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Dancing Gabe celebrates milestone birthday at Manitoba Moose game

Joshua Frey-Sam 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

The crowd taking in the Manitoba Moose game at Canada Life Centre Sunday afternoon appeared as lively as ever.

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Moose have mettle tested by Marlies

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Moose have mettle tested by Marlies

Joshua Frey-Sam 4 minute read Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023

THE Manitoba Moose will take the wins any way they can get them. Even if that means escaping some tight situations along the way.

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023

Chisholm ready to make leap to NHL

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Chisholm ready to make leap to NHL

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

It’s said good things come to those who wait. Declan Chisholm could be in for some dream-making fortunes one day soon.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

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Manitoba Moose defenceman Declan Chisholm has progressed to the point where his coach believes he’s ready for the NHL.

Moose bust loose for 6 goals

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Moose bust loose for 6 goals

Mike McIntyre 1 minute read Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022

The Manitoba Moose matched their best offensive outing of the season Saturday, routing the Belleville Senators 6-2 at Canada Life Centre.

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Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022

The Manitoba Moose matched their best offensive outing of the season Saturday, routing the Belleville Senators 6-2 at Canada Life Centre.

Keane honourary captain for AHL All-Star Game

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Keane honourary captain for AHL All-Star Game

Mike McIntyre 1 minute read Friday, Dec. 16, 2022

It’s been a dozen years since Mike Keane hung up the skates. But the current player development co-ordinator for the Winnipeg Jets has been named an honourary captain for the upcoming American Hockey League All-Star game

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Friday, Dec. 16, 2022

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Admirals sink Moose in shootout

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Admirals sink Moose in shootout

Joshua Frey-Sam 4 minute read Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

Talk about a pile of action for an extra point.

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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

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Manitoba Moose Jacob Friend (48) and Milwaukee Admiral Egor Afanasyev (70) battle in front of the net.

Gawanke the hero for Moose

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Gawanke the hero for Moose

1 minute read Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022

Leon Gawanke’s overtime tally lifted the Manitoba Moose to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Calgary Wranglers this afternoon in American Hockey League action.

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Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022

Leon Gawanke’s overtime tally lifted the Manitoba Moose to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Calgary Wranglers this afternoon in American Hockey League action.

Limoges the OT hero for Moose

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Limoges the OT hero for Moose

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022

The Manitoba Moose got out of their own way and got the job done.

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Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022

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Manitoba Moose Leon Gawanke (9) saves the shot from Texas Stars’ Jacob Peterson (13) during first period AHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday.

Moose stampede to division lead

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Moose stampede to division lead

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

The Manitoba Moose have come out of the gates firing to begin the 2022-23 season.

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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

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Manitoba Moose Jansen Harkins (24) deflects the puck at Rockford Icehogs goaltender Arvid Soderblom (40) as Isaak Phillips (41) defends during first period AHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday, October 16, 2022. Reporter: ?

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The Minnesota Wild have signed 20-year-old forward Mikey Milne to a three-year entry-level contract, the NHL club announced Wednesday.

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Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

The Minnesota Wild have signed 20-year-old forward Mikey Milne to a three-year entry-level contract, the NHL club announced Wednesday.

Moose fall to IceHogs in opener

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Moose fall to IceHogs in opener

Jeff Hamilton 4 minute read Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022

For the better part of Saturday’s home-opener, the Manitoba Moose looked primed to start their season on a high note.

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Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022

Kristian Reichel tries to get the puck past Rockford's Arvid Soderblom. (Daniel Crump / Winnipeg Free Press)

Same name, different game

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Same name, different game

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

He proudly carries treasured memories of his late, great father in his heart. And now he’s brought the legendary family name back to a Winnipeg hockey rink for the first time in more than three decades.

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Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

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Ben Hawerchuk skates Monday during Manitoba Moose training camp at BellMTS Iceplex. The son of Jets’ legend Dale Hawerchuk appreciates the strong connection between Winnipeg and his family.

Jets sign Gawanke to one-year deal

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Jets sign Gawanke to one-year deal

Staff 1 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract worth US$750,000 with 23-year-old defenceman Leon Gawanke.

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Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

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Moose season over after loss

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Moose season over after loss

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Sunday, May. 15, 2022

In the end, the Manitoba Moose simply ran out of chances. And time. And a playoff run that began with visions of a potential Calder Cup didn’t last beyond the first round.

