The Brooks Bandits are National Junior “A” Hockey champions for the fourth time. Hudson Malinoski scored twice and Ethan Barwick made 30 saves as the Alberta Junior Hockey League champions defeated the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League champion Battleford North Stars 4-0 in the final of the 2023 Centennial Cup at Stride Place in Portage. The 2024 Centennial Cup will be held in Oakville, Ontario.
Winnipeg Ice forward Matthew Savoie, who was chosen ninth overall in the 2022 National Hockey League Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, has joined the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans. The 19-year-old St. Albert product had 49 goals and 124 points in 81 regular season and playoff games with the Ice this season. Winnipeg lost out in five games to the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League final. The Americans will face the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup’s Eastern Conference final.
Canada will face Norway today (8:20 a.m.) at the 2023 World Hockey Championship in Riga, Latvia. Canada needs one point to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals.
The field is set for the 2023 Memorial Cup which begins Friday in Kamloops. The Western Hockey League champion Seattle Thunderbirds, Ontario Hockey League champion Peterborough Petes and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Quebec Remparts will join the host Blazers.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes were held to just three hits and lost 7-3 Sunday afternoon to the Lake Country DockHounds at Shaw Park. Chris Burgess had a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth for the Fish.
It’s day nine of Winnipeg Blue Bombers main camp. Today’s practice session at IG Field is from 8:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. The Bombers first pre-season game is this Saturday against the Edmonton Elks at Commonwealth Stadium.