Thompson Sports News

Adam McNutt Is Off To The U of R

Graduating 20 year old defenseman Adam McNutt will get a chance to further his hockey career.

 

The 20 year old out of Saskatoon has committed to go play for the U of R Cougars for the 2024-25 season.

 

McNutt was a stalwart on the Bomber back end this season after arriving from the WHL where he spent the bulk of his career with Prince Albert, Regina and Swift Current.

 

In 42 games this past season, McNutt put up 17 points in 42 games including 6 goals. He also added 6 points in 14 playoff games including 3 goals.

 

McNutt is the 7th Bomber to graduate to the college ranks this season.

Highlights From Wednesdays FFMH AGM

Summary from FFMH AGM - May 21 2024

Roughly 26 people in attendance


President’s Report

Tanner Brough  gave a verbal report on the Flin Flon Minor Hockey Season 2023/2024.   


Norman AGM Report

Brough also provided a verbal update from the Norman AGM meeting that was attended on May 11 2024.  Norman is seeking a new director for Norman Minor Hockey.


Treasurer’s Report

Reviewed the report as emailed to the board and distributed in the meeting.

 

Treasurer’s  Motion
Proposal Increase: $50 per registration
U7 - $250
U9 - $520
U11 - $530
U13 - $550
U15 - $550
U18 - $550
Girls - $200 

 

Last time FFMH did a registration fee increase was 2016/2017 or prior

 

Elections

 

  1. President - Currently held by Tanner Brough, letting name stand, Tanner elected by acclamation. 
     
  2. Vice-President - currently held by Dave McPherson and not up for re-election. 
     
  3. Secretary - currently held by Courtney Biberdorf, letting name stand, Courtney elected by acclamation. 
  4. Treasurer - this is a two year term,  Dan Hotel nominated, elected by acclamation.
     
  5. Registrar - this is a two year term, currently held by Kailyn Phillips allowing her name to stand, not up for re-election.
     
  6. Communication Director - currently held by Nikki Corke not allowing her name to stand, Coralie Jays nominated, Coralie elected by acclamation. 
     
  7. Referee in Chief - currently held by Matt Morrison, allowing his name to stand, Dan Hlady nominated, Dan awarded position by vote. 
     
  8. Special Events / Tournament - currently held by Colette McKeen, not allowing her name to stand, Laurelle Trubiak nominated, Laurelle won by acclamation.
     
  9. Technical Director - currently held by Jonathon Cooper, allowed his name to stand, elected by acclamation.
     
  10. U7 - currently held by Tyler Mckinnon, not allowing his name to stand, no nominations, position will remain vacant. 
     
  11. U9 - currently held by Brandy Kuzmiak, Shaun Nabe nominated, Shaun won by acclamation.
     
  12. U11 - currently held by Darren Romo, Kylie McKinnon nominated, Kylie elected by acclamation. 
  13. U13 - currently held by Ryan Biberdorf, not allowing his name to stand, Darren Romo nominated, elected by acclamation.
     
  14. U15 - currently held by Dan Hlady, not allowing his name to stand, position will remain vacant.
     
  15. U18 - currently held by Yvette Rae, allowing her name to stand, Taylor Koivisto nominated, Taylor won by vote.
     
  16. Female Coordinator - currently held by Kylie McKinnon, not allowing her name to stand, no nominations, position will remain vacant.
     
  17. Goalie Coordinator - currently held by Dawn Hlady, allowed her name to stand, elected by acclamation.

 

Bombers Sign D-Man Out Of Alberta

The Flin Flon Bombers will have some key pieces to replace on their blueline with Noah Houle, Anthony Bax and Adam McNutt all aging out and moving on from the program.

 

The Bombers feel they have one of those pieces in place with the signing of Wylie Smith a 06 defenseman from Breton Alberta.

 

Smith comes to Flin Flon from the Leduc Oil Kings of the U-18 AAA program of the AEHL.

 

Smith picked up 22 points in 38 games including 6 goals and is a big body at 6'2 that will bring a strong physical presence with both good offensive and defensive skills.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan had this to say about this signing. “Wylie is a big, physical D that will make life difficult on our opponents. He has a heavy shot and the ability to contribute offensively as shown by his numbers in U18 last year” 

Minor Hockey AGM Rescheduled For Tonight

Flin Flon Minor Hockey has rescheduled their AGM for tonight at the Flinty's room at the Victoria Inn starting at 7.

 

They are seeking new members to fill positions including:

 

Treasurer 2 year term

Special  Events

Communications

Division Coordinators

Equipment Coordinator

 

Secretary and President positions are also open to re-election for a 2 year term.

