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Pistons D-man makes NHL scouting mid-season rankings

1 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

It’s been a whirlwind start to 2023 for Steinbach Pistons defenseman Warren Clark.

The 2004-born defender was first named one of the the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s (MJHL) players of the week, and in the second week, he was the only MJHL player to make NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings for North American skaters.

Clark, born in Riverside, Ont., has already announced a commitment to play his college hockey at St Cloud State University in Minnesota.

A rookie defender, Clark has been an anchor on the Pistons blue-line, racking up big minutes and points for a squad which has top-end forward talent.

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AS I SEE IT COLUMN: Anti-vaxxers shamelessly use NFL accident to promote COVID lies

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AS I SEE IT COLUMN: Anti-vaxxers shamelessly use NFL accident to promote COVID lies

James Loewen 4 minute read Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

It never ceases to amaze how some conservatives will use any event, no matter how low they have to go nor what bottom of the barrel they have to scrape, to spread lies and unfounded conspiracies about COVID.

So it really came as no surprise when anti-vaxxers sprung into action a couple of weeks ago after a player in the NFL – Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills - was administered CPR on the field. Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance and the NFL cancelled the game.

In a matter of minutes, conservative anti-vax snake oil salesmen were spreading unfounded lies that Hamlin’s on-field heart attack happened as result of Hamlin reacting to a COVID vaccine, instead of the most-likely real cause which was commotio cordis, a cardiac condition brought about by blunt impact to the chest area directly over the heart that causes it to stop beating.

There is so much that is wrong and evil and despicable when lies are used to spread propaganda that it’s hard to know where to begin with the conservative campaign of lies after Hamlin’s horrific collision.

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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

It never ceases to amaze how some conservatives will use any event, no matter how low they have to go nor what bottom of the barrel they have to scrape, to spread lies and unfounded conspiracies about COVID.

So it really came as no surprise when anti-vaxxers sprung into action a couple of weeks ago after a player in the NFL – Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills - was administered CPR on the field. Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance and the NFL cancelled the game.

In a matter of minutes, conservative anti-vax snake oil salesmen were spreading unfounded lies that Hamlin’s on-field heart attack happened as result of Hamlin reacting to a COVID vaccine, instead of the most-likely real cause which was commotio cordis, a cardiac condition brought about by blunt impact to the chest area directly over the heart that causes it to stop beating.

There is so much that is wrong and evil and despicable when lies are used to spread propaganda that it’s hard to know where to begin with the conservative campaign of lies after Hamlin’s horrific collision.

Steinbach Sabres basketball season tips off

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Steinbach Sabres basketball season tips off

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

While other sports enter the stretch run of a long regular season, the high school basketball schedule in Manitoba is a sprint to the finish.

The Steinbach Regional Secondary School (SRSS) Sabres tipped off their season in the first tier of the South Central Athletic Conference (SCAC) on Jan. 9, and will finish Feb. 22.

Even with the short runway to get prepared for any post-season, the Sabres boys varsity team has kept busy, playing in three tournaments before their league schedule began, and have scheduled two more for late-January/early-February.

Head coach Jeff Dykerman said while the Sabres haven’t gotten off to a great start, he was happy to see his team get back into the win column against the J.H. Bruns Broncos with a 63-48 win Jan. 18 in Steinbach.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Rovic Duaqui had a solid outing for the Sabres against the Broncos, pulling down 11 rebounds and adding 6 steals. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Big tests ahead for Sabres as hockey season enters stretch run

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Big tests ahead for Sabres as hockey season enters stretch run

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

With four games remaining on their schedule, the Steinbach Regional Secondary School (SRSS) Sabres were still alive for a first-round playoff bye.

The Sabres sit in fourth place as of Jan. 24, nine points behind third-place Westwood. The top three teams in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League’s (WHSHL) top division will get a bye, with the 10 remaining teams playing in a first-round three-game series.

John Laninga is the head coach of the Sabres, which have been snake-bitten against the three top teams in the division this season. Steinbach is winless against Garden City, St Pauls and Westwood.

