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Description: Happy new year! now, let’s play All of us here at SportsLife Magazine hopes everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season. However, we also know those holidays must come to an end. That means it’s January and it’s time to start playing games again. In this edition, we want to celebrate the great performances of the past couple of months. At the top of the list is the brilliance of University of Manitoba swimmer Kelsey Wog who won a silver medal at her first World Championship in To

sportslife 2017 Volume 4 Issue 1 Winnipeg Edition Winnipeg s place to play Attack Basketball Grassroots Youth Program Takes Community by Storm Canada Cup Champs Jones and Curruthers Head to Olympic Trials Bisons Swimmer and Olympic Hopeful Meet the Talented Kelsey Wog High School Football Stars Dueck King and Williams Head to Orlando Ready to Face U.S. in Inaugural North American Championship Winnipeg Ringette League s All-Star Games and Skills Competition a Display of Ringette www.SportsLife.life Superiority Wesmen Classic Page 33 Large 2-TOPPING PIZZA an pizza p Super Thick & fluffy pan pizza crust new (204) Contents 4 sportslife 12 Attack Basketball Program a huge success 06 the starting line-up 12 Basketball Hottest News Stories in Manitoba Sports 24 curling Jones and Carruthers Head to Olympic Trials Attack Youth Program a Huge Success 26 Swimming 29 Billboard U of M s Talented Kelsey Wog 15 Eat like an athlete 16 football 18 Rowing Beef Lollipops with Canteloupe Salad Support Your Local Community U18 Players Prepare for Orlando 30 Junior Hockey MJHL Showcase Emma Gray Gets National Funding 31 Junior Hockey MJHL Photo Feature 20 ringette Skill Competition and All Star Games 33 University basketball 34 Ringette All-Stars Highlights Photo Feature 50th Annual Wesmen Classic Photo Feature 22 MB Sports Hall of Fame Seals Coach Leier-Blacher Inducted SportsLife is Manitoba s amateur sports magazine. This is where sports fans will meet the Olympians of tomorrow and the medalists of today and they all compete right here in Manitoba. We exist to pay tribute to those who make sport so important to this province. Published by SportsLife Publications it is edited by Scott Taylor and is designed and developed by Scott Taylor Debbie Dunmall and OV Suvajac. SportsLife Magazine is printed by The Winnipeg Sun. Any opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily express the views of the magazine or of the publishers. All published work is edited for accuracy style and clarity. We do accept unsolicited material as long as it refers to athletes coaches or volunteers involved in sport in Manitoba. For all information and advertising rates we can be reached at 204-996-4146. PUBLISHER OV Suvajac publisher sportslife.life 202B - 2621 Portage Avenue Winnipeg Manitoba R3J 0P7 204-996-4146 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor sdtaylor2 shaw.ca ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall ddunmall gmail.com ADVERTISING OV Suvajac SportsLife live.ca COVER PHOTO Keith Horner Stafford Studios CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jeff and Tara Miller 100 Acre Woods Photography James Carey Lauder Sports Photography Bruce Fedyck Kelly Morton Basketball Manitoba Sukhvir Singh Attack Basketball Rowing Canada Stafford Studios Keith Horner Brianna McRae Canadian Centre for Sport Manitoba Laurie Anderson Winnipeg Blues CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor Adam Wedlake Al Gowriluk Happy new year now let s play All of us here at SportsLife Magazine hopes everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season. However we also know those holidays must come to an end. That means it s January and it s time to start playing games again. In this edition we want to celebrate the great performances of the past couple of months. At the top of the list is the brilliance of University of Manitoba swimmer Kelsey Wog who won a silver medal at her first World Championship in Toronto in December. Wog is a provincial treasure and just could be Canada s next great swimmer. As well two of Manitoba s great competitive curling teams Team Jennifer Jones and Team Reid Carruthers won their respective Canada Cup titles in December and earned spots in the qualifying event for the 2018 Pyongchaeng Olympics. Rower Emma Gray who has emerged as the fastest junior rower in the nation earned national funding through RBC. And University of Manitoba football star Geoff Gray is now among the highest-ranked players eligible for the 2017 CFL draft. We ll also meet University of Winnipeg wrestler Maddison Haney get to know Winnipeg s Jason Park the latest member of Canada s national U-18 football team s coaching staff and take a look at the stars of the recently-completed Manitoba Junior Hockey League s 2016 Showcase at MTS Iceplex. We ll pay tribute to Coach Sukhvir Singh s Attack Basketball program and the University of Manitoba men s basketball program that just won its second straight Wesmen Classic championship. We ll also have a chat with Andreas Dueck and Tong King two of the players who will represent Manitoba at the 2017 Canada-USA U-18 Football Championship Game at Walt Disney World on Jan. 28. As always there will be plenty of Ringette news so sit back relax and join us for another edition of SportsLife Magazine. The New Year is upon us. It s time to play. SCOTT TAYLOR Editor-in-Chief SportsLife is published at least six times a year by SportsLife Publications. All sales are managed by SportsLife Publications. All design and layout is provided by Debbie Dunmall and SportsLife is printed by The Winnipeg Sun. www.SportsLife.life sportslife 5 Starting Line-Up Compiled by Scott Taylor Photos by Kelly Morton Jeff MIller James Carey Lauder and Bruce Fedyck SportsLife Magazine brings you the hottest news stories in Manitoba sports. Once again we ll catch up with a number of the star athletes who have been so sensational in 2016 the CANADIAN WES DARVILL BACK WITH GOLDEYES One of the most outstanding fielders ever to play third base for Winnipeg Goldeyes will be back to play third base for a second season. The Fish have made it official re-signing lanky Canadian Wes Darvill for the 2017 season. Last season Darvill started out poorly at the plate but his fielding never wavered. Even though he was struggling to get hits he never made a mistake in the infield. Then come August his bat got hot and the Goldeyes streaked through the final weeks of the season won the Wild Card spot and Darvill played a major role in the team s sensational run to the American Association championship. Darvill 25 finished the season hitting .262 with two home runs and 41 runs batted in. He played in 96 of the Goldeyes 100 regular season games. A product of the same British Columbia baseball academy that produced big-leaguer Brett Lawrie Darvill scored 51 runs had 16 doubles six triples and was a perfect 18Wes Darvill for-18 in stolen base attempts. He posted a .345 on-base percentage and finished third among American Association third basemen with a .958 fielding percentage while leading the league with 260 total chances at the hot corner. BISONS DEFEND THEIR WESMEN CLASSIC TITLE Bisons backcourt star Justus Alleyn was the leading scorer as the University of Manitoba successfully defended its Wesmen Classic Basketball Championship crown by defeating the University of Alberta Golden Bears 86-78 in the final game of the 50th Annual Wesmen Classic at the Duckworth Centre last month. With the win Manitoba became the first team to successfully defend its university title since the U of W accomplished the feat back in 