It didn't take Dave Lowry long to find a new job in the National Hockey League.

After he was relieved of his duties with the Winnipeg Jets, Lowry signed with the Seattle Kraken where he will become an assistant coach.

Dave spent the last two seasons with the Jets and prior to that, he was head coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. 

For the first time since 2019, Rugby Manitoba sent teams to the Western Canadian Championships which were held in Kelowna this year and there was plenty of Parkland representation in a showcase of the best in the west.

William Miner, Lars Gudbjartson, Sully Fox, Emma Fox, Brook Miner, Chloe Fletcher, Joseph Lopez, Kyle Lunstead and Oliver Dandeneau all had the opportunity to suit it up. 

Aaron Miner was coaching at the event and he says it's great to see so many Parkland players representing the province.

"This just shows that we're doing something right in the Parkland region," said Miner. "To have nine players try out and make Team Manitoba, our hard work is definitely paying off. It's special for the group."

Oliver Dandeneau and Joseph Lopez were both on the u18 team as was Kyle Lunsted. The trio helped the team down Team Saskatchewan, 7-0, in a great defensive battle. The boy's U16 team was made up of players from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, it included Dauphin's Will Miner, Lars Gudbjartson, and Sully Fox.

The u18 girl's team consisted of Chloe Fletcher, Brook Miner, and Emma Fox. Since the tournament, Emma has since made her way to Niagara to play for Team Manitoba at the Canada Summer Games. They begin their action Monday. 

Miner says despite the results not being what they would have hoped for, it was still a great week and the Parkland showed exactly what they are made of.

"They showed that they are a step ahead of other communities in the province, even Winnipeg," said Miner. "They also turned a few heads of national coaches, I was contacted a few times about players on the team. We put a lot of time and effort into our program and our players are doing everything they can to succeed."

Next up for Parkland rugby is their 2022 fall session beginning Monday, August 22. Running until October 2, the program will host practices on Mondays and Wednesdays and the schedule also includes four jamborees, September 11 in Minnedosa, September 18 in Dauphin, September 26 in Souris, and October 2 in Brandon. Five to nine-year-olds practice from 5 to 6 and the registration fee is $100 while those 10 to 13-years-old practice from 6 to 7 and the registration fee is $125. The younger group will be flag while the older group is tackle.

In other rugby in the Parkland, the Mavericks Rugby Club is on fire as of late. They've won their last two games, scoring 81 points in the process which includes a 26-0 shutout win this past weekend in Brandon. 

Dauphin's Thomas Scott is in a very good spot after round one of the Canadian junior boys golf championship at the Rivershore Golf Clubs.

The top five finisher at the Manitoba provincials fired five birdies into the back of the hole during round one and finished at -2. As of posting, he's seven strokes behind the top scorer and is in a tie for 19th. 

Eric Prokopowich; meanwhile, has plenty of work to do after round one to make the cut. 

He was even par thru 15 holes during his opening round when he got into some trouble. He bogied 16, made a seven on 17, and another bogey on 18. His four over has him in a tie for 111th.

Braxton Kuntz of Winnipeg is the low Manitoban at 3 under, he won the Manitoba junior and mens. 

The Mavericks Rugby Club is on a roll.

Continuing their season Saturday in Brandon against the Wasps, the Mavs' played a perfect game as they won, 26-0.

Nick Searle scored one try and was named man of the match while Riley Keith also scored a try. Scoring two tries was Camillus Abatai.

Ryan Dreger completed three converts. 

It turned out to be the most beneficial acquisition at the 2022 trade deadline back in January. After four years with the Portage Terriers, Doug Hedley made a splash as he acquired 21-year-old forward Logan Calder from the Terriers in exchange for Hayden Lacquette and Slade Stanick.

Calder would go on to achieve great things with the Kings, helping the team win the Turnbull Cup. In game seven against Steinbach at the T.G Smith Centre, he tied the game up and then he set up Brayden Dube with less than eight minutes left in the game as Dauphin won a thriller. Then Calder would go on to help the team advance to the semifinals at the Centennial Cup. 

