Hudson Yaremko has been hired as the Equipment Manager and Trainer for the Dauphin Kings.

He joins the Club after two years with the OCN Blizzard as their Equipment Manager and Trainer.

"This opportunity means a lot to me, I really love the game and I love what I do," said Yaremko. "I couldn't be happier joining this organization and I can't wait to get going."

Doug Hedley had this to say.

"I met Hudson when I was in OCN. He was working with our Trainer at the time, Tyler Grove," said Hedley. "Hudson's been around the room, he knows the game and his dad's always been involved with the game. He's a hardworking kid, he's dependable and knows what he's doing."

The connection with Doug is one of the main reasons why Hudson made the decision to apply.

"I thought it would be a good change for myself and thought joining this organization would be a good fit," continued Yaremko.

The MJHL will have several protocols in place this season as we learn to live in a new normal because of the novel coronavirus. That means this season will be a unique challenge for all including Yaremko who will spend a sizeable amount of time assuring everything is clean and in order.

"We're going to follow the protocol very strictly, we'll do whatever it takes to get the guys back on the ice," ended Yaremko.

The Kings will hold their Prospects Camp this weekend inside of Credit Union Place. 

Tanner Vestby is one of the top golfers at the Swan River Golf & Country Club and he's backed that up by finishing in the top three of the Club Championship on multiple occasions.

Playing to a +3 handicap, Tanner has shot many rounds under par over the years and this year, but he has never gotten over the hump by winning a Club title. It's always been his goal and as the years have gone on, frustration has continued to build as he chased his first-ever Club Championship title, but that wait is no longer for the native of Swan River.

Vestby posted a 75 which has been good enough to win a title after 18 holes in the past. This year; however, 18 holes weren't enough. Derek Chez and Eldon Patzer both shot a 75 as well which meant the three would enter a playoff.

On the 1st hole, all three players made par and the second hole is a medium length par 5 measuring at 500 yards. Vestby found a way to make birdie on the hole and that gave him his first-ever Club Championship title at the Swan River Golf & Country Club.

"It was definitely a relief, I felt that it was a long time coming," said Vestby. "It was really nice to drain that putt and get it done."

Chez has played professional golf in the past and Patzer has won the title multiple times in the past.

"Both of them are tremendous golfers. They’re also great people, it was a fun ride and I'm glad I had the chance to battle it out with them," offered Vestby.

Tanner says he'll play in a couple of local tournaments including the Stampeders scramble the rest of the way and next year, he'll be back as he looks to defend his title, one that was years in the making.

Several other golfers were named Club Champions.

Ladies - Marni Zamzow - 82

Seniors - Calvin Campeau - 77

Super Seniors - Bob Scott 94

Junior Girls - Crystal Zamzow - 99

Junior Boys - Noah Weir - 95

A foursome from the Clear Lake Golf Course certainly has reason to celebrate today and for the rest of the golf season.

Ron Cornell, Grant McPhail, Gene Banks, and Keith Fawcett won the rural division of the provincial men's senior interclub championship on Tuesday at the Grand Pines Golf Club at Traverse Bay.

Playing in an 18-hole Stableford format, the foursome fired a combined score of 236 which was five strokes better than Grand Pines who finished in second. 

The Breezy Bend Country Club won the city division with a score of 229. This event officially wrapped up Golf Manitoba championships for the summer. 

Jaden Townsend's AAA days came to an end after the 2015-2016 season when he scored 17 goals and added 22 assists for the Parkland U18 Rangers. Back in 2014, the native of Roblin was drafted in the third round, 31st overall by the Dauphin Kings in the MJHL Bantam Draft, but he would never end up playing with the Kings.

Townsend would join the Swan Valley Stampeders as he began his junior career one year out of playing for his home region AAA Club. He would end up playing in 162 games with the Stampeders before he finished his junior days with the Winkler Flyers this past season.

"Playing junior hockey in Manitoba was definitely some of the best years of my life, it was a tremendous learning experience," said Townsend. "It really helped me mature and I learned so many different life lessons, I'll cherish my time in the MJHL for the rest of my life."

After putting up 11 points in his first season in the Valley, Townsend would score 14 goals and add 12 assists in his next campaign followed up by scoring 18 goals and 18 assists two seasons ago. So from year one to three, Townsend improved by 25 points on the stat sheet as he continued to improve and he quickly became one of the Stampeders most reliable players on and off the ice.

"Those were tremendous years, the organization is top-notch and they treated me extremely well," offered Townsend. "The entire community really welcomed me and that was special."

In what turned out to be a shock to Jaden, he was traded to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL after his third season with Swan Valley and it was something he wasn't at all expecting. However, he never ended up going to play with the Bobcats as the Winkler Flyers acquired the speedy forward and Townsend would go on to make an immediate impact with the Club as he scored 17 goals and added 20 assists in 58 games. He was also named to the team's leadership group just more than a month after he arrived.

