Roblin's Jakob Brook is set to play for his first ever Western Hockey League title in his rookie season.

Brook and the Raiders beat the Edmonton Oil Kings, 4-2 earlier today to win the best of seven in six games.

The win advances the team to the WHL final against the Vancouver Giants.

Because of the distance between the two teams, it will be a 2-3-2 format.

Brook and the Raiders have home ice beginning on Friday, May 3.

Gilbert Plains Mackenzie Zatylny, Dauphin's Hannah Gingera, Emma Wilcock, and Russell's Rainey Fingas had a fantastic weekend in Winnipeg. 

Playing on the 17U Brandon Cats at the provincials, the four helped the team place second in all of Manitoba.

They went a perfect 5-0 in the round-robin. Two of the wins came against the top ranked and second ranked teams.

In the finals, they came up just short against Winman, 21-25, 22-25.

The team now heads to the National Championships from May 8-11 in Toronto.

After a slow start to their provincials, the Parkland Vipers 14u-2 are on a roll in Winnipeg.

The team rebounded with a big straight set win over JVC after dropping their first match. The set scores were 25-17, 25-13.

They next beat the Pirates from Winnipeg in a three-set battle, 25-14, 18-25, and 15-9. The Vipers clinched second in their pool with a dominating 25-20, 25-19 win over Selkirk.

Parkland kept the good times rolling in their first playoff game. They beat the Steinbach Pilots, 17-25, 25-23, and 15-11.

Next up is a Top 16 game tomorrow morning at 11:20.

The Swan Valley Stampeders handed out their year-end awards last night.

Here are the winners:

Plumber of the Year - Brian Harris.

Top Scorer - Josh Tripp.

Rookie of the Year - Josh Maucieri / Carter Cockburn.

Top Defenceman - Quintin Sudom.

Unsung Hero Award - John Jebamani / Brian Harris.

Hardest Worker - Tucker Scantlebury.

Fan Favourite - Josh Tripp.

Heart Trophy - Tanner Glasrud / Jaden Townsend.

Coaches’ Award - Brian Harris.

Jay Sullivan Memorial Award - Carter Cockburn.

3 Star Award - Josh Tripp.

MVP Regular Season - Josh Tripp / Bradly Goethals.

Volunteer of the Year - Don Mullin.

Playoff MVP - Bradly Goethals.

The Gilbert Plains Youth Soccer program is looking for volunteers for the upcoming season. The program didn't run last year because a lack of volunteers but they're hoping to get it back up and going this summer.

It starts on May 15 and runs until June 26. The four to six-year-olds play from 5-6 p.m. and the 7-9-year-olds take the field from 6:15-7:15 p.m.

"Volunteers are so important for our organization and we really appreciate your time and talents," said Chantal Gamache, Gilbert Plains Recreation Director.

If you would like to volunteer, give Chantal a call at 548-2519. You can also text her at 648-3232 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

After their most successful season in franchise history, the Swan Valley Stampeders cleaned out their locker rooms this week. The team limped into the playoffs in the 2017-2018 season with a 28-25-6-1 record which earned them a berth against the league best, Steinbach Pistons in the quarterfinals. 

This past season, the Stamps' led by Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff were a force to be reckoned with. They went 42-13-3-2 and finished second in the MJHL.

After beating Dauphin in the quarterfinals and Steinbach in the semi-finals, the Stampeders were set for their first league final in franchise history. That final went down to game seven and even overtime before the Stamps' saw their remarkable season come to an end.

"We're proud of the guys in the room. They battled hard every night and our goal was to get better every day and for the most part, I think we did that," said Barry Wolff. "Also the community, the way they surrounded us and believed in us, it really was unbelievable."

Darren Webster has spent the past six years with the Stampeder organization. This year he stepped into the role of Head Coach and General Manager for a brief time until Barry was hired. At that point, he stepped into an Assistant Coach role.

"It was a pretty special year, we're proud of everyone," said Webster. "At the start of the year we knew what pieces could come back and we thought we could contend for a league title. It was pretty surreal when you get to do the long playoff run; it was the first of my experience. To do it with this organization and everyone in the community, it makes you speechless. I was just trying to sit back and take it all in."

Several players will not be back with the team next season. Josh Tripp, Bradly Goethals, Quintin Sudom, Dane Hirst, Alexander Uryga, and Tucker Scantlebury to name a few will graduate from junior hockey.

Matthew Osadick who put up 63 points this year and is committed to Maine University is still eligible for next season.

"There is definitely going to be a lot of work to do in the off-season to get the roster as close as it was this season for sure," said Wolff. "There are players out there and you just have to turn every stone over sometimes to find them. We added quite a few players this season and a lot of them became impact players."

