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UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS AD MANITOBA TALENT TONY APETAGON TO THE LINEUP.

Continuing to bring in Manitoba talent, the Bison men's hockey team is announcing the addition of forwards Tony Apetagon  for the 2019-20 season.

Apetagon, 20, is a 6'2", 175-pound forward from Norway House, Manitoba, who last played for the Winnipeg Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). He was a First Team All-Star in the MJHL this season, finishing the season third in the league in scoring with 29 goals and 45 assists in 59 games for the Blues (18 games) and OCN Blizzard (41 games).

In six post-season games with Winnipeg, Apetagon added three goals and two assists.

"I'm excited to be joining the Bison men's hockey program as well as getting my education at the same time," said Apetagon. "It'll be nice to represent my home province. I know it'll be a huge step forward from junior hockey to university hockey, but I love adversity and I'm excited to get started."

"I am very pleased to announce the signing of two local Manitoba hockey products to the Bison men's hockey program," said Bisons head coach Mike Sirant

"Tony is a late bloomer who has tremendous upside to his game. He is an excellent skater with good puck skills, and is a natural scorer who can score goals in different ways. I am very impressed with Tony's passion for hockey and how hard he competes in games."

THE PAS MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION AWARDS BANQUET WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!

 

On May 15, 2019, The Pas Minor Hockey Association hosted its year end Awards Banquet, All the hardware was handed out this evening. Putting our local kids in the spotlight for their achievements in their hockey season. The Board of Directors and Volunteers would like to thank the hundreds in attendance and see you next season!!

 

 

 

NOVICE
 

League Awards
Best Defense: Luke Ferland
Best Forward: Marcus Burns-Cochrane
Most Sportsmanlike: Kason Hester
Most Improved: Peyton Richards
Most Valuable: Connor Bird
Best Goalie: Gracelynn Melnyk 
 

 

Team Red
Most Sportsmanlike:  Riley Mischuk
Most Improved: Cooper Rousson
Most Dedicated: Joden Cruz
 

Team White
Most Sportsmanlike:  Josie Petryk 
Most Improved: Chad Martin
Most Dedicated:  Connor Lemieux
 

Team Black
Most Sportsmanlike:  Lennix Constant Villeneuve 
Most Improved:  Daniel Richardson
Most Dedicated:  Jakob Melko



 
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ATOM
 

League Awards
Best Defense: Kayden Leaske
Best Forward: Breton Donovan
Most Sportsmanlike:  Teagan Kadachuk
Most Improved: Johann Elliott
Most Valuable: Chantyn Michell-Thompson
Best Goalie: Will Gislason
 

Atom First Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Landen Dorion
Most Improved: Logann Melko
Most Dedicated: Rylan Fourre
 

Atom Second Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Evander Richards
Most Improved: Landon Murphy
Most Dedicated: Dex Conaty
 

House League
Red
Most Sportsmanlike:  Colin Perchaluk
Most Improved: Jake Polischuk
Most Dedicated: Kalem Whitehead

 

Black
Most Sportsmanlike: Nolan Glenn
Most Improved: Wyatt Hall
Most Dedicated: Luke Adam
 

Grey
Most Sportsmanlike: Brody Sayese
Most Improved: Jaidyn Tritthart
Most Dedicated: Marek Madrigga
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PEEWEE

 

League Awards
 
Best Defense: Carson Clemons
Best Forward:  Rachlan Hay
Most Sportsmanlike: Matt O'Toole
Most Improved:  Rieko Cook
Most Valuable:  Mariko Bercier
Best Goalie: Matt Baker
 

Pee Wee First Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Aidan Mayer
Most Improved: Riel Chartrand
Most Dedicated: Isaac Tomchak


Pee Wee Second Team
Most Sportsmanlike:  Tyson Titterton
Most Improved: Erik Elliott
Most Dedicated:  Jesse Lagimodiere
 

House League


OILERS
Most Sportsmanlike: Brody Burrell
Most Improved:  Erik Godwin-Scott
Most Dedicated:  Devin Pfund
 

JETS
Most Sportsmanlike: Jaxen Muswagon
Most Improved: Duck Nabess
Most Dedicated: Austin Gibb

 

LEAFS
Most Sportsmanlike: Jaydin Muswagon
Most Improved: Jesse James Paranteau
Most Dedicated: Terrell Martin
 
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BANTAM
 

League Awards
Best Defense:  Connor Colgan
Best Forward: Hutton Hurst-Foster
Most Sportsmanlike: Colby Hnidy
Most Improved: Melodine Thomas
Most Valuable: Abby McKinnon
Best Goalie: Nathan Moore

 