 

If you have any questions you can contact Courtney at secretaryffmh@gmail.com or Tanner at presidentffmh@gmail.com.

McDougall Is The New Coach Of The Moncton Wildcats

Congratulations to former Flin Flon Bomber Assistant Coach, and Head Coach of the Cranberry Winterhawks, Gardner McDougall on  stepping up to Major Junior.

 

On Tuesday it was reported that McDougall was stepping down as the Head Coach of the University of New Brunswick Reds after leading them to an undefeated season and a National title.

 

McDougall has been at the helm with the Reds for the past 24 years and that includes 9 National titles, the most in university history.

 

Gardner was announced earlier today  as the new Head Coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Moncton Wildcats.

 

MacDougall holds a record of 732 wins, 232 losses and 21 ties for a .743 winning percentage during his time with the university team.

 

In addition to his accolades at the university level, he most recently served as the head coach of Canada’s U-18 men’s hockey team at the 2024 U18  World Championships and the team  won Gold in Finland.

 

MacDougall’s son, Taylor, was also named as the Wildcats’ new general manager and director of hockey operations.

 

Taylor MacDougall played in the QMJHL from 2006 to 2011 before spending five seasons with the University of New Brunswick.

 

Mike Reagan Named CJHL Coach Of The Year

The accolades continue to come in for Flin Flon Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan.

 

Fresh off a career year, guiding the Bombers to 44 wins and winning his first SJHL Coach Of The Year, Reagan was named the CJHL Coach Of The Year today.

 

Reagan also picked up his 500th career coaching win this past year and is not only the longest tenured Bomber coach in  history but he is also the winingest.

 

Mike took over the club in 2006 and has built one of the most successful programs in the country which includes 5 trips to the league final and has never missed the playoffs.

 

Despite falling a little short in the organization's  quest for their first league title since 1993, this was one of the most exciting years in Bomber history.

 

Flin Flon finished first overall in the regular season and were the number one team in the country for 16 weeks in the CJHL National rankings.

Laser Hume will further his hockey career

Congratulations to Flin Flon’s Harmon Laser Hume who has committed to Mount Royal University in Calgary.

 

Laser Hume played two seasons in Flin Flon after a trade with the Nipawin Hawks and is coming off a historic season in which he picked up 28 wins to go along with a  2.20  gaa  and a .930 SV %.

 

He was also awarded the SJHL Goalie Of The Year and has been named a finalist for the CJHL Goalie Of The Year.

 

Career totals include 56 wins in a Bomber uniform with a 2.39 GAA and a .920 SV %.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers continue to be able to get their players a chance to play hockey at the next level and once again congratulations to Harmon on a fantastic junior career.

There Will Be A Slow Pitch League This Year

The Flin Flon Creighton Slow Pitch League is back and will start their season on May the 21st.

 

Even though the schedule is made they are still looking for any individuals who are interested in finding a team. It will cost $15.00 for the year and you can e-transfer connorbrading34@gmail.com or 204-271-4254.

 

The deadline to sign up is May the 12th.

 

Games will be played at both the Centoba and Creighton diamonds and there will be a year end tournament this year.

 

Schedules and team rosters can be seen on the Flin Flon Creighton Slowpitch facebook page.

Soccer Try- Outs For Sask Summer Games This Weekend

If you would like to try out for the Northern  Boys Soccer  team for the Saskatchewan Summer Games you are invited to a try-out this weekend.

 

It is open to anyone born in 2009,2010 and 2011.

 

The try-out will take place this Sunday at the Phantom Lake field between 2 and 4pm.

 

You must register before attending by going to the website at sasksoccer.com.

 

The Saskatchewan summer games will take place in Lloydminster July the 21st to the 27th.

Knights of Columbus Track Meet is today

Today the Knights of Columbus track meet starts at 8:30 at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena in the TRCC.   

 

Grade 4 to 8 students from all the elementary schools in Thompson will participate in track and field events throughout the day.    

 

The Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30 with event finals and awards to follow. 

 

 Come cheer on the students.

 

Another College Commitment For The Flin Flon Bombers

More good news for the Flin Flon Bombers off the ice as they have announced another one of their players will be moving on to play hockey in the NCAA.

 

Congratulations to Jacob Vockler who has committed to Lindenwood University in Missouri. 

 

Vockler spent three years in Flin Flon suiting up for 145 games and picked up 155 points including 49 goals. Vockler was also instrumental in a lot of the Bombers success in the playoffs where he was able to pick up 44 points in 45 career playoff games.

