Mike Sawatzky

Mike Sawatzky

Reporter

Mike has been working on the Free Press sports desk since 2003.

In 2012, he was appointed night sports editor — editing copy, writing headlines, guiding reporters and helping produce the following day’s print edition.

He moved from the editing side to the reporting side in 2016.

The change is a switch back to reporting for Mike, who originally got into the journalism biz in 1985 in Brandon; he was the Sun‘s Wheat Kings beat reporter from 1988-1999.

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Nash’s hockey ties run deep

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Nash’s hockey ties run deep

Mike Sawatzky 6 minute read 7:00 PM CDT

Ty Nash’s ties to the hockey life run deep.

From an early age in Scottsdale, Ariz., the newest member of the Winnipeg Ice was coached by his dad, Tyson, who had played six years in the NHL and was also an integral member of one of the greatest dynasties in junior hockey history.

Dad was knowledgeable and opinionated. But at 14, Ty grew weary of the advice and in-your-face coaching style and said he was going to find something else to do.

It was a wakeup call his father says he needed. And so Tyson took a step back, becoming an observer and more of the confidante his son craved.

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Forward Ty Nash is expected to play numerous roles on the Winnipeg Ice according to head coach James Patrick.

Bisons, Ice soon to return to friendly confines of Wayne Fleming Arena

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Bisons, Ice soon to return to friendly confines of Wayne Fleming Arena

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University of Manitoba men’s hockey coach Mike Sirant has welcomed one of the finest recruiting classes in program history to campus this fall.

Trouble is, the talented group still hasn’t skated one minute at the friendly confines of Wayne Fleming Arena.

The U of M men and women as well as the WHL’s Winnipeg Ice have all been playing road games and practising at the Rink Training Centre while major infrastructure work is completed at Wayne Fleming.

The university received federal funding earlier this year to replace the ice plant as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for 40-year-old Max Bell Centre.

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U of M Bisons men’s hockey head coach Mike Sirant

Balmoral Hall pucksters blazing their way to the top

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Balmoral Hall pucksters blazing their way to the top

Mike Sawatzky 6 minute read Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

The Balmoral Hall Blazers play in one of the most competitive female hockey leagues in North America but they don’t have to play games to test themselves against the best.

Often their fiercest competition comes out right on the practice ice.

Quarterbacked by co-captain Avery Pickering, a Grade 12 blue-liner, the Blazers boast a high-scoring offence sparked by the dynamic forward duo of Morgan Smith, a shifty Grade 11 scorer dubbed the Hat Trick Queen, and Sara Manness, who led the squad in points last season as a Grade 9 rookie.

In net, Grade 12 veteran CJ Johnson provides a steady last line of defence.

Friday, Sep. 30, 2022

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Balmoral Hall Blazers coach Sarah Zacharias explains a drill to her players during practice.

Winterhawks blue-liner ‘a rare talent’

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Winterhawks blue-liner ‘a rare talent’

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

Sanford’s Carter Sotheran began the season as a relative unknown, but the towering 17-year-old defenceman is aiming to change all that.

He was a standout in his first two starts with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks, a showing that seems certain to generate even closer scrutiny from NHL scouts.

The raw tools, however, have been there for some time.

He’s big — a 6-4, 200-pounder and still growing — with a good motor, aggressive tendencies and plenty of scoring touch to go with his right-handed shot, a much-sought-after attribute.

Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

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Portland Winterhawks defenceman Carter Sotheran had three assists in his second WHL game.

Herd RB Stubbs makes it look easy

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Herd RB Stubbs makes it look easy

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Sunday, Sep. 25, 2022

Breydon Stubbs wasn’t going to be denied Saturday afternoon.

After a slow start to 2022, the second-year University of Manitoba tailback exploded for a career-high 169 yards and one TD on 17 carries to lead the Bisons to a 46-4 triumph over the Calgary Dinos in Canada West Universities Athletic Association football action before 4,200 fans at IG Field.

But it wasn’t quite as easy as it looked, Stubbs insisted.

“It takes a lot out of our O-line and I’m so proud of them,” he said. “They played a really great game today. All we did was think about following our double teams up into the secondary and then the holes kept opening and opening all game.”

Sunday, Sep. 25, 2022

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Manitoba’s Noah Anderson rushed for 85 yards on 13 carries Saturday afternoon at IG Field. The Herd finished with an impressive 38 first downs.