Bantam Rep
Most Sportsmanlike:  Kaiden Knutson
Most Improved:  Rowan Fenner

Most Dedicated:  Ezekiel Kirkness
 

House League
Most Sportsmanlike: Mason Young-Nbungo, Julianna Herman
Most Improved: Jacey Melnyk, Rylan Campbell
Most Dedicated: Andrew Fischer, Ravis Constant-Kuba


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VOLUNTEERS:

3M Coach of the Year:  Dion Bird
Larry Mayer Memorial Volunteer of the Year:  Savannah Sayese


 

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OFFICIALS:

 

Bryce Olson, Most Deserving Senior Official
Colby Hnidy, Most Improved Junior Official
Jaydon Glenn, Most Promising Junior Official

OCN BLIZZARD SALE APPROVED!!!

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is pleased to introduce the new owners of the OCN Blizzard.

Recently, a group of business owners in The Pas, MB consisting of Mr. Usman Tahir and Mr. Salman Safdar negotiated a Purchase Agreement with the current owners of the OCN Blizzard, the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

On March 30, the MJHL Board of Governors approved a Motion to transfer the ownership of the OCN Blizzard from the current owners to Mr. Tahir and Mr. Safdar. The MJHL Board approval of the ownership transfer did require some additional steps on behalf of the new owners. The final steps of the approval process have been completed which prompts the official announcement being made today.

The Governor of the hockey club has also been announced as Ms. Lori Lathlin of Opaskwayak, MB who has served as the team Governor previously.

The arena location of the OCN Blizzard remains unchanged as the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre in Opaskwayak, MB and the new owners will begin the process of developing their organization going forward.

FORMER OCN BLIZZARD/NORMAN NORTHSTAR , JUSTIN NACHBAUR IS A WHL CHAMPION

THE MANITOBA SPORTS WORLD AND SOCIAL MEDIA IS ALL A BUZZ FOR FORMER OCN BLIZZARD/ NORMAN NORTHSTAR AND CROSS LAKE , MB NATIVE JUSTIN NACHBAUR.

JUSTIN WAS A PART OF THE WINNING PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS LAST NIGHT IN A HUGE GAME 7 WIN AT THE ART HAUSER CENTER IN PRINCE ALBERT LAST NIGHT. JUSTIN IN THE WHL PLAYOFFS HAS PLAYED 20 GAMES AND HAS NETTED 1 GOAL WITH 3 HELPERS FOR 4PTS THIS PLAYOFFS. BUT THAT GOES WITHOUT SAYING HIS 26 PENALTY MINUTES IS SOMETHING TO BE RECKONED WITH. CONSIDERING HE PUTS HIS TEAM MATES 1ST.
 

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WITH THE PRINCE ALBERT WIN THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE MEMORIAL CUP FINALS WHICH WILL START THIS FRIDAY NIGHT IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA,. PRINCE ALBERT WHO WILL REPRESENT THE WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE JOINS THE HEAVILY FAVORED GUELPH STORM REPRESENTING THE OHL, THE ROUYN-NORANDA HUSKIES REPRESENTING THE QMJHL, AND THE HOST TEAM HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS,.
PRINCE ALBERT WILL START THE TOURNAMENT FRIDAY NIGHT AS THEY FACE THE HOST TEAM HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS,.AT 8PM. 

TEAM MANITOBA DOES WELL AT NAHC 2019 IN WHITEHORSE, YUKON.

The National Aboriginal Hockey Championships wrapped up on the weekend with team Manitoba in the male and female divisions advancing to the finals in their respective pools.

 

The Males were gold medal winners beating team Saskatchewan by a score of 6-1 .
Grand Rapids Manitoba’s Connor Roulette took home player of the game honors.

Congrats on the gold medal.

 

The Female  division team manitoba advanced to the finals only to fall to team Saskatchewan 5-1. Cross Lake's own and Manitoba team Captain Kenessha Miswaggon took home player of the game honors. Congrats to the ladies on winning the silver medal. 

IN THE MENS DIVISION, GRAND RAPIDS Conner Roulette  WHO PLAYS FOR THE SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS OF THE WHL WILL BE PLAYING BRANDEN HILL FROM THE PAS. FORMER OCN BLIZZARD EVAN HERMAN.

THE FEMALE DIVISION WAS REPRESENTED BY THE PAS’ RACHEL O’TOOL. CROSS LAKE IS WELL REPRESENTED WITH 3 PLAYES FORWARDS CARRIGAN UMPHERVILLE , KENNESHA MISWAGON, AND PASSION GARRICK…..

ABIGAIL RAE MCKINNON (ABBY) IS A LOCAL HOCKEY INSPIRATION

THIS WEEKEND Manitoba's top 40 UNDER 16 FEMALE  hockey camp will begin in  Portage La Prairie.