“We’ve been in those games, one or two goal games for the most part,” Laninga said.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

A Steinbach player a third period goal against Oak Park. The Sabres are currently fourth in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League's top division, in line for a home playoff series in the quarter-finals, if they can hold onto one of the top four spots. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

SPORTS FLASHBACK 1983: Club Sportif salutes sportsmen

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SPORTS FLASHBACK 1983: Club Sportif salutes sportsmen

Wes Keating 4 minute read Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

Sports Flashback October 5, 1983

During the 1949-50 hockey season, players in La Broquerie vowed that if they won the Carillon Cup, they would build a closed in arena in La Broquerie. They drew a sketch of the proposed building, posted it in the local café and went back to playing hockey.

On a Wednesday in March of 1950, they won the Cup and that Friday bought a timber permit. Early the following week, 10 men with two trucks headed out to a Whitemouth Lake timber stand.

It was that kind of spirit of cooperation and dedication to hard work that saw the early years of the La Broquerie Club Sportif build the first closed in arena outside the City of Winnipeg, in a community of less than 1,000 people.

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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

The La Broquerie Habs first coach Jean Musso and Roy Seidler, who coaches the 1983-84 edition, got together to compare notes at a special event marking La Broquerie’s centennial. Often having only six players on that 1948 team, Musso says he did not have the problem of juggling lines to find a winning combination.

St Malo Warriors christen new ice plant with convincing victory

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St Malo Warriors christen new ice plant with convincing victory

Cassidy Dankochik 4 minute read Yesterday at 2:21 PM CST

It was fitting on a night where the community was celebrating a new piece of equipment in the St Malo Arena, the hometown junior hockey team came out with a workman-like performance to pick up a victory.

Dignitaries, politicians and stakeholders came together before the start of the St Malo Warriors game against the North Winnipeg Satelites Jan. 20 to celebrate the building’s new ice plant.

The new plant paid immediate dividends for spectators, as fans enjoyed a more comfortable atmosphere while watching the Warriors demolish their opponents in a 6-1 victory.

The plant and dehumidifier may be in place to help extend the building’s life, but as a bonus, the excess heat generated by the system is pumped into the arena to keep temperatures from falling too low.

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La Vérendrye MLA Dennis Smook, speaks to the crowd before puck drop. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Steinbach on cruise control as HTJHL enters stretch run

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Steinbach on cruise control as HTJHL enters stretch run

Cassidy Dankochik 2 minute read Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

With under a month left to play, the Steinbach Huskies have locked down top spot in the Hanover-Tache Junior Hockey League.

The club has only lost one game across their 20 played, and hold a 12 point lead on second place Springfield, with only four games remaining on their regular season schedule.

The Huskies dominance has been complete this season, as their 141 goals scored on the season are 50 more than any other team, and their 39 goals given up are 25 more than anyone else.

Up front, Steinbach is lead by captain and the league’s leading scorer Brandon Thiessen. Thissen has an incredible 54 points in 20 games this season. If that wasn’t enough for the opposition, four of the top five scorers in the league wear Huskies uniforms, with only Red River’s Braden Hildebrand (second in league scoring with 44 points) preventing the all-Steinbach sweep of the top four scorers.

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Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

Brandon Palmer manages to get a stick on a Macdonald shot, one of his 23 saves in a 12-3 victory. The Steinbach netminder has the best save percentage in the HTJHL this season and a perfect 9-0 record in games he's started. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Pilots back in the air after Christmas break

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Pilots back in the air after Christmas break

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

The collegiate sports schedule in Manitoba is back in full swing, with volleyball, basketball and futsal teams all in action throughout January.

The Providence Pilots men’s and women’s basketball teams will be spending the early part of 2023 on the road in the States, as they continue to play out their National Christian Colleges Athletic Association (NCCAA) and National Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) schedules.

The teams played three games in three days against Free Lutheran Bible College (Jan 12) and Oak Hills Christian College (Jan 13 and 14) in Minnesota.

