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The Blizzard Junior 'A' Hockey Club was a big winner on Monday as the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) announced award winners for the 2023-24 regular season.

Ed Belfour Goaltender of the Year - Tomas Anderson (Blizzard)

A graduate of Stillwater High School in Minnesota last year, Anderson now calls The Pas his home and he has been exceptional this year. Anderson has 23 wins this year, the fourth-most in the league, and his .932 save percentage is tied for second in the league while Anderson has a very solid 2.07 goals-against average.

Tomas recently had a stretch that saw him record four shutouts in six starts and he leads the league with seven overall this year. He also recently committed to play Division 1 hockey at Niagara University

Anderson has been a massive reason why the Blizzard currently occupies second place in the West Division.

Muzz MacPherson Coach of the Year - Eric Labrosse (Blizzard)

After helping the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) make the playoffs thanks to a third-place regular season finish in the Western Conference last year, Labrosse was hired by the Blizzard this year and he has sparkled.

The Blizzard is not the most skilled team in the league; however, you will not find a team that works harder. Instilling a hard-working club, Labrosse has done a tremendous job of assuring his club is ready to go every single game. 

There is a new buzz in The Pas this year and Labrosse is a big reason why. He has also coached professionally in the past in France. 

Steve "Boomer" Hawrysh MVP - Trent Penner (Flyers)

He is the team's captain and he never shies away from a battle. If Trent Penner has to play physically, he will. If he has to play a finesse game, he will. Whatever way Penner needs to play, he can. 

Heading into the second last week of the MJHL regular season, Penner is second in league scoring with 26 goals and 42 assists. His average of 1.36 points per game is the second-best in the league, only behind Dalton Andrew who is his teammate in Winkler.

Penner has also added five game-winning goals for the Flyers this year as they sit in second place in the East Division. 

Brian Kozak Top Defenseman - Noah Szabo (Pistons)

No surprise here whatsoever. Noah has had to deal with an injury this year, but when he is on the ice, there is no stopping the Pistons defender. Everyone knows about his excellent ability to shut down opponents in his end and this year, the 19-year-old has taken his game to the next level offensively.

Averaging a point per game, Szabo had 44 points in 44 games this year for Steinbach. Only Kaycee Coyle of Niverville has more points among a defender in the league. Noah is 18th in league scoring this year and fifth in team scoring.

He can lock you down in his end and Szabo can also terrorize you in his opponent's end.

Kim Davis Rookie of the Year - Grady Hoffman (Pistons)

Just like Szabo was no surprise to win Defenseman of the Year, Grady Hoffman is certainly no surprise to win Rookie of the Year honours.

At 18 years old, Hoffman has 46 points in 48 games this year. He has a great ability to create his own space offensively which has proven extremely beneficial. Hoffman has also been excellent while on a power play with six goals and five assists while the Pistons are on the man advantage. Perhaps the most impressive statistic for Hoffman is his four shorthanded goals this year.

No player has more shorthanded goals this year. Hoffman's 27 goals are also tied for the fourth-most in the league. The Pistons are on top of the MJHL and will likely clinch home-ice advantage for the entirety of their playoff run.

Frank McKinnon Memorial Award Hockey Ability & Sportsmanship - Josh Lehto (Oil Capitals)

The Dauphin Kings will go up against him on Tuesday night at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. 

In his second year with the team, Lehto has been brilliant offensively this year as he leads the Oil Capitals with 55 points, 20 of which have come on the power play. Lehto is one of those tireless workers that every team wishes they could have several of.

While Lehto is by no means a big player when it comes to size on the ice, his great ability to see open ice and create space for himself which makes him a threat every single time that he's on the ice. If Virden is to go deep this year, Lehto will have to be front and centre. 

The 14U Predators Volleyball Club was in Winnipeg this weekend to participate in a Premier Tournament and once again had a solid weekend.

They finished first in their pool with wins over Winman 13U, Junior Pilots White, and Offspeed VC.

The Predators carried that momentum into the playoffs where they first downed Club West Rage. The team's run to a title would come to an end in the quarterfinals in a loss to the Huskies. This left the Predators in 5th place in the 32-team tournament.

They are off until March 15/16 when they will play in the BVC tournament in Brandon.

26 teams took part and Team Dwight Bottrell was the last one standing.

It was another great weekend of curling at the Dauphin Curling Club as the Dauphin Men's Bonspiel took centre stage.

In the final, Dwight Bottrell and his rink of Morley Bourns, Steve Soloway, and Nick Ogryzlo scored to two in the last end to beat Rob Rempel, 9-8, to win the first event sponsored by Embroidery by Design.  Placing third in the first event was Chad Sahulka and fourth went to Barret Procyshyn.

