The Brook family from Roblin loves hockey. They're also really good at it. Josh Brook plays for the Moose Jaw Warriors and will play for Canada at the World Jr. Hockey Championships. Jakob Brook is playing for the best team in Canada, the Prince Albert Raiders.

Aidan Brook has dreams of playing in the WHL, just like his brothers. If the 15-year-old keeps doing what he's doing, it won't be long until he's there. The Roblin native is playing in Winnipeg for the Rink Hockey Academy Elite 15 team. 

"Things have been going pretty good, it's an exciting opportunity for sure," said Brook. "We also have a pretty solid team, so that's pretty exciting."

Aidan played the past two seasons with the Parkland Bantam Rangers. He could have this year as well. But, he decided he wanted to try his luck against some of the best in Canada.

"I feel it's beneficial for me to play against some of the best in western Canada in my age group," said Brook. "I just wanted to experience this and see if it's better. We put in a ton of work like we have half a school day and the rest of the day is on ice or workouts. I'm happy with my decision for sure."

Brook had a good statistical season for the Rangers last year. The back end player had 21 points in 36 games. This year, it's more of the same, but he's well on his way to making it a more productive season. In 25 games, Aidan has 20 points (1G).

"I've just been getting pucks on net and I'm making the easy pass," added Brook. "It's been working out pretty well, so I just have to keep doing those things."

Overall this season, Brook and the rest of the squad are 15-8-2. That has them in a tie for fourth place in the highly competitive Elite 15 conference. They've scored 125 goals and have only allowed 75. That +50 ratio is the third best in the league. 

"We will do very well in the playoffs, we should win the Championship," said Brook. "If we don't, we'll be pretty disappointed in ourselves."

Back in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, Aidan was drafted in the fourth round, 76th overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds. In the 2018 MJHL Draft, he was drafted in the third round, 23rd overall by the OCN Blizzard.

Aidan isn't worried about what could happen next year, but he does know, he wants to make the step up to junior hockey. He could also use his brother's success to his advantage. With both of them playing in the WHL, it's possible that Aidan could use their experiences and guidance to make the jump up.

"I feel like I have an edge on other people making the WHL," said Brook. "I know all of the stuff and all of the hard work that goes into it. It's pretty sweet having two brothers who play in the WHL."

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In some other great news, Aidan is heading to Red Deer. He made the U-16 Manitoba men's hockey team. That means he'll represent the province at the Canada Winter Games early next year.

The Dauphin Kings have been on a mini-slide as of late. They've lost two straight games in regulation and before that, lost one game in overtime.

Tonight gives the Kings a chance to get back on track. They head to the Yellowhead Centre for the final time in the regular season. In their previous two meetings there, the Kings have split the meetings.

Dauphin hasn't played in a week. The last time out, they lost 4-3 to the Portage Terriers. A day before that defeat, the Kings lost 3-0 to Waywayseecappo. So, they're riding a two-game regulation losing streak.

This week, in general, gives the Kings a great chance to jump up the standings. They play three games overall. After tonight, Dauphin heads to Waywayseecappo on Friday. That's followed up with their final game this year against Virden at Credit Union Place on Saturday.

Dauphin enters tonight's game with a 3-2-1 record. Neepawa has not won a game this month (0-7). They've also had lots of problems putting the puck in the net. They haven't scored more than twice in any game this month. The Kings meanwhile have been fairly hot offensively, with 18 goals this month. 

For the first time in 18 days, we'll have the broadcast right here on 730CKDM. The Parkland Source for Sports pregame show beginning at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings/Pederson Photographic.

You've been waiting for the chance to lace up those skates so you can go to the outdoor rink for some puck with your buddies.
Well, now you can do that! The DCT Outdoor Rink is officially open for the season.

"It's open to anyone, and the hours are from daylight until 10:00 p.m. daily," said Wes Carnegie. "We recommend that you wear a helmet. It's not mandatory, but we do recommend it."

