Sports Ramblings by Dale McKinnon

This winter the Times & Star had an article on Jack Kelm playing in his first sledge hockey tournament. Last week the sledge world championships were held in the Czech Republic where the U.S. defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the gold medal game. The coach of the U.S. national team is David Hoff from Bottineau. ND. Coach Hoff is also the athletic director and high school hockey coach just across the line. Travis Schoonbaert, Brian Van Mackelberg and Waskada’s Justin Griffith all played for David when there was no local midget team and before high school hockey started in Deloraine.

  Marty Murray from Lyleton is the coach and general manager of the Minot Minotauros in the NAHL Jr. Hockey League. Marty was named the GM of the year in the 24-team league. He has led the Minotauros to the playoffs seven straight years. Marty is also a 2019 inductee to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. Marty was a Brandon Wheat King standout, member of two Canadian national Jr. teams and an eight-year NHL vet. I remember Marty as a regular in the Southwest Baseball League as a 9th grader. Another 9th grader, Conor Geekie of Strathclair hit a no-doubt homerun over the centerfield fence in a high school game in Deloraine last weekend. Conor was also the second overall Bantam draft pick in the WHL. This is western Manitoba’s highest pick since Goodlands’ Chris Nielsen went #1.

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  The local high school team are 2 and 1 in league play with victories over Souris, Crocus Plains and a loss to Vincent Massey. The Deloraine/Hartney squad’s pitching staff have 55 strikeouts in 36 innings. Jesse Skelton has 17 in only 8 innings of work. Nolan Wickham leads the offense with 9 hits and Trent Sambrook has 12 walks and a .750 on base percentage.

  Last week asked who led the 69-70 Boston Bruins in penalty minutes. Bobby Orr had 125 minutes in penalties along with his 120 points as a 21-year old defenseman!

  Watching Blue Jay rookie Vlad Guerrero Jr. a former Deloraine Royal coach thought the 3rd baseman was similar in many ways to a former Royal who played in the same position. Who was this Royal?

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