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Trio of MJHL alumni advance to USHL

A trio of MJHL alumni from the 2021-22 season have advanced to the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2022-23. Carson Buydens and Jordan Hughesman were both named to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders while Jayden Jubenvill secured a spot on the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Buydens earned his NCAA Division 1 commitment to Princeton last season […]

Del Pedrick named Wheat Kings Assistant

Courtesy of Brandon Wheat Kings Brandon, MB – The Brandon Wheat Kings are excited to announce that the team has hired Del Pedrick as Assistant Coach. Pedrick will be tasked with assisting the coaching staff with day-to-day operations. “I think he’s a great addition to our team” said Head Coach Don MacGillivray. “Del brings a lot […]

Five MJHL Alumni selected in NHL Draft

Five players with MJHL experience were selected in the 2022 NHL Draft. Congratulations Conor, Denton, Adam, Ryan and Reid! Conor Geekie – Winnipeg ICE (WHL) Strathclair, MB NHL Draft – Arizona Coyotes – 1st Round – 11th Overall 2020-21 Virden Oil Capitals – 9GP | 1G | 3A Denton Mateychuk – Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) […]

MJHL alumni capture Memorial Cup Title

Saint John Sea Dogs interim Head Coach, Gardiner MacDougall and Goaltender, Thomas Couture are Memorial Cup Champions. MacDougall served as interim head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) and guided the host Sea Dogs to the Canadian Hockey League championship (CHL), the second Memorial Cup in Sea Dogs’ franchise history. The MacDougall-led Sea […]

MJHL alumni named to Hockey Canada U17 program staff

Former Winnipeg Blues & Selkirk Steelers Head Coach, Ryan Smith has been selected as assistant coach of Canada’s national U17 program for the 2022-23 season. Smith spent six seasons (2008-14) as a Head Coach in the MJHL before advancing to coach at the major junior level in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He also served […]

Geekie & Mateychuk invited to National Junior Team summer camp

Two MJHL alumni have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp. Conor Geekie (Virden Oil Capitals) and Denton Mateychuk (Steinbach Pistons) were two of forty-four players invited that will have an opportunity to make an impression ahead of the World Junior Hockey Championships. The current pair of Western Hockey League (WHL) […]

Dyck & Buenaventura named to Canadian U18 Worlds roster

A pair of former MJHL goaltenders have been named to Team Canada’s roster for the 2022 IIHF U18 World Championships in Landshut and Kaufbeuren, Germany. From April 23-May 1, Reid Dyck and Ethan Buenaventura will suit up for Team Canada as two of 25 players selected. Both Dyck & Buenaventura spent time in the MJHL […]

Former Piston Worrad signs AHL contract with Griffins

Steinbach Pistons alumnus, Drew Worrad has signed his first professional contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League. Worrard spent the 2017-18 season with the Pistons where he enjoyed a standout season and earned his NCAA Division 1 scholarship to Western Michigan. During his season in the MJHL, Drew won the MJHL […]

Oil Caps’ Alumni Kirkup signs pro contract in ECHL

Former Virden Oil Capitals forward, Tyler Kirkup has signed an Amateur Tryout Offer with the Reading Royals in the ECHL. Kirkup recently completed his 4-year collegiate hockey career with the Bemidji State Beavers (NCAA D1) where he played in 131 games, scoring 21 goals while adding 27 assists. During his third season with the Oil […]

MJHL alumni set to compete in NCAA Tournament

Five alumni from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) will compete for the NCAA Division 1 National Championship starting on Thursday, March 24. Riese Gaber, Carter Loney, Drew Worrad, Justin Lee and Zach Purcell all spent significant time developing in the MJHL over the last five seasons. Riese Gaber – University of North Dakota MJHL […]

Three alumni selected to CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Conor Geekie, Reid Dyck, and Denton Mateychuk were 3 of 40 players recently selected for the 2022 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to take place in Kitchener, Ontario on March 23, 2022. The trio of Manitobans started their 2020-21 season playing in the MJHL on loan while waiting to return to their Western Hockey League organizations. […]

