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12 Takes with Dave Anthony | Week 6

I was in Portage for Sunday’s game between the Terriers and the Steinbach Pistons when I got to talking with an individual there.

This guy has been doing lighting for decades. He told me his story, how he’s been very busy with weddings this summer and how he enjoys doing the hockey games when he can.

We talked equipment and cost vs fan experience and entertainment value.

It was a conversation I sat and thought about on the way home.

There are a lot of really talented people around the province that just want to make the MJHL special for fans and players alike.

Let’s start this week’s Takes with that in mind.

Take 1: All teams should be putting effort into their game day operations, especially when it comes to showcasing their players. Whether it’s a small fog show, light display or showcasing their players faces on a big screen, it’s a detail outside of the actual game that is really neat for everyone.

Take 2: In arena announcers and broadcasters please, PLEASE take a few minutes, ask someone from the opposing team how to pronounce players names. It takes so little time yet all across the league on Hockey TV, radio or in the rink, names are mispronounced. I know the guys on the bench laugh when it happens but parents and family don’t find it nearly as funny. I speak for myself, too because I’ve been known to butcher names but it’s something that’s fixable.

Take 3: The brisk weather is a reminder that some rinks in the MJHL – and I’m not going to name names but we all know – are going to be so cold again this year. It gets to the point where you have to go outside to warm up because it’s actually colder in the arena. Fans bring blankets, big jackets, and toques. Coaches have their big heavy coat and long underwear. Those little heat packs are also life savers. If you see a pack on sale, pick them up and give them as a gift to the staff. They will appreciate it.

Take 4: I don’t think we as people around the game understand just how hard it is to run a practice. There’s a lot of moving pieces to put together to have what coaches call a “good skate”. They have to have a plan in advance, have the drill figured out, get the player’s attention, point out details yet be flexible enough to change things if it’s not working. Then there’s balancing fun with work. Can’t always be a drill sergeant.

End of the day, coaching is hard.

Take 5: I’m very much looking forward to the MJHL Showcase coming up in Portage November 22nd-24th. All the teams will be playing under one roof for fans and scouts to enjoy. It’s been way too long since we’ve been able to see some of these teams. Plus, with the amount of talent in the league, getting to see them in person is pretty exciting. If you get the chance, get tickets to multiple games. Make a day of it. Come support your team and stay to check out the other games.

Take 6: Sticking with the MJHL Showcase, to figure out who’s playing who, you have to read slowly to make sure you understand it. I had to read it multiple times. It’s as follows: “(It) will feature all 12 member teams playing two non-divisional games each based on standings at the time. The Showcase is scheduled to begin directly after the first half divisional matchups have concluded, which will provide a very competitive and high-performance environment for the teams, athletes and the many scouts in attendance.”

So, if the Showcase was today the matchups could be Winnipeg Blues vs Dauphin Kings, Steinbach Pistons vs Waywayseecappo Wolverines, Swan Valley Stampeders vs Winkler Flyers, Virden Oil Capitals vs Selkirk Steelers, Portage Terriers vs Neepawa Titans and OCN Blizzard vs Winnipeg Freeze.

Most of those matchups could easily be MJHL finals previews.

Take 7: I’m a big fan of stories like this – Travis Hensrud of the Pistons and Cole Mackenzie of the Flyers both grew up playing hockey in the Thunder Bay, Ontario area. They played on the same team for a couple seasons and became friends. I got a message from Travis’ mom after the Pistons played the Flyers and she told me that the two families got together to listen to the game. They even had a little wager on it. She said both families were really proud of their boys and that the moment meant a lot to them. It meant something to the players too.

That story is not uncommon as I’m sure there are many listening parties from across Canada and into the United States that root for their own son but also have close connections to other teams in the MJHL. A cool reminder how small and tight knit the hockey world can be.

Take 8:  If you’re a fan in a rink that doesn’t have netting all around it, I’m quite jealous. The chuck-a-puck is a staple in rinks and it’s so great to see the kids or even grownups for that matter, get all excited chucking that orange sponge puck onto the ice. It’s really, really hard to do so if you’ve won before, good on you. If you don’t usually partake, try it once and you’ll be hooked.

Take 9: A great way to support the team and look good is by buying the team merchandise. This is going to sound like a commercial but it’s an important part of the business. Lots of fans buy but it’s also great for mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, sister, brother, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife. There are some really slick items available. Don’t complain about the price either. You’re getting authentic team gear and it’s going to be more than the clothes you buy elsewhere. If you buy some, I’m sure the marketing person would be happy to listen to any suggestions you may have on other items that could be sold.

Take 10: Is there a better sound then a puck hitting a post? Even in warmup, it still gives me goosebumps. Sure, posts are bad when it’s your team hitting them in a game, but they are a goalie’s best friend and a great, great sound to hear… sometimes.

Take 11: I hope all teams are doing something for Mo-Vember. Whether its teams growing mustaches and donating to support (which, teams should be sharing pictures because there are some great and some horrible staches across the league) or doing special jersey’s which they then sell and donate the proceeds. The MJHL has always done a great job with things like this and here’s hoping they take it to the next level. Special, one-of-a-kind items for collectors are always a win.

Take 12: Can we all agree to be done with the shootout? 3 on 3 overtime should be 10 minutes. If you can’t get a winner in those 10 minutes, somethings wrong. The entertainment, the strategy, the insane talent and speed on display is too good to be locked into 5 minutes only. Let’s have 10 and then see how many breakaway-challenges decide games.

MJHL Power Rankings | Week 5 2021-22


(+1) 1st – Winnipeg Blues
This week: 2-0
Overall: 9-1
Impressive Player: Goalie Dawson Green – 2 wins, 1 shutout, 1 goal scored
Things just keep rolling on for the Blues as they remain a power house in the MJHL. Great goaltending by Green has been a constant and depth scoring is becoming more apparent. Also, their goalie scored a goal and that’s very impressive.
Up next: Oct. 22nd vs Selkirk, Oct. 23rd @Selkirk


(-1) 2nd – Steinbach Pistons
This week: 2-0
Overall: 9-1
Impressive Player: Forward Travis Hensrud – 4 goals, 1 assist
After a strong showing Friday, the Pistons were served a wake-up call by a hardworking Terrier team. Steinbach managed to pick up the win in overtime but were shown that there are no easy nights in the MJHL. Expect a better effort in the upcoming rematch
Up next: Oct. 22nd vs Portage, Oct. 23rd @ Portage


(-) 3rd – Dauphin Kings
This week: 2-0
Overall: 8-2
Impressive Player: Defenseman Parker Malchuk – 1 goal, 3 assists
Scoring a lot or scoring at the right time, the Kings are figuring out how to win in any game. The confidence continues to grow and with it, so will their distance atop the West standings. More opportunities to prove themselves are coming up throughout October with a first-place showdown looming to close the month.
Up next: Oct. 15th @ Virden, Oct. 16th vs Virden


(-) 4th – Waywayseecappo Wolverines
This week: 2-0
Overall: 8-2
Impressive player: Defenseman Reese Malkewich – 2 goals, 2 assists
Quietly, the Wolverines are showing that last year’s strong start was far from a fluke. They continue to pile up wins and points with their sights set on being the best in the west. Total team wins have been the name of the game so far and it makes them a very difficult team to gameplay for then play against. A true test is coming up as next weekend, a four-game set with the other top team, the Kings, awaits.
Up next: Oct. 22nd vs OCN, Oct. 24th @ OCN


(-) 5 – Winkler Flyers
This week: 1-1
Overall: 6-3-1
Impressive player: Defenseman – Trent Sambrook – 4 assists
A pair of wins the Flyers really needed. Not just for the points but for their offence. They got some of their big horses going and that will only do good things going forward for a team still searching a bit for their identity. The league will need to watch out if Winkler can really put the hammer down here to close out October.
Up next: Oct. 22nd @ Freeze, Oct. 23rd vs Freeze


(+1) 6 – Neepawa Titans
This week: 1-0-1
Overall: 3-5-1-1
Impressive player: Forward Mitch Thiessen – 2 goals, 1 assist
A shootout win and a shootout loss. One step forward, one step back. But, three out of a possible four points for a young team like the Titans, it’s hard not to view it as a positive step in a season where things have gone either very well or the opposite direction. Consistency is still something the Titans are looking for but if they keep gaining points in the standings while learning, they’ll take it.
Up next: Oct. 22nd vs Swan Vally, Oct 23rd @ Swan Valley


(+3) 7 – Swan Valley
This week: 1-0-1
Overall: 4-5-0-1
Impressive player: Forward Jamie Valentino – 3 goals, 3 assists
Taking three out of four points in a weekend is always good but Swan’s got to feel like they let a point slip away. They’ve been able to score goals but the trend so far has been taking as many pucks out of their net as they’re putting in the other.
Up next: Oct. 22nd @ Neepawa, Oct. 23rd @ Neepawa


(-) 8th – Portage Terriers
This week: 0-1-1
Overall: 2-7-1
Impressive player: Forward Brendan Holba – 1 goal, 1 assist
Despite only picking up a single point over the weekend, the Terriers deserved better. Everyone up and down their lineup works hard and doesn’t give an inch. With that, they’re forcing mistakes and taking advantage of them. A hard team to play against every night.
Up next: Oct 22nd @ Steinbach, Oct. 23rd vs Steinbach


(-3) 9th – Virden Oil Capitals
This week: 0-2
Overall: 4-5-1
Impressive player: Forward Jack Oleksiuk – 3 assists
A pair of losses that could have just has easily been wins keeps the Oil Caps in the middle of the pack in the West division. They have the talent to score their way out of problems but in taking those chances, leave themselves open to goals against. They need to find the happy medium or stay a medium ranked team.
Up next: Oct. 22nd @ Dauphin, Oct. 23rd vs Dauphin


(-1) 10th – Selkirk Steelers
This week: 0-2
Overall: 3-6-0-1
Impressive player: Forward Tyson Smith – 1 goal
After a productive weekend, the Steelers struggled again to produce any offence. A positive takeaway is they gave the top ranked Blues all they could handle and never let the games get away from them. While scoring is something of a concern, effort hasn’t been and that can lead to results.
Up next: Oct. 22nd vs Blues, Oct. 23rd @ Blues


(-) 11th – Winnipeg Freeze
This week: 0-2
Overall: 1-9
Impressive player: Defenseman Evan Sterling – 1 goal, 1 assist
Their highest goal scoring output of the season wasn’t quite enough to match Winkler but it showed that this team can score when given the chance. The next game didn’t go so well, but it’s all about taking positives and growing. Multiple players scoring goals is a good way to grow chemistry on and off the ice.
Up next: Oct. 22nd vs Winkler, Oct. 23rd @ Winkler


(-4) 12th – OCN Blizzard
This week: 0-2
Overall: 3-6-0-1
Impressive player: Brett Tataryn – 1 goal, 1 assist
A hard-fought weekend but nothing to show for it in the standings. OCN battles hard but just can’t seem to get over the hump at key points of the game. The thing about this season is, they can learn from this past weekend and bring it into the return matchup vs Wayway. A win or even an OT/SO loss can be the start of something special.
Up next: Oct. 22nd @ Waywayseecappo, Oct. 24th vs Waywayseecappo

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 St Paul, MB
MJHL Team: Selkirk Steelers (2020-21)
2020-21 Season: 8GP | 2G | 5A | 7 PTS
USHL Team: Youngstown Phantoms
College Commitment: St. Cloud State University

Ryder Thompson (04) – Russell, MB
MJHL Team: Waywayseecappo Wolverines (2020-21)
2020-21 Season: 8GP | 3A | 3PTS
WHL Team: Portland Winter Hawks

Reid Dyck (04) – Winkler, MB
MJHL Team: Winkler Flyers (2020-21)
2020-21 Season: 5GP | 2.78GAA | .920SV% | 3-2-0-0
WHL Team: Swift Current Broncos

Denton Mateychuk (04) – Winnipeg, MB
MJHL Team: Steinbach Pistons (2020-21)
2020-21 Season: 8GP | 1G | 2A | 3PTS
WHL Team: Moose Jaw Warriors

Conor Geekie (04) – Strathclair, MB
MJHL Team: Virden Oil Capitals (2020-21)
2020-21 Season: 9GP | 1G | 3A | 4PTS
WHL Team: Winnipeg ICE

Eric Alarie (03) – Winnipeg, MB
MJHL Team: OCN Blizzard (2020-21)
2020-21 Season: 1GP | 1A | 1PT
WHL Team: Moose Jaw Warriors

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 Dakota Friday before logging a career-best two goals in a 4-3 victory versus the Fighting Hawks to complete the series. He finished the weekend with a BSU-best four points (3g-1a).

After failing to record a point in the Beavers’ first series of 2021-22, he bounced back with four points in the team’s second series to tie for 10th in the league with four points and third in the league with three goals.

Kirkup spent three seasons (2015-18) in an Oil Capitals uniform where he committed to play NCAA DI Hockey at Bemidji State University.

