Today was the MJHL Draft. Heading in, the Kings auto protected Rylan Gibbs and Marco Bodnarski. 

The Kings had the 5th pick in the draft and they selected forward Ethan Williment from the Winnipeg Warriors. The 14-year-old had 38 points, 16 goals in 34 games this past season. 

In the second round, 16th overall the Kings drafted forward Brayden Stevenson. The 15-year-old played for the Interlake Lightning this past season, scoring 14 goals and adding 18 assists for 32 points in 34 games. 

A defenceman was selected in the third round, 27th overall. Ben Bonni played for the Winnipeg Sharks and had 6 goals and 21 points in 33 games. 

In the 4th round, 38th overall, forward Drake Pahl, from Ste. Rose, was drafted. He had 18 points in 35 games for the Parkland Batam Rangers this past season. 

With the 49th overall pick, in the 5th round, forward Sean Williams from the Rink Hockey Academy Bantam Prep Team was picked. In 24 games, the 14-year-old had 8 goals and 8 assists.

To finish off in the draft, Dauphin had pick 60 in the 6th round and took a defenceman. Zach Turner played 36 games for the Southwest Cougars and had 20 goals and 8 assists.  

Today’s Kings Par 3 saw a hole in one!

Former Dauphin King Jason Shaw won 10,000 dollars on the fourth hole. 

Him and his team, featuring Jerron Kyle, Mike Sparrow, and James Stosez ended up winning with a score of 48 (-6). 

 

 

Brian Harris played 136 total games for the Swan Valley Stampeders over the course of two regular seasons and one lengthy playoff run. With one season left on his eligibility, Harris had a big decision to make. Go back and play Jr. A hockey for another season or move on to the next level.

The decision was to move on and now the former Stampeder is set to join the University of Manitoba Bison's men's hockey team in the fall.

The decision closes a 190 game junior hockey career for Brian, which included 54 games with the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.

"It was definitely awesome to commit to the Bison's hockey team," said Harris. "I'm kind of ready for school so I thought it would be a good idea to skip my last year of junior eligibility. I'm pretty excited about the whole experience."

"I was kind of talking to them like throughout the season," he added. "It's also pretty close to home which is great and I know some of the guys on the team which is nice."

Brian is from Wawanesa, Manitoba. 

Harris is coming off an extremely strong season with Swan Valley. He had 52 regular season points and he played in all but one of the team's regular season games. He also chipped in 15 points for the team on their road to the league final where they nearly got past Portage for their first ever league title.

"Oh yeah, it was a lot of fun," commented Harris. "The fans are great and they packed the barn all throughout the playoffs. Obviously, we came up a little bit short, but I wouldn't change it for anything, we had lots of fun."

"Being one of the top guys in Swan Valley really did boost my confidence," he added. "I have a lot more confidence in my abilities going into U of M now."

After being a veteran on the Stampeders, Brian is ready to play his first season as a rookie. Although it's never easy on a rookie, Brian isn't worrying about that too much.

"It's going to be a new experience for sure. I'm just going to work as hard as I can and I want to help the team win games," said Harris. "I have a lot to learn for sure, but I feel playing for the U of M will allow me to do that."

The Bison’s went 6-22 in conference play this past season.

Tyson Zimmer's hockey road has been well travelled in the past couple of years. In the 2017-18 season he tore it up with the Parkland Bantam Rangers where he put up 69 points in just 34 games.

Now we fast forward to this season where he compiled 54 points in 29 games with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team.

His domination over the course of the past two seasons certainly didn't go unnoticed. He was drafted sixth overall at last months WHL draft in Red Deer, Alberta. The next stage Zimmer was going to compete on was Westoba Place. That came late last month when he took part in the Brandon Wheat Kings Prospects Camp. It featured more than 30 of the team's top prospects. 

Team White ended up getting past Zimmer and the Black team, 6-3.

"It was a really good weekend. It was nice to just get a feel for all the players," said Zimmer. "I grew up watching the team so to finally get in the room and finally put a jersey on, it was definitely pretty special."

Taking part in the camp gave Zimmer a chance to realize what has to be done to make it to the next level. From the outside, there are high expectations on Zimmer to make great things happen at the WHL level. Last year's #6 pick was Colton Dach and he was drafted by the Saskatoon Blades. Dach went on to put up 28 points in 32 games with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Midget AAA team. 