The men’s Pilots team went 1-2 over the weekend, picking up a 90-81 win against Free Lutheran Bible College before dropping two straight to Oak Hills, giving up 92 points in both losses.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Noah Boschman focuses as he tosses up the ball before a third-set service against Assiniboine Community College. Boschman, from Grunthal, helped the Providence Pilots to a straight-sets victory over the Brandon-based school Jan. 14. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Paul Dyck latest inductee to Moose Jaw Warriors Hall of Fame

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Paul Dyck latest inductee to Moose Jaw Warriors Hall of Fame

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

When Paul Dyck received a phone call from a former teammate he simply relished the opportunity to catch up with an old friend. Instead, after chatting for 15 minutes the current head coach and general manager of the Steinbach Pistons received the news he was going to be inducted into the Moose Jaw Warriors hall of fame.

“It was a real pleasant surprise,” Dyck said, laughing.

Dyck’s playing career included nearly 150 games for the Saskatchewan-based Western Hockey League franchise across two seasons, where he racked up 68 points before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991, becoming the first Steinbach player ever to be drafted to the NHL.

From there, the defenseman embarked on a 15-year professional career across the International Hockey League (IHL) and German top division.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

When Paul Dyck received a phone call from a former teammate he simply relished the opportunity to catch up with an old friend. Instead, after chatting for 15 minutes the current head coach and general manager of the Steinbach Pistons received the news he was going to be inducted into the Moose Jaw Warriors hall of fame.

“It was a real pleasant surprise,” Dyck said, laughing.

Dyck’s playing career included nearly 150 games for the Saskatchewan-based Western Hockey League franchise across two seasons, where he racked up 68 points before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991, becoming the first Steinbach player ever to be drafted to the NHL.

From there, the defenseman embarked on a 15-year professional career across the International Hockey League (IHL) and German top division.

AS I SEE IT: Ukraine-Bisons hockey game illustrates the healing power of sport

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AS I SEE IT: Ukraine-Bisons hockey game illustrates the healing power of sport

James Loewen 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

In hugely important athletic contests it is not uncommon for the vanquished to weep at their heartbreak, while sometimes you even see the victors cry tears of joy for the win that was the culmination of their dreams.

But it’s something completely different to see fans in the stands shedding tears.

Such was the case earlier this week when Ukraine’s national under-25 team took on the University of Manitoba Bisons in downtown Winnipeg.

That Ukraine won the game 5-1 thanks to their speed and relentless forechecking is completely inconsequential. If anyone needed an illustration of sport meaning something much bigger and much more important than a sporting competition, this game was the perfect example.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

Ukrainian fans celebrate a first period goal. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

SPORTS FLASHBACK 1960: Playground rinks enjoy early start

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SPORTS FLASHBACK 1960: Playground rinks enjoy early start

Wes Keating 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

With the Steinbach Playground Association’s major upgrade to the community’s outdoor rinks on Creek Road nearing completion, Steinbach youngsters will be able to lace up their skates earlier than ever this year.

Just to get the season started, the association has announced it will throw the rink open for two days of free skating, this week only. The rink will be open Friday evening at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Playground Association volunteers have been flooding the rink around the clock for most of a week. Never before can members remember having the ice ready for skating this early in the season. And only once has it been made in this much of a hurry. That was an unplanned event last year, when a water main burst, flooding everything overnight.

When the Steinbach Playground Association’s building committee announced a $35,000 project last March they were hopeful that by the beginning of the next hockey season, young sports enthusiasts in the community would have a brand new building and hockey rinks.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

Until the community rinks are flooded, any patch of ice will do and youngsters enjoy an early-season hockey game on the Steinbach Creek across from the Steinbach Playground Association’s rink facility.

Force hoping indoor success carries forward

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Force hoping indoor success carries forward

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023

The Niverville Force are having quite the year so far in the Mantioba Major Soccer League’s (MMSL) indoor second division.

The Force are undefeated on the season through eight games, only giving up seven goals, in the high-paced indoor game. The half-field game includes nine players per-side, no offsides and halves of 30 minutes.

For head coach Andry Giesbrecht, who also coaches the outdoor team, the results on the field are just a bonus.

“It’s been going really good for us,” Giesbrecht said after his team defeated Kucame B FC’s squad 4-1 Jan. 7.