He scored twice in Estevan and also chalked up two assists in five games played. In all with Dauphin, he played 45 games for the club and recorded 40 points. A leader on and off the ice, Calder brought his A game to the ice every single time he hit the ice and was very hard to handle. It wasn't an overly long tenure in Dauphin for Logan but it was a memorable one.

"It was a great time, the boys and coaches welcomed me very quickly," said Calder. "We all connected and it was a pretty special time. We didn't win the national title but to make it to the final four, that's huge. I couldn't have asked for more during my time in Dauphin."

Now Logan's junior career is in the rearview mirror and it has driven away but his hockey days haven't. The Kings announced recently that he has committed to play with the Salve Regina University. It's a private university in Newport, Rhode Island and they play in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Logan is set to join former Kings Braeden Young and Levi Mitchell. The three never played together; however, they have played against each other while in the MJHL. The team flew Logan out shortly after the nationals and everything they had to offer was too great to pass up.

"It's not a very big school so it's tight-knit which is nice," said Calder. 

The club went 16-8-2 last season and they begin their season in early November. That means Logan still has a few months to get ready for his freshman season.

"I'm really excited, it has always been my goal to go and play college at the next level," ended Calder. "So it's a dream come true and I can't wait to get going with my new team."

When they needed to come up clutch, Boston Karlson and Tyler Carefoot did just that.

Playing in the adult/junior event at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club, the pair shot an 80 to win the event over Jackson Delaurier and Stan Hominuk, it took two playoff holes to do so.

Ava Knutson and Jennifer Knutson shot a 109 to win the 13-18 girls division. 

Grayson Stykalo and Scott Stykalo teamed up to shoot a 45 to win the boys 10-12 division. Charleigh Carefoot and Laurie Vandendool won the girls 10-12 division with a 61.

Bennett Kyle and Jerron Kyle won the boys 9 and under division with a 49. Lucy Lee and Mike Pernarowski shot a 60 to win the girls 9 and under division. Overall, 25 teams took part. 

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers remain undefeated after beating Montréal 35-20.

Montréal opened the scoring early in the first quarter with a 24-yard field goal by David Côté.

Winnipeg responded to take the lead near the midpoint of the second quarter by Dalton Schoen catching a 9-yard touchdown pass from Zach Collaros.

Montréal's Tyson Philpot caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Harris to tie the game at the end of the third quarter.

The Blue Bombers dominated the fourth quarter. Dakota Prukop's 1-yard touchdown run helped the Bombers regain the lead near the midpoint of the quarter. Janarion Grant's 94-yard punt return for a touchdown shortly after further widened their lead. On top of that, Brady Oliveira scored a 6-yard touchdown.

Even though Montréal's Reggie White Jr. caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Dominique Davis with 42 seconds left in the game, there wasn't enough time for them to come back.

Photo credit - Pederson Photographic

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Koby Morriseau played 89 games in the Western Hockey League, most of which came with the Regina Pats after starting his Major Junior career with the Spokane Chiefs.

In the 2019-20 season, Koby came back home as he joined the Kings and immediately became a top-end producer as he scored five times in 10 games and had 13 points. Then he was traded to Portage where he helped the Terriers enjoy plenty of success adding up 26 points in just 21 games. His season that year would ultimately end in Dauphin. The Kings won a double-overtime thriller in game three of the playoffs and the season came to an end just a few days later because of the pandemic.

Koby returned back to Dauphin the following season where he had five points in three games and that brought an end to his junior career on a sour note as once again, the pandemic cancelled the remainder of the season after just a few games. Morrisseau's career on the ice continued last season with the Fayetteville Marksmen of the SPHL but it only lasted one game before he joined the Carlyle Cougars senior hockey club as they play in the Big Six Hockey League.

