Sports News Archives for 2023-08

Creighton Bringing Back Skating Program

Creighton Recreation is bringing back their skating program to the Sportex in October.


Once again there will be programs for everybody including Parents and Tots,Beginners and Intermediate.


The 8 week program starts on October the 14th and will go til December the 16th.


It is $50.00 to join with instructors Joleen and Rikki and you can register at the Creighton Rec Office at 306-688-5555.

Two Players From Flin Flon Crack Nortstars Line-Up

The Norman Northstars held their try-outs this past weekend at the CA Nesbit Arena in Thompson.


This was the first camp for new coach's  Justin Valentino and Eddy Wood.


There were over 60 kids in camp from all over Northern Manitoba and Rankin Inlet, and the camp was very competitive with  lots of speed and talent.


Congratulations to two kids from Flin Flon who made the team including forward Nole Pearson and defenseman Gage Gogal.


Both players were on the Northstars last year.


Norman will lick off their season on Saturday September the 30th at home against the Interlake Lightning.

Former Bomber Assistant Lands Top Job In Yorkton

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The Board of Directors of the Yorkton Terriers is pleased to announce that Emery Olauson has joined the club in a Head Coach and General Manager role. Emery is an experienced hockey professional who comes to Yorkton from Invermere, BC where he was Head Coach/General Manager of the Columbia Valley Rockies in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.


Emery’s junior playing career included time with the Estevan Bruins and Weyburn Red Wings, and his coaching career started in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with the Flin Flon Bombers. Since then, he has coached in the Southern Professional Hockey League, KIJHL and Maritime Junior Hockey League.


Olauson expressed that this opportunity means a lot to him and his family.


“Having played in the SJHL, I have a great appreciation for the league and joining a storied franchise like Yorkton is a responsibility I take very seriously. I am grateful to Corvyn and the Yorkton Terriers Board for their trust in me, and I look forward to working with the staff and players to build a championship calibre team in Yorkton,” said Olauson.


Yorkton Terriers President Corvyn Neufeld and Board members are thrilled to welcome Emery and his wife Lauren and their three boys, Porter, Anders and Bodhi to Yorkton.


“Emery is a leader with a track record of success everywhere he has been. He is focused on developing players on and off the ice, and he understands our commitment to this community and we are confident he will build on the Yorkton Terriers long history of success,” said Neufeld. “We look forward to working with Emery through the upcoming season. Emery will be in Yorkton in time to oversee our fall camp,” added Neufeld.


Main camp begins September 1st and runs through the 3rd.


In other news, The club also announced that Assistant Coaches Scott Musqua and Zach Rakochy will be back behind the bench for the 2023-24 campaign.

FF Minor Hockey Hosting Another Equipment Borrowing Program

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting another equipment borrowing program which will take place at the Creighton Sportex on Monday September the 4th starting at 6:30.


This is open to all kids between U-7 and U-13 who are signed up to play Flin Flon Minor Hockey for the up coming season. They will be able to set you up with a single piece or full set of equipment.


Volunteers will be needed between 5:30 and 8 pm and if you can help out contact laurelle at

Multi Sport Is Back

Youth Multi- Sport is set to make it's return this year starting in September which is open to all kids between 8 and 13 years old.


If your kid doesn't want to commit to an entire season of one sport this is definately for them.


This program will start September the 13th and feature a different sport every week including floor hockey for week 1, soccer week 2, badminton week 3, volleyball skills week 4, dodgeball week 5, softball week 6 and pickelback week 7.


There is a registration fee for $80.00 and you can sign up at or sign up at the Registration Under One Roof at the Flin Flon Community Hall on September the 5th.

A Conversation With the New Blizzard Bench Boss

Eric Labrosse, who is the new Head Coach and General Manager of the OCN Blizzard joined us on the Norman Sportsline Program yesterday on 102.9 CFAR and


Eric discussed his background in hockey and what drew him to apply for the Blizzard job and how the team looks heading into Main Camp and the start of the MJHL regular season which isn't very far away.


You can hear yesterday's entire interview here:

Volleyball Camp Coming Up Next Week

There is a Summer Silver Volleyball Camp coming up next week at McIsaac school.


This is open to kids in grade 6 to 8 and will take place next Monday and Tuesday 9 to noon. The cost is $40.00.


The camp will be coached by Craig McIntosh and the Senior Varsity Queens.


E-mail your registration to and include your name, grade medical number and parents name and phone number.


Registration deadline is this Friday August the 25th.