Wesmen have giant hole to fill

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Wesmen have giant hole to fill

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

The University of Winnipeg men’s volleyball team was plotting to take a big step forward in 2022-23.

Those ambitions haven’t changed, but how the Wesmen execute those plans took a major detour Wednesday afternoon.

Playing an intrasquad game in front of a packed gym at Dakota Collegiate, 6-10 leftside Jaxon Rose crumpled to the floor during a play at the net.

A leaping Rose landed awkwardly on the foot of another player and suffered a broken ankle and fractured tibia while also sustaining damage his other ankle.

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

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Matt Klysh is one of several former Dakota Collegiate students that are now part of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen volleyball team.

Bisons’ 1962 football squad to be honoured at U of M Homecoming Game

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Bisons’ 1962 football squad to be honoured at U of M Homecoming Game

Mike Sawatzky 10 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

The University of Manitoba is celebrating a band of brothers this week. They were trailblazers, young and a little reckless back in 1962, just like college kids have been for decades.

And just as they were getting started — the Bisons were ushering in the modern era of university football in Manitoba after the program had been mothballed 14 years earlier — they kicked it off with a party for the ages.

The festivities took place in two cities spread out over three days in early October, punctuated by a season-opening 22-8 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, a jubilant train trip home and an impromptu parade originating at the CNR station in Winnipeg.

Sixty years later, the memory still gives Jeep Woolley chills.

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA ARCHIVES

Mike Radcliffe (from left), Mike Shylo, Barry Hall, Jim Buckingham, Dennis Long, Wayne Johnson and Bill McCallum.

Towering Ice defenceman a fearless and fierce competitor

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Towering Ice defenceman a fearless and fierce competitor

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

On a team with an abundance of small- to average-sized puck-movers, defenceman Ashton Cumby stands out. He’s big and he’s getting bigger.

When NHL Central Scouting representatives measured Winnipeg Ice players in Regina last week, it came only as a mild surprise that the 17-year-old product of Bonnyville, Alta., was two inches taller than a year before.

“Throughout the summer I felt uncoordinated a bit, so I guess I was kind of assuming (I had grown) but I wasn’t expecting two more inches out of it,” said Cumby, following Ice practice Wednesday morning.

“I got a bit of experience from last year and then just from a summer of training and working out, I wanted to make sure that when I came here, I was ready to perform.”

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

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Ice head coach James Patrick is impressed with defenceman Ashton Cumby’s potential and work ethic.

Ice goalie Hauser returning to form

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Ice goalie Hauser returning to form

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Monday, Sep. 19, 2022

It was a grim way to start training camp for the Winnipeg Ice earlier this month.

All-star goaltender Daniel Hauser suffered a broken ankle during the off-season and the full extent of his injury, speed of his rehab and timing of his return to action were subject to a lot of speculation.

Three weeks later, the 18-year-old product of Chestermere, Alta., is back on the ice, having played in one pre-season game and participated in six team practices.

The drama began during an innocuous workout in early July.

Monday, Sep. 19, 2022

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Ice No. 31, goaltender, Daniel Hauser at practice at Rink training centre.

Murray leads powerhouse in the making as Wheat Kings new GM

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Murray leads powerhouse in the making as Wheat Kings new GM

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

The last time Marty Murray joined the Brandon Wheat Kings, it was no big deal. All he had to do was help save a franchise.

Thirty-one years later, the task is quite different and the consequences not nearly as dire.

Hired as the Western Hockey League club’s new general manager in late August, Murray’s immediate task is more mundane than the job he had of revitalizing a moribund team on the ice as a 16-year-old captain.

His immediate concern this time will be to shepherd what could be the league’s deepest group of young prospects to a position of dominance.

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

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Marty Murray, shown during his time with the Minot Minotaurs, was named general manager of the Brandon Wheat Kings on Monday.

Former Olympian leads Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame class of 2022

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Former Olympian leads Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame class of 2022

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2022

For almost two decades, Michelle Sawatzky-Koop has been the master of ceremonies for the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner.

In 2022, that routine will have to change and the Hall’s executive director Rick Brownlee will have to resort to Plan B.

Sawatzky-Koop, you see, is becoming a Hall of Famer in November rather than celebrating the exploits of others.

