Sports News Archives for 2022-07

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

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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 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

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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





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

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.

Lies Off To NHL Camp

NHL Development Camps are coming up later this week and the Vancouver Giants will have 5 players attending various camps.


One of those players will be Flin Flon's Justin Lies who will be attending a camp for the Vegas Golden Knights.


Lies who was ranked by NHL Central Scouting earlier this year,  has spent the past 3 seasons with the Vancouver Giants and had 16 points in 42 games this past year.


Lies was able to battle through a hand injury this year is off to his first development camp.

Bombers Sign A Goalie

The Flin Flon Bombers have been very aggressive in signing a lot of top end prospects as they try to fill spots vacated by some very skilled players.


One of the big holes to fill, will be their starting goaltender.


Cal Schell has graduated and leaves some pretty big shoes to fill as he is coming off one of the best goalie performances in the history of the club.


Schell took the Bombers to within a goal of an SJHL Championship and had a great Centennial Cup.


The Bombers feel they may have landed another big addition between the pipes with the signing of Kenneth Marquart.


Marquart is only 17 and  suited up for the Osoyoos Coyotes in the KIJHL as a 16 year old. 


In 22 games he had decent numbers including a 2.72 GAA and a ,904 save %.


Marquart was also drafted in 2020 by the Regina Pats.



Norman Wild Female Try- Outs

The Norman Wild Triple A U-15 Girls will be putting a team together for the up coming season.


If you were born in 2008-2009 and are interested in playing this year you can e-mail your interest and questions to


The season will consist of home games in Flin Flon and Thompson, practises in the North, Female Showcases and Provincials.


Tryouts will take place at the end of August.

SJHL Releases Schedule

The SJHL has released their schedule for the 2022-23 season and all teams will play 56 games this up coming season.


The season will start the weekend of September the 16th and 17th and the Flin Flon Bombers will once again play out of the Sherwood Division with the Laronge Ice Wolves, Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks.


The Bombers will host the Melfort Mustangs in their home opener on Friday September the 16th  before heading to Nipawin the next night , September the 17th.


Flin Flon will play 6 of their first 10 games at home and will travel to the Showcase in Warman,  on Monday and Tuesday  September the 26th and 27th.


The Bombers will face Weyburn and Melville at the Showcase.


The league will take their Christmas break starting on December the 18th and returning January the 3rd.


The regular season will end a little later this year with the Bombers playing their last game March the 11th against Laronge.


Each team will play their division opponents 6 times, with the Bombers also playing Yorkton and Humboldt 6 times. They will play everyone else 4 times.


View the complete league schedule at

Bombers Get Another Prospect Out Of The North

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The Flin Flon Bombers are excited to announce the signing of 2004 born forward Carter McLeod.


The gritty and hardworking foward from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, suited up with the Edge School U18 Prep team in the CSSHL and produced 24 points (11g, 13a) in 35 games this past season. Carter is from the same hometown as current Bombers forward Ethan Anstey.


“We love his size, compete level and his willingness to play a 200 foot game. We feel that he has strong character and is going to be a player that the opposing teams are going to hate to play against.” – Bombers Head Coach & Assistant General Manager, Mike Reagan



Plenty Of Big Fish Caught

The 2022 Flin Flon Trout Festival Fishing Derby hosted by Denare Beach Recreation and the Trout Festival was very successful once again.


83 people took part and over $13,000.00 was awarded in prizes on different lakes around Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


Here are the winners in each category.


1st Burbot- Ted Smith - $1500.00

1st Walleye- Erika Cheadle- $1500.00

1st Trout- Barry Anderson- $1500.00

1st Northern Pike- Jayden Oulette- $1500.00


The Share In The North winner was Roberta Bear for $955.00


Complete list of prizes can be seen at

Bomber AGM Highlights

The Flin Flon Bombers held their AGM last night at the Creighton Community Hall.


Bomber President  Travis Rideout spoke first and thanked everyone including the board, coach's, players, volunteers, sponsors and fans for an incredible season.


Rideout also mentioned with the Centennial Cup run this is as successful as the club has ever been,  with their different fundraisers including game day operations and huge playoff crowds.


Rideout knows they will have challenges moving forward especially with the Hudbay operation moving to Snow Lake. " We don't know what is going to happen in the future,  but I seem to think that people need to live here and call this place home. I know our fans and the support is going to be there. Will it be vibrant as it was this past season ? We will have to wait and see as a board,  and  are moving into a new era and  will have to be more creative as we do things."


Bomber Head Coach Mike Reagan was very optimistic about the up coming season and is looking to build off a year where they missed the SJHL Championship by just one game. " We are very excited about this year's recruiting class and winning always helps. We had made some commitments early on as you always do. As time go's on and you play in the Centennial Cup, players started to reach out to us. It is all going to work itself out in the wash as players see us as a very good option. Winning breeds excitement and players want to be part of something special."


Janice Slipp also talked about the finances and the overall financial situation of the team which is very strong.


