Building a Bisons hockey legacy, Wayne Fleming enters the Canada West Hall of Fame

Leaving a legacy with the University of Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey program as both a student-athlete and head coach, Wayne Fleming has entered the Canada West Hall of Fame.

Fleming joined the Bisons as a player in 1970, where he would play four seasons. He would go on to coach the program for nine seasons in the 1980s, leading them to back-to-back Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) titles in 1984 and 1985. He was the CIAU (now U SPORTS) Coach of the Year for men’s hockey in 1984-85.

A native of Snow Lake, Man., Fleming played for the Bisons men’s hockey team from 1970-71 to 1972-73 and in 1974-75 when he was named a Great Plains Athletic Conference All-Star.

After earning a physical education degree and certificate in education from the U of M, he joined the Bisons men’s hockey coaching staff as an assistant in 1976, before taking over as head coach in 1980, beginning a tenure that saw Manitoba keep company with the CIAU’s top teams.

Over nine seasons with Fleming behind their bench (1980-81 through 1986-87, as well as 1988-89 and 1989-90) the Bisons went 140-78-14 in regular season play for an impressive .634 win percentage and won the back-to-back conference titles in 1984 and 1985. Fleming was named the CIAU Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year in 1985 and picked up GPAC Coach of the Year honours in 1983 and 1985.

Following his time at the U of M, Fleming went on to find success at the professional and international levels. Fleming spent over a dozen seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL, spending time with the New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He worked frequently with Hockey Canada, and went to two Olympics, serving as general manager and assistant coach in 1992 when the men’s team won silver, and as associate coach in 2002, when it famously ended a 50-year gold medal drought.

The influential Fleming saw many of his Manitoba players go on to professional careers, including NHL all-star Mike Ridley, while members of his staff also advanced to the highest levels, including 2018 Stanley Cup champion head coach Barry Trotz.

After a courageous battle with brain cancer, Fleming passed in March 2013 at the age of 62. On October 4, 2013, the University of Manitoba honoured him by re-naming its campus rink the Wayne Fleming Arena.

Fleming is a member of the Bison Hockey Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

Fleming joins builder Joyce Fromson, women’s basketball coach Coleen Dufresne, women’s volleyball alum Michelle Sawatzky-Koop, women’s soccer alum Desiree Scott, the 1968-70 Vanier Cup-winning Bisons football teams, and football alum Israel Idonije as Bisons that have been inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame.

More information on the Canada West Hall of Fame.



Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the Academic Spotlight for December, featuring the Central Division. Student athletes recognized this month for their academic achievements include forward Adam Kydd of the Calgary Hitmen, forward Jake Neighbours of the Edmonton Oil Kings, forward Noah Boyko of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, defenceman Dru Krebs of the Medicine Hat Tigers, forward Dallon Melin of the Red Deer Rebels, and defenceman Hendrik De Klerk of the Swift Current Broncos.

During the months of November through February, each of the WHL’s 22 member Clubs will name a student-athlete that has achieved significant academic results as selected by the Club. Each month, one WHL Division will have their players celebrated in the Academic Spotlight:

Academic Spotlight Schedule
November – East Division
December – Central Division
January – U.S. Division
February – B.C. Division

WHL players recognized as Academic Achievers are observed as those striving to reach their full potential in their educational programs while balancing WHL commitments.

Adam Kydd, Calgary Hitmen: Rookie forward Adam Kydd, a 17-year-old product of Regina, Sask., is taking his learning to new heights at the Edge School. Succeeding academically in English and Calculus, Kydd has become involved with his local community as well.

“Kidd has served his community by contributing to the Ever Active Resiliency Summit,” said Hitmen Academic Advisor Bernie Bajnok. “He has shown academic leadership in the classroom and in the sporting world, serving as an Equipment Fitter for Super Heroes Equipment Fit as well as taking on a role with the Hockey Calgary Leadership day.”

Kydd represented the Hitmen in his hometown at the 2019 WHL Prairie Classic, helping his Hitmen earn an overtime victory in the third-ever outdoor game in WHL history. Through 33 games this season, Kydd has recorded 10 points (5G-5A).

