The University of Winnipeg Wesmen are mourning the loss of women’s basketball team manager Jim Schrofel.
Schrofel passed away suddenly on January 20 and had worked with the Wesmen for the past 19 years.
“Jim has been with me my entire coaching career. He was my right hand guy. My buddy,” said head coach Tanya McKay. “Words cannot express what he meant to me and our entire Wesmen Program. Jim will be greatly missed and never forgotten.”
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 27 at 11 a.m. at Blessed John XXIII Parish, 3390 Portage Avenue.
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bison men’s hockey team is off to a comforting start in the second half of the 2014-15 season and they want to keep it that way.
The Herd (12-12-0) secured their playoff spot last weekend with a win over Regina, and gets ready to welcome the Saskatchewan Huskies to the city this weekend.
“We would like to get in fourth place, so that means we would host the first round of the playoffs,” head coach Mike Sirant said. “Home ice advantage is always a good thing to strive for, but how it is, we’re prepared to go in and do our best wherever we have to play against whomever.”
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets scored on their first two shots on goal Wednesday night, rolling to a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus’ only visit to MTS Centre this season.
Rookie netminder Michael Hutchinson showed flashes of brilliance in his 29-save night — recording his second shutout of the season — including 14 stops in a flurried opening 20 minutes.
“It’s the performance that we were looking for,” said Hutchinson, now 14-4-2 personally on the season. “Last couple games we’ve played a little bit out of our system and gave up a few more scoring chances than we’re used to. Tonight we just went back to the way we can play and we played solid defensively.”
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have named Richie Hall as the club’s new defensive coordinator.
The longtime CFL coach comes to Winnipeg after holding the same position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the last four seasons.
“Richie Hall has been around our game for almost three decades,” said head coach Mike O’Shea. “He knows the league, he understands opposition offences, and how to adjust when needed. He’s highly respected, and brings another winning element to our organization. Acquiring him to lead our defence is major coup for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.”
WINNIPEG — Sunday was Bryan Little‘s night as the Winnipeg Jets’ leading goal-getter lit the lamp early in the first and then netted the only marker in the shootout to lift the Jets to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes at MTS Centre.
“There’s leadership right there,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of Little, who has been battling an undisclosed injury and has missed several practices and game-day skates during a hellacious stretch of seven games in 11 days (where the club has gone an impressive 5-1-1).
“That you would come to the game every night and think (Little) is feeling 100 per cent by the minutes (he’s playing), and knowing that he’s not practiced. His play has actually gotten stronger in this stretch. He was really good in the last three or four games.”
The CEO of Hockey Canada and former NHL head coach Tom Renney will speak at a breakfast gathering of Manitoba business leaders later this month.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is bringing Renney to Winnipeg on Thursday, January 29.
“In the midst of the 100th anniversary celebrations of Hockey Manitoba, we are thrilled to have Mr. Renney address the business community of our province”, said Chamber president and CEO Chuck Davidson.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have dealt the contract of infielder Casey Haerther to the Baltimore Orioles.
Haerther, 27, hit .360 last season, while also hitting a career-high 13 home runs and added 72 RBI in 98 games during his second season with the Goldeyes. He played 93 of those games at first base and represented the Goldeyes at the 2014 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries American Association All-Star Game.
“We are thrilled for Casey and the opportunity afforded to him by the Orioles organization,” Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said. “He’s worked extremely hard for his opportunity when he came to us two years ago and wish him the best with the Orioles.”
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed outfielder Adam Heisler for the 2015 season.
The 26-year-old Mobile, Alabama product played the last four seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization. He missed most of last season with a back injury, but did hit .275 with two home runs and nine RBI in 42 games between Class A Advanced Winston-Salem of the Carolina League and Class AA Birmingham of the Southern League.
“He’s a very good versatile outfielder and a solid defender that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes with the baseball,” manager Rick Forney said. “He has a lot of speed offensively and can spray the ball around the field. He definitely has the ability to be a top of the order type hitter.”