The corporate support alone brings in over $200,000.00 dollars a season. Souvenirs bring in over $80,000.00 and the 8 playoff home games brought in well over $100,000.00.


After expenses the club is sitting at about 162, 000.00 to the good.


Other highlights included the club bringing in a new score clock for next season and is sponsored by Hudbay, the Credit Union, City Of Flin Flon and McKeens.


They are also building a new press box and are preparing to host the Roller Goodwin Hockey Tournament in August.


The night concluded with the election of board members and here is who got elected.


Eldred Dicks- Vice President 2 years

Janice Slip- Treasurer- 2 years

Damian Dominey- Director- 2 years

Jordy Dumenko- Director- 2 years

Alison Cooper- Director- 2 years

Rachel Wright- Director- 2 years

Holly Babcock- Director- 2 years

Rob Simon- Director -1 year

Adam Ricard- Director- 1 year



Junior B Franchise Awarded To Flin Flon Area

The Keystone Junior Hockey League has awarded an expansion franchise to the Flin Flon area to begin play this season.


The new franchise will be known as the PBCN Selects and will be operated by the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.


KJHL President Andrew Arksey made the announcement yesterday. “We have been in ongoing discussions with this group for close to a year and are very confident that the community owned non-profit organization and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation will provide an ideal new home market for the KJHL going forward. I would also like to recognize the significant commitment and efforts of Gatlin Church who was instrumental in helping bring a new KJHL franchise to Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation,”


The KJHL willl operate with 6 teams including the OCN Storm, Cross Lake Islanders, Norway House Northstars, NCN Flames and Peguis Juniors.


More details will be released as we get closer to the beginning of the season.

PLGC Once Again Offering Junior Lessons

The Phantom Lake Golf Club will once again be offering Youth lessons for the month of July.


The lessons will take place every monday including July the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th starting at 1:30.


There are limited spots so pre-register a.s.a.p by calling the golf course at 306-688-5555.

Bombers Sign Elite Northern Manitoba Prospect

The Flin Flon Bombers have been signing all kinds of prospects and look to be in good shape to start the season in September.


Flin Flon looks like they will have depth in all positions and are thrilled to get a elite signing from Northern Manitoba.


The Bombers announced on social media that they have signed 2004 born defenseman Cheechoo Lathlin.


Lathlin would be the best prospect in the North to come along since Brady Keeper back in 2013.


Lathlin who hails from OCN, suited up for the Norman Northstars for three seasons and picked up 49 points in his final season of 2021-22. He was also named to the Manitoba AAA U-18 League's First All Star Team.


Lathlin also made the roster for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships this past May in Nova Scotia.


Only 18, Cheechoo could be an anchor on the Bomber blue line for the next three seasons.

Bombers Grab Another D-Man

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The Flin Flon Bombers are thrilled to announce the signing of 2003 born defenceman Andrey Manov.


The 6’1″, 190lbs left-handed defenceman spent the past 2 seasons with the Burnaby Winter Club U18 Prep program and produced 22 points (6g, 16a) in 29 games this past season.


“Andrey is a two-way defenceman that takes pride in blocking shots and being good in his own end. He has the ability to chip in offensively and he does all of the little things right. He has a ton of character and is the type of kid that wants to get better every single day.” – Bombers Assistant Coach & Assistant General Manager, Cole McCaig


The Bombers would like to welcome Andrey and his family to the organization.

Shirran Wins The Trout

The Phantom Lake Golf Club hosted their first big event of the year this past weekend.


The annual Trout Festival  Golf Tournament went on Saturday with over 50 golfers teeing off.


Ray Shirran is the 2022 Trout Festival Champion as he fired a 71 to win the Championship Flight.


Jeff Woods came second with a 74, Chris Bortis a 75 and Billy Williamson a 77.


Ryan Hanson took the First Flight with a 87 and Terry Arnold the second with a 97.


In the Men's 65 and over Dave Knutson shot a 81.


Lori Salahub won the Ladies Event with a 81. 

FFMH Announces Coach's

Flin Flon Minor Hockey has announced the Head Coach's For the 2022-23  season.


Congratulations to Jonathan Cooper for the U-11 Bombers, Tanner Brough U-13 Bombers and Greg Kritzer U-15 Bombers.


Try-outs will be in September with the season starting in October.



Schwartz Makes U-16 Roster For Top 40 Development Camp

Congratulations To Flin Flon's Bailey Schwartz on making the roster for the Female U16 POE Top 40 Development Camp.


Schwartz is the only player selected from Northern Manitoba and played for the Norman Wild U-15 AAA team this past season.


Schwartz had an incredible season with a save percentage over .900 with a team that really struggled to score goals. The camp will take place July the 22nd to the 24th in Winnipeg. 


A second Female U-16 POE Top 40 Development Camp will take place August the 26th to the 28th in August at the Bell MTS Iceplex with the same group of players.


You can check out the team roster at :








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