Jaden also played in one playoff game before the season was cut short due to the novel coronavirus.

"The transition moving to Winkler was actually pretty easy, they made me feel like I had always been there," added Townsend. "We were a super solid team and the fan support was incredible, it was awesome playing in front of all those passionate fans."

Now that Jaden's junior career has come to an end, he's getting ready for the next chapter in his life and it will come at the University of Manitoba. The now 21-year-old has enrolled in the environmental design program, one that is four years in length and he will be doing so with some help thanks to the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM). 

He's received a scholarship from them and was presented with a $2000 cheque. 

"It's such an honour to receive this scholarship from IBAM, it means a ton to me," ended Townsend. "It will allow me to really focus on my studies instead of always thinking about financials."

Jaden also says he wants to stay in the game of hockey and he hopes to help out the Flyers moving forward as well as various minor hockey teams around Winnipeg. 

The third time is a charm for John Tomlinson and Laurie Vrooman at the Gilbert Plains Country Club.

Playing on the A-side in the Tuesday night men's league, the Dauphin duo ran the playoff table to capture the championship.

This was the third year that they played together.

Tomlinson continued to play very solid golf while Vrooman came clutch when he needed to.

He sunk a six-foot putt for victory on the second hole to down Kelsey Foote and Chris Porter, 1up.

Ryan Pulock, Barry Trotz, and the Islanders will have to wait at least two more days to advance.

Despite a great comeback in the third period to force overtime, the Flyers found a way to stay alive with a 4-3 win.

Pulock had two shots and six blocks in more than 24 minutes played.

Game six goes Thursday evening.

The Swan Valley Stampeders have added a man that they hope will be able to provide big things this upcoming season when things begin on October 9.

In a trade with the BCHL's Prince George Spruce Kings, the Stampeders acquired Haydn Delorme who was born in Port Moody, British Columbia. Standing in at 5'11" and 187 lbs, Delorme scored four goals and added two assists in 14 games with the Spruce Kings last season.

Head Coach and General Manager, Barry Wolff shares his thoughts on the addition.

"We're hoping he can bring some offence. We know he doesn't come in with great numbers in the past, but he hasn't been put in those roles to be given a chance," offered Wolff. "He has a ton of experience and he's a kid that has played for me in the past so I certainly know what we're getting."

Prior to his stint with the Spruce Kings, Haydn played 31 games with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League where he scored one goal and added four assists. Delorme also scored six goals and had nine assists with the BCHL's Coquitlam Express.

As a 20-year-old, Wolff is expecting big things from the final year junior.

"I don't think any team would have a 20-year-old that would play on the fourth line, we're expecting him to be one of our top guys," said Wolff. "We want him to contribute in every situation and of course, add some offence."

Delorme also had this to say about joining the Stampeders organization.

“I am very excited to become a Stampeder,” said Delorme. “I can’t wait to get the 2020-2021 season going.”

The 2020-2021 MJHL season is slated to begin on Friday, October 9, and when it does, the Dauphin Kings will ice all sorts of firepower. 

Already this summer, Grady Hobbs, Austin Lamotte, and Nakodan Greyeyes have announced that they're returning to the Club. The three combined for 86 goals and 120 assists in the regular season, good enough for 206 points. 

"We know that when they're together, they're one of the better lines that can be out on the ice," said Doug Hedley, head coach, and general manager. 

Before suffering a season-ending injury in a game against Selkirk last season, Kaden Bryant scored six times and added three assists in just eight games and he's also set to return. Koby Morrisseau who had 41 points last year between Dauphin and Portage is also back with the team.  

"We feel like we have a pretty good shot at a very good top two lines and we also have some players returning which should round out the lineup very well," continued Hedley. 

Among those players that are eligible to return include Cordell Coleman, Parker Fofonoff, and Braeden Young, just to name a few.

On the back end, the Kings should be able to ice one of the best core groups in the league. Cole DeKoninck and his 62 points will return to town.

Dauphin also acquired Parker Malchuk this off-season and he was an all-star last season with Neepawa and Portage. He's also played in the Western Hockey League with the Victoria Royals and Saskatoon Blades. 

"Our depth is solid and I really think we've reached a point where our 20-year-olds are our best players," said Hedley. "The depth we should be able to ice with team speed at any time should be outstanding."

You'll be able to see the likes of Hobbs, Morrisseau, and Lamotte on the ice when the Kings hold their training camp from September 18-20 inside of Credit Union Place and Darnell Duff will have complete coverage.

As far as what's next with the Kings, it's their Prospects Camp this weekend. 40-45 of the team's top prospects will be put into two groups as they vie for a spot in main camp just a few weeks later. One of the players that will attend Prospects Camp is Garrett Hrechka who recently committed to the Kings. 