1993 and 1994. Alleyn led Manitoba with a game high 22 points including three-three pointers. Ilarion Bonhomme was next with 15 points. Tournament All-Star Joey Nitychoruk finished with 13. Amarjit Basi had 12 while Tournament MVP Keith Omoerah finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Omoerah s 12 rebounds in the game gave him 45 for the tournament breaking the previous record of 42 set by Belaineh Deguefe (Winnipeg 1991) for most rebounds by a single player in the tournament. Justus Alleyn was outstanding 6 sportslife PARK NAMED TO NATIONAL U-18 COACHING STAFF St. Paul s High School Crusaders assistant coach Jason Park has been named to the coaching staff of Canada s national U-18 football team. Football Canada unveiled the staff which will lead Canada at the inaugural North American Championship on Jan. 28 2017 in Orlando Fla. The series of games between USA Football and Football Canada features under-18 and under-19 national team competition. The U1-8 coaching staff was selected from each of the eight participating provincial teams that competed at the 2016 U-18 national tackle football championship -- the Football Canada Cup which was held July 9-15 in Winnipeg. The staff is led by Quebec U-18 provincial team head coach Marco Iadeluca who led Quebec to the gold medal in Winnipeg. Parks a former head coach of the Winnipeg Rifles (2015) will be the linebackers coach. Jason Park MANITOBA MUSIC TO CURL FOR WALTERS MEMORIAL FUND Members of the Manitoba music community are coming together to curl for a good cause. On Feb. 11 Manitoba Music will join with Manitoba Film and Music for the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club. This 2016 Manitoba Music Rocks Bonspiel is the seventh year the event has taken place. It raises funds and awareness for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund a charity that pays tribute to Walters memory by providing financial support for promising individuals and organizations in the music film performance and creative arts industries. Last year more than 4 400 was raised for the Fund and more than 130 curlers participated. This event gets better and better each year said Stephen Carroll music programs manager at Manitoba Film & Music. There is so much amazing spirit and energy in this community and the bonspiel is a fantastic display of that. It s become a hallmark music event in Manitoba. BISONS GEOFF GRAY RANKED FIFTH BY CFL SCOUTING Manitoba Bisons all-star Geoff Gray is ranked No.5 in The 2017 CFL Scouting Bureau s Top Prospect List. Gray 22 had a breakthrough season in 2016 during his fourth campaign at Manitoba. The imposing the 6-foot-6 310-pound guard was a first time captain with the Bisons and was not only voted a Canada West All-Star for the first time he was also named the conference s most outstanding down lineman a national nominee for the J.P Metras Memorial Trophy and a . U Sports First Team All-Canadian. He started all eight league games for the Bisons who averaged 34.5 points and 487.1 Geoff Gray (67) total yards per contest including 333.1 yards through the air good for third in the country. In his four-year Bison career (2013-16) Gray has been incredibly durable on the offensive line as he has not missed a game so far by playing in all 32 conference regular season games and six playoff games. In 2015 the top-ranked U Sports player on the second Scouting Bureau list was Bison David Onyemata. He then finished as the top prospect in the final list on April 2016 and was drafted by the NFL s New Orleans Saints and CFL s Saskatchewan Roughriders. sportslife 7 MIDGET SHARKS WIN BANFF INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT BANFF AB -- Led by top scorers Kyle Schroeder and Blake Burr the City Triple A Midget Sharks went out to Banff last month and chewed up the competition. The Sharks defeated their league-rivals the Winnipeg Warriors in the semifinal and then beat Sherwood Park Alberta s Strathcona Warriors 5-2 in the championship game. A high level Triple A midget event the BHA Challenge Cup Christmas Tournament brings 12 together teams from British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan and Manitoba to play against the Banff Hockey Academy and other teams that play in the CSSHL. Winnipeg sent three teams this year the Sharks the Warriors and the Hawks. The Top 5 scorers for the Sharks after three preliminary games were Schroeder Burr Ryan Cowley Ryden Fedyck and Jesse Tkach. City Midget Sharks are Champions FRESHMAN HANEY WINS FIRST UNIVERSITY GOLD MEDAL First year University of Winnipeg Wesmen women s wrestler Maddison Haney who hails from Barrie Ontario won her first ever U Sport-level gold medal in early January at the University of Alberta Golden Bear Open in Edmonton. Haney a Kinesiology & Applied Health student at the University of Winnipeg competed in the 67-kilogram weight class and finished the event with a perfect 4-0 record. She beat Alison McPhee of the University of Saskatchewan 11-0 in the gold medal match. I was very impressed with her performance especially being a first year competitor at this level said Wesmen head coach Adrian Bruce. The women s team will be entered in their final conference event on Jan. 29 at the Fraser Valley Invitational. Maddison Haney TRANSCONA NATIONALS NEED SOME HELP The Transcona Nationals a Winnipeg-based community football club that has been around since 1912 could fold at any time unless funds are quickly found in order to get the volunteer group out of dent. The club s president Krista Ducharme told CTV News in Winnipeg that the club is 40 000 in debt and is desperately trying to fundraise. We re now at a point Ducharme told the TV Station. Where we need to pay the city for our lease or they are going to remove us from our premises. The club provides all players with the equipment needed to play and has to pay for the cost of three playing fields. Last year according to Ducharme club board members Transcona Nationals 2014 Provincial Midget Champions were forced to cut their own grass to cut costs. It wasn t that long ago that we had 12 teams out of the Nationals and we are down to 5 Ducharme told CTV. If we had those numbers again we could run no problem. As it is the Nationals need the public s help to survive. 8 sportslife WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUNDAY COLUMNISTS WITH ATTITUDE Tom Brodbeck Paul Friesen Doug Lunney and Ted Wyman NEWS HAPPENS ON THE WEEKEND Stay on top of current events with breaking news coverage special reports and in-depth journalism FOLLOW THE JETS AND BOMBERS Win or lose our sportswriters have the most comprehensive coverage of Winnipeg s home teams THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE Sunday s ENT magazine has it all - movies TV video games and Darryl Sterdan s CD reviews We ve got something to say. New Outdoor Basketball Court at Dakota to be Named After Hall of Fame Member Dale Bradshaw By Adam Wedlake Photos courtesy of Basketball Manitoba changes to its outdoor spaces that will now include a basketball court (pictured in orange at the top middle of the image). The school recently announced that they will be naming the court after its long time basketball coach Dale Bradshaw. Dale is a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame (Class of 98) and a member of the Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame. Between 1968 and 1982 Bradshaw coached Dakota Collegiate to five provincial basketball titles. He also led Team Manitoba to nine medals over a 15 year span. The court is expected to open in the fall of 2017. Dakota Collegiate is bestowing a fitting honour to one of its legendary basketball coaches. The