Sports News Archives for 2019-05

Catching Up With The New Golf Pro

The Phantom Lake Golf Club is ready for another great summer and the course is now open 7 days a week with a familiar face back at the helm.

 

Local product Kelly McLaren is once again the pro after a 13 year absence and the local club is thrilled to have him back.

 

We caught up to Kelly this past week at the club's Spring AGM and we talked about his return, the future of the club and golf in general.

 

You can hear that interview here: https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts/interview

Kubat Is The New Coach Of The Trojans

Former Flin Flon Bomber, Dennis Kubat is the new Head Coach and GM of the Tisdale Trojans. Dennis was an assistant coach last season.

 

Kubat is from Outlook Saskatchewan and spent the better part of three seasons with the Bombers between 2005 and 2008.

 

He was the Bomber captain his final season and was also a league all star picking up 74 points in 58 games including 33 goals.

 

Kubat went on to play division 3 hockey for St. Scholastica for the 2008- 2009 season.

 

Tisdale is coming off a Bronze medal at the Telus Cup in Thunder Bay last month.

 

Congratulations Dennis and once a Bomber always a Bomber.

 

 

Spring Golf AGM Highlights

The Phantom Lake Golf Club held their spring AGM at the club house earlier tonight.

 

Newly elected President Ray Shirran opened the meeting and mentioned that a lot of work has been done on the course already and they continue to work on both the  no. 7 and 8 holes.

 

He also mentioned that the club plans to purchase some new carts and a barbecue and will  start the year in good financial shape.

 

Kelly McLaren is back as the Club Pro  and he mentioned that he is excited to work with the new board and is excited to open the season tomorrow at 10.

 

He also said the club will continue to look for ways to increase the revenue.

 

Brett Stephenson, the Club Superintendant thanked all the volunteers for helping get the course ready for the season and said the greens wintered very well.

 

He said they continue to clean things up and the course is still pretty damp in some places and hopes everybody will follow the cart paths.

 

They look forward to seeing everybody out and once again the course will officially open Thursday ( tomorrow) at 10 am.

Bombers Get D-Man

The Flin Flon Bombers have signed another prospect out of this past weekend's spring camp in Saskatoon.

 

Defenseman Jack Craycroft has committed to the team for the  upcoming season.

 

Craycroft is from Ankeny Iowa and suited up for the Iowa Wild Triple A under 18 team this past season picking up 14 points in 55 games.

 

The Bombers are excited to add a player of his size and ability and look forward to seeing him in a Bomber uniform very soon.

Patterson Signs With The Blazers

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Alyssa Patterson on signing with the Mennonite Canadian University Blazers Women's Volleyball team.

 

Patterson is a tremendous local Flin Flon athlete who was a three year starter with the Senior Hapnot Kopper Queens.

 

She is also a former Junior Varsity Athlete Of The Year and is one of only a handful of non-- Winnipeg players to receive an invitation to the Manitoba Provincial team, where she made the practise roster for 2017-18.

 

Patterson an all around athlete also represented the Queens in basketball,soccer and track and field.

 

Jayme Menzies the Blazers head coach had this to say about the addition of Patterson. " It is a pleasure to see Alyssa play volleyball, her energy and passion are contagious. I am really looking forward to working with such a natural and versatile athlete."

 

Patterson will be on the court for the Blazers this fall. 

 

Bombers Sign Lemyre

It was a very strong Spring Camp for the Flin Flon Bombers, who had 94 kids on the ice this past weekend in Saskatoon.

 

The camp took place at the Agri- Twins Arena with kids from all over including Manitoba, Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Quebec and the US.

 

Flin Flon did sign forward Trystan Lemyre who is from Mirabel Quebec and played with the Newbridge Academy this past season picking up 17 points in 12 games.

 

This is the second key signing,  after announcing a  couple weeks back that forward Shayde Peterson had committed to the club for the upcoming  season.

 

Petersen was the captain for the Triple A Battleford Stars leading his team in scoring with 50 points in 39 games.

 

More signings will be announced from spring camp later this week.

Golf Club AGM

The Phantom Lake Golf Club will be holding their Spring AGM this Wednesday starting at 7 at the Club House.

 

The agenda will include a report from the President, Super Intendant and financial statement.

 

New Club Pro Kelly McLaren will also be speaking and welcoming every one back for another season.

