivers Jets.

Tristyn Hanneson and Raylyn Koshowski both chipped in two goals. 

Jordyn Seversen, Cadence Christensen, Brooke Shewchuk, and Montana Jubenvill all scored one each. 

Playing in net for Caitlin Fillion, Christensen absolutely shut the door in the Ice Dogs second game. She ended up shutting out the Neepawa Storm, 2-0.

Jordyn Seversen and Montana Jubenvill did the Ice Dogs scoring. 

The McCreary Peewee Mustangs went into cruise mode this weekend as they won both of their games. 

First off, the Mustangs beat Tri-Valley, 9-3.

In their second game against Elkhorn, Brody Fayant had a rock solid game with three goals and one assist in a 5-2 win. 

Playing in net for the first time and second time, Angelo Wozny went a perfect two for two.  

For the second straight game, Keaton Ziprick was fantastic in net and he was a big reason the Parkland Midget Rangers earned a point in a 2-1 overtime loss against Kenora tonight.

Jaegar Lapointe put the Rangers up just 5:53 into the game. Landyn Brasch and Leo Chartrand notched the assists. 

The Rangers locked down defensively and Ziprick shut the door in net until there was under three minutes left. At the 17:08 mark, Kenora tied it. 

Kenora scored the game-winner 3:14 into overtime. 

Parkland will look to get the full two points on Sunday afternoon in a rematch with the Thistles at 1:30.

Bantam Rangers:

The team also picked up a single point. Will Munro, Brayden Dube, Steven Arp, and Rylan Gibbs had the Rangers up 4-2 after 40 minutes. 

Central Plains would score two third period goals to tie it at four and that’s where the game would end. 

Parkland now welcomes the Capitals to Grandview at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Grandview Comets:

 Six different skaters scored in a complete team effort 6-1 win against Shoal Lake. 

Derrick Pulock led the way with three points (1G).

Dalen Schulz, Bradley Potoroka, Evan Gullet, Dylan Ushkowski, and Chris Porter all scored once. 

The Dean Cooley GM A1 Kings and Dauphin Home Hardware Peewee A Kings played solid games today and won their respective tilts. 

Liam Chartrand scored three goals as the A Kings beat Minnedosa, 10-5. Tyron Sweetman and Linden Smigelsky also both got in the action with two goals each. Easton Odut, Ethan Carnegie and Cade Legaarden potted one each in the win. 

A1 Kings:

Jayton Kabel and William Miner scored three each as the Kings got past Swan River A1, 8-2.

Dixon Flett and Rhett Tkachyk scored one each. 

Roblin A1:

Eastyn Hramalak, Kael Maxwell and Cole Mohr all scored once in a 3-3 tie against Melville A1.