school is in the midst of a multi-million dollar project that will see some drastic Manitoba s Wyatt Anders Signs with NBL s Cape Bretton Highlanders Mack Sports-Group client and Winnipeg native Wyatt Anders has earned a spot on the final roster for the Cape Breton Highlanders of the NBL Canada professional basketball league. Wyatt came out of Sturgeon Heights Collegiate and began his college basketball at Canadian Mennonite University. He transferred and completed his eligibility as a member of the Manitoba Bisons under coach Kirby Schepp. Over this time he was a member of the very successful Winnipeg based 3x3 basketball team that has toured North America over the past number of summers where he is currently ranked as the 208th top 3x3 player in the world. Wyatt in action with Team Winnipeg in Mexico City Congratulations Wyatt Learn more about the NBL and the Highlanders at http nblcanada.ca 10 sportslife Support the Basketball Manitoba Raffle and Win a Trip for 2 to Vegas REGISTER FOR THE FUNDRAISER NOW Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce a new fundraising initiative that any school club team OR individual can take advantage of to help raise funds towards their basketball participation. The Basketball Manitoba Vegas Raffle will also support the Basketball for Life Fund that has been created to help remove financial barriers for children wanting to pursue their basketball ambitions. How can this help your program or individual costs If you sign up you can use this fundraiser to see 25% of all net ticket sales (after processing fees) returned in cash back to your basketball expenses. We will manage everything else the lottery license prizes online selling tools etc. Buy your tickets early to be eligible for the Early Bird draw (on January 20 2017) of a Calabria Gift Basket and Pizza certificate The balance of the fundraiser will remain in Manitoba to help grow the sport of basketball at all levels Register your team No minimums no in person follow-ups to deliver items after the sale just use social media text messaging and the internet to inform and update your supporters A grand prize of the draw is a trip for two to Las Vegas May 22-25 2017 with 3 nights at the Flamingo Resort www.basketballraffle.ca Please allow 48 hours from submission date for your program to be added to the list of registered sellers at the main raffle website. As a bonus incentive to registered teams the top 3 groups who sell over 10 000 in tickets will be eligible to receive 1. 2000 cash bonus to the top selling team 2. 1000 cash bonus to the 2nd top selling team 3. 500 cash bonus to the 3rd top selling team Participating teams will receive access to selling tools they can share with their team members to help share this information with their friends and families to encourage support from the community. Remember that 25% of all net team individual sales will come back to you or your program sportslife 11 Sukhvir Singh and Friends Help Community Attack the Game By Scott Taylor Photos courtesy Sukhvir Singh and Attack Basketball There was a time not long ago when Sukhvir (Sukh) Singh was the best basketball player in Manitoba. He was a five-year starting point guard for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. In each of his second and third years at the U of W he was selected to the Second All-Canada West team and in each of his fourth and fifth years at Winnipeg he was selected to the First All-Canada West team. He was the University of Winnipeg s Male Athlete of the Year in both his fourth and fifth years at the school. Prior to starring at the U Sport-level Sukh was the No. 1 ranked player in the annual Winnipeg Sun coaches poll. The guy was a beast on the court. After his playing career ended Singh moved on to coaching where of course he was equally successful. He is currently the lead Assistant Coach Singh and Attack Basketball Coach with the University of Manitoba Men s Basketball team but he arrived at the Fort Garry campus as one of the most successful college coaches in the nation. As head coach Singh led the Red River College Rebels men s basketball team to seven that s right seven consecutive MCAC Championships. While coaching at Red River College Singh was also an Assistant Coach with the Under-17 Boys Provincial Program (2012 and 2013) and helped both teams win silver medals at the national championship. The 2013 team won its silver at the Canada Games. These days as he helps a tremendous U of M men s team navigate its way to a Canada West and perhaps a national championship Singh spends at least five days a week giving back to both the game and his community. Last year he and a few other leaders in the Maples area of Winnipeg started the Attack Basketball program. In just one season the youth program has grown into one of the most successful basketball programs in Manitoba. Heck maybe even Canada. Attack Basketball is a youth program Singh explained. We work with kids from five-years-of-age to about 16. The majority of our kids are in the 6-10-year-old group. We run a general program which is like a community club program where we offer a practice a week and a Game Day a week so that s two days a week but we also have the club program where we have a club league The Attack Basketball League. We just started our ABL and we re well into our first season. There are two divisions 2005 boys and 2006 boys. We have seven teams in the 2005 division and five teams in the 2006 division. We also have three club teams an 04 team an 05 team and an 06 team. The program is growing and I believe it will continue to grow. Singh s program is operated out of Amber Trails Community School a brand new facility in the midst of a new housing development. Singh and his assistants have developed a solid relationship with the superintendent in the area. They pitched the program to him let him know there was a need 12 sportslife for it and in one year Attack Basketball has grown from 75 registrations in the summer of 2015 at Maples Collegiate to 225 registrations this year at Amber Trails. It s been fun but as it gains popularity Singh admits that he and his group of volunteers must continue to develop their organizational skills. We re learning as we go he said with a laugh. We re trying to do the basketball thing and teach the kids how to play the game but we re also learning ourselves about the club scene in Manitoba and youth basketball in the province. Youth basketball in Winnipeg has grown to levels that I would never have imagined when I was younger. There are so many club basketball teams in the city so many leagues going on we re just trying to find our way. We re just learning how to put it all together in order to get our kids involved. We re just trying to harness it all especially with the elite stuff. Singh has always been heavily involved in community basketball. It s been a commitment of his to always give back to the game that gave him so much joy ad success. I did camps seven years ago and I actually had some of the Bison guys Dharm (Dharmjit Dhillon) and Raj Sidhu in those camps as kids he said. Now they re Bisons. It s been nice to see them develop. We just didn t have enough manpower to continue to run it the way I wanted to. The camps we run now because it s about the kids we run a very low player-to-coach ratio. Now we always have one head coach myself and at least four assistant coaches working with the groups. Right now we re in our winter sessions. Thursday evenings we Basketball s mission statement is go 5-7-year-old beginners then quite straight forward Our mission 10-14-year-old girls then 11-13-yearis to deliver high quality basketball