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Flin Flon Minor Hockey wants to give all youngsters a chance to play hockey this year and have a great promotion for kids that have never signed up before.

 

If you have never played minor hockey before, FFMH is offering your first year for free.

 

All you have to do is go to the Flin Flon Minor Hockey website to register.

 

FFMH is also offering you a chance to earn some cash this winter with a referee's clinic.

 

There will be a level 1 and 2 Referee Clinic, October the 15th 1 to 4 at the Creighton Sportex. You must be 12 as of December the 31st, 2022.

 

For more information contact Matt Morrison , referee in chief at refereeffmh@gmail.com.

Blizzard Hire Johnson

The OCN Blizzard made a major announcement on Friday in regards to their coaching staff.

 

OCN made a big splash announcing that they have hired three time SJHL Coach Of The Year, Doug Johnson.

 

Johnson coached the Nipawin Hawks for 11 seasons and was the winningest coach in Hawks history with a career mark of 342-207-25-31 and also won a league title.

 

The Hawks beat the Estevan Bruins in 6 games in the Canalta Cup final in 2018 to claim their first championship since 1990.

 

Johnson also has lots of experience as a player as he played in various US leagues before coming to Nipawin.

 

The Blizzard had hired Darren Naylor out of BC back in July,  but Naylor was suspended by Hockey Canada for breaking the Coach's Conduct Policy and has not been reinstated.

 

Johnson takes over as  the Blizzard Head Coach and Assistant General Manager immediately and is getting to work for the 2022-23 season which isn't very far away.

10th Annual Volleyball Camp

Flin Flon will be hosting their 10th annual Volleyball Camp on Monday August the 29th to Wednesday August the 31st at Ecole McIsaac School.

 

It is $20.00 per athlete and grades 6 to 8 will be 9 to noon and grades 9 to 12 will be at 1 to 4.

 

This will be a great camp for anyone who would like to play volleyball or upgrade their skills to get ready for the season.

 

To register e-mail mneill@ffsd.mb.ca and don't forget to include your name, grade and health card number. Payment is due on the first day of camp.

Selects Add Grit

The PBCN Selects have just got a whole lot tougher, Adding 2002 Defenceman Kaiden Anaskon who won a Western Division Championship last season with High Prairie Red Wings in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League.

 

Anaskon who is from Regina Sk, played 34 games last season scoring 6 points and adding 93 penalty minutes. The 6ft 200 pound Dman is a puck eating machine and loves to play a physical style of hockey.

 

“We are adding a lot of size to our team, now we are adding the sandpaper and tough of nails type of guys, we most definitely don’t want to be an easy team to play against next season.” Commented General Manager Gatlin Church. “Kaiden is a 2 sport athlete, he’s also a cowboy. He rides bareback and anyone that crazy can bring the toughness we need to our program.”

 

Not only tough, Anaskon brings a competitive nature to his new team and the fact that he was part of the Western Division Champions last season will go a long way.

 

The Selects are starting to round into a competitive team. Church adds “Recently there is two types of expansion teams, there’s the Kraken and then there’s the Vegas Knights, and I don’t plan on be a Kraken.”

 

Selects Main Camp is September 17-18 at the Whitney Forum and Camp is open to all players 02 and younger.

 

Cost is $125 and call General Manager Church at 431-346-0132 to register

Busy August For The Golf Club

It has been a great summer so far at the Phantom Lake Golf Club and they have lots of events planned for August.

 

The Golf Club will be offering more  youth lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday August the 23rd and 24th.

 

Ages 7-9 will be at 11, ages 10-11 at 11:30 and ages 12-16 at noon.

 

There will be a maximum of 10 kids per age group and you must sign up at the Pro- Shop at 306-688-5555. Meet at the driving range.

 

The Golf Club is also hosting their last mixed 2 ball of the season on Saturday August the 20th.

 

It will be $35.00 per person which will include golf, a meal and prizes. Sign up at 306-688-5555.