Second Event - Sponsored by Parkland Source for Sports:

Winners: Jeff Campbell rink. He was supported by Seth Gares, Blaine Johnson, and Bart Michaleski who beat the Jared Nigemeers quartet.  Third in the second event went to Cory Toews rink and fourth was the Greg Thompson foursome.

Third Event - Sponsors by McMunn and Yates Building Supplies:

Kyle Forsyth, Jarvis Whyte, Trent Hill, and Cody Hill beat the Chris Belhumeur rink to win the third event.  Third in the third event went to the Mark Hadway team and fourth went to the Brian Freiheit rink.

Fourth Event - Bakers Computers:

The fourth event winners sponsored by Baker Completers were Rob Fisher, Dave Campbell, Danny Scott, and Brent Stykalo who beat the Logan Devos team.  Third in the fourth event was the Luke Michaleski rink and fourth was the Terron Stykalo rink.

The U15 Roblin Stars are feeling like their on top of the moon right now.

The Stars completed a dominating and perfect provincial tournament with a nailbiting 4-3 win in the gold medal game on Sunday in Warren.

Maddox Andres recorded a hat-trick for Roblin in the game while Ryder Newton also scored for the Stars in the gold medal effort. Both players recorded four points.

"It feels unbelievable, this is the second year in the row," said Jarrett Newton, team coach. "This team started playing together when they were five and they continue to work hard and keep to the process. They are now reaping the benefits of such hard work."

It has been nothing short of a sensational season for Roblin as they also won their home tournament, as well as a Tournament of Champions event. 

(Parkland teams are bold)

It was a busy weekend for Hockey Manitoba as they hosted provincial championships across the province and the Parkland was all over the action.

At the U15B event in Russell, a team from the Parkland was able to defend their home region as Swan Valley beat Wawanesa in the gold medal game, 4-2. Rylan Laderouette scored a pair of goals for Swan Valley while Kennedy Baskier, and Walker Atkinson also scored for the Stampeders in the victory.

In Gilbert Plains at the U11 A event, Bennett Harness had the hot stick as he scored four times for Swan Valley as they beat Flin Flon, 6-5, in a thrilling bronze medal match. 

Over in Portage la Prairie, the Dauphin U11 AA Kings came up short against Winkler in the gold medal game, 2-0. Dauphin beat Brandon, Mitchell, and MacDonald in their other games to reach the gold medal game. 

After winning their first two round-robin games, the U18 female Grand Plains Ice Dogs came up short in the bronze medal game as they lost to Hamiota/Rivers, 5-2.

At the provincial held in Dauphin at Credit Union Place and the Rotary Arena, Morden beat Stonewall, 5-4, in an outstanding gold medal game. Springfield blanked Portage, 4-0, to win the bronze medal game. 

The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy U15 Kings won the Tournament of Champions earlier this year for Myles Haverluck.

On Sunday, they were playing for a provincial championship. Playing in St. Agathe, Ben Miner was exceptional between the pipes and the team's offence came up clutch when they needed to as they downed Rivers, 4-2, to claim a provincial title. 

The title winning game capped off a perfect weekend for the team. After a tournament opening tie against Flin Flon, Dauphin beat Peguis, Springfield, and Niverville. 

Garrett Sahulka led the way for Dauphin as he scored a pair of goals in the final, one of which was the game winner. Dominic Chartrand and Lyric Smith also scored for the Kings. 

"This year's team definitely had its skill spread over our three full lines," said Aaron Miner. "We were able to wear the other teams down by using them all equally."

Before Mother Nature unleashes a blanket of snow on much of the Parkland, the Predators U17 girls volleyball team unleashed their skills in Dauphin.

Playing in a tournament hosted by the Vipers on Saturday, the Predators cruised through the entire tournament, not dropping a match, as they were crowed tournament champions.

In their round-robin, the Predators beat Russell, Vipers 16U, along with Vipers 17U. They then handled Russell in the final in straight sets as they improved to 12-3 on the season.

They're off to Winnipeg next weekend for a second Premier tournament after a fifth place finish in the first Premier tournament that they played in earlier this season. 

The Parkland will be a busy region when it comes to provincial championships over the weekend.

Dauphin is just one of the communities that will host a provincial hockey tournament. Below are more details on where you can catch the action live.