"I think we need a little bit of everything, we obviously need some offensive gifted players to replace the ones graduating and we need some strong back end players as well for the ones graduating," he added.

Although Swan Valley didn't fully achieve their goal of winning a national championship, the great season should also help them moving forward in recruiting top prospects to Swan River to wear Stampeder colours.

"There is no doubt that winning makes recruiting a lot easier, it gets your prospects pretty exciting and we saw some of them around the rink during our playoff run," said Webster. "It's a lot easier to sell your program when you can make it to the league final. It also helps when you have a coach like Barry with all of his experience. Our goal is to provide these players with stability and we want to send them to the next level."

The team will now hold their year-end banquet this evening at the Veterans Community Hall at 6:00 p.m. and dinner follows one hour later. 

You can call or text Cramer Coulthart at 204-281-4255 for tickets.

Former Dauphin King Eamonn Miller is heading to play college hockey in the fall. Miller has committed to play for the Salem State Vikings. The team advanced to the MASCAC title game this past season.

"What they told me about their program and school and their success over the years, it's everything I wanted," said Miller. "The campus is on the ocean, there's a beach right there. They made me feel like I am wanted as well and you always want to feel wanted."

"We have our own private rink because they don't rent to minor hockey or anything," he added. "The coach just won his 600th game so he's been around and he's seen it all. I feel it's the right place to play and improve my game."

Miller played with Dauphin this past season and he recorded 20 points in 45 regular season games. He also added two points in four playoff games. 

"The organization is first class and they really made me feel like I was at home," added Miller. "There was no better place I could have finished off my junior career than in Dauphin."

Before coming to Dauphin, Miller spent two years with the OCN Blizzard. That's where Doug Hedley was the Head Coach and General Manager and the two joined forces once again in Dauphin.

"He's a good player and he comes to the rink every day to work hard," said Hedley. "He's very committed. He's a great teammate and he was very good this year."

Another golf course in the Parkland is set to open and this time it's the Poplar Ridge Golf Course.

It will open on Friday morning for the season.

"The course wintered very well and most of the greens are in very good shape," said Lavern Popple, Director of Golf. "Everything is looking green and we're ready to go."

The special for now will be $50 which allows you to golf all day with a cart. On Mondays, it's $33 for 18 holes with a cart.

"Our course is in very good condition and it's very playable," said Popple. "It offers challenges but at the same time, it's very fair. It's an enjoyable course to play."

Head to Poplar Ridge Golf Course for more information.

The minute he stepped into the Swan River Centennial Arena, Josh Tripp had a dream of playing for the Swan Valley Stampeders. After two seasons with the Parkland Rangers, that dream became a reality in the 2015-16 season.

He broke into the league with a solid rookie season. He had 47 points (23G) in 57 regular season games and he added three points (1G) in three playoff games. 

On Monday, April 22, Josh’s junior hockey career came to an end as the Stampeders lost, 3-2 to the Portage Terriers in the MJHL final. It was the first time a final had been decided in seven games in more than 20 years.

In all Josh suited up in 174 games as a member of the Stamps’.

“Yeah, it’s been unbelievable. The past few years to this year it’s been a big jump,” said Tripp. “Even to just get to the final never mind overtime of game seven, it’s just been a really fun experience.”

“There have been so many memories along the way, I grew up watching the team,” he added. “Even just being able to play for the Stamps’ was a big moment for me.”

Josh played his final ever home game last week in game six of the final against the Terriers. The Stamps’ lost that game thanks to a late third period surge by the Terriers. Regardless of the loss, it’s a night that Josh won’t forget thanks to everyone who supported the team.

“I don’t even know how many people were there but I don’t think it could have held 10 more people, it was absolutely jam-packed,” added Tripp. “I’ve never seen anything like that. The excitement around town for that game was incredible, I’ll never forget it.”

The hype for game number six wasn’t just in the rink. Days before the game everyone in Swan River rallied in support of their home team and hometown players, one of which is Josh.

“People were always stopping us to talk with us,” said Tripp. “It might have been myself a little more because people know me and that sort of thing from living here and they’ve seen me growing.”

“It didn’t matter if we were just out eating or something, it was really fun,” he added.

Although Josh and the Stamps’ season is over, the Swan River native could still be taking home some hardware. He’s been nominated for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year Award.

That award will be handed out early next month at the National Championships in Brooks, Alberta.

“Yeah, it’s awesome to be nominated. There are obviously some unbelievable players that play throughout Canada,” said Tripp. “It would be awesome to win it but to just get this far is huge for me.”