Jake Neighbours, Edmonton Oil Kings: Forward Jake Neighbours, a 17-year-old product of Airdrie, Alta., is committed to his educational goals at Salisbury Composite High School. Enrolled in Math, Social Studies, and Leadership courses, Neighbours is furthering his academic pursuits while also succeeding on the ice.

“While playing a leading role on the ice, Jake is still committed to his academic pursuits,” said Oil Kings Academic Advisor Sharon Sereda. “He is setting a strong educational example for other players with the Oil Kings.”

With the league-leading Oil Kings, Neighbours ranks second in team scoring with 46 points (15G-31A) through 44 games this season, also tying him for 17th in league scoring. Neighbours has also garnered considerable interest for the 2020 NHL Draft and was recently ranked 30th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting on their midterm rankings.

Noah Boyko, Lethbridge Hurricanes: The second-year forward is a product of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. and is focused on his academic achievements while enrolled at Chinook High School. Taking courses in English, Social Studies, Special Projects, and Work Experience, Boyko is balancing his responsibilities in the classroom and with his teammates on the ice.

“From his first days as a rookie, Noah has worked very hard under minimal supervision to maintain a top honors average,” said Hurricanes Academic Advisor Jim Stewart. “Not only has he achieved top grades, but he has modelled excellent academic and personal conduct in the school and with his teammates.”

Boyko has already established career-high totals in all three major offensive categories this season, posting 25 points (10G-15A) in 42 games. He has also earned recognition by NHL Central Scouting on their midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft, where he was ranked 180th among North American skaters.

Dru Krebs, Medicine Hat Tigers: Rookie defenceman Dru Krebs, a product of Okotoks, Alta., is enrolled at Medicine Hat High School to continue his pursuit of his educational goals. Taking courses in Math and Chemistry, Krebs is setting a strong example in the classroom for his teammates.

“For Dru his schooling is very important to him and it shows in the dedication he puts into it,” said Tigers Academic Advisor Gary McDougall. “With our weekly study hall sessions he is very focused on the task at hand, and uses these sessions from start to finish achieving his academic goals.”

The youngest of the three Krebs brothers currently playing in the WHL, Dru has recorded 11 points (3G-8A) in 37 games this season.

Dallon Melin, Red Deer Rebels: Forward Dallon Melin is a product of Czar, Alta. and has taken on a larger role with the team’s on-ice performance while also keeping up with his academic responsibilities. Enrolled in online courses through St. Gabriel Online School, the 17-year-old Melin recently completed his first semester of Grade 12, earning top marks in Biology and English.

“With his positive, pleasant, and hard-working attitude, he is a great example of a dedicated hockey player both on the ice and in school,” said Rebels Academic Advisor Teresa Jaeger. “He is a conscientious student who, along with managing a hectic game and training schedule, maintains a focus and commitment to academic excellence.”

On a young Rebels team, Melin is contributing more in his second season. The forward has posted 11 points (5G-6A), including a game-winning goal, in 41 games this season.

Hendrik De Klerk, Swift Current Broncos: A 17-year-old product of Swift Current, Sask., defenceman Hendrik De Klerk is enrolled at Swift Current Comprehensive High School. The defenceman is enrolled in Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, and English Language Arts, furthering his academic pursuits.

“Hendrik is a mature and dedicated student with a strong work ethic, which is helping him balance the expectations of completing a heavy course load and playing hockey at this level,” said Broncos Academic Advisor Tracey Martin.

Acquired by his hometown Broncos in August 2019, De Klerk has played a key role on the team’s blue line this season. In 38 games, he has tallied 12 points (2G-10A), including one game-winning goal.

WHL Academic Achievers – December

Club Nominee School / Institution
Brandon Jake Chiasson Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School
Everett Braden Holt Everett High School
Kamloops Matthew Seminoff Valleyview Secondary School
Kelowna Elias Carmichael Kelowna Secondary School
Moose Jaw Braden Miller Vanier Collegiate Institute
Portland Seth Jarvis Sunset High School
Prince Albert Jakob Brook Carlton Comprehensive High School
Prince George Nikita Krivokrasov Prince George Secondary School
Regina Makai Mitchell Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School
Saskatoon Charlie Wright City Park Collegiate
Seattle Mekai Sanders Kentwood High School
Spokane Bear Hughes Immaculate Conception Academy
Tri-City Tom Cadieux Kamiakin High School
Vancouver Cole Shepard South Delta Secondary School
Victoria Riley Gannon Victoria High School
Winnipeg Connor McClennon Shaftesbury High School

Fully funded by WHL member Clubs, all current WHL players are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses. This season, over 160 current players are taking post-secondary courses while playing in the WHL. The financial assistance received for post-secondary studies while playing does not impact on the WHL Scholarship benefits a WHL player is entitled to upon graduating from the League.

Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a guaranteed, full-year WHL Scholarship, including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. The WHL Scholarship is a fully-guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

Alexa Scott of Clandeboye, Man. crowned Canadian Junior Long Track Champion

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Alexa Scott of Clandeboye, Man. and Frank Roth of Calgary, Alta. were crowned Canadian Junior Long Track Champions this past weekend in Calgary at the national championship presented by Intact Insurance. The overall titles earned them each a spot on the ISU World Junior Championships team, where they will be joined by a minimum of three additional skaters per gender.

For the second year in a row, Scott skated to gold medals in all four distances that contribute to the overall title – the 500m (39.54), 1000m (1:16.75), 1500m (1:58.39) and 3000m (4:15.40) – defeating the field of 30 female skaters by a significant margin in each race. The 18 year old earned 159.945 total sammelagt points, over 10 points ahead of her closest competitor, and will return to the World Junior Championships for a third straight time.

Laura Hall (Salmon Arm, B.C.) was ranked second overall with 170.289 points, highlighted by a silver medal in the 3000m, fourth-place result in the 1500m and fifth-place in the 1000m. Hee Won Son (Calgary, Alta.) was close behind with 170.654 points, earning a silver medal in the 500m and 1000m, along with a fifth-place finish in 1500m.

The results were much closer on the men’s side, where Roth captured the overall title ahead of 42 other skaters. He reached the podium in all four of his individual distances, winning gold in the 500m (35.70), 1000m (1:10.33) and 1500m (1:48.67), along with silver in the 5000m (6:54.39).
With 148.527 total sammelagt points, the 19 year old edged out Hubert Marcotte of Pont-Rouge, Que. (150.190 points), who finished second in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m, as well as Calgary’s Jack Deibert (149.308 points), who was golden in the 5000m and earned top-10 results in the remaining distances.

The results from the 2020 Canadian Junior Long Track Championships will be used to select the team who will compete at the ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland from February 21-23, 2020. The final list of athletes representing Canada at this event will be released in the coming weeks.
“It was a little nerve-raking going into it because there’s a lot of stiff competition, but I was able to pull through with three personal bests and skated to my best potential in a lot of my races. It all worked out and payed off and I’m happy with how I skated.” – Frank Roth
“I came in and felt like I had something to prove. I’ve been dealing with a back injury for the last eight weeks so I’m really proud of how I did. I got three personal bests and a pretty good Samalog (total ranking points).” – Alexa Scott


According to Statistics Canada, only 6% of girls meet the recommendations of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, compared to 13% of boys. Yet, nearly all parents report their kids are very physically active. 
The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Kids ages 5 – 17 are the following: 

For health benefits, children aged 5 – 17 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily. This should include: 

  • Vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days per week
  • Activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days per week
  • More daily physical activity provides greater health benefits 

Andrea Katz and Allison Gervais from FIT Communications are on a mission to change this in Winnipeg with the 2020 FITGirls Directory. The FITGirls Directory is a compilation of twenty sport and activity organizations in Winnipeg who are dedicated to getting more girls involved in sport and believe in our city’s girls and the benefits of sport and fitness in their lives. They are diverse in their programs but consistent in their delivery of quality programs for those looking for a unique and great sport experience. Programs are in every area throughout the city, and are for children ages 5 – 17 with all levels of fitness and sport experience. 

If girls are not involved in sport by the age of 10, they have less than a 10% chance of being an active adult. Ensuring coaching and sports who understand that girls and boys are looking for different things when it comes to their sport experience is important. The FITGirls Directory organizations understand this, and are highly focused on providing a solid experience for girls in Winnipeg in sport. 

