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Seeking Volunteers for 2024/25 Season

The Blizzard Junior A Hockey Club is now seeking volunteers for the 2024-25 Season.  Here is a list of positions being sought.

Game Day Front End Operations

– Gate Admission
– 50/50 Ticket Sales
– 7th Skater Liaison
– Photography / Digital Art / Powerpoints
– Ushers / Fan Assistants
– Scorekeeping
– Videocamera Operator
– Music (during game)
– Game Day Security
– Game Day Bulletin (Printing)
– Goal Light Operator
– Intermission Activity Leader

Fundraising

– Fundraising Coordinator
– Fundraising Committee
– Event Planner
– Event Assistant
– Events Set-up/Take-down
– Merchandise Sales
– Ticket Sellers
– On-line Marketing / Promotion

General

– Billet Team Lead Assistant
– Billet Families
– Community Liaison
– Volunteer Coordinator
– On-line Assistant / Newsletter
– Marketing Team Leader

Can we count on you?  If so, please email (note new email) blizzardjuniora@gmail.com

In email, please give your full name, cell phone, best email to contact you, and which positions you’d be interested in.

2023/24 Year End Banquet

The Blizzard Junior A Hockey Club held it’s year end Banquet & Awards Ceremony.  It was an extremely enjoyable evening to celebrate our players, billets, sponsors, and fans.

Here are your winners:

– 102.9 CJAR Award for Scholastic Excellence – Ethan Bibeau
– Cliff Duchesne Memorial Award for Hardest Working Player – Lucas De La Salle
– Cooke & Cooke Award for Top Scorer – Riley See
– Henry Sayese Top Defensive Forward – Riley See
– Wescana Inn Skill & Sportsman Award – Sam Zagari
– Twin Motors Rookie of the Year – Quincy Supprien
– Don Dorion Memorial Top Defenceman – Sebastian Hamming
– Most Valuable Player – Tomas Anderson
– Greg & Sherry Hunter Most Improved Player – Thomas Phillips
– Mouse & Sue Constant Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs – Tomas Anderson
– Wayne Hawrysh Award for Dedication – Jason Dick
– Funky Threadz Most Points – Sam Zagari & Sebastian Hamming

A special shout-out to Karen Hall of Hall’s Custom Design for doing all the engraving of our trophies, and Sara Francoeur for the photography.

To see more photos of this event, please visit here.

 

2024-25 Season Tickets at the Tradeshow

Tickets for the upcoming season will be sold at the upcoming Trade Show at the RHJ, May 9-11.

In order to simplify things, there are two main options.  Adult/Senior/Student have been rolled into one category, age 16 & up.  Anyone 15 & under will pay a lower fee.

Season Ticket Pricing
16+ $350 (435 value)
15- $225 (290 value)

Flex Passes (10 games)
16+ $125 (150 value)
15- $80 (100 value)

Family Flex (5 games)
2 adults plus your 15 & under children
$200 (works out to $40 per game)

JERSEY AUCTION UPDATE

Congratulations to all the successful bidders! THANK YOU to those that bid! All winners have been contacted and are listed below.

Player Bid Bidder
2 Phillips 300 D. Gatey
3 Lathlin 250 L. Lathlin
5 Strasky 300 Anonymous
7 Bernier 275 C. Paterson
8 Belzil 445 C. Belzil
9 Bouvier 320 C. Senyk
10 Cooke 450 W. Coulter
11 See 300 S. Forscutt
12 Tomchak 440 L. Mazur
13 De La Salle 300 L. De La Salle
14 Sukut 450 Anonymous
16 Hamming 350 C. Sawicki
17 Supprien 400 K. Tritthart
19 McNeill 235 L. MacInnis
21 Bibeau 250 M. Cook
23 Zagari 300 J. Niewiadomy
24 Maloney 280 R. Klyne
25 Gallagher 260 T. J
26 Charron 300 E. Charron
27 Edwards 300 J. Spence
37 Ayotte 330 C Colgan
44 Ward 250 D. Ward
30 Anderson 400 Steven
35 Morin 200 K. Tritthart
4 250 D. Dorion
15  “team autographed” 420 Anonymous
39 * name on jersey, player no longer with team 210 C. Blue

Weekend Recap

March 8 – Blues travel North

The Winnipeg Blues and the Blizzard faced at the Roy H. in The Pas. River Leslie-Toogood guarding the net for the Blues, while Loic Morin stands tall for the Blizzard. The Blizzard currently leads the season series 2-1 against the Winnipeg Blues.