Selects Land Bird

PBCN Adds Forward

 

The Southern Rebels of the Prairie Junior Hockey League have Traded the playing Rights of forward Keanu Bird to the PBCN Selects for Future Considerations.

 

Should Bird be released his playing Rights will be returned to the Rebels should the player return to the PJHL.

 

Bird is the 6th player added this offseason to the expansion Selects. “Keanu has been a target since we started putting together our team, he is a plus Skater and we project him at Centre on our third line and expect him to kill penalties for us.” Said General Manager Gatlin Church.

 

Bird a member of Ahtahkakoop First Nation, has ties to the community of Deschambeault Lake. At 5’11” and 180 pounds Bird will bring size and quickness to the team and play valuable minutes with a checking role, Bird will also be leaned on for his leadership qualities as he has experience at the junior level.

 

“We are only 6 weeks away from Camp, we still have a few irons in the fire in regards to trades,” explained Church. He also stated the team is currently approaching community leaders and businesses in regards to the team’s sponsorship packages.

 

Main Camp will be held Sept 17-18 at the Whitney Form, camp is open and cost is $125

 

To register email gatlinchurch@icloud.com or call the GM at 431-346-0132

Kaspick Commits To Missouri State

The Flin Flon Bombers have been one of the most successful programs in the SJHL for the last number of years.

 

Not only success on the ice,  but the Bombers are one of the best in the league at getting their players to the next level.

 

Three year veteran Mason Kaspick is the latest Bomber with the opportunity to continue his career.

 

Kaspick has committed to the University of Missouri which plays in the ACHA Division.

 

Mason battled injuries this past season but was still a force when he was in the line-up. He put up 23 points in 67 career games and added 6 points in the Bomber playoff run this past spring.

 

Kaspick is greatful for the opportunity to continue his career. “Missouri State seems to be a well ran program that gets great support. They have a good core of Canadians on the roster and I’ll get the chance to experience a bigger campus with great schooling.”

Flin Flon Duo Win Trout Challenge

After a two year hiatus the 31ST annual Cranberry Trout Challenge wrapped up yesterday afternoon.

 

The weather co-operated and there were a lot of big fish caught making this one of the most competitive derby's in the 31 year history.

 

Congratulations to the Flin Flon duo of Trevor Thurston and Joey Hancock who finished first place and took home $5,000,00 in prize money.

 

Here is the rest of the top 10 finishers:

 

Fidierchuk and Johnston ( Cranberry)- 2nd

Fiderchuk and Hoglander (Cranberry )- 3rd

Rosvold and Wolters ( Flin Flon )- 4th

Anderson and Fiderchuk ( Cranberry)- 5th

Meszaros and Knight ( Melfort)- 6th

Sheryl and Chris Matheson ( Sheriden)- 7th

Smith and Case ( Cranberry)- 8th

Saisbury and Freeze ( The Pas)- 8th

Donnie and Logan Grenier ( Cranberry)  10th

 

The full results can be seen on the Cranberry Trout Challenge facebook page.

 

A big thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers on stepping up and revitilizing this great event for Cranberry and all of Northern Manitoba.

 

Roller Starts Today

The Roller Goodwin Hockey Tournament is back in Flin Flon and just a few hours away from starting at the Whitney Forum.

 

Action starts at 4pm today and here are the opening day match-ups.

 

4PM- Donaghy VS The Fireman

5:30- Kro's Pros VS Crones

7PM- Korman Nortstars VS McKenzie

8:30 Rideout VS Bomber Alumni

10PM Quinn VS Dump Bears

 

Due to the Roller Goodwin Tournament the Bomber store will be closed all weekend.

 

The souvenir booth will be open this weekend today 4 to 10 PM, tomorrow 2 to 10 and Sunday noon to 4.

 

You will be able to pick up Bomber merchandise, 50/50 tickets, Roller Social tickets and Bomber season tickets.