A 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals in Sunday’s deciding Game 5 at Canada Life Centre was a bitter pill to swallow.

“I feel like we had such a good thing going. A really good group, good players. These last two games I felt like we found our real game and played a game that would potentially be able to win a championship. And then just threw it all away today,” a sombre David Gustafsson said in the post-game press conference.

Indeed, the Moose dug themselves a huge hole in the best-of-five, dropping both games in Milwaukee (3-2, 2-1) despite soundly outplaying the opponent. That set up needing to win three straight do-or-die games on home ice. They nearly did it, rallying from a 2-0 first-period deficit in Game 3 to win 5-2, then routing Milwaukee 7-3 in Game 4.

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Sunday, May. 15, 2022

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Manitoba Moose lost out to the Admirals 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Canada Life Centre.

Moose trample Admirals 7-3 to push series to Game 5

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Moose trample Admirals 7-3 to push series to Game 5

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Friday, May. 13, 2022

Players on the Winnipeg Jets top affiliate have created T-shirts for the playoffs bearing the slogan “Caution: Moose Crossing.” And the visiting Milwaukee Admirals certainly had a deer-in-headlights look on Friday night as they were run off the road by a surging Manitoba squad that has now seized momentum in their first-round series.

A dominant 7-3 victory by the Moose in front of 4,980 fans at Canada Life Centre is the second straight do-or-die triumph on home ice and sets up a Sunday afternoon, winner-take-all Game 5 at the downtown rink.

“Playoffs. That’s what this is all about,” said defenceman Ville Heinola, the brightest blue-line prospect in the organization who had the game-winning goal and two assists. Not to be outdone was forward Morgan Barron, who made a terrific first impression with the Jets after coming over from the New York Rangers in the Andrew Copp trade, with a goal and two assists. Four other players had multi-point games.

“The lineup’s so deep. On any given night we can have guys anywhere in the lineup produce,” said Barron. “I feel like when we get rolling out there, we’re rolling all four lines and sustaining offensive zone time.”

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Friday, May. 13, 2022

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Manitoba Moose player Morgan Barron celebrates after scoring in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Admirals Friday at Canada Life Centre.

Glass prefers lengthy AHL playoff run

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Glass prefers lengthy AHL playoff run

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Thursday, May. 12, 2022

Forgive Cody Glass if this current trip back to his hometown wasn’t exactly high on his bucket list. It’s nothing personal.

It’s just that the 23-year-old Winnipegger would prefer to still be skating in the NHL with the Nashville Predators, as he was earlier this week until they were ousted from the playoffs by the mighty Colorado Avalanche.

“We had a couple of those games (against Colorado) in our hands and let them slip away. The Avalanche are a really good team,” Glass told the Free Press of getting swept out of the first-round by the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, which included dressing for the last two. “So, it sucks. A bad feeling.”

Now back on the farm with the Milwaukee Admirals, his hopes for a short and sweet stay were stifled by the Manitoba Moose keeping their season alive on Wednesday night with a 5-2 win. Glass certainly did his part, opening the scoring just 21 seconds into the game, but the desperate home team rallied for victory,

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Thursday, May. 12, 2022

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Milwaukee Admirals Cody Glass during playoff action against the Manitoba Moose at Canada Life Centre, Wednesday.

Moose storm back for 5-2 win over Admirals

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Moose storm back for 5-2 win over Admirals

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

Turns out a desperate Manitoba Moose team is also a dangerous one. And the hockey club will live to see at least another game after rallying to beat the Milwaukee Admirals 5-2 on Wednesday night at Canada Life Centre to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The top affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets began the night in a big hole, down 2-0 in the best-of-five series. And the task got even more daunting when the visitors opened the scoring just 21 seconds in, then added another before the first period was complete.

“I think some unfortunate bounces led to us being down to start that game. We were a little tight in the first. I think when we came in to re-group in the intermission, the focus was just on relaxing, knowing there’s a lot of hockey left and this game’s not over,” said forward Jeff Malott.

Indeed. Rather than go quietly into the night and allow a strong overall season to end with a whimper, the Moose stormed back with three straight tallies in the middle frame, then added two more for good measure in the third to skate away with the biggest victory of the year in front of 4,832 satisfied customers.

