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Westman Wildcats Announce Head Coach for 2012-2013
Jun 5, 2012, 1:38 pm

The Westman Wildcat Female AAA Midget hockey team announced their head coach for the 2012-2013 season.

Kary Kirkup, from Virden, will be looked upon to coach the experienced Wildcats this season. Kirkup has been one of the assistant coaches for the Wildcats for the past two seasons.

Before getting involved with the Wildcats Kirkup coached both male and female minor hockey teams and was the assistant coach for the 2010 Westman South Bantam Challenge team.

Kary's playing days were played in the Pierson Minor Hockey system and then he went on to play for the Southwest Cougars.

Westman Wildcats Contact
Apr 13, 2012, 2:54 pm

As the Westman Wildcats start to prepare for  the 2012-2013 season please contact

Dan De Kezel          


204 - 747-2940

for further information regarding players and Westman Wildcat Program

Westman Wildcats Coaching Opportunity
Apr 13, 2012, 11:22 am

Westman Wildcats Coaching Position

 The Westman Wildcats Female Midget Regional hockey team, in association with the Westman South region, is currently seeking applicants for Head Coach for the 2012-13 hockey season.

 The Wildcats have a strong tradition of excellence and have secured both Provincial and National Championship titles since their inaugural season. The team plays in the MFMHL (Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League) and participates in a number of elite AAA female tournaments across Western Canada and the Northern United States. 

The Hiring Committee is looking for an enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated individual that is positive in their approach to the game, and dedicated to excellence. The successful candidate must have strong communication skills.  The successful applicant will encourage the positive growth of our players - both personally and developmentally in addition to the promotion of the Westman Wildcats program

 All Head Coach applicants must have minimum “Development 1” coaching certification.

 All interested individuals please submit your resume and cover letter to:

 Guy Williams



Deadline for applications is May 4, 2012

Westman Wildcats Alumni Receive Award
Apr 12, 2012, 5:11 pm

Souris Plaindealer

Sarah Williams has always loved hockey but more than that, she excels at it.  In fact, hockey was one of the motivating factors behind her choosing to attend the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) after her high school graduation.  Not only did SAIT have an excellent educational reputation, it allowed her to pursue her dreams of playing hockey at a higher level.  This was an opportunity Sarah Williams did not waste in her first year at SAIT.

Williams is pursuing a career in medical radiological technology.  She is also a defenseman on the SAIT Trojans female hockey team who registered just three goals and three assists over 24 games but she stood out for her aggressive play on the score sheet anyway with 50 penalty minutes.  Yes, Williams indeed stood out as a freshman.

At the SAIT Trojans awards banquet held in Calgary March 30, Williams was recognized for her outstanding play and desire to succeed.  She was honoured to receive the team’s Trojan award.  This award is presented to a SAIT student-athlete who showcases courage, determination and spirit.

As one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, SAIT Polytechnic provides relevant, skill-oriented education to more than 71,000 registrants each year.  About 1,000 business and industry partners help shape curriculum by serving on more than 65 advisory committees, and SAIT is known as a trailblazer in applied research and innovation.  SAIT was the first publicly-funded institute of its kind  in the country and more than 94 years later, it is well on its way to becoming Canada’s premier polytechnic.  Sarah is the daughter of Carole and Gerry Williams of Souris.



Shannon Miller wonders how the seasoned hockey men coaching Russia’s women’s Olympic team will feel about taking advice from a 40-something Canadian woman as they prepare their team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She’ll find out this weekend when she meets with them at the women’s world hockey championship.

Miller coached Canada’s 1998 women’s Olympic team and has since won five NCAA championships as head coach at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She has been asked to act as a mentor in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s ambassador program, which pairs experienced medalists from the Olympics and world championships with developing women’s hockey nations in the hopes of improving the level of the women’s game worldwide.

The mentor program aims to bridge the gap between the rest of the world and the two North American powerhouses, Canada and the United States, who will once again play for gold on Saturday.

The mentors –from Canada, the United States, Sweden and Finland – help the nations ranked fifth through 14th set up basics such as off-ice training programs and nutritional plans. Many mentors have said there are still some national teams that have players who smoke.

Many of the mentors will share their experiences with each other in a meeting this weekend with the IIHF. How can they help the countries who get little resources from their national federations, and have small pools of players from which to choose their national team? How do they push players from other nations to work harder, put in more hours and believe the effort will be worth it?

“The reality is that no matter how much time you spend mentoring, federations still have to put in the money and the time,” said Miller, who notes the federations accepted the mentoring invitation, not the teams directly. “They need the help, and the players deserve it. Some players worldwide will throw their coaches under the bus for their lack of success, and sometimes that’s rightfully so, sometimes it isn’t. But we’ll find out if Russia is serious about putting on a serious showing at the Sochi Olympics with the decisions they make in the next little while.”

The Russian team has said it aims to win a medal at the Sochi Olympics. Yet Russia did not win a game in Burlington, Vt., this week despite coming into the tournament ranked fourth in the world. The losses prompted Canadian star Hayley Wickenheiser to criticize Russia’s effort publicly. Star Russian player Iya Gavrilova called her team’s performance “a total failure.”

