Every year the Grand Plains Minor Hockey Association awards a Peewee player with the Brock Pulock Memorial Award.

The award is given to the player who never gives up, always provides encouragement to the team and has the ability to help the team win games.

This year’s winner voted on by her teammates is Dauphin’s, Reese Boguski. It’s the first time that the 12-year-old won the award.

“I’m very honoured to have been chosen to receive this award,” said Boguski. “I’m really thankful that my teammates and coaches thought of me as a leader.”

“There are lots of very great leaders that played on this team this year,” said Boguski. “Anyone could have been picked but I’m very thankful it was me.”

Reese spent most of her season with the Peewee Ice Dogs and she also was an “AP” player for the Bantam Ice Dogs.

Boguski helped the Peewee team claim a bronze medal at the provincials in March. Way back on October 28, Reese scored four times in a big win against the Westman Falcons.

“Yeah, we had a very good season this year, it was really fun,” said Boguski.

Reese will now enjoy the warm weather and come the fall, she’ll be right back at it as she looks to lead the Ice Dogs once again.

“Winning the award will definitely push me and I think it will make me a better leader going forward,” said Boguski. “I really want to thank the Pulock’s for giving me this award.”

It was a bitter sweet weekend for Roblin’s Lexi Hawryluk. She got the chance to play in the A-AA-AAA Graduating High School All-Star game in Winnipeg on April 13 thanks to all her contributions to the Goose Lake Angels this season.

The bitter part about it was that it was going to be Lexi’s final high school game ever. She played on team Rogers as they stomped team Wilson, 60-42.

“It was a really awesome experience and was so fun,” said Hawryluk. “All of us had some good chemistry out there and it worked well.”

“It was really interesting playing with new girls and seeing how they play,” she added. “We obviously didn’t have any set plays or anything like that, but we still made it work.”

Lexi also made her mark on the game to finish her high school career. She chipped in six baskets. She also was able to make her own personal highlight reel.

“Yeah, I went for a layup and the ball went off the top of the backboard which is technically out of bounds and it went into the net, everyone was calling it a circus shot,” added Hawryluk.

Hawryluk was a big piece of the Angels puzzle this year as they got the Provincial Championship final against Warren.

Now that her high school basketball career is over, it will soon be her turn to get her next step shoes on.

Lexi will attend the University of New Brunswick and she expects to play for the Seawolves who play in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association.

“That’s going to be really awesome. I’ve been going through the recruiting process for a while now just chatting with schools from around Canada and into the US as well,” said Hawryluk. “I just love that I have the opportunity to play sports at a competitive level. I’ve always really been a really competitive person and to get the chance to play at the post-secondary level is a fantastic opportunity.”

The Seawolves went 9-12 in regular season play last year.

“I think it will be a different transition but I feel it’s something that I definitely can handle,” added Hawryluk.

Lexi was also named the Player of the Game when the Angels beat Hapnot, 51-37 in the first game of the provincials.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team held their season ending banquet this evening inside the Aspen Lodge at the Parkland Rec Complex.

Pictured above is Trevor Robak who will not return as the team's Head Coach after a few excellent years behind the bench.

The jersey he was presented with is signed by each player and the number three is the amount of year's he coached the team.

Most Valuable Player: Riley Hammond.

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Playoff MVP & Top Goaltender: Bode Childs.

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Top Defenseman: Wade Kopytko.

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Rookie of the Year: Brayden Broome.

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Hardest Working Player: Brock Allard.

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Coaches' Choice Award: Austin Storey.

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Clipper Commitment: Alex Iwanchysko.

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Top Defensive Player & Top Scorer: Logan Storey.

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Player's Choice: Riley Hammond.

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Most Improved Player: Blake Zamrykut.

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More exciting Clipper news is coming up within the next few days.

The high school badminton season is underway and Minitonas’ Jackson Kurtz is doing great things for himself.

Playing in the Flin Flon Bash this past weekend, Jackson had a dominating weekend.

He placed first in the men’s singles and he was second in men’s doubles. The 16-year-old also placed second in the mixed doubles competition.

The cool thing about his mixed doubles silver medal was who he played with. Jackson teamed up with a player from Snow Lake. He had never met him prior to playing with him at the event.

“I was really, really proud of how I did at the tournament,” said Kurtz. “I’ve been playing badminton since October and I felt really good going in. I lost to one of my teammates earlier in the round-robin and instead of getting down on myself, I just tried focusing that much more and I ended up winning the rest of my games. I was really happy.”

“Getting silver in the doubles was a really good feeling as well, it was fun playing with someone I’ve never met before,” added Kurtz. “We came up short against a Dauphin duo in the final but it was still a really good game. I learned a lot over the weekend and it was a great experience.”

Although the high school season just started, Jackson has been busy. He’s been with the club team since October and he played in a few tournaments before Flin Flon. Playing in those prepared him to play some of the best high school badminton players from across the province.

“Instead of just getting my shots over the net this year, I’m trying to add more finesse and power to them,” said Kurtz. “I think the combination of those has allowed me to have the success I’ve had. I’ve learned so many different techniques from playing many different players.”