The FIRST PERIOD saw a well-executed powerplay, #16 Sebastian Hamming fired a precise shot past Blues’ goaltender River Leslie-Toogood. The assist came from #3 Cheechoo Lathlin and #19 Keenan McNeill. The Blizzard took a 1-0 lead, leaving the home crowd excited for what’s to come.

As the SECOND PERIOD unfolded, the pressure from the Blues increased determined to level the score. At 19:14, The Blues #29 Aidan Wuerfel capitalized on a defensive misstep by the Blizzard. His shot found the back of the net, assisted by #6 Cole Penner and #8 Tyson Vouriot. The game was tied at 1-1.

Early in THIRD PERIOD, The Blizzard, fueled by their home crowd, turned up the heat. At 5:43, #13 Lucas de la Salle made a beautiful goal to regain the lead for The Blizzard. But they weren’t done yet. #27 Marlen Edwards added another goal at 11:31, assisted by #14 Reeve Sukut. The Blues struggled to respond, and at 12:54, #9 Miguel Bouvier extended the Blizzard’s lead to 4-1. His goal was set up by #10 Kieran Cooke and #21 Ethan Bibeau. The relentless pressure continued, and de la Salle struck again at 15:37. The Blizzard emerged victorious with a commanding 5-1 win.

The Blizzard showcased their offensive dominance converting powerplay opportunities and capitalizing on defensive lapses by the Blues. Penalties played a significant role, with both teams having their fair share of powerplays. Goaltender #35 Loic Morin came through for the Blizzard, securing a crucial win. The season series now stands at 3-1 in favour of The Blizzard.


March 9 – Blizzard versus Kings

The Blizzard faced off against the Dauphin Kings at Credit Union Place. Tomas Anderson started in goal for the Blizzard, and Cole Sheffield tended the net for the Kings. The Blizzard entered the game with a season record of 36-14-1-3, while the Kings held a record of 34-16-2-1. In their previous matchups this season, the teams were evenly matched at 2-2-0-0.

The FIRST PERIOD had the Blizzard came out strong early, with Sebastian Hamming scoring his 8th goal of the season on a power play at 5:12 into the period, assisted by Cheechoo Lathlin and Sam Zagari. Shortly after, Miguel Bouvier added another powerplay goal, his 17th of the season, with assists from Keenan McNeill and Kieran Cooke. The period ended with Alex Senf of the Kings scoring a power play goal. Notably, there were a total of 4 penalties in this period, evenly split between the teams.

In the SECOND PERIOD, Miguel Bouvier scored his second goal of the night and 18th of the season at 7:03 into the period, assisted by Keenan McNeill, putting the Blizzard further ahead. The period saw fewer penalties, with only 2 infractions called.

In the THIRD PERIOD The Blizzard maintained their momentum  with Sebastian Hamming scoring his 9th goal of the season on a power play at 2:15 into the period, assisted by Griffin Ayotte. Griffin Ayotte then scored, with assists from Lucas de la Salle and Marlen Edwards, at 11:20. The Kings managed to score twice, but it wasn’t enough to catch up.

The Blizzard secured a favourable win with a final score of 5-3. The team capitalized on power plays, scoring 3 out of 4 opportunities, while the Kings scored 2 out of 5. Penalties played a significant role, with the Blizzard serving 31 minutes on 10 infractions and the Kings serving 29 minutes on 9 infractions. The Blizzard’s victory was a testament to their effective power play execution and solid teamwork.

 

 

 

Weekend Recap

March 1 – Terriers and Blizzard in High Stakes Battle

In the FIRST PERIOD, Ashton Fishley scored the opening goal for the Terriers, while 17 Quincy Supprien equalized for the Blizzard on a power play with only seconds left in the period. Penalties added drama, with both teams facing hooking infractions. The period ended in a 1-1 tie, setting the stage for an intense remainder of the game.

The SECOND PERIOD was packed with action.  8 Adam Belzil wasted no time, finding the back of the net with 17:27 left.  Just 20 seconds later at 17:03, 14 Reeve Sukut adds one to the board with his 6th of the year. 11 Riley See joined the party, burying a shot at 16:31. Three goals in less than a minute – talk about taking the lead! With such an offensive explosion from the Blizzard, the Terriers made a change in net for the remainder of the game.

As the THIRD PERIOD unfolded, the Blizzard maintained their intensity. At 9:29, Sebastian Hamming sealed the deal with another PP goal. The Terriers fought back, desperate to narrow the gap and adding a Short-Handed goal, but the Blizzard’s defence held firm.