old boys that s 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays. instruction to youth with a focus on Last year when we started we had the fundamentals of the game. We everyone together but now that we will enhance the physical mental and enough registrations from the girls moral development of youth while we re able to give them their own group. promoting good sportsmanship and On Friday nights we have 5-7 hard work on the court and in life. The intermediate experienced group. The Program has been developed to be young kids who have done the junior age specific and will follow the LTAD NBA and have done a year with us now. model set out by Basketball Canada. Now we get them into a controlled Our program offers sessions for the scrimmage situation. We have them beginning player all the way up to our playing and we re reffing but we ll elite level player ages 5-18. stop and give them tips as we go. We So far thanks to some guidance help them along. Then we have a really from Basketball Canada and Basketball big 8-10-year-old boys group and the Manitoba they are doing everything 6-9-year-old girls. We have six divisions right. that go Thursday and Friday. What we pride ourselves on is Then on Saturday they have Game that we follow Basketball Canada s Day. We split em up a coach takes development model for Long Term each team and we play all day. We do Athlete Development (LTAD) so we proper drills proper warm-up. We have have the young kids using the brand teams we ref the games and it s a day new small balls and our hoops are set of basketball. The young guys start at at eight feet he explained. We set 12 and we go all day. That s our general our hoops at eight feet for the younger community club program. kids. We also use the smallest balls. On Sundays we have the ABL. That s more of our elite league. Those are the advanced The athletics platform to showcase your own. club teams. We have seven teams -Midber is a free athletics platform that allows Canadian high schools the Winnipeg Spirit middle schools prep schools youth clubs coaches and student athletes to easily create an online athletic profile. Hotshots Junior Alliance Manitoba Magic Ignite Flex For Student Athletes and Attack. They manage your own sports profile with as much detail and content as you can play Sundays from and keep it updated as often as possible 12-6 and that s kid upload video highlights of your own personal performances of what we have have a digital record of your school and club sports experience easily share your profile with family friends recruiters etc. going on. gain exposure and recognition Attack midber Join the Community It s Free For Coaches a resource to detail your coaching career post and share content on your athletics program page maximize exposure of your young athletes and connect with other coaches leave comments on your athlete s profile page For High schools Middle schools Prep schools and Youth Clubs maintain a comprehensive and updated athletic profile online for the benefits of the organization parents and fans help you communicate with your community highlight your sports teams and promote their athletic accomplishments display team rosters schedules game results news stories photos and videos connect with programs across the country Coach Singh and his ballers www.midber.com 204-930-8572 sportslife 13 Kids just get discouraged and develop bad shooting habits when they are five or six and they re shooting at 10-foot hoops. When we get to 8-10-year-olds we use a little bigger ball. I think we re the only league in the province where our 10-year-olds shoot on nine-foot hoops. Trying to force 10-year-olds to shoot on a 10-foot hoop well just too many negatives come out of it. They lose their shot. They lose their confidence. It s Sukh Singh coaching at Attack 75-225 through word of mouth. We started telling people about the program by word of mouth at our own Sikh Temple Singh said. We wanted to get as many of our kids into the program as we could. We wanted our community s kids involved because there are just so many of them in that Attack Basketball just not good coaching. We took a little flack for it some of the other teams were against it but we said It s what Basketball Canada wants and we re going to do it. The program is grassroots. Extremely grassroots. In fact they ve grown from area. We have a lot of East Indian and Filipino and Sikh kids in that area and one of our goals was to get these kids involved in basketball. Every penny we bring in goes back into the league. Every kid gets a T-shirt. Every kid gets something. We want these kids to be excited about playing Attack Basketball. We have full stats for the league. We have all-star teams and player of the game awards and for the kids that win each individual statistical category we re going to give them the jersey of the NBA player who was also No. 1 in that category this season. Ultimately we want to expand so that there is one Attack Basketball League to cover the entire city. Honestly I only see this growing. l FreeMarketEvaluation withnoobligation Advertising24hours adayuntilsold Adviceonstaging pricing andyour entiretransactionprocess Helpful knowledgableadviceforall buyersandsellers Andrew Town 204-295-8074 andrewtown royallepage.ca 14 sportslife sportslife 15 Manitoba Football Stars Ready to Face USA Vincent Massey Trojans quarterback Andreas Dueck is still pretty excited about wearing the colors of Team Canada and facing the United States at Walt Disney World on Jan. 28. Hey why wouldn t he be Yeah it s going to be awesome said Dueck who still isn t quite sure how much action he ll see or what his role will be for the Canadian team. I ve been working out a lot at Recruit Ready and I m ready to go. I play basketball for my school so I practice every day and I m in good shape ready to play. We leave on the 23rd and the game is on the 28th so it s going to be a lot of work in a short period of time to get ready but I m definitely excited about it. Dueck his Massey teammate Tong King and Brody Williams of St. Paul were all named to Canada s National U-18 Football team back in November. They ll will join their teammates By Scott Taylor Photo by Jeff Miller from across Canada when they kick off against their U.S. counterparts as part of the inaugural North American Championship on Jan. 28 at ESPN s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. The series of games between USA Football and Football Canada features under-18 and under-19 national team competition. Dueck is an outstanding quarterback who led his team into the Winnipeg www.SportsLife.life 16 sportslife High School Football League s Potter Division Championship game this season against St. Paul s (St. Paul s finished the season undefeated by beating Massey 17-8). King is Dueck s protector the star of Massey s offensive line. Williams is a monster linebacker with the almost perfect St. Paul s defense. However at the end of the month these gridiron warriors will be teammates on Team Canada. It s a great honour for our program to have two players on this team said Massey head coach Kelsey McKay. There are a lot of people who work very hard to make our football program successful and when your players get an opportunity to do something like this it s pretty exciting. The North American Championship builds on the rivalry that developed between the two national teams as Canada and the U.S. have met in each of the first four gold medal games at the IFAF U-19 (Junior) World Championships. Canada evened up its junior world gold medal game record at 2-2 following a 24-6 victory in It s a great honour for our program to have two players