Although it’s not a long season, Jackson will be very busy moving forward leading up to the provincials. Within the next two weeks, Kurtz will take part in the Gimli tournament, the Sectional Championships in Swan River and the Zone Championships in Grandview.

The provincials are May 3-4 at R.D. Parker Collegiate.

“I think I should have a good shot at making the provincials because I made it last year,” added Kurtz.

After that Jackson will head to Brandon for a tournament with a friend of his.

“I know there are many good players from around the province and it’s going to be hard moving forward,” said Kurtz. “I’m just trying to keep it going and I’ll work my hardest to have success.”

“I just really need to be able to adapt to the other player,” he said.

Tiger Woods tore up Augusta this past weekend and now it’s your turn to do the same.

The Dauphin Lake Golf Club opened this morning.

“The greens looked to have survived the winter fairly well,” said Ray Karlson, General Manager. “There are a few spots but not nearly as much as last year. We’re really excited.”

If you want to book a tee time give the Dauphin Lake Golf Club a call at 638-9400.

For green fee prices and if you still want to buy a membership, head to Dauphin Lake Golf Club.

Ken Shaw moved to Dauphin in September 2008. For the next more than nine years, he became someone everyone knew and someone who everyone wanted to.

Whether it was working at Safeway or spending his time at the golf course, Ken completely immersed himself into the Dauphin community.

His son Connor played for the Dauphin Clippers, Parkland Rangers and Dauphin Kings and Ken was always front row and he never missed a game.

In 2016, Connor moved to Winnipeg to go to school and play with the Transcona Railer Express. Ken commuted for every possible game that he could.

When the 2017-18 season came along, Ken’s life was altered. He packed up his bags and moved just outside of Winnipeg so he could be extra close to his son and watch every single game of his final competitive hockey season without having to commute as much.

When Connor and the team lost in the league final last season, Ken expected to spend a little bit less time at the rink, but that wasn’t the case at all.

He became the Railers Express “Team Photographer” this season.

“I didn’t really know how to take a picture last year, but to be able to take a couple of online courses and go out there and put it to the test, it was really enjoyable,” said Shaw. “The team likes it and they want me back next season. I love it and I plan on continuing to do it.”

The one big difference from this season compared to many in the past was Connor was no longer around at the rink. He graduated and could no longer play which allowed him to focus solely on his studies at the University of Manitoba.

Just like he devoted so many hours to watching his son play, Ken was now tasked with devoting many of his nights to taking pictures for the Railer Express and he certainly made the most of it.

“I did really miss watching Connor play. The excitement you get when you see your son playing, there really is nothing like it,” added Shaw. “But with that being said, I still really enjoy the game itself. I’ve been involved with the game for 55 years and to not be involved with it because my son isn’t there, that just wouldn’t make sense to me.”

“I didn’t enjoy it to the same level as I would have if Connor was playing, but I will say, it was a lot easier on my heart,” added Shaw with a chuckle. “The excitement was still there. I felt really passionate about the team all regular season and right through the playoffs.”

Despite having a young team this season, the Railer express still went 24-16-5 in the regular season. They also had a 3-1 series lead in the semi-final before they dropped three straight against the St. James Jr. Canucks as their season came to an end on Sunday, April 14.

“I would say we exceeded expectations. I think we should be in the finals with how we played, but we’re not. We lost our best player with six seconds left in the regular season when he broke his leg so it was a freak accident,” said Shaw. “We showed up and really played well all season.”

“It was fun to watch. We had two game seven’s in two series, like talk about excitement,” added Shaw. “We didn’t win, but I would say we had a pretty successful year.”

The team will hold their season ending banquet in the coming weeks which Ken is very excited to take part in.

Apart from that, it’s time to get summer going. Ken will enjoy it by playing some golf, spending time with Connor and of course as people know in Dauphin, riding his motorcycle is something he will do plenty of.

Here are some of Ken’s shots from the season for your enjoyment:

 

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Bradly Goethals has the Swan Valley Stampeders just one win away from winning their first ever league title. 

He scored the game winning goal in triple overtime as the Stamps' beat the Terriers, 4-3.

Kasyn Kruse opened the scoring before Portage tied it late in the first as it was 1-1 after 20.

Chase Brakel gave Portage their first lead of the game just over seven minutes into the second. It didn't last, however. 

With just over a minute left in the period, Matthew Osadick tied up the game at two after 40.

Portage regained a lead early in the third but again it didn't last. 

It was Mr. Clutch Bradly Goethals who tied the game up and sent it to overtime.

After two scoreless overtime sessions, Goethals took a pass from Josh Tripp and he did the rest. 

Swan Valley can win the title on Thursday night. The series will shift back to Swan River.

Dauphin’s Barry Trotz, Grandview’s Ryan Pulock and the rest of the New York Islanders are moving on.

They completed a four-game sweep tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pulock finished the series with one assist.

When Roblin’s Jakob Brook joined the Prince Albert Raiders, he had a couple of goals in mind. His first was to make a difference on the best team in Canada and he’s done that.