Sinclair Commits To Anna Maria

courtesy of mjhlhockey.ca

 

OCN Blizzard defenseman, Bryden Sinclair has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Anna Maria College this fall.

 

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defender from Peguis First Nation, Manitoba, spent parts of three seasons with the Blizzard where he played 116 games, posting 9 goals and 42 assists. He was named captain during the 2021-22 season.

 

Sinclair was also named the Blizzard’s, RBC-MJHL Community Ambassador award recipient for his dedication to giving back in the local community.

 

Anna Maria College is located in Paxton, Massachusetts, where the Amcats Men’s hockey team plays in an independent conference.

Selects Add Player With Junior A Experience

The PBCN Selects have come to terms with Former Edmonton Eagles Captain, Ron Jay Peeaychew.

 

Peeaychew a member of Red Pheasant First Nation,  played in the  CAJHL and had 32 points in 29 games at the Junior A level.

 

At 5’11 the 19 year old Forward brings leadership and offensive ability to his new team.

 

“I’m extremely excited to announce the addition of a quality player such as Jay” said GM Gatlin Church. “Not to put pressure on him, but I can see him scoring 60 plus points in our league.”

 

With the latest addition of Peeaychew the Selects have added 5 players with Junior Hockey Experience to their roster for the upcoming season. “We are still looking at adding a few guys to our roster involving trades with other Jr B clubs, as well we have our sights on a couple more Jr A guys who might need a home”. Church also is hopeful to land 2 or 3 players who graduated from AAA midget last season, but says they are still trying out for Jr A clubs.

 

Training Camp is Scheduled for September 17/18 at the Whitney Form and to Register call Church at 431-346-0132

Seniors Open Is Coming Up

The next big event is coming up for the Phantom Lake Golf Club.

 

The Seniors Open will take place on Wednesday August the 17th with a shotgun start at 10.

 

It will be $40.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members which will include 18 holes of golf, meals and prizes.

 

You must be at least 50 years of age to take part and you can sign up at 306-688-5555.

Bombers Release Pre- Season Schedule

The Flin Flon Bombers have released their pre-season schedule which is not very far away starting Monday August the 29th in Nipawin.

 

The Bombers will play 7 pre-season games with 3 at home and 4 on the road.

 

Here is the complete schedule:

 

Monday, August 29th @ Nipawin – 8 PM (MB time)

 

Wednesday, August 31st vs Kindersley (In Prince Albert) – 8:00 PM (MB time)

 

Friday, September 2nd @ La Ronge – 8:30 PM (MB time)

 

Saturday, September 3rd vs La Ronge – 7:30 PM

 

Tuesday, September 6th @ OCN – 7:00 PM

 

Thursday, September 8th vs Kam River – 7:30 PM

 

Friday, September 9th vs OCN – 7:30 PM

Schell Attends Leafs Camp

Hard work definitely pays off as Flin Flon Bomber goaltender Cal Schell is coming off one of the best goalie performances in Bomber history.

 

Schell who was really never a starter in his career ended up losing a whole season due to Covid,  but was determined to make sure his 20 year old season was  one to remember.

 

Schell delivered and won the second most amount of games in the league  with 25 to go along with a 2.39 GAA  and a .923 SV %.

 

Schell was also named the Sherwood Division top goalie and MVP.

 

To cap a great season that included a trip to the Centennial Cup, Schell got a special invite to the Toronto Maple Leafs Development  Camp this past weekend and faired really well.

 

Cal is committed to Oswego State University in the fall.

 

 

Flin Flon Minor Hockey Registration

Flin Flon Minor Hockey registration is now open for the 2022-23 season.  The season will officially start on September the 6th.

 

Early bird registration is taking place til September the 13th, after this date their will be an additional charge of $100.00.

 

All new parents will be required to create an account by going to flinflonminorhockey.com and clicking on the link for Hockey Canada.

Bomber Season Tickets On Sale

The Flin Flon Bombers have announced that their season tickets are now available.