 

He had 17 points in 12 playoff games this past spring and helped his team get into the final for the third straight year.

 

Vockler will get a chance to further his career with Noah Houle who also committed to Lindenwood for next season. Former Bombers Drew Kuzma and Jaeden Mercier are also playing in Lindenwood.

 

Vockler is the third NCAA commit this past season for Flin Flon joining Noah Houle and Alexi Sylvestre who is off to Bemidji State.

Golf Course Opens Up On Friday

Great news,  if all go's according to plan the Phantom Lake Golf Course should be ready for another season on Friday.

 

The Pro- Shop is now open and the hours for the rest of the week are 10 to 7.

 

Congratulations to Amanda Dubinak who is the new Pro- Shop Manager, but not new to the Phantom Lake Golf Club as she has been working at the Pro- Shop and assisting various Pro's throughout the years.

 

If you are looking for a tee time or any other information you can call the Pro Shop at 306-688-5555. Also watch for updates on facebook and your e-mails.

 

The Clubhouse will open on Sunday just in time for the popular Mother's Day Brunch between 10 and 1.

Mike Reagan Nominated For CJHL Coach Of The Year

Congratulations to long time Flin Flon Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan on being one of 6 finalists for the CJHL Coach Of The Year.

 

Despite coming up a couple games short for the league championship, this was a very good year for Reagan and the Bombers.

 

Flin Flon picked up 44 wins in the regular season to match a franchise record  for wins in a season and propelled the Bombers to first overall.

 

Reagan was selected as the first Bomber coach ever as the SJHL Coach Of The Year , and he also surpassed 500 wins in his career and is the winningest Bomber coach in history.

 

He also  guided Flin Flon to the league final for the fifth time in seven years and third straight. The Bombers were also ranked the number one team in the CJHL for 16 straight weeks.

 

Once again congratulations and well deserved.

McDougall Leads U-18 Team To Gold Medal

Congratulations to former Flin Flon Bomber Assistant Coach and former Head Coach of the Cranberry Winterhawks Gardner McDougall.

 

McDougall was the Head Coach for the U-18 Canadian team at the World Championships in Finland that won Gold on Sunday beating the US 6 to 4 in the final.

 

McDougall continues to find success no matter what team or program he is leading as he is fresh off leading UNB to their ninth national title and second in a row as his team didn't allow a goal in three games.

 

Just two years ago, MacDougall took over the Memorial Cup host Saint John Sea Dogs after they were eliminated in the QMJHL playoffs and guided them to a national junior title as interim head coach.

 

Rumour has it that the QMJHL'S Moncton Wildcats have reached out to McDougall to discuss their vacant head coaching spot.

Flin Flon Bombers Wrap Up Season With Year End Awards

The Flin Flon Bombers officially called it a season with their year end awards and banquet which took place at the Creighton Community Hall.

 

Even though it wasn't the ending that they wanted,  it was still a very successful season that included 44 wins to match the all time franchise record.

 

The year also included Harmon Laser Hume winning SJHL Goalie Of The Year, Noah Houle the top SJHL Defenseman and Mike Reagan selected as SJHL Coach Of The Year.

 

The team also made the league final for the third straight year and fifth time in the last 7 seasons.

 

Here is the complete list of winners from Saturday night.

 

Bomber Captain Justin Lies had an outstanding night and season picking up 5 awards including 1st Star for the Royal Bank 3 Star Award, Geoge Leel Trophy for most points, CFAR Most Valuable Player, Pat Spiller Memorial for top scorer and the MVP of the playoffs.

 

His brother Joey Lies picked  up two trophies for Most Popular Player and Frank Schieder Memorial for community work.

 

Other award winners included:

 

Diane Krokosz Memorial for Most Dedicated- Harmon Laser Hume

Howard Fox Courier- MR Hustle- Anthony Piccininno

Lavalley Artworks Academic Award and Nik Oklobdzija Top Rookie - Koen Senft

Creighton Furniture Best Defensive Player- Cole Tanchuk

Royal Bank 3 stars- Justin Lies, Jacob Vockler, Alexi Sylvestre

Patty Ginnell Most Improved- Pierce Yakimchuk

Darcy Bancroft Best Defenseman- Noah Houle

Chicke Chef Unsung Hero- Adam McNutt

Coach's Award- Matt Egan

 

A big thanks to Chicken Chef for a delicious meal and once again to the players, coach's, sponsors, billets, board and fans for another great year of Bomber hockey.

