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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Shawn McNall wins 2015 Regina City Amateur

Regina’s Shawn McNall is the winner of the 2015 Regina City Amateur Golf Tournament.

McNall shot an even par 72 on Sunday at the Murray Golf Course to finished the tournament one under.

Tyler Wright of the Wascana Golf and Country Club finished in second place at 1 over par, two strokes back. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CHL announces fine at the Memorial Cup

Quebec City - The Canadian Hockey League announced today that the Kelowna Rockets Hockey Club has been fined $500.00 for a member of their organization approaching the CHL Hockey Operations Department and making negative comments regarding the officiating during their game versus the Quebec Remparts on Friday, May 22, 2015.


The 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup is proudly supported by MasterCard, title sponsor of this event for 17 straight years.  Associate sponsors include BMO Bank of Montreal, SUBWAY, Cooper Tires, and   


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Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Canadian / Ontario Hockey League

Shawn McNall leads after Day 1 of Regina City AM

Below are the results of the City Am for day 1 at the Royal Regina. Day 2  of the City Am will be at the Murray Golf Course. Par is 71 at the Royal Regina Golf Club.

Shawn McNall
Royal Regina GC
Tyler Wright
Wascanca GC
Kris Carley
Carnduff GC
Landon Emberley
Saskatoon GCC
Jason Galon
Royal Regina GC
Chris Knoop
Melfort GC
Rick Ledingham
Wascanca GC
Ken Rodgers
Waskesui GC
Chris Frohlick
Royal Regina GC
Richard Humeniuk
Tor Hill GC
Doug Kozak
Tor Hill GC
Dan Morin
Royal Regina GC
Tyler Zaba
Royal Regina GC
Rob Schneider
Tor Hill GC
Geoff Pettigrew
Deer Valley GC
Jason Klemenz
Deer Valley GC
Josh Marcia
Royal Regina GC
Brent Ryan
Deer Valley GC
Andy Zaba
Deer Valley GC
Brad Phelps
Holiday Park GC
Lonnie Jones
Tor Hill GC
Barney Shynkaruk
Deer Valley GC
Tanner White
Wascanca GC

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kelowna Rockets drop Memorial Cup Opener

Quebec City, QC - The Kelowna Rockets fell by a score of 4-3 to the host Quebec Remparts on Friday night at the Pepsi Colisee in what was the opening game of the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The win by Quebec marked the first time a host Club has won the opening game of the tournament since the Kitchener Rangers did it in 2008.

A physical first period saw a goal by Nikolas Brouillard give the Remparts a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, the Rockets got on the board as Nick Merkley scored a short-handed goal to cut the lead in half.  

After Ryan Graves struck early in the third period to restore the Remparts’ two-goal lead, the Rockets bounced back midway through the frame when forward Gage Quinney deflected a Josh Morrissey point shot past Remparts goaltender Zachary Fucale to close the gap to 3-2. 


Kelowna pulled Jackson Whistle for the extra attacker late and a dramatic finish would follow. First, Remparts forward Adam Erne potted an empty-netter that appeared to seal the win with 1:04remaining. Then, after a Quebec penalty gave the Rockets a powerplay, Leon Draisaitl capitalized on to make it a 4-3 game with 36 seconds to play. Kelowna Head Coach Dan Lambert called a timeout and with just seconds remaining the Rockets earned a scoring opportunity, but Fucale held his ground to preserve the victory for the hosts.


Game Summary

Game Highlights

Photos: Available at (Credit: Aaron Bell/CHL Images) 

Whistle made 27 saves in a losing effort for the Rockets while Merkley was named the game’s third star. Fucale made 26 saves for the win and was named the game’s first star while Quebec forward Anthony Duclair earned a second star nod.

The Rockets went 2/6 on the powerplay, while the Remparts finished 0/5 with the man advantage.

Kelowna returns to action on Monday night when they face the QMJHL Champion Rimouski Oceanic at 7:30pm EDT, live on Sportsnet.


The 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup is proudly supported by MasterCard, title sponsor of this event for 17 straight years.  Associate sponsors include BMO Bank of Montreal, SUBWAY, Cooper Tires, and   


For more information about the event please visit, and follow the event on Twitter @TheWHL, @MCMemorialCup and @CHLHockey using #MCMemorialCup. 


Corey St. Laurent

Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs sign 2015 1st round pick

SPOKANE, Wash - The Spokane Chiefs announced today that they have signed forward Koby Morrisseau to a WHL Standard Player Agreement. Morrisseau was the ninth overall selection in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. 

"We are very pleased to have Koby Morrisseau commit to the Spokane Chiefs," said Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz. "We feel Koby will be a great player with our organization and we are excited to be a part of his development process. We look forward to seeing Koby on the ice with our Fall Camp the end of August."

Morrisseau, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound power forward out of Grandview, Manitoba, scored 39 goals and 22 assists with the Parkland Rangers Bantam AAA of the Winnipeg Bantam AAA West Division.

