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Jason Smith takes reigns as Peguis bench boss

Peguis Juniors are thrilled to announce the appointment of Jason Smith as new head coach. Smith joins the existing staff (Michael Spence and Marty Favel) who will remain as assistant coaches.

A native of The Pas, Smith should be a well recognized name in northern Manitoba. He guided the OCN Blizzard from November 2014 through the 2015-16 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season. Smith helped turn a last place Blizzard team to a sixth place finish that season.

Smith takes over head coaching duties from Spence who has guided the Juniors through much of their recent success. With a 16-year old son, Mike Spence, active in hockey the eldest will take a small step back in duties as an assistant.

Peguis Juniors are hosting tryouts October 24-25 at the Peguis Multiplex. Players may contact General Manager Ryan McCorrister for more information.

The 2020-21 Keystone Junior Hockey League regular season is scheduled to begin November 7.

Juniors tryout set for October 31

Keystone Junior Hockey League have set a start date for the new season – November 7, 2020. Team tryouts for the Peguis Juniors have been re-scheduled for October 31-November 1 at the Peguis Multiplex.

Since 2013 Peguis Junior have captured the KJHL title five times. Last season was suspended just as the playoffs were scheduled to begin. Peguis was ready to face OCN Storm in the semifinals series seeking a fifth-straight championship and another berth to the Keystone Cup.

Players interested in playing for the Juniors may contact team general manager Ryan McCorrister for details. Email: pegjuniors@gmail.com

KJHL debut new logo before start of new season

Another season of Keystone Junior Hockey League hockey – its 44th – is set to begin in October. All five teams return from last year when the season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March.

2020-21 will mark 27 years of Peguis Juniors hockey competing in the KJHL, the longest tenure of any current team. That span includes three seasons as the Two Nation River Hawks, a co-op with Fisher River after a fire destroyed the original Peguis Arena in February 2007.

Peguis have captured both the league title and Baldy Northcott Trophy seven times (1996, 1998, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Juniors took home the silver medal at the 2018 Keystone Cup in Thunder Bay.

Last season was a rocky road for the Juniors who struggled with player numbers at most games. Peguis (18-13-1) finished with 37 points, three points back of second place OCN Storm. NCN Flames were atop the standings at the end of the regular season with 48 points.

Team tryouts are being scheduled and will be announced soon. Stay tuned for details!

Tyrome Spence named KJHL MVP

Keystone Junior Hockey League announced their award winners for the 2019-20 season. Leading scorer Tyrome Spence was among the winners, named league MVP.

Spence posted 121 points in 25 games for Peguis Juniors, including 74 goals. He is just the third KJHL player to surpass the 100-point mark in the last 10 seasons. Tony Apetagon (102) hit triple digits in 2015-16 and Devon Tobacco (107) in 2016-17.

Making his debut on January 16, 2016 as an a affiliate player, Spence netted a hat trick and assist for Peguis. It would be a sign of what was to come playing 108 regular season games over the next four seasons scoring 158 goals and 289 points.

Peguis GM Ryan McCorrister praised Spence for his work ethic and leadership saying, “he found great chemistry with Quinton Flett and Ethan Daniels on his line and it shows. All three guys finished 1, 2, 3 in scoring on the team.”

Spence helped Peguis to three straight league championships (2017-19) adding another 48 points in 38 playoff games. In two Keystone Cup appearances Spence would score seven goals and two assists for a career total of 346 points.

When Spence hit the 100-point mark during the season his coaches and team were congratulating him on the mark. Spence simply replied, “thanks to my linemates.”

2019-20 KJHL awards

MVP: Tyrome Spence, Peguis Juniors

Top Goaltender: Braedin Melsted, NCN Flames

Top Defenseman: Tyler McKay, Norway House North Stars

Top Rookie: Henry Muchikekwanape, NCN Flames

Most Sportsmanlike: Bryson Werbicki-Mallet, OCN Storm

 

Peguis, OCN to clash in KJHL Playoffs

Another Keystone Junior Hockey League regular season is in the books. Peguis Juniors (18-13-1) finished in third place, three points back of the OCN Storm (20-12-0). It’s the same position both teams found themselves last season when Peguis eliminated the Storm in five games of their semifinal series.

 

Games 1 and 2 of the best-of seven series are scheduled for March 14 and 15 to be hosted by the Storm. The series will move to Peguis the following weekend for Games 3 and 4.

Players to watch for include Bryson Werbicki-Mallet who finished as third leading scorer in the KJHL with 89 points, Noah Butler (62 points), Chavez Constant (57 points) and Keith Monias (45 points).

OCN will need to contain the Juniors duo of Tyrome Spence and Ethan Daniels who finished 1-2 in league scoring. With 121 points Spence nearly doubled his point total from last season scoring 74 goals and 47 assists in 25 games played. Daniels led the league in assists with 65 while scoring 32 goals.

Quinton Flett (13 goals, 43 assists) and Darian Murdock (14 goals, 31 assists) also provided offense for Peguis who averaged 6.59 goals per game.

Goaltending may prove key in the series as both teams have proven they can score. 11-game winner Drey Flett (5.44 GAA, .844 save%) and Nolan Favel (5.82 GAA, .844 save%) man the pipes for Peguis.

The Storm have Braxton Constant (5.23 GAA, .845 save%) and Seth Ningeongan who joined the team in January.