For more information or to interview Katz and Gervais, please contact Andrea Katz via email at or phone at 204.770.2203. 

Manitoba Figure Skater headed to Mississauga for the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

WINNIPEG, MB January 6, 2020: Yohnatan Elizarov from Skate Winnipeg is headed to Mississauga Ontario to represent Skate Canada Manitoba in the Novice Men’s event at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.  All competition and practices are taking place at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre from Sunday January 12th to Saturday January 18th.  The Novice Men’s event will take place on Monday and Tuesday (Jan 13 & 14), starting with the short program.

Elizarov earned his spot to this year’s Nationals at Skate Canada Challenge which was held in Edmonton Nov 27- Dec 1, 2019.  He was of only 18 Novice Men to earn a spot to compete at the National Skating Championships.  This is the second year for Elizarov to secure a spot to the National Championships in the Novice Men’s event, last year he finished 11th.

Skate Canada Manitoba Chair, Donna Yee, stated that she was pleased that Yohnatan once again earned a spot to attend Nationals and knows that he will represent our Province and his home club with pride.  She continued to say, “that both Yohnatan and his coach Margo Russell have worked hard all year to attain this goal, so congratulations to both of them.”

Sport Manitoba to Hold Manitoba’s Only Para-Sport Combine

Dec. 10, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB – Sport Manitoba Performance will host Manitoba’s only para-sport testing combine this Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1–3 p.m. at Sport Manitoba. This free combine will give participants the baseline knowledge necessary to improve their overall fitness and performance.
“This combine is a big part of how we aim to develop athletes and make sport accessible in our diverse sport community,” said Sport Manitoba President & CEO Jeff Hnatiuk. “It will serve as an important opportunity for para-sport athletes to test themselves and discover how they can achieve their athletic, health and fitness goals.”
Some of the testing drills include:

  • Grip strength
  • Speed & Change of Direction
  • Peak Power (Press & Row)
  • Forward/Lateral Med Ball Toss

“We want to increase accessible training and kick-start our para-fitness and para-performance services,” said Sport Manitoba Sport Performance Specialist Neal Prokop. “These services are being implemented to provide a premiere training facility for all individuals to improve strength and conditioning. We believe these services will encourage participation in the variety of para-sports available through our sport partners and provincial sport organizations.”
Sport Manitoba Performance’s para-fitness and para-performance programs are set to launch in 2020.

“As a para-athlete myself, I know how physical activity and sports helped me to see beyond my limitations and focus more on what I can still do,” said Sport Manitoba Para-Strength Coach Art Monforte. “During this combine, the participants will have an opportunity to test their overall body strength, power, speed and agility. I hope para-athletes and individuals take advantage of this event, not just to test their skills, but to spend time together sharing experiences and motivating each other.”

The combine is open to those of any level or age who are interested in trying para-fitness or para-sport exercises. Each station is optional and can be modified to suit the individual’s needs. Those interested in participating can register for free by emailing


Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in the province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba HydroSport Manitoba CoachingTeam ManitobaManitoba Sports Hall of FameFit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Manitoba ClinicSport Manitoba PerformanceSport Manitoba Fitness Centre, and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.

GVC Zodiacs 2 W.C. Miller Aces 0

GVC Zodiacs  2                W.C. Miller Aces  0            

1st Period

No Scoring.

2nd Period

No Scoring.

3rd Period

Zodiacs – Luc Ens (Drew Peters, Michael Heppner) – 3:16 – PP

Zodiacs – Michael Heppner (Enrico Franz, Josh Kasdorf) – 1:02 – EN


Aces – Ryan Geirnaert – (29 shots, 1 GA, 58:50 MP)

Aces – empty net – (1 shot, 1 GA)

Zodiacs – Logan Enns – (40 shots, 0 GA, 60 MP)


Aces – 12 PIM (6 minors)

Zodiacs – 10 PIM (5 minors)

W.C. Miller Aces 10 Pembina Tigers 3

Friday, December 6, 2019

Millennium Exhibition Centre (Altona, MB)