You Can Pick Up Bomber Season Tickets Online

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The Flin Flon Bombers organization would like to thank our fans for being patient with us as we transition to an online ticketing system. This transition pushed back the sale of season tickets, however you are now able to pick your seat and download your ticket at time of purchase rather than having to visit the office at a later date. If you do not have a mobile phone or access to a printer we are still able to print you a ticket.


Our Early Bird sale will run from August 21 to September 4 and all current season ticket holders will have their seat held for them until September 10 at which time they will be released to the public. If you provided us with an email address when ordering your season ticket last year, you should receive an email from Igniter Tickets with instructions on how to set up your account and purchase your ticket. If you did not receive an email, please visit the Bombers office Tuesday – Saturday and we will be able to help you.


You can purchase your tickets and reserve your seat online at or at the Bomber office.  The prices for season tickets goes as followed:

Early Bird:  Adult $380    Senior $330    Youth $180

Full Price:  Adult $400    Senior $350    Youth $200


Please click HERE for instructions on how to set up your account.


If you are having trouble creating an account or feel there may be an error with your seat, kindly contact us and we will work with you to solve any issues. Due to incomplete or missing personal information on the season ticket order forms from last year, as well as fans already having an account with Igniter Tickets from attending various road games, we are aware there will be some issues.


As a thank you for your patience, all fans who purchase a season ticket prior to September 22 will have their name entered into a draw for one of our new 3rd jerseys. Draw will be held at the home opener on September 23.


We hope that going forward we are able to provide a smoother ticket purchasing experience for everyone involved, especially when the Bombers are in the playoffs.


The Flin Flon Bombers Board of Directors and Staff.

Bombers Bring In Prospect From Brandon

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The Flin Flon Bombers are happy to announce the signing of Brandon, Manitoba product, ‘05 Defenceman, Luke Lepper, from the MU18HL Brandon Wheat Kings.


Last season, Lepper was a big contributor to the Wheat Kings successful season. Being named Captain, he helped lead the team to a first overall in the league standings with a 34-7-0-3 record. He was awarded the MU18HL Most Sportsmanlike Player, was named to the MU18HL Second All-Star Team and also led the MU18HL in assists for Defencemen with 38. Over the past 2 season, Lepper tallied 12 goals and 61 assists for 73 points in 108 games for the Wheat Kings. Lepper is going to be a big addition to the rebuilding of the Bombers back end this season with his great defensive presence and skating ability.


“Luke was an elite level defenceman in the MU18HL last season with Brandon, where he was the team captain. He’s a very intelligent player in all three zones and he skates really well. He was a player we targeted early on last summer and we’re excited he chose to be a Bomber.” – Cole McCaig, Asst. Coach/Asst. GM


“I am very excited to have the opportunity to sign with the bombers, as I have heard great things about their organization and community.” – Luke Lepper

The Bombers look forward to seeing Luke on the ice this season and are very happy to have him a part of the team. Welcome to Flin Flon Luke!

Fraser Takes The Senior Open

The Senior's Open took place yesterday at the Phantom Lake Golf Club and the weather managed to cooperate and over 70 golfers came out for one of the biggest tournaments of the year.


A special thanks to Brett and his crew for the wonderful condition of the course and to Sarah and her staff for an awesome meal.


Here are yesterday's results:


Mens Seniors 50 to 64


First Flight- Shawn Fraser 77

Cory Norman- 78

Ryan Hanson -78


Second Flight- Dean Pardowski-92

Dunane Davis- 95

Colin McPhee- 95


Men's Seniors 65 and up

Jim Quinn- 75

Al Coates- 80

Hugh Devlin- 81


Super Seniors

First Flight- Barry Smith-89

Second Flight- Brian Bortis- 89

Third Flight- Butch Lekopoy-93


Ladies Flight

First Flight- Judy Maitland- 99

Second Flight- Sheila Sproxton-125


Rob Watt won the long drive and Kelly Gilmore and Jay Ginnell were closest to the pin.





Biggest Weekend Of Golf Coming Up At The Phantom Lake Golf Club

With just a few weeks remaining in August the countdown is on for the biggest weekend of the local golf season.


The Walt Cunningham Labour Day Golf Classic will hit the Phantom Lake Golf Club the labour day weekend, September the 2nd, 3rd and fourth.


Spots are filling up quickly and it is $120.00 per golfer with two shotgum starts of  9am and 1:30. Payment is due upon registration.


There are only 120 spots total with not only lots of local golfers set to compete,  but many former Flonners expected to make their way back to Phantom for the legendary tournament.


Chris Bortis is the defending champion and will highlight an impressive list of elite golfers looking to win the North's top golf prize.


To sign up and get more information call the Pro- Shop at 306-688-5555.