Tomas Anderson, the Blizzard’s all-star goaltender, faced a barrage of shots, turning away 34 of 37 attempts by the end of the game. The Blizzard outshot the Terriers, peppering their net with 41 shots. The Terriers fought hard, but the Blizzard’s relentless attack proved to be too much. As the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read Blizzard 5, Terriers 3.


March 2 – Blizzard Take the Freeze

The Blizzard faced off against the Winnipeg Freeze at The Roy H in The Pas, Manitoba. The Blizzard entered the game with confidence but caution, having won all three of their previous encounters against the Freeze. No game is to be taken lightly.

The FIRST PERIOD saw Quincy Supprien wasting no time, scoring the opening goal near the end of the period with only 3:13 remaining,  assisted by Sebastian Hamming and Riley See. The Blizzard dominated the shots on goal, firing 25 shots compared to the Freeze’s mere 7.

Into the SECOND PERIOD, the Blizzard’s momentum carried on in the offence and defence.  21 Ethan Bibeau found the back of the net with 13:02 left, marking his 5th goal. 37 Griffin Ayotte picked up the Blizzard’s third goal of the night at 4:02. The team’s defensive efforts limited the Freeze to just 4 shots on goal during this period.

The THIRD PERIOD remained scoreless, with the Blizzard maintaining their lead. The defence, led by goaltender Loic Morin, held firm. Both teams managed 7 shots on goal, but the Blizzard’s discipline and strategic play secured the victory.

The Blizzard showcased a controlled performance, outshooting their opponents 48 to 18. Morin’s 17 saves were crucial, and the team’s penalty minutes remained in check. With key players stepping up, the Blizzard secured a well-deserved win, continuing their heater to 10 games. The game finished with a score of 3-1 for the Blizzard.

Game Recap

February 24 – Wayway and Blizzard Battle at the Roy H

The Roy H was abuzz with excitement as the Blizzard clashed with the  Wolverines in a heart-pounding battle. The final score of 6-4 in favour of the Blizzard left fans on the edge of their seats, witnessing a rollercoaster of skill, determination, and drama.

The Blizzard take an early lead in the FIRST PERIOD. The Blizzard started the game with a burst of energy, setting the tone for the evening. Riley See delivered a thunderous hit on a Wolverine player, seizing possession of the puck and sending a pass to Sebastian Hamming, who had a picture-perfect shot to put the Blizzard ahead 1-0. Griffin Ayotte capitalized on a loose puck, finds the back of the net and extended the Blizzard’s lead to 2-0. Assisted by Marlen Edwards and Lucas de la Salle. The Wolverines responded swiftly, narrowing the gap to 2-1 with their first goal of the night.

The SECOND PERIOD was a battleground of physicality and penalties. Griffin Ayotte continued his scoring spree, netting his second consecutive goal. His relentless effort followed a bone-crushing hit by Marlen Edwards, solidifying the Blizzard’s 3-1 lead. Riley See, showcased his talent with back-to-back goals. His tally of 19 goals for the season put both him and Ayotte in contention for a hat trick with a score of 5-1.

The intensity escalated in the THIRD PERIOD. Waywayseecappo refused to yield, striking twice to make it 5-3 in favoUr of the Blizzard. Undeterred, the Blizzard responded with a goal of their own, extending their lead to 6-3. With seconds ticking away, the Wolverines pulled their goalie, and their gamble paid off. They found the net once more, closing the gap to 6-4 to end the game.

Despite the Wolverines’ late surge, The Blizzard’s early lead proved to be too much for them to overcome. The Blizzard outshot their opponents 34-27 and capitalized on one of their six power play chances. With this hard-fought victory, this solidifies their position in the league standings.


February 25 – Blizzard Take Control in Virden

The FIRST PERIOD was a defensive battle with no goals scored. Both teams had opportunities, but the goalies were up to the task, keeping the game scoreless.

In the SECOND PERIOD, The Blizzard took the lead with a power play goal by Sam Zagari, assisted by Quincy Supprien and Sebastian Hamming. This was the only goal of the period, showcasing the Blizzard’s effective power play strategy.

The THIRD PERIOD continued the trend of strong defence and goaltending. The Blizzard maintained their lead, and despite several attempts by the Virden Oil Capitals, they couldn’t find the back of the net.