 

Indoor Soccer Tournament Is A Success

The indoor soccer tournament took place at the Sportex this past weekend and it was great to see a lot of spectators out watching this weekend.

 

Once again there were three teams in 2010-12 division and four teams in the 2013-15 division.

 

Congrats to team D who beat Team A 3 to 2 to claim the 2013-15 division.

 

Players on Tean D are Brody Cooper, Preston McKeen, Zayne Kawerski, Quinlan Trbiak, Alexis Entwistle, Kaitlin Rossington, Elizabeth Churchill, Gabe Pawlachuk, Eva Hill, Zander Morrisette and Bella Brushett. Coach's Mike and Ethan Pawlachuk and Blake Shirran.

 

Team 2 beat Team 1 , 3 to 0 to win the 2010-12 division.

 

Players from Team 2 are Westyn Hlaydy, Jocelyn Kozar, Maxen Menzies, Gus Hill, Alec McKay, Elizabeth Muldoon, Summer Waslyk, Jacob Kozar, Troy Ducharme and Abigail Dicks. Coach's Kaleb Sapergia and Jack Dubinak.

 

Thanks to the coach's, sponsors, referees, organizers and all the players for coming out as it was a great way to officially kick off the soccer  season.

A Couple Bombers Up For CJHL Awards

Congratulations to a couple members of the Flin Flon Bombers who have been nominated for a couple of national awards.

 

Harmon Laser Hume is a finalist for the CJHL Goalie Of The Year. Laser is coming off a career season where he was named the top SJHL Goalie finishing second in wins with 28. He ws also among the league leaders in gaa at 2.20 and save % at .930.

 

Noah Houle is up for the CJHL Defenseman Of The Year after being named the SJHL'S top defenseman. Houle led all SJHL defensemen in points with 68.  Houle who was one of the leagues top play makers was also a very impressive +38 to lead the league in that category. Houle will be off to Lindenwood University to play in the NCAA next season.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers will officially call it a season after their awards banquet on Saturday.

Gatlin Church Stepping Down As Head Coach And GM Of The PBCN Selects

After two full seasons as the Head Coach and GM of the PBCN Selects of the Keystone Junior B Hockey league, Gatlin Church announced his resignation today.

 

"I’m extremely proud of a 46-20-4 record an  appearance in the league final, a successful Central Canada Cup Championship and have 2 players commit to D1 ACHA programs. I’m extremely proud of the work I as well as others put into establish the Culture of the PBCN Selects."

 

"I would like to send a sincere thank you to Chuck Morin for believing in me and allowing me the opportunity to build this program. Also to Chief and Council for the opportunity to represent their communities. I hope I didn’t let you down." 

 

Church also went on to thank his assistant coach's Drew Morin, Pat McKenzie and the rest of the people who volunteered and sponsored the club. 

 

Church  will be pusuing other avenues in hockey and the Selects will have a new face behind the bench starting next season.

 

Flin Flon Minor Hockey Hosting AGM

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting their AGM on Wednesday May the 15th, 7pm at the Flinty Room at the Victoria Inn.

 

This will be an opportunity to be part of shaping the future for our beloved sport in the community.

 

The agenda will include committee reports from the President and Treasurer, a recap from last year and updates on new programs being added for the upcoming season. There will also be elections for new people to join the board.

 

This is open to players, coach's, fans and anyone in the community who would like to come out and join the meeting.

Bombers Come Up Short In Their Quest For The Cup

They played their hearts out but unfortunately the Flin Flon Bombers season came to an end last night, dropping a 4 to 1 decision to the Melfort Mustangs.

 

The Mustangs win the series 4 games to 2 and win their first championship since 2016. Ironically it was the Bombers they beat that season too, in six games.

 

You have to give Flin Flon credit  who rallied from three games down to win the last two and make it a series. There was a lot of optimism from the players, organization and fans that they would be able to get the win and get it back to Flin Flon for game 7.

 

The night started well and the Bombers had a good first period out shooting the Mustangs 9 to 6 with the better of the scoring opportunities.

 

A Keefe Gruener break away for Flin Flon was one of the opportunities they didn't capitalize on.

 

It was scoreless heading into the second period when the Mustangs Tye Evans was able to pluck a puck in off the cross bar. I watched the replay and it never looked like the puck crossed the line, but the referee and goal judge both signalled the goal. 

 

Flin Flon was able to shake that off and tied the game when Captain Justin Lies buried a shot top shelf  on James Venne for his 14th of the post season. This was a powerplay goal and it really seemed to fire up the Bomber bench.

