Thompson Sports News Archives for 2018-06

Dewar Drafted By Minnesota In 2018 NHL Draft

Eight Manitobans were taken in the 2018 NHL entry draft, including The Pas native Connor Dewar.


Dewar was taken off the board with the 92nd pick by the Minnesota Wild despite being projected to go later. The 18-year-old is set to captain the WHL's Everett Silvertips next year in his fourth full Major Junior campaign. 


Vancouver made Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo, who hails from Winnipeg, the highest-drafted man from the province with the 37th pick. Woo tallied 25 points in 44 games last year during his second full season in the WHL. The 17-year-old captained Canada White at the 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge.


Steinbach Pistons goaltender Matthew Thiessen was also drafted by the Canucks, making him the only MJHL player selected this year. Being selected in the draft is icing on the cake for the netminder as it caps off a season that saw him help lead the Pistons to  MJHL and ANAVET Cup glory. Thiessen was named to the MJHL All-Star and All-Rookie teams. The 18-year-old Altona native is committed to start playing hockey at the University of Maine after the upcoming season.

North America To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

The 2026 World Cup is coming to North America.


The FIFA congress met earlier today in Russia, and selected the United 2026 (a joint effort from Canada, Mexico and the USA) bid as the host for the world-wide event over Morocco.


Most of the games will be played in the United States, with only six venues located in Canada and Mexico.


Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, BMO Field in Toronto and Olympic Stadium in Montreal will play host to the games here in Canada.


The announcement means that all three countries will receive automatic entries in the tournament.


The only time Canada has been in the World Cup was in 1986, where the team failed to win a game or score a goal.


The last major FIFA event to take place in North America was the 2015 Womens World Cup. It took place in cities across Canada including Winnipeg, Ottawa and Vancouver.

Winnipeg CPL Team Officially Announced

The return of professional soccer in Winnipeg is now official.


At a ceremony yesterday afternoon, The Winnipeg Football Club (Blue Bombers) officially announced that Valour F.C. will begin play at Investors Group Field next spring with the Canadian Premier League kicks off.


The team name comes from Valour Road, which was home to three recipients of The Victoria Cross during the First World War. More informaion on the story behind the name of the team can be found here.


The colours of the team are maroon, gold and black.

Name, Colour and Jersey of Winnipeg CPL Team To Be Announced Tomorrow

The name, colour scheme and jersey of the new Winnipeg soccer team set to take part in the Canadian Premier League is set to be official unveiled tomorrow.


The Canadian Premier League is set to start play next season and will feature seven teams; Cavalry FC (Calgary), FC Edmonton, Hamilton (Ontario), HFX Wanderers FC (Halifax), Port City (B.C.), York 9 FC (York Region, Ontario) and Winnipeg.


The club, which has been long speculated, is reportedly going to be owned by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and play their home games at Investors Group Field.


Winnipeg had a professional soccer team from 1987 until 1993. They were known as the Winnipeg Fury, and played in the Canadian Soccer League from '87 until the league folded in 1992, then moved over the Canadian National Soccer League for the 1993 season.



OCN Blizzard Add 8 Players Through Annual Draft

Eight new faces were added to the OCN Blizzard organization Sunday morning during the annual Manitoba Junior Hockey League draft.


Below is a list of the players taken by the Blizzard:


Round Pick Name Position Hometown Previous Team
1 8 Trentyn Crane F Morden, MB Pembina Valley Hawks Bantam "AAA"
2 19 Owen Weihs F Winnipeg, MB RHA National Bantam Prep
3 23 Aidan Brook D Roblin, MB Parkland Rangers Bantam "AAA"
3 30 Matt Wisener F Winnipeg, MB RHA Nationals Bantam Prep
4 39 Logan Clarke D Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Hawks Bantam "AAA"
4 41 Colby Bear F Peguis, MB Interlake Lightning Bantam "AAA"
5 52 Mike Svenson RW Ile Des Chenes, MB RHA Nationals Bantam Prep
6 63 Darryl Junior Taylor-Luke F Swan River,MB Parkland Rangers Bantam "AAA"


In addition to the eight players selected with picks, Chase Bertholet and Keilan Holland were officially welcomed to the team as auto-protects. Both Bertholet and Holland played for the Norman Wolves last season, and are from The Pas.


According to MJHL rules, every team has to protect two local players in March, prior to the draft. These players are then not eligible to be drafted.


Justin Lies, from Flin Flon, was only member of the Norman Wolves team to be selected with a pick in the draft. He went in the 6th round at pick 64 to the Portage Terriers. Lies was also selected in the 2018 WHL Draft in the 3rd round (56th pick) by the Vancouver Giants.


Grady Lane, from Virden, MB, was taken with the #1 pick in the draft by the Winkler Flyers. Lane put up 22 goals and 20 assists last season, and was taken in the 8th round of the 2018 WHL draftlast month by the Spokane Chiefs.


The full draft results can be found by clicking here.


All of the players selected by the 11 member teams played bantam hockey last season, and were born in 2003.

Connor Dewar To Captain Silvertips Next Season

Connor Dewar will have the “C” on his chest when the Everett Silvertips take to the ice for the 2018-2019 WHL season.


The 18-year-old native of The Pas was named the next captain of the Silvertips yesterday after spending the previous year as an alternate captain.


 According to his head coach, Dennis Williams, Dewar is a natural fit to lead the team both on and off the ice.


The 18-year-old centre put up 38 goals and 30 assists last season, and is currently the 117th ranked North American skater for the upcoming NHL draft.

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