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Creighton Kodiak Football Grads

It has been a tough go on local sports the last couple of years due to Covid and hit the Creighton Kodiak football team especially  hard.

 

The Kodiaks had locked up another Northern Saskatchewan Football Championship in 2019 and looked poised to have a powerhouse going into 2020.

 

As we all know,  Covid hit and it would over take the world and devastate local sports everywhere  not to mention take away the Kodiaks chance's  at repeating as Northern Saskatchewan Football Champions.

 

There does appear to be a light at the end of the tunnell and the Northern Saskatchewan Football League will return this fall.

 

5 players will not get the opportunity to put the Kodiak jersey on again as they have age'd out and will graduate on Friday.

 

Congratulations to Blake Alexander, Austin McLean, Aidan Collard, Brady Carmichael and Kiara Straile whjo were all big parts of the Kodiak program the last few years.

 

Head Coach and GM of the Kodiaks Ryan Karakochuk says these players will be recognized on Friday for their contributions.

Lee Wins Silver At Pan American Games

It was a successful return to the mat for Flin Flon's Carson Lee who picked up a Silver medal at the Pan American games in Mexico. This is the second time that he has captured Silver at this event.

 

Lee has had to wait 15 months to get back into competition due to Covid.

 

Carson was competing in the 79 KG and helped Canada finish third in the team standings.

 

Unfortunately,  the event in Italy has been cancelled due to low numbers so now he is off to Michigan to train.

 

Next up will be the World Championships in Russia in August as Carson winds down his career as a Junior before he ages out.

 

You can support Carson by donating to his go fund me page on social media. Anyone who donates will have their name added to his City Of Flin Flon flag that he takes with him to all his competitions.

Trout Festival Golf Tournament

As Covid restrictions continue to lift in Saskatchewan, the Phantom Lake Golf Club is ready for their first big event of the year.

 

The Trout Festival Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday July the 3rd with tee times starting at 9.

 

This is open to all players including Seniors, Ladies, Men and Juniors with a limit of 72 players.

 

Entry fee is $60.00 and includes prizes and dinner.

 

There will also be a long drive and closest to the hole competition.

 

Book your spot by calling the Pro-Shop at 306-688-5555.

 

SJHL Announces Return Date

More details are being released from the SJHL Coach's meetings which took place this past weekend in Nipawin.

 

It has been a long process due to Covid, losing a season and a half, but with a lot of work, patience and deication from the 12 teams it looks like the SJHL will make a healthy return.

 

The league announced thay will be back on the ice for September the 24th to kick off their regular season.

 

Things will look normal just like they did before Covid with a 56 game schedule highlighted by the SJHL Showcase and the MJHL/SJHL Showcase in Winnipeg.

 

The board of directors and the league coach's will be meeting soon to put together this year's schedule.

 

Here is a complete list of all the important dates for the 2021-22 season courtesy of sjhl.ca

 

  • Sept 24th– Start date of SJHL regular season
  • Oct 4, 5, 6 – SJHL Showcase in Warman
  • Dec 19th – Start of Christmas break
  • Dec 27th – Return from Christmas
  • Jan 25th and 26th – SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Winnipeg.
  • March 4th – Regular season ends
  • March 11th – First round of playoffs begins
  • March 25th – Second round of playoffs begin
  • April 8th – Saskatchewan Jr Hockey League Finals
  • April 29th – ANAVET Cup starts
  • May 20th – Centennial Cup begins in Estevan

Trout Festival Fishing Derby Is Back

Summer is here and it is time to enjoy some fishing on the best fresh water lakes any where in the world.

 

The Trout Festival is pleased to announce that the Month Long Fishing Derby will start this Thursday.

 

It is a Walleye event this year and you can enter for $30.00 by picking up a fishing kit at the Gateway, Gas Bar and Rubi's Outdoors.

 

The Fishing Kit will include rules, fish handling guide and measuring tape.

 

You will need a valid Manitoba license to claim prizes.

 

The Youth event is back for anybody 16 and under and will cost $10.00.

 

Submit your Walleye photos by June the 29th at midnight and measuring tape must be shown in the photo to flinflontroutfestival.com.

 

Main Event Prize is $1,500.00 and the complete list can be seen on the trout festival website.

FFMH AGM Highlights

Flin Flon Minor Hockey held their AGM last night by googlemeet.

 

Darrin Mansell, the FFMH President chaired the meeting and thanked the board who worked very hard behind the scene relaying information to parents that kept changing due to Covid 19.

