Junior hockey teams are making their plans for next season and a couple of those clubs have added Westman players to the mix.
Brandonite Jordy Stallard has signed with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winkler Flyers for the 2014-15 season, while Brandon Masson of Oak Lake has signed with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Drumheller Dragons.
Stallard was a Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League second-team all-star with the pennant-winning Brandon Wheat Kings last season.
As a 16-year-old, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound forward had a league-leading 48 assists and added 28 goals in 44 games to finish with 76 points, second in the scoring race behind teammate Duncan Campbell.
Winkler is rebuilding after finishing last in the MJHL’s Addison Division with a 20-36-4 record. Earlier in the week, the Flyers announced that Cartwright’s Steve Mullin is returning to the team as an assistant coach. The former Flyers defenceman served as an assistant with the club from 2011-13.
Masson, meanwhile, is joining a team that lost in the AJHL final last season. As a 17-year-old with the Southwest Cougars, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound defenceman had two goals, 22 assists and a team-leading 98 penalty minutes in 43 games.
KING’S RANSOM: Over the course of a couple weeks, the MJHL’s Dauphin Kings have turned 20-year-old goaltender Jordan Piccolino into four players.
Earlier this month, Piccolino was sent to the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys for 20-year-old defencemen Jordan Lajimodiere and Marc Eremenko. This week, the Kings flipped Eremenko and future considerations to the AJHL’s Drayton Valley Thunder for forward Dylan Bredahl, 19, forward Mathiew Lapointe, 18, and defenceman Connor Vermeulen, 18.
Bredahl had five goals and six assists with the Thunder last season, while Lapointe had three goals and six assists, and Vermeulen had three helpers.
DAUPHIN BOUND: After hosting some of the top Junior A teams in the region in the Western Canada Cup last season, Dauphin will welcome some of the area’s top Midget AAA teams next spring.
Dauphin will host the Telus Cup West Regional, featuring the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Midget AAA champions plus a Northwestern Ontario representative and the host Parkand Rangers. The tournament, a qualifier for the national championship, will run from April 2-5 at Credit Union Place.
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