In fact, a solid case could be made that her induction is past due as the owner of one of the most impressive sporting resumes in provincial history.

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2022

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U of M volleyball coach Michelle Sawatzky-Koop an assistant coach with U of M women’s team.

Kirchmann riding into the sunset

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Kirchmann riding into the sunset

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Monday, Sep. 12, 2022

Leah Kirchmann spent 14 years as a member of Canada’s national team, raced in two Olympics and cycled for 12 years as a professional in Europe.

Now, the 32-year-old former Winnipegger is preparing to go out on her own terms.

She’ll be retiring from the sport after this month’s UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia.

“There’s a lot of unique demands of living the life of a professional athlete and it really takes everything you have to commit to being the best in the world,” said Kirchmann, speaking from her home in Sittard, Netherlands. “And it’s also quite a lot for cyclists coming from North America and really needing to be based over in Europe full time.

Monday, Sep. 12, 2022

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Leah Kirchmann of Canada competes during the women’s cycling individual time trial at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Benson pots the winner in Ice win over Wheaties

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Benson pots the winner in Ice win over Wheaties

Mike Sawatzky 2 minute read Sunday, Sep. 11, 2022

WINNIPEG’S Zach Benson was the hero, snapping the puck past Brandon goaltender Ethan Eskit with 3:54 remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie as the Ice went on to beat the Wheat Kings 3-1 in WHL pre-season action at the Rink Training Centre Saturday night.

Winnipeg’s Chase Bambrick and Brandon’s Matthew Henry traded goals earlier in the game. Evan Friesen added an empty-net goal in the final minute. Benson, a highly regarded prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, also drew two assists.

“He’s so passionate about the game he wants to be out there every second shift he wants to make a difference and he’s really good and he works hard,” said Ice head coach James Patrick of Benson. “He competes and he puts in the work in practice and after practice and off the ice and then you see why he’s so good.”

Keegan Maddocks made 18 saves in the Ice net. Eskit stopped 23 shots.

Sunday, Sep. 11, 2022

WINNIPEG’S Zach Benson was the hero, snapping the puck past Brandon goaltender Ethan Eskit with 3:54 remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie as the Ice went on to beat the Wheat Kings 3-1 in WHL pre-season action at the Rink Training Centre Saturday night.

Winnipeg’s Chase Bambrick and Brandon’s Matthew Henry traded goals earlier in the game. Evan Friesen added an empty-net goal in the final minute. Benson, a highly regarded prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, also drew two assists.

“He’s so passionate about the game he wants to be out there every second shift he wants to make a difference and he’s really good and he works hard,” said Ice head coach James Patrick of Benson. “He competes and he puts in the work in practice and after practice and off the ice and then you see why he’s so good.”

Keegan Maddocks made 18 saves in the Ice net. Eskit stopped 23 shots.

Bell an integral part of Canadian women’s spectacular championship run

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Bell an integral part of Canadian women’s spectacular championship run

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Friday, Sep. 9, 2022

Ashton Bell has been an integral part of one of the most spectatular runs in Canadian hockey history.

In the summer of 2021, the blue-liner debuted with the national women’s team and helped Canada win gold at the world championship in Calgary.

Only months later, Bell, defenceman Jocelyne Larocque of St. Anne and goaltender Kristen Campbell were part of an unbeaten Canadian squad that earned gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics and they followed that up last week in Denmark with another world title, vanquishing the mighty Americans 2-1 in the gold-medal game.

“It’s pretty crazy to think that we’ve won three big tournaments in a year — it’s pretty surreal to say that and I’m proud of the group,” said Bell the 22-year-old Deloraine product earlier this week. “It’s an honour to be a part of this team and just so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had this past year.”

Friday, Sep. 9, 2022

Ashton Bell celebrates Canada’s gold-medal victory over the U.S. at he Beijing Winter Olympics. (Supplied)

Jets D-man was ‘a big brother on ice’

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Jets D-man was ‘a big brother on ice’

Mike Sawatzky 6 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2022

Morris Lukowich remembers Scott Campbell was like a big brother on the ice.

“He was huge in getting me out of trouble,” said the former NHLer on Tuesday, days after the death of his friend and former teammate. “Being a small guy, a lot of times guys would take really advantage and really take good runs at me. One of the ways I would protect myself was I was OK with cross-checking some of these guys right across the face in order to slow them down. Well, they didn’t take very well to that and Scotty would quite often come in and rescue me where I was definitely in over my head.”