From this tournament of 40 girls they will be selecting team Manitoba's under 16 Provincial team.

THE PAS HUSKIES WILL BE REPRESENTED BY15 YEAR OLD ABIGAIL MACKINNON.

The Wanless, Manitoba girl has been skating since she was four years old. and has been playing in The Pas Minor Hockey Association since she was 5 years old. .

"SHE SAYS SHE WAS EXCITED TO GET THE CALL. AND BESIDES SOME LITTLE SETBACKS.EVERYONE SHOULD FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS ."

This upcoming tournament is one step closer towards her ultimate goal which she told me was to play on Canada's senior woman's Olympic hockey team. The camp runs all this upcomming weekend in Portage LaPrarie.

 

OCN BLIZZARD WELCOME FAMILAR FACE BACK TO THE GM POSITION

 THE OCN BLIZZARD MANAGEMENT HAVE ANNOUNCED THE RELEASE OF FORMER GM AND HEAD COACH JAMIE CORBETT. CORBET TOOK OVER FOR THE BLIZZARD BACK IN JANUARY WHEN HE REPLACED BLIZZARD ALUMNI MATT SUMMERS.

THE BLIZZARD ARE WELCOMING BACK A FAMILIAR FACE TO THE GENERAL MANAGER POSITION ……GREG HUNTER,……WHO HAS BEEN RE-INSTATED IN HIS POSITION THE JOB

HUNTER SAYS" IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO WORK FOR THE OCN BLIZZARD AND THE NEW OWNERSHIP GROUP. I'M VERY EXCITED TO CONTINUE TO KEEP HOCKEY IN THE NORTH AND CANT WAIT TO GET STARTED ON BUILDING ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM.

GREG HAS SPENT 20 YEARS WITH THE BLIZZARD WHICH CONSISTED OF 5 MJHL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH WELL OVER 500 MJHL WINS.

Hockey Offseason Training for Summer Months

A group hockey off season training course is taking place throughout the summer with Hayden Yaremko. The training is great for hockey players in their offseason to help push them to reach their goals with high intensity interval training focusing on endurance, overspeed training, high intensity workouts and much more.

 

The course runs twice a week kicking off in June and will run until mid-august with a $300 registration cost. For more information or to register call 204-620-6367

Peguis Juniors capture 4th straight KJHL title

Despite trailing since the first round the Peguis Juniors fought back and defeated the Cross Lake Islanders in game 7 action to win their 4th straight KJHL title.

 

The KJHL season saw a shake when half of the league left to form their own organiziation but the season started with 4 teams in the playoffs. The Juniors fought back against the OCN Storm to advance to the finals where they eventually came back again to defeat Cross Lake.

 

Peguis and Cross Lake will both move on to the Keystone Cup alongside the Thunder Bay Northern Hawks and Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye. The Keystone Cup runs this Friday and Saturday in Peguis. 

MBCI Spartans have another great weekend

Another great weekend for the MBCI Spartans as they were in Flin Flon for the another badminton invitational.

 

Josh Luce and Taylor Stark came out strong to finish in 1st in senior mixed doubles. Chase Bertholet placed first in junior singles.

The Spartans head to Thompson on Thursday for the Badminton Zone Finals.

Critical Alignment Therapy at the Aurora Sacred Healing Centre

A Critical Alignment Therapy Workshop is coming to the Aurora Sacred Healing Centre Sunday April 14th from 1:30-4:30pm.

 

Critical Alignment Therapy is a great way of working with injury, pain or poor physical movement. The therapy is an excellent practice to reduce the pain that occurs from various injuries. It's also a great practice to increase and maintain physical wellness and sports performance.

 

For more information or to register visit the Aurora Sacred Healing Centre.

Bryce Young named league MVP

Local Bryce Young has been named the SIJHL MVP for the 2018-19 season. The Red Lake Miners forward has had a historic year scoring 60 goals during the regular season adding 41 assists totaling 101 points on the year. Among the MVP award Young was also the rookie of the year.

 

Young will also be a nominee for Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year that will be announced in May.

KJHL accepting applications for new teams

While the KJHL finals continue, the league is currently team accepting applications for new franchises. The league will be meeting May 4th and will review all team applications.

 

Before the season started, half of the league pulled out to form their own league in Southern Manitoba citing travel costs and an uneasyness to travel for long hours after the Humboldt Bronco's bus tragedy. This move shook the league making due with 5 teams and various showcase weekends but is open to expanding and ramping up for next season.

 

The deadline to apply is April 19th. For more information or to register email Ealbert@nhcn.ca 
 

Brady Keeper to make NHL debut

Brady Keeper from Cross Lake and OCN Blizzard alumni will make his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers against the Ottawa Senators. Since signing with the Panthers, Keeper has spent his time in practice and will try to help Florida grab a big 2 points as they try to get into the wildcard race.