Gilbert Plains Tyler Jubenvill has officially played the first half of his first college hockey season with the Bemidji State Beavers (NCAA Division 1).

Tyler and Beavers played their final pre-Christmas game on December 15. It was a 2-1 overtime loss. Before that, the club pounded Alaska Anchorage, 5-1 on December 14.

After the first half, the Beavers are 8-8-2 overall and are 6-5-1 in their conference. Add the one exhibition game, and the team has played 19 games. Tyler has played in 18 of them.

“Yeah, I think it’s been a not bad first half, we’ve won some games and lost some we should have probably won,” added Jubenvill. “Overall, it’s been going pretty good for myself.”

Before this season, Tyler spent the last three seasons playing junior hockey. Two with the Winkler Flyers. Last year, Tyler played in one of the best junior leagues (USHL) with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Although this is a step above, the past three years really did gear him up to make the jump.

“I think playing those three years definitely helped me make the jump,” he added. “It’s probably the biggest step I’ve ever made. It’s a lot different and for sure is better hockey than what I was used to.”

“The biggest thing here is everyone is so fast,” he said. “You have to be able to carry the puck to have success out here. It’s also a challenge defending all these guys, but it’s a challenging I’m enjoying for sure.”

By his own admission, the start of the season was tough for Tyler. It’s never easy to make the jump to Division 1 hockey. But, Tyler’s playing at that level for a reason. He’s really good and he’s continued to work to get better and that’s why he’s still playing pretty much every game.

“I really do think I’ve been getting better every game,” said Jubenvill. “I’m looking forward to getting better going forward, and hopefully, I can do even more for the team in the second half.”

Something Tyler definitely wants to add in the second half is some points. The 19-year-old has yet to record a college point.

“I mean, you don’t really worry about that sort of thing because it’s all about the team success,” said Jubenvill. “With that being said, it’s for sure in the back of my mind. You always want to have your own individual success. It can be a little frustrating at times, so hopefully, that improves going forward.”

When Tyler and the Beavers hit the ice again, it will come on the road. The club heads to Air Force for a couple of games on December 29-30. That’s followed up with two more games on the road against Bowling Green.

“The road trips are definitely a lot of fun, it’s great spending time with all the guys,” said Jubenvill. “We go pretty early and we are there for like five or six days. It’s a blast.”

It was simply nothing short of a tremendous weekend for Dauphin's Kiara Wilson.

Swimming with the Parkland Gators, the team headed to Saskatoon for the Man/Sask event. The event welcomed 25 teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, BC, and Alberta. So it's safe to say that the Gators were in tough. Many Gators performed very well, including Wilson.

She won a silver medal in the 50m backstroke race and a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke.

"It honestly felt so good, I guess I wasn't really expecting to do that well," said Wilson. "In the preliminaries for the 50m backstroke, I was ranked third so I was really pushing to get second. I was just really determined all weekend to make it a good one."

"I found out last week what I was ranked and everything, so I was really working hard in practice leading up to the event," she added. "I was working on my turns and starts. I had to fix everything I was doing wrong. It was a hard week of practice and I loved it."

Kiara didn't stop at just winning the silver or bronze. She also advanced to the A-finals in all seven races she took part in. That means she was one of the Top-10 swimmers in each preliminary race.

"Getting to the A-finals was my goal, and it felt amazing to achieve that," added Wilson.

Before the Saskatoon event, Wilson raced at the Last Chance for Man/Sask on December 1-2 in Winnipeg. She had a good weekend there as well, but she stepped it up in Saskatoon. On top of everything else, Wilson recorded her personal best in all seven races.

Wilson and the rest of the Gators will now get some time off to enjoy the holidays. Things will start back up in January and the team takes part in a meet in Winnipeg at the end of next month.

With all of the success she had this past weekend, there is no doubt Kiara is feeling good about the future.