His second goal was to continue to excel in the classroom and that mission has been accomplished as well.

Jakob excelled so much in the classroom that he’s been named the WHL’s Eastern Conference Scholastic Player of the Year. He averaged an 85 in English, 92 in Native Studies, 95 in Physical Science, and 98 in Physical Education.

“It really was awesome to win this award. I obviously had my goals going into the season with hockey and I enjoy school and it’s something I work hard on,” added Brook. “It was my goal to get top education on my team but I was fortunate enough to get it for the entire Eastern Conference.”

“It was a great honour for me and I’m really happy about it,” he said.

The challenge from day one was balancing hockey and school. That’s not an easy task for some but Jakob made it work for himself.

“Obviously it was tough at times when you’re on the road for so long and you’re missing school but we had a lot of help from our education coordinator and our teachers were great,” said Brook. “I’m really happy about what we have for resources here.”

Jakob’s main focus now is advancing to the WHL final. The Prince Albert Raiders got one step closer to achieving that goal after beating Saskatoon in six games in their semi-final.

Prince Albert stormed out of the gates by winning the first two games before Saskatoon won the next two. Brook and the Raiders went on to win the next two to close out the series.

“Yeah, it was awesome to win that series. Saskatoon pushed back a lot and losing those two games gave us a chance to fight off some adversity and we did that well,” said Brook. “It was a great series overall and obviously, we’re happy with the outcome.”

“There was a huge parade when we got back to Prince Albert after game six which was amazing,” he added. “It’s honestly like something I’ve never experienced in the past.”

Brook and Raiders will now hook up with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Eastern Conference final.

Game one goes this Friday and Edmonton will come in as the more rested group. They swept the Calgary Hitmen back on April 10.

“They’re a good team and they’re fast,” said Brook. “It’s going to be a hard series and we know it’s not going to be easy. I feel we have great depth and skill on this team so we’re going to do everything we can to win this one as well.”

The winner of the best of seven will take on either the Vancouver Giants or Spokane Chiefs in the WHL final.

Dauphin will play host to the 2020 Manitoba Summer Games and next Wednesday, April 24 is your first opportunity to learn more about the games. 

There will also be information on how young athletes and local coaches can get involved in the event.

“A question we’re getting asked on the street a lot is how my kid will take part in the games and what age groups will there be and we wanted to have a platform to communicate all this information,” said Carla Wolfenden, Co-Host.

Dean Lowrie who has been appointed the region’s new Athlete and Coach Development Coordinator will also be on hand to answer questions. He will also be in Dauphin several other times before the Games kick off next August.

Last year in Thompson, there was a Winnipeg Gold and Blue team. They were joined by the East, South, West, and North regions.

When athletes from the Parkland are battling to make teams, they’ll be tasked with doing so against athletes from the Westman who are also hungry to take part in the Games.

That means it may be more of a challenge for Parkland kids to take part but Carla knows that the Parkland will be well represented.

“Our goal is to have as many as possible and that’s why we’re having this night, we want the athletes and parents to know that they need to start working hard,” added Wolfenden. “There is no reason why there won’t be lots of representation from the Parkland at the Games.”

There will also be presentations that outline the services and supports available through Sport Manitoba for athletes, coaches and officials. This event is open to anyone, not just to those who are interested in summer sports.

The event will begin next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Countryfest Community Cinema.

When the snow disappeared and the field was in playable shape, McCreary's Logan Conrad knew he had one more high school rugby season ahead of him before he graduates. And, he plans to make it a memorable one just like last season turned out to be for the 18-year-old.

This past weekend Conrad was presented with the 2018 Young Male Player of the Year Award for his contributions to the Dauphin Clippers and provincially last season. It was the first time that Logan has received an award of this type.

"I wasn't expecting this at all. It just feels so good that I had so much support throughout the season," said Conrad. "It comes as a big shock because I have played against and with so many great rugby players from around the province."

Rod Carberry nominated Logan for the award and the rest is history. 

"I'm constantly being told how much I've improved and how good of a person I am," added Conrad. "I just like to treat everyone with respect."

"I think this will just help me with my team here in Dauphin and it shows I can be a leader," he said. 

Conrad and the rest of the Clippers hit the field this past weekend to begin their season. They did drop both games but they were very close. One was a 17-10 defeat against Vincent Massey and the other was a 20-17 loss against Souris.

Despite the defeats, Conrad and the rest of the Clippers are very motivated to get in the win column when they next hit the field which is on April 22.

"I was beyond excited about our team this year. Come two weeks ago, we only had 14 guys show up and you need at least 15," said Conrad. "Two practices before we played we had 20 guys show up which was really exciting."

"It was a good start and we did a lot better than I thought we would being such a new team," he added. "Having those two close games was a really good thing for us."

When Logan is asked why he plays rugby, the answer is very simple.

"I absolutely love the game and I encourage everyone to come out and try it," added Conrad. 'Most people that I talk to fall in love with it and they always wonder why didn't play it before."