Sports News Archives for 2021-04

PLSC Looking For Volunteers

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club continues to prepare for their up coming season and are taking registration til May the 2nd at and the PLSC facebook page.


They also need some volunteers to step up and help with the preparation of the season.


They are looking for coach's  for the different divisions as well as Communication Reps, and field maintenance.


You can e-mail if interested.


The season should get going the second week of May. With Covid there are many challenges in getting back on the field and the PLSC thanks all the parents and players for their patience. 

Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball Registration

Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball is planning on having a season this year.


They are currently doing registration on line for both returning players and new ones.


If your child would like to play minor ball they would like you to e-mail them at


Please provide in the e-mail, name, last name and age which will help them set up teams according to their age.


They are planning on starting their season on May the 17th.


No money will be handed over until they are completely positive that they will be having a season.

Blizzard Spring Camp Filling Up

The OCN Blizzard are moving ahead with their spring camp which is scheduled to go in Winnipeg at the Gateway Arena, May the 14th to the 16th.


Spots are limited due to Covid, and they are almost completely full.


I caught up to the Head Coach and GM, Billy Keane on last week's Norman Sportsline program and he gave us an insight into putting on this camp and other news as their organization looks to move forward.


If you would like to sign up for the camp or are looking for more information you can send Billy an e-mail at :


You can also listen to last week's interview right here.

Phantom Lake Soccer Registration

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club has been given the green light to go ahead with a season from the Manitoba Soccer Association.


Online registration is now taking place on the club's website at


There will be rules and stipulations to follow in starting their season.


Players will be required to fill out a one time waver form as part of the registration process.


No spectators will be allowed to gather at practises or games. Parents will be allowed to stay in their vehicles in the parking lot in case of an emergency.


All injuries should be dealt with by a designated person who should be wearing a mask and gloves.


Soccer training will resume outdoors only and 11 vs 11 players will be allowed on the field. League play and tournaments are prohibited at this time.


Change rooms will not be able to be  used. Players and officials will have to arrive dressed to participate.


These timelines are temporary and the Phantom Lake Soccer Club will continue to work with the Manitoba Soccer Association in easing back into the sport of soccer.



Flodell Commits To University Of Wisconsin

More good news for the Flin Flon Bombers on the scholarship front as team captain Matt Flodell has committed to the University of Wisconsin- Stout Blue Devils (Division 3).


Flodell suited up for three full seasons with the Bombers, appearing in 93 games picking up 20 points including 8 goals and 12 assists.


Flodell,  known for his strong play away from the puck could also throw the body and was very physical.


Mike Reagan, the Head Coach and GM of the Bombers is very excited for his captain. “We are very happy to see Matt’s hard work pay off. He’s been a tremendous leader for us and truly embraced what being a Bomber is all about. He’s the type of player that every championship team needs. Matt made us a tougher team to play against and was an exceptional penalty killer.”


This is the fourth scholarship for the Bombers already this spring.

No Playoffs For The WHL

The Western Hockey League announced that there will be no playoff games this spring following the regular season.


The announcement was made official earlier today that they will conclude the 24 game regular season with no playoffs due to Covid 19.


The league says that travel restrictions across provincial and international borders with the global pandemic would make it very difficult to conduct a post season.


The OHL announced today that they were cancelling the remainder of their regular season due to the pandemic in Ontario. The QMJHL is the only major junior league that will have playoff games with a modified playoff format.


Last week, the CJHL announced that they would also be cancelling this year's Memorial Cup.

Golf Season Is Upon Us

If you are looking for a way to get out with the family and get exercise with  fresh air, it is almost time for another local golf season.


Good news , the Phantom Lake Golf Club has opened up  the Pro-Shop and it will be open daily 11 to 6 PM.


You can come pay your membership and new stock is arriving daily.


Club Pro, Kelly McLaren is reporting that the course has wintered well and they are hoping to open for tee-times the first or second week of May.