Koby would dominate scoring 13 times in 14 games and he also added 27 assists as he averaged 2.8 points per game. After the season, Morrisseau wasn't sure if he would play competitive hockey again; however, he will do just that as he's off to Calgary. He recently announced that he's committed to Mount Royal University and that he will play with the Cougars hockey team. He was a Cougar in Carlyle where he dominated and now he's set to be a Cougar in the Canada West conference. 

"It's going to be a surreal moment for me, I thought my career was coming to an end," said Morrisseau. "To get another opportunity to showcase what I have, it's a very special feeling. I want to do my part and help this team win a championship."

The Cougars were third in the conference last year as they went 13-6-1 before ultimately coming up short against UBC in the playoffs. Koby will be pursuing a business degree as he heads back to the classroom for the first time since high school. Add a full hockey schedule paired with travel and the former King is set to be an extremely busy man.

"It's going to be a challenge, that's for sure," ended Morrisseau. "I'm willing to take up any challenge that comes my way head-on. I'll do everything to the best of my ability."

For many years, the Layne's Stars fastball team has been showing why they are one of the best teams in Manitoba. 

On many occasions they have also had great success nationally and that was the case over the weekend. 

Six Manitoba teams made their way to Prince George for the Canadian Native Fastball Championships and not only were the Stars the top Manitoba team but they also were one of the top teams in the country. 

Playing eight games, they only lost two, both of which came against the two teams that played in the final. They also eliminated the Peguis Redmen who were the defending champions. 

Ultimately, it was a fourth place finish on the national stage for the Stars. 

The 2022-23 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season is right around the corner with opening night across the league slated for Friday, September 16.

That's when the Swan Valley Stampeders open their campaign with a home-and-home against the OCN Blizzard, first at the Centennial Arena. Barry Wolff will return as the team's head coach and general manager. He's just a few years removed from leading the team to the MJHL final and their most successful season in franchise history.

Joining Barry this season will be Dakota Mason who is very familiar with winning championships. The Stampeders have announced that Mason has become the team's new assistant coach. Living in Edmonton, Dakota is thrilled to be joining the Stampeder organization.

"I find myself very fortunate to have this opportunity," said Mason. "To learn and grow under Barry Wolff is something I don't take for granted. There are a lot of people that would love to be in my shoes."

Dakota had quite an illustrious junior career. He played with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2011 to 2013 and won a league championship in both seasons. After winning the first title, the team took on the Penticton Vees in the Doyle Cup and came up short. Dedicated and determined to advance to the national championship in his 20-year-old season, Mason took things up a notch, recording 67 points in the regular season, another seven in the playoffs and then two in the Western Canada Cup. Ultimately, the team did make the RBC Cup where they ended up winning a national title. 

Dakota knows firsthand the grind of what it takes to be a champion and he's looking forward to bringing that to Swan River.

"The amount of dedication and hard work that goes into making the next level, I saw that firsthand when we lost that series against Penticton," said Mason. "We weren't as serious as we need to be. Then we came back the next year and we put in the extra work and it resulted in a national championship. There are no shortcuts to success and that's what I want to pass off to our players."

Six years after winning a title with the team, Dakota was back in Brooks for the 2019 event where the Bandits won and they also won the Centennial Cup this season back in May when they downed the Pickering Panthers in the final.

"It's what you come to expect with Brooks, they have built a really strong program," said Mason. "With that said, I've already been messaging some of the members in that organization to let them know that Swan Valley is coming."

Following his time with Brooks, he played one season of Division 3 hockey with SUNY-Plattsburgh and most recently, he was an associate coach with the Princeton Posse of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. 

Northgate Trails are set to be the hot spot for cycling in the province this weekend.

The Northgate Classic MTB Race takes place Sunday, August 7 and you have until Friday to register. 

Starting with the kids race and also including a youth U19 and adult races, there is a spot for cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

On top of the registration fee, there is a $20 fee for unlicensed participants and this is mandatory for riders without a valid MCA Provincial racing license or UCI racing license. 

You can register for the event here.