Stars of the Week | Week 5 2021-22

Week 5, October 11 – October 17, 2021  |  The Manitoba Junior Hockey League Stars of the Week proudly presented by Recycle Everywhere:

Dawson Green (G/’01) – Winnipeg Blues – 2GP | 2W | 1G | 1SO | 1.00GAA | .960SV%

Justin Svenson (FWD/’01) – Winkler Flyers – 2GP | 2G | 4A | 6PTS

Davis Fry (FWD/’03) – Steinbach Pistons – 2GP | 1G | 4A | 5 PTS

Four MJHL teams crack CJHL Top 20 Rankings

Courtesy of CJHL

CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced Monday its latest Top 20 Rankings, which conclude for the period ending Oct. 17.

Tabbed the No. 1 CJHL club in this edition of the weekly listings, which are selected by an independent scouting service, are Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL).

Under head coach and general manager Peter Goulet, his Trenton side are unbeaten to begin play in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, sporting a 7-0 record to date.

Sitting No. 2 nationally is another OJHL squad, in the Georgetown Raiders.

They too have yet to taste defeat early in the campaign.

Perennial CJHL power, the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) have moved to No. 3 in the weekly rankings.

At 11-1, the Bandits sit atop the table in Alberta while pacing the AJHL in goals-for with 84 and having allowed the fewest against at 20.

Up to No. 4 is the Timmins Rock (NOJHL).

Holding down top spot in northern Ontario, the Rock are unbeaten in regulation to date with a solid 8-0-1-0 mark.

Rounding out the Top 5 is the Burlington Cougars (OJHL), who have also not suffered a loss in each of their 60-minute contests, with their only blemish being an OT setback.

The following are the latest CJHL Top 20 Rankings:

CJHL TOP 20 RANKINGS (As of Oct. 18)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (Previous ranking)
1. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (6)
2. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (8)
3. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (7)
4. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (5)
5. Burlington Cougars (OJHL) (12)
6. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) (8)
7. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (9)
8. Ottawa Jr. A Senators (CCHL) (1)
9. North York Rangers (OJHL) (17)
10. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (20)
11. Panthères de St-Jérôme (LHJAAAQ) (11)
12. Condors Beauce-Appalaches (LHJAAAQ) (6)
13. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (10)
14. Dauphin Kings (MJHL) (NR)
15. Amherst Ramblers (MHL) (NR)
16. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (14)
17. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (NR)
18. Navan Grads (CCHL) (NR)
19. Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL) (NR)
20. Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL) (NR)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL); Drayton Valley Thunder (AJHL); Red Lake Miners (SIJHL); Soo Eagles (NOJHL); Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)

12 Takes with Dave Anthony | Week 5

Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving! Sure, it’s in the review mirror now but the leftovers and things to be thankful for will carry on.

This week, let’s look at what each team has to be thankful for.

Before we start, it should be said that having great community support, fans, billets and coaches/boards that care very much, go without saying.

Now, to the Thanksgiving inspired Takes

Take 1: Dauphin Kings – Ukranian Night. The Kings and their fans should be thankful for the unique and fantastic idea that has become Ukranian night. I think it’s something everyone around the town and organization really looks forward to. The businesses love it, the players and families love it and it’s just a fantastic idea that has really taken off.

Take 2: Neepawa Titans – The name change. Everyone is thankful for the name change. When it was first announced it would be happening for this season, I’m sure some were apprehensive as to what it might be, but Titans is a homerun. The jersey design is prime. The colors are mint. It turned out tremendous and fans from Neepawa and across the league are thankful for that.

Take 3: OCN Blizzard – Getting to play in the Roy H. Johnson Arena. Not taking anything away from the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre but the Roy H. Johnson just seems like a better fit. I’ve heard good things from teams playing there. Fans will miss being right on top of the visiting bench and the air horn that sounds off at random times, but having the fans closer to the ice service is something they can really get on board with.

Take 4: Portage Terriers – Hosting the Centennial Cup next year. Having had it taken away must have been hard. A lot of preparation goes into something like that. From the arena to accommodations and that’s not mentioning the work building a team that cannot just compete but can win the whole thing. The Terriers will get to host and fans/businesses have a chance to experience a really special event.

Take 5: Selkirk Steelers – The volunteers. The Steelers have a really great, dedicated group of people behind the scenes that make game days happen. All teams do, but the people around the Steelers are tasked with all kinds of odd-jobs and they do them without complaint because they love the team.

Take 6: Steinbach Pistons – The new area. Finally, the city of Steinbach will be getting a new arena. To say it’s long overdue is an understatement. A lot of hard work and money has gone into this dream and having it become reality is both amazing and relieving.

Take 7: Swan Valley Stampeders – The restaurants in town. We did a survey with coaches around the league and most talked about Swan having the best post-game food. There are a couple gems around that I’m sure the players and fans love hitting up. The 50/50 has also been pretty good there at times. Who doesn’t love a chance at winning money!?

Take 8: Virden Oil Capitals – Their current arena. They have a really great rink there. It’s just a top-notch facility. From the in-area experience to the food to everything else, it’s a great time that fans across the league need to see. Just watch out when walking around the track, there are metal posts that can pop out of know where and people have been known to run into them. Also, Digger is a treat for the kids.

Take 9: Waywayseecappo Wolverines – The years of hard work paying off. It’s been a long time coming but the Wolverines have been trending in the right direction for a while. They’ve worked really hard with the program over the years and it’s great to see the hard work paying off. The online presence, the community work that’s shared, and players wanting to go be a part of it. More winning is in their future and more positive things to come.

Take 10: Winkler Flyers – The intermission games. They are so much from. From the little tractor races to the slingshot at inflatable bowling pins, it just seems like great times for all ages. Winkler’s working really hard to make it a family event and seeing the ‘Kids Zone’ with kids singing along and yelling players names, shows they’re doing things right.

Take 11: Winnipeg Blues – Betting on their own players and winning. It’s not always been easy for the Blues but the current group seems to have really bought in and even with big pieces leaving, they continue to win. Here’s hoping the more success they have; the more fans will come and fill out the very nice facility.

Take 12: Winnipeg Freeze – That first win. I wonder what it was like in that locker room after that game. What a feeling that must have been. Congrats to the Freeze and hope that Harry Mahesh got that game puck and has it somewhere as a proud showing to what he’s done so far and what he will continue to do with that program.

Bonus: Niverville – Eventually, this will be 13 Takes when the Niverville (insert generic animal or creature here…maybe they go Clippers) come into the league. Obviously, getting the franchise is the big thing to be thankful for. But the support from other teams around the league will also be something to watch. Lots of fans will travel to Niverville as it’s pretty close to most around to what now is being called the East Division. Can’t wait for some things to be announced and hope it’s soon.

MJHL Power Rankings | Week 4 2021-22

Check out who’s up and who’s down in this weeks edition of the Viterra – MJHL Power Rankings.


(-) 1st – Steinbach Pistons
This week: 1-1
Overall: 7-1
Impressive Player: Goalie Will Hambley – 1 shutout win
Coming off their first loss of the season, the Pistons bounced back with a solid win against the Winkler Flyers. The penalty kill has been sensational and strong overall team defense have made the Pistons dangerous in all three zones.
Up next: Oct. 15th vs Portage, Oct. 17th @ Portage


(-) 2nd – Winnipeg Blues
This week: 1-1
Overall: 7-1
Impressive Player: Forward Eric Fawkes – 2 goals, 2 assists for 4 points
The last of the unbeaten teams heading into Sunday. The Blues stud forwards continue to lead the way and lead the league in scoring. The power play continues to show how effective it can be and with highly skilled forwards, any extra time and space can result in the puck going into the net.
Up next: Oct. 15th @ Selkirk, Oct. 16th vs Selkirk


(+1) 3rd – Dauphin Kings
This week: 2-0
Overall: 6-2
Impressive Player: Forward Brayden Dube – 3 goals, 1 assist for 4 points
A scoring bonanza the past two games for the Kings have shown just how deadly the offence can be. Now tied atop the West standings, the Kings and their fans hope this is the start of a real roll.
Up next: Oct. 15th @ Virden, Oct. 16th vs Virden


(-1) 4th – Waywayseecappo Wolverines
This week: 2-0
Overall: 6-2
Impressive player: Boston Bird – 1 goal, 5 assists for 2 points
The Wolverines showed they can score their way out of problems but also just quietly keep going about their business. Putting up solid wins, points in the bank and sitting right at the top of the standings.
Up next: Oct. 15th @ OCN, Oct. 17th vs OCN


(-) 5 – Winkler Flyers
This week: 1-1
Overall: 4-3-1
Impressive player: Brody Beauchemin – 1 goal
A solid response by the Flyers after losing back-to-back contests but the good times wouldn’t continue past that one win. Losing three of four, the Flyers have struggled to find consistent goal scoring but have the talent to right the ship over the next few weeks.
Up next: Oct. 15th vs Freeze, Oct. 16th @ Freeze


(+1) 6 – Virden Oil Capitals
This week: 2-0
Overall: 4-3-1
Impressive player: Forward Braden Fischer – 3 goals, 2 assists for 5 points
Getting two strong wins against a rival is going to help propel the Oil Caps not just up the standings, but help give a young team confidence going forward. A number of key players were big parts of those wins and it should help going into another tough set of games against a team they want to make a statement against.
Up next: Oct. 15th vs Dauphin, Oct. 16th @ Dauphin


(-1) 7 – Neepawa Titans
This week: 0-2
Overall: 2-5-1
Impressive player: Defenseman Connor Brust – 2 assists
Despite going 0-2, Neepawa has shown that they are a hardworking, pesky team that will not give anything away for free. The Titans will need to have a bounce back or risk losing serious ground in a division where the top teams are starting to pull away.
Up next: Oct. 15th @ Swan Valley, Oct. 17th vs Swan Valley


(+3) 8th – Portage Terriers
This week: 1-1
Overall: 2-6
Impressive player: Defenseman Logan Calder – 1 goal, 3 assists for 4 points
Any time you can beat a top team, it’s going to do nothing but positive things for the team. Portage hasn’t had much to cheer about in the win department just yet, but a big win over the Blues shows they are learning and figuring out what it takes to win at this level.
Up next: Oct 15th @ Steinbach, Oct. 17th vs Steinbach


(+1) 9th – Selkirk Steelers
This week:1-1
Overall: 3-4-1
Impressive player: Jordan Hughesman – 2 goals and 1 assist for 3 points
After surrendering the extra point to the Freeze, the Steelers came out with something to prove and they did just that. While they are in tough for the next set of games, look for the scrappy Steelers to make life and earning points difficult the next few weeks.
Up next: Oct. 15th @ Blues, Oct. 16th vs Blues


(-1) 10th – Swan Valley Stampeders
This week: 0-2
Overall: 3-5
Impressive player: Defenseman Jordon Gagnon – 4 assists
Swan showed they have the scoring but they also showed their defense needs a little work. Going winless stings but there’s some good things to build on. The upcoming series could say a lot of where the Stamps could go this MJHL season
Up next: Oct. 15th vs Neepawa, Oct. 17th @ Neepawa


(+1) 11th – Winnipeg Freeze
This week: 1-1
Overall: 1-7
Impressive player: Ethan Raduy – 2 goals
The first ever franchise win for the Freeze is a major relief for everyone around the team. A team win too will show that the locker-room is in it together and will hopefully lead to more success going forward. The Freeze are in for another tough test but have shown they shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Up next: Oct. 15th @ Winkler, Oct. 16th vs Winkler


(-4) 12th – OCN Blizzard
This week: 0-2
Overall: 3-4-1
Impressive player: Forward Riley Zimmerman – 2 goals
A tough pair of games against a longtime rival may have the Blizzard scratching their heads a bit when it comes to where they sit in the MJHL West division landscape. The chance to make up for it against one of the top teams has to excite the players and they’ll need to show they are for real or risk staying near the bottom.
Up next: Oct. 15th vs Waywayseecappo, Oct. 17th @ Waywayseecappo

Stars of the Week | 2021 Week 4

Week 4, October 4 – October 10, 2021  |  The Manitoba Junior Hockey League Stars of the Week proudly presented by Recycle Everywhere:

Braden Fischer (FWD/’02) – Virden Oil Capitals – 2GP | 3G | 2A | 5PTS

Kobe Campbell (FWD/’01) – Waywayseecappo Wolverines – 2GP | 3G | 3A | 6PTS

Colby Jaquet (D/’01) – Dauphin Kings – 2GP | 2G | 3A | 5 PTS

12 Takes with Dave Anthony | 2021-22 Week 4

Sun continues to shine. Golf continues to be played. Hockey is underway. Life is GOOD! Let’s get down to business.

Take 1: It usually happens as the year goes on but I’ve quickly regretted a Take already… the less than 20 shutouts.

*Facepalm*

I should have known better. The talent between the pipes across the MJHL deserved better. There’s already been six. SIX!

I’ve been wrong before and I may be wrong again… but I hope I’m not THIS wrong again. Sorry goalies.

Take 2: There have been some lopsided scores across the league and a trend that might be concerning to some coaches is how the veteran players react to being down. Losing sucks but how you handle losing can send either a positive or negative message to the younger players on the team. A tone can be set, and I think so players are missing it and it could be something that gets worse for some teams before it gets better.

