Cynthia Chartrand started coaching for the Neepawa Figure Skating Club back in 2011. She started by coaching singles, can skate, and synchro. This past season was Cynthia's last as a coach as she has now retired and Chartrand is going out on top.

She won the Skate Canada Manitoba Volunteer Coach Award and she will be presented with the award this weekend in Winnipeg. For the past eight years, Cynthia has coached skaters as young as three-years-old and as old as 18-years-old. Her daughter also skated with the Neepawa Skating Club but she is no longer with the program.

"It was a shock honestly, I certainly didn't expect it," said Chartrand. "It was a little bitter-sweet because it is my last year. I announced I was retiring and I found out about two weeks later that I won."

"Neepawa made it very easy on me. I have an exceptional group of skaters and their parents are very supportive," she added. "It's an amazing club here with a ton of dedicated volunteers."

Cynthia and her family moved to Neepawa in 2005. At that point, her daughter played hockey. Six years after moving to town, Cynthia and her daughter were all-in figure skating. The rest has turned out to be history for the Chartrand family and specifically, Cynthia.

"My daughter watched a friend of mine's daughter skate and she decided she wanted to take part," said Chartrand. "They knew (Neepawa Skating Club) going into the next year they weren't going to have a coach and I thought I could try it. So I went and got my certification in Brandon and mentored over the summer and I started the following season. I was going to be at the rink anyways so why not be on the ice."

Not only did Chartrand volunteer her time to help young skaters grow their skills, but she helped a certain group get right to the top. 

"Last season our oldest synchro team finished our first competition in last place and they were disappointed," said Chartrand. "We had two competitions after that and at the final competition of the year we kind of came out of nowhere and ended up winning the gold medal."

"Watching the girls really push hard that year was definitely one of my favourite parts of coaching here," she added. "They really never gave up."

Rick Freese is back and he's the new Head Coach of the Dauphin Clippers hockey team moving forward. It's been four years since Rick has been with the organization.

"You know what, it's going to be really good to get back in the saddle here," said Freese. "It's going to be fun to see what we can accomplish."

"Rick knows how the team is run and he knows what he wants to do and I'm very confident in him doing things his way," said Jason Alf, Assistant Coach/Manager. "This is a move we made to assure we have success moving forward. We've had a really good string of coaches lately and we're expecting it to be a very easy transition."

Success has been the name of the game wherever Rick has gone. As a player, he was a member of the Humboldt Broncos that won the 2003 Royal Bank Cup.

When September comes around, Rick will be tasked with assembling a Clippers team that hopes to make another run at a league title after falling just short this past season. 

"We're going to work hard and guys are going to compete or else they won't be around," said Freese. "We want to represent not only the school but Dauphin in a solid way. We're not only making hockey players, but we're also making young men here."

Rick will have big shoes to fill. Trevor Robak has been the Head Coach of the team for the past three years and he has done great things, which includes leading the Clippers to the league final. That's something that Rick is looking forward to getting done in the 2019-2020 season.

"As hockey people, we always want to do better. We're not looking for excellence or perfection, we just want to be better than the day before," added Freese. "As long as we're moving forward and progressing, I think we will be fine."

Rick will also be joined by a group of successful assistant coaches. Jason Alf will return with his role as assistant coach and manager. Rob and Ryan Dreger will also be returning.

Coming in to join the team are Josh and Curtis Yaschyshyn. Josh is a former player and captain and he's been with Rivers for the past couple years. 

"He's really excited for the opportunity and his dad is also very keen on joining the Clipper program as well," added Alf.

The Swan Valley Stampeders most successful playoff run has come up just short in the Turnbull Cup final. 

Reece Henry scored in the first overtime frame to lift Portage to a 3-2 win tonight in front of over 2100 fans at Stride Place.

The win gives Portage their fourth title in the last five seasons. 

Sam Huston gave Portage a lead 8:18 into the first period and it remained that way until the second frame. 

Just over six minutes into the second is when Matthew Osadick tied it up on the power play with an absolute laser that beat Nathan Moore high glove side.

Less than two minutes later at the 8:42 mark, Chase Brakel regained the one goal lead for Portage as they led 2-1 after 40.

That set the stage for some late game heroics. With just seven seconds left, Osadick scored his second goal of the game to send the tilt into overtime. 

That's when Henry chased down the puck and he tucked it past Merek Pipes for the winner.

Portage will now play the Battlefords North Stars in the Anavet Cup. It begins on Friday in Portage. 

The Parkland Gators hit the pool last weekend to take part in the first long course meet of the season in Brandon. 

Here are the great results from the Gators' swimmers.

Women:

*Isabella Abraham: 3rd 200 m breast, and 7th 50 m breast.

*Erin Barnett: 3rd 200 m back;  5th 200 m IM;  7th 100 m back, and 8th 100 m fly.

*Paityn Bourgouin: 3rd 200 m back;  5th 50 m back, 50 m fly;  6th 100 m back, and 8th 50 m breast.

*Cameron Carefoot: 5th 50 m breast, 100 m free;  6th 50 m free, 50 m back, and 7th 100 m breast.

*Mila Heschuk:  1st 200 IM;  2nd 50 m breast,  50 m fly, 100 m free;  3rd 50 m free, 50 m back, 100 m breast, and 4th 100 m back.

*Sophia Heschuk: 1st 200 m breast;  3rd 50 m breast;  4th  50 m fly, and 100 m breast, 100 m back, 5th 50 m free, 50 m back, and 100 m free. 

*Mya Jensen: 4th 200 m back;  7th 50 m back, 100 m back, and 50 m fly, 

*Sammi Rea: 1st 50 m back,  200 m back;  4th 100 m back;  5th 50 m breast, and 7th 200 m IM.