Keaton Jameson signs with ECHL’s Komets

Former Swan Valley Stampeders forward, Keaton Jameson has signed his first professional contract with the Fort Wayne Komets in the ECHL. Jameson spent the past four seasons playing at the USPORTS level with the University of Manitoba Bisons where the Brandon, Manitoba native posted 44 points in 74 games. Prior to joining the Bisons, Jameson […]

Caden Zaplitny signs with WHL’s Silvertips

Winnipeg Blues rookie forward, Caden Zaplitny (04) has signed a Standard Player Agreement in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Everett Silvertips. Zaplitny was originally selected by the Wolverines in the 3rd round of the 2019 MJHL Draft and was later acquired by the Blues prior to the 2021-22 season. Through 24 games with […]

Whitecloud signs six-year extension with Golden Knights

Courtesy of Vegas Golden Knights VEGAS (October 28, 2021) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, October 28, that the team has signed defenseman Zach Whitecloud to a six-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season worth an average annual value of $2,750,000. Whitecloud has appeared in 72 career games for the Golden Knights and has recorded 14 […]

MJHL Alumni featured on NHL Draft watch list

Six players with MJHL experience were named to NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary players to watch list released on Tuesday. The list is a compilation of top prospects from all the major development leagues throughout North America and Europe and will be updated throughout the season as scouts evaluate the players. Adam Ingram (03) – West […]

Tyler Kirkup named CCHA Forward of the Week

Virden Oil Capitals alumnus, Tyler Kirkup has been named CCHA Forward of the Week for his performance against North Dakota last weekend. Bemidji State Beavers senior forward Tyler Kirkup receives the honor after collecting his fifth multi-point game of his career with a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to No. 7 North […]

Dean Stewart signs contract with Manitoba Moose

Former Portage Terriers standout, Dean Stewart has signed a one-year contract with the Manitoba Moose (AHL). Stewart spent 75 games in a Terriers uniform where he helped capture a pair of Turnbull Cup Championships. He also earned a spot on Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge where the team took home a […]

Jackson Keane signs in ECHL with Orlando

Courtesy of Orlando Solar Bears ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have announced the club has agreed to terms with forward Jackson Keane on an ECHL Standard Player Contract for the 2021-22 season. Jackson spent two seasons with the Winnipeg Blues (2013-15) where he was named to the MJHL All-Rookie Team and MJHL Second All-Star Team.  In his rookie season […]

Riley McKay re-signs AHL deal with Rockford

Courtesy of Rockford IceHogs The Rockford IceHogs today announced that forward Riley McKay has signed an American Hockey League contract with the club for the 2021-22 season. Riley spent his 16-year-old season in the MJHL playing for his hometown Swan Valley Stampeders. During the 2015-16 season, McKay scored 12 goals and 22 assists in 54 games before […]

Roulette selected by Dallas Stars in 2021 NHL Draft

In round four of the 2021 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars selected Conner Roulette with the 111th overall pick. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Conner spent the beginning of the 2020-21 hockey season in the MJHL on loan with the Selkirk Steelers before returning to the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward […]

Cole Smith signs extension with Nashville Predators

Former Steinbach Pistons standout, Cole Smith recently signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Nashville Predators (NHL). Cole spent two seasons in Steinbach (2014-16) where he posted 84 points in 92 career MJHL games before committing to the University of North Dakota (UND). During his four seasons at UND, Cole became a relentless two-way […]

Gaber named to NCHC All-Academic Team

Former Dauphin Kings and Steinbach Pistons standout, Riese Gaber has been named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) All-Academic Team following his freshman season at the University of North Dakota. The Gilbert Plains, MB native completed his first season of collegiate hockey for the Fighting Hawks, where he racked up 11 goals and 10 […]

Dean Stewart named to ECHL All-Rookie Team

Former Portage Terriers standout, Dean Stewart has been named to the ECHL’s All-Rookie Team after a strong season on the blueline for the Wichita Thunder. The All-Rookie Team is determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media, who were asked to select a goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards. Dean […]

How Zach Whitecloud became a NHL mainstay

Story courtesy of Las Vegas Sun The extent to which Zach Whitecloud’s game has evolved was never more evident than on Jan. 18, the third game of this season. The Golden Knights led by a goal late against the Arizona Coyotes. They had just taken a penalty, setting up a 6-on-4 with the game on line. And […]