The Blizzard secured a hard-fought victory with a final score of 1-0. Tomas Anderson, the Blizzard’s goalie, was exceptional, stopping all 27 shots and earning the first star of the game in his 6th SO of the year. The team’s discipline and effective penalty kill contributed to the win, as they successfully defended against two power plays. This win highlights the Blizzard’s resilience and teamwork.


February 27 – Blizzard Dominate the Kings

During the FIRST PERIOD, The Blizzard started strong with Miguel Bouvier scoring at 11:26, assisted by Sam Zagari and Sebastian Hamming. The team showed excellent offense, leading in shots on goal.

In the SECOND PERIOD, Bouvier continued his streak, netting another goal at 10:24. Cale Strasky added to the lead with a power play goal at 13:11. The Blizzard’s defense was solid, keeping the Dauphin Kings scoreless.

In the THIRD PERIOD, Griffin Ayotte sealed the victory with a goal at 11:55. The Blizzard maintained their dominance, ending the period with a comfortable lead in shots and no penalties.

The Blizzard displayed a commanding performance, with a final score of 4-0 against the Dauphin Kings. Tomas Anderson, the goaltender, achieved his 7th shutout and 2nd in a row, saving 15 shots. The team’s synergy and strategic plays were evident throughout the game, leading to a well-deserved win.

FEBRUARY 16 – Blizzard back and forth with Nighthawks

In the FIRST PERIOD the Nighthawks put on the pressure, scoring 1 and keeping the Blizzard at bay. Despite having three power plays, the Blizzard failed to capitalize on their opportunities.

The SECOND PERIOD has The Blizzard broke the deadlock early. Supprien found the net at 4:02, assisted by See and Zagari. The Nighthawks responded with a goal of their own later in the period. The Blizzard had the edge in shots on goal in the second with 11-7.

During the THIRD PERIOD the Blizzard came out strong, scoring a quick goal just 20 seconds in. This came from Supprien, who netted his second of the night, with See and Zagari setting him up. The Nighthawks answered back with a goal shortly after. See added another Blizzard goal at 3:33, with Cooke and Zagari as the helpers. with the game now tied up at 3-3, the rest of the period was scoreless and penalty-free.

OVERTIME was tense but goalless.

The SHOOTOUT was a nail-biter, going to eight rounds. Both teams being blanked by the other for the first 4 rounds.  Niverville was the first to net one in the fifth but Bibeau scores for the Blizzard to answer. Hamming sealed the win for the Blizzard in the eighth round, beating the Nighthawks’ goalie.


FEBRUARY 17 – Blizzard edge out Selkirk Steelers in Shootout

The FIRST PERIOD was scoreless, but not without action. Both teams had several power play opportunities, as the referees handed out eight penalties in total. The Blizzard had four chances to score on the man advantage, but none were successful. Anderson also faced four PP but was able to keep the puck out of the net.The shots on goal were 14-6 in favor of the Blizzard after the first 20 minutes.

The SECOND PERIOD saw only one goal, but it was a beauty. The Blizzard’s See scored his 17th goal of the season at 15:19, with assists from Zagari and Supprien. The period ended with the Blizzard leading 1-0 and outshooting the Steelers 28-13.

THIRD PERIOD has the Steelers scoring a power play goal at 1:49. However, the Blizzard did not let the Steelers’ goal affect them. They regained the lead just two minutes later, as Belzil scored his 12th goal of the season at 3:51, with an assist from Gallagher. The game remained 2-1 for the Blizzard until the final minutes of the period, when the Steelers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. They tied the game and forced OT.

OVERTIME saw The Blizzard with three shots on goal, while the Steelers had two. Both goalies made some spectacular saves to keep their teams alive, forcing a shootout.

The SHOOTOUT was a nail-biter with both goalies Anderson and Olsonawski making some great stops. The Blizzards Hamming and Suppriren both scored on their attempts winning the shootout, giving us a final score of 3-2.

The OCN Blizzard showed their resilience and determination in this game, as they overcame a late goal by the Steelers and won the game in a shootout. The Blizzard’s goalie, Anderson, was the star of the game, as he made 27 saves on 29 shots, and stopped four out of five shooters in the shootout. The Blizzard’s shooters, Hamming and Supprien, also came up big in the shootout, as they scored the deciding goals. The Blizzard improved their record to 21-8-1-1.


FEBRUARY 18 – Morin Shuts down the Freeze

The Blizzard showed their strength and skill as they defeated the Winnipeg Freeze 2-0 on Sunday,  February 18, 2024. The Blizzard improved their record to 29-14-1-3 and extended their winning streak to four games.