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Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

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Milwaukee Admirals’ Cole Smith takes flight during Game 3 of their AHL playoff series against the Manitoba Moose at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Moose down, but defiantly not out

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Moose down, but defiantly not out

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Monday, May. 9, 2022

Down but certainly not out. That’s the motto the Manitoba Moose have adopted as they face the daunting task of needing to win not one, not two, but three consecutive elimination games to keep their season alive.

A pair of tough-luck weekend losses in Milwaukee — despite significantly outplaying and outshooting their opponent — have the American Hockey League team down 2-0 in the best-of-five series.

“Not a single guy in our room doesn’t think we can’t win three in a row against these guys,” defenceman Leon Gawanke said, following Monday’s practice at Canada Life Centre. “The mindset in our room is that we’re still pretty confident and can turn this around.”

The Moose, who finished second in the Central Division, will get their first crack Wednesday when they host the third-place Admirals. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, would follow on Friday night and Sunday afternoon, respectively, at the downtown rink.

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Monday, May. 9, 2022

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Manitoba Moose Declan Chisholm.

Admirals sink Moose 3-2 in Game 1 of AHL playoff series

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Admirals sink Moose 3-2 in Game 1 of AHL playoff series

Mike McIntyre 3 minute read Friday, May. 6, 2022

The Manitoba Moose figured they’d caught a lucky break when Milwaukee Admirals starting goaltender Connor Ingram was called up to the parent Nashville Predators for their first-round playoff series.

Turns out Ingram’s replacement isn’t too shabby, either.

Devin Cooley stopped 40 of 42 shots Friday night as the Admirals downed the Moose 3-2 to take Game 1 of their best-of-five Central Division series at Panther Arena.

Manitoba soundly outplayed Milwaukee but never led, erasing deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 before giving up the game-winner with just over four minutes left in the third period.

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Friday, May. 6, 2022

The Manitoba Moose figured they’d caught a lucky break when Milwaukee Admirals starting goaltender Connor Ingram was called up to the parent Nashville Predators for their first-round playoff series.

Turns out Ingram’s replacement isn’t too shabby, either.

Devin Cooley stopped 40 of 42 shots Friday night as the Admirals downed the Moose 3-2 to take Game 1 of their best-of-five Central Division series at Panther Arena.

Manitoba soundly outplayed Milwaukee but never led, erasing deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 before giving up the game-winner with just over four minutes left in the third period.

Stacked Moose ready to roll

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Stacked Moose ready to roll

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

Ideally, Morgan Barron would be enjoying his first taste of the NHL playoffs this week. The 23-year-old forward certainly made a favourable first impression with the Winnipeg Jets, including scoring in last Sunday’s regular-season finale.

Instead, he’s back on the farm, the result of the big club failing to qualify for the post-season. Rather than be sour over not getting to compete for the Stanley Cup this spring, he’s planning to savour every moment of an extended season.

“I’m just trying to make lemonade out of the lemons,” Barron said with a laugh following Wednesday’s practice with the Manitoba Moose. “I’m excited to be down here and to go on a run with these guys.”

The American Hockey League club is certainly thrilled with Barron’s return, along with defenceman Dylan Samberg who also finished the year with the Jets. They make an already dangerous Manitoba club even more potent as it prepares to open its best-of-five first-round series in Milwaukee on Friday night.

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Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

Manitoba Moose Haralds Egle and Rockford Icehogs’ Kurtis Gabriel collide in April. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Moose expect tough series from rough and tumble Admirals

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Moose expect tough series from rough and tumble Admirals

Mike McIntyre 4 minute read Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

It appears the Manitoba Moose are going to have one less thing to worry about as they prepare to face Milwaukee in the opening round of the AHL playoffs.

Connor Ingram, the starting goaltender for the Admirals, is currently up with the parent Nashville Predators as they face the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, he was pressed into duty during Game 1 on Tuesday, with starter Juuse Saros out with injury and backup David Rittich lit up for five first-period goals.

“Yeah, that’s not a bad feeling,” Moose coach Mark Morrison said Wednesday with a smirk. Hey, at this time of year you’ll take any advantage you can get, and this one certainly falls in Manitoba’s favour.

Still, Milwaukee will be anything but a pushover. Just like their NHL big brothers, they play a heavy, physical game. And with the first two games in Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday night, Manitoba skaters best keep their heads on a swivel.