on this team China. In 2012 Canada defeated Team USA 23-17 to capture its first gold in Austin Texas. For King who will play for head coach Brian Dobie and the University of Manitoba Bisons next season preparations for the game and next season have already begun. I m at Recruit Ready working on fundamentals and getting set to go said King who intends to major in English at the U of M. I ve never done anything like this before. It s going to be exciting. The U.S. and Canada s national teams began playing an annual series of games in 2014. This upcoming January will mark the first time that the winter series of games between the two North American national teams will be held outside of the International Bowl series. The International Bowl was established in 2010 as a USA versus the World game played around NCAA national signing day. The 40 players invited to the under-18 national team were selected from the 2016 under-18 national tackle football championship the Football Canada Cup held July 9-15 right here in Winnipeg. Joining the players named today in Orlando will be Canada s U-19 national team which was announced earlier and includes the members of the 2016 Football Canada Cup AllStar team. That group includes Galata Gurmu a defensive back from Massey. The U-18 national team will be led by coaches selected from the eight participating provincial teams that competed at the 2016 Football Canada Cup. Marco Iadeluca head coach of Quebec s 2016 gold medal winning Canada Cup entry will serve the same role with the under-18 national team while Winnipeg s Jason Park will be Canada s linebackers coach. l South End Rugby Football Club is providing the opportunity for young Women and Men ages 6-19 to learn & play Rugby. We welcome players of all ages and abilities. Come on out and see the possibilities that can provide as a way to stay healthy and active and as away to grow as leaders and members of a team. Flag and Tackle Rugby Programs for both Girls and Boys will be available in Spring 2017. For more information on registration please contact Coach Chris Chapman chapper55 shaw.ca 204-612-2416 sportslife 17 Winnipeg Rower Gray Gets National Funding By Scott Taylor Photos courtesy Rowing Canada It s unlikely any Manitoba female athlete had a better more surprising year than Winnipeg s Emma Gray. Sure Chantal van Landgehem won an Olympic medal and Kelsey Wog made her mark as the next great Manitoba swimmer but Gray virtually came out of nowhere to become the best young rower in the nation. In fact back in mid-September Winnipeg s young rowing star officially became the fastest junior female rower in the country. In Burnaby B.C. Gray won two gold medals and a silver medal at the National Rowing Championships in Burnaby B.C. and led Manitoba to the Canadian Rowing National Championship trophy. Gray who is still only 18 had been rowing for less than two years when she went out and dominated the national junior events. Of course she had been rowing for less than a year when she exceeded every elite benchmark established by Rowing Canada at the Montreal regional RBC Training Ground event held last February. Her strength (isolated arm and leg push pulls) and endurance (Schwinn arm leg bike) results separated her from the field of elite athletes. These remarkable performances have earned Gray funding of up to 10 000 per year for the next three years to enable her to participate in more international events. RBC in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Foundation athletes between the ages of 14 and the Canadian Olympic Committee Brett Jewell participate in workouts measuring 25 and CBC Sports introduced 25 young speed power strength and endurance. Canadian athletes all identified at RBC Performing in front of coaches and Training Ground events who will now officials from a variety of national and receive ongoing support through the provincial sport organizations results RBC Training Ground program. are measured against performance It s a national program designed to benchmarks to determine an athlete s test and link undiscovered athletes capacity for sport at its highest level. with a sport that could excel them onto Our nation is filled with talented the podium. athletes and we know that Olympic We believe when we invest in dreams don t always follow the same youth great things happen said path said Eric Myles executive Matt McGlynn vice president brand director of Sport COC. marketing RBC. By creating a stage where our sport RBC Training Ground provides federations can find new talent and young Canadian athletes with the then providing financial support opportunity to challenge themselves to the athletes who show the most against National Sport Organizations promise RBC is filling a gap in our high performance standards and these performance sport model and making 25 athletes rose to the occasion. We a very real and positive contribution to are proud to have helped uncover our nation s Olympic future. their talent and provide the necessary Gray was the only Manitoba athlete support they ll need to accelerate their who was identified to receive additional Olympic dream. assistance such as funding resources RBC Training Ground is a series of coaching and or mentorship through free regional events where select local the COF and RBC. l 18 sportslife WINNIPEG 2017 Roller Hockey was instrumental in my developing into an NHL Player. -Pat Maroon Anaheim Ducks CCRH will offer House Leagues and Travel Teams and also Team Manitoba opportunities and Team Canada Opportunities Roller Hockey allows you to be creative and get more touches of the puck -Chase De Leo Manitoba Moose 1. You can hockey stop 2. It s played on seriously fast Sport Court 3. It s four-on-four with no icing and no offside. 4. There is no body contact 5. If you re an ice hockey player Roller Hockey will help you 10-fold over any other activity you might use to train to be a better all around player 6. And yes it s played with a puck Schola and pro rship opportu fessional nities players for BOYS L EAGUE S GIRLS L EAGUE S WOMEN S LEAG UES MENS L EAGUE S All division s and ag es four-yea rs-old to 70-years -old I loved playing Roller Hockey and it helped me become a better player. -Bobby Ryan Ottawa Senators PARTNERS OF CCRH sportslife 19 WRL s 63rd Annual Skill competition and All Star Games hosted at Seven Oaks Arena By Al Gowriluk Photos by Brianna McRae and Stafford Studios The numerology of 2017 shows that the year will bring new beginnings and much activity. The Winnipeg Ringette League (WRL) did not wait long as the year was barely into its 63rd hour when they played host to their 8th annual Vickar Automotive Group U14 Skills Competition and the Boston Pizza U19 All Star Games. This year s event was hosted at the Seven Oaks Arena one of the most technically advanced arenas in the city. After five years at MTS Centre and two years at MTS IcePlex it was time to play the local arena card and it did not disappoint. With a storm brewing on the outside and with first year participants from Brandon driving in for the event there were some white knuckles before the event even started. The display of ringette superiority started out with the U14 Skills Competition where each team in the league was invited to submit one of their players in each of the three categories. The WRL has produced a series of videos which show exactly how each skill will be scored. These videos were produced not only to explain to the coaches how they would be run but to lower the level of nervousness in the players themselves. During the registration process Robb Watson took point on this endeavor and over the 6 week registration process