 

Mansell also reported that FFMH was accepted for the NHL First Shifts Program with more details to come.  The Town Of Creighton has also agreed to put in the ice a month early so they can start their season a month early.

 

They feel with the early start they may be able to attract more kids this year.

 

The treasurer's full report will be posted on their website, but they did report there was a drop in registration due to the uncertainty of Covid. All players that were registered received refunds.

 

FFMH received two grants from Sport Saskatchewan and a Covid grant which gave them over $6,000.00. Fees will stay the same as last year.

 

The meeting concluded with elections for board positions.

 

President- Darrin Mansell

 

Vice- vacant

 

Treasurer- Tavia Alexander

 

Registrar- Joy Tetlock

 

Communications- Courtney Biberdorf

 

Referee In Chief- Dennis Zboril

 

Female Co-ordinator- Dennis Zboril

 

Technical Director- Corey Thompson

 

Goalie Co-ordinator- Dawn Hlady

 

Ice Scheduler- Tanner Brough

 

U-9 Co-ordinator- Jon Cooper

 

The U-7. U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-18 Co-ordinator positions are all vacant and if you are interested in any of the positions you can contact Flin Flon Minor Hockey.

 

 

 

 

SJHL/MJHL Showcase Is Back

The SJHL coach's got together in Nipawin this past weekend to put a plan together  and discuss how they could get back on track after Covid 19.

 

One of the topics of discussion was the different Showcases including the annual SJHL/MJHL Showcase.

 

It has been made official that the annual SJHL/MJHL showcase will return January the 25th and 26th, 2022 at the Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg.

 

There will be three teams representing each league with the top 60 players from both the SJHL and MJHL. Players will range in ages 16 to 20 and will be selected  by the league coach's.

 

Each team will play two games.

 

The Showcase has been extremely popular with the fans and has garnered a lot of attention from the NHL, NCAA, Major Junior and University programs from all over North America.

 

 

 

 


 

Reagan Talks About Signings And League Meetings

Mike Reagan, the Head Coach and GM of the Flin Flon Bombers  was our guest on this past Tuesday's Norman Sportsline Program.

 

Reagan talked about a lot of happenings with the hockey club including their recent signings, extension of contracts and the up coming league  meetings in Nipawin.

 

The meetings will be in person and they are starting today with lots of hurdles for the league to sort out including scheduling, the bantam draft, showcases and when to start training camps.

 

You can hear the complete interview with Mike right here. https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

Phantom Lake Soccer Club Season Remains On Hold

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club season remains in limbo even though the Saskatchewan government is starting to lift restrictions concerning outdoor sports.

 

The local soccer club did confirm to me today that as long as the Manitoba government has sports locked down they would not be able to start their season.

 

They are a Manitoba operating association and follow the guidelines of the MSA which is not permitting any kids in Manitoba to get back on the field at this time.

 

If the Manitoba government does loosen restrictions in the next few weeks , a decision will be made on going ahead with a season.

SJHL League Meetings

The SJHL are looking forward to this fall and getting all 12 teams back on the ice after not being able to crown a league champion the last 2 years.

 

The league announced they will be holding a coach's meeting in Nipawin June the 3rd to the 5th which will involve discussions surrounding timelines for training camp and regular season dates as well as potential number of games for the season.

 

They will also be discussing what to do with the bantam draft, the potential of yearly showcases and other matters pertaining to the league.

 

There is a lot of optimism surrounding next season's outlook with things starting to re-open slowly in Saskatchewan including baseball and soccer given the green light from the province to start playing games this Sunday.

 

While the goal is to get the teams back on the ice for September, the big debate could be on how many fans to let into buildings for the start of the season.

 

The scuttlebut from the different league coach's I have talked to is that a decision likely won't be made til much closer to the beginning of the season.

 

We hope to catch up to Head Coach and GM of the Bombers, Mike Reagan for next week's Norman Sportsline Program and get their perspective on things.

Phantom Lake Golf Club Going Strong

The Phantom Lake Golf Club is open for another season and look forward to seeing you through out the summer.

 

Once again they have something for everyone including Ladies night every Tuesday and Men's night on Thursday. Tee- times will start at 3.

 

You can also book a private lesson with Kelly by contacting the Pro- Shop.

 

The Junior lessons have been pushed back a few weeks due to some Covis cases in the schools but will be returning soon.

 

For information on memberships, tee times, up coming events and lessons call 306-688-5555.

Bombers Sign Another Flodell

Covid has had a very negative effect on sports the past couple of years and has hit junior hockey teams especially hard including the Flin Flon Bombers.