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Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023

The Niverville Force are having quite the year so far in the Mantioba Major Soccer League’s (MMSL) indoor second division.

The Force are undefeated on the season through eight games, only giving up seven goals, in the high-paced indoor game. The half-field game includes nine players per-side, no offsides and halves of 30 minutes.

For head coach Andry Giesbrecht, who also coaches the outdoor team, the results on the field are just a bonus.

“It’s been going really good for us,” Giesbrecht said after his team defeated Kucame B FC’s squad 4-1 Jan. 7.

Sultans pick up MJBL year-end awards

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Sultans pick up MJBL year-end awards

Cassidy Dankochik 4 minute read Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023

While the Carillon Sultans couldn’t bring home a Manitoba Junior Baseball League (MJBL) championship this season, team members didn’t walk away from the 2022 season empty handed.

Bryan Gerbrandt was named co-manager of the year alongside Elmwood’s Ed Kulyk. In Gerbrandt’s final season as Carillon’s manager, he helped lead the team to the league semi-finals, falling to Elmwood in a competitive series, handing the Giants their only loss of the post-season.

Gerbrandt was quick to praise his team for helping him earn the award.

“I was surprised and honoured, and that just shows we had a good team this year,” Gerbrandt said.

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Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023

Linden Meilleur was named the MJBL's all-star left-handed pitcher for 2022. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

‘More than a game,’ as Team Ukraine play Bisons in Winnipeg

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‘More than a game,’ as Team Ukraine play Bisons in Winnipeg

3 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

If there was any doubt more than an exhibition hockey game between the U25 Ukrainian National Team and the University of Manitoba Bisons was going on at Canada Life Centre on Jan. 9, it was put to rest after Mykhailo Simchuk potted the first goal of the game.The crowd, including 4,000 Ukrainian war refugees, roared with the approval of home fans watching an NHL playoff game. The fans, many carrying Ukrainian flags or donned in Ukrainian jerseys, kept up the energy as Ukraine dominated on the ice, eventually winning 5-1 on the scoreboard.

The game was the final action on the Hockey Can’t Stop Tour, featuring the Ukrainian team playing CanadaWest Universities in preparation for the World University Games in Lake Placid.

The Manitoba stop featured the largest crowd of the four-stop tour, and was moved to the CanadaLife Centre after a conversation between Bisons head coach Mike Sirant and Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman.

“We had a few breakdowns, they’re such a skilled team that they capitalized, and we had some chances that didn’t go in so perhaps the score could’ve been closer but tonight was more than just a hockey game,” Sirant said after the game.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Devon Skoleski warms up on the Canada Life Centre ice surface. The third-year forward from St Adolphe is thriving for the Bisons this season, scoring 21 points in 17 games this season. Skoleski scored his team's only goal in the exhibition match against Ukraine. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Aces hoping for long playoff run in first SEMHL season

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Aces hoping for long playoff run in first SEMHL season

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Playoffs are only a month away in the South East Manitoba Hockey League (SEMHL), and the league’s newest teams look to have spots in the post-season locked up.

The Ste Anne Aces, Ile des Chenes North Stars and Red River Wild all made the leap to the league this season and all are sitting in playoff spots. With 10 teams in the league this season, the SEMHL is one of the largest intermediate senior hockey leagues in Manitoba’s history.

Eight teams will make the playoffs, with a three-game first round series, five-game second round series and a seven-game championship series on the cards.

It will be an adjustment for the Ste Anne Aces, which were perennial champions in the now-defunct Carillon Senior Hockey League. Their former league featured seven-game series throughout their playoffs.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Brendan Walker finished the game against Morden with three goals and three assists. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

MJHL franchises make tweaks on deadline day

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MJHL franchises make tweaks on deadline day

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

While it’s not the glut of deals that went down last year, both of the region’s Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) franchises made roster tweaks on the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) trade deadline.

The Steinbach Pistons, who bolstered their lineup by adding four veteran players before Jan. 10 last season, only swapped out defenseman Hugo Larkin for Parker Jasper in two separate deals.