U11 AA - Dauphin Kings in Portage la Prairie
Friday - 5:00 p.m. vs Brandon - Dauphin beat Brandon, 4-0
Saturday - 10:45 a.m. vs Mitchell - Dauphin beat Mitchell, 3-2

U11 A - Grand Plains hosting
Friday - 10:00 a.m. vs La Broquerie - Grand Plains lost, 8-2
Friday - 6:45 p.m. vs Flin Flon - Grand Plains lost, 8-7
Saturday - 3:15 p.m. vs St. Claude - Grand Plains wins, 5-0

U11 A - Swan Valley in Grandview/Gilbert Plains
Friday - 1:30 p.m. vs Neepawa - Swan Valley won, 7-4
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. vs Gimli - Swan Valley won, 13-2 
Saturday - 5:00 p.m. vs Virden - Swan Valley tied, 2-2

U11 B - Russell at Notre Dame Minor Hockey
Friday - 3:15 p.m. vs Lac Du Bonnet - Russell won, 6-1
Saturday - 11:45 a.m. vs Hartney - Russell won, 6-5
Saturday - 5:00 p.m. vs Pembina Valley - Russell won, 10-5

U11 C - McCreary at Rivers Minor Hockey
Friday - 11:45 a.m. vs Pinawa - McCreary won, 20-0
Friday - 7:00 p.m. vs Rivers - McCreary, won 5-3
Saturday - 1:30 p.m. vs Deloraine - McCreary won, 3-0

U11 A1 - Dauphin hosting
Friday - 10:00 a.m. vs The Pas - Dauphin tied The Pas, 5-5
Friday - 2:15 p.m. vs Morden -  Dauphin lost, 11-1

U11 A1 - Swan Valley at Dauphin Minor Hockey
Friday - 11:15 a.m. vs Neepawa - Swan Valley lost, 6-1
Saturday - 10:15 a.m. vs Springfield - Swan Valley lost, 19-0

U13 B Female - Grand Plains at Deloraine
Friday - 10:30 a.m. vs Elkhorn - Grand Plains won, 2-1
Friday - 4:30 p.m. vs Rat River - Grand Plains won, 2-0 
Saturday - 1:30 p.m. vs Stonewall - Grand Plains won, 5-1

U15 A - Dauphin in Niverville
Friday - 3:15 p.m. vs Flin Flon - Dauphin tied Flin Flon, 2-2
Saturday - 11:45 a.m. vs Peguis - Dauphin won, 15-2
Saturday - 5:00 p.m. vs Springfield - Dauphin won, 6-1

U15 C - Roblin at Warren Minor Hockey
Friday - 5:00 p.m. vs Notre Dame - Roblin won, 6-2
Saturday - 10:45 a.m. vs St. Adolphe - Roblin won, 9-1

U18 Female - Grand Plains in Glenboro
Friday - 3:15 p.m. vs Cross Lake - Grand Plains Ice Dogs won, 21-1
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. vs Birtle - Grand Plains Ice Dogs won, 3-1

The Dauphin Kings avoided a major upset on Friday evening.

It took extra time, but it counts all the same as Dauphin downed the Winnipeg Freeze, 4-3. With the win, Dauphin won their 34th game of the season and completed a season sweep of the Freeze. Dauphin also moved to 10-0 all-time against Winnipeg since they entered the league.

Logan Walker scored the game-winning goal late in overtime for Dauphin as they won their second straight game. He also scored a goal in regulation while Jordan Bax and Cayden Glover also scored for Dauphin.

Austin Seibel won his second straight start, stopping 18 shots in the game. Dauphin will now head to The Pas on Sunday to play the Blizzard. If that game is a go, Darnell Duff will broadcast it at 7:00 p.m. 

For the first time, Nathan Zadorozny is getting an opportunity to coach the sport he loves at a provincial event.

Leading the Ste. Rose Celtics junior varsity basketball team into their inter-zone game against Hamiota earlier this week, the Celtics came out on top in dominating fashion by a final score of 69-52.

"I'm very proud of these boys, they are a group of young and dedicated athletes," said Zadorozny. 

The win earned the team a spot in the provincial championships that will take place next weekend in Winnipeg. Nathan will be in Wawanesa on Saturday as the varsity Celtics looks to advance to the provincials at a qualifier.

The big dance is about to begin for eight teams in the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League on Friday as the playoffs are set to begin.

#1 Brandon Wheat Kings (regular season record - 43-0-1)
#8 Eastman Selects (regular season record - 20-23-0-1)

The Brandon Wheat Kings were in a class of their own this season. They suffered just one overtime loss to Southwest and never tasted defeat in regulation. From top to bottom, the Wheat Kings are filled with elite talent and future junior players. This includes Jaxon Jacobson, who at just 15 years of age, led the league with 106 points. He recorded the fourth most points in league history and he also posted six points in six games with the WHL's Wheat Kings. 