With the weather expected to hit 16 degrees on Wednesday that should help dry out the course and help the club target date of May.


Don't forget to follow all the Covid protocols by wearing a mask in the Pro-Shop and practising social distancing.


You can call 306-688-5555 for more details.



How The Ginnell Brothers Are Adjusting To WHL Hub

Here is a great story on the Ginnell brothers, Riley and Brad on how they are adjusting to the WHL bubble in Regina.


The article talks about their family history with the WHL including their dad Erin who scouts for the Vegas Golden Knights and often makes his way to various rinks across North America to scout young players.


In what has been a very unusual time , the pandemic did allow for the Ginnell boys  to wear the same jersey in Flin Flon back in October while the WHL was waiting to get their season going.


This was a dream come true as they have deep seeded roots in Flin Flon.


Paddy Ginnell is the boys grandfather  who won a Memorial Cup with the B'S in 1957 and would resurface as the coach in the mid 60's along with Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach to take the Junior hockey world by storm.


I was able to broadcast that pre-season game against Laronge and it was very special to announce the Ginnell name on the radio various times through out the game.


I had the opportuinty to meet and interview Paddy on a few different occasions and he always made the point of making time for me. I could listen to him tell stories all night and remember his roast from 1997 like it was yesterday.


That was the year the Bombers celebrated their 70th anniversary.


Here is the article from CTV Regina on the Ginnell brothers on the life of a Junior hockey player.


REGINA -- Multiple members of a family with long-standing connections to junior hockey in Saskatchewan have been brought together by the Western Hockey League hub in Regina.


Erin Ginnell is an NHL scout with the Vegas Golden Knights and his two sons, Brad and Riley, play in the WHL.


Riley plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings and Brad plays for the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Erin said he never gets involved in making hockey reports on his kids, but can’t help noticing them whenever they’re on the ice.


“To be honest with you, it’s a little distracting because you’re kind of watching your kids but you’re trying to do your job as well,” Erin admitted.


Erin’s brother Dan is also a scout with St. Louis and has made some appearances in Regina’s WHL hub, but Erin can’t be too sure.


The two are tight-lipped about their travels because of the secrecy around their jobs.

Erin said he often doesn’t even tell his mom where he’s travelling because then his brother could find out which players he’s scouting.


Erin’s oldest son, 20-year-old Brad, said even he’s not sure where his father is at times.

“He keeps his job secret to my grandma, to me and my brother, to my mom, to everybody because he has to and that’s why he’s good at it,” Brad said.


Erin’s sons have benefitted from having a father who knows the ins and outs of what NHL teams look for. Erin has scouted for four NHL clubs, including Florida, Colorado and Columbus.


“Obviously having a hockey mind in the house, it helped me growing up as a kid to learn the game a lot quicker than maybe somebody else,” Brad, who plays left wing, said.

Riley, who plays the same position, said they always get an honest opinion about their hockey skills.


“You’re never going to get a wrong answer on how he tells you how to play and personally, I never want him to sugar coat anything,” Riley said.


The two brothers also share a similar, healthy rivalry, to that of their father and uncle when they play against each other. Brandon beat Moose Jaw 8-3 on Tuesday, giving Riley the upper hand.


“It’s always a little more bragging rights when were talking after the game or texting each other, kind of rub it in a little bit,” Riley joked.


This October, the duo got a rare opportunity to wear the same jersey.

“My brother and I got a chance to play a couple of games in Flin Flon this year while our season was still shut down and they were going,” Brad said.


The occasion was special because it provided an opportunity to share a connection to their late grandfather Paddy Ginnell. Paddy, who passed away in 2003, played for the Flin Flon Bombers and helped them win a Memorial Cup in 1957. He then went into coaching and was named WHL Coach of the Year four times, a record that still stands today.


Paddy was an instrumental figure in the formative years of the WHL, helping create the he league. Brad was only three years old when his grandfather passed away.