"(Morrisseau has) a great combination of size, skill and grit," Chiefs Director of Player Personnel Chris Moulton said immediately following the draft. "He was a leader with his team on and off the ice. (He) has huge upside potential to be an impact WHL player."

The Chiefs have now signed both of their first round picks from the 2015 draft as Morrisseau joins top overall pick Ty Smith, who signed on May 11. The two players marked just the 11th and 12th top ten bantam draft picks in franchise history.

Courtesy Spokane Chiefs PR

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two Thunder Players to attend Rider Training Camp

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today they have invited four territorial junior football players to their 2015 Training Camp in Saskatoon.

From the Regina Thunder receiver Preston Bews who spent last season on the Rider practice roster.

As well offensive lineman Matt Halbgewachs will be in attendance.

The other two junior players are from the Saskatoon Hilltops. Receiver Evan Turkington and defensive lineman Matt Kozun.

Training camp get started next week at the University of Saskatchewan.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Canadian Coaches announced for U17's

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Wednesday the three head coaches and six assistant coaches who will lead the three Canadian teams at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Kris Knoblauch (Regina, Sask./Erie, OHL) will serve as head coach for Canada Red, Jamie Kompon (Thunder Bay, Ont./Portland, WHL) will head Canada White, and Marco Pietroniro (Montreal, Que./Baie-Comeau, QMJHL), will lead Canada Black.

Gilles Bouchard (Normandin, Que./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) and Drew Bannister (Sudbury, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) will serve as assistant coaches for Canada White, Jamie Heward (Regina, Sask./Swift Current, WHL) and Serge Lajoie (St. Albert, Alta./NAIT, ACAC) will join Knoblauch on Canada Red, while Trevor Letowski (Thunder Bay, Ont.) and Ryan Oulahan (Newmarket, Ont./North Bay, OHL) will be behind the bench for Canada Black.

Kris Knoblauch, 36, has spent the past three seasons as head coach of the OHL’s Erie Otters, leading the team to a berth in the OHL final this season. Prior to the joining the Otters midway through the 2012-13 season, he was an assistant coach for the WHL’s Kootenay Ice from 2007-10 before taking over as head coach from 2010-12. As head coach, Knoblauch lead the Ice to their third WHL championship in 2011 and the team’s first MasterCard Memorial Cup appearance since 2002. Drafted by the New York Islanders in seventh round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft (166th overall), he played one season with the CHL’s Austin Ice Bats. Prior to his professional career, Knoblauch spent five seasons with the University of Alberta from 1999-04, winning a national championship with the Golden Bears in 2000. He also spent four seasons in the WHL with Red Deer, Edmonton, Kootenay and Lethbridge from 1996-99. 

Jamie Kompon, 48, just completed his first season as head coach of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks from 2012-14, winning the Stanley Cup in 2013. Kompon also spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings from 2006-12, winning the Stanley Cup in 2012. His coaching career includes nine seasons with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues from 1997-2006 as video coach and strength and conditioning coach, as well as stops with the AHL’s Baltimore Bandits and McGill University. Kompon served as video coach with Canada at the 2006 IIHF World Championship. As a player, he played two seasons of professional hockey in the ECHL with Hampton Road, Cincinnati and Winston-Salem from 1989-91 after four seasons with McGill University from 1985-89.

Marco Pietroniro, 44, has been the head coach of the QMJHL’s Drakkar de Baie-Comeau for one season. He coached Quebec at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and was also an assistant coach for Canada White at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Pietroniro spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Foreurs de Val-d’Or from 2012-14, winning the QMJHL championship in 2014. Prior to that, he was the head coach and general manager of the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs for six seasons from 2006-12. As a player, Pietroniro played 10 seasons of professional hockey with Brixen/Bressanone (Italy), Torino (Italy), Jacksonville (SuHL), Brunico SG (Italy), Milano (Italy), Idaho (WCHL) and San Angelo (SPHL). He also played three seasons with the QMJHL’s Draveurs de Trois-Rivières.

The 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will mark the second year the tournament will feature three national teams (Black, Red and White). From 1986 to 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.

“This is an exciting group of coaches who will be part of our under-17 program this season,” said Shawn Bullock, senior manager of hockey operations with Hockey Canada. “They have found success at the professional and junior levels, and have a wide range of experience within our programs. We’re looking forward to working with them through our summer camp and the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge to continue to develop the outstanding young talent our country produces.”

Canada’s national under-17 development camp will be held July 29 to Aug. 4 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, with 108 players attending. From the camp, 66 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada's director of player personnel, will lead player selection for the camp, along with regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), Darryl Woodley (Ontario) and Barclay Branch (Ontario).

Camp invites will be announced in the coming weeks, as will a host city and schedule information for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will bring together the top players in the world born in 1999 or later. The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

Since the first under-17 tournament (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,200 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 11 of the last 14 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014).

For more information on the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit, or follow along via social media at

Francis Dupont                             Morgan Bell                               Esther Madziya
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