MJHL alumni named to NHL rosters

Six Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) alumni were named to National Hockey League (NHL) rosters on Wednesday as the NHL opened their 2021 regular season schedule. Zach Whitecloud (D) – Vegas Golden Knights  MJHL: Virden Oil Capitals 2014-16 MJHL Accolades: MJHL Second All-Star Team NCAA D1: Bemidji State Beavers Hailing from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, […]

Don MacGillivray named Wheat Kings Head Coach

The Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) have named longtime MJHL Coach, Don MacGillivary their 24th Head Coach in team history. MacGillivray has spent the past four seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Wheat Kings. Prior to joining Brandon, he made stops in the MJHL with the St. James Canadians (89-91), Southeast Blades (92-93), Neepawa Natives […]

Roeland & Mahoney selected to officiate 2021 IIHF WJC

Courtesy of Hockey Manitoba WINNIPEG – Manitobans Kelsey Mahoney (linesman) and Brett Roeland (referee) have been selected to officiate the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship which is being hosted in Edmonton, Alberta between December 25th, 2020 – January 5th, 2021. Brett Roeland is a current referee in the MJHL while Kelsey Mahoney is a former […]

Lindsey Gullett | From the Oil Caps’ to the Oilers

Prior to his current role of Game Presentation Manager with the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League (NHL), Lindsey Gullett got his start in MJHL with the Virden Oil Capitals. For two seasons, Gullett wore several different hats under his title of Sales & Marketing Manager, where he was able to earn valuable experience […]

Mole, Kasowski & Graham named scholarship recipients

Each season, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) offers scholarships from the MJHL Scholarship Fund that exists to further academic goals and hockey development opportunities for qualified individuals. Tanner Mole (Steinbach Pistons), Matthew Kasowski (Waywayseecappo Wolverines) and Declan Graham (Steinbach Pistons) have each been awarded a $1200 scholarship to a Canadian post-secondary institution by the […]

Keeper & Whitecloud named to NHL Playoff rosters

Both Zach Whitecloud and Brady Keeper have been named to their respective National Hockey League (NHL) team rosters ahead of the 2020 NHL Playoffs. The pair of 1996-born defensemen spent a combined five seasons (2014-17) in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) with Keeper in OCN suiting up for the Blizzard and Whitecloud in Virden […]

MJHL alumnus Wyatt Kalynuk inks NHL deal with Chicago

Courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks The Chicago Blackhawks have added to their already deep defensive prospect pool on Thursday with the signing of free-agent blueliner Wyatt Kalynuk from the University of Wisconsin. A seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2017, the defenseman became a free agent after electing to turn pro earlier this year and not signing […]

MJHL alumnus Justin Valentino signs in ECHL

Courtesy of the Brampton Beast BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast announce today that they have signed forward Justin Valentino to an SPC for the 2020-21 season. Valentino, 27, is coming off a year which saw him split time between Briancon in France and Podhale Nowy Targ in Poland. The slick forward had four points […]

Jebamani & Butler commit to NCAA Div III

Two more graduates from the MJHL have made commitments to become student-athletes next season. Swan Valley Stampeders defenceman, John Jebamani will head to Bryn Athyn College in Minnesota while Steinbach Pistons forward, Ryan Butler will suit up for the Adrian College Bulldogs in Michigan. Both teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. John Jebamani […]

Jamie and Reggie Leach reflect on making hockey more

By Kyle Prystupa, MJHL Media:    Reggie and Jamie Leach are the only indigenous father-son duo to win the Stanley Cup, they have both lived an exceptional life in hockey through junior and the National Hockey League.  Years after the being in the limelight as dedicated professional hockey players, their most virtuous work is being […]

Pair of Flyers secure university commitments

Two members of the Winkler Flyers graduating class have advanced their hockey careers and will become student-athletes next season. Goaltender, Dorrin Luding announced his commitment to the University of British Columbia to play at the U Sports level, while Defenceman, Nathan Poolman will suit up for State University of New York College at Geneseo to […]