“To be able to put on that jersey was pretty cool as he won a Memorial Cup there, he played there. And he has his number retired there, too,” Brad said.


The brothers only played in a pre-season game with the SJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“It was a very special experience, just to be able to be in the same room that he coached in and so much history in that building,” Riley said.


However, the two are getting plenty of action in Regina. And with no fans allowed due to COVID-19 regulations, it’s sentimental to play in front of their father.


“Although we can’t see him after the games, we’re very fortunate to have somebody in the rink watching us,” Riley said.


“Not a lot of kids make it this far,” Erin said. “It’s just a tribute to how hard they worked and it’s not easy, but it’s fun.”







FF Curling Club 50/50 Draw

The Flin Flon Curling Club is selling tickets on a 50/50 draw which will be happening May the 7th at 3: 05 on 102.9 CFAR.


If you would like to purchase a ticket you can do an e-transfer with details on facebook or contact Sue at 687-5560 or Della at 306-688-6663.


Only 1000 tickets are being printed and the money will go to the local curling club who continue to make upgrades to their facility.


Tickets are $5.00 each.


The Curling Club also announced that if they can get back on the ice in the fall, they will be hosting the Provincial Golden Gal Playdowns in February of 2022.

MJHL Launches Spring Development Program

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WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) has announced the launch of a spring development program geared towards current MJHL Players located in Manitoba beginning Tuesday, April 6th.


The MJHL spring development program will provide MJHL players the opportunity to return to the ice in a safe, structured and sensible manner with a strong focus on fun and development.


“We are excited to launch this program, within the parameters of Public Health Orders and Return to Play Guidelines, to help ensure our athletes have the opportunity during this time to return to the game they love and for their overall mental, physical, social and developmental well-being,” shared Kevin Saurette, MJHL Commissioner.


The spring development program will consist of 12-16 on-ice development sessions per group throughout April and into May with groups operating separately in Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie and Virden.


The MJHL will continue to monitor and adjust to public health orders. Please stay tuned for further exciting announcements to come.

Former CFAR Broadcaster Enters The CFL Hall Of Fame

The Canadian Football League unveiled their latest list of players and builders who will be entering the 2021 Hall Of Fame.


The announcement came Monday and former CFAR broadcaster Bernie Pascall will be inducted in the media category.


Pascall worked for CFAR between 1957 and 1960 where he was the play by play announcer for the historic Flin Flon Bombers.


After leaving CFAR in 1960, Pascall made the jump to television at CHAT- TV in Medicine Hat. He would also work for CJAY- TV in Winnipeg and CFTO-TV in Toronto.


His big move came in 1969 when he made the jump to BCTV in Vancouver where he became a commentator and reporter on the CFL telecasts for CTV.


Pascall  would help select the CFL Schenley Awards and has won numerous awards for covering many sports, is a member of several halls and is a trustee on the BC  Football Hall Of Fame.

Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball Planning Season

Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball is planning on having a season, although a start time still hasn't been determined, due to Covid still hanging around.


They are keeping close contact with all the government updates, Baseball Sask, and Saskatchewan Health authority as to what direction they should take and when.


Keep an eye on their facebook page and website for information on registration and other information as they prepare for another season.



OCN Blizzard Spring Camp

The OCN Blizzard will be hosting a spring camp in Winnipeg at the Gateway Arena May the 14th,15th and 16th.


Due to Covid 19 they will be limiting their camp numbers, so register asap at


The deadline to register is Thursday May the 4th and will cost $160.00


The first ice time will be Friday May the 14th at 4:45. Players will be guaranteed 4 one hour ice times with practise and games.


This is open to players born between 2002 and 2006.


All midget aged and Junior B players will be required to wear a cage.


Any questions can be directed to Head Coach and GM, Billy Keane at  204-250 -5565 or keane 5


Local Soccer Player Signs At CMU

The Phantom Lake Soccer program as well as Hapnot Collegiate's soccer programs have been very strong across the North for the last several years.


