MJHL announces players of the month winners


The RBC Player of the Month for March is Alex Uryga of the Swan Valley Stampeders.

Uryga recorded 14 points (4-10) in 11 games for the Stampeders, who have advanced to the MJHL championship final against Portage Terriers. Over that stretch, the big forward (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) had three, multiple-point games. For good measure he also scored a short-handed goal.

Uryga, 20, hails from North Vancouver.

The runners up are 20 year old forward Chase Brakel of the Portage Terriers and 18 year old forward Hunter Cloutier of the Virden Oil Capitals.


Telus-MJHL Defenceman of the Month

The Telus Defenceman of the Month for March is Sam Huston of the Portage Terriers.

Huston, 20, has been a key cog in the Terriers’ run to the championship final. He’s on the ice in many pressure situations, but also possesses an offensive flare, reflected in 10 points in nine games.

The big (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) blue liner from Brandon has been very effective when the Terriers are on the power play, evidenced by Huston scoring five power play goals.

The runners up are 20 year old Quintin Sudom of the Swan Valley Stampeders and 20 year old Troy Williams of the Steinbach Pistons.


MGEU-MJHL Goaltender of the Month

For the second time this season, the MGEU Goaltender of the Month is Ethan Peterson of the Portage Terriers.

Peterson, who hails from Park River, ND went undefeated in March, posting a stellar 7-0 record, 1.67 GAA and .938 save percentage.

The runners up are 20 year old Merek Pipes of the Swan Valley Stampeders and 19 year old Matthew Radomsky of the Steinbach Pistons.


IBAM-MJHL Rookie of the Month

The IBAM Rookie for March is Kyle Bettens of the Steinbach Pistons.

Bettens, 17, produced 11 points (4-7) in 11 games. Bettens, who hails from Winnipeg, recently committed to Bemidji State (NCAA Div I).

The runners up are 17 year old forward Ty Naaykens of the Winnipeg Blues and 18 year old goaltender Riley Wallace of the Virden Oil Capitals.


Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month

The Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month for March is Brendan Westbrook of the Steinbach Pistons.

Westbrook, 19, contributed 13 of his mornings in March assisting in the classrooms at Southwood School in Steinbach. Brendan has also begun to mentor young people through the local Youth For Christ organization.

“Brendan has taken advantage of the opportunity he has to give back and make an impact on the youth in our community,” said Pistons’ GM/Head Coach Paul Dyck. “He truly enjoys this opportunity and has become a strong role model.”

Westbrook, who hails from Pine City, MN, also actively enjoys assisting at minor hockey practices in the Steinbach area. He gives of his time selflessly and sets an example for how to make a difference in the community.