Take 3: Will Smith nailed it, it’s the Wild Wild West. Every game could go either way and that is great for fans, especially those watching from a distance, cheering for teams in the East. I can say without a doubt I’ve said “oh, wow” to just about every score update that comes out of that division. One or two teams will separate themselves, I’m sure but for now, keep flipping that coin every game!

Take 4: You know who are the worst kinds of people? The ones who win 50/50 multiple times a year. We get it, you’re lucky. Yeah, it’s random and all that but still. Doesn’t it feel like the same person or group wins constantly? I remember back in the day (I’m 33, I can say that), when take-home was $1500-$2000. It would be awesome to see that in every arena, so get your 50/50. If you’re tired of seeing the same people win, buy more, that’ll help.

Take 5: I saw a short clip of a Winnipeg Ice vs Brandon Wheat Kings game where the announcers from both sides somehow ended up over top of each other on the same broadcast. As you’d expect, it was hilarious and painful. As a broadcaster, I can tell you we’ve all had problems getting on the air or having to deal with a wonky connection. One time while he was broadcasting for the Portage Terriers, Cody Buhler and I almost had to join forces to do the game together. It all worked out and both broadcasts were able to get on their respective airwaves, but we did agree it would have made for an interesting call. Jerry Springer meets Slapshot.

Take 6: I LOVE the new hybrid icing and I’m embarrassed to say it took 6 games for me to notice. What a great, great change. There’s nothing that ruins my mood like soft icings. I mean, why have continuous action where there could be a slick breakout pass or turnover, when you can have a whistle and a faceoff all the way down at the other end? You have players that can flat out fly and it’s showing with the new icings. Here’s hoping it remains safe for all and keeps the play going because we came to watch hockey, not a puck-dropping display.

Take 7: I’m worried about some teams drawing fans. I’m really hoping it’s because of the nice weather, people want to spend time outside. It’s affordable for the family, it’s great entertainment and you should want to support your teams. There is some serious talent league-wide, and I promise, there will be moments where you go “oh wow, that’s incredible” and you’ll be hooked. Check out the schedule and make a plan to go watch a game.

Take 8: Steinbach is finally (FINALLY) getting a new rink in the next couple of years, but which town deserves to also get an upgraded complex? Neepawa has put a lot of work into their arena, and it looks good, even if you got to broadcast from the crowd area behind the bench. There are heaters, so that’s a win. Waywayseecappo is pretty great for fans and players. I’ve always loved Selkirk’s rink. Portage, Dauphin, Virden, the Blues, they’re all in another class because of their amazing facilities. If you could snap your fingers and have millions of dollars to spend on an MJHL arena, I’d put it in Swan. Sorry, OCN, you probably deserve a new one too but in this fantasy world, there’s only one and it goes to the Stamps who could use a new stable.

Take 9: I’ve already been wondering aloud about the trade deadline. It’s a while down the road yet, but it’s fun to think about. I’m a huge trade deadline guy, in any sport. I would like to see the MJHL do a trade deadline YouTube show or something. I mean, it could end up like all the others where the people involved would end up staring and having nothing to talk about for a few hours. I’d still watch it though.

Take 10: I can’t wait for the MJHL/SJHL Showcase. There’s just something about seeing all the talent from different teams come together and show off. The players love it and with it being in Manitoba this year, I think the fans are in for a real treat. It’s about time it’s in the MJHL region and we as fans should not waste this opportunity to show our support.

Take 11: Celebrating the players of the month is awesome. I think it’s great to focus on the accomplishments of those who stood out in a month. Each team should submit like an “unsung hero” to the league or do their own. It’s not always about stats, but the little things that either help a team win or bring the team closer together. Let’s get that going for each team.

Take 12: Who’s the coach of the Niverville team going to be? I mean, who’s the next coach that will get an MJHL job? It’s not often you hear about names of the up-and-coming coaches, but I think we should be focusing more on that. When it comes to the newest MJHL franchise, I know I’m waiting for announcements. I’d like there to be one a month just building hype around the team. It’s kinda quiet. Let’s get some info cooking here to get excited about. Something. Anything. Not silence.

MJHL Power Rankings | 2021-22 Week 3

Some teams are finding their groove, others are taking it up a notch while a few are still learning to crawl before they can walk or run.


(+1) 1st – Steinbach Pistons
This week: 2-0
Overall: 6-0
Notes: Impressive Player: Forward Nate Goodbrandson – 3 goals, 4 assists for 7 points
A statement weekend for the Pistons who defeated the Flyers in back-to-back games. The line of Goodbrandson, Quintin Pepper, and Davis Fry combined for 17 points in the two games. Add in rock-solid goaltending by Simon Harkness, including a shutout and Steinbach looks to be firing on all cylinders.
Up next: Oct. 8th @ Winkler, Oct. 9th vs Winkler


(-1) 2nd – Winnipeg Blues
This week: 2-0
Overall: 6-0
Impressive Player: Goalie Dawson Green – 47 saves over two games, 2 goals against.
Notes: The Blues had their hands full at times with a young and hungry Portage team but came away with another four points in the bank. Their big guns continue to lead the way and their goaltending is also very strong. Blues are proving to be a top tier team in the MJHL.
Up next: Oct. 8th vs Portage, Oct. 10th @ Portage


(+2) 3rd – Waywayseecappo Wolverines
This week: 1-1
Overall: 4-2
Impressive Player: Forward Logan Wotton – 2 goals
Notes: A bit of a smack in the mouth at the hands of the Stamps might be a bit of a wakeup call for the Wolverines who’ve played pretty well to start the season. It’s not like they didn’t have their chances to go 2-0 but give credit to Swan. Now, it’ll up to Wayway to respond or risk slipping down the tight West standings.
Up next: Oct. 8th vs Swan Valley, Oct. 9th @ Swan Valley


(-) 4th – Dauphin Kings
This week: 1-1
Overall: 4-2
Impressive player: Forward Ben Hackl – 1 goal, 1 assist for 2 points
Notes: A real solid response for the Kings after getting shutout by the Blizzard sees them right on pace in the West but feeling like they have more to give. The power play really seemed to find its footing Sunday night and if that can continue, Dauphin can get a little separation from the pack in the West.
Up next: Oct. 8th @ OCN, Oct. 10th vs OCN


(-2) 5 – Winkler Flyers
This week: 0-2
Overall: 3-2-1
Impressive player: Jackson Arpin – 1 goal
Notes: A wakeup call was sent to the Flyers and a pair of losses will give them an opportunity to learn and grow. Justin Falk called them measuring sticks to where they want to be and they’ll have a week to see if they can pull back to even ground with Steinbach after looking a step behind. While it is early, these are games you have to get a least a point out of if you want to stay close to the top spot.
Up next: Oct. 8th vs Steinbach, Oct. 9th @ Steinbach


(+4) 6 – Neepawa Titans
This week: 1-0-1
Overall: 2-3-1
Impressive player: Defender Connor Brust – 1 goal, 1 assist for 2 points
Notes: What a wild weekend for the Titans. Coming off a couple of humbling losses, they pick up 3 out of a possible 4 points against a Virden club needing to find their way a bit. Right now, they’d be happy to split games but look for this team to get better as the year goes on and expectations to rise.
Up next: Oct. 8th vs Virden, Oct. 9th @ Virden


(+1) 7 – Virden Oil Capitals
This week: 1-0-1
Overall: 2-3-1
Impressive player: Forward Carson Buydens – 1 goal, 3 assists for 4 points
Notes: Getting 3 of 4 points on the weekend is good but you get the sense that Virden really wanted more. They needed third period goals to force overtime in both games, used a power play to get a win then gave up a power play goal the following night that cost them a win. It’s a team that seems to be riding a rollercoaster and will need to find a way to level out as the season goes on in a division that will be a battle every game.
Up next: Oct. 8th @ Neepawa, Oct. 9th vs Neepawa


(+1) 8th – OCN Blizzard
This week: 1-1
Overall: 3-2-1
Impressive player: Goalie – Nick Pineo – 45 save shutout win
Notes: The Blizzard may be the team that has earned the most respect to this point of the year. Some were skeptical about what Billy Keane would be able to do but so far, he’s got to be very proud of how his team has met challenges and battled to pick up some big wins. A team that learns how to win together can be a dangerous thing for the rest of that division. OCN won’t be ‘point night’ this season.
Up next: Oct 8th @ Dauphin, Oct. 10th vs Dauphin


(-3) 9th – Swan Valley Stampeders
This week:1-1
Overall: 3-3
Impressive player: Jamie Valentino – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points
Notes: Don’t let the position fool you, Swan has started to play very well and scoring six against the Wolverines deserves a lot of credit. Secondary scoring is starting to trend in the right direction. All teams want is a chance and the Stamps have a real chance to put the league on notice with another strong showing against the Wolverines upcoming.
Up next: Oct. 8th @ Waywayseecappo, Oct. 9th vs Waywayseecappo


(+2) 10th – Selkirk Steelers
This week: 2-0
Overall: 2-4
Impressive player: Forward Quinton Hill – 2 goals, 2 assists for 4 points
Notes: Steelers fans can take a deep breath after getting their first two wins of the year. These were important wins to show players and fans things are trending in the right direction after a difficult couple of weeks. Can’t sleep on the Freeze though, Selkirk will need to be ready for another weekend where they can take another stop forward or face the threat of falling flat on their face.
Up next: Oct. 8th vs Freeze, Oct. 9th @ Freeze


(-4) 11th – Portage Terriers
This week: 0-2
Overall: 1-5
Impressive player: Defenseman Tyler Dodgson – 1 goal, 1 assist for 2 points
Notes: A pair of good efforts for Portage but it’s been a while since good effort was considered a positive. For a franchise that has been so good for so long, it seems almost strange to not see them atop the standings. They will get their wins and by the end of the year, could be one of those pesky teams to make an upset in the playoffs. For now, no one outside Portage is to upset at their 1-5 start.
Up next: Oct. 8th @ Blues, Oct. 10th vs Blues


(-1) 12th – Winnipeg Freeze
This week: 0-2
Overall: 0-6
Impressive player: Forward Ryder Ringor – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points
Notes: The growing pains continue. People watch from around the league and there is a growing sense the that first win will come sooner rather than later but it just seems to escape the Freeze. No team wants to be the one to lose first in regulation to the newcomers so this team will have to find a way to take it. If they do, they may be able to build upon it.
Up next: Oct. 8th @ Selkirk, Oct. 9th vs Selkirk

MJHL Monthly Awards | 2021-22 September

September 2021   |  The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce the monthly players awards supported by RBC, SAFE Work Manitoba, Farmery Brewery, IBAM and Manitoba Pork:

RBC PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Josiah Vanderhooft (’01) Winnipeg Blues
4GP | 3G | 9A | 12PTS

SAFE WORK MANITOBA DEFENSEMAN OF THE MONTH
Eduard Wruck (’02) Steinbach Pistons
4GP | 2G | 5A | 7PTS

FARMERY BREWERY GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH
Carson Cherepak (’02) Dauphin Kings
3GP | 3W | 1.66GAA | .944SV%

IBAM ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Carson Buydens (’04) Virden Oil Capitals
4GP | 1G | 2A| 3PTS

MANITOBA PORK PEAK PERFOMER
Jayden McCarthy (’01) Winkler Flyers
4GP | 5G | 3A | 8PTS

Stars of the Week | 2021-22 Week 3

Week 3, September 27 – October 3, 2021  |  The Manitoba Junior Hockey League Stars of the Week proudly presented by Recycle Everywhere:

Carson Buydens (FWD/’04) – Virden Oil Capitals – 2GP | 2G | 2A | 4PTS

Nate Goodbrandson (FWD/’03) – Steinbach Pistons – 2GP | 3G | 4A | 7PTS

Eric Krywy (D/’01) – Selkirk Steelers – 2GP | 4A | 4PTS

12 Takes with Dave Anthony | 2021-22 Week 3

September 30th is National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

This National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Take 1: I’m getting way too used to this nice weather. I’m really enjoying going golfing before going to a game or walking to the rink. I know it won’t last but it’s really nice. No wonder NHL players want to live in California or Florida.

Take 2: I think we’re seeing a new wave come across hockey and it’s the offensive penalty kill. I’ve seen so many shorthanded goals or chances already this year and I think it’s something that we’ll see continue. Teams are more aggressive and have higher skilled players on the PK that can force turnovers then capitalize. It’s been trending for a while but this year, it’s really noticeable. Teams are dangerous, even shorthanded.

Take 3: I’m happy we have games, I am. I’m very grateful to get to see MJHL hockey… but the schedule is getting a little old already. Playing the same team 4 times in a row seems like a little much. It develops rivalries sure, but it’s a lot I think for fans to see. Again, I’m happy we’re playing but if I can nit-pick at things, that would be where I’d start.

Take 4: Shoutout to the bus drivers that travel with the teams. They are special people and really good at what they do. It’s not easy driving around in that massive machine but teams can relax in comfy seats, plug their phones in and either zone in pre-game or sleep peacefully on the way home. Many bus drivers are people who have done it before and just love driving. They are appreciated and thanked. Oh, and arena’s, let them in for free. Come on. They are doing a service to the team and the league. A free game is the least they deserve.

