After two seasons with the Notre Dame Hounds, Roblin's Josh Brook began his WHL career with the Moose Jaw Warriors. His WHL debut actually came in the 2014-15 season when he played one game while he was still with the Notre Dame Midget AAA club.

In the 2015-16 season, Josh played in 30 regular season games with Moose Jaw and he had 10 points and he added another five in 10 playoff games. He really showed off his stuff by scoring three goals for Team Canada Red at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.

Josh called Moose Jaw his home the next season and he continued to improve as a defender while the offence came along for the ride. Combined with the playoffs, Brook had 47 points and he had another two assists while playing with the U18 Canadian team. 

The 2017-18 season saw Josh put together another solid campaign, with 32 points in 45 regular season games and six playoff points. 

In his final junior season last year, Josh took his game to the next level. With a ton of outside talk swirling around Josh one day being a full-time NHL player, Josh lived up to some of the hype. He had 75 points in 59 games with the Warriors and he had three assists in four games. 

Josh was also able to take the next step last season as he played seven games with the American Hockey League's Laval Rocket. That's where he recorded his first professional assist. In huge news last year, Brook also played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Vancouver and Victoria. It was his third Team Canada appearance in four years. 

With all of his success and progression throughout the years, it was unlikely Josh would return to the Warriors for his final junior season and ultimately, he didn't. He started this season with the Montreal Canadiens at their training camp where he would spend about two weeks. 

Eventually, he was sent down to the Laval Rocket and now he's in his first full season as a professional player with the American Hockey League club.

"Things are going pretty well, it's a learning process right now," said Brook. "There is a lot of learning to be done and I'm enjoying the experience and everything I'm going through."

"I'm learning my defensive game more every day and I'm picking up on the systems as well," continued Brook. 

A veteran of 239 WHL games, Josh has been in the biggest junior situations, perhaps the biggest was with Team Canada at last year's World Junior Championships. However, Josh has been in some big spots with Moose Jaw, most of which came in a position where he had to lock down the other teams best players. For now, Josh knows he has some work to do to get to that level on the professional stage.

"It's a big change here compared to junior. The guys are stronger and more skilled," added Brook. "It's a lot different playing here than in junior."

Saturday, October 12 will go down in the history books for Josh. In his third game of the season and on his third shot, Josh scored his first ever professional goal in a 4-2 loss against the Milwaukee Admirals. Josh takes us through what was going on in his mind as the play went on.

"Milwaukee had a bit of a breakdown and we had a good forcheck and I got the puck at the top of the circles," said Brook. "I took a shot and it hit one of the defenders sticks and it went in. It was a nice little boost to the confidence."

Laval is 3-4 this season. That's good for fifth in the AHL's North Division. 

"Our expectations are to win the league, we have an awesome team here. We're also getting better every game," continued Brook. "Once we get everything running perfectly, we can do a lot of damage in this league."

After living the past four years in Moose Jaw, the move to Quebec has been a culture shock for Brook. So, I asked him a few questions about his day-to-day life.

Q: What does a day look like for you?

A: I get up in the morning and head to the rink for breakfast. We then practice and I have lunch at the rink and head home. I hang out with Jake Evans, see what the guys are doing. We'll play some cards sometimes and video games as well.

Q: Favourite video game?

A: Fortnite. I've won a couple games, but I'm not very good.

Q: What's living in Laval like?

A: It's been pretty good so far. I'm not living with a billet family anymore, so I'm obviously doing all the cooking and grocery shopping. Jake played here last year so he knows the ropes and he's helped me out a lot.

In the end, Josh is enjoying living and playing for the Rocket and being a professional. But, he knows what the end goal is and that's playing for the Montreal Canadiens. He had the opportunity in the regular season and now he's working hard to take it one step farther. In his own words "The Bell Centre was nuts during the preseason, I can only imagine what it would be like during a regular season game," 

Josh and the rest of the Rocket are in Belleville tomorrow, Hartford on Friday, and Providence on Saturday. Toronto leads the North Division with a 6-0 record for 12 points, which are six more than Laval. Brook will also make his return to Manitoba in the middle of January, 2020. The club is in Winnipeg to challenge the Moose twice.

Ahead of their game tonight against the Selkirk Steelers, the Dauphin Kings made a trade.