 

The meeting is open to the public and the Golf Club is hoping for a good turn out.

 

 

Bomber Spring Camp Schedule

The Flin Flon Bomber's Spring Camp will start today at the Agri- Twins  Arena in Saskatoon.100 prospects are expected to take part through out the weekend.

 

Here is the weekend schedule:

 

Friday- practise 2-5

             Inter Squad games 5:30-9:30

 

Saturday- Inter squad games 10-1

                  Goalie session- 4-5

                  Inter Squad games- 5-9

 

Sunday- Inter Squad game 10-11

               Top 40 game at noon

 

I caught up with Mike Reagan before he left town and here is what he had to say about this year's Spring Camp.https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts/mike-reagan-spring-camp-interview

Hunter Back With OCN

The OCN Blizzard have announced that they have releived Jamie Corbett as Head Coach and General Manager effective immediately.

 

Corbett took over in January where he went 2-11 down the stretch as OCN finished second last and missed the post season.

 

The Blizzard are proud to welcome back Greg Hunter who has been re-instated as the General Manager.Hunter has 20 years experience with the Blizzard and was part of their 5 Championship run between 1998 and 2003.

 

Hunter had this to say after re-joining the club. " It is always a pleasure to work for the OCN Blizzard and the new ownership group. I am very excited to keep hockey in the North and can't wait to get started on building another Championship team."

 

The first order of buisiness will be to hire a new coach and prepare for the up coming MJHL draft.

 

Shoot To Score Hockey Is Back

The Shoot To Score Hockey Camp is coming back to the Whitney Forum, August the 19th to the 23rd.

 

Former Flin Flon Bomber and Philadelphia Flyer great Reggie Leach will be the head instructor with lots of other players with Junior and Pro experience helping out.

 

This is open to both males and females born between 2007 and 2012 and the camp will feature high tempo on ice training including skating, shooting, passing and technical hockey.

 

There will also be a Reggie Leach Golf Day on Wednesday August the 21st.

 

Sign up by calling Tom at 306-960-9318.

Reagan Gets Contract Extension

The Flin Flon Bombers have inked Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan to a two year contract extension, keeping him behind the bench til 2021.

 

Reagan has been behind the bench for the past 12 seasons and has yet to miss the playoffs and has taken his team to the league finals on two different occasions in 2016 and 2017.

 

This will be a very special season as Mike is just 26 wins away from hitting 400 for his career, by far making him the winningest coach in Bomber history.

 

Flin Flon also wanted to have stability behind the bench as they look to host the 2021 National Junior A Championship.

 

Bomber President Travis Rideout had this to say about the extension. " It was very important for us to keep Mike behind the bench for two more seasons as we need a clear focus and vision as we embark on bringing the National Championship back to Flin Flon." We are also excited about the process and dressing a very competitive team once again this season."

 

Mike Reagan was at the CFAR studio yesterday afternoon for the announcement and here is the interview. https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts/mike-reagan-contract-extension

 

Aqua Doves At Prairie Championships

 

The Flin Flon/ Creighton Aqua Doves Synchro team were in Regina over the weekend for the Canadian Prairie Championships. There were swimmers competing from right across Canada.

 

Flin Flon was represented by Maryn McKee, Rene Thompson ,Talissa Alexander and their coach Krista Hammond.

 

The three girls competed very well.

 

McKee came home with two Bronze medals in the 16-20 Stream Solo and the 16-20 Stream Solo free.

 

Here are the other results:

 

13-15 Provincial Sream Solo- Thompson placed 12th and Alexander came 14th.

 

13-15 Provincial Stream Figures-  Rene Thompson 62nd and Talissa Alexander 67th

 

13-15 Provincial Stream Solo Championship- Thompson 12th and Alexander 14th

 

16-20 Provincial Stream Figures- McKee 10th

 

McKee also qualified for the Saskatchewan High Performance Development Program.

 

 

Bombers Annouce Bid

courtesy of Bombers.ca

 

In September, 133 teams vie for a chance to play for the National Junior A Championship.  

 

In 2021, the Flin Flon Bombers want to host the tournament after the team officially place their bid to host the NJAC this week.

 

“It was a lot of hard work, we had a great group of people helping in the bid” said President Travis Rideout, “but we’re really proud of our bid and we’re really looking forward to the process.”