Take 5: What is the ‘hockey food’ go-to? Peanuts and hotdogs are baseball. Tailgating burgers is football. What’s hockey? Popcorn? Fries? Those really good chicken caesar wraps in Winkler? We need to find the universal food for the sport or at least someone needs to tell me what it is or I’m going to pick. I’m a picky eater so it’s gonna be simple. It’ll be like fuzzy peaches or those penny/nickel candies we used to get back in the day.

Take 6: Referee’s get a lot of flak when they get it wrong but don’t get nearly the credit, they deserve for even being close… getting the assists on goals correct. It’s a really fast game. Like, you watch it down near ice level and it’s fast, imagine being in the middle of all of it. It’s like 10 road runners whizzing past you plus a puck or stick that can do serious bodily harm, there are a lot of moving pieces for a ref. Getting the assists correct on goals isn’t easy and they do what they can. If they miss, don’t get upset, it will get corrected. Yeah, you’d like the kid’s name over the PA but it’s not the end of the world. Yell at refs for other things, but not that. That’s a joke, don’t yell at refs. They are the reason we get to play. Without refs, there would be no game.

Take 7: Speaking of officials, I saw a great sign in Selkirk, it said something like “if you don’t like the officials, we need people like you to go over the rule book, take classes”, something like that and basically dared people who criticize officials do actually do it themselves. I hope more kids get into it. I did it when I was playing hockey. I learned more about the rules and came to really respect how tough of a job/hobby it is. A great way to get more kids involved is to not teach them yelling at the stripes is okay at any age.

Take 8: Which MJHL team past or present would have made the best feature for an “All or Nothing” style show? For me, it would be the 2018-19 Pistons or the 2012-13 Dauphin Kings. I know a little bit about both those teams from those years and some of the personalities were made for television.

Take 9: Teams with dark sweaters should NOT have dark numbers. It’s hard to see on HockeyTV and it’s hard to see when broadcasting the games. Stop it.

Take 10: Will the MJHL ever get net cams? I mean, probably not. I’m sure it’s been brought up like one time in a meeting. They would almost never be needed. But, it’s kind of cool to think about. Overhead net cams are wild and provide a really unique angle to things.

Take 11: Here’s a stat I would have never guessed: The OCN Blizzard are last in the MJHL in penalty minutes. I remember OCN as being that team that toed the line for a lot of years and would take penalty after penalty. Seems like they’ve really cleaned that up in the early part of the season.

Take 12: There have been 4 goalies to post shutouts this year, one more than the shortened 2020-21 season. In 2019-20 there were 27. 2018-19 had 45. 2017-18 saw 33. I predict there will be less than 25 shutouts this season across the MJHL. I may make it a spicy hot take and say there will be less than 20. Yup, going with it. Less than 20 shutouts across the MJHL in the 2021-22 season. Sorry goalies.

MJHL Power Rankings | 2021-22 Week 2

MJHL Power Rankings – Week 2
4 games of the regular season are in the books, let’s see who’s cookin’ with gas and who’s still lookin’ for some fire.


1st – Winnipeg Blues (-)
This Week: 2-0
Overall: 4-0
Impressive Player: Forward Josiah Vanderhooft – 1 goal, 4 assists for 5 points
Notes: Two more impressive wins for the Winnipeg Blues. They continue to get a lot of offence from their entire lineup. Will be interesting to see how they deal with a Portage team coming off a win. There’s a chance to really put some points in the bank over the next 8 games if the Blues can keep hot.
Up Next: Oct. 1st @ Portage, Oct. 2nd vs Portage


2nd – Steinbach Pistons (+1)
This Week: 2-0
Overall: 4-0
Impressive Player: Defenseman Eduard Wruck – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points
Notes: The Pistons remained undefeated and showed off they can play a high offensive game, a strong defensive game and they are tough. It will be a thrilling set of games vs the Winkler Flyers and the Pistons will need to be up for a veteran challenge.
Up Next: Oct. 1st vs Winkler, Oct. 2nd @ Winkler


3rd – Winkler Flyers (-1)
This Week: 1-0-1
Overall: 3-0-1
Impressive Player: Jayden McCarthy – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points
Notes: The Flyers had their hands full with a scrappy Portage team that ended up taking a point away from the orange and black with a shootout win. The Flyers are deep, big and fast and backed by a strong tandem in the crease. Flyers vs Pistons will show Winkler and their fans what kind of team they have going forward. It’s early, yes, but it’s a statement opportunity.
Up Next: Oct. 1st @ Steinbach, Oct. 2nd vs Steinbach


4th – Dauphin Kings (+3)
This Week: 2-0
Overall: 3-1
Impressive Player: Forward Kaden Bryant – 4 goals, 2 assists for 6 points
Notes: The opening night loss to the Titans may have been the wake-up call the Kings needed and since they’ve been very strong. Dauphin is the biggest mover this week and with a strong top six and plenty offense from the defense, they have silenced anyone who doubted them as a top team in the division, at least for now.
Up Next: Oct. 1st @ OCN, Oct. 3rd vs OCN


5 – Waywayseecappo Wolverines (-1)
This Week: 1-1
Overall: 3-1
Impressive Player: Forward Adam Paplawski – 3 assists
Notes: If there were more than 20 minutes in the third period, the Wolverines may very well be undefeated still. They were dealt their first loss but again showed a ‘never say die’ attitude. The way their offence has been going, they have to feel like they are never out of any game and any line can get the job done. Good place to be.
Up Next: Sept. 30th vs Swan Valley, Oct. 2nd @ Swan Valley


6 – Swan Valley Stampeders (+2)
This Week: 2-0
Impressive Player: Goalie Dylan Black – 55 saves over two games including a shutout
Notes: Talk about a response. Swan Valley was on the ropes but on the back of their goaltender, the Stamps have righted the ship in the short term. Scoring is still an issue but a good goalie keeps you in a lot of games. Adam Rajsigl deserves recognition for what he’s done lately, putting up 2 goals and an assist from the blueline.
Up Next: Sept. 30th @ Waywayseecappo, Oct. 2nd vs Waywayseecappo


7 – Portage Terriers (+2)
This Week: 0-1-1
Overall: 0-3-1
Impressive Player: Goalie tandem of Jayden Catellier and Chris Fines
Notes: A young, hungry team coming close but finally getting over the hump and winning in a shootout. No, it’s not the Mighty Ducks and don’t expect the Terriers do to the ‘Flying-V’ any time soon, but it is a team that can do some damage going forward. They are young and scrappy but with talent to make teams pay. Should be fun to watch this team grow and go against the Blues for a set.
Up Next: Oct. 1st vs Blues, Oct. 2nd @ Blues


8th – Virden Oil Capitals (+2)
This Week: 1-1
Overall: 1-3
Impressive Player: Forward Braden Fischer – 3 goals, 2 assists for 5 points
Notes: A sigh of relief for the Oil Caps as they managed to get into the win column. While it wasn’t without it’s challenges, the Oil Caps stood tall and held on. The big boys on offense came to play at home with Fischer, Branden Humink, Carson Buydens and Dylan Halliday all posting three-point nights.
Up Next: Oct. 1st vs Neepawa, Oct. 2nd @ Neepawa


9th – OCN Blizzard (-2)
This Week: 0-1-1
Overall: 2-1-1
Impressive Player: Forward Max Mazur – 2 goals
Notes: The Blizzard probably deserve to be higher but the offence just couldn’t find the back of the net and they allowed a combined 86 shots against over the two games with the Stampeders. While they did take a bit of a step back after staring 2-0, the Blizzard do have some strong goaltending to put a positive checkmark beside.
Up Next: Oct. 1st vs Dauphin, Oct. 3rd @ Dauphin


10th – Neepawa Titans (-4)
This Week: 0-2
Impressive Player: Defenseman Austin Clyne – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points
Notes: The Titans were brought back down to earth a little bit after being dealt back-to-back losses by a Dauphin team with something to prove. Neepawa battles but will need to tap into some guy’s offensive sides if they want to compete in the North division.
Up Next: Oct. 1st @ Virden, Oct. 2nd vs Virden


11th – Winnipeg Freeze (+1)
This Week: 0-2
Overall: 0-4
Impressive Player: Forward Darik Feasey – 2 goals
Notes: Good news is, the Freeze found some scoring. The bad news is, they gave up more goals than they scored which leaves them still looking for that first win. Special teams have killed the Freeze to start the year. They need to find a way to kill penalties on a consistent basis or stay out of the box.
Up Next: Oct. 1st vs Selkirk, Oct. 2nd @ Selkirk


12th – Selkirk Steelers (-1)
This Week: 0-2
Overall: 0-4
Impressive Player: Forward Ryan Ostermann – 1 goal
Notes: Despite being shutout on Saturday, the Steelers were right in that game vs the Pistons. They just cant score. With no Gerke in the lineup, Thompson and Ostermann have less room and it’s hard for Selkirk to generate anything offensively. Their team defense is improving and so is their goaltending but if they can’t score, they’ll struggle to find W’s.
Up Next: Oct. 1st @ Freeze, Oct. 2nd vs Freeze

Oil Caps’ Carson Buydens commits to Princeton

Virden Oil Capitals forward, Carson Buydens has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Princeton University.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound forward from Gladstone, MB has scored one goal and two assists through the first four games of his junior career in the MJHL.

“We are very excited that Carson has made the commitment to attend Princeton University,” shared Oil Capitals Head Coach & General Manager, Tyson Ramsey. “Carson is a very talented player and has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity. We as an organization are proud that he has chosen to play here in Virden and develop with our group and we will do everything we can to prepare him for this next step in his hockey career. It is a great day for Carson and our organization.”

The 17-year-old joined the Oil Capitals after spending his U18 AAA career with the Central Plains Capitals program.

MJHL supports Orange Jersey Project initiative

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is proud to support a new nation-wide initiative born in Manitoba, the Orange Jersey Project.  The Orange Jersey Project (OJP) is designed to encourage action for Truth & Reconciliation while helping educate young athletes about the history of the Indian Residential School system in Canada.

Orange Jersey Project kicks off on October 1, 2021, with an online auction which will include a one-of-a-kind jersey approved by the Orange Shirt Society featuring active National Hockey League players, National Hockey League alumni, National Women’s Team players and more. Participating players represent various cultural backgrounds including Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens), Ethan Bear (Carolina Hurricanes), Ryan Pulock (New York Islanders), Brian Trottier (NHL Hall of Fame Inductee), Women’s hockey Olympians Brigette Lacquette and Jocelyne Larocque.  The player roster also includes MJHL alumni such as Zach Whitecloud (Vegas Golden Knights), Brady Keeper (Vancouver Canucks), and former Philadelphia Flyers great Reggie Leach. Over 35 players will have their signed Orange Jersey Project jerseys auctioned October 1-3 with all funds donated to the Orange Shirt Society.

Also this season the OJP will send 10,000 orange practice jerseys to youth hockey teams across Canada to spark dialogue about Indian residential schools and their harmful impact on Indigenous children and families. Along with the jerseys, learning tools and resources will be provided by the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund for player engagement off the ice.

Coaches and athletes can visit the Orange Jersey Project website, www.orangejerseyproject.ca, to join the wait list to receive their team orange practice jerseys and curriculum program.


Throughout each season the MJHL and it’s member clubs acknowledge that they compete on Treaty 1, Treaty 2, Treaty 4, and Treaty 5 lands, collectively the traditional territories of Anishinaabe, Assiniboine, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Inninnowuk peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Stars of the Week | 2021-22 Week 2

Week 2, September 20 – September 26, 2021  |  The Manitoba Junior Hockey League Stars of the Week proudly presented by Recycle Everywhere:

Josiah Vanderhooft (FWD/’01) – Winnipeg Blues – 2GP | 1G | 4A | 7PTS

Kaden Bryant (FWD/’01) – Dauphin Kings – 2GP | 4G | 2A | 6PTS

Braden Fischer (FWD/’02) – Virden Oil Capitals – 2GP | 3G | 2A | 5PTS

12 Takes with Dave Anthony | Week 2

We’re geared up and ready to go after a successful opening weekend across the league. Team’s had a solid week of practice to work on things they either liked or didn’t like in the first two games.

Fans are gearing up for more hockey this weekend and as the leaves turn and temperature drops, it’s starting to really feel like hockey season.

Take 1: Swan really, really, REALLY needed a statement and they did just that over OCN on Tuesday. Both teams will get their share of wins off each other in the North division but no way Swan could go down 0-3 vs the Blizzard. 47 shots in the game is impressive but zero penalties between the teams in the final frame is just as impressive. 5 on 5 hockey is better than a special teams battle.

Take 2: The volunteers across the MJHL are special people. They often do more than just one job on any given game day. There are always ways people can help out teams across the league. If you’re already a volunteer or you want to get more involved, go to a game and ask questions. Other volunteers will help direct you who can help the best. Security, game day ops, even 50/50, there are things people can do that help the team.

Take 3: It’s really cool to see the road teams have fans at games. It’s a small detail that I’m sure the players pick up on and appreciate. Even hearing a little cheering beats hearing the awkward silence when the road team scores.