 

If you pick up a season ticket between now and August the 15th you will be able to take advantage of early bird pricing. You will also be entered into a draw for an autographed jersey courtesy of all time leading scorer Tim Madarash.

 

Season tickets will be available for Adults, Seniors, Students and Children. You will also be able to purchase a Shift Workers Pass and a Flex Pack.

 

You can pick up your tickets at the Bomber office Thursday's and Friday's 1 to 5 and on Saturday's 12 to 4.

 

 

Selects Acquire A Forward

PBCN Selects  have acquired an  03 Forward.

 

The Saskatoon Royals have traded Leon Natomagan to the PBCN Selects of the Keystone Junior Hockey League for PDF.

 

The Saskatoon Royals retain Natomagan’s Junior B player rights if he was to return to Saskatchewan to play in the PJHL. The 6’3” forward who is from Pinehouse Lake, Sk. Played 37 games in the Prairie Junior Hockey League last season.

 

Natomagon will be expected to play top nine minutes for the PBCN Selects and counted on to kill penalties. “Coming from the Saskatchewan Junior B league we expect Leon to step right in and contribute to our team” said GM Gatlin Church. “He’s a tall kid with Average skating skills and a good work ethic, we hope he fills out and we’re excited about his offensive potential”.

 

Church Added Natamogan is the fourth player the Selects have acquired this offseason, joining Tyler Bird and Haydon Linklater who where acquired from Carrot River Outback Thunder as well as Free Agent Signing of Dwayne McKenzie.

 

The PBCN Selects will host their Open Try Out September 16/17/18 in Flin Flon at the Whitney Forum. Any interested prospects call GM Gatlin Church 431-346-0132

SJHL Hires New Director Of Marketing

The SJHL continues to make changes to their front office and have hired a new marketing director.

 

The league announced on twitter that they have hired Jacob Faith as the new Director Of Marketing.

 

Faith is no stranger to the SJHL, as he has worked with the league in various capacities the past couple of years.

 

He was heavilly involved with the production of the league  tv broadcasts and posts lots of video content on the SJHL website.

 

Jacob also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Communications and a Sports Management degree from the U of R.

 

Faith is very much looking forward to his new post. "It's an honour to be appointed the new director of marketing for the SJHL. Saskatchewan is a breeding ground for some of the best hockey players and most passionate fans in the country. I look forward to seeing all of the fans, coach's, players and sponsors in the rinks this fall and beyond."

Roller Goodwin Hockey Tournament

The summer is quickly flying by and we are inching towards the August long weekend and the return of the Roller Goodwin Hockey Tournament to Flin Flon.

 

After a two hear hiatus the Roller is back and 10 teams will be taking part including Team Donaghy, Firemen, Kro's Pros, Crones, Korman Northstars, McKenzie, Rideout, Bomber Alumni, Quinn and the Dump Bears.

 

Games start on Friday July the 29th at 4 and will continue through out the weekend at the Whitney Forum.

 

There will also be a banquet and social  on Sunday night at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting with cocktails at 6:30. Social tickets will be available at the door.

 

You can check out the full schedule on the Roller Goodwin facebook page.

 

SJHL/MJHL Showcase Is Back

courtesy of sjhl.ca

 

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) are pleased to announce the joint MJHL-SJHL Showcase presented by Alt Hotel Winnipeg will return for the 2022-23 season.

 

The showcase event will be held in Manitoba for the first time, taking place on January 31-Feb 1, 2023 at the impressive Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg, MB.

 

The joint Showcase will feature 3 select teams from each league made up with the top 60 players in the MJHL and in the SJHL. The 3 teams representing each league will consist of players aged 16 to 20 who will be selected by the coaches from their respective leagues. One team will be comprised of players who are 18 and under and two teams will be made up of players who are 20 and under – Each team will play 2 games during the high-performance event.

 

“The MJHL is pleased to continue our strong partnership with the SJHL and we are extremely excited to host this amazing event in Manitoba, especially after not being able to hold the event last season,” explained MJHL Commissioner, Kevin Saurette. “This event gives athletes from each league an incredible opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities in a high-performance environment in front of scouts from all higher levels of hockey.”