Larkin, a 2004-born defenseman from St-Bruno-de-Guigues, Que., will be returning to his home province, as the Pistons received future considerations for moving him to the Joliette Prédateurs of the Quebec Junior Hockey League. He has 47 games of major-junior experience for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Val-d’Or Foreurs. In 22 games for Steinbach this season Larkin picked up three assists.

Larkin’s departure left a spot open on the blueline, and Pistons head coach and general manager Paul Dyck filled it with a player he noted had been on their radar for a long time.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

The Steinbach Pistons brought in Parker Jasper to help bolster their blueline. The 2003-born defender started this season with the El Paso Rhinos of the North American Hockey League. (Parker Jasper Submitted)

SPORTS FLASHBACK 1948: Steinbach curlers build their own rink

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SPORTS FLASHBACK 1948: Steinbach curlers build their own rink

Wes Keating 2 minute read Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

Sports Flashback December 17, 1948

As soon as the ice was in, nearly 200 enthusiastic curlers took up their brooms to launch the roaring game in their own brand new rink in Steinbach.

Forty high school students, 44 women and 100 men began regularly scheduled games at the Steinbach Curling Club last night, just nine months after a small group got together to organize the club in March.

At the March 20 meeting, the Steinbach Curling Club elected a slate of officers to be headed by Bob Scarrow, the driving force behind the curling rink project. Dr M.R. Whetter was named first vice president, Ron Kreutzer, second vice president and J.P. Schmidt, treasurer. Other members of the executive of that first Steinbach Curling Club executive were Ed J. Friesen, Frank Sawatzky, Jac Fast and Jac Peters.

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Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

Sports Flashback December 17, 1948

As soon as the ice was in, nearly 200 enthusiastic curlers took up their brooms to launch the roaring game in their own brand new rink in Steinbach.

Forty high school students, 44 women and 100 men began regularly scheduled games at the Steinbach Curling Club last night, just nine months after a small group got together to organize the club in March.

At the March 20 meeting, the Steinbach Curling Club elected a slate of officers to be headed by Bob Scarrow, the driving force behind the curling rink project. Dr M.R. Whetter was named first vice president, Ron Kreutzer, second vice president and J.P. Schmidt, treasurer. Other members of the executive of that first Steinbach Curling Club executive were Ed J. Friesen, Frank Sawatzky, Jac Fast and Jac Peters.

COLUMN: The As I See It awards for 2022

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COLUMN: The As I See It awards for 2022

James Loewen 3 minute read Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

It feels like it’s been a very quick year in the world of sports, so let’s get right to the (subjective) best and worst stories of the year.

Cheater of the year – If you’ve never watched pro bass fishing on TV I would highly suggest you check it out. In some parts of the states it gets more viewers than NHL hockey. The world of pro fishing was rocked to its core when a champion fisher was caught red-handed with weighted lead balls in his fish, thus making them artificially heavier. The YouTube video of the fisher denying he had stuffed weights in his fish followed immediately by an official cutting open the belly of the fish and pulling out some lead weights, is reality TV at its finest.

Dumbest athlete of the year – In many categories there are lots of athletes and events to pick from, but not in this category. Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic passed up a chance at sporting immortality because of his ignorant and ill-informed views on vaccines. He could have won more major tournaments than any player in the history of tennis, but instead did not participate in the Australian Open because of his medically unfounded fears of a safe and effective vaccine that has been taken by literally billions of people on earth. Putting conspiracy theories ahead of sporting history makes Djokovic the frontrunner for the dumbest athlete of the century, not just 2022.

Most disturbing trend – Sportswashing is a term used to describe the use of sport as a way to cover up something bad and make it look good. With Qatar using the World Cup of Soccer to distract people from the human rights violations in that country and increase its standing in the world and a renegade golf tour operating on Saudi blood money in an effort to sportwash its horrific human rights record, the word ‘sportswashing’ is now sadly part of our vernacular.

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Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

Steinbach fans mob the Sabres team after the final point hit the floor. Steinbach fans dominated the stands, appearing to vastly outnumber their St. Paul's counterparts at the provincial AAAA volleyball finals. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Mikan, Hensrud commit to American universities

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Mikan, Hensrud commit to American universities

Cassidy Dankochik 1 minute read Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

It was a very happy holidays for two members of the Steinbach Pistons. While most people take time during the holidays to relax, Travis Hensrud and Nick Mikan took their time to decide on their hockey futures.