Grown in ‘Toba: Matt Thiessen

As a 17-year-old goaltender in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), Altona native, Matt Thiessen had a season many soon won’t forget. Thiessen helped backstop his Steinbach Pistons to Turnbull Cup & ANAVET Cup Championships in 2017-18 as a rookie, before his incredible season was capped off in June with the NHL Draft where he […]

Grown in ‘Toba: Michael Ladyman

Before making the full-time jump to the Western Hockey League (WHL), Michael Ladyman spent 86 games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) with the Winnipeg Blues. Spending his 16-year-old season with the Blues in 2017-18, Ladyman put together a strong rookie campaign and was named to the MJHL All-Rookie team. “The MJHL for me […]

Grown in ‘Toba: Dean Stewart

For Portage la Prairie native Dean Stewart, his 17-year-old season in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) with his hometown Terriers couldn’t have gone any better. During the 2015-16 season, Stewart was named to Team Canada West where he and his teammates captured gold at the World Junior A Challenge before announcing his commitment to […]

Grown in ‘Toba: Zach Whitecloud

Five seasons removed from playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) for the Virden Oil Capitals, Zach Whitecloud has earned himself a full-time spot on the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League (NHL). In his two seasons with the Oil Caps’, Whitecloud suited up in 118 games where he excelled on the […]

Grown in ‘Toba: Zak Smith

A 45-minute drive separated Zak Smith from his hometown of Austin, Manitoba, to where he played as a 16-year-old in Neepawa with the Natives during the 2017-18 season. After suiting up in 46 games with Neepawa in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), Zak earned an 11 game call up to the Red Deer Rebels […]

Grown in ‘Toba: Riley McKay

Getting the opportunity to play for your hometown team at a young age is something most can only dream about. For Riley McKay, he was able to live that dream and play for the Swan Valley Stampeders as a 16-year-old in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), before moving on to play four years in […]

Grown in ‘Toba: Riese Gaber

Photo: Hickling Images After spending two memorable seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) between Dauphin and Steinbach, Riese Gaber’s talents took him south of the border, where he suited up with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Reflecting back on his two years spent in the MJHL, the […]

Grown in ‘Toba: Owen Murray

Throughout the next few weeks, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) will highlight players of the past and present who have advanced or committed to further their hockey careers after honing their skills in the MJHL. A fixture on the Portage Terriers backend over the past two seasons, Owen Murray committed to the University of […]

Baudry finishes solid first pro season

Courtesy of Steinbach Pistons:   A former Steinbach Piston great produced a solid first season in professional hockey in 2019-20. Defenceman Justin Baudry completed his first year in the pros with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He put up 11 goals and 38 points in 61 games with the Cyclones this […]

Zach Whitecloud signs 2-year extension with Vegas

Courtesy of Vegas Golden Knights: VEGAS (March 22, 2020) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, March 22, that the team has signed defenseman Zach Whitecloud to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season worth an average annual value of $725,000. Whitecloud has appeared in 16 games for the Golden Knights this season and has recorded […]

MJHL Alumni Cole Smith signs NHL contract

Courtesy of Steinbach Pistons: Former Steinbach Piston and University of North Dakota forward Cole Smith has signed a free agent deal with the Nashville Predators. Smith spent two seasons with the Pistons from 2014-16, scoring 38 goals and 84 points in 92 games played. He put up almost a point a game in the playoffs […]

The MJHL, a storied past, a promising future | P.1

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League celebrates Manitoba 150 and over 100 Years of Junior hockey history. To celebrate and recognize Manitoba 150 and over 100 years of junior hockey history in the province, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is pleased to release the first of a five-part video vignette series. The series reinforces the […]

MJHL shows strong WHL advancement pipeline

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) has seen a significant amount of players spending time in the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season.  Eleven players have spent time between the MJHL and WHL this season to date along with a recent prospect signing: Dante Giannuzzi G (2002) Winnipeg Blues/Steinbach Pistons – Portland Winterhawks Justin Svenson […]

Stampeders alumni Langan gets call up to AHL

Courtesy of San Jose Barracuda: San Jose, Ca – The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), proud American Hockey League (@TheAHL) affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), and General Manager Joe Will announced today that the club has recalled Forward Tristin Langan (@tlangan6) from the ECHL’S (@ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey). So far this season in 38 games with the Solar Bears, Langan has accumulated 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists), […]