Campbell, 65, died Saturday after an 11-month struggle with cancer.

A swashbuckling 6-3, 205-pound defenceman during his playing days, Campbell was chosen first overall by the Houston Aeros in the 1977 WHA Amateur Draft and ninth overall in the NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues. He joined Aeros after a superb junior career before moving to the Winnipeg Jets and a WHA championship in 1978-79. He then played for the Jets for two seasons after the franchise was absorbed by the NHL.

Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2022

Former members of the Avco Cup-winning Winnipeg Jets Rich Preston (from left), John Gray, Terry Ruskowski, Scott Campbell, Steve West and Morris Lukowich. (Supplied)

Filling the net not a concern for Ice

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Filling the net not a concern for Ice

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2022

The biggest news emerging from Winnipeg Ice training camp had nothing to do with the quality of NHL draft picks on display or the promise of incoming rookie talent for the 2022-23 season.

Instead, the health of No. 1 goaltender Daniel Hauser came sharply into focus.

The 18-year-old Chestermere, Alta., product, who turned a sensational sophomore season into first-team all-star honours in the WHL’s East Division, arrived in Winnipeg last week in the midst of rehabbing a broken ankle.

Hauser is reportedly walking but did not participate in last week’s camp nor Monday’s showcase game. He had a sparkling 34-3-1 record, 2.00 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 40 games with the Ice in 2021-22.

Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2022

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If Mikey Milne doesn’t sign a contract with the Minnesota Wild, he will be among the four players competing for an overage spot on the Winnipeg Ice roster.

Still got those Grey Cup blues

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Still got those Grey Cup blues

Mike Sawatzky 7 minute read Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022

Decades later, Nick Miller has a gnawing regret about his 1960 Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

An incredible 14-2 regular season ended with a shocking loss in the West Division final and what should have been another trip to the Grey Cup.

Combined with Cup victories in 1958, ’59, ’61 and ’62, a Winnipeg championship in ’60 would have constituted the first five-peat in CFL history.

However, an injury to star quarterback Ken Ploen and a fumble in the final minute of an elimination game foiled those plans.

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022

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A photo of former Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ron (Pepe) Latourelle (left), one of the last surviving members of the 1960 team, with Kenny Ploen, Henry Janzen, Gord Rowland, and Bill Todd at a Grey Cup event in Winnipeg.

Wesmen hoopsters add building block

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Wesmen hoopsters add building block

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022

A year ago, Keylyn Filewich and Kyanna Giles were veteran transfers who immediately turned the University of Winnipeg women’s basketball team into a national powerhouse.

This summer, guard Raizel Guinto could give the Wesmen a similar boost for the 2022-23 U Sports season. The school will announce today she is resuming her academic and basketball career at the downtown campus.

In 2021, the 24-year-old Winnipegger finished an excellent four-year NCAA Division I basketball career at Louisiana Tech and returned to her hometown to give birth to her first child and ponder the next stage of her life.

Giles, meanwhile, was using every opportunity to urge Guinto to use her final year of eligibility to play for the Wesmen. The two are old friends and former teammates as Sisler High School.

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022

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Raizel Guinto will be a welcome addition for incoming Wesmen women’s basketball head coach Alyssa Cox.

Monster season expected from Perron

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Monster season expected from Perron

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

At first glance, the absence of Jayden Perron from Canada’s roster at the recent Hlinka Gretzky Cup showcase was a stunning omission.

A high-end scorer with uncanny playmaking ability, the 17-year-old centre from Winnipeg has the overall skill set to be recognized as one of the country’s top 2005-born prospects.

Before he even made his rookie debut with the USHL’s Chicago Steel last fall, Perron had already made a verbal commitment to attend the University of North Dakota — one of the NCAA’s best programs — and he’s now being touted as a first-round NHL draft pick in 2023.

Under Hockey Canada’s current COVID-19 rules, Perron, who admitted this week he is unvaccinated, won’t be suiting up for Canada. He was invited but could not attend the Capital City U17 Challenge in Ottawa last December and his unvaccinated status made him a no-go for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

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Jayden Perron does some dangling during a drill with Evolution Hockey at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

Manitoba beach teams aiming high at Canada Summer Games

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Manitoba beach teams aiming high at Canada Summer Games

Mike Sawatzky 6 minute read Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

Erika Vermette and Val Gonzalez have been beach volleyball teammates for more than three years and friends for longer than that.

