Wake up, start your week, and dive into the Monday Morning GDI Goalie News!  Who stopped the most shots… which netminder rebounded from a tough loss… who had the best performance of the week? Look below, get your goalie fix to start the week. Here we go!


Young C-Dubs Drinks From the Cup:

An athlete is  driven by two things. Love of the game, and winning the game. Throughout the past year we have had a very unique 6-year old goaltender attend numerous one-on-one training sessions at the training centre. Most recently Colin Wiebe won a tournament with his spring hockey team. Mimicking what it would possibly be like to drink out of the large Stanley Cup, the young GDI netminder was in his glory as he had his own large throphy. Representing his success, more than the award he holds, is his passion and love for the game that he brings every time he steps onto the ice and straps on the pads. Bringing a wide array of curiosity within his interest for the position Colin always has a strong eagerness to learn. In order to learn and grow within the position one must have the utmost interest to explore the position. Young Colin shows this as he connects the dots from past training sessions, game experiences, and highlights from his favorite NHL goalies. Next time you are 0n the ice simply enjoy it! In practice, find the an aspect that interests you. Cue in on working on it! Always look to improve and build on your passion, because ultimately your love for the game will help couple your success to winning the game!    

Sport Manitoba - Calm Air Junior Sports Team of the Year:

Up for this years Calm Air Junior Team of the Year was the Winnipeg Thrashers. Garnering national attention for winning the Telus Cup – National Championship the Thrashers accepted this award in large part for being the first team from Winnipeg and only the second team from Manitoba to win a National championship in the tournaments 35+ year history.
      To view the Winnipeg Thrashers Sport Manitoba award nomination list of reason Click Here. To view more on the Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions Click Here. In addition, the team was nominated for the the 56th Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s Provincial Team of the Year. With GDI Prairies having many goaltenders coming through the Thrashers Organization the company would like to notice the team for their excellence last season, and would like to wish them the best in the future!      


The Western Hockey League conducted its annual Bantam Draft on May 3rd, at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary, AB. The Regina Saskatchewan native,Logan Flodell, was highlighted on many lists as being a top pick within goaltenders across Western Canada. Flodell was selected 47th Overall in the WHL Bantam Draft to the Seattle Thunderbirds. The 'south paw' goalie stands at 5'10" and played with the Regina Senators Bantam AA last season. GDI Prairies would like to congratulate Logan on being selected and would like to wish him all the best heading into his pursuit to play with Seattle. Goaltender Tyson Verhelst was the first Brandonite chosen, as he went 58th overall to Spokane in the draft. For the full list of players selected in the WHL Bantam Draft Click Here. Looking to our partner in hockey training, as the WHL Bantam Draft concluded with 31 members from Manitoba Selected...12 from Winnipeg...and 9 from THE RINK TEAM...Congrats to the following players that trained with strong dedication at The Rink Training Centre! D - Thomas Lenchyshyn (Steinbach) - 18th overall Lethbridge Hurricanes F - Keegan Kolesar (Winnipeg) – 20th overall Seattle Thunderbirds F - Aaron Boyd (Winnipeg) – 43rd overall Tri-City Americans F - Braden Purtill (Winnipeg) – 46th overall Tri-City Americans F – Jackson Keane (Winnipeg) – 73rd overall Swift Current Broncos F – Ethan Williams (Winnipeg) – 90th overall Moose Jaw Warriors F - Mark Taraschuk (Winnipeg) - 112th overall Brandon Wheat Kings F – Garrett Armour (Winnipeg) – 135th overall Edmonton Oil Kings D – Mackenzie Dwyer (Winnipeg) – 233rd overall Saskatoon Blades  

Team Manitoba - POE Top 40:

The Hockey Manitoba Top 40 Camp starts up on Thursday May 10th for both the U16 Male and U18 Female teams. Over the four days players will go through various testing, practice and game sessions in order to show above all their strengths to the coaching staff. GDI Prairies would like to wish all the best to Dola, Martyniuk, Brown, Petit, and Verhelst as they each fight for one of two spots on the U16 team. Looking to the Female U18 team, the girls will prepare for the  2012 National Women's U-18 Championships in Dawson Creek BC. GDI Prairies would also like to wish all the best to Jessica Campbell, Rachel Dyck, Justine McIntosh, and Brittni Mowat. For the schedule of the weekend Click Here..  

In the MJHL - Road to the RBC:

The Portage Terriers have started off the RBC Cup in dramatic fashion. The MJHL champions defeated Soo Thunderbirds 4-3 in a marathon that lasted nearly 100 minutes at the Elgin Peterson Arena in Humboldt. With just 47 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, Terriers’ captain Andrew Wiebe scored from the slot to end this hockey marathon. It was the Terriers’ 72nd shot on net in the game. At the other end of the ice, Terriers’ netminder Adam Iwan stopped 41 of 44 Thunderbird shots. The Terriers won their first game for the fourth time in as many appearances at the National Junior A Championship; Portage won the 1973 national title in a best-of-seven series against the Pembroke Lumber Kings, but didn’t win again after their opener in both 2005 and 2011, missing out on the semifinals both years. Portage tries for its first 2-0 start in 39 years when it takes on the Woodstock Slammers in Monday’s lone game (7:30 p.m. MT).