Who will be the 2011 provincial team of the year? The award will be crowned at the 56th Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s Athletes of the Year Dinner at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel on Jan. 29. Kelly Robertson’s Neepawa-based Canadian champion senior men’s curling team and the CIS-silver medallist Brandon University Bobcats men’s volleyball team joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Jeff Stoughton world men’s curling championship team and the Winnipeg Thrashers AAA Midget national championship hockey team on the final ballot. The winner is determined by a vote of Manitoba media members. The Winnipeg Thrashers became the first Winnipeg team to win the Telus Cup and are the second Manitoba team to win the championship since the Brandon Wheat Kings won it in 2004. GDI Prairies trained goaltender Teagan Sacher built up a strong resume after his first outing in the tournament. Rebounding after a tough loss in game one of the tournament, Sacher took to the next six games day by day, focusing on one game at a time. By the end of it, all the steps led to his teams name being engraved on this years Telus Cup. In his last six games Sacher allowed only 11 goals and also captured a shutout in his second game against Team Quebec. Within all goaltenders statistics he finished with the most minutes played at 370:00, the tournaments best save percentage at .919, and second in goals against averages at 2.59. The Thrashers claimed a birth into the National Championships after winning the Western Regional Qualifying tournament, beating Prince Albert in the finals. Hours after, an ecstatic Teagan Sacher was interviewed by the Winnipeg Sun on the bus ride home to Winnipeg and proclaimed that “the other teams better be careful because we’re going to win.” The article posted the next day was titled Date with Destiny. 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!