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Hockey Expo Coming to Convention Centre in June

Canadian Hockey ExpoCanada’s largest consumer hockey trade show is coming to Winnipeg in the spring.

The Canadian Hockey Expo is a two-day family friendly event being held in the new wing of the RBC Convention Centre.

“The sport of hockey has evolved from a recreational sport into a year round endeavor and today’s hockey parent and athlete are looking for a competitive edge,” said Jarret Hannah, a founding partner of the Canadian Hockey Expo.

“The Canadian Hockey Expo will be the best opportunity to make all of your registration and purchase decisions for the 2016/17 season over one weekend.”

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Idonije Honoured at Bisons’ Annual ‘Jerseys and Jeans’ Dinner

Israel Idonije
Israel Idonije coaches a group of children during an all-star football camp in Winnipeg. (TRISTAN FAST PHOTO / FILE)
Henry and Choice Idonije, Israel “Izzy” Idonije’s parents, speak with the media on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. (CHRISD.CA)

Retired NFL defensive end and former Manitoba Bison football player Israel “Izzy” Idonije is being honoured this year at the annual Jerseys and Jeans Scholarship dinner.

The Bisons football alumni event on March 12, 2016 is a fundraiser to support the University of Manitoba Bison football team and their student-athletes.

“This is the first time in history of the Bison football program that we literally are in a position to honour a player that represents the best of Bison Football,” said Bison football head coach Brian Dobie.

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Goldeyes Sign Veteran Pitcher Mikey O’Brien

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed veteran right-handed pitcher Mikey O’Brien to the 2016 roster.

O’Brien pitched in both the Tampa Bay Rays’ and Baltimore Orioles’ organizations last season, reaching Double-A with both clubs, and combining for a 6-8 record with a 3.45 ERA over 16 starts and 12 relief appearances.

“Mikey is what I consider to be a top-of-the-rotation starter,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Mikey has spent the last four seasons at the Double-A level, and has been very successful. He logs a lot of innings, boasts an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has allowed just 0.6 home runs per nine innings in his career.”

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Jets Sign Byfuglien to Five-Year Extension Deal

Dustin Byfuglien
Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) laughs after scoring from just inside centre ice against the Arizona Coyotes during second period NHL hockey action, in Winnipeg, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension worth an average of $7.6 million annually.

The 30-year-old Roseau, Minnesota native has recorded 32 points (15G, 17A) so far this season while appearing in all 52 games and sits in a tie for second amongst all NHL defencemen with his 15 goals.

Byfuglien represented the Central Division at the 2016 all-star game, scoring a goal and adding an assist.

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Do You Even Lift? Brickhouse Gym Holding Powerlifting Competition

(Powerlifter image via Shutterstock / Sportpoint)

Which way to the beach?

Powerlifters of all physiques will be polishing up their “guns” this weekend for the first powerlifting competition of 2016 at Brickhouse Gym.

The meet on Saturday is sanctioned by the Manitoba Powerlifting Association and offers powerlifters in Manitoba a platform to compete in a best-of-three lifts format, scored on their bench press, back squat, and deadlift.

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Canada’s Goal Light: Budweiser Lighting Up the North Pole

Budweiser Red Light
Budweiser is taking a large-scale Red Light to the North Pole to light up goals for Canada. (CNW GROUP / BUDWEISER)

Canada’s hockey goals will be seen and heard from atop the world this September when 2016 World Cup of Hockey gets underway.

Budweiser is introducing a 20-foot goal-synced Budweiser Red Light to be installed at the North Pole. The light is a much larger version of the light fans can buy themselves for $159, which sync up to your favourite team and go off whenever they score a goal.

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Book Challenges Critical Thinking on Why Sport Matters

Playing for Change Book
Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation (AMAZON.CA)

A group of renowned sports studies scholars have contributed to a new book challenging Canadians to think critically about sports.

Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation” examines the idea of why sport matters to Canadians, and why the way we think about and question sport is of equal importance.

“We have to understand why sports, this institution we love, needs to be thought of critically,” said Russell Field, assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba, and editor of the book.

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Buck Pierce Moves to Quarterbacks Coaching Position

Buck Pierce
Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Buck Pierce will be the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2016. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Buck Pierce is taking on a role he knows a little something about next season.

The former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback will move from coaching running backs to coaching quarterbacks. He will work on the continued development of starting quarterback Drew Willy, as well as other QBs on the roster.

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Goldeyes Sign Pair of Pitchers Gruver and Lubking

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed pitchers Steven Gruver and Trevor Lubking for the 2016 season.

Gruver missed last season due to injury, but played in 2014 for the High-A Florida State League’s Fort Myers Miracle. The leftie logged 87.0 innings while striking out 58, walking 35, and allowing just one home run.

Lubking made seven relief appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie level Arizona League affiliate last year. Also a left-hander, Lubking struck out 14 in 10.1 innings pitched, and did not allow a run in five of his seven appearances.

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National Women’s Volleyball Team Pulling Out of Winnipeg

Volleyball CanadaCanada’s national women’s volleyball team is picking up and leaving Winnipeg after 24 years.

Despite a strong bid submission by stakeholders, including the option to use the Sport Manitoba Sport for Life fieldhouse as the team’s training centre, the team will leave the city following the 2016 season. They will call Richmond, B.C. their new home in early 2017.

“We are proud of the support we have provided to the Team Canada women for 24 years, and also to the Team Canada men who called Winnipeg home for a 12-year period from 1997-2008,” said John Blacher, Volleyball Manitoba executive director.

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