Their tight bond has endured through the years and beginning Monday, the partnership will be put to the test at the Canada Summer Games.

Vermette, a 21-year-old from Morris, and 18-year-old Gonzalez, a Winnipegger, have carefully plotted out their training regimen and hope that diligence will result in a podium finish at Canada Games Park in St. Catherines, Ont.

Play begins Monday and continues until Saturday’s medal games.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

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Coach Chloe Reimer McCaughan (right) with Erika Vermette (diving) and Val Gonzalez.

Cohesion the key to success

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Cohesion the key to success

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

Manitoba’s U20 men will need to play a cohesive team game to win volleyball gold at the upcoming Canada Summer Games but there will be no shortage of star power fuelling the province’s efforts.

Spencer Grahame believes you don’t have to look any further than his teammate Jon Obi, a 6-5 middle who owns a 40-inch-plus vertical leap and hits the ball like a sledgehammer.

The Transcona Collegiate grad begins his U Sports career at Trinity Western University next month but before that he’ll be a major headache for opposing defenders at the Games in Ontario’s Niagara region.

“I think they look at John a lot — he’s spectacular,” said Grahame, who was a starting left side in his rookie season with the University of Manitoba Bisons in 2021-22. “It’s really fun to watch. I think our middles particularly — Harry (Ens) and Jordy (Heppner) as well — really suck all their players right into the middle and gives our setters just an unbelievable number of great options.”

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

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Expect Manitoba U20 men’s volleyball player Jon Obi to give opposing players all they can handle at the upcaming Canada Summer Games.

High hopes for Manitoba hoopsters

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High hopes for Manitoba hoopsters

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Manitoba won’t be favoured to win it all at next month’s Canada Summer Games 18U men’s basketball competition but Waqo Tessema and his teammates just might have a surprise in store for the tournament heavyweights.

The 18-year-old point guard is thinking big. Big dogs like Ontario and Quebec better watch out.

“For us, it’s not that big of an upset,” said Tessema recently. “Manitoba has that reputation where they’re kind of always in the middle of the pack but I feel like we have something coming in this year that we know is going to be pretty good but others may not see it.”

The skill available to head coach Jonathan Janzen is considerable, with perhaps the deepest talent pool in provincial history.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

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All 12 players on the roster and four-man coaching staff come from Winnipeg.

Manitoba going for gold at Canada Summer games

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Manitoba going for gold at Canada Summer games

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Manitoba’s reputation as a hotbed of volleyball on the national scene isn’t up for debate but there’s pressure associated with that status.

The women who will represent the province at next month’s Canada Summer Games understand that and although they have been going about their preparations with little fanfare, they are clear about their goals.

“We’re going for gold — there’s no doubt about that,” said right side Faye Murray earlier this week as the provincial U20 squad practised at the Sport for Life Centre. “Primarily, we’re here to win and bring home the medal like they did in 2017 and keep that (tradition) going.

“But really, we’re just working hard every day and we’re all trying to improve ourselves individually as well as improve the team. We’re trying to become better athletes and teammates.”

Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

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Natalie Lemoine-Sells of the Manitoba Canada Games women’s volleyball team trains at Sports For Life centre in Winnipeg.

Sautner excited to join Jets

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Sautner excited to join Jets

Mike Sawatzky 6 minute read Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

Pro hockey life isn’t always a glamorous life. Just ask Ashton Sautner.

In the last two seasons, the 28-year-old defenceman has spent more time grinding on an NHL taxi squad and recovering from injuries and a bout with COVID-19 than he’s spent on an active roster.

He was looking for a career refresh last week when he signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets after a seven-season run with the Vancouver Canucks organization. The move brings him back to the province of his birth and a city he stayed in just long enough in the fall of 2020 for his wife, Kelly, to give birth to the couple’s first child.

The arrival of son, Miles, came only days after Vancouver loaned Sautner, centre Tyler Graovac and goaltender Arturs Silovs to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose during the early days of the pandemic.

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

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Ashton Sautner’s time in Winnipeg was brief. He played just two games with the Moose before being recalled to the Canucks, kicking off a trying season on the NHL club’s reserve squad.