It's been a week to remember and it's about to get better as Dauphin's Carter Williamson will receive the Youth Umpire of the Year Award next week in Brandon at Baseball Manitoba's Awards Banquet.

From Dauphin to Austria, and now to Germany. That's been the journey Dauphin's Lisa Hale-Menard and Ray Baker have been on as they are currently in Geising, Germany playing in a CCT Mixed Doubles Curling Tournament.

After one season with the Bantam AAA Rangers and three with the Midget AAA Rangers, Dustin Mozdzen has moved up the ranks and is enjoying his first season with the OCN Blizzard.

It's back to the drawing board for the Dauphin Kings as they skated into the Yellowhead Centre on Wednesday night and ended up falling against the Natives, 6-2.

CCM Rising Stars is open to all second-year male PeeWee aged players. Skill Sessions will be held in the region leading up to the CCM Rising Stars Regional Tournaments (January 26-28, 2018). The PARKLAND is in the rotation to be hosting one of the three Regional Tournaments.

Ste. Rose's Brad Marshall dreamed of playing elite hockey at a young age, and that dream came true, as he is now in his second season with the MJHL's Neepawa Natives.

It was a long time coming for Ryan Pulock to suit up in an NHL game this year, but when he did, he didn't take long to get on the scoresheet as he assisted on the Islanders first powerplay goal of the season.

When the Swan Valley Stampeders began the 2017-2018 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season, the team had a new bench boss, and his name is Taurean White.

Swan River's Rory Campbell went from playing Midget hockey in Swan River against local players to playing against some of the best players in Manitoba as a part of the Parkland Rangers, and he's sure done his part to help the Rangers win hockey games.

Tragically Hip Albums  By David Friend


Fans of the Tragically Hip flocked to the band's music as they mourned the death of singer Gord Downie, which drove a huge boost in sales, streams and radio play. 

Eleven albums by the Kingston, Ont., rockers climbed onto the Billboard Canadian Albums chart for the week that ended Oct. 19. It was the previous day that Downie's family announced the Hip frontman had died. 

Overall sales for the band's catalogue spiked 1,000 per cent, rising to a combined 11,000 equivalent units from 1,000 units the previous week. The chart is tallied by Nielsen Music and is based on both physical and digital sales along with a calculation of on-demand streams. 

The strongest performer was the Hip's greatest hits compilation ``Yer Favourites,'' which rose to No. 2 from No. 182 the previous week. It was held from the top position by the debut of Pink's new release ``Beautiful Trauma.'' 

Another 10 Hip albums made the Top 200, including 1992's ``Fully Completely'' and 1998's ``Phantom Power,'' while Gord Downie's ``Secret Path'' also re-entered the chart. 

Streaming of the Hip's music also grew tremendously, rising more than 700 per cent on services like Apple Music and Spotify. 

On-demand streams jumped to 9.7 million for the week from 1.1 million, while many of the Hip's most popular songs are lingering on Spotify's Viral 50 chart, which monitors music sharing on social media. 

Radio stations also filled their playlists with Hip favourites in the days after Downie's death. 

``Ahead by a Century'' was the Hip's most played track on the day the singer's death was announced, followed by ``Courage,'' ``Wheat Kings,'' ``New Orleans Is Sinking'' and ``Bobcaygeon.''


The Swan Valley Stampeders have had their fair share of struggles over the past years, but this year seems to be trending in a different direction, and Grandview's Brett Evans has been a big reason why.