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September 18, 2022-

The OCN Blizzard have started their 2022/2023 regular season in perfect shape as the team is 2-0.  September 16th the team travelled to Swan Valley to face off against their closest rivals the Stampeders taking home a 4-1 win.  Chase Hamm starting goaltender stopping 26 of 27 shots on net.

Opening period both teams playing a fairly consistent game ending the first period scoreless.  Early in the 2nd period 20-year-old Ryan Monias opened up the regular season scoring 1.27 seconds into the 2nd period on the Power Play.  Two more unanswered goals followed in the second period scored by hometown boys Ashton Paul and Keilan Holland.  Third period the boys got into some penalty troubles as Stampeders Jones scored the first regular season game for the Stampeders during a Power Play late into the 3rd period, Stampeders pulling their goalie created a open net scoring opportunity for Paul creating a final score of 4-1 for the Blizzard.

Fast forward to Saturday September 17th the Blizzard hometown season opener the boys were fired up and ready to go!  Player introductions started at 6:45 with the spotlight on the boys and the lights dimmed we were ready to roll!

Blizzard took the first scoring opportunity again as defenseman Kayden Sutherland scores a Powerplay goal late into the first period to take a 1-0 lead.   Second period the Blizzard spent a majority of their time in the penalty box creating another scoring opportunity for the Stampeders taking away the 2-goal advantage.   Stampeders pull their goalie again late in the third creating a 6 on 5 advantage, but newly appointed captain Riley Zimmerman had other plans and scores an empty net goal to finalize the game with a 3-1 win.

Following the game coach Doug Johnson commented that “you have to be happy; you see the history with the team the last 4 years there hasn’t been a ton of success on OCN.  Just to see the excitement of the kids, the excitement from the fans and the staff it’s pretty special.”  with 58 more games this season the “team is a pretty good group of kids, easy to work with and ready to put in the work” commented Johnson.

Up next the Blizzard host 21/22 league champions the Dauphin Kings on Tuesday September 20th at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Arena.  Players are set to wear their customized jerseys in recognition of Every Child Matters.   Puck drop set for 7PM

Gate Admission:

Adults $14
Student/Seniors $10
Youth (6-14) $8
Kids (5 & Under) Free

 

 

As the OCN Blizzard main camp wrapped up on Sunday Sept 4th, the Blizzard took the day to practice and bond as a team before the upcoming exhibition season kicks off.

The Blizzard host their northern rivals the Flin Flon Bombers in game one of the “Battle of the North” on Tuesday September 6th at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Arena.  To say who will be in the line-up for tomorrow’s matchup has yet to be determined; with the official line-up to be announced before the game.  The team is anxiously waiting to see what new head coach Doug Johnson has up his sleeve for this upcoming season.  Regular season games begin on Friday September 16th as the team travels to their nearest MJHL rival’s the Swan Valley Stampeders.

Exhibition Ticket Pricing:
Adults- $10
Students/Seniors-$7
Youth (6-10 must be accompanied by an adult) $5
Kids 5 & Under-Free

The game will be broadcasted live on Hockey TV, if your unable to attend this seasons games be sure to purchase a subscription to watch all Blizzard games this season!

If you haven’t gotten your season tickets yet there’s still time!
Reach out to our office staff at (204) 620-5200 or email ocnblizzard.marketing@hotmail.com

Blizzard Main Camp 2022/2023

Photo by-Kelly Jacobson

Blizzard Main Camp- Kicked off on Friday September 2nd at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre with a group of talent that the team is anticipating to get to work with.  Head Coach Doug Johnson commented that “It was a good day.  Players for the most part did their work in the summer.  It was great to get back on the ice and start putting faces to names and see what we have to work with this year.”  General Manager and longstanding Assistant Coach Greg Hunter states “We are very excited to start the season.  We have a talented group of players at main camp, It’s going to make our choices difficult in the end.”

Main Camp Schedule:

Saturday September 3rd:
10-11:15AM Team White Vs Team Blue
11:30-12:45 PM Team Red

4:30PM-5:45PM Team Red Vs Team Blue
6-7:15PM Team White

Sunday September 4th:
9-10:15AM Team White Vs Team Red
10:30-11:45 Team Blue

Exit Meetings to Follow

Exhibition games are set to start on Tuesday September 6th as the Blizzard host the Flin Flon Bombers in game 1 of the Battle of the North!  Puck drops at 7:00 PM at the GLMC.

Exhibition game pricing:

Adults- $10
Students/Seniors-$7
Youth (Ages 5-10)-$5
5 & Under-Free

TRADE NEWS-BLIZZARD ACQUIRE RYAN MONIAS

June 1, 2022

Blizzard acquire power forward (02) Ryan Monias from the Winkler Flyers is an anticipated addition to the line for the upcoming 2022/2023 season.  Blizzard also receive Flyer’s 1st round pick during the anticipated 2022 MJHL Draft taking place Saturday June 4th.