They acquired Mitch Thiessen and Tate Popple from the Winkler Flyers. Thiessen has played one game with Winkler this year. Most of his action has come with the Brandon U18 Wheat Kings, where he has two goals and one assist through five games.

Tate Popple has two goals this season with the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors.

In exchange, Dauphin sent 2000-born forward, Ian Tookenay to Winkler. 

For all 14-year-olds that play hockey at a high level, the pressure can be high at times. That's because they are eligible to be drafted in next summer's MJHL and WHL Bantam Drafts.

The Parkland Bantam Rangers have a rich history of sending players to the next level, all starting with the Draft. Last summer, Tyson Zimmer was taken sixth overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings.

This year, Brayden Dube will hope to hear his name and if he keeps it up with what he's doing right now, there's no reason he shouldn't. Brayden is one of those second-year Bantam players and the Roblin native is putting together a special season alongside his teammates.

Playing in the Bantam 1 West Division, Dube has helped the Rangers start their season with a 5-1 record. That already gives them a three-game lead atop the division.

At the Graham Tuer Challenge this past weekend, the Rangers also went 3-1. That included a perfect round-robin. 

"Things are going good right now, we have a solid team this year," said Dube. "I'm having a lot of fun playing with all my best friends and everyone is really happy that we're winning."

So far in the regular season, Dube already has 18 points (10G) and he leads the league with those 18 points. The league also includes several Winnipeg teams as well as others around the province.

In three games in Regina over the weekend, Dube had six goals. His first game featured a hat-trick. During the tournament, Dube was also named to the Western Elite Hockey Scouts All-Star team. He's one of just five players and one goalie that has been named to the team. 

"I didn't expect that at all, my coach showed it to me and I was shocked honestly," continued Dube.  

After going 3-1 over the weekend, Dube and the rest of the Rangers are back in regular-season action in five days. They'll look for win number six, but it certainly won't be easy. They make a trip to the city to challenge the Winnipeg Warriors. Winnipeg is 5-0 and they have blown out their opponents so far. They've scored 42 goals and they have only allowed seven. 

They're led by Nolan Anderson with 12 points and two others have 11. For Parkland, it's Dube with 18 points, Kyan Grouette with 15, and Aiden Ziprick with 11 that are in the Top-3. All in all, Sunday's game is shaping up to be a classic.

After that, Dube and the club will return home as they will finally play their home opener. They're in Roblin on Friday, November 1 and they play at Credit Union Place on Saturday, November 2 against the Hawks.

"We have a good chance at winning the league this year, we're a pretty confident group moving forward," concluded Dube.

The Dauphin Kings are back at Credit Union Place tonight as they continue their three-game homestand against the Selkirk Steelers.

The Kings come into the game fresh off a 2-1 loss against Neepawa on Saturday. Selkirk, meanwhile, has been unstoppable as of late. They've won four straight games. 

Tonight's meeting is the second of the year between the clubs. At the MJHL Showcase, Selkirk took care of Dauphin, 5-0. 

Dauphin is 2-2-0-1 in their last five games while Selkirk is 4-1.

Tonight is also the second TV Tuesday of the season at the rink. If you buy a 50/50 ticket, you're in for a draw to win a free 43-inch HDTV.

Dauphin enters the game 3-6-0-1 overall and they're three points back of a playoff spot early in the season. Selkirk is 7-4 and they have 14 points, which is good for fifth place.

Things get underway at 7:30. 

Our next broadcast is Sunday night when Darnell Duff has the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 6:15 against the Portage Terriers.

The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is back and that means a hockey team in the Parkland could win $100,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

In its fourth year, the Pas Huskies were big winners two seasons ago. They came together to help at a homeless shelter which was set to close, but not after the help from the Huskies.

I had the chance to chat with Carolina Ouellette who is a 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist with the Canadian Women's National Team. She's also a Good Deeds Cup program Ambassador.

"This program inspires peewee hockey teams to get involved in their local communities. A good deed can be done in many different ways," said Ouellette. "I've been able to witness many good deeds and I've been a part of the winning team's celebrations. It's an incredible program and we urge peewee teams to get involved."

Now you can head to Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. When your team signs up, you'll receive a puck bag, a coaches' board, a Good Deeds Golden Puck, and Good Deeds Stickers. You can then create a video of how your team is helping out in the Parkland. 