Colton is also the brother of Kirby Dach who is one of the better Saskatoon Blades players ever. If you go back two years, Jack Finley was the sixth overall pick to the Spokane Chiefs and he played 63 games as a 16-year-old with the team this year where he put up 19 points. 

"I definitely have to work on all aspects of my game to be a top player in the league," said Zimmer. "I'm committed to giving it everything I have and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead."

"The organization looks for guys that are consistent. Guys that can score, but also play good in every zone," he added. "I also have to show that I can play with speed and I need to use my skill set to my advantage as often as I can."

Tyson's now back in BC where he continues to work hard every day with the Okanagan Prep Team. 

Austin Storey pitched a gem and the Grandview Lakers got their bats going in a 9-1 win against the Roblin Stars earlier tonight. 

Storey pitched seven full innings and he threw just 82 pitches to do so. 

Derrick Pulock led the way offensively by going 3 for 4.

Austin Storey also chipped in offensively by going 2 for 4. 

Also going 2 for 4 was Branden Storey, Kieran Raknerud, Alex Michaleski, and Jon Tokar.

Grandview is now 2-2 and they head to Canora on Saturday.

Dauphin's Ethan Chartrand has one goal when it comes to his future in Track & Field. He wants to be just like Canada's Andre De Grasse who is a superstar on the track. That's down the road, however. For now, Ethan just wants to give it everything he has as he represents the Dauphin Clippers, and he's sure done a great job in achieving his current goal.

Competing in the Zone Championships late last month, Ethan showed the Parkland how strong he is. He finished 1st in the 400m race and 2nd in the 800m race. The most impressive part about his finishes is, he did so against varsity aged athletes. 

Being in grade 10, Ethan made the jump up to compete against the Parkland's best grade 11 and 12 athletes.

"It was really fun to compete against everyone," said Chartrand. "It was definitely hard because I was competing against older guys. It was a fun experience overall and I'm pretty proud of myself."

"My mindset was just to have fun. I just wanted to give it my all and not stop," he added. 

Ethan is now in Winnipeg for the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Provincial Track & Field Championships. He will once again compete in the 400m and 800m races. Competing at the event will be a first for the 15-year-old track speedster.

"It's going to be very challenging for sure, I'm really excited to see more people and compete against people from around the province," added Chartrand. "I'm feeling pretty calm, but at the same time I'm very nervous about it."

When it comes to preparing for the event, Ethan has been giving it his all since his great finishes at the zones. That's because he knows he will have to be at his best to have success on the provincial stage.

"I've been jogging a lot at night and I've been doing some long distance sprints at practice," added Chartrand.

Ethan isn't the only Clipper that will represent Dauphin at the provincials. 

Here's a full list: 

Jorja Furkalo will race in the JV girls 400m and 800m. Emmalie Thompson will race in the 800m.

Jayselyn Nybo and Thompson will race in the JV girls 1500m.

Jayselyn Nybo, Jorja Furkalo, Emmalie Thompson, and Chloe Kuzyk will race in the JV girls 4x100m relay.

Meagan Brunelle will race in the Varsity girls 1500m and 3000m.

Sandi Chief will compete in the girls 100m Para-Intellectual and 200m Para-Intellectual.

Sergei Blazic and Rueben Houle will compete in the Varsity shotput and discus.

Ethan Thacker and Blake Zamrykut will compete in the Pentathlon. That includes the 100m, 800m, high jump, long jump, and shot put.

If you’re between the ages of six and 17 and you want to fine tune your golf game or learn it for the first time, the Dauphin Lake Golf Club has you covered.

On Sunday, June 9 and Sunday, June 16, there will free junior lessons.

They take place from 10-11:30 a.m. on the driving range.

If you’d like to enter, give Dauphin Lake a call at 638-9400.

Whenever Marco Bodnarski hit the ice for the Parkland Bantam Rangers this past season, his presence was felt. He was the guy that was tasked with locking down the other team's players, and more often than not, the Dauphin native was successful in doing just that.

Now Marco is being rewarded for all of his hard work and commitment on the ice. Ahead of the MJHL draft, the Dauphin Kings have auto-protected two players. Marco is one of those players as he joins Dauphin's Rylan Gibbs as the two players that have been protected by the team heading into the draft. That means they can't be chosen by any other team.

In his first year with the Rangers this past season, Bodnarski racked up 10 points (1G) from the back end. The 10 points were 12th in team scoring. Just like Rylan, Marco grew up watching the Dauphin Kings and it's been his dream for a long time to become a member of the team. 