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Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

Winnipegger Cody Glass led the Milwaukee Admirals in scoring in the regular season. (Photo by John Russell / NHLI)

Moose forward sees AHL playoffs as chance to impress parent club

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Moose forward sees AHL playoffs as chance to impress parent club

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Friday, Apr. 22, 2022

David Gustafsson prefers to take a glass half-full approach.

A naturally positive person, the Swedish-born forward with a big smile seemingly always on his face is quick to find the silver lining in just about any situation.

Sure, one of the top young prospects of the Winnipeg Jets, who burst onto the scene by playing 22 big-league games in his rookie year (2019-20), wishes there had been more NHL appearances over the past two years.

There were only four games last season, and just two in this current one.

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Friday, Apr. 22, 2022

David Gustafsson (Mike Sudoma / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Rally around Moose, Ice

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Rally around Moose, Ice

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2022

Take a well-deserved bow, Mark Morrison. You too, James Patrick. Because the play of your respective teams, and the excitement of what might still be to come, is just what this hockey-crazed community needs right now.

The big dogs in town, the Winnipeg Jets, are going nowhere but the golf course. Lots of bark, but very little bite. They have five games left — the final four at Canada Life Centre which might have the atmosphere of the Millennium Library given the current sad state of affairs — before calling it a season and going their separate ways to lick their wounds.

There will be no Whiteout this spring, unless Mother Nature decides to play yet another cruel trick on us.

That hardly means all hope is lost in River City. Far from it, in fact. The Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Ice are making plenty of noise in their respective leagues, and a lengthy run over the next couple months could certainly be in the cards for one, or both, outfits.

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Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2022

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Trent Bourque (from left), Haralds Egle, Jeff Malott, Dean Stewart and Greg Meireles of the Manitoba Moose celebrate Egle’s goal against the Abbotsford Canucks in January. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Moose ready to bust loose

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Moose ready to bust loose

Mike McIntyre 4 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022

It has been four long years since the Manitoba Moose were playing high-stakes spring hockey. A playoff appearance in 2018 that lasted two rounds was followed by a miss in 2019 and then two straight pandemic-impacted campaigns with no post-season at all.

The drought is officially over. And the farm club of the Winnipeg Jets will not only be competing for the Calder Cup starting next month, but they’ll be among the favourites to go the distance.

“It’s awesome. We talked about it right at the beginning of the year. A goal of ours was getting into the playoffs. That’s the first step,” forward Cole Maier told reporters following practice earlier this week. The undrafted 26-year-old is fourth on the team in scoring with 15 goals and 15 assists in 62 games this year.

At 37-21-7, the Moose officially punched their ticket following last Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss in Chicago. They have seven regular-season games remaining, including home dates on Saturday and Sunday against Rockford. Manitoba is in second in their division, and sixth-overall in the 32-team AHL.

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Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022

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‘We’ve been working for this the entire season,’ says, Moose defenceman Declan Chisholm of the team’s impending post-season run.

Hockey world rallies around former NHL player's son, diagnosed with incurable brain cancer

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Hockey world rallies around former NHL player's son, diagnosed with incurable brain cancer

Taylor Allen 7 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022

It takes a lot of courage to drop the gloves and fight, something Ryan White learned over his 13-year pro hockey career.

But now White, along with his wife, Sarah, faces a battle that brings a whole new meaning to the word courage. And facing it together head on, they want to share what their family is going through and extend a heartfelt thank you to those who’ve offered help during what’s been the most difficult time of their lives.

Last week, their three-year-old son Gordie was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. The tumor is most commonly found in children between the ages of 7-10, with the average life expectancy less than one year.

“We had no idea what this was and I’m sure a lot of people don’t. It’s not talked about very often. That’s probably the biggest thing we’re trying to take out of this. Obviously, there’s no good news in all of this and everything is dark and dire, but I’m one of those people who try to think that things happen for a reason. The only reason I can think that it happened to us is that we have an opportunity to bring some awareness to this,” White told the Free Press in a phone interview on Tuesday. The Brandon native played 313 NHL games between the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild. After two seasons with the Manitoba Moose, White closed out his playing career last season with the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder and is now an assistant coach with the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers.

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Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022

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Ryan White, who became an assistant coach with the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers this season, holding his son Gordie.

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