responded to hundreds of emails pertaining to the entire process. Game day Skills Competition coordinator Cara Ingimundson went to the effort of downloading the videos to refresh the participants in the dressing rooms immediately prior to their event. This event would not have been possible without individuals like these. Ace Burpee from Virgin 103.1 FM was on hand to MC the event and if you were expecting excitement you were not disappointed. As with all competitions they end with a champion and a lot of sweat and this was no exception. Drum Roll Envelope please. And the winners are Fastest Skater Champion Hailey Ross of the Macdonald Wildfire with a time of 22 34 2nd Lauren Billeck of the Richmond Stingers with a time of 23 26 3rd Charlie Holmes of the Portage Thunder with a time of 23 42 Hardest Shot Champion Olivia Dao of the Macdonald Wildfire with a shot of 87 Km H 2nd Jessica Wolski of the Macdonald Wildfire with a shot of 84 Km H 3rd Megan Belinski of the Portage Thunder with a shot of 80 Km H WR Ringette Skills Winners left to right Roxie Lionel Olivia Dao Isabella D Almeida Hailey Ross Paul Shipman The Prema Playmaker of the Game Awards The WRL has been associated with Prema Manitoba East for a number of years as President Joe Cabral has coached many ringette teams over the The WRL s Sharp Dressed Man Paul Shipman President of the WRL was on hand to present the hardware. One of the more time consuming efforts for the All-Star Game is to roster the teams so they would hopefully be a tight game and not a runaway on the score clock keeping in mind that we don t like to split up teammates. This task is given to the U 19 convener as they would know the players better than anyone. The final scores of 5-4 in the A game and a 7-7 tie in the B game were a testament that the U19 loop convener is really in touch with the players abilities. Joan Lachance is that convener and has been onboard with the All-Star Game from its inception in 2010. Winni Goaltender Challenge Champion Isabella D almeida of the Corydon Comets 2nd Tamara Buhler of Interlake Ignite 3rd Hayley Haarsma of Heritage Victoria 20 sportslife years and has been named Ringette Manitoba Coach of the Year in 2015. Cabral s philosophy it s not about you it s not about me it s about us resonates over multiple city provincial and tournament championships. I was looking for a way to show that just because you don t appear on the score sheet doesn t mean you don t contribute to the team. Sometimes it s in the form of an assist and sometimes it could simply be in the form of getting the ring to the player who gets the assist. It s those players who are the unsung heroes of this game Cabral says. That s why we came up with the Prema Playmaker of the Game awards. The Prema Man. East Playmakers of the Game for the U19 A game were Laurel Cowley of St. James & Kaitlyn Haklar of East End. The Prema Man. East Playmakers of the Game for the U19 B game were Courtney Carmichael of Beausejour & Amber Eden of Southdale. l Laurel Cowley Prema Playmaker of the Game Team Red RL Kaitlin Haklar Prema Playmaker of the Game Team Blue Paul Shipman President WRL & U19 B Courtney Carmichael Prema Playmaker of the Game Team Red ipeg U19A Game Action League Paul Shipman President WRL & U 19 B Amber Eden Prema Playmaker of the Game Team Blue Virgin 103.1 FM s Ace Burpee at U 14 Skills U19A Game Action sportslife 21 Seals Coach Leier-Blacher Inducted into Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame By Scott Taylor For the past nine years Rhiannon Leier-Blacher has been a working mom and a coach with the St. James Seals Swim Club. A great coach and a wonderful mom she s married to Volleyball Manitoba executive John Blacher and also works full-time in the Marketing Dept. at the University of Manitoba. She s an outstanding citizen of Winnipeg. However for many Winnipeg sports fans of a certain age Rhiannon Leier will always be remembered as one of the greatest swimmers in Manitoba history. She was a multiple-time Canadian record holder a two-time finalist at the World Championships and a collegiate swimmer and team captain at the University of Miami before returning to Winnipeg taking on former Olympian Vlastik Cerny as her coach and then setting her sights in two Olympic Games. In late November Leier-Blacher was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and no one was surprised. Born in Regina she moved to Winnipeg and swam for the Manitoba Marlins Swim Club from 1992-95. Training with the Manitoba National Swim Centre she represented both the Marlins and Manta Swim clubs from 1998-2004. She won 13 Canadian titles and set four national senior records specializing in the 50-metre and 100-metre breaststroke and 4x50-metre medley relays. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney she placed 11th in the 100-metre breaststroke following that up in 2004 at the Athens Olympics with a 12th place finish. She was named Canadian Female Swimmer of the Year in 2004. Not surprisingly here greatest memory was wearing the Canadian suit at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Making the Olympic team in 2000 for sure was the greatest experience of my career she said with a chuckle. I started swimming right after the 1984 Olympics when I was seven. A lot of great young swimmers in Canada started around that time. It was right after the Los Angeles Games and Canada had done so well especially in the pool. I had been a pretty good little swimmer before that time but my parents wanted me to wait to join a club and compete. Well after the 84 Olympics I was pretty excited about swimming. In the final season after she graduated from Miami Leier returned to Manitoba as a very good swimmer but not quite a great one. That s when she hooked up with Cerny and became one of the best on the planet. I think that s the time it all started to come together for me she said. Vlastik had been a successful swimmer in his own right and as a coach he really got the best out of me. He was a big part of my swimming at both Olympics in 2000 and 2004. Vlastik was that one coach who helped me believe I was talented enough to be an Olympian. I was actually going to retire from swimming in 1999 because I thought I had achieved as much as I could in the sport and I didn t really believe I was good enough to make the Olympics but Vlastik thought I was good enough. He convinced me to keep going. His belief in me eventually changed my belief in myself. He pushed me harder and made me work harder and I know I never would have made it to where I did without him. While Cerny was the person who made her believe in herself Rhiannon s parents were the most influential people in her swimming life. My dad taught me to be tough and to commit to things she said. There was no skipping practice if I was tired or if there was something else I wanted to do. His line with everything was always Don t do things half-assed. From washing the dishes to committing to every swim practice there was no sense doing anything part way. You did it 100 per cent or not at all. While my dad taught me about commitment my mum s competitive nature rubbed off on me. The idea that girls can race the boys was normal in our house. So when I raced or trained I was out there to push myself and figure out what it took to win. My mum taught me to be tough and to never back down from something. There were definitely no traditional male female roles in our house. It was about being equal and thinking that way. The feeling she experienced from being inducted into the Hall was as she called it cathartic. It was really wonderful she said. And yes it was cathartic. When you re an athlete