Sports News Archives for 2020-06

Bombers Sign D-Man Out Of BC

The Flin Flon Bombers announced another signing today, as they continue to find players right across the country,

 

This time the Maroon and White have gone to BC to sign defenseman Collin Jennings.

 

Jennings played with the Vancouver NW Hawks this past season and picked up 22 points and 110 pims in 37 games.

 

Jennings comes highly recommended from the Bombers, BC scout Hayden Berra."Collin is a hard working defenceman who finds success through his willingness to outwork his opponents. His competitive nature effectively enables him to take time and space away from the opposing teams forwards. His desire to compete is paralleled by his attitude off the ice which adds depth to his two way style of play."

 

 

FFMH Looking For Coachs and AGM

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting their AGM on Wednesday July the 8th, 7:00 at the Creighton Sportex.

 

The AGM will consist of a report from the President, Treasurer and a plan of how Minor Hockey plans to make their return in the fall.

 

There will also be nominations for different board positions and FFMH encourages every body to keep practising social distancing.

 

FFMH is now accepting rep coaching applications for Atom A, Pee Wee A, Bantam and Midget.

 

Coach applications can be submitted to Corey Thompson at technicaldirectorffmh@gmail.com.

 

All applicants will be contacted to set up an interview after the closing date of July the 6th at 6PM.

 

To get a coaching application go to the Flin Flon Minor Hockey web-site, under resources.

Local Product Signs In Dryden

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Derek Koivisto, who has signed with the Dryden Ice Dogs of the SIJHL.  

 

Derek played two years of Midget AA with the Prince Albert under 18 Raiders picking up 19 points in 48 games.

 

Last year, he made the jump to the Norman Northstars of the Manitoba Midget Triple A league and collected 23 points in 42 games including 9 goals.

 

Koivisto also got a chance to play a couple of games with the KJHL'S, OCN Storm where he picked up 2 assists in 2 games.

 

Dryden is a very competitive team in the SIJHL and reeled off back to back Championships in the 2016-2017 and 2017-18 seasons.

 

 

 

Bombers Sign Tisdale Trojan

The Flin Flon Bombers continue to bolster their line up with another impressive signing out of the Saskatchewan  Midget Triple A  League.

 

The Bombers have signed forward Mackenzie Carson, who finished third overall in league scoring with 31 goals in 44 games with the Tisdale Trojans.

 

Mackenzie was the Bombers 5th overall pick in the 2017 draft.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan talks about the signing. "Mack is a big strong power forward. He goes to the dirty areas and has a touch around the net. We are excited to add a character guy like Mack that makes us tougher to play against."

Creighton School Athletic Awards

Creighton school held their Athletic Awards last night and here are the major award winners:

 

JR Athlete Of The Year

Liam Grindle

Sadie Currie

 

SR Athlete Of The Year

Blake Alexander

Shannon Williamson

 

All Kodiak Award

JC Wasyliuk

Shannon Williamson

Ryan Karakochuk Interview

As Covid 19 restrictions continue to be lifted across Saskatchewan and the rest of the country it looks like we may have high school football after all.

 

Ryan Karakochuk, Head Coach of the Creighton Kodiaks was our special guest on yesterday's Norman Sports Line Program as we discussed what is happening with the local football program.

 

As we discussed a few weeks back, the Northern Saskatchewan Football League is going ahead and have released their 2020 schedule.

 

We will chat about the different hurdles, each team in the league is facing in getting their teams ready for the up coming season and some of the new changes for the whole league.

 

We also had a chance to talk about Covid 19 and what is happening with all 4 major professional sports leagues and the future of the CFL.

 

It is always fun to sit down and talk sports with Ryan and you can hear the whole interview here.https://flinflononline.com/podcasts/flin-flon-today

Trout Festival Open

As Covid 19 restrictions continue to be lifted, the Phantom Lake Golf Club will be hosting their first tournament of the year.

 

The Trout Festival Open will take place, Saturday July the 4th with an entry fee of $60.00 per player with lots of prizes, dinner and 18 holes.