 

One of the players who suffered because of the pandemic was team captain Matt Flodell who only got to dress for two regular season games before the season was called off.

 

Matt was 20 and his tenure as captain was short lived but the Flodell name will continue with the organization the next three years.

 

The Bombers have signed Matt's younger brother Nathan who  played two seasons in the Saskatchewam Midget Triple A League with Beardy's and Battleford.

 

With the Blackhawks, Nathan put up 10 points in 44 games but only got to suit up for the Stars for three games before the season was halted. He collected 3 assists.

 

Flodell was selectd in the third round, 36th overall by the Melville Millionaires in the 2018 SJHL Bantam Draft,  and is extremely excited to be heading to the same junior club that his brother called home for the past three seasons.

 

“I was able to watch my brother play for the Bombers and I loved the atmosphere the community, fans and hockey club brought. I’m excited to start my junior hockey career with such a historic franchise.” 

Cole McCaig Re-Signed to Multi-Year Contract Extension, Adds Assistant General Manager Role

 

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are pleased to announce the re-signing of Assistant Coach Cole McCaig (Brandon, MB) to a two year extension starting for the 2021-22 season.  McCaig is also the Marketing Director for the Bombers and will also assume the role of Assistant General Manager.

“Cole has done an excellent job in his many roles with the team over the past three seasons,” said team President Travis Rideout.  “We’re very happy to re-sign him to an extension after the season we just had and all the hard work he did with the team, sponsors and fans in difficult times.”

McCaig joined the team three seasons ago after playing NCAA III with Marian University (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) for four years, prior to that he played three seasons of Junior A hockey, including 123 games with the Bombers from 2011-2014.

Jon Klassen, who served as the team’s Assistant General Manager, will take on the role of Director of Player Personnel.

Flin Flon Minor Hockey AGM

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting their annual AGM by google meet on Monday June the 7th starting at 7pm.

 

The meeting will consist of a President's report, Norman AGM report, Treasure's report, a return to play update, questions from the floor and election of officers.

 

You will be able to join the meeting on the Flin Flon Minor Hockey website or the FFMH facebook page.

 

Just click on meet.google.com/ncm-cbsk-hzp

Bombers Sign American Forward

Another key signing this spring for the hardest working Coach and GM in the SJHL, Mike Reagan who has landed a talented forward south of the border.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers announced on social media today that they have signed forward Jacob Vockler out of Sioux Falls South Dakota.

 

Vockler who is 18,  and stands 6 ft tall ,  was a fifth round selection in the USHL Futures draft by the Lincoln Stars. Jacob suited up with the Belle Tire under 18 program where he put up pretty much a point per night with 65 points in 68 games.

 

Vockler also added 9 points in 5 playoff games.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan says Vockler will  be a explosive player for the Maroon and White right off the hop. “Vockler is a highly skilled player that has a high hockey IQ and will be an exciting player to watch. We felt we needed to add a player with his offensive talent and we expect him to step in and produce right away.”

Bomber Boat Raffle

The Flin Flon Bombers are proud to announce that they are bringing back one of their biggest fundraisers, the annual boat raffle.

 

Due to Covid, they wern't able to hold the draw last year.

 

Tickets are now being sold for a 2021 Lund SSV 16 SS with a 40 HP ELPT and a Shore Lander trailor valued at over $21,000.00.

 

All prizes were purchased at Frontline Sport and Leisure and tickets are $20.00 each and only 3000 tickets are printed.

 

You can purchase tickets at Elite, Frontline or Super K. You can also contact Cole McCaig for an e- transfer at mccaig_cole@hotmail.com.

 

102.9 CFAR will broadcast the draw at 6:30 pm on  Tuesday June the 22nd.

Junior Golf Lessons

The Phantom Lake Golf Club will be holding lessons for Junior's starting this weekend.

 

This is a great way to get a jump on the season with instruction, exercise and fresh air.

 

It will be $20.00 for 4 lessons which will be a half hour. The lessons will take place the next two weekends including this Saturday and Sunday and the following weekend, the 29th and 30th.

 

Sign up in age groups, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.

 

Call the Pro- Shop to sign up at 306-688-5555 and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Lee Ready To Return To The Mat

After a two year hiatus due to Covid 19, Flin Flon's Carson Lee is ready to return to the sport of wrestling.

 

Carson and his brother Hunter have been the face of amateur wrestling the past several years and have had  major success on the national and international stage.

 

Carson has been chosen to represent his country once again at the Pan American games in Oaxtepec Mexico June the 9th to the 13th, and the World Championships in Ufa Russia August the 16th to the 22nd.