Flin Flon Minor Hockey Equipment Borrowing Program

If you are between the ages of 7 and 13 and are looking for equipment to play hockey this year, Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be able to help you.


Whether you are looking for a single piece or a full set of equipment you can show up at the Sportex this Sunday  between 3 and 5pm and take part in the equipment borrowing program.


You do need to be signed up with Flin Flon Minor Hockey to be eligible.


They are also looking for some volunteers to help out with the equipment blitz and if you can lend a hand contact Laurelle Trubiak at

Bombers Announce Main Camp Schedule

The Flin Flon Bombers get set to open up Main Camp on Friday September the 1st at the Whitney Forum.


Registration will open things up at 10am.


11am- Team Blue Practise

12:15- Team Yellow Practise

1:30- Team Green Practise

4:30 Blue VS Yellow

6pm- Blue VS Green

7:30- Yellow VS Green



Saturday- Sept 2nd

10:30- Blue VS Yellow

12 noon- Yellow VS Green

1:30- Blue VS Green


6pm- 2nd place VS 3rd place ( Semi Final)

7:30- 1st place VS Winner of Semi Final


Sunday Sept 3rd

1:30- Maroon VS White game

Bombers Add Big D-Man Out Of Quebec

The Flin Flon Bombers continue to rebuild their blue line for the up coming SJHL season.


The Bombers are excited to announce the signing of 6'2 Fabrice Bourgeois who is 18 and hails from St Augustin -Desmauris Quebec.


Bourgeois suited up for the Sainte- Foy Dynamiques of the QCHL last season  and picked up 5 points in 26 games including 3 goals. 


Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan is excited about adding Bourgeois to their lineup. " Fabrice is one of the kids we saw in Montreal when Cole and I went out in June and ran a camp there. He is a big strong defenseman who is 6 ' 3 and over 200 pounds and plays hard and competes very well. We lost a lot on the back end last year and we need a guy to come in and make us tougher to play against. That is something he definitely does and we look forward to seeing him with the other guys we have coming in."


Flin Flon continues to get ready for the season with Main Camp only a few weeks away opening up at the Whitney Forum on Friday September the 1st.


The first pre-season game is scheduled in OCN on Tuesday September the 5th.

Former Bombers Lands Job At Augustana University

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The Flin Flon Bombers would like to congratulate Alumni, Brandon Wildung on being hired as an Assistant Coach for the Augustana University Vikings (NCAA) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Wildung was a Goalie for the Bombers during the 2012/13 season. He played in 19 regular season games, boasting a .926 save percentage, 2.61 goals against average with an 11-6-0 record as a starter. The following season, Wildung signed with the Minot Minotaurs of the NAHL. During his time with the Minotaurs he recorded a .918 save percentage, 2.44 goals against average in 35 games.


The Nassau, Minnesota, native played collegiately at Mercyhurst University in the AHA from 2014-2018. As a four-year starter, he recorded 3,037 saves, six shutouts, and five assists in 103 games along with being elected to the All-AHA Tournament Team. He completed his career with a 2.28 goals against average, .916 save percentage and a career record of 50-40-10.


Wildung also spent a couple years in the ECHL playing a few games for the Utah Grizzlies and Manchester Monarchs.


Before coming to Augustana, Wildung spent the past two seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL as their assistant and goaltending coach. Wildung also spent three seasons coaching the U16 Sioux Falls Power. On top of that, he also spent his summers training players from the National Hockey League and collegiate levels.


The Bombers wish Brandon the best of luck in his coaching career.

Minor Hockey Registration Is Now Open

Flin Flon Minor Hockey has announced that registration is open for the 2023-24 season.


Minor Hockey will kick off their season on September the 6th and early bird registration will take place til September the 18th. After that date you will be charged an additional $100.00.


Don't forget registration is free for kids that have never played hockey before.


All new parents will be required to create an account at Hockey Canada by going to




Cranberry Duo Wins Trout Challenge

The 2023 Cranberry Trout Derby wrapped up yesterday afternoon after two fantastic days of fishing on Lake Athapap.


48 teams from all over Western Canada took part.


When it was all said and done the Cranberry duo of Brady Fidierchuk and Lee Johnson finished first taking home the first place prize of $6,500.00.