 

This is open to everybody including Seniors, Ladies, Men and Juniors.

 

Tee times will start at 9am with a limit of 72 golfers.

 

There will be a long drive and closest to the hole, so call the Pro- Shop at 306-688-5555.

Bombers Dip Back Into Manitoba

The Flin Flon Bombers have gone back to Manitoba for their next signing with a name familliar to Bomber fans.

 

Flin Flon has signed defenseman Reece Richmond, younger brother to Ryder who has played two seasons with the Bombers.

 

Reece has spent the last three years with the Yellowhead Chiefs where he picked up an amazing 113 points in 127 games.

 

Reece also has some Junior A experience with the Portage Terriers, where he suited up for 6 games this past season.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan had this to say about the signing. "Reece is a defenceman we have been working on getting in our lineup for over a year now. He brings good offensive instincts and has been one of the best players in Manitoba AAA for the last two seasons."

Local Student Honored At Several Levels

Congratulations to Creighton's Lauren Fox, who has had a year to remember in academics and athletics.

 

Laren has been awarded the CCS Foundations Athletic Scholarship and also awarded Golf Saskatchewan's Graham Deleat scholarship.

 

Her SHSAA Provincial Golf banner which she won this past year will be hung in the Creighton gym alog side the other two she was awarded.

 

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, Golf Canada announced their will be no National Championship this year. Golf Saskatchewan announced they will still go ahead with the Provincial Championship which will take place in Swift Current , July the 14th to the 16th.

 

Lauren is looking forward to competing in her last Provincial Championship before heading off to the University of Alberta in the fall. Lauren had the top marks in Creighton school this past year with an average of 98.5 %.

Hapnot Sports man and Sports Woman Of The Year Winners

Hapnot Collegiate hosted their year end Awards Banquet online last night on the Hapnot facebook page.

 

Once again awards were handed out in all the different sports and wrapped up with both the Junior Varsity and Senior Varsity Athletes Of The Year.

 

Here are this year's winners.

 

Junior Varsity  Sports Woman

 

Cadence McIntosh who played volleyball, JV and Senior basketball and soccer.

 

Rene Thompson- who played volleyball and basketball and was a member of the community synchonized swim team.

 

Junior Varsity Sports Man

 

Joel Williams and Ethan Patterson who were both part of the Zone winning Kings soccer team and played volleyball and basketball.

 

Senior Varsity Sports Woman

 

Meghan Olinyk- she played soccer and won two zones for volleyball and basketball and is also on the Hapnot honor roll.

 

Senior Varsity Sports Man

 

George Collen- he led the Kings to the boys soccer Zone and was the MVP for the Kings basketball team.

 

Principal Steve Lytwyn announced the winners last night and wanted to thank the teachers, coach's, volunteers and all the athletes on a very successful year and look forward to seeing everyone back in the fall.

 

Bombers Grab Manitoba Product

The Flin Flon Bombers continue to sign players as they continue to bolster the lineup and prepare for the return of hockey in September.

 

The Bombers have made their first signing in Manitoba with the addition of forward Drayden Kurbatoff.

 

Kurbatoff is 18 and is from Grunthal and has played the last two seasons for the Eastman Selects of the Manitoba Midget Triple A League.

 

Kurbatoff was the captain this past season and produced 49 points in 44 games, adding 6 points in 6 playoff games.

 

Drayden also has some Junior A experience with the Dauphin Kings where he picked up 3 points in 4 games.

Kodiaks Look Forward To Season

If the numbers continue to drop for Covid 19, we very well could see High school football back in Saskatchewan for September.

 

Head Coach of the Creighton Kodiaks, Ryan Karakochuk says they had a conference call with the other teams in the Northern Saskatchewan Football League and have put their schedule together for the up coming season.

 

If everything go's according to plan the Kodiaks would start their season on Wednesday September the 3rd in Ahtahkakoop, who will be the new team in the Kodiaks conference.