The video can be submitted from November 2-January 13. On January 25, 11 regional finalists from across the country will be chosen. That includes one from each province and territory. 

From January 25-February 9, the voting begins. A top-3 will then be announced. 

"The winner will be announced on Hockey Night in Canada on February 29," continued Ouellette.

The winning team will earn as mentioned before $100,000 towards a charity of their choice. The team will also have a party with Ouellette and many other Good Deeds Cup members. The name of the team will also be engraved on the Good Deeds Cup, which is the same size as the Stanley Cup. 

"It can be any kind of good deed, it's all about creating a positive move in your community," concluded Ouellette. "We invite teams to be creative, have fun with it, and see what they can come up with. It's early in the season so this is also a great team builder."

The West Kelowna Warriors won last year's Good Deeds Cup.

The Brandon Wheat Kings are in the midst of their longest road trip of the season. It includes seven games in seven different cities over the course of 11 days.

All in all, including games and travel, the team will be away from the Wheat City for about 14 days. It’s undoubtedly a daunting trip, but a trip that Western Hockey League players and teams have to get used to.

Brandon kicked off the trip with a 3-2 loss to the Everett Silvertips. Before a 4-1 loss against Portland, the Wheat Kings rebounded with a 3-2 overtime win against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Wheat Kings will now travel from Portland, Oregon to Kennewick, Washington, where they play Tuesday night against Tri-City. When the puck drops on Tuesday, it’ll start a stretch of four games in five nights, wrapping up in Swift Current on Saturday night.

With the one win and two losses on their trip so far, Brandon finds themselves at 4-7. That is third last in the Eastern Conference. They only have four more points than Regina, who sits in last place in the WHL.

Several players on the Wheat Kings have been on a trip of this magnitude in the past. One of the players is Luka Burzan. Brandon Rivers had the opportunity to catch up with him last week.

“I think the effort is there and we’re getting better every day. We have a good team here,” said Burzan. “We’re on a tough trip right now. There is a lot of hockey to play and I’m not worried about this team at all.”

Burzan had 78 points (40G) last season. He’s picked up right where he left off, leading the team with seven points (4G) in 11 games.

“I’m off to a decent start, but I want to get better every time I hit the ice,” said Burzan. “I don’t think I’m playing to the best of my ability.”

Prior to the season even starting with Brandon, it was a very exciting off-season for the Surrey, BC, native. He was drafted in the sixth round, 171th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Entry Draft. From there, he took part in camp with the team prior to returning to Brandon.

“Colorado was trying to teach us everything. It was a great experience overall,” said Burzan. “It’s a great organization and all of the guys were fantastic. I’m happy that I was drafted by them and I’m looking forward to the future, that’s for sure.”

Burzan was also eligible in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, but he wasn’t chosen.

“Yeah, that was a tough day not getting drafted. I think I just forgot about it and I wanted to prove a lot of people wrong and that’s what I want to continue doing,” Burzan noted. “I just have to keep things going and not worry about all of that. Good things will happen if I continue to work hard.”

Burzan will also get the opportunity to represent the entire Western Hockey League coming up. Back on October 16, Luka was named to Team WHL for the CIBC Canada-Russia Series. The games will take place on November 13 and 14 in Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

Burzan will join the likes of Bowen Byram, Nolan Foote, Dylan Cozens, and Nolan Maier, just to name a few. Burzan will also be playing with a teammate. Braden Schneider, who is eligible to be picked in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, has also cracked the roster.

“It’s an honour and I’m really excited to represent the league,” said Burzan. “It’s going to be a special two games and it’s the next step for me. I want to show what I have and what I can do.”

“Braden is a great player and he’s a great guy,” he continued. “Going there with him will be great and I know we’re both looking forward to it.”

Dave Lowry also shared his thoughts on what Burzan brings to the team.

“He wants to get better and he’s learning,” said Lowry. “He knows where he needs to go to score and he’s a finisher.”

There’s no doubt that Burzan has a very bright future as he moves forward. Come November, he’ll get the chance to represent the league as Team WHL looks to beat Team Russia, which is always a tough feat. When it comes to the now, it’s all about winning games with Brandon, but things certainly don’t get any easier.

Tri-City is 6-4, Lethbridge is 7-4-0-1, and Spokane is 5-4-1. Swift Current is the only opponent this week under .500 at 2-6-1-2. Brandon plays four games this week with a ton of travel in the middle of it all.