Brandon also features Brady Turko of McCreary who had 90 points in the regular season and Easton Odut of Dauphin, who also had an all-star season. In four regular-season meetings with Eastman, the Wheat Kings scored 33 games and gave up just nine goals. 

Eastman had to wait until the final day of the regular season to make the playoffs. They had to beat Parkland in their final game and hoped that Norman would lose their last game. Both of those things happen and that's why Eastman will be looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in league history. 

Winning 20 games in the regular season, Eastman used a pretty balanced offence to find success. They were led by Calyb Moore and his 50 points, five other players recorded at least 31 points. Eastman's biggest challenge will be keeping the puck out of their net as they go up against Goliath.

Duffy's Prediction: This isn't even close. Wheat Kings easily get past Eastman in three games. 

#2 Southwest Cougars (regular season record - 27-13-2-2)
#7 Pembina Valley Hawks (regular season record - 20-16-4-4)

This very well could go down as the best first-round series despite it being a second seed going up against a seventh seed. While Southwest won all four games against Pembina Valley, two of the three were one-goal contests and they haven't played since November 18.

Pembina Valley also enters the playoffs as the second hottest team in the league, winning eight of their final 10 games of the regular season. Only Brandon (10-0) was better over their final 10 games. Both teams are also in the same region which will amp things up as the rivals go head-to-head in a best-of-five. 

Jack Clark enters the series as Southwest's top point producer after a 49-point campaign while Acoyen Fehr had 44 to average a point-per-game for Pembina Valley. 

Duffy's Prediction:  Throw out the seeding heading into this series. This will be a dandy of a series. Pembina Valley continues their hot play and pulls off the upset in four games, fans will be in for a treat. 

#3 Winnipeg Wild (regular season record - 27-13-3-1)
#6 Interlake Lightning (regular season record - 24-17-3)

Just like it will be a great series between Southwest and Pembina Valley, this series is another one that fans should be watching out for. It's the Interlake Lighting, who have not enjoyed any playoff success as of late, against a team that are always contenders to win a championship. 

While the Wild are thought to be one of the only teams that could perhaps contend with Brandon, they certainly can't take it easy on the Lightning. Interlake has one of the top goalies in the league in Dylan McFadyen, who has practiced regularly and even traveled with the WHL's Wheat Kings this year. He has a 2.94 goals-against average to go along with a .913 save percentage. Without a doubt, Dylan has the skill to steal a game, we will soon find out if he can steal a series. 

Interlake also does possess a pretty potent offence with Ian Buors leading the way with 51 points while Morgan Waddell and Brandon Burak both finished with 40 points. 

When it comes to the Wild, this is an organization that knows how to get it done in the playoffs. That proves valuable, but this hasn't been the same Wild team as in the past. With that said, they still won 27 games this year and won six of their last 10 contests.

Jacob Armstrong started 29 games in net for the Wild and won 17 of them. Carter Kingerski and his 52 points led the club with Cole Babych being second in team scoring with 18 goals and 19 assists.

They played four times in the regular season, all four games ended in a 3-1 scoreline with the Wild winning three of them.

Duffy's Prediction: Buckle up folks and get ready to go the distance. Interlake provides an upset as they beat the Wild at the Hockey for All Centre in game five, thanks to a tremendous series from Dylan McFadyen and some timely scoring.

#4 Winnipeg Thrashers (regular season record - 26-17-1)
#5 Winnipeg Bruins (regular season record - 24-15-3-2)

This could go down as another classic. Both teams finished the season with 53 points, but the Thrashers got home-ice advantage because they finished with 26 wins compared to the Bruins's 24. 

Rohan Guevarra had an excellent season to pace the Thrashers offensive prowess with 62 points as he finished in a tie for fifth in league scoring. Maxx Hamelin wasn't far behind for the Bruins as he recorded 58 points with Carson White finishing the campaign with 45 and in all, six members of the Bruins had recorded at least 30 points.

Where the Bruins get the slight edge in this series is between the pipes. Both Taye Timmerman and Austin Kindrat had a goals-against average above 3.00 and Timmerman's save percentage was just subpar at .905 while Kindrat's was .874. It's just a slight edge; however, as the Bruins Justin Perreault and Leyton Medwick both struggled at times as well for the Bruins. This would explain why so many goals were scored across four regular-season meetings between the two teams. 

21 goals were scored by the Thrashers while the Bruins responded with 16, the Thrashers won three of four meetings.

Duffy's Prediction: Defence is not the name of the game in this series, although it does tighten up a bit from the regular-season. The Thrashers win in four games.