 

They will replace Pinehouse, who finished last in the standings and will drop down a level.

 

Creighton would play their home opener on Wednesday September the 10th against Sandy Bay.

 

Football fields will open in Saskatchewan on Monday, and now the Kodiaks and the other teams across the province will have to follow the guidelines from the govenment,  and local municipalities on the different steps in resuming their programs.

 

Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk will be in studio next Tuesday at 3:30 to talk about the up coming season and the status of their league, here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

Interview With Rylan Pearce

The Flin Flon Bombers continue to bolster the line -up with lots of signings and additions for the up coming season.

 

The future looks very bright for not only this season but many years to come . The Bombers had 5 selections at the annual SJHL Bantam Draft which took place a few weeks ago.

 

Flin Flon chose Rylan Pearce with their first selection, 11th overall out of Martensville.

 

Pearce suited up for the Martensville Marauders, Bantam AA, picking up 41 points in 38 games.

 

Pearce is described as a very strong player that shows up every night.

 

I had a chance to sit down and interview Rylan on his thoughts of becoming a Bomber and his hockey career to this point.

 

You can hear the interview here: https://flinflononline.com/podcasts/flin-flon-today

Hapnot Athletic Awards

Due to Covid 19, Hapnot Collegiate will be hosting their athletic banquet this Thursday live on facebook starting at 6 PM.

 

Awards will be handed out in various sports, plus they will name the Male/ Female Athletes of the year for both Senior and junior Varsity.

 

Coach's, officials and volunteers will all be recognized. 

Another Signing

The Flin Flon Bombers are proud to announce another signing today with the addition of defenseman Ayden Lane.

 

Standing 6'3, Lane picked up 13 points in 33 games with the Yale Hockey Academy Prep program.

 

Lane is from Mission BC and did suit up for 6 games with the BCHL'S Merritt Centennials.

 

"We're really excited to add Ayden to our lineup. He's a big strong kid with good mobility. He's a solid two-way defenceman with a very high ceiling."

- Cole McCaig Bombers Assistant Coach.

Hockey Manitoba Is Preparing For Next Season

courtesy of hockey manitoba

 

Hockey Canada has “released the hounds” by announcing today that each of the 13 member associations across the country, including Hockey Manitoba, will be able to determine their return to play time tables on an individual basis.

 

Amateur hockey was shut down in this country on the early evening of March 12 and there have been no sanctioned activities since.

 

READ MORE: Manitoba junior hockey on ‘pause’ due to COVID-19

 

In a news release, Hockey Canada said this decision was made following ongoing discussions with the board of directors, Canada’s chief medical officer, the 13 member associations, and public health authorities across the country.

 

Hockey Manitoba Executive Director Peter Woods was part of that discussion process. Now he said that Hockey Manitoba is setting up a timeline that could see a potential return to play in September — at least in Manitoba.

 

“Each branch and each province has been recovering at a different pace. Originally, the plan was when we shut down collectively, that we were going to return collectively,” Woods said.

 

“But some of the members felt it was a little bit unfair that some branches are recovering at a quicker response time than some of the others. So it only makes sense that we would move forward at our own pace and the one that recovered last  wouldn’t be holding up the rest of the country.”

 

Woods says competitive balance is always part of the equation, and in terms of flattening the coronavirus COVID-19 curve, Manitoba is certainly at or near the top of the list of the 13 Hockey Canada member associations in terms of preparing a return-to-play document and being in a position to start the 2020-21 season.

Interview With Bomber Bench Boss

The Flin Flon Bombers continue to sign players,  and are starting to put a season ticket blitz together and are planning some special raffles as they continue to build for next season.

 

The SJHL also just got together for their annual AGM and SJHL Bantam Draft, where the Bombers got 5 selections.

 

I had a chance to sit down with Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan who talked about the league's plan of attack in the wake of Covid 19 and all the exciting news with the hockey club.