We have seen local soccer teams win many tournaments and the Hapnot program has dominated the high school scene with many Zone banners.


A number of local athletes have also been given the opportunity to play soccer at a higher level including Flin Flon's Brayden Abbott.


Aboott has signed with the Canadien Mennonite University Men's Blazers team.


Brayden is a goaltender that has enjoyed plenty of success including backstopping the Phantom Lake Storm to many tournament wins. He also represented team Norman at the 2016 Manitoba Summer games.


Abbott was also one of the centre pieces for Hapnot Collegiate in helping them win the Zone in 2019 and helped take them to Provincials.


"I am super excited to play with CMU," said Abbott. "I love the vibe of CMU and I think we really have the potential to do something special. I truly am excited to play and to see how my skills can convert to the next level. I can’t wait to start practicing and playing with my new teammates and learning from the coaching staff."


Abbott spent last summer in Winnipeg training with the E and E Sports Management team and will begin his season this fall.


Bomber Assistant Off To Western Showcase

A great opportunity for Flin Flon Bomber Assistant Coach, Cole McCaig who will be joining the coaching staff at the Western Elite Hockey Showcase in Alberta.


McCaig will be one of the bench coach's  joining other SJ coach's including Kevin Kaminski out of La Ronge , Richard Pilon out of Weyburn and Curtis Toneff from Humboldt.


The two Showcases will take place in Calgary May the 21st to the 23rd and Edmonton July the 16th to the 18th.


Junior A and Junior B coach's will be taking part  from right across the country.


Players can register at


McCaig suited up for the Bombers as a player between 2011 and 2014 before moving on to WayWay of the MJHL.  He then received an NCAA Div 3 scholarship to Marion University, where he played for four seasons.


McCaig returned to the Flin Flon Bombers in 2019 to become an assistant coach and also handles the team's marketing duties.

Joie Simon Commits To MacEwan University

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Joie Simon on committing to MacEwan University in Edmonton for the fall of 2021.


Joie has put up some great numbers the past couple of seasons with the Yellowhead Cheifs of the MFHL.


Simon suited up for 69 games with the Cheifs and picked up 55 points including 34 goals. She also added 12 points in 16 playoff games.


Simon is described as the complete player, who is a great skater, very tenacious fore checker, good offensive instincts and very good away from the puck.


Her complete play led to her being named team captain this past season.


Simon has had many accomplishments in her career already , including playing for the Norman Wild in the Female Midget Triple A League and suiting up for Team Manitoba at the Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

Bomber Raffle Winners

The Flin Flon Bombers held all their player raffle draws yesterday and want to thank everybody who bought tickets and all the sponsors for donating prizes.


The raffle was a big success and completely sold out.


Here is a complete list of all the winners:


Wings Over Kississing Fishing Trip- Dave Neubuhr


AJ'S Air Conditioning Unit- Al Church


Phantom Lake Golf Membership- Nicole and Duane Reykdal


Bomber Fridge- Trent Rude


Candle Lake Package- Cody Thompson


Rocky View Package- Sean Dundas


Bomber Jersey- Tye Botteril


Skidoo Helmet- Jamie Webber


Arctic Beverages GC- Ryan Daneliuk


Calm Air Flights- Reid Robertson


Prairie Twig Coffee Table- Ken Richmond


Bomber Season Ticket- Duane Davis


Prairie Twig Apparel-  Jack Kaspick


Studio 204 Package- Darlene Feszchyn


Tim Hortons Gift Card- Allie McColm


Ped's Threads Gift Card-  Faryn Bergman


Bomber Souvenir Package- Richard Kuntz


Mckeens, 8 Yards Of Gravel- Vic Mucha


Sal's Fitness 3 Month Membership- Cindy Davis


Elite Communications Gift Card- Kent Reid






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