Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 83

Winnipeg’s Colton Orr has a new job. The Stockton Heat, an American Hockey League franchise that’s owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, signed Orr to an AHL contract in October. Orr, 33, played parts of 12 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and most recently the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since turning pro in 2002-03, Orr has played 477 NHL games and 166 games in the AHL. Last season, Orr played for both the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the organization’s AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound enforcer had his best NHL season in 2009-10 when he had four goals, two assists and 239 penalty minutes with the Leafs... • • • • • Back on Page 5 of this issue, we talked to Brandon Wheat Kings Owner, GM and Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon about all the Manitobans he has on his team. There are 12 on his roster right now. To be fair, there are six Manitobans with the Everett Silvertips as well: RBC Cup champion Mackenzie Dwyer from Winnipeg is on defense while Winnipeg’s Remi Laurencelle (a player we featured last year) is the captain. As well, Winnipeg D-man Lucas Skrumeda, St. Adolphe’s Devon Skoleski (LW)), Ile des Chenes’ Mario Petit (G) and The Pas’ Connor Dewar (C) are also on the roster. Goalie Austin Lotz was with the Silvertips but was recently traded to Medicine Hat. • • • • • Time for some updates: In our first issue of the 2015-16 season, we talked with two RBC Cup winners, goalie Zac Robidoux from Morden and winger Tyler Jeanson from Graysville. Neither player has returned to Portage this season. The Terriers traded Robidoux to Flin Flon in the SJHL and Jeanson, who tried out for the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders, settled on playing for the Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League... One of our features last year was on Winnipeg’s Zach Court of the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Court asked for a trade from Cedar Rapids and almost ended up with the Fargo Force, but after that trade broke down, he signed with the BCHL’s Naniamo Clippers... Another featured athlete from last season was University of North Dakota and Team Canada U-22 star Meghan Dufault. Last year, Dufault was the l eading scorer at UND with 11 goals and 20 assists. This year, she already has six goals and five assists after the first 10 games and scored twice to lead her team past the No. 1-ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 4-3... THE NOTEBOOK: Congratulations to Oakbank’s Quinton Howden of the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg’s Dylan McIlrath of the New York Rangers and Dauphin’s Ryan Pulock of the New York Islanders. All three players spent most of last year in the American Hockey League and were able to crack the rosters of NHL teams this fall... Winkler’s Byron Froese scored goals in his first two games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this season. Of course, both goals came against the Manitoba Moose... Brandon’s Tanner Jago of the RBC Cup champion Portage Terriers has already scored four points in the first five games for the NCAA Division 1 Bentley University Falcons from Waltham, Mass... And congratulations to Colin Burston of Winnipeg, the 6-foot, 190-pound leftwing/centre and former member of Team Manitoba at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, has earned a spot with the Fargo Force of the USHL... And finally, congratulations to defensemen Brigette Lacquette from Mallard and Halli Krzyzaniak from Neepawa and forward Bailey Bram from Ste. Anne, who are representing the country with Canada’s national women’s team at the Four Nations Cup in Sweden. n NOVEMBER 2015 GAME ON 83