and you re competing all you tend to do is think about your failures your mistakes. You re always trying to get better and you re living in the moment. The night I was inducted I realized that yeah I should be proud of what I accomplished. That those little failures I felt when I was competing were really nothing when looked at from the perspective of my entire career. I think I was on a high for a few days afterward and it still feels really great. l 22 sportslife Wanna Swim Fast Join The St James Seals Swim Club Celebrating More Than 50 Years of Competitive Swimming We have programming ranging from pre-competitive Pups program (from ages 6 & up) to national age group level swimming. Registration and swimmer assessments are taken throughout the swim season. For more information and to register visit www.stjamesseals.com or call 204-782-9879 or email stjamesseals shaw.ca JA ST MES SE A LS WE EAT FISH FOR BREAKFAST New RegiSTRaTioNS welCoMesportslife 23 ThRoughouT The SeaSoN SWIM TEAM www.stjamesseals.com www.saintjamesseals.com Jones and Carruthers Head to By Scott Taylor Photos Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Sport Manitoba Manitoba s Top 2 curling teams will have a chance to represent the nation at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It s no guarantee but they ve earned a shot at the qualifier and there is a lot to be said for that. Last month Winnipeg s Jennifer Jones and Winnipeg s Reid Carruthers became Canada Cup champions. The 2016 Canada Cup was a qualifier for the 2017 Olympic Trials and while Jones had already secured her spot. Carruthers won his with a tremendous victory in the final. Jones defeated the defending Canada Cup champions Team Rachel Homan 9-5. Team Jones got out to an early lead and held off Homan as skip Jennifer Jones second Jill Officer third Kaitlyn Lawes and lead Dawn McEwen made it clear they re back in business. With the victory they also qualified to compete at the 2017 Continental Cup in Las Vegas. It was Team Jones first major tournament win since Jennifer returned from giving birth to her second daughter in mid-August. Team Carruthers victory at the 2016 Canada Cup made them the second men s team to secure a berth at the 2017 Olympic Trials. The 32-year-old Winnipeg skip made a delicate hit-and-stick to score three in the ninth to defeat the Brad Gushue Team (skipped by Mark Nichols) from St. John s Nfld. 8-5. I m ecstatic. I m almost speechless to be honest Carruthers told TSN. Playing a team like (Gushue) that s ranked first on CTRS (the Canadian Team Ranking System) for a reason made it difficult. They ve been very very consistent the most consistent team all season long. With their Canada Cup win Team Carruthers will also travel to Las Vegas to compete in the 2017 Continental Cup this month. However despite their success in the tournament Carruthers feels their work is cut out for them. We didn t run through this field undefeated Carruthers said There s always ways to improve. While most Manitobans have long known of the accomplishments of Jones five Scott s Tournament of Hearts victories one World Championship (2008) one Olympic Gold Medal (2014) 12 Players Championships Carruthers is a relative newcomer to the nation s group of elite curlers. However it s not like he s been working at his craft. An outstanding junior curler in the province Carruthers won a national championship playing second on the Jeff Stoughton team at Regina in 2011. That team went on to win the world championship that year. He started his own competitive team in 2014 with the same group as today s Team Carruthers Moskowy Samagalski and Hodgson. The win at the win at the 2016 Canada Cup was their first on a national stage. After playing organized hockey for four years Carruthers picked up curling at age 14. Both of his parents were curlers and it didn t take long for Reid to fall in love with the game. He became an outstanding high school and junior curler and it was only a matter of time before he d skip a team at the highest level of the game. I love it because it s really competitive on the ice he told the Canadian Centre for Sport Manitoba. But off the ice most curlers are good friends. Carruthers studied Kinesiology and Industrial Arts at the University of Winnipeg and when he s not curling competitively is a teacher in South Winnipeg. The Carruthers Team The Banner Raising at the Healthy Living Centre Jones Team The Jennifer Manitoba s Top 2 curling teams will have a chance to represent the nation at the 2018 Winter Olympics 24 sportslife o Olympic Trials While he might appear quiet and stoic on the ice off the ice the guy the curling community knows as Reidarama is quite outgoing. It s been a great year on many levels for Carruthers. Not only is he curling as well as he ever has but he got married in 2016. Although as he told the Canadian Centre for Sport Manitoba it took Reid and his new bride almost four months to find the time for a honeymoon. For a number of years I ve been teaching curling clinics through Curl Manitoba he told the CCSM. More recently I started my very own summer curling camp. Back in August my wedding preceded the first annual Camp Carruthers so vacation plans were put on the backburner as I prepared to run a curling camp for juniors designed to provide them with new tools to help their game. Camp Carruthers was held for two weeks in August 2016 the first curling camp to be hosted in Manitoba in several years. Olympic gold medalists Kaitlyn Lawes and Jill Officer from Team Jennifer Jones skip Mike McEwen Selena Kaatz from Team Einarson) and Reid s teammate Colin Hodgson all jumped at the idea of sharing their knowledge with the next generation of Manitoba s elite curlers. As a result junior curlers in the province had the opportunity to learn about the game from some of the world s best coaches and competitors. We had 105 juniors sign up for the camp in our very first year. I m hopeful that we can make it an annual tradition Reid told the CCSM. The camp was the perfect opportunity for me to combine my two greatest passions curling and teaching. As an elite level curler Carruthers is not able to teach full-time. During the competitive curling season he works as a substitute teacher for the Louis Riel School Division where he was once a student. Teaching is one of my passions but not being a fulltime teacher it is one of the things I miss he told the CCSM. However at Jennifer Jones each of the Grand Slam of Curling stops a junior clinic is held and with my background I figured it would be a good fit to help out. Every Grand Slam event Reid spends time putting on a junior clinic for young curlers in the host town or city. Even if Reid s teammates are flying home early after a disappointing loss or are spending time preparing for an important final Reid always makes time to get out on the ice and share his skills with curling s future stars. Unlike Camp Carruthers running these clinics isn t new for Reid. He s actually been doing it for almost five years. I think I enjoy teaching curling as much as I enjoy playing he said. And those who know me that there is really nothing I d rather do than curl. l The Carruthers Team sportslife 25 Kelsey Wog A Very Special Talent University of Manitoba Bisons swim coach Vlastik Cerny has called Kelsey Wog the most talented swimmer ever to enter the Bisons program. Back in December she proved it. Wog finished up the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25-metre) in Windsor Ont. with a spectacular swim as she earned a silver medal in the women s 200-metre breaststroke. This was the first-ever FINA s World Short Course Swimming Championships had