"I'm not trying to get my expectations too high, but I'm pretty confident in myself going forward," added Wilson. "I'm just going to keep working hard in practice and we'll see what happens."

What’s Kiara's favourite thing about being on the Gators? Winning is up there, but it's not everything.

"I've made so many new friends for life and I got to see a lot of them this past weekend, so that was great," said Wilson.

Swan River's and former Parkland Ranger, Riley McKay became a Saskatoon Blade before the season began. Now as the team is on their Christmas break, Riley is sure happy that he did.

Riley and the Blades are in second place in the East Division, with a 21-10-4 record. That has them pretty comfortably in that second spot. They're seven points ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

"I think things have been going great, I mean we have a pretty solid record," said McKay. "We as a group are pretty happy with how things have gone. It's a nice way to go into the break here."

The Blades enter the break with a 4-0-1 record in their last five games. They're also 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. The club is back on the ice on December 27 and 28. It'll be a tough test as they take on the league-leading Prince Albert Raiders in a home and home. Riley's expecting big things from the team going forward.

"Oh for sure, I think we're going to get better every day here," said McKay. "We want to keep raising the bar and we're confident that we can make that happen."

Playing in Saskatoon means Riley has played in front of his family and friends more often. Before this season, McKay spent the last couple very far away from home (Spokane).

This past weekend, it was even easier for his family and friends to come to watch him play live. The Blades rolled into the Wheat City to challenge the Brandon Wheat Kings. Riley's mom bought 55 tickets to the game so everyone could come down.

"Growing up, my family was always watching me and I could always remember them cheering so loud back then," said McKay. "They did that on Saturday as well, and it was honestly pretty funny coming out on the ice. It's always awesome to have them come down and watch me. It means a lot to me."

Riley had the chance to win the game for the Blades in Brandon. Trailing 5-3 after 40, McKay and the Blades mounted a comeback and sent the game into overtime. That was where Riley was awarded a penalty shot. He failed to score. By his own admission, with all of his family and friends in attendance, his nerves got the best of him.

"It wasn't my best attempt, that's for sure," said McKay. "It's too bad it didn't go in, but it was a pretty big comeback. It was nice that we got a point."

So far in 35 games this season, McKay has 10 points. That has him well on his way to a career year. Last year with Spokane, McKay had 13 points in 62 games. 

"Yeah, I'm pretty happy with how I've been playing, I've been getting lots of opportunities and I've been in a lot of different situations," added McKay. "I've gained the trust of our coaches, so I get to play in some situations I hadn't necessarily coming in. It's been a fun process."

"I'm hoping to put up some more points here in the second half," said McKay. "I'm getting the chances, so now I just have to capitalize. I'm having a good year so far and I'm happy with it."

Riley's next game in Brandon is on February 5.

It was a day full of hockey in McCreary yesterday. But, it was a day that was bigger than just hockey. For the McCreary Mustangs program, they've made it known in the past that giving back is huge to them. Last year, they raised $12,700 for the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg.

Yesterday, they hosted Ronald McDonald House Hockey Day in McCreary. The goal was to win a couple games and raise some more money.

And, overall, the day-long event raised $738 plus a carload of items. All of which will be dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg today!

There were also three games:

Novice Mustangs beat EOS, 5-3.

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Atom Mustangs beat EOS, 12-2.

Atom Mustangs

Peewee Mustangs lost to Neepawa, 9-2. It was just their second loss of the season. Adam Stuhm was very good on the back end for the Mustangs in the defeat.

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Gilbert Plains Riese Gaber is heading to play college hockey for one of the most storied and richest programs there is.

The 19-year-old has committed to play for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

"I'm really excited for this, it's like my dream school honestly," said Gaber. "It's such a great feeling to be committed there. My family and I couldn't be any more excited for the future."

