Pistons, Nighthawks will be well represented at showcase event
Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) players will have another chance to impress top level scouts at a showcase tournament, as three all-star teams take on their Saskatchewan counterparts Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 at the Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg.
This year’s MJHL/SJHL showcase will be the first time the tournament has taken place in Manitoba, and the first since 2020 after previous events were cancelled due to COVID-19.
The tournament will feature six teams made up of some of the best junior A players in the prairies. Selections for the teams were made by the coaching staff who will be representing each league at the event.
The MJHL roster is dominated by Steinbach Pistons. Not only is head coach Paul Dyck coaching the MJHL’s 18U team, Steinbach is sending the most players of any team, with 11 players making the cut, including four on that same 18U team.
“I think the guys are deserving of being there,” Dyck said of his players who were named to the roster, while noting he felt there were even a few snubs from his league-leading squad.
“Unfortunately there’s a lot of good players in our league who are not at the event… It’s a fun event, it’s a feather in the cap of the players that are there, but for those that are not there, it’s certainly not the be-all end-all.”
Niverville will be sending five players, alongside trainer Rob Pambrun, who will be behind the bench for the 20U Red team.
Scouts from major junior, colleges in both the United States and Canada and even the NHL are expected to be in attendance.
Games will run all afternoon on both days, starting at noon on Jan. 31, and ending with a match-up of 18U teams at 5 p.m. Feb. 1.
Dyck said in his experience, games between leagues provide more competitiveness than showcase events with players from only one league.
“The intensity is going to be very high,” he said.
“You put on the colours of your province, so there’s that pride, the pride of representing your league. It definitely doesn’t have the feel of a stereotypical all-star game.”
Tickets will be available online, with walk-up tickets available on the day.
Participating at the MJHL/SJHL showcase:
From the Steinbach Pistons:
Warren Clark (18U)
Noah Szabo (18U)
Nicholas Mikan (18U)
Ty Paisley (18U)
Davis Fry (20U Black)
Dawson Milliken (20U Black)
Dominik Wasik (20U Red)
Ian Amsbaugh (20U Red)
Leo Chambers (20U Red)
Travis Hensrud (20U Red)
Landon Roberts (20U Red)
From the Niverville Nighthawks:
Carson Reed (18U White)
Desmond Johnson (20U Black)
Josh Paulhus (20U Black)
Evan Bortis (20U Red)
Brett Tataryn (20U Red)
From the Eastman region (Agegroup/Hometown/Current Team):
Brody Beauchemin (18U/Ile des Chenes/Swan Valley)
Justin Keck (20U/Morris/Winkler)
Mike Svenson (20U/Ile des Chenes/Winkler)
Ty Paisley (18U/Steinbach/Steinbach)
Kade Runke (20U/Grunthal/Estevan)