W.C. Miller Aces  10       Pembina Tigers  3              

1st Period

Aces – Andrew Dyck (Bryson Loewen, Caden Krahn) – 15:17

Aces – Bryson Loewen (Andrew Dyck, Jonah Neufeld) – 9:24 – PP

2nd Period

Tigers – Weston Sager (Kelby Sprung, Zachary DeGraeve) – 16:50

Aces – Jonah Neufeld (Andrew Dyck, Dillan Thiessen) – 15:35

Aces – Andrew Dyck (Deegan Toews) – 8:03 – SH

Aces – Andrew Dyck (Bryson Loewen, Dillan Thiessen) – 2:34

Aces – Bryson Loewen (Dillan Thiessen, Andrew Dyck) – 1:08 – SH

3rd Period

Tigers – Brodie Desrochers (Tanner Anderson, Elias Deceuninck) – 19:02

Aces – Jonah Neufeld (Bryson Loewen, Andrew Dyck) – 18:50

Aces – Jonah Neufeld (Bryson Loewen, Ethan Franz) – 14:34 – PP

Aces – Andrew Dyck (Jonah Neufeld) – 7:09

Aces – Ethan M. Giesbrecht (Declan Bergen) – 2:47 – PP

Tigers – James Kinley (Scott Naukatsik, Tanner Anderson) – PP


Aces – Connor Parago – (35 shots, 3 GA, 60 MP)

Tigers – Mikkel Gervais – (42 shots, 10 GA, 60 MP)


Aces – 20 PIM (8 minors, 1 double-minor)

Tigers – 14 PIM (7 minors)


  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Cade McNelly of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been suspended five games for a cross-check major and game misconduct he received during WHL Regular Season Game #287 in Spokane on Tuesday, December 3.
McNelly’s suspension will start Friday, December 6 when Seattle visits Victoria. McNelly will be eligible to return to the lineup for WHL Regular Season Game #344 on Sunday, December 15.
Though there was no injury to the opponent on the play, McNelly is a repeat offender, including being previously suspended for a cross-check major and game misconduct.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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Sport Manitoba Coaching Award Named After Manitoba’s Janet Arnott

Dec. 4, 2019         

  Sport Manitoba Coaching Award Named After Manitoba’s Janet Arnott
Dec. 4, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB – Sport Manitoba Coaching has introduced a new award category for the Sport Manitoba Coaching Awards presented by Club Regent Casino & Event Centre that is named after late Manitoba curling athlete and coach, Janet Arnott. The awards take place on March 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Club Regent Event Centre.
“These awards are about recognizing Manitoba’s coaches who have made a significant, unique impact in the lives of their athletes,” said Sport Manitoba President & CEO Jeff Hnatiuk. “Janet’s decades of contributions as an outstanding curler and coach exudes leadership and positive influence, and this new award will carry her name forward in a very memorable way.”
The Janet Arnott award In the Train to Train Athlete category is awarded to coaches who are responsible for athletes who compete at the Canada Games and National Championships.

“We are so excited to be able to name our new award after such an incredible woman,” said Sport Manitoba Coaching Manager Susan Lamboo. “She has inspired many athletes and coaches across Manitoba to pursue their passion in sport.”

The Major Award Categories for the Sport Manitoba Coaching Awards are: Active Start/Fundamentals Athletes – Vince Leah Award Learn to Train Athletes – Dr. Jack Hunt Award  *NEW CATEGORY* Train to Train Athletes – Janet Arnott Award Train to Compete-Train to Win Athletes – Peter Williamson Award  School System Athletes – Peter Dick Award Active for Life Athletes – Global News The Recognition Award Categories for the Sport Manitoba Coaching Awards are: Years of Service Recognition – Coaches who have dedicated a minimum of 25 years to coaching at any level.  International Coach Recognition – Manitoba coaches who have coached at International Events in 2019.  The voting will be conducted by a Selection Committee.

The nomination deadline is Sunday, December 15, 2019. Nominations are currently open to the public for all categories, and eligibility is for accomplishments during the 2019 calendar year. You can nominate online or submit your nomination via email to Guidelines and nomination information can be found here.

Tickets for the event go on sale soon and will be available at

Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in the province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Sport Manitoba Coaching, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Manitoba Clinic, Sport Manitoba Performance, Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre, and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.   -30-
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Susan Lamboo
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