 

You can hear that interview here: https://flinflononline.com/podcasts/flin-flon-today

Gagne Is A Bomber

Another big signing from the Flin Flon Bombers today as they continue to bolster the line up for the  up coming season.

 

The Bombers have once again gone into Quebec where they have had lots of success in the past with the likes of Alec Malo, Tristan Lemyre, Crystopher Collin and Donavan Houle.

 

Flin Flon has announced the signing of Nathan Gagne from St. Jerome Quebec, who picked up 31 goals and 17 assists in just 28 games this past season with Ontario Hockey Academy Under 18.

 

Head Coach and GM. Mike Reagan talks about their latest addition. "Nathan is a pure goal scorer with a great shot. We expect him to come in and produce much the same as our previous players from Quebec."

FF Creighton Slow Pitch Schedule Is Set

The Flin Flon Creighton Slow Pitch League is ready to start their season this Monday June the 15th.

 

They have 8 teams confirmed , with the season going 5 weeks and wrapping up on August the 26th.

 

Their cash tournament will take place the weekend of July the 24th to the 26th, and year end tournament is August the 28th to the 30th.

 

Opening night on June  the 15th will see the Dirty Mitts taking on Just Evil at at Centoba 1, the Brew Jays against Choke A Pitch at Centoba 2 and the Under Dogs battling the One Hitters at Centoba 3.

 

All the games will start at 7:30.

Another Key Signing

More big news out of Bomber country today as the Maroon and White have announced the signing of big defenseman Noah Kuntz.

 

The 6'4 d-man out of Regina picked up 37 points in 43 games for his home town Regina Pat Canadiens under 18 team.

 

Flin Flon selected Kuntz in the third round , 33rd overall in the 2017 SJHL bantam draft. Kuntz was also selected by the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, in the 8th round , 170th overall also in 2017.

 

Noah did get a taste of what it's like to be a Bomber, suiting up in 3 games and picking up an assist this past season.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan thinks very highly of Kuntz. "We are very excited to have Noah sign with us. We felt he was ready to play with us last season so we are looking forward to seeing what he can do this year. He's a very intelligent player that doesn't panic under pressure. In his games with us last season Noah played extremely well."

Mens and Ladies Nights Are Back

Good news for the Phantom Lake Golf Club as they continue to see developments with both men's and ladies nights ready to start up again.

 

Due to Covid 19, the club wasn't allowed to host these events til now and will now be called Ladies and Men's League nights.

 

Ladies League Night will be Tuesday's with tee times starting at 4. Men's League Night will start Thursday with tee times also at 4.

 

Head Pro, Kelly Mclaren says this is good news for the club. " Things will work the same as before, you can call and book your tee times, reserve  your spots and  let us know what you want for a meal.  We will do all the cooking and serving and we are completely set up and ready to go."

 

Tournaments are still on the back burner for now and McLaren hopes to see developments on this soon. " As of right now, tournaments have not been  given the go-ahead from the Saskatchewan Government,  who are saying  you can't give any prizes out and we can only allow 50 people in the Club House  at this time. We were hoping that we might be able to do something for Trout Festival but we can't commit to any tournaments as of right now."

 

The Club House is back open and operating at fifty percent capacity, so you can stop by for breakfast, lunch or supper.

 

Call the Pro-Shop for tee times and information at 306-688-5555.

 

Kellly and the entire staff at the Phantom Lake Golf Club want to thank all the volunteers and business's for their support and donations during this difficult time.

 

Flin Flon Bombers Bantam Draft Selections

The 6th annual SJHL Bantam Draft took place this past Friday right across the province on Max tv.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers had the number 11 overall pick and got 5 selections this year. Here is a list of the players they drafted.

 

 

First Round- 11th overall- Defenseman Rylan Pearce from Martensville Marauders. Pearce had 40 points in 31 games.

 

Second Round- 22nd overall- Defenseman Adam Beamin from Saskatoon Stallions Beamin had 22 points in 31 games.