Check-in on Friday will take place at 10:30 a.m. and the players will hit the ice shortly after. 

"There will be some very good players out there this weekend. It's going to be a bit different with COVID protocols in place, so we'll be playing a lot of 3-on-3 and 4-on-4," ended Hedley. "We're going to see some good skill level, some speed, and a high level of compete."

A schedule for the upcoming season is expected to be released in the coming days. 

Donna Blackbird and Jacqueline Ironstant teamed up to the win the Home Hardware Ladies Open at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club. The duo shot a very solid 74 to claim the championship prize.

Finishing in second was Jackie Jones and Ulize Pieterse who shot an 80 while Jackie Roulette and Georgina Eastman fired an 82.

1st Flight:

1st - Gloria Carmichael/Linda Hamilton - 87 CB

2nd - Donna-Leigh Davis/Gladys Rea - 87 CB

3rd - Shelly Davidson/Petra Kostuik - 87 CB

2nd Flight:

1st - Kathy Farnsworth/Ade Charles - 94

2nd - Marni Bednarski/Jennifer Knutson - 95 CB

3rd - Pauline Murray/Colleen Coombs - 95 CB

3rd Flight:

1st - Sharon Persson/Nadine Strang - 100

2nd - Karina VanHembeck/Jackie Thompson - 101

3rd - Sue Bray/Donna Bruce - 103

There were 84 golfers in all.

The Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League has said it hopes to begin the 2020-2021 season between October 9 and November 1. 

Hockey Manitoba is currently in Phase 2 which begins on Tuesday and it includes on-ice skill development (non-contact), drills, team tactics, online or in-person clinics, as well as tryouts. The league has put together a Return-to-Play Task Force which is made up of league executives and team executive members. The Task Force will determine the league's start date and the number of games played.

Locally, Tyler Carefoot and Rick Freese have been running conditioning camps ahead of training camp which is slated for September 25-27 and the news of a possible start date in early October is certainly welcoming.

"We've been in limbo for a long time and it's great that we were provided with a direction as far as where the league is going," said Carefoot. 

The Rangers were initially set to begin training camp on September 8 inside of Credit Union Place leading up to the annual intrasquad game one week later. But, as noted above, plans have changed, albeit by just a couple of weeks.

"The Rangers have typically held their camp prior to junior camps and then you lose players that are trying out for junior teams," said Carefoot. "We just felt that if we scheduled ours after junior camps, we would have more of our core group intact."

September 25 will include testing before the Club holds a 4-on-4 mini-tournament on September 26 and 27. There will then be practices on Tuesday, September 29 before the intrasquad game takes place on Thursday, October 1.

As of today, roughly 44 have registered to take part in training camp, a rather significant spike from years past. With a solid group of players that played on last year's team alongside players that have moved up to the U18 level from the U15 age group last season, Carefoot is thrilled that so many young Parkland stars are interested in playing on this year's team.

"Rick and I took the initiative to get out and meet some of these families and I think our presentations really showed what this program is made of," ended Carefoot. "We're expecting a really competitive camp full of players who are ready to compete for spots. This truly is a tremendous league and we're looking forward to a tremendous camp."

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a training camp roster, full schedule, and of course, Carefoot's thoughts heading into September 25. 

Every player had 18 chances on Saturday to win a cool $10,000 if they made a hole-in-one at the Gilbert Plains Country Club as the Dauphin Kings held their Par 3 Extravaganza and the event was once again a sellout.

In the end, only one golfer was able to drain an ace and it was a member of the Club as Gord McKay aced the tough 11th hole which normally plays to a par 4, but was altered for this annual event. 

The hole was playing about 150 yards and usually, Gord would hit a 7-iron; however, with his playing partners not in ideal spots, he decided to hit a hybrid and the rest ended up being history. Garrett Hrechka who recently committed to the Kings was the spotter on the hole.

"He just started jumping up and down and I just thought that he was excited because I hit the green and maybe it was close," said McKay. "He then put his finger up and we realized at that point what had happened so we walked up and saw the ball was in the hole. The other team was pretty stoked as well."

An avid golfer, Gord has made his fair share of great shots this season and over the years; however, none like what happened on Saturday as he secured his first-ever hole-in-one at the course he calls home.

Gord's playing partners were Boh Kubrakovich, Elvis Nepinak, and Barry McKay.

"It feels incredible. Our group made a pact that if any of us won anything, we would split it four ways so they were super excited," continued McKay. "Elvis even told me that was the most that he's ever won in a golf tournament. It was a very special moment with a great group of guys."

With an eagle on the card, the team ended up firing a -3, 51.

"The weather was gorgeous and the course was in great shape," ended McKay. "We played with some great people, we really enjoyed ourselves."