 

The Bombers couldn't sustain the momentum and the Mustangs retook the lead a minute later when Aidyn Hutchinson got a rebound past Harmon Laser Hume. This would stand up as the game winner.

Bombers Taking The Series Back To Melfort

Another packed house at the Whitney Forum as the Flin Flon Bombers played their most complete game of the league final,  and beat the Melfort Mustangs 5 to 2 last night.

 

The Mustangs took the first three, but the Bombers have fought back to win the last two with their backs against the wall.

 

Riley Niven opened the scoring last night when he scored on a break away short handed , firing a shot low glove side on James Venne. This was Niven's first of the playoffs as he continues to be a real big force away from the puck.

 

Aidyn Hutchinson would answer when he scored on a partial break away of his own to tie the game late in the first period.

 

Melfort was able to take the lead briefly in the second when Danton Cox converted a rebound in front of the Bomber net for his third goal of the final.

 

After killing a penalty the Bombers caught fire and reeled off 4 straight with Anthony Piccininno, Alexi Sylvestre, Carter Anderson and Justin Lies all finding the back of the net.

 

Lies put his into the empty net as he converted a nice pass from Niven who could of scored himself, but decided to feed the puck to Lies for a totally unselfish act.

 

Harmon Laser Hume was dialled in and played his best game of the series and finished with 31 saves with a lot of them coming early in the game.

 

James Venne stopped 37 of 41 with one goal scored into the empty net.

 

It was a good night for Jacob Vockler who picked up three assists and now has 16 points in 11 playoff games.

 

The Bomber penalty kill was exceptional and was able to hold off all 5 Melfort man advantages. Flin Flon went 0 for 3.

 

With the win last night, that means we will have a game 6 in Melfort on Tuesday night. Don't forget if you can't make it to Melfort you will still have the best seat in the house.

 

We are back on the air with Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff  Hockey including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8: 10 MB time.

 

Drop of the puck at 8:30.

Schedule Set For Indoor Soccer Tournament

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club will be hosting their indoor tournament this weekend at the Sportex starting on Friday.

 

There are three teams in the 2010 to 2012 Division. There are four teams in the 2013 to 15 Division.

 

In the 2013 to 15 Division, the two  games on Friday are :

 

Team A VS Team C at 5pm.

Team B VS Team D at 7pm.

 

The 2010 to 12 Division there is one game on Friday with Team 1 VS Team 2 at 6pm.

 

Rest of the round robin will take place on Saturday with the playoffs starting at 3.

 

Rosters and full schedule can be seen on the Phantom Lake Soccer Club facebook page.

JR Northstars Finish 6th In Brandon

The 2013 JR Northstars officially wrapped up their season earlier today at a tournament in Brandon.

 

The Northstars went 1-1 in the round robin with a 6 to 4 loss in their first game against the Wheatland Wild, but rebounded with a 4 to 1 win over the Central Plains Red Wings.

 

That knocked them down to the B-Pool where they faced off against the Stealth Wolves and Kane Davis scored the winning goal as they beat them 7 to 6.

 

They played a good game against Yellowhead but lost a tough battle 7 to 4 and finish the tournament in 6th spot.

 

They end up going 2-2 and really improved over the course of the year and have 5 players from Flin Flon including  forwards Aiden Kemp, Brody Cooper and Luke Kowbell, defenseman Quinn Trubiak and goalie Eli Chrisp.

WEEKEND HOCKEY WRAP UP

THE WINKLER FLYERS ARE THE 2024 MJHL CHAMPIONS AS THEY SKATED TO A 5-4 OVERTIME WIN FRIDAY NIGHT AND SWEPT THE STEINBACH PISTONS 4 GAMES TO NONE.  THE FLYERS WILL REPRESENT MANITOBA FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1992 AT THE CENTENNIAL CUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP  MAY 9-19 IN OAKVILLE ONTARIO.

 

THE FLIN FLON BOMBERS EXTENEDED THEIR SEASON AT LEAST ONE MORE GAME WITH A 5-2 HOME ICE WIN OVER THE MELFORT MUSTANGS ON SATURDAY NIGHT.   THE BOMBERS STILL TRAIL THE BEST-OF-SEVEN SJHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 3 GAMES TO 2.  GAME SIX IS TOMORROW IN MELFORT.

 

THE BRANDON WHEAT KINGS OF THE MANITOBA U-18 TRIPLE A HOCKEY LEAGUE CAPTURED SILVER AT THE TELUS CUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.  THE WHEAT KINGS WERE LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2004 BUT LOST TO QUEBEC IN THE FINAL 4-1.      
 

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