Take 4: Some high scores early on this season. I wonder if it’s one of those things where the defence will catch up to the offence or if it’s just going to be a high scoring year. I’d imagine the more practice teams get over the week between games, the more they’ll learn the system and it’ll reduce goals against. Goalie will also get better.

Take 5: Speaking of goalies, playing so few games during the week, I wonder how many goalies will do the back-to-back thing throughout the year. It’s going to be hard for coaches to manage splitting the duties. You’d like to get both guys in a rhythm but that’s going to be really difficult. It takes a special pair of guys to balance playing vs not playing. Tandems will rely on each other and their goalie coaches big time.

Take 6: It’s always great to see MJHL teams out in the community doing different things. From supporting schools to helping raise money or awareness, the players being out in the community they represent on the ice is important. I remember growing up and thinking it was so cool to see the players in their jersey’s off the ice. It makes a lasting impression with kids and with fans. Raking leaves season is here!

Take 7: The MJHL needs to one up their volunteering and get team pets. Adopt local animals from a shelter. Simple idea but very complicated to pull off. I mean, where would the pet stay? Not my problem to solve, just throwing out the idea of a dog in a hockey jersey. How is that not super cute?

Take 8: Hot take alert: 3 players will hit the 40 goal mark this year. I have an idea of which three but I’ll maybe wait till after they play more than two games before releasing them. It’s been a long, long time since multiple players did it but this year, not one, not two but three guys will. Two may even play for the same team.

Take 9: There are only five 20-year-old goalies in the MJHL right now. Much like the rest of the rosters, teams are trending younger. I wonder if the goalie market will be something to watch as the season moves on. I can picture teams wanting to add in the crease, especially if they feel on the brink of doing something special come playoffs. We’ve seen it before, all you have to do is get to the dance and a good goalie can take teams places.

Take 10: It should be a league rule that someone has to sing O’Canada. It’s a special part of the game experience and it just feels right to hear it before a game. While the musical version is okay, there’s something about a live performance that just makes it so much better. Whether it’s one person, a duet, someone with an electric guitar or a choir of kids, it’s just awesome. Shout out to Steinbach’s Gilbert Fehr who truly takes pride in doing the anthem and he does a fantastic and memorable job.

Take 11: Why do padded players not jump in front of poor coaches when pucks come flying towards the bench? I mean, they have all kinds of padding and coaches have nothing. Often times, coaches are not paying attention to where the puck is, players on the bench are. Usually, the player that yells heads up is the first one getting out of the way! Guys, help out the coaches, sacrifice the body or at least get a glove on it.

Take 12: Really cool job by some teams to wait to announce their captains until the home opener. I thought it brought a nice extra touch to the opener for fans and for the players with letters. I’d like to see all teams adopt it into next year.

MJHL Power Rankings | 2021-22 Week 1



1st – Winnipeg Blues
This Week: 2-0
Impressive Player: Forward Eric Fawkes – 4 goals, 3 assists for 7 points
Notes: The Blues beat up on the Winnipeg Freeze by a combined score of 14-3 over the first two games. Fawkes and teammate Josiah Vanderhooft each put up 7 points while Brayden Foreman picked up 5. The Blues were undefeated in regulation last season before the stop and they looked to have picked up right where they left off. The tests will get stiffer but there’s a real chance for the Blues to put some points in the bank early and build momentum. Hard not to imagine the Blues being at or near the top of the East Division throughout the year.
Up Next: Sept. 24 vs Freeze, Sept. 25 @ Freeze


2nd – Winkler Flyers
This Week: 2-0
Impressive Player: Forward Justin Svenson – 3 goals, 4 assists for 7 points
Notes: While their first game was a bit of a nail-biter, the Flyers thumped the Portage Terriers on Sunday night and showed off their impressive depth and scoring putting up 14 goals over the course of two games. Interesting that through the first two games, the Flyers lead the league in penalty minutes with 87. Granted, the Terriers whom they played are second with 79 but it’ll be interesting to see how head coach Justin Falk manages sticking up for yourself/teammates vs not taking yourself out of a game with penalties. The tough players are also very talented, and they’ll need to keep that talent on the ice and not in the box. Winkler looks to be the real deal.
Up Next: Sept. 24 vs Portage, Sept. 25 @ Portage


3rd – Steinbach Pistons
This Week: 2-0
Impressive Player: Forward Quinton Pepper – 3 goals, 2 assists for 5 points
Notes: Like the two teams before, Steinbach put up 14 goals in their first two games but something they can really be happy about is that almost every player on their roster has a point. It’s something that brings a team together early where every guy feels like he’s having an impact on team success. Quinton Pepper looks to be a force this year and defender Eduard Wruck is tied for the MJHL scoring lead for defenders with four points. Time will tell if this Pistons team is built more for the bigger ice surfaces on the road or the smaller one in Steinbach. Either way, the deep appears deep, big, and skilled.
Up Next: Sept. 24 vs Selkirk, Sept. 25 @ Selkirk


4th – Waywaysecappo Wolverines
This Week: 2-0
Impressive Player: Goalie Liam Tereposky – 2-0, .947 sv%, 1.50 GAA
Notes: The Wolverines have put the MJHL on notice that they are legit. If people thought they might be an underdog in their opening series vs Virden, they got an eye-opening awakening. The impressive third period comeback in the first game and then to follow it up with another strong third period in the second game shows that this team fights to the final buzzer. Balanced scoring will be a theme as 13 players hit the scoresheet over the course of the first two games. It’s been a couple of years since they were in the cellar of the league but they still seem to catch some people off guard. They won’t be catching Virden or other teams sleeping anymore. You have to be at the top of your game or prepared to be clawed.
Up Next: Sept. 24 vs Virden, Sept 25 @ Virden


5 – OCN Blizzard
This Week: 2-0
Impressive Player: Forward Parker Johnson – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points
Notes: And now, the most surprising team perhaps to be undefeated through two games, the OCN Blizzard. Young teams need to find a way to win and that’s what the Blizzard did vs the Stamps. Winning leads to belief and if you get a young, hungry team that believes in themselves, it makes for victories. A more balanced and disciplined team should get fans excited for what this team can build throughout the year. There will be down times but, at least early on this year, OCN has shown they have an ability to find ways to win. They don’t ask how you got your points at the end of the night, they just look to see where you are in the standings and right now, the Blizzard are right at the top.
Up Next: Sept. 21 vs Swan Valley, Sept. 24 @ Swan Valley


6 – Neepawa Titans
This Week: 1-1
Impressive Player: Goalie Gavin Renwick – 1-0, .950 sv%, 1.00 GAA
Notes: New name, new logo, new attitude for Neepawa. Really impressive showing and could have easily been 2-0 to start the year if not for running into a hot goalie on Saturday night. Ken Pearson is working on building a culture that will last for years and this team early on has bought in and is showing there won’t be two free points taken from them. A young goalie tandem paired with a mostly younger defensive core may cause for some growing pains as the year goes on, but for now there’s a lot of positive momentum going forward into a weekend rematch with the Kings where the Titans look to prove the first two games were no fluke.
Up Next: Sept. 24 @ Dauphin, Sept. 25 vs Dauphin


7 – Dauphin Kings
This Week: 1-1
Impressive Player: Goalie Carson Cherepak – 1-0, 1.000 sv%, 0.00 GAA, 1 shutout
Notes: I hope the Kings gave Cherepak Sunday AND Monday off after his absolutely incredible 45 save shutout performance on Saturday night. Neepawa threw the kitchen sink, the mircowave, the fridge, and even the oven towards the net but couldn’t cash in. Going 0-2 to start the year is not a disaster but getting that win, especially in front of a packed home crowd, sure had those around the Kings breathing a little easier. It takes time for lines to gel in a season so Dauphin shouldn’t be too concerned with the fact they have only one player who’s scored both their goals this season. There’s something about the #59 that just looks right in the goal-scoring column. Dauphin will look to make a bit of a statement come this weekend rematch.
Up Next: Sept. 24 vs Neepawa, Sept. 25 @ Neepawa


8th – Swan Valley Stampeders
This Week: 0-2
Impressive Player: Forward Jackson Betcher – 2 goals
Notes: Two losses that could have just as easily been wins. A bounce here, bounce there and the Stamps are in the top four or five of these power rankings. But, instead, the Stamps will have some questions to answer when it comes to goal scoring. They have some veteran power that will learn the MJHL game and put up their points. Could see a very different team when facing the Blizzard next. Look for the Stamps depth to keep chipping in throughout the year as well.
Up Next: Sept. 21 @ OCN, Sept. 24 vs OCN


9th – Portage Terriers
This Week: 0-2
Impressive Player: Forward Jaden Pashe – 2 goals, 1 assist for 3 points
Notes: Portage put up quite the fight but just couldn’t keep up with the Flyers and ended up dropping the opening game in a contest I’m sure they felt they deserved better in. Terriers may have eyes for next year when they host the Centennial Cup, but don’t look past the young guns they have now who will look to make a mark on the league. The lessons they learn this year will go a long way to helping this team get a bit of a chip on their shoulder going forward.
Up Next: Sept. 24 @ Winkler, Sept. 25 vs Winkler


10th – Virden Oil Capitals
This Week: 0-2
Impressive Player: Braden Fischer – 2 goals, 1 assist for 3 points
Notes: A pair of tough third periods did the Oil Caps in to open the season. Another young team that will learn how to win as the season goes on but got quite the lesson from the Wolverines in the importance of playing a full 60 minutes. You can bet that wont be an issue going forward. Learning lessons can be difficult but good teams find a way to bounce back and that’s got the be the mindset for Virden heading into a return set vs Waywayseecappo.
Up Next: Sept. 24 @ Waywayseecappo, Sept. 25 vs Waywayseecappo


11th – Selkirk Steelers
This Week: 0-2
Impressive Player: Forward Matthew Gerke – 2 goals
Notes: Don’t let the opening night score fool you, the game was closer than it would appear. Outside of the roof caving in during that third period, the Steelers showed a lot of hustle and heart vs the Pistons. Goal scoring may be an issue but a strong blueline and the team buying into the defensive structure will certainly help keep games close. Look for Selkirk to put up a fight every night as this young team grows together.
Up Next: Sept. 24 @ Steinbach, Sept. 25 vs Steinbach


12th – Winnipeg Freeze
This Week: 0-2
Impressive Player: Forward Nathan Driver – 2 goals, 1 assist for 3 points
Notes: Tough couple of games for the Freeze. Something to be encouraged by was the way they bounced back from the opening night loss. Nathan Driver is an exciting player that will keep growing as will the backend. Getting the first couple games out of the way, the Freeze will look to have a solid week of practice and have better results in their next games.
Up Next: Sept. 24th @ Blues, Sept. 25 vs Blues

Stars of the Week | 2021-22 Week 1

Week 1, September 13 – September 19, 2020   |   The Manitoba Junior Hockey League Stars of the Week proudly presented by Recycle Everywhere:

Eric Fawkes (FWD/’01) – Winnipeg Blues – 2GP | 4G | 3A | 7PTS

Liam Tereposky (G/’02) – Waywayseecappo Wolverines – 2GP | 1.50GAA | .947SV%

Justin Svenson (FWD/’01) – Winkler Flyers – 2GP | 3G | 4A | 7PTS

MJHL Season Preview | Portage Terriers

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games have been completed and it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!

Portage Terriers: 2020/21 (4-3-0-1)

Leading scorers: Rhys Raeside (3g, 4ast for 7pts), Parker Johnson (4g, 2ast for 6pts)

Key graduating players: Peyton Gorski, Tyson McLean, Reece Henry

Season outlook: It’s hard to believe it’s been since the 2018-19 season that the MJHL has awarded a champion. Reece Henry scored the overtime winner in game seven against the Stampeders to lift the Terriers to yet another Turnbull Cup championship in front of a sold out crowd in Portage. The Terriers will be a young team this season and should expect some growing pains but if the past has taught us anything you can never count out the Terriers, especially since they are in line to host the National Championship in 2022-23.

Q & A with Terriers Head Coach & General Manager, Blake Spiller

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer: With the format and playing each team in division 8 times I am sure there will be some rivalries develop.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: With so many new faces it’s really difficult to say at this time. We will be a younger team than normal and our players are excited to be back playing so hopefully we will bring a lot of energy to the rink.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: The fans didn’t get the opportunity to see anyone much last year so I think they will be excited to see them all back playing.

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: Jaden Pashe – He’s not new to the league but returning home for his final season of junior hockey. His family and friends are excited to watch him in a Terrier uniform.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: Being around our staff, players and all the fans. We have all missed the game of hockey.

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: The MJHL has a lot of rinks with their own characteristics so they each bring their own challenges. We’ve played a number of important games in Steinbach over the years.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Post game – Benny’s Pizza in Shoal Lake.

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: Players normally have their own devices on the bus.

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: Haven’t thought that far ahead yet.

12 Takes with Dave Anthony

It feels so good to be back!

Lots to get excited about for all the teams in the MJHL and lots to catch up on. New faces, new expectations and lots of hope for a safe and full year.

The regular season starts tomorrow, so let’s get started with a brand new season of Takes!