For now, that’s going to wrap things up but come back on Tuesday as we recap Brandon’s game against Tri-City as the club looks to get back to the .500 mark before returning to Manitoba to open up a three-game homestand to start November.

For more than 20 seasons, Dauphin's Bob Alm has been heavily involved around the game of baseball. It started in the late 1990s when he started coaching his son in T-Ball. He continued coaching his son through the Bantam age group. 

During his time as a coach, he helped several teams advance to the AA provincials and he coached multiple Peewee and Bantam AAA teams. 

In 2003, Bob got his first umpire certification. Now, Alm is a Level III umpire. He umpires games in several leagues including locally for Dauphin Minor Baseball. Bob has also mentored many young umpires within the Parkland region and he's suited up in many different games around the province himself.

Thanks to all of his contributions to the game in the region and across the province, Bob has been inducted into the Baseball Manitoba's Honour Society. The induction recognizes people from around the province that have made a solid contribution to the game, which Bob certainly has.

"It was an honour just getting nominated and I'm sort of speechless now that I've been inducted," said Alm. "I'm glad people have noticed all of the efforts I have put in over the years. It truly means a lot to me."

"I enjoy the game so much and I was asked to coach back in 1997 and I said let's do this," he added. "Being an umpire now allows me to stay in the game and I love that."

Alm also coached Team Parkland at the 2004 Manitoba Summer Games. The team advanced to the bronze medal game in that tournament and they finished in fourth. 

"It was an exciting time coaching that team," continued Alm. "The same feeling will be here next year when the Summer Games come to Dauphin. It's always really exciting to represent the Parkland and the kids all love it."

With the 2020 Manitoba Summer Games set to be in Dauphin, Alm will be a mentor for the events umpires. 

Bob alongside Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Kalechen with the support of other Dauphin Minor Baseball coaches also worked on developing a program called Winterball within Dauphin. The program has turned out to be an extreme success as it gives players within the area a chance to work on their skills through the winter months.

"The baseball season is so short, so we just figured we would provide something for the kids so they can continue to play throughout the winter," he concluded.

Bob isn't going anywhere. As mentioned before, he will be a mentor for the upcoming Manitoba Summer Games in August of 2020. He will also umpire within the Dauphin Minor Baseball Association next summer, so there's a good chance you'll see him on the diamond if you go to a game.

It was a winning weekend for the Ethelbert Eagles junior girls volleyball team.

Playing in the grade 6 & 7 Roblin tournament, the team finished on top.

They beat Roblin to claim the crown.

The Parkland Super League of Curling began on Sunday night inside the Dauphin Curling Club with three games.

Team Turko Fertilizer skipped by Kyle Forsyth beat Ste. Rose Auction Mart skipped by Brian Preston, 7-6.

Richardson Pioneer skipped by Greg Todoruk beat Nutrien Ag Solutions skipped by Glenn Toews, 10-1.

Winnipegosis Electrical beat Oil Depot skipped by Jim Todoruk, 8-7.

League play continues next Sunday.

The Dauphin Clippers varsity girls volleyball team was in Portage La Prairie for a tournament the past couple of days.

The tournament welcomed some of the best teams from around the province and Dauphin held their ground.

In their first game, they came up short against a tough Dakota team, but they rebounded nicely in their second game.

They beat College Jeanne Sauve, 25-22, 18-25, and 16-14. CJS were the third-ranked team in the province.

In their next game, the team fell just short against Daniel Mac in three sets. 

The score was 23-25, 27-25, and 14-16.

In their first playoff game, the ladies crushed Miles Mac, 25-17, 25-19.

Their tournament came to an end against Westwood, the second best team in the province.

The Parkland u18 Rangers are on the board and heading in the right direction.

Playing at the Showcase, Parkland beat Interlake, 4-2 in Portage La Prairie, for their first win of the season.

Both Brayden Kohlman and Hayden Lacquette had a goal and an assist as Parkland won their first game of the season.

Daenen Delaurier and Rylan Gibbs also scored one goal each.

Parkland was fantastic on the penalty kill as they went a perfect 7-for-7. On the power play, the went 1-for-6.

Keaton Ziprick turned away 21 shots.

The club is now 1-5 and they welcome Yellowhead to Dauphin on Wednesday.