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Pistons blue-liner accepts Bemidji State scholarship

STEINBACH Pistons blue-liner Justin Baudry has accepted a scholarship to play hockey with the Bemidji State University Beavers in Minnesota.

"I am very honoured to have committed to the Bemidji State University Beavers. I feel it is a great fit for me personally and as a player. They have a great organization and coaching staff and I look forward to my future at Bemidji," Baudry said.

The scholarship is just the most recent event in what has been a truly successful year for the La Broquerie product. Baudry made the Pistons lineup this past fall and became the only 16-year-old defenceman in the MJHL. In his first season Baudry was named Pistons Rookie of the Year, received the Pistons Academic Excellence Award, and was selected as MJHL Rookie of the Month, a member of the MJHL All-Star rookie team and runner-up for MJHL Rookie of the Year.

Pistons head coach and GM Paul Dyck credits Baudry with a patient game and good vision.

"He is efficient at moving the puck out of our zone, an attribute we are always looking for in a defenceman. Justin has a lot of upside and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a player," Dyck said. "Justin has great character and I am sure this made Justin even more appealing to Bemidji."

Baudry will be back in a Pistons uniform this season. He finished his rookie season with three goals and 23 assists in 51 regular season games. He also added two assists in the playoffs and helped the Pistons secure their first Turnbull Cup Championship.

 

Racetrack turns 40

RED RIVER Co-op Speedway is celebrating 40 years in operation. The speedway was opened on July 31, 1973 by Peter Vernaus.

The track has undergone many changes since its first year of operation including the addition of grandstands, a tower, official pit area and the introduction of different classes of cars. It also suffered flood damages in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

The track will celebrate its 40th anniversary tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The celebrations will include a veterans race which will include local racing legends Dennis Delaine, Wayne Emery, Ray Holden, Jonny McRae, Les Pritchard and Wayne Kereluk. Other celebrations will include a formal presentation, a guest book to sign, a historical display and more.

 

Hockey Manitoba to host new season opener event

HOCKEY MANITOBA will celebrate the start of the 2013-14 hockey season in grand fashion. From Sept. 27-29, Hockey Manitoba will take over the Radisson Winnipeg for a brand new Season Opener event.

The event has been expanded on what used to be Hockey Manitoba's fall board meeting. The new annual event will bring a festival-like atmosphere geared towards hockey's volunteers, parents and coaches.

The Season Opener will feature a social gathering with Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, and Mark Chipman, executive chairman of True North Sports and Entertainment.

The second day will feature an information forum and trade show which will touch on topics like bodychecking in today's game, concussion prevention, and management and keys for optimal player development.

More information on registration can be found at hockeymanitoba.ca.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 1, 2013 D5

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