 

After weeks of rumors, Rideout has confirmed that the team submitted their bid on Tuesday after weeks of compiling info and putting together a package they feel is very competitive to the other bids.

 

“We have a lot to offer,” added Rideout.  “We have a historic arena, a great team, coaching staff, and a community that is filled with great volunteers and sponsors.”

 

The NJAC, formerly the Royal Bank Cup, is a five team tournament with representatives from Eastern Canada, Central and two from Western Canada with a host team. 

 

Flin Flon has been to the tournament twice, once in 1993, when it was the Centennial Cup, in Amherst, NS and the other time in 2001 when they were hosts. If they were awarded the tournament, it would mark the 20 year anniversary of the last time they hosted.

 

That year the Bombers won a thrilling semi final against the Weyburn Red Wings to play in the final, losing to the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.  But it’s that tournament Rideout wants to build this one around.

 

“That tournament has had lasting effects on this town,” commented Rideout.  “At that time is became the benchmark for the tournaments since then. It was both a success on the ice and a financial success, we feel that this can be mirrored in 2021.”

 

“In 2001 we had record breaking crowds, we had 1000 fans for an afternoon game that the Bombers weren’t even playing in.”

 

The team assembled a sub committee, mostly people not currently on the Bomber Board, but is Co-Chair by Rideout, and he feels that it is a great mix of people.

 

“We have business people, people that played hockey, people that were around in 2001, we had a great group of people in that office, sometimes late into the night, contributing to a bid package that we’re really proud of,” added Rideout.

 

In the coming days, Hockey Canada will shortlist the bids and then an in person presentation will be required.  From there the host will be awarded the tournament sometime in June.

 

“We know that we’re in against some heavy hitters, but we’re ready for the fight,” said Rideout.  “We also know that what set’s us apart from other bids is this is more than just an event. The excitement and enthusiasm can’t be matched.  The town shuts down and the entire week is about the tournament.”

 

The team is encouraging people to go to social media to support the Bombers and their bid, using the hashtag #FFNJAC2021.  Fans can follow the NJAC on Twitter @HC_NJAC.

 

“It has been a long time since the SJHL has hosted the tournament, and it would huge for us to host this again 20 years after we last hosted.  It would huge for our community that is hungry for a National event, this doesn’t come around to communities like ours often.”

Warriors Going Into Manitoba Hockey Hall Of Fame

The Manitoba Hockey Hall Of Fame announced their inductees for 2019 yesterday and Flin Flon will be recognized.

 

The 1965-66 Flin Flon Warriors will be inducted into the team category after winning three straight Intermediate Championships.

 

The Warriors were one of the best amateur teams in the country and even beat the National team on one occasion.

 

Flin Flon's magical season started  by beating Kenora three games to one for the Inter Provincial Trophy.

 

Advancing to the Western Semi- Finals the Warriors beat Kindersley in three straight.

 

The Warriors then claimed the 1966 Edmonton Journal Cup with a sweep over Lloydminster in the best of 5 with scores of 6-1, 2-1 and 5-2.

 

There were no intermediate playdowns in Eastern Canada so the Warriors stood as the top Intermediate team in Canada.

 

What makes these stats even more impressive  was that 16 of the 19 players on the team were all from Flin Flon.

 

Here is the Championship roster:

 

Rex Rideout, Dan Warwaruk, Don Donaldson,Dave Rainville, Bob Willey, George Chigol, Ernie Poirier, Tom Davie, Vic Poirier, Cliff Lennartz (captain), George Allard, Jack Turner, Ken Kvern,Laverne Loewen, Lyle Willey (Winnipeg), Ralph Lyndon(Winnipeg), Harry Beuchert (Winnipeg), Bill Bond, Al Evason and Bud Killick the coach.

 

The Flin Flon Warriors will officially be inducted on October the 5th at Canad Inns Polo Park. Tickets are available by calling 204- 837-4159.

 

 

 

Minor Hockey AGM

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be holding their AGM on Tuesday May the 21st, 7 PM at the Victoria Inn.

 

The meeting will take place in the Northern room.

 

There will be various reports including a re-cap from the season, a report from the President and financial reports.

 

There will also be elections for board of director positions.

 

Every one is welcome to attend.

 

 

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