*Callie Sobering: 2nd 200 m breast; 4th 50 m breast, 100 m breast;  7th 50 m back, and 8th 100 m back.

*Jade Toews: 2nd 50 m back, 3rd 50 m breast;  4th 50 m free, 50 m fly, and 5th 100 m back, and 6th 100 m free; 

*Kiara Wilson: 1st 100 free, 200 m back.

*Mia Zamrykut: 1st 100 m free, 50 m back, 200 m back, 50 m fly, and 2nd 50 m free. 

Men:

*Kelton Amendt: 3rd 50 m breast, 4th 50 m free, 100 m breast, 5th 50 m back, and 50 m fly, 100 m back;  6th 200 m  IM, 100 m free. 

*Jacob Proulx Vasquez-Ahmo:  2nd 200 m back;  3rd 400 m free, and 4th 200 m free, 6th 100 m back;  7th 50 m back, 100 m free 8th.

*Liam Sobering: 4th 100 m free, 100 m back, 5th 50 m back,  6th 50 m fly, and 7th 50 m breast, and 100 m breast.

*Alex Wi: 2nd 50 m fly, 200 m breast, 4th 50 m back, 5th 50 breast, 6th 100 m breast, 7th 50 m free, 8th 100 m back, 100 m free.

After playing so many hockey seasons in Manitoba, Dauphin's Megan Quesnel decided to change her scenery this past season. She hit the road and went to school at Olds College in Alberta and she also played for their women's hockey team.

The first year Bronco racked up seven points (4G) which were tied for fourth in team scoring and the total was only three behind top spot.

"It was a really good season. There isn't a lot of scoring out here so seven points is pretty good," said Quesnel.

Megan joined 11 other rookies on the team that were tasked with getting used to the pace of college hockey. 

"I'm definitely one of the smallest kids out here so I really had to learn how to use my speed to my advantage and edge work was important," added Quesnel. "And, I really do think I improved my edge work throughout the season, we worked on it a lot during practices."

After going 7-17 overall this season in the Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference, Megan is set for another change but this one will be a little more familiar. She's set to join her sister Marley at ACC. That means not only will Megan be playing with her sister but she will also be playing on the defending National Champions. Marley and the Cougars took home that title earlier this month.

"I'm really excited to be closer to home and playing with my sister," said Quesnel. "It will also be cool to see how they take next season after winning it all this past one. It should be fun."

Megan hopes to help the Cougars win another title but she also has a personal goal she wants to make happen.

"I want to get more than seven points next season, like double digits would be ideal," added Quesnel.

Four young Parkland hockey stars made a ton of noise in Brandon this weekend.

Swan River’s Dayson Martin and Dauphin’s Forrest Karlson, Ben Miner, and Noah Smigelsky are Champions with the Manitoba Steel.

Joining the team that featured players from all over the province, the Parklanders and the rest of the squad won the Source for Sports AAA Hockey Challenge.

Dayson couldn’t be stopped offensively. His 11 points were tied for top spot overall.

Forrest wasn’t far behind with seven while Noah racked up four points. The four points were top amongst defenders.

In net, Miner was just as solid as always. He topped all goalies with a 2.66 goals against average.

The team will now join 133 teams at the North American Hockey Classic in Winnipeg. 

The Parkland Vipers 14U-2 had another very strong showing in a tournament. 

The team made the semi-finals in Virden.

They beat Club West Rage this morning in their quarterfinal, 25-22, 25-23.

That was followed up with a very close 22-25, 22-25 loss against Russell in the semi-finals. 

The Vipers also recently placed third at the Brandon tournament.

The Prince Albert Raiders fell on Saturday night, 4-3, but Roblin’s Jakob Brook gave them every chance to win. 

He played one of his best games as a Western Hockey League player and was voted the second star of the game against Edmonton. 

He had two assists and was a plus one. Jakob’s first assist on a Justin Nachbaur goal in the first period was Brook’s first ever playoff point at the WHL level.

The Parkland 2010 Rangers had a slow start but they finished off on a fantastic note. 

Playing in the Brandon AAA Challenge, the Rangers won their last two games to finish at 2-2.

Yesterday the team started with a loss against the Manitoba Hawks before dropping a close 8-7 tilt against the Yorkton Jr. Maulers.

That’s where the Rangers turned it on. 

They beat the Bakken Oilers first, 9-7 this morning. They once again beat the Oilers this afternoon, 7-5.

The Parkland Vipers 14U-2 had a busy day in Virden today. 

They kicked off their tournament by splitting with Club West South, 12-25, 25-20.

That was followed up with a split against Westman, 25-15, 18-25.

The ladies tasted their first taste of a clean sweep next. They dominated the Brandon Cats Gold 13U, 25-12, 25-9.

After a tight 22-25 first set loss to Club West Rage, the Vipers rebounded very nicely with a 25-9 win in set two. 

The team will end their round-robin tomorrow morning.

A big day is ahead for a couple Parkland athletes. 

Gilbert Plains Riese Gaber and the Dubuque Fighting Saints begin their Conference Final Against Muskegon. 

The Lumberjacks have not played in the playoffs so far as they earned a first-round bye after finished first in their division.

Gaber and the Fighting Saints, meanwhile, are running hot. They swept Youngstown in the first round and they were third place. 

Game one and two go tonight and tomorrow. 

In Prince Albert, Jakob Brook and the Raiders can go up 2-0 in their series against Edmonton. 

The Raiders shutout the Oil Kings, 1-0 last night.

The winner of the series takes on either Vancouver or Spokane in the WHL finals. Brandon’s Trent Miner and the Giants won game one last night.