 

Third Round- traded to Melfort

 

Fourth Round- Forward Braxton Kabrud from the Saskatoon Maniacs. Kabrud was a point a game player with 32 points in 31 games.

 

Fifth Round- Forward, Mitchell Robbie from the West Central Wheat Kings. Robbie put up 22 points and 92 pms this past season.

 

And with their 6th round selection the Bombers went with another forward, Jack Bechard of the Regina Aces. Bechard had great numbers with 52 points in 31 games.

 

Be listening later this week for a complete interview with Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan and Head Scout, Jon Klasson on their thoughts from this past weekend's draft.

Bombers Add Some Offensive Punch

With a lot of holes to fill offensively for the up coming season, the Flin Flon Bombers have landed a major offensive threat for years to come.

 

The Bombers have announced the signing of forward Cole Duperreault who put up 77 points in 44 games with the Beardy's Blackhawks of the Saskatchewan Midget Triple A League.

 

Flin Flon did get a look at Duperreault in a Bomber uniform,  as he did dress for a pair of games this past season.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan is very excited about this key signing. "It’s very exciting to be able to sign the second leading scorer in Saskatchewan AAA. Cole brings a good work ethic and attitude to the rink. We believe he will be a top end player in the future for us. It's important for our saskatchewan players to believe in our program and want to play in the SJHL."

 

The Bombers continue to prepare for tomorrow's SJHL Bantam Draft which will be broadcast live on Max tv starting at 2PM, MB time. 

Bombers Sign Local Product

The Flin Flon Bombers continue to make news heading into this weekend's AGM and SJHL Bantam Draft with the signing of local product Jordan Pfoh.

 

Pfoh is coming off a career season with the Norman Northstars where he picked up 50 points including 20 goals in 47 games.

 

Pfoh was the captain of his team , who was a true leader on and off  the ice and was awarded Norman's  best defenseman, most dedicated player and picked up the most defensive player of the game awards this past season.

 

He also jumped up to forward to help the team's offense late in the season.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan had  this to say about the signing. " We are happy to sign Jordan. I think it's great for the community to have a local player sign with the Bombers. He had a great career with Norman and we are looking forward to his next chapter with us."

 

In other news the Bombers will have 5 selections in this year's SJHL Bantam Draft which will take place this Friday live on Max tv. Flin Flon will have the 11th overall selection and the draft will start at 2PM, MB time.

 

I caught up with the Bombers Head Scout, Jon Klassen and he talks about this year's draft class and some of the exciting young talent the Bombers hope to have in the line up this fall.

 

You can hear that interview at flinflononline.com/home/flinflontoday.

Jack Michell Traded To Kindersley

The Flin Flon Bombers and the other 11 clubs in the SJHL continue to look toward the future and the SJHL Bantam Draft which will take place this Friday broadcast live on Max tv.

 

The Bombers had some other buisiness to look after today, finalizing the Dane Hirst trade with Kindersley  from last season.

 

Flin Flon announced that they would be sending 19 year old defenseman Jack Michell to the Klippers to complete the trade.

 

Michell dressed in 42 games for the Bombers for the better part of two seasons where he picked up 8 points including 3 goals. This past season he collected 4 assists in 25 games and was held with out a point in 4 playoff games.

 

Michell is a player that could still end up being an impact guy if he can manage to stay healthy. He was drafted 44th overall in the 2016 SJHL bantam draft by the Estevan Bruins and was also selected in the third round by Prince George in the 2016 WHL bantam draft.

 

The Bombers wish Jack the best in Kindersley and thank him for his contributions in a Bomber uniform.

 

  

Hirst Is Off To Aurora

Covid 19 may have shut down the hockey season but it hasn't stopped the Flin Flon Bombers from moving players on to the next level.

 

Congratulations to Lac Du Bonnet's Dane Hirst who has committed to Aurora University and will play for the Tigers this season.

 

Hirst was acquired from Kindersley in a mid season trade and wound up with 33 points in 36 games.

 

Hirst is the 6th Bomber to committ to a university/college from this past season's roster.

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