 

This will be Carson's final year competing in the Junior category before moving up to Seniors. He has picked up three Pan Am Silver medals and one Bronze at the World Championships and is very driven to bring home a Gold medal.

 

You can support Carson with a donation on a go fund me page with a link on facebook. If you make a donation your name will appear on a new Flin Flon flag which Carson will take with him to his competitions.

 

 

Bombers Bring In Size And Skill

The Flin Flon Bombers remain busy on the recruiting front and have landed a big Manitoba forward who could be one of the faces of the franchise for the next few seasons.

 

The Bombers have signed out of Brandon, 18 year old forward Cabrel LaBossiere.

 

LaBossiere spent the last three seasons with the Eastman Selects out of the Manitoba Midget Triple A League.

 

In 74 career games, LaBossiere put up 46 points and also added 2 points in 10 playoff games.

 

Cabrel's size and skill should allow him to be a dominating player in the SJHL and he is very happy to be heading up North.

 

“I’m super excited to be a part of a successful organization like Flin Flon. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the team and community and I can’t wait for the upcoming season.”  

Minor Ball Season Cancelled

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and restrcitions beingh implemented for youth sports in Manitoba , FFCR Minor Ball will be celling their 2021 season. The orginization realesed a stement saying "Our orginization firmly believes that AL Lchilldren should play even if we are a border town. We find the restrictions unfair  for our community and it wouldn't be fair if some can play and some can't becuase of where they reside"

The group hopes to be able to play next season .

Reid Robertson is up for an SJHL Honour

 

 

Bomber forward Reid Robertson has a chance at winning an SJHL award.

The 20-year-old forward has earned a nod as a nominee for the SJHL’s Community Ambassador award, the second time in as many seasons that he’s earned the honour.

Robertson’s playing days as a Bomber are done, but during his time in Flin Flon, Robertson worked as a mentor with the Flin Flon School Division  and the Flin Flon Xtreme Hockey School. The winner of the Community Ambassador award will be determined by a fan vote on the SJHL’s Twitter page

 

 

https://twitter.com/theSJHL

 

 

Phantom Lake Soccer Season Postponed

Due to the tightened COVID-19 restrictions, the Phantom Lake Soccer Club has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 season, and wil revisit the decision - should restrictions change. PLSC knows how much the kids were looking forward the start of the season and hopes to see everyone back on the fields when restrictions allow.

Former Bombers Win Gold Medals

Congratulations to former Flin Flon Bomber goaltender' s Travis  Crickard and Matt Weninger on winning gold with the Team Canada Under 18 program.

 

Canada won gold for the first time since 2013 beating Russia 5 to 3  this past Thursday in Frisco Texas.

 

Crickard came to the Flin Flon Bombers in 2005 after a trade with the Swan Valley Stampeders and suited up for 19 games before heading off to play for the Woodstock Slammers of the MJAHL.

 

Crickard is the current Team Canada Video Coach.

 

Weninger was acquired from the Kindersley Klippers in 2008 and played 73 games between 2008 and 2010 before picking up a scholarship to the University of Lethbridge.

 

Weninger is Team Canada's Goaltending Coach.

NSFL Will Be Back

After a two year hiatus due to Covid 19 it looks like the Northern Saskatchewan Football league will make it's return this fall.

 

The Head Coach of the Creighton Kodiaks and League Commissioner Ryan Karakochuk was our guest on this past Tuesday's Norman Sportsline Program and said they held a virtual meeting.

 

The league will allow the different teams to hold training camps in mid-August with the regular season starting September the 2nd.

 

All 7 teams will compete in one division and you will play each team once making for a 6 game regular season.

 

Playoffs will begin on October the 23rd with Provincial Playdowns slated for October the 30th.

 

The Kodiaks will start their season on September the 8th in Sandy Bay.

 

You can hear Ryan's full interview here about how they will be proceeding with the return of the NSFL, plus lots of other sports talk including the CFL, MLB, NHL and NFL.

 

https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

 

 

 

 

PLSC Season Is Here

The Phantom Lake Soccer Season is just about ready to get going as the board continues to make the preparations to get everybody back on the field.

 

There are still a number of coach's positions available for any parents who would like to enjoy the sport with their kids.

 

They are also accepting volunteer coaching spots from any former PLSC players who would like to coach. No experience is necessary.

 

If you are interested you can e-mail Erica at plsctechnical@gmail.com with your name, contact information, division and any questions you may have.

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