 

Keeper is the only person from Pimicikamak Cree Nation to make it to the NHL, he went undrafted signing with Florida and immediately joining them from the University of Maine. Puckdrop in Ottawa is at 6:30.

Flin Flon Bombers try to go for reverse sweep

The Flin Flon Bombers and Battleford Northstars faceoff in game 7 action tonight in Battleford. The Bombers in this series were on the verge of being swept but many late game heroics and overtime periods has put the Bombers in a position to comeback and attempt to move onto the semi-finals.

 

Puckdrop in Battleford is at 8:30. 

Womans Self Defence class coming to the Sweatshop

A free woman's self defense class is coming to the Sweatshop on the weekend of March 30th and 31st with the Pas Friendship Centre and The Pas Renewal Corporation instructed by Midwest Karate instructors Jodie Kuhl and Jenn Cook.

 

The classes are open for those 13 years and older. Saturday's class runs from 10am to 4pm with Sunday's from 10am to 3pm with lunch provided. To register call Holly at the Friendship centre at 204-627-7506

Do or die for OCN Storm

The OCN Storm and Peguis Juniors faceoff tonight at the GLMC. The Juniors were able to comeback last weekend and tie the series at 2 and now its winner take all as the Storm will look to advance to the next round in the KJHL playoffs.

 

Puckdrop at the GLMC gets underway at 8pm.

Blizzard Alumni signs NHL entry level deal

Brady Keeper from Cross Lake and former Blizzard defeseman has just inked a 2 year deal with the Florida Panthers in the NHL. Keeper, 22 has spent the past few years in the University of Maine leading the team in defence goals (7) , assist' (15) and points (22)

 

Keeper played 161 games with the OCN Blizzard totalling 133 points and was the top Defenceman of the year and the league MVP in the 2016-17 season.

OCN Storm drop 2 straight on the road

The OCN Storm were in Peguis this past weekend in hopes to move onto the next round of the KJHL playoffs. The Juniors however have now forced a game 5 with the series tied at 2.

 

Game 5 will take place Tuesday night at the GLMC with puckdrop at 8pm.

Allan rink honours former Humboldt Broncos player

Residents and travellers alike were in Allan, Saskatchewan this past Saturday at the site of a hockey rink getting rebranded. The rink - formally known as the Allan Communiplex donned a new name in memory of a former Humboldt Broncos captain and local to Allan.

 

The new name honours Logan Schatz one of the players who lost their life in the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy which occured almost one year ago. The Logan Schatz Memorial Arena  is the same arena Schatz grew up playing in and developed his love for hockey.

 

Schatz' parents said they were very touched by the legacy this will leave in the town and a fitting tribute. The Logan Schatz Memorial Arena includes a new design which features 2 of Schatz' sticks.

 

 

OCN Storm gain 2-0 lead in playoff series against Peguis

The OCN Storm opened their postseaon against the Peguis Juniors at the GLMC now lead 2-0 in a best of 5 series. Saturday night the Storm were able to rally and grab an overtime win 5-4 and routed the Juniors yesterday afternoon 7-4.

The Storm will head on the road this weekend for games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday.

Sequoia Swan makes WHL debut

With the Blizzard currently in their offseason some players are taking the chance to get some more regular season action in. Sequoia Swan made his WHL debut this past weekend for the Tri-City Americans in a 3-0 loss to the Everett Silvertips

 

Swan in his rookie season with the OCN Blizzard recorded 10 goals and 10 assist' in 58 games.

Connor DeWar signs NHL Entry Level deal

Local Connor DeWar has inked a 3 year entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild. DeWar - who was drafted in the third round by the Wild is among the best in the WHL registering 34 goals and 51 assists totaling 75 points in 52 games with the Everett Silvertips.

 

The entry level deal is set to take effect at the start of the NHL's next season. 

OCN Blizzard season is over

The OCN Blizzard season wrapped up Saturday night at the Roy H Johnston arena as the Blizzard walked away with a shootout win over the Winnipeg Blues 4-3. Sequoia Swan and Dodge Long scored in the shootout to snag the victory.

 

With a big season of many ups and downs, changes from the dressing room to management to ownership, the team now has a long offseason ahead of them to regroup and improve for next season.

MBCI Senior Boys advance to AAA Provincials

MBCI’s senior boys basketball team went 4-0 on their weekend winning the Zone 11 banner. The Spartans bested Norway House 94-51 in the finals and will now qualify for the AAA Provincial Varsity Boys Basketball Championships being held in Winnipeg next week. 

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