been staged in Canada and Wog was the surprise of the event. It was an incredible performance. The 18-year-old from Winnipeg won her first medal during her first senior international swim meet. In fact she narrowly missed out on a gold. Her 2 18.52 time was only .01 away from first place finisher Molly Renshaw of Great Britain. Wog who was seeded 10th heading into the heats won a silver medal with a personal best that was her fastest by almost three seconds. What a race Kelsey put together. It s a fantastic introduction into senior national swimming said Cerny. She prepared the whole week for her individual swim and still wrote two exams while at Windsor a true student-athlete. It was very impressive that Kelsey kept her composure and delivered what she trained to do. The 5-foot-7 Bisons freshman was also part of Team Canada s women s 4x50-metre medley relay team that swam to a fourth place finish (1 46.00) on the Wednesday night of the meet. The team was .02 from a bronze medal and Wog swam the second leg. With Wog helping out Canada finished off its best-ever performance at the FINA Sort-Course World Championships with three medals on the last night including a gold. The three-medal night brought Canada s haul to eight including two gold matching the total from Hong Kong in 1999. That year however Canada did not win a gold medal. It s unreal especially at home By Scott Taylor Photos by Jeff Miller said Wog. I think that home crowd definitely gave me more motivation to go faster. I was added to the team later and I had no idea I could do this. It will give me a lot of confidence to go into training and know that I can be up there. I guess we re all just feeding off of each other s performances and pushing ourselves because we can be up there. Cerny was thrilled with Wog s performance but he certainly wasn t taken by surprise. After all back in the day Cerny was one of the best athletes in Canada. Born in the old communist Czechoslovakia he came to Canada at 20 and was already a world-class swimmer. By 1988 he was on Canada s Olympic Team in Seoul and was part of what might be called the Golden Age of Canadian men s swimming. In 1993 he became head coach of the Bisons and throughout his long career as a competitor mentor and teacher Cerny has seen dozens of great swimmers. But he will openly admit that there have been none better than Kelsey Wog. She s the biggest recruit in the history of the program and the best part of it is she s already been working in the Junior Bisons program as a Bisons development swimmer said Cerny. We ve had high-level swimmers come into the program before but nobody ranked where Kelsey is. She s coming in as a national champion. We had Michelle Lischinsky but she didn t make the Olympic team until she was a post-graduate. Kelsey was already third in the Olympic Trials and made the FINA standard this year. She was so close to going to the Olympics this summer and she was only 17 at the time. I mean she s really good. She s the biggest talent to come out of Manitoba in a long time. Last season the U of M was 20th in 26 sportslife the women s competition at the CIS Swimming Nationals (the men were 16th). There is no doubt that Wog an Olympic-level breaststroker will help the team improve on that finish. Why is she so good asked Cerny rhetorically. She becomes one with the water. She floats. She is a high responder to training and kind of blows away the 10 000-hour rule. She has a mind of her own. She can be a challenge but I ll also say she s very coachable. She wants to get better but she s just so talented. She reached a high level of success without doing all the right things but in the last year or so she s ramped up her training. She s quirky but she s also the fastest Canadian ever at age 17. If you watched the Rio Games this summer you d have seen that she s faster than many of the Olympic swimmers. Quirky Well yeah. She likes bugs. Cerny says she has lizards for pets. A city girl who was born in Regina and moved to Winnipeg at two she s studying agriculture at the U of M. Her grandparents are still on the farm Bisons Coach Vlastik Cerny with swimmer Kelsey Wog in Saskatchewan but her goal is to become an entomologist. She is also an accomplished Highland Dancer but Cerny wanted to make it clear that he s happy to work her dance commitments into her swimming program. We ve adjusted her training to allow her to continue her dancing said Cerny. I believe it s one of the reasons she s so successful. You must have strong legs to be at her level in the breaststroke. It s mostly about the kick. She s developed strong legs Photography by Jeff and Tara Miller 204-430-5522 sportslife 27 from dancing and I don t want that to change. If she likes it I want her to keep doing it. He also wants her to laugh and have a good time. I started to swim competitively when I was seven she said. My instructor in the I Can Swim program said I was way too competitive and I should probably join a swim club. She graduated last year from the sports education program at Vincent Massey Collegiate and while she does well in school and loves to compete she has a funny mischievous side. You didn t ask me about my most embarrassing moment in competitive swimming she said with a sly smile. It was at the national open and in the final I went to the wrong lane. Her coach with the University of Manitoba Jr. Bisons swim team Craig McCormick picked up her story. Yeah I m watching on the internet and I see Kelsey come out of the tunnel and I say to myself OK Kelsey turn left turn left but no she turns right and goes to the wrong lane. That s Kelsey. Kelsey just laughed. That s when I got into a discussion with the defending national champion and tried to convince her to go to another lane Kelsey said laughing. It was embarrassing but it was fun. Wog probably could have gone to any school in North America to swim and she talked to a number of Canadian universities but it was almost as if she was destined to swim at the U of M. She s also very close to her family and wasn t about to move away from home anytime soon. I wasn t approached by any American schools because I told them not to bother she said. I did talk to some Canadian schools but I ve been training with Vlastik for a year and a half and I ve gotten better. It s going really well and I have a strong relationship with him. I don t know how I could leave that. Cerny deeply appreciates her decision. He knows he has the opportunity to nurture a young woman who might one day be an Olympic gold medalist. The sky is the limit for her Cerny said. She can be as successful as she wants to be in this sport. 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There is no better place for a young man to play high-level competitive hockey than the Manitoba Junior Hockey League said Keane before the three-day Showcase got underway. For nearly a century the MJHL has been producing highly skilled and energized hockey players coaches and support staff that have graduated on to be successful in the Western Hockey League NCAA U Sports and pro hockey including the National Hockey League. Becoming a top player in any Junior A league takes a tremendous amount of effort but by working Blues coach with skilled Billy Keane highly committed coaches these players improve every time they hit the ice. In my opinion the MJHL does a tremendous job of promoting its players to NCAA and U Sport colleges Major Junior and the pro ranks. I believe staying in Manitoba and playing in the MJHL provides a wonderful opportunity for every player to achieve his hockey goal. And we the results to prove it. 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