Gaber was originally set to be heading to Western Michigan. After de-committing there last month, Riese found himself looking for a school once again. Obviously, it didn't take long. Riese had other options as well, but getting the chance to play for UND was just too sweet to pass up.

"Once I became free again, they (UND) got in touch with me and we've been talking here for the last while," said Gaber. "Once I went out there for a school visit, I had a feeling that things were heading in the right direction. I'm pretty fortunate that we got things done."

Gaber has made it very easy for scouts to circle his name as a player they wanted. In 26 games this season, Riese has piled up 22 points. That 0.85 points per game average is third on the team. The 22 points are also third on the team.

"I think I had a pretty solid first half of the season, but there is definitely room for improvement," said Gaber. "There are a lot of things I have to work on and I'll work hard to make sure I do improve in the second half."

"One thing I've been working on a lot is focusing on defensive details," he added. "Another thing is my shot. I'm trying to get more pucks to the net. I also need to get my shot harder and stronger."

At this point, Riese isn't sure when his collegiate hockey career will begin. It may happen next season or it may happen in the 2020-21 season. Regardless of when it does, Gaber's counting down the days until it does.

"Playing my first game is going to be absolutely amazing," added Gaber. "It's going to be so cool to see all the fans and the atmosphere there. It's going to be awesome."

If getting the chance to play for the Fighting Hawks wasn't sweet enough for Riese, this would definitely add a cherry on top. Being just under six hours away, there's no doubt that Riese's family and closest friends will be heading to Grand Forks to see him play live. That's something the family has been missing this season as Riese is all the way in Dubuque. 

"That's a huge thing for me, they can just drive down for a weekend whenever they want," added Gaber. "It's a huge bonus. We're all really excited."

UND has been known to graduate their top players to the NHL level. The list of players include Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise, and Travis Zajac... just to name a few.

"There's a super-rich history at UND, and they've been producing top NHL players for years," added Gaber. "It's an honour to be a part of the program."

It was a fantastic weekend for the Grand Plains Bantam Ice Dogs.

They played in a tournament in Neepawa and are coming back home with silver medals. 

In their first game, Reese Boguski and Ashley Shiner scored but they lost a close 4-2 battle to Morden.

The Ice Dogs then went on a roll. Jayselyn Nybo scored twice to lead the team to a 6-1 win over the White City Prairie Storm. 

Riley Turetsky, Madison Haliuk, Allee Hrechka, and Tristyn Hanneson all scored one in the big win. 

Hailey Hojnocki scored three goals in the team’s next game and it came at a great time. The three snipes turned out to be enough to advance the team to the gold medal game. The Ice Dogs didn’t stop there, however. They scored seven more times in a 10-2 win against Neepawa.

KC McDonald had two of the goals and so did Ashley Shiner. Jayselyn Nybo, Riley Turetsky, and Brooke Minshull all scored one each. 

The team came up short in the finals, in a 6-2 loss against Morden. Ashley Shiner and Riley Turetsky scored the goals. 

It wasn't the medal he was looking for, but none the less, it was still a fantastic week for Swan Valley Stampeders Matthew Osadick.

The star winger suited up for Canada West at the World Jr. A Challenge and they brought home a bronze medal. They won the bronze by beating the Czech Republic, 3-1.

Matt will now return back to Swan River to suit up for the Stampeders. He's been a star there with 42 points in 27 games.

Matt Radomsky (Steinbach) and Reilly Funk (Portage) also joined Matt on the team as the three representatives from the MJHL.

The saying "it's not how you start, it's how you finish" was spot on for the Bantam Parkland Rangers earlier today. 

A slow start saw them trail 5-1 to Central Plains in their final game of the weekend. That's where things turned around.

They scored five of the games next six goals to tie CP, 6-6.

Steven Arp led the way with three goals. Carter Zalischuk had two and Drake Pahl had a single. 

Midget Rangers:

Hayden Lacquette scored once, but it wasn't enough. 

The Rangers lost 6-1 to the Bruins.