Take 1: We have to give it up to the people who’ve worked so hard to make this year possible. From Mr. Saurette to Erik Swar to the individual team boards to the coaches to the players to the officials to the volunteers to the fans. The hockey community is a COMMUNITY and this year really tested that, yet the people who love this game and league have stepped up in a big way. It’s special and everyone should be proud for being a part of it.

Take 2: The whole “we are in this together, this is so special, glad to be back” feelings will fade the moment the team you cheer for gives up a goal. I don’t know if there’s a better feeling than when your team scores or the opposite when they give one up. I’ve missed both those feelings and can’t wait to get them back.

Take 3: To all the broadcasters and PA announcers this year… good luck! Lots and lots of new names on teams across the league and I’m sure there are even some coaches that may need a little help pronouncing them properly. There’s always friends or family listening and watching, so take a little time pre-game to get the names right. I say that being one of the guilty ones who’s been known to get a name or two wrong.

Take 4: 3 on 3 overtime was such a great thing to bring into the league. Even in the pre-season, it’s entertaining and fun. This year, I think there are a number of players that will show off some impressive skills with all that room that will be available. As someone who isn’t a fan of the shootout, I’m all for ending games before a solo breakaway challenge.

Take 5: I don’t know why this bugs me so much and I’m sure coaches hate it way more than I do but missing the net just drives me crazy. I get it, goalies are huge these days. You have to have almost a perfect shot to beat them. Scoring is really, really hard so if you get in a good position, hit the net. For me, it starts in warmups. I feel like this is the hockey version of the old man yelling at the clouds.

Take 6: Shout out to the online scorers. I have a chat with someone that has done it a couple times and they expressed just how much goes into it. It’s one of those things that maybe we don’t appreciate until somethings’ going wrong then we only chirp or make comments. It’s a complicated part that always has a lot going on. If you’re someone who does or has done the online scoring, we should all salute you.

Take 7: If you haven’t downloaded the MJHL app yet, you totally should. It’s so handy from the schedule to scores to terrific articles like 12 Takes right on your smart phone.

Take 8: Billets are awesome and the league doesn’t happen without them. Whether you have one or two or even four players in your home, it’s what makes hockey dreams possible. I know that billets are more then just a bed and a meal, they welcome players into their lives. The are there through good times and tough times. It’s always great to see when billet families have little kids and they come to the games cheering on their billet brothers. It’s always cool to see.

Take 9: To all the players who didn’t make an MJHL team this year, here’s hoping you catch on somewhere else and have a really great season. There are always more players than roster spots and there will be a lot of really great kids that don’t end up on the team. To their families and to them, all the best.

Take 10: I went out for a round of golf with Pistons coach Paul Dyck. He out drove me off the tee using his 7 iron. Yes, I was using my driver. I couldn’t even be mad, it was just impressive.

Take 11: It took a few tries before I remembered how to tie a tie. I wonder if there are coaches that will have the same problem or if there will be no-tie games in the near future. A sweatervest is warm AND looks good.

Take 12: I saw this on Twitter from Ken Pearson, he posted this picture and I wanted to share it said because I think it’s just terrific.

Be a great teammate: When you come around, do you bring energy or steal it?

Those who bring energy: lead their team, encourage others, do what’s asked.

Those who steal energy: complain, whine, put others down.

Be aware that you are your habits, good or bad and that your habits affect your performance.

MJHL Season Preview | Winkler Flyers

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games are complete and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!

Winkler Flyers: 2020/21 (3-5-0-0)

Leading scorers: Tanner Andrew (4g, 4ast for 8pts), Ian Tookenay (4g, 3ast for 7pts)

Key graduating players: Tanner Andrew, Ian Tookenay

Season outlook: The Winkler Flyers have changed just about everything over the last couple of seasons including an updated logo/branding and a brand new hockey operations staff from the top down, including the hiring of former NHL veterans Justin Falk and Ryan White. There’s no question a new era has begun in southern Manitoba but familiar faces on the ice should help guide the Flyers in the right direction. Although plenty has changed over the last two seasons, fans should expect a highly competitive team in the Pembina valley this fall.

Q & A with Flyers Coach & General Manager, Justin Falk

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer: The with the Steinbach Pistons and the Portage Terriers where visiting fans can attend the games.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: This line-up will bring their lunch pail every day with attention to details and discipline within our structure, systems as we establish a culture in our Flyers Organization.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: Fans should be excited to see returning players and offensive standouts Jayden McCarthy and Justin Svenson.  On the backend mobile puck moving defensemen Trent Sambrook as well as the physical big body presence of Cole Mackenzie and Kyle Crewe.  Adding to the front end dynamic winger Gavin Waltz and two way forwards Jackson Arpin and Trent Penner while leading a young crop of talent in Nick McKee and Brody Beauchemin.  In between the pipes, local product Dylan Meilun

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: For a fan that appreciates the small details from a player that will do whatever it takes, wherever it takes, whenever it’s needed on a given night, Josh Beauchemin. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: As a staff, we are excited at the opportunity for growth in each individual player in the first half of the season and its incorporation into creating our culture and identity.  As well as their involvement in the Southern Manitoba communities and the growth of these young men through various experiences away from the rink.

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: Swan Valley Stampeders.  Old stomping grounds in the Corral.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: 

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: I don’t know if these guys own any DVD’s so it might have to be Happy Gilmore.

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: Any suit that goes with brown shoes.

MJHL Season Preview | Winnipeg Blues

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games are almost complete and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!

Winnipeg Blues: 2020/21 (5-0-0-1)

Leading scorers: Ethan Hersant (4g, 9ast for 13pts), Brayden Foreman (6g, 6ast for 12pts)

Key graduating players: Ethan Hersant, Carson Tiede

Season outlook: The Blues enter the upcoming season with optimism after taking a pair of steps in their development over the last two seasons. A very young Blues team clawed their way into the postseason in 2019-20 before jumping out to a 5-0-0-1 start in 2020-21 prior to the league-wide shutdown. You can expect another young edition of the Blues in 2021-22 that will be led by veterans Brayden Foreman and Josiah Vanderhooft. The pair of soon to be four-year MJHL’ers will be heavily relied on by their coaching staff to lead what’s expected to be the youngest team in the MJHL.

Q & A with Blues Head Coach & General Manager, Taras McEwen

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer: I think it will continue to be with the Freeze this season, we play them to start the season and the games were really competitive in the pre season. 

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: I think fans can expect an offensive team that plays fast and competes.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: We have a really good group of returning players this year but Brayden Foreman and Josiah Vanderhooft would be the two guys fans will be excited to watch. 

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: Pass

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: Looking forward to the regular season games because I think the league is going to be really competitive this year and will be exciting to play in front of the fans again. 

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: Looking forward to playing in Steinbach as they always have good fan support and the games are always competitive.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: We didn’t end up having any bus trips last season when the season shut down so I am looking forward to getting back to all the arenas in the league. 

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: Captains choice

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: I have a couple that I have my eye on.  

MJHL Season Preview | Selkirk Steelers

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games are nearing completion and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!

Selkirk Steelers – 2020/21 (3-5-0-0)

Leading scorers: Adam Ingram (2g, 5ast for 7 pts), Ryan Osterman (3g, 3ast for 6pts)

Key graduating players: Thomas Colter

Season outlook: Selkirk is in a pretty interesting situation. Looking at their roster from the 2020/21 season, there is the possibility of a lot of returning players that could be really, really good. How many are able to take a step will be interesting to watch. The Steelers can be that team that seems to have the number of a couple of opponents and given how much division play will matter, if they can stick it to a few teams, they can be right there in the conversation of someone you don’t want to see in round one of the playoffs.

Q & A with Steelers Head Coach & General Manager, Hudson Friesen

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer:  The way things are set up with heavy division play I think we will see strong rivalries forming against all 5 teams. I’m looking forward to the intensity we will see as we see these teams 8 times a piece.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: Fans can expect the Steelers to play a fast and physical brand of hockey this season. Our goal is to bring a high work ethic and compete level to the rink every day.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: There are many returning players that fans should be excited about. Ryan Ostermann, Tristan Thompson and Eric Krywy are all entering their final seasons of junior hockey and will be exciting to watch.

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: (No answer submitted)

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: I’m very much looking forward to getting back to work with our players and to continue to work with them on their development. It will also be exciting to have fans back in the building and to reconnect with the community.

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: I’m looking forward to playing at Stride Place in Portage

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Westwood Inn at Swan River always treats us great.

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: Any movie is good after a win, a good comedy with Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell is always good for a laugh.

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: I’ll probably be going with the classic black suit and shoes and a white shirt for opening night.

MJHL Season Preview | Waywayseecappo Wolverines

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games are well underway and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!

Waywayseecappo Wolverines: 2020/21 (7-3-0-0)

Leading scorers: Mackenzie Belinski (9g, 7ast for 16pts), Conrad Philips (8g, 3ast for 11pts)

Key graduating players: Mackenzie Belinski, Conrad Philips, Gerrik Ripley

Season outlook: The Wolverines were on fire before the league shut down. They have been a franchise on the rise for a number of years and really looked poised to be a team that could have made it all the way to the MJHL finals. The Wolverines will hope that the work people have put in will help in the recruiting of players that can come in and make a difference. It feels like the division is going to be a battle every night and teams won’t be taking the Wolverines lightly. In fact, I think a lot of teams may view them as a top contender that can make a statement against. They have the pieces returning that can still get fans excited and if they come out strong like they did in 2020, things will get very, very interesting.

Q & A with Wolverines Head Coach & General Manager, Taylor Harnett

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer: Rivalries are all about the fans. Each of them have their own. We try and make it exciting for them.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: Still a bit early. But fans Will definitely be entertained.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: Our fans are familiar with all of our returning players. They should be most excited to see the new ones. And there’s quite a few to choose from.

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: Pass

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: Looking forward to seeing people enjoying the game of hockey in all buildings around the league.

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: We love visiting each community. They all treat us very well. Whatever one is the warmest.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Just the fact that we get to eat in a restaurant I think will be great for all of us.

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: Hopefully something the players really enjoy. Might not necessarily be a movie, some pretty good series on these days.

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: That’s a game day decision.

MJHL Season Preview | Virden Oil Capitals

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games are well underway and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!

Virden Oil Capitals: 2020/21 (8-0-1-0)

Leading scorers: Hunter Cloutier (6g, 11ast for 17pts), Jack Einarson (4g, 11ast for 15pts)

Key graduating players: Hunter Cloutier, Jack Einarson, Josh Belcher

Season outlook: Things couldn’t have been better for Virden who were just rolling along and built like an absolute unit. The only thing that could stop them was a global pandemic that shut the league down. The Oil Caps were veteran heavy but at the same time, still carried a number of younger players that will look to take the spot light. Virden is generally pretty quiet about their business but you can bet they’ve been working hard to bring in players and will look to take another run towards an MJHL finals and beyond.

Q & A with Oil Capitals Head Coach & General Manager, Tyson Ramsey

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer: I think Wayway will be a good rivalry for us. They always play hard and logistically are pretty close, so we see fans from both sides at all the games.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: Our fans can expect a team that plays hard and plays with pace with a pride in defending.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: I think Logan Rands and Dylan Halliday are set to have big years as 20-year-olds in the league. We are also really excited to see the strides that Trevor Hunt and Branden Huminuk have taken in the last year.

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: I think our fans will love Braden Fischer. He is very skilled and works tremendously hard.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: Just getting back to playing the game we have been missing in front of our loyal fans and business partners.

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: I love playing in Winkler, that’s where I played my junior hockey.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Y Not Johnny’s in Swan River

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: Our guys don’t typically watch movies on the bus

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: Blue suit, brown shoes, blue tie

MJHL Season Preview | Steinbach Pistons

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games are well underway and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!

Steinbach Pistons – 2020/21 (5-1-1-0)

Leading scorers: Ty Naaykens (3g, 9ast for 12 pts), Matthew Osadick (6g, 4ast for 10pts)

Key graduating players: Curtis Ireland, Codey Behun, Rylan Bettens, Caydin Cleland

Season outlook: A whole lot of turnover came for the Steinbach Pistons since they last hit the ice many months ago. While the faces may have changed, the motto “Character, Leadership and Integrity” remain the same. Steinbach will welcome in some top talent and look very strong on the blueline boasting a top four that may end up being the envy of the league. There’s room for this team to grow but expect Steinbach to have another strong season.

Q & A with Pistons Head Coach & General Manager, Paul Dyck

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer:  I am looking forward to renewing rivalries with every team. We have a natural rivalry with Winkler and both teams’ fans travel so that usually intensifies the rivalry.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: Time will tell exactly what our identity will be. With a good percentage of our team being new to our league and to junior hockey it’s difficult to predict. I do expect us to be a team that competes shift in and shift out and one that plays and entertaining brand of hockey.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: I believe all of our returning players are ready to assume a greater role and are poised to take their game to the next level. Quinton Pepper was really coming on just before we paused last season and will likely be one of the players to take a lead role.