Blizzard trade 2022-1st round pick and 2022-2nd round pick.  Ryan from Thompson, Mb put up 11G, 8A , 112 PIM’s in 46 GP with the Flyers in the 2021/2022 regular season.

Ryan hails from a proud past with the Blizzard with his father Reynold Monias playing with the team 96/97 and uncle Konrad McKay from 96/97-98/99.

Ryan brings grit and leadership to the team, Blizzard would like to welcome Ryan to the organization and look forward to his performance this upcoming season.

Early Bird Season Tickets-Available until June 30th

Adults: $275
Senior/Student: $225
Please email ocnblizzard.marketing@hotmail.com for season tickets or reach out to:
Shawna Stevenson (204) 620-2191
Jennifer Reynolds (204) 620 -5200

TRADE NEWS-BRETT TATARYN

June 1, 2022

Blizzard have announced the trade of (03) Forward Brett Tataryn of Argyle, MB to the Niverville Nighthawks ahead of the scheduled 2022 MJHL Draft Saturday June 4th.

Tataryn putting up 9 G, 11 A in 54 GP in his 2021/2022 season with the Blizzard.  Trade consisted of a 2022- 3rd Round pick for Niverville for a 2nd & 6th round pick in 2023 & PDF for the Blizzard.

Blizzard would like to thank Brett for his contribution to our team during the 2021/2022 season and would like to wish him all the best in Niverville.

Early Bird Season Ticket Deadline- June 30th
Adults: $275
Senior/Student $225

Please reach out to Shawna: ocnblizzard.marketing@hotmail.com for tickets.

 

Blizzard Spring Camp 2022

Blizzard hockey is set to hit the ice May 20-22 in Winnipeg, MB at the Bell MTS Iceplex for their annual spring identification camp.

All players born between 2003-2007 are invited to attend the identification camp.  Registration deadline of May 13th  with applicable $175.00 fee payable by e-transfer to blizzardcamps@outlook.com

Registration form found here:

**Camp is currently full for goaltenders**

any questions please reach out to Kris Menard-Director of Player Personnel (204) 823-0541 or email blizzardcamps@outlook.com

Blizzard Not Extending Contract to Head Coach & GM Billy Keane

Blizzard will not be extending contract with Billy Keane.

Keane joined Blizzard during the 2020/2021 season which was then cut short in October of 2020 due to Covid-19.  The resumption of the 2020/2021 season never happened.  Fast forward to 2021/2022 the Blizzard season kicked off with the team playing out of the Roy H Johnston arena.

The Blizzard concluded their season on March 5th, coming into the final stretch of the season and needing to win 5 consecutive games in a row for a potential play off spot.  The team winning 3 games in a row made for an optimistic team, but ended up falling short.

The Blizzard ended there season with a 18-29-3-4 record, falling short of playoff contention.  The Blizzard organization would like to thank Billy for his time with the team and wish him the best in his future endeavors.   Blizzard graduating 20 year old’s included:

  • Captain Bryden Sinclar
  • Assistant Captain Cyrus Toth
  • Forward Dain Sardelli
  • Defensemen Amraj Gill
  • Goaltender Steven Bacovsky

Article written by:
Shawna Stevenson (204) 620-2191

Spring Break Hockey School-Registrations Open

 

The OCN Blizzard are hosting a Skills & Scrimmage camp March 28th-April 1, 2022 at the GLMC!  Get on ice instruction from head coach Billy Keane and the OCN Blizzard.   Camp includes 30 minutes of skills & 30 minutes of scrimmages daily, youth registered will be entered to win a flex pack to the 2022/2023 season games!

registration form found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZbBvL6SWAU28pifTDNdt2irP43RzATW6DpLdU-JYNVs/edit?usp=sharing

Deadline to register for camp will be Friday March 18th,  payment to camp can be made by e-transfer to Shawna at shawna@myucn.ca  if you need registration assistance please contact Shawna at (204) 620-2191.

Huskies Jersey Auction-OPEN NOW!

The OCN Blizzard have revealed their latest custom jersey available for auction for the 21/22 season.  After some misfortune with shipping delays on some of their other jerseys that were slated to come up for this season.

The huskie themed jersey was last used with the team back in 2017/2018 season.

Bids for the auction run until February 17th at 8:00 PM CST, opening bids are slated at $150.00 and the website gives you the option to follow and monitor your favorite players throughout the auction.

you can place your bids here. https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/blizzard-huskies-jersey-auction-29300

for any questions please reach out to Shawna (204) 620-2191 or email ocnblizzard.marketing@hotmail.com