 

Annually, the Showcase is heavily attended by NHL, NCAA, Major Junior and University Programs from across North America and this event will be another important step for MJHL & SJHL athletes in attracting the attention of the many scouts / coaches that will be in attendance.

 

“We look forward to building off the success of the previous three years of the joint Showcase held in Saskatchewan and are ecstatic to be able to provide this wonderful opportunity for our elite athletes once again,” shared SJHL Commissioner, Kyle McIntyre.

 

Please stay tuned for further exciting MJHL / SJHL Showcase announcements to come.

 

Bombers Continue To Bolster Roster.

With Main Camp just 6 weeks away the Flin Flon Bombers continue to fill out their roster with more signings announced  today.

 

The Bombers have inked another defenseman Grady Priest from Lloydminster Saskatchewan. 

 

Priest did not play hockey last year  The season before that he played 4 games for the Lloydminster U-18 Bobcats before the season was shut down.

 

Grady is a good two way defenseman who can rush the puck.

 

Flin Flon also signed another goaltender, 2004 born Ethan Farrow.

 

He is a big goalie at 6'2 and played last season for the Sherwood Park Kings U-18 Program.

 

Farrow posted a 3.48 GAA and a .897 save %.

 

The Bombers have high expectations for both these players and look forward to having them at Main Camp.

Up Coming Northstar Camps

The Norman Northstars are going to have a busy August at the CA Nesbitt Arena.

 

Norman will be hosting a Skills and Conditioning Camp for ages 7-18, August the 15th to the 19th and 22nd to the 25th.

 

Main Camp will take place August the 26th to the 28th.

 

Further information will be  released on the website at normannorthstars.com.

 

 

 

 

Extreme Hockey School Is Back

August isn't very far away and neither is the Extreme Hockey School which will be back once again at the Whitney Forum.

 

The programs start August the 22nd to the 25th for Junior's 6 to 9, Intermediate 10 to 13,  Skill Development 12 to 15 and a Conditioning Camp for anyone 14 and over.

 

They will also be offering Specialty Clinic's including power skating and shooting and stick handling August the 29th and 30th.

 

The instructors will include Mike Reagan and Cole McCaig and lots of players from the current Flin Flon Bombers roster.

 

The school will kick off with a registration skate on August the 21st at 7.

 

For more information contact Mike Reagan at: 204-271-1407 or mikereagan39@hotmail.com.

PBCN Signs Two Players

 

The PBCN Selects who will begin play in the KJHL this fall have made their first two selections in franchise history.

 

PBCN Selects have acquired the Playing Rights to 2003 Haydon Linklater. Linklater posted a .865 SV% in 19 games with the Prince Albert Titians last season in the PJHL.

Linklater was acquired earlier this offseason by the Carrot River Outback Thunder before being traded to PBCN.

Linklater will bring experience and provide a veteran presence in the crease for the expansion Selects this season.

PBCN Selects have also acquired 2003 Tyler Bird from the carrot River outback thunder.

Bird scored 7 points in 21 games last season in the PJHL and had 8 Penalty minutes.

The 19 year old from Pelican Narrows played his minor hockey in Flin Flon, at nearly 6 ft tall he will add size and be counted on to provide secondary scoring for the expansion selects.

GM Gatlin Church said "I'm very happy with adding two players with Saskatchewan Junior B experience, both kids should fit in very well and help provide us a base to work around"

Bombers Mourn Passing

The Flin Flon Bombers are saddened to hear the loss of former Bomber and Flin Flon resident Cal Hammond.

 

Cal suited up for the team during the days of the WCHL and was eventually drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 4th round, 45th overall in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Cal would also serve as an assistant coach with the Bombers when they hosted the 2001 Royal Bank Cup.

 

The Bomber organization would like to send their condolences to Cal's family.

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