STEINBACH Pistons forward Nicholas Kobelka is the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's player of the week, after striking for four goals and two assists in just three games last week. The 19-year-old, a former No. 1 pick in the MJHL bantam draft, sits atop the Pistons scoring charts with 23 points, and has helped drive his team to second place in the Addison Division.
Another Kobelka stars
THE Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League named Brandon Wheat Kings assistant captain Josh Kobelka player of the week, after he helped lift the team with three goals and five assists in three victories last week. The 17-year-old forward really shone on Saturday, when he notched four points against the Kenora Thistles. He now has 27 points and sits in fifth place in the MMHL scoring race.
Meanwhile, big Pembina Valley Hawks attacker Jordan McCallum was named rookie of the week after scoring a goal, an assist and the shootout winner in his team's 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Thrashers, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The 16-year-old Morden product, who is already 6-3 and 185 pounds, leads the Hawks in scoring with 17 points.
THE Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League announced two athletes would share player of the week honours, after both put up big weekends in MFMHL competition.
For the Yellowhead Chiefs, defender and assistant captain Tashel Scantlebury racked up three goals and an assist in two tilts, including a win against the Winnipeg Avros and a hard-fought loss to the Winnipeg Ice. For the Ice, forward Kelsey McHolm scored once and set up three more scores over the weekend to help her team earn the tough win against the Chiefs.
In just her first year of MFMHL play, the 5-11 McHolm leads the Ice in scoring with 19 points in 22 games. Scantlebury, in her third year on the blue-line, has 12 points in 25 games and is an honour roll student at Birtle Collegiate.
Wesmen of the week
A volleyball setter and a wrestler have been named the University of Winnipeg Wesmen's players of the week, after battling to key victories.
On the men's volleyball squad, setter and outside hitter Josh McKay had 83 assists, 15 defensive digs and 12 kills to help push the Wesmen to split two road matches against UBC Okanagan. Twelve of those digs came in Saturday's five-set victory against the Heat.
From the Wesmen wrestling team, first-year grappler Rachel Alder claimed a silver medal in the 51-kilogram weight class at the Saskatchewan Huskies Open on Saturday, rolling through her first two matches by scores of 10-0 and 4-0. She succumbed in the final to national team wrestler Cara Nania from the University of Calgary.
Helping the homeless
A host of hockey heroes will descend on the MTS Iceplex next spring to help raise money to ease homelessness -- and Manitobans are invited to join in the fun.
The May event will mark the first time Winnipeg will host a Hockey Helps the Homeless tournament, which will pair 12 men's teams with pro hockey players. The tournament was founded in Toronto in 1996, and has raised over $5 million for homeless charities since then. Information about the tournament is available at hockeyhelpsthehomeless.com.