Josh was also already named the MJHL’s Player of the Year.

Now Josh’s focus is playing hockey at the next level. After a season like he just had, there is no doubt that teams are interested.

“I’m still looking into it but I’ve been talking a lot to the University of Manitoba,” said Tripp. “That’s probably the front runner right now. It’s close to home and it seems like the right fit.”

“If it happens, I’m definitely really excited about it,” he added. “I’m excited to get back at it.

The late Larry McDougall is heading to Basketball Manitoba’s Hall of Fame in the fall.

Larry coached the Dauphin Clippers for 32 years between the boys and girls programs and he will be inducted into the Builders’ category.

McDougall guided the boys’ team to three provincial titles in 1975, 1976, and 1980. He also led the girls’ team to a provincial crown in 1987. Three years prior in 1984, Larry led the girls’ team to a silver medal at the provincials.

Larry’s wife, June McDougall still lives in Dauphin. She will be on hand on September 28 at the induction ceremony in Winnipeg.

“We’re very excited. My daughter, son and I will be at the induction ceremony,” said McDougall. “We’re hoping that lots of the boys will come back. They’re spread all over Canada and into the United States but we’re hoping some will come for the ceremony.”

Greg Southam was on the 1976 championship team and he was the lone grade 11 player. He didn’t get the opportunity to play as much as he would have hoped, but it was still a year that he will never forget.

Greg now resides in Edmonton and he nominated Larry.

“Larry is probably not what you think of as your typical coach. He was the calmest most decent coach you could have ever hoped to play for,” said Southam. “

“The only way that you could tell Mr. McDougall was excited was if he stood up off the bench,” added Southam. “He didn’t really say much but if he stood up off the bench, we all got the feeling that he was excited.”

Even when Larry was at home with his wife June, the talk at the table often revolved around his next practice plan or how they could win their next game. That was okay with June because Larry was doing what he loved to do.

Larry was also the coach that extended his role much past the court. You could go to him at any time if you needed help or guidance.

“He wasn’t just a coach, he was a good friend to the boys off the court,” said McDougall. “One of the player’s dads was dying and one player's dad passed away; he would give them great advice. Everyone referred to Larry as “The Coach”. He made an impression on each and every player.”

When Southam was a part of the team in the 1976 team, they were dominant. On top of winning the provincials, they had a nearly perfect season. The only real time they lost is when they hit the road for the big city.

“We really didn’t lose when we were playing in our league and level, we were dominant,” said Southam. “The only time we lost is when we played city teams.”

Dwane Fidierchuk was a member of the Clippers 1980 championship team. Just like the 1975 and 1976 seasons, Dwane and the Clippers led by McDougall were dominant once again.

“Larry always thought we were good and he told us,” said Fidierchuk. “As players, we always knew we were good. Not that we always expected to win, but we sort of thought that we would.”

When Dwane looks back nearly 40 years, one thing he remembers is something that the team always worked on at practice.

“He was getting us to practice shooting from half court,” said Fidierchuk. “I watched basketball but I never really noticed that at the end of a game, sometimes someone is taking a shot from half court to win the game or extend it. That’s something that I really do remember.”

That 1980 championship team did have some pressure on them. They played host to the provincials, but if they were nervous, they didn’t look it. They ended off knocking off Selkirk to win the title in their own gym

“The whole town was buzzing for us, it was electric,” added Fidierchuk. “It went down to some foul shots at the end of the game.”

Besides basketball, Larry was very active in the sports community. He once curled an 8-ender. He also loved to hunt, fish, and golf.

After a life where he touched so many people and had so much success, Larry passed away two years ago.

“We’re very sad that he’s not here for this but he would be so humble,” said McDougall. “He would be very appreciative of this.”

Not only will Larry be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but so will the teams. All three of the championship boys teams that Larry coached are being inducted into the Hall of Fame in the “Team” category.

That means Larry, Dwane, Greg and every member of the three championship teams will forever be in the basketball history books in Manitoba.

The McCreary Golf & Country Club is open for the season.

Every Wednesday throughout the summer will be "Seniors Day" which begins at 1:00 p.m. and it features nine holes and a get together inside the clubhouse after the round.

The prices to golf are as followed:

Adult (18 yrs+)weekday - $16.00 (9 holes)     $23.00 (18 holes)

Adult (18yrs+)weekend - $18.00 (9 holes)     $25.00 (18 holes)

Junior (10-17 yrs) - $12.00 (9 holes)    $18.00 (18 holes)

Children (9 years and under) - FREE (must be accompanied by an adult).

Carts are also available for $18 for 9 holes and $28 for 18 holes.