"Yeah, it was amazing receiving the call from Doug. It's honestly so special being a part of the home town team," said Bodnarski. "I can't wait for the future to come."

Just like Doug had solid things to say about Rylan, the Head Coach and GM of the Kings offered up some great comments about Marco as well.

"Marco is a very athletic, strong kid and he has some natural skill," added Hedley. "He hasn't played a lot of hockey. He didn't start really young but he's picked it up very well. He trains hard and he's another kid that's focused on getting better all the time."

Being one of the auto-protects with his teammate Rylan is also a special feeling for Bodnarski.

"We worked out all year and we really pushed ourselves knowing there was going to be two protected players at the end of the year," said Bodnarski. "It's definitely something special to me, and I'm looking forward to continuing to work hard with him."

Now it's time to get down to the grind for Marco. If he hopes to suit up for the Dauphin Kings moving forward, he knows a lot of work is needed to be done. He's already made it this far and he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

"I'm definitely going to be working so much harder because I want to play for them," said Bodnarski. "My workouts need to be tougher and I need to get more skilled with the puck and some of the small things. Those are all factors of me making the team one day."

Marco will try out for the U18 Parkland Rangers in the fall.

Ahead of the MJHL draft on June 9 in Winnipeg, the Swan Valley Stampeders have auto-protected two players. 

The first is Swan River's, Steven Arp. He was one of the Bantam Parkland Rangers leaders this past season with 41 points (24G).

The Stamps' stayed local with their second auto-protect as they chose, Matthew Munro.

Munro put up 24 points (4G) last season with the Rangers.

On June 1, the Stamepders completed a trade that saw the organization recieve Tucker Scantlebury last season.

Going back to the AJHL's Bobcats is Dane Hirst and Roblin's, Jaden Townsend.

Swan Valley also got back the CJHL playing rights of Jesse Mistlebacher.

For top-level Bantam aged hockey players, this is a great time of the year because of the MJHL draft.

This year's draft is on Sunday, June 9 in Winnipeg, and for most players, it's a waiting game to see where they will end up, but not for Dauphin's Rylan Gibbs.

The Dauphin Kings have used one of their two auto-protect picks on Rylan. 

"It was unreal, it was honestly a dream come true when I got that call," said Gibbs. "It means everything to me. It's such a thrill knowing I'm a part of the Dauphin Kings organization."

"I had an idea that it was a possibility this could happen, but I didn't expect it," he added. "It all happened so fast."

Doug Hedley shares his thoughts on protecting Gibbs, who's coming off a very good season with the Parkland Bantam Rangers.

"I've worked with Rylan the last couple of years and he's really committed to getting better every day," said Hedley. "He brings the work ethic that we're looking for in our program. He suits the direction we want to go and we're hoping he's a big part of our future."

Auto-protecting two players is never an easy choice for an organization. To choose just two players out of so many quality players is a tall task. For Rylan, he's been working towards this for a long time.

"I think my speed and my awareness is a big reason why they chose to protect me," added Gibbs. "I like to go into the dirty areas and do whatever it takes. I pride myself on working as hard as I can at all times."

After playing with the younger Rangers this past season, Rylan will look to make the jump up this upcoming season. He's set to try out for the U18 Rangers. Being a smaller guy, Gibbs will be spending some extra time in the gym as he prepares for what should be a very exciting road moving forward. He does know the road may be challenging at times, but he's looking forward to it.

"Being a smaller guy I know I have to get bigger, stronger, and faster," commented Gibbs. "I also have to improve my skill. I can't just go out there and expect to do great things; I have to push myself at all times."

Just the fact that one day Rylan could be a member of his hometown team, the team that he grew up watching is something he won't soon forget.

"Even right now I realize like wow, I could be on the team in a couple of years, it's about always working towards it and getting better as I go on," Gibbs concluded with.

The Dauphin Clippers girls rugby team finished their season with a bang.

They beat the Kelvin Clippers, 67-0 to win a bronze medal at the Provincial Championships. 

It was a big bounce back game for the girls who lost their semi-final one day prior.

"It's not the outcome we were looking for, but traveling without two of our strong forwards and our captain was tough," said Rodney Carberry. "We lost our 13 Brie Toews in the first half of the first game due to a vicious high tackle."

"The referees were frustrating, but it was a good way to end our season after the first loss."