Here are the the rest of the top 10 finishers


Second- Brett Unrau and Ryan Plett- Flin Flon


Third- Joey Hancock and Trevor Thurston- Flin Flon


Fourth- Barry Anderson and Gord Fidierchuk- Cranberry


Fifth- Clint and Alex Bickel- Thompson


Sixth- Ernie Ballantyne and Gary Fenner- The Pas


Seventh- Cheryl and Chris Matheson- Sheriden


Eighth- Don and Logan Genier- Cranberry


Nineth- Ron Fidierchuk and Don Desroche- Dauphin


Tenth- Jaylen Oulette and Colten Tetoff- Flin Flon and Cranberry


The Candace Danielson Memorial for the Top Female Angler- Cheryl Matheson from Sheriden.


The Leslie Smith Memorial for the Youngest Angler with the biggest fish- Logan Grenier.


A big thanks to the volunteers, sponsors and all the people who entered the fishing deby and the Trout Derby looks forward to their 33rd annual coming up next year.



Swimming Lessons Being Offered In Channing

There will be swimming lessons being offered for kids later in August.


The Life Saving Society will be teaching kids the skills they need to be safe around the water. These will be fun basic swimming lessons for any kids 6 and up.


Some of the skills they will be teaching include roll in, supporting yourself at the surface for one minute and swimming 50 metres.


This will take place at the Channing Beach  August the 15th to the 17th, 1 to 4 all three days.


You can register by e-mailing Kelsey at

102.9 CFAR Releases Flin Flon Bomber Broadcast Schedule

The Flin Flon Bomber broadcast schedule has been released for the 2023-24 season and you will be able to listen  to 34 games this season on 102.9 CFAR and


All the games begin 15 minutes before puck drop with the SJHL Coach's Show.


You can join Rob Hart for all the exciting action again this season including the first pre-season game from OCN on Tuesday Sept 5th.


Here is the complete broadcast schedule.


Pre season-  Tuesday Sept 5th at OCN- 7PM

Pre season- Friday Sept 8th vs OCN 7:30


Regular Season

Friday Sept 22nd at Nipawin 8pm

Saturday Sept 23rd vs Melfort-7:30

Saturday Sept 30th at Laronge- 8:30

Saturday Oct 7th vs Notre Dame-7:30

Saturday Oct 21st vs Kindersley-7:30

Tuesday Oct 24th at Nipawin -8pm

Saturday Oct 28th vs Melville- 7:30

Mon Nov 13th Showcase vs Estevan- 4:30

Tuesday Nov 14th Showcase vs Weyburn-4:30

Saturday Nov 18th vs Humboldt -7:30

Friday Nov 24th at Yorkton -7pm

Saturday Nov 25th at Melville- 7pm

Sunday Nov 26th at Yorkton- 5pm

Saturday Dec 2nd vs Humboldt-7:30

Wednesday Dec 6th at Laronge- 7:30

Saturday Dec 9th vs Weyburn-7:30

Friday Dec 15th at Laronge- 7:30

Saturday Dec 16th vs Laronge- 7:30

Saturday Jan 6th at Melfort- 7:30

Saturday Jan 20th vs Yorkton-7:30

Friday Jan 26th at Battleford- 7:30

Saturday Jan 27th at Battleford-7:30

Wednesday Feb 14th at Melfort- 7:30

Saturday Feb 17th vs Battleford-7:30

Thursday Feb 22nd at Humboldt- 7pm

Friday Feb 23rd at Kindersley- 7:30

Saturday Feb 24th at Kindersley-7:30

Saturday March 2nd vs Estevan- 7:30

Wednesday March 6th at Melfort-7:30

Sunday March 10th at Nipawin-3pm

Friday March 15th at Humboldt-7pm

Saturday March 16th at Humboldt- 7pm


U-15 Northstars Try Out Camp

The U-15 Norman Northstars will be holding their evaluation Camp September the 1st to the 3rd at the CA Nesbitt Arena in Thompson.


This program will be entering it's 8th season and will once again be playing out of the Winnipeg U-15 league which will once again bring together the best talent around Manitoba. This is open to any players in the Norman Region.


Ice times begin on Friday at 10 am with  scrimmages starting on Saturday at 9:30. The inter squad game will wrap things up on Sunday at 10am.


You can register by completing the registration form on the Northstars website and e-mailing it to


You can also reach out to the Head Coach Andre Murphy at 204-623-0433

PBCN Selects Will Be Hosting A Community Meeting

The PBCN Selects will be hosting a community meeting this Wednesday August the 2nd at 687 Bereskin Ave in Creighton starting at 7.


This will be a great opportunity to find out about the Selects program heading into this season.


You will also get a chance to tour the refurbished dorms.


The Selects will be looking to create a host committee for the 2024 Central Canadian Championships and establish a booster club.


This meeting is open to all community and PBCN band Members and anyone who might be interested in the PBCN Selects Junior Hockey program.


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