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Playoff Brackets

By Kaelin Baydock 03/04/2019, 12:45pm CST

Daily Up dated playoff brackts

Playoff Preview

By AAA Hockey 02/27/2019, 9:30pm CST

With the regular season now over, the playoffs are upon us and here is a quick over view with some early predictions.

Bantam 2

The Bantam 2 playoffs start with the 4th place Eastman Selects playing a mini-series against the 5th place Sharks.  The winner of this series will move on to a best of seven game series against the first place Warriors who have been a dominant force all season.  The other series taking place at the same time will be between the 2nd place Monarchs and the 3rd place Hawks which are separated by only 2 points in the standings.  My prediction is that we will see a final that will feature the Monarchs taking on the Warriors in the final best of seven series with the Warriors being victorious.

 

All games will be taking place at Maples arena.  See the schedule at the bottom for game times.

 

Bantam 1

In the Bantam 1 league, only the teams within city limits are a part of this draw.  The first series sees the Monarchs (2nd place) take on the Hawks (6th place).  The Monarchs will be favourites to win this series.  The second series will include the Hawks (3rd place) and the Sharks (4th place).  There is a 2-point gap between them which will make for a well fought and long series between the two teams.  I believe we will see the Sharks come out victorious and take on the Monarchs in the final best of seven playoff round.  The league champion out of that series, who are predicted to be the Monarchs, will be headed to the Provincial finals to take on the rural champion.

 

All games will be taking place at Maples arena.  See the schedule at the bottom for game times.

 

U17 Prep

The U17 prep playoff schedule sees the first place Monarchs get a bye into the second round with the remaining six teams facing off to see who advances.  The remaining series are set up with the Sharks (2nd place) taking on the Interlake Lighting (7th place), the Hawks (3rd place) against the Warriors (6th place), and the Eastman Selects (4th place) versus the Brandon Wheat Kings (5th place).  The second round of playoffs will most likely see the well-rested Monarchs playing the Wheat Kings, the Sharks taking on the Hawks which will both yield well fought and long battles between the teams.  The league final is expected to see the first place Monarchs take on the second place Sharks in a battle of the two top teams.  With more fire power over the Sharks, the Monarchs look to be the favourites to be the league champions.

 

All games will be taking place at Maples arena.  See the schedule at the bottom for game times.

Bantam 1 Hawks Coach Aaron Kaatz wins coaching scholarship

By Kaelin Baydock 02/04/2019, 3:15pm CST

On February 2nd, the Bantam 1 head coach Aaron Kaatz was honoured with the Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship.

At only 23 years old Aaron Kaatz has been coaching hockey for the past 6 years of his life.  When he was forced to leave playing hockey due to a knee injury, he quickly turned to coaching and giving back to the game he loved.  Aaron is in his second year of AAA coaching and is with the Bantam 1 Hawks team this year.  Just this year he obtained his High Performance 1 coaching certification where he is also a trained hockey instructor.  Recently completing his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Winnipeg and maintaining a very high GPA made him a perfect candidate for the Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship. 

 

This scholarship was created by Jennifer Fleming, in memory of her father Jake Fleming and her brother Wayne Fleming. The scholarship recognizes an upcoming Manitoba hockey coach who demonstrates similar coaching and leadership traits that were characteristic of both Jake and Wayne.

 

About the Fleming family:

The Fleming family hockey obsession solidified in the early 1960’s which lead Jake to establish and operate the Canadian Professional Hockey Schools until 1991. Jake’s leadership was also instrumental in getting the AAA tier system started in Winnipeg, which makes tonight’s presentation to a AAA coach very special.  In the meantime, Wayne’s love of coaching began with the CPHS.  He went on to play four years for the Manitoba Bisons in the 1970s and was the team’s head coach for nine seasons in the 1980s. Wayne coached Team Canada in multiple Olympics, including the 2002 Gold Team, as well as numerous NHL teams.

 

Congratulations Aaron and thank you on behalf of AAA Hockey Winnipeg for all of you hard work in coaching hockey’s future stars!