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: We have a number of new players that are fans will grow fond of as the season goes on. We have a blend of skill, grit, toughness, and speed being added to the roster so I think there will options for our fans when selecting their favorite player.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: There is a list of items to be honest with you. I am excited about getting back on the ice with our staff and working with our players, getting back on a bus with our team again, connecting with our fans and corporate supporters at our games, watching our players get involved in our community and developing new friendships, and hopefully playing in front of a full building again at some point this season.

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: Portage, it’s always a battle for us there and the building is at a comfortable temperature.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Y-Not Johnny’s is at the top of our list each year it seems.

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: I would prefer Shawshank Redemption but would be okay with Moneyball or Bull Duram.

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: Navy Suit, Silver tie, Brown wingtip shoes

MJHL Season Preview | Dauphin Kings

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games have begun and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!

Dauphin Kings – 2020/21 (3-3-0-0)

Leading scorers: Grady Hobbs (7g, 4ast for 11pts), Charles Massey (7g, 3ast for 10pts)

Key graduating players: Grady Hobbs, Charles Massey, Vincent Nardone

Season outlook: Not since 2011-12 when Jesse Sinatynski scored 59 goals in 60 games has there been a player that could score at that kind of clip. The Kings would have had someone close in Grady Hobbs had there been a full season in 2020/21. While they may not have that kind of scoring punch this year, the Kings look like a balanced, well rounded team with studs Parker Malchuk and Colby Jaquet on the backend. If the Kings can hit on a couple of their lotto tickets they’ve brought in, coupled with the local young guys, this team could be the team to beat in their division.

Q & A with Dauphin Kings Head Coach & General Manager, Doug Hedley

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer:  We had some great games with Wayway and Swan last season so looking forward to both match ups

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: Focus in recruiting has been size speed and work ethic so like to think we will be a hard working team that is physical and uses speed tp put pre4ssure on opponents game in and game out.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: Colby Jaquet, Parker Malchuk and Kaden Bryant

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: Tanner Brouwer, Lucas Hand and Jeriah Shantz

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: Really looking forward to getting our players back on the ice expecting to play, practice and chase their goals

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: Virden always seem to bring out the best in our guys.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Why not Johnny’s in Swan has always been great to us.

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: Pass

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: Of course – pass

MJHL announces continued partnership with Chevrolet

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is excited to announce its continued partnership with the Prairie Chevrolet Dealers for the 2021-22 season.

Through the agreement, Chevrolet continues as the Official Truck of the MJHL & broadcast partner of the MJHL’s HockeyTV broadcasts. Chevrolet will also remain as the title sponsor of the MJHL Plays of the Month.

“Your local Chevrolet Dealerships are excited to continue our relationship with the MJHL and proudly support grassroots hockey in Canada,” shared Susanne Schoonbaert, Regional Marketing Manager. “We look forward to extending our presence within MJHL arenas through a Chevrolet Game Night in each community bringing an exciting, engaging and safe event to each arena,”

Chevrolet is a long-standing partner of the MJHL and an outstanding supporter of grassroots sport in the province of Manitoba. To learn more about Chevrolet, visit www.chevroletoffers.ca

MJHL Season Preview | Winnipeg Freeze

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games have begun and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say.

Winnipeg Freeze – 2020/21 (0-4-1)

Leading scorers: Matthew Carlson (2g), Brock MacDonald (2g)

Key graduating players: Evan Kaufman, Nick Trudel, Kurtis Luke

Season outlook: There are few guarantees in the game of hockey but one super safe bet is the Freeze will get their first win as a franchise in 2021-22. Not a huge leap considering the assembly of young, hungry talent that’s been put together. Opposing teams will see a scrappy bunch who will learn what makes them successful as the season goes on. It may be tough to score at times but if the Freeze can learn to go through the highs and lows of a full MJHL season together, regardless of their record and stay together throughout the year, it will be a success.

Q & A with Freeze Head Coach & General Manager, Harry Mahesh

Questio: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
A:  I think the Blues will be a natural rivalry for us, with the team only playing 2 teams last season the options are pretty wide open to create a rivalry. You’re only one game away from developing one in this league.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: The type of team fans can expect is a balanced team with a lot of grit and hard work, I think our speed and compete are going to be the factors that help us the most this season. We have a younger team that is determined to make a mark on the league.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: Returning players, fans will love to see will be Nathan Driver who will be a key factor in the teams offence this season. Presley Lester who will be the teams goalie and will also be the backbone of the team playing behind a young D core.

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: New players fans will enjoy watching will be Sequoia Swan who will be an instant fan favourite with the grit he brings on the ice. Also Matthew Yakubowski who will be a staple on the blueline.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: The thing I’m looking the most forward to is getting back to the ice after such a long layoff. We are going to be in a new rink and I think the support from the St.Vital area will be great. I think these players are really eager to get things going. You’re going to see a very determined mindset in the guy’s when the season gets started. Players know they lost a lot of development time and will be doing all they can to make it up.

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: I spent 3 seasons in Winkler and was there last season so I’m obviously looking forward to going there and seeing some old friends. As a player I seemed to have success in Selkirk so that’ll be fun too.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: As a coach you make the mistake of getting in the same eating habits as the players but you don’t get to be able to go on the ice and burn it off. BP seems to be a staple I tend to look forward to after games.

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: Nowadays there are no movies on the bus. The guys all have their own devices. I’m a big sports podcast guy so I’ll spend most bus rides with my headphones not talking to anyone.

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: As for the suit I plan on wearing I can honestly say there has been so much work preparing for the season. I’m just happy I remembered to pack them with me when I moved out here. I just hope whatever I decide to wear that day has been washed since last season. It’s been a while since the need to wear a suit. If it still fits, I’ll be happy.

MJHL Season Preview | Swan Valley Stampeders

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, exhibition games have begun and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say.

Swan Valley Stampeders – 2020/21 (5-4-0-0)

Leading scorers: Alex Danis (7g, 7ast for 14 pts), Haydn Delorme (4g, 9ast for 13 pts)

Key graduating players: Mikael Foucher, Haydn Delorme, Jackson Zloty

Season outlook: It seems like forever ago that the Stampeders, led by coach Barry Wolff were in the MJHL finals and a goal away from a championship. While only playing nine games last season, Swan proved their on the path to making serious noise. While losing their top scorers will hurt, the Stamps will look to provide a more balanced lineup that will make teams earn everything. Way too early to tell if there will be scorers like Danis or a Josh Tripp/Bradly Goethals connection, but Swan will grind out some wins and that should bring fans to Centennial Arena.

Q & A with Stampeders Head Coach & General Manager, Barry Wolff

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer: Our division teams for sure, but any game against anyone is a big one, especially after the pandemic.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: We hope to be a hard working, high end compete team.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: We return a good group of players, I think everyone will be excited to see all teams play !

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: Seeing how excited the players are to be playing again and in the team structure. It’s what we all love, we can’t wait to get it all going for everyone, fans, community, the corporate support, players, and family !!

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: Any rink is special to play in.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: None really stand out

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: Slap Shot

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: No, and no idea

MJHL Season Preview | OCN Blizzard

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, camps haven begun and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say.

OCN Blizzard – 2020/21 (1-4-1)

Top scorers: Aiden Litke (4g, 4ast for 8pts), Trent Crane (3g, 4ast for 7 pts)

Key graduating players: David Queree, Cole Haukaus, Ben Hilhorst

Season outlook: Like with every team in the MJHL, it’s hard to know exactly what kind of team will hit the ice or what kind of players will return or standout. OCN’s owners are committed to winning and will expect a step up this year. Veteran coach Billy Keane is building a foundation of culture that will help shape the franchise and what fans hope will be a return to the top of the league year after year.

Q & A with Blizzard Head Coach & General Manager, Billy Keane

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer: All Divisional Games will be really important games because the playoff format allows for only 4 teams from each division.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: Our team will a hard working group, disciplined, up tempo, physical and expect contributions from everyone in all those aspects of our game.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: We have 15 returning players from last years team plus 5 Junior “A“ experienced players in our line-up to start the year, so that’s exciting. Returning leaders include Captain Bryden Sinclair (D-01), Asst. Captains Cyrus Toth (D-01), Riley Zimmerman (C/LW-02), and Levi Thiessen (RW-02).

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: Exciting Freshman to watch will include Brett Tataryn (C-03), Isiah Kinnavathong (D-04), Brayden Know (LW-04) and Ashton Paul (RW-04).

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: I love the new schedule format that the MJHL has taken. It is primarily a “College Hockey” schedule where we practice Monday-Thursdays twice a day and play games either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. This schedule really provide the players with lots of development opportunities throughout the week and showcase themselves every weekend.

I am getting a sense there is a real “buzz” in the Tri-Community, and not just the wasps, but the fans are really looking forward to getting back into the rink to watch some fantastic MJHL hockey. I can’t wait to get going either!!

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: The MJHL facilities are all outstanding so I look forward to playing in all of them.

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Why Not Johnny’s in Swan is outstanding!

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: SlapShot, Independence Day, Armageddon, Happy Gilmore, and the Dirty Dozen are great ones.

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: I have my Game Day outfit all set. I am a “vest” fan over my dress shirt and tie because it gets cold in a lot of our MJHL rinks. Black pants, dress shoes are staples with my outfits.

MJHL Season Preview | Neepawa Titans

Story by Dave Anthony

Players have made their way to town, camps haven begun and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

Players have made their way to town, camps are set to open and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!

Neepawa Titans – 2020/21 (2-6-2)

Leading scorers: Rylan Gudnason (5g, 1ast for 6 pts), Eli Lieffers (2g, 4ast for 6pts)

Key graduating players: Thomson Phinney, Eli Lieffers, Carter Sawchuk

Season outlook: What a great, great job by the brain trust selecting a new name and logo, totally revamping the look and feel. Absolutely knocked it out of the park. It just feels like there could be something special in Neepawa this year. The Titans need someone to step up, grab the crease and become the backbone of this team throughout the year. If teams walk into the Yellowhead Centre thinking it’s “point night”, they’re gonna be met with a hard smack and may be limping out having surrendered two points.

Q & A with Titans Head Coach & General Manager, Ken Pearson

Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer:  I think with the focus on 4 block games vs teams in division for most of the season once again, new rivalries will begin. So it is tough to say, maybe Wayway.

Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: We will be a hard working team, and will give an honest effort each and every night.

Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see
A: Austin Clyne

Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: Emerik Demers

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: I think just getting back playing is the thing I am most excited about, interacting with the players and seeing how much growth there has been as a person and a player.

Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: Virden, always a nice temperature in that rink!

Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Ynot Johnny’s Swan River!

Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
A: SlapShot

Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: Yes, charcoal, lavender, with black shoes.

MJHL announces continued partnership with IBAM

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is excited to announce its continued partnership with the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM).

A long-standing supporter of the MJHL and junior hockey in the province, IBAM will continue to have a strong presence inside MJHL team facilities and on the leagues digital platforms. IBAM will host a family skate with their local MJHL team during the season.

IBAM will remain as the title sponsor of the MJHL’s Rookie of the Month award and will once again fund the IBAM Scholarship Award to a deserving recipient at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.

For more information about IBAM, visit ibam.mb.ca/

MJHL announces partnership with Response Ready Inc.

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is excited to a announce its partnership with Response Ready Inc. and its Stop The Bleed training program.

Response Ready Inc. is a Winnipeg based emergency training organization that provides quality emergency care instruction, First Aid, CPR/AED, and Stop the Bleed hemorrhage control training, in both English and French.

“Response Ready Inc. is honoured to partner with the MJHL in  pursuit of serving its players, staff, and communities in the life saving intervention of bleeding control,” said Response Ready Owner & Operator, Steve Brglez. “Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in minutes. That’s why bleeding control—keeping the blood inside the body—is the purpose of STOP THE BLEED® training. We are committed to empowering the responder to Stop the Bleed and save a life. Let Us Make You… RESPONSE READY!”

Response Ready Inc. provides a certification course which will instruct and certify MJHL Trainers on how to control major bleeding with pressure, wound packing, and tourniquet use. The course and kits are designed for public use to stop catastrophic bleeding.

“We are pleased to be able to provide our trainers and medical professionals with the best tools & safety certifications we can to help keep our elite athletes safe while playing the game they love,” shared Kevin Saurette, MJHL Commissioner.

Response Ready Inc. service personal, corporate, and industrial workplace settings. Courses offered are through the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Emergency Care & Safety Institute. They are also Manitoba’s only Stop the Bleed trainer and distributor of CTOMS hemorrhage control kits.

MJHL announces continued partnership with MBLL

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is excited to announce its continued partnership with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL) for the 2021-22 season.

Through the agreement, MBLL will continue to have a strong presence in MJHL arenas, on web and the league’s social media platforms. Throughout the years, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries has been a strong supporter of the MJHL and its athletes, which supports the league and its ability to operate in communities across Manitoba.

MBLL supports a wide range of charitable, non-profit and community groups in meaningful, impactful ways – contributing millions of dollars, and thousands of employee volunteer hours, that add lasting value to the lives of Manitobans through festival and event sponsorships and donations.

Visit www.mbll.ca for more information.

 

MJHL announces continued partnership with Leech Printing

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL ) is excited to announce its continued partnership with Leech Printing.