Mikan announced his commitment to the University of St Thomas in Minnesota Dec. 21. The rookie winger has 22 points this season, and will be joining Ty Paisley at the university when the Pistons duo decide to make the leap to the NCAA.

While Paisley gets to enjoy playing his junior hockey close to home, it will be Mikan who enjoys that experience at the collegiate level, as the 2004-born forward grew up 13 minutes away from St Thomas’ Minneapolis campus.

Just two days later, Travis Hensrud joined his teammate in committing to a NCAA team. Hensrud plans to suit up for Northern Michigan University. Hensrud has been red-hot this season, sat in third place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League scoring race as of Jan. 2.

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Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

Travis Hensrud, currently sitting in third in the MJHL scoring race for the Steinbach Pistons, will be taking his talents to the University of Northern Michigan when he begins his collegiate hockey career. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Davis heading to Lake Placid for World University Games

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Davis heading to Lake Placid for World University Games

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

Over six years after donning the maple leaf of Team Canada, Brett Davis will get a chance to do it again, as the Oakbank forward will represent his country once more at the Winter World University Games in Lake Placid later this month.

Davis, who played at the world U17 challenge in 2016 and was drafted by the Dallas Stars, has been excelling in a Manitoba Bisons uniform over the past two seasons, scoring well over a point-per-game for the black and gold over the 29 games he’s played for them. He sits third in the Canada West scoring race this season.

“Anytime you have a chance to represent your country its a huge honour to be able to wear the maple leaf on your chest,” Davis said.

“I’m super fortunate to be able to be selected to that team, and I’m looking to represent my country in a positive way and hopefully bring back a gold medal.

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Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

Brett Davis has been red-hot for the Manitoba Bisons this season, sitting in the top five for points across Canada West. The Oakbank forward will be planing for Team Canada at the World University games later this month. (University of Manitoba)

Remembering 2022 in local sports

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Remembering 2022 in local sports

Cassidy Dankochik 19 minute read Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

From championship banners to hall of fame inductions, it was a great year to be a sports fan in the Steinbach area. Here’s a look back at the events to remember in 2022.

JANUARY

Kelvin Cech was named the Niverville Nighthawks first-ever head coach and general manager. The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) announced they would be expanding to the community in the summer of 2021. Cech brought no shortage of experience to the job, previously coaching the Winkler Flyers, winning MJHL coach of the year in 2020. Niverville board members cited his experience in the league as a key factor in hiring him ahead of nearly two dozen other candidates. At the time of his hiring, he was an assistant coach at the University of B.C.

When the Niverville club announced Cech’s hiring, they didn’t even have a name yet. Later in the month, they would officially become the Nighthawks. Board member Clarence Braun told The Carillon the Nighthawks nickname was favoured from the beginning. After narrowing the potential list of names down to 12, Nighthawks came out on top. Other names considered in the final five included Northstars, Threshers, Nitro and Clippers.

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Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

Pistons captain Zac Patrick shakes hands with his Dauphin Kings opponents after a game seven loss in the Turnbull Cup finals. It was Patrick's final year of junior eligibility, so the Winnipeg-born player will be heading the the University of Manitoba Bisons. (Terry Frey Photo The Carillon)

Ukrainian national hockey team coming to Manitoba for fundraising game

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Ukrainian national hockey team coming to Manitoba for fundraising game

3 minute read Monday, Jan. 2, 2023

The Ukrainian national U25 hockey team will be coming to Manitoba to play an exhibition game against the University of Mantioba Bisons. The game is part of the Hockey Can’t Stop Tour, with the Ukrainian team playing universities across western Canada.

The tour includes games against the Universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Calgary and Manitoba, with Manitoba’s game against Ukraine set for Jan. 9 (7 p.m.) at the Canada Life Centre (formerly the MTS Centre) in downtown Winnipeg. The Manitoba stop is the final game of the tour.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be going to the Canada/Ukraine foundation, which supports humanitarian groups in both countries. The foundation plans to distribute most of the raised money to the Save Ukrainian Hockey Dream fund, which is dedicated to help rebuild hockey infrastructure in the war-torn country.