During the FIRST PERIOD both teams struggled to find the back of the net. The Blizzard had the edge in shots, 11-2, but could not beat Nicolas Rempel, the Freeze goalie. The Freeze had few chances, but Loic Morin, the Blizzard goalie, was alert and ready. The period ended with no goals and three penalties, two for the Blizzard and one for the Freeze.

The SECOND PERIOD saw the Blizzard break the deadlock and take control of the game. Ethan Bibeau opened the scoring at 8:41 with his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Cale Strasky. Adam Belzil doubled the lead at 9:59 with his 13th goal of the season, assisted by Ashton Gallagher and Sebastian Hamming. The Blizzard outshot the Freeze 15-10 in the period and did not take any penalties.

The THIRD PERIOD was a defensive battle, as the Blizzard protected their lead and the Freeze tried to mount a comeback. The Freeze had more shots, 8-3, but could not solve Morin, who made some key saves. The Blizzard played smart and disciplined hockey, avoiding penalties and turnovers. The period ended with no goals and no penalties, giving the Blizzard a 2-0 win.

Blizzard take on the Wolverines in their next battle on Saturday Feb 24, 2024 at The Roy H Johnston Arena in The Pas, MB.

Blizzard Sweep the Weekend

FEBRUARY 9 – Winkler downed by the Blizzard in a Shut Out

The Blizzard defeated the Winkler Flyers 2-0 on Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Roy H. Johnston Arena. The Blizzard improved their record to 25-14-1-3, while the Flyers dropped to 32-6-2-2. Tomas Anderson was the star of the game, making 25 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

The FIRST PERIOD was scoreless, as both teams had 10 shots on goal. The Flyers had two power play opportunities, but the Blizzard penalty kill was strong.

In the SECOND PERIOD the Blizzard opened the scoring at 13:23, when Emilien Charron netted his first goal of the season, assisted by Marlen Edwards and Sam Zagari. The Flyers had another power play chance, but could not beat Anderson. The Blizzard outshot the Flyers 8-9 in the period.

THIRD PERIOD saw The Blizzard added an insurance goal at 6:25 of the third period, when Kieran Cooke scored his sixth goal of the season, assisted by Miguel Bouvier and a rare goaltender assist by Anderson. The Flyers had two more power play opportunities, but the Blizzard defense held firm. Anderson made 12 saves in the period, while the Flyers made 10. The Blizzard outshot the Flyers 12-4 in the period, and 30-25 overall.

The Blizzard earned a 2-0 victory over the Winkler Flyers, thanks to a stellar performance by Tomas Anderson. The Flyers suffered their second loss in a row, and gave the momentum the team needed to continue the weekend.


FEBRUARY 10 – Blizzard take the Freeze

The Blizzard showed no mercy to the Winnipeg Freeze on Saturday night, as they scored eight goals and shut out their opponents in a dominant performance. Riley See led the way with a hat trick and an assist, while Sam Zagari and Keenan McNeill each had a goal and three helpers. Tomas Anderson made 20 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and second of the weekend.

The FIRST PERIOD has The Blizzard wasting no time in taking control of the game, as See opened the scoring just 1:18 into the first period, assisted by Zagari and Kieran Cooke. Quincy Supprien doubled the lead at 5:54, with Zagari and Brett Ward getting the assists. See added his second of the night on a power play at 17:44, with Cooke and McNeill setting him up. The Blizzard outshot the Freeze 18-9 in the opening frame and took a 3-0 lead into the intermission.

The SECOND PERIOD was more of the same, as the Blizzard continued to dominate the Freeze in every aspect of the game. McNeill scored his first of the night at 4:04, assisted by Miguel Bouvier. See completed his hat trick at 5:20, with Supprien and Zagari getting the assists. McNeill netted his second of the game at 13:20, with Sebastian Hamming and Bouvier getting the helpers. The Blizzard outshot the Freeze 17-4 and extended their lead to 6-0.

The THIRD PERIOD saw The Blizzard did not let up in the third period, as they added two more goals to their tally. Bouvier scored a shorthanded goal at 6:58, assisted by Emilien Charron. Zagari scored his first of the night at 8:11, with See and Charron getting the assists. Anderson stopped all seven shots he faced in the final frame and preserved the shutout. The Blizzard outshot the Freeze 19-7 in the third period and 54-20 overall.

The Blizzard improved their record to 26-14-1-3 with the 8-0 win over the Freeze, who fell to 8-31-3-0.  The Blizzard will look to keep their momentum going when they travel to the Niverville Nighthawks on Friday.

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