Since opening their doors in 1927, Leech Printing has grown to become a leader in Manitoba’s print and digital communications industry. A one-stop print solution, Leech Printing provides everything from graphic design and marketing campaigns to quality printing and signage.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League this upcoming season,” shared Leech Printing VP of Sales & Marketing, Meredyth Leech. “We’ve enjoyed working with the teams throughout many years providing print marketing and signage expertise. We look forward to continuing to build relationships and supporting the league.”

For the 2021-22 season, Leech Printing will be featured on the MJHL Plays of the Week with a strong presence on MJHL social media and web. Leech Printing will also provide opportunities to work with MJHL member clubs.

For more information, visit leechprint.com

MJHL announces continued partnership with Recycle Everywhere

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is excited to announce its continued partnership with Recycle Everywhere for the 2021-22 season.

For the season, the MJHL and Recycle Everywhere have partnered on exciting new initiatives. During Sustainability Month in October, each member team will be participating in community clean-up initiatives in their local area.  As well, Recycle Everywhere will be holding in-game promotions highlighting their incentive program and mobile app which rewards Manitobans with prizes for good recycling habits.  The partnership will also continue to feature MJHL Stars of the Week.

“By partnering with community minded organizations like the MJHL, Recycle Everywhere is able to change the landscape by reducing litter and striving for a more sustainable environment,” says Sheri Moerkerk, Marketing & Communications Manager.

Throughout the years, Recycle Everywhere has been a strong supporter of the MJHL and its athletes, which supports the league and its ability to operate in communities across Manitoba.

For more information on Recycle Everywhere, please visit: https://www.recycleeverywhere.ca/ 

MJHL partners with Pan Am Concussion Program

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is excited to announce that we have partnered with the Pan Am Concussion Program (a WRHA clinical initiative) for the 2021-22 season.

The MJHL is committed to advancing player safety standards and this partnership will allow for improved access to medical care for MJHL athletes with suspected concussions. The Pan Am Concussion Program is a provincial government-funded program that provides multi-disciplinary care to patients with concussion and traumatic brain injuries.

“We are pleased to be able to provide our teams and athletes with additional supplementary concussion support through this partnership,” shared MJHL Commissioner, Kevin Saurette. “Working with the Pan Am Concussion Program allows us to further optimize the robust concussion care already provided across the MJHL.”

Each MJHL athlete will have the opportunity to be assessed and managed by a Pan Am Concussion Program physician who will provide the athlete with written documentation indicating what activities they are medically cleared to return to. The physician will also provide the athlete with written documentation indicating when they may return to full contact practices and game play. For athletes living in rural and northern communities, some care may be able to be provided through telemedicine.

MJHL announces scholarship fund recipients

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is pleased to announce three recipients of the MJHL Scholarship Fund.

Rhys Bremner (Neepawa Titans), Gerrik Ripley (Waywayseecappo Wolverines), and Carson Tiede (Winnipeg Blues) have each been awarded a $1,200 scholarship to a Canadian post-secondary institution by the MJHL.

Rhys Bremner – Stonewall, Manitoba

Rhys Bremner spent three seasons in the MJHL playing in Neepawa. In 96 career games on defense, Bremner posted 5 goals and 21 assists. The Manitoban will attend the University of Alberta-Augustana in Camrose, Alberta.

Gerrik Ripley – Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Gerrik Ripley joined the Waywayseecappo Wolverines for parts of three seasons where he played 108 games, scoring 19 goals and 34 assists. Ripley is enrolled at the University of Alberta-Augustana in Camrose, Alberta where he will suit up for the Vikings in the ACAC. He was also named team captain for the 2020-21 season.

Carson Tiede – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Carson Tiede split his time in the MJHL between the Selkirk Steelers and Winnipeg Blues where he combined to play in 154 games. The blueliner notched 7 goals and 35 assists in his four seasons in the league. Tiede will continue his studies at the University of Manitoba this fall with a focus on Biochemistry.

MJHL Scholarships are provided to university and college bound players on an annual basis from a pool of applicants. The scholarship awards must be used by recipients for the cost of post-secondary education in the Canadian education system only. Funding for the MJHL Scholarship program is provided by corporate sponsors and through league fundraising efforts.

IBAM Scholarship awarded to Oil Caps’ Brett Paddock

WINNIPEG, MB – Virden Oil Capitals graduating forward, Brett Paddock is this year’s recipient of the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM) Scholarship Award.

Brett will receive a $2000 cheque on behalf of IBAM that will go towards his schooling this fall at the University of Manitoba where he is enrolled in the Faculty of Science.

“It is an amazing honour to receive this scholarship from the IBAM and the MJHL,” Paddock shared. “I am so grateful to have played in the MJHL, and to be awarded a scholarship through the league makes for such a surreal experience. I am incredibly thankful for the coaching staff, players and billet families who made my time so memorable, and to the MJHL committee and staff for letting it all happen.”

Paddock spent three seasons playing for the Oil Capitals where he was named team captain for the 2020-21 campaign. The Brandon native spent 106 games in a Virden uniform, scoring 22 goals and 55 assists.

The MJHL would like to thank IBAM for their continued support of junior hockey in the province and are grateful to present this scholarship opportunity to our players of the present and future.

About IBAM: The Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM) is an organization representing over 2,600 employees, in 300 storefronts, in over 120 communities. The Association’s efforts – always with the best interests of consumers in mind and speaking with a collective voice as the insurance authority in Manitoba – is to ensure that insurance brokers remain the primary provider of insurance services in Manitoba.

SAFE Work Manitoba announced as Official Helmet Sponsor

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is pleased to announce a new multi-year partnership with SAFE Work Manitoba that will make them the official helmet partner of the MJHL for the 2021-22 & 2022-23 seasons.

SAFE Work Manitoba will be featured on the front of every MJHL player helmet and becomes the first-ever helmet partner of the MJHL in doing so.

SAFE Work Manitoba – a division of the WCB, is dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness in Manitoba. Working with their partners in the safety community, SAFE Work Manitoba provides prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.

“The MJHL is thrilled to have SAFE Work Manitoba join us for this brand new opportunity as the league’s presence continues to grow throughout the province,” shared MJHL Commissioner, Kevin Saurette. “The MJHL shares in SAFE Work Manitoba’s forward-thinking leadership and commitment to being at the forefront of providing healthy and safe environments.”

Through the agreement, SAFE Work Manitoba will also be featured as the title sponsor of the MJHL’s Defenseman of the Month award as well as being profiled on specific game nights throughout the regular season.

For more information about SAFE Work Manitoba, please visit safemanitoba.com

Curtis Ireland named Farmery Scholarship Award winner

WINNIPEG, MB – Steinbach Pistons graduating defenseman, Curtis Ireland has been selected as the first ever recipient of the Farmery – MJHL Scholarship Award.

Ireland will receive a $1,200 cheque from Farmery that will go towards his schooling at the University of Manitoba where he will be working towards his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. The MJHL graduate intends to use his degree to become a police officer.

“I am very honoured to receive this award from the MJHL and Farmery,” Ireland shared. “It shows that the MJHL is very committed to not only producing great hockey players but off the ice, the league strives for players to succeed in their education as well.”

Ireland spent 133 games in a Pistons uniform where he was named team Captain for the 2020-21 season. He was a part of the 2017-18 Pistons roster that won both the Turnbull & ANAVET Cup.

Farmery Brewery has shown a tremendous commitment to the province of Manitoba since their inception. Their vision to continue producing a local, home-grown product aligns well with the values of the MJHL.

MJHL announces continued partnership with Manitoba Pork

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is excited to announce its continued partnership with Manitoba Pork for the 2021-22 season.

Manitoba Pork’s mission is to foster the sustainability and prosperity of the hog sector for the good of pork producers and all Manitobans. Manitoba Pork’s vision is to become a centre of excellence for global pork production.

For many years, Manitoba Pork has provided outstanding support to the MJHL and its athletes, allowing the league to operate at a high level and give players an opportunity to succeed.

“Manitoba Pork is proud to sponsor amateur sports leagues like the MJHL, along with various grassroots sporting events across the province,” shared Susan Riese, Manager of Public Relations and Consumer Marketing Programs. “Manitoba Pork’s healthy and affordable protein and sports sponsorships give youth a chance to participate and excel in an activity they are passionate about and learn the value of the teamwork that helps build community pride.”

MJHL fans will continue to see a strong presence from Manitoba Pork around the league along with the continuation of the Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month Award.

The monthly award is handed out to a player who goes above and beyond off the ice, showing a strong commitment to volunteering in their local community.

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 gold medal.

The 23-year-old racked up 36 points (6G, 30A) in 53 games with the Wichita Thunder (ECHL) during the 2020-21 campaign. The Portage la Prairie, Man. product tied for fifth in assists among all ECHL defenders and was named Wichita’s defenceman of the year. Stewart spent his collegiate career with the University of Nebraska Omaha where he recorded 45 points (7G, 38A) in 130 career NCAA games. Stewart played his junior hockey with the MJHL’s Portage Terriers where he tallied 28 points (8G, 20A) in 75 career games. He was a seventh round pick (188th overall) of the Arizona Coyotes at the 2016 NHL Draft.

MJHL announces continued partnership with RBC

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is pleased to announce its continued partnership with RBC for the 2021-22 season.

The RBC | MJHL Community Ambassador program has proved to be an important part of the MJHL season, highlighting young men in the MJHL who have displayed outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship both on and off the ice with a commitment to volunteerism.

“We are pleased to continue our strong multi-layered partnership with RBC and cannot thank them enough for their amazing support of MJHL athletes and communities throughout the province,” shared Kevin Saurette, MJHL Commissioner.

Through the partnership, RBC will also remain as the title sponsor of the RBC | MJHL Player of the Month award.

A strong supporter of sports from the playground to the podium since 1947, RBC is committed to supporting programs to help make hockey happen throughout Manitoba and across Canada. Learn more about RBC at www.rbcroyalbank.com

MJHL releases 2021-22 playoff format

WINNIPEG, MB – The MJHL has announced the Playoff Format to be implemented for the 2021-22 Season.

The 2022 MJHL Playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday, March 18 2022. The top four teams from each division will advance to a Divisional Round 1 (Quarter-Finals) best of seven series based on regular season points. Winners from round 1 from each division will advance to a non-divisional Round 2 (Semi-Finals) best of seven series based on regular season points. The two winners will then advance to Round 3 (League Championship) in a best of seven series for the opportunity to raise the Turnbull Trophy and represent the MJHL in the ANAVET Cup (Best of Seven Series) vs the SJHL Champion for a spot in the 2022 Centennial Cup (CJHL National Championship).

2021-22 Playoff Format

Round 1 – Divisional

1st Round of Playoffs (Quarter Finals – Divisional)
Top 4 teams from each division will advance to round 1 of playoffs.
Teams will be seeded based on regular season divisional standings.
Top 2 teams will have home ice advantage.
Divisions (X2)
Team 1 vs 4
Team 2 vs 3
This round is a best of 7 series.
Winners advance to next round.

Round 2- Non Divisional (Semi Finals)

Teams will be seeded based on overall regular season standings.
Top 2 teams will have home ice advantage.
Team 1 vs 4
Team 2 vs 3
This round is a best of 7 series.
Winners advance to next round.

Round 3 (League Championship)

Teams will be seeded based on overall regular season standings.
Top team will have home ice advantage.
Team 1 vs 2
This round is a best of 7 series.

Please stay tuned for further exciting announcements to come.

About the MJHL

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is one of nine Junior ‘A’ Hockey Leagues in Canada and is a proud member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL). The MJHL exists to provide the best hockey development opportunities its players.

Our goal is to develop players and ultimately have them develop into solid citizens who make a positive contribution to their community. Communities with a Junior ‘A’ hockey club generate their spirit in and around the community arena facilities. The goal of the MJHL is to provide its fans, communities and supporters with the best possible hockey product through dedication to improvement in all areas of the game both on and off the ice.

Mission Statement

To provide each MJHL player with an elite hockey development experience with a strong emphasis on education and positive citizenship. To deliver exciting Junior ‘A’ hockey action to fans throughout the province and enhance Manitoba communities in the spirit of sports excellence and goodwill.

MJHL announces continued partnership with Farmery Brewery

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Farmery Estate Brewery.

As a Manitoba based company, Farmery has shown a tremendous commitment to the province of Manitoba since their inception. Their vision to continue producing a local, home-grown product aligns well with the values of the MJHL.

All 12 MJHL teams will feature a Farmery crest on their home and away uniforms for the 2021-22 season. Farmery and the MJHL have partnered together on a number of exciting initiatives, including the continuation of a league scholarship award, fan engagement contests and much more.

“We are thrilled to have a strong Manitoba brand like Farmery associated with our league,” MJHL Commissioner, Kevin Saurette explained. “Teaming up with Farmery once again is very exciting for the MJHL and we cannot thank them enough for their continued support of our athletes and Junior A Hockey throughout the province.”

Farmery and the MJHL have collaborated to create an MJHL branded product that will be sold across the province with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Farmery Scholarship Award.

Stay tuned for more details to be announced regarding this partnership closer to the start of the MJHL regular season schedule on October 9th.