The charity is operated by the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

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Monday, Jan. 2, 2023

The Ukrainian national U25 hockey team will be coming to Manitoba to play an exhibition game against the University of Mantioba Bisons. The game is part of the Hockey Can’t Stop Tour, with the Ukrainian team playing universities across western Canada.

The tour includes games against the Universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Calgary and Manitoba, with Manitoba’s game against Ukraine set for Jan. 9 (7 p.m.) at the Canada Life Centre (formerly the MTS Centre) in downtown Winnipeg. The Manitoba stop is the final game of the tour.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be going to the Canada/Ukraine foundation, which supports humanitarian groups in both countries. The foundation plans to distribute most of the raised money to the Save Ukrainian Hockey Dream fund, which is dedicated to help rebuild hockey infrastructure in the war-torn country.

The charity is operated by the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Sports Flashback: Marchand hill providing challenge for local skiers

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Sports Flashback: Marchand hill providing challenge for local skiers

Wes Keating 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 30, 2022

January 31, 1958

This week, after waiting nearly a month for there to be enough snow, half a dozen Steinbach skiers lined up at the top of the Marchand Ski Hill for the first run down the 50-foot ski-run they had helped to create, with a lot of hard work and a minimum investment of cash last year.

The locals had dubbed this, the steepest hill in the Sandilands forest at Marchand, as “Nightmare Hill,” but a group of local skiers treated it as a challenge and spent weeks last fall clearing bush for a ski run, putting in the extra effort to install a ski lift to make the trip up the 50-foot slope just as easy, if somewhat slower, than the trip down.

The idea of creating a downhill skiing facility in the Southeast is just another example of the way recreation facilities are built. An interested group gets together, decides what they would like to see, and then goes about putting in the effort and the funds to see it happen.

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Friday, Dec. 30, 2022

The Steinbach Ski Club made it very clear that while they welcomed members of the public to share their new ski hill at Marchand, all skiers did so at their own risk. (Carillon Archives)

Paisley thriving for hometown Pistons

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Paisley thriving for hometown Pistons

Cassidy Dankochik 6 minute read Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

When the Beasejour Blades announced they were going to move to Steinbach, Ty Paisley was only five-years-old. Now 18, Paisley is having a breakout season for his hometown Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) team.

Despite now starring for the Pistons, Paisley admits he doesn’t remember much about them coming to Steinbach. He would play his minor hockey in the city until moving to the AA Eastman Blizzard, then began playing at the Rink Hockey Academy beginning in 2018/2019 for his second year in the bantam age group.

While most of his teammates need to travel across the province, or even the country for their Christmas break, Paisley can just stay right at home. The Pistons played their final game before the break Dec. 17.

“I have a bunch of guys on my team who tell me how lucky I am to play for my hometown,” Paisley said, laughing.

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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

Ty Paisley sticks out his tongue as he breaks down the ice at the T.G. Smith Centre arena earlier this season. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Local couple purchase Holiday Mountain Ski Resort

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Local couple purchase Holiday Mountain Ski Resort

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Monday, Dec. 26, 2022

For the first time in over a year, the crunch of skis and snowboards sliding down a hill will echo around the Holiday Mountain Ski Resort.

Paul and Renée Warkentin are the new owners of the resort, which is roughly one and a half hours southwest of Winnipeg in La Rivière. The resort, which first opened in 1959, was closed last season due to COVID-19 concerns, and had announced earlier this year they didn’t anticipate being able to open this year due to drought conditions.

Buying a ski hill wasn’t in the plans for Paul and Renée, who also own Cobblestone Homes in Grande Pointe, but with the resort staring down a potential closure, Renée said she knew they had to do something.

“We did not want to buy a ski hill, we just did not want it to close down,” she said.

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Monday, Dec. 26, 2022

New Bothwell's Abe Sawatzky is heading out to Holiday Mountain Ski Resort to manage the now rejuvenated ski hill in southwestern Mantioba. (Renée Warkentin submitted photo)

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