“I will be thankful for the help,” Russian coach Valentin Gureyev said through a translator, visibly agitated after a loss to Sweden. “I’m not happy at all about this tournament, but we are a very young team and of course we still want a medal in Sochi. We are working hard.”

Sweden, which dropped to fifth in the world and won’t play for a medal this week, came all the way to Burlington and never even got to face Canada or the United States.

“It’s not good enough, we need to be better, we want to compete for a medal, to grow women’s hockey in Sweden,” head coach Niclas Hogberg said. “But we have helped mentor teams behind us so of course they are closing the gap on us. To be honest, we feel a little left out of the mentor program. We could use some help too.”

Members of the Finnish team had mused aloud this week about being confident enough to upset Canada and be the first nation other than Canada and the U.S. to appear in a gold-medal final at the worlds. That didn’t happen.

Losing to one of the North American powerhouses is not surprising. But when another nation believes it may be able to pull off an upset, now that is new. Arto Sieppi, director of Finland’s women’s program, thinks his team is close, and he has reason for optimism. They have begun a training program for the best teenaged female players in Finland in Kuortane, four hours north of Helsinki, at a high school that also acts as a training facility for Olympic hopefuls in volleyball, track and field and wrestling. The hockey players are encouraged to go to a U.S. college.

“We won’t see the results of it in Sochi, but after those Olympics, I hope to see 10 to 15 players from Kuortane playing on the national team and growing for the next Olympics,” Sieppi said.

Former president of the WNBA, Val Ackerman, sat in the crowd Friday, hired by the NHL to observe women’s hockey and report back as they strategize how to help grow the women’s game.

“My initial observation is that it’s a niche, the crowd seems very local and the sport is in the shadows, not visible enough yet, but the NHL is paying attention and wants to use its assets to support its growth,” said Ackerman. “Olympic hockey players could be like Olympic gymnasts and figure skaters were to many girls like me growing up. I think we are in a new chapter in the book of women’s sports now, one where little girls may start to idolize athletes in team sports --

Apr 6, 2012, 12:23 pm


AMY VANBUSKIRK- 4th year- CIS University of Lethbridge Pronghorns- Defense- #14                                                                                                    

GP- 26   G- 2   A- 12   Total pts- 13   PIM- 12

Amy is going into her final year of CIS hockey next year with Lethbridge and has been a very solid defenseman for the Pronghorns.


KRISTI-LYN POLLOCK- 4TH year- NCAA Colgate University Raiders- Defense- #24

GP- 5     G-0   A- 1     Total pts- 1     PIM- 2

This was Kristi-Lyn’s final season with Colgate, a frustrating finish to her college career as she missed a lot of games the last 2 seasons with concussion issues.

NELLIE MINSHULL- 4TH year- CIS University of Manitoba Bisons- Forward-# 9

GP- 24   G-11   A- 10   Total pts-21   PIM- 18

Nellie is heading into her 5th season with the Bisons next year and hopes to finish her career with a bang.

BRITTANY PHILLIPS- 3rd year- NCAA Colgate University Raiders- Forward- #21

GP- 31   G- 13   A- 16   Total pts- 29   PIM- 79

Brittany will be entering her final season with Colgate and hopes to help the team improve on a tough year.

AMY LEE- 3rd year- CIS University of Manitoba Bisons- Forward- #4

GP- 24   G- 2   A-6   Total pts- 8     PIM- 14

Amy will be in her 4th year next season with the Bisons and she hopes to get the team back into the playoffs after a disappointing season.

TARA LACQUETTE- 3rd year- CIS University of Manitoba Bisons- Goaltender- #35

GP- 11   GA- 22   GAA- 2.05   SV%- 0.908  Shutout- 1

Tara has completed 3 years with the U of M Bisons and will be transferring to Toronto University next year.

JENNA MARIE DURNIN- 3RD year- CIS University of Lethbridge Pronghorns- Forward-#9

GP- 26   G- 8   A- 12   Total pts- 20       PIM- 22

Jenna will be in her 4th year next season and the Pronghorns will be expecting more offence out of her again if they hope to to advance further into the playoffs.

LAURA WILLIAMS- 3rd year- ACAC Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks- Forward- #4

GP- 24     G- 1     A- 3     Total pts- 4         PIM- 10

This was Laura’s 3RD and final season with the NAIT Ooks and will be missed as she was a leader on and off the ice.

BRANDI POLLOCK- 2nd year- NCAA Robert Morris University Colonials- Defense-#28

GP- 31     G- 1     A- 5       Total pts- 6         PIM-22

Brandi will be in her 3rd year next season with RMU. Brandi and the Colonials had a real breakthrough season this past winter and hope to improve on that this season.

KELSIE SCOTT- 2nd year- NCAA Minnesota State Mavericks – Forward- #7

GP- 36       G- 1     A- 2       Total pts- 3       PIM-42

Kelsie will be going into her 3RD season next year as she and the Mavericks hope she can have a breakout season offensively.

TEAL CROSSON- 2nd year- NCAA University of Wisconsin- Superior Yellowjackets- Fwd/Defense-#22

GP- 28       G- 1     A- 3       Total pts- 4       PIM-8

Teal will be in her 3rd year next season and was a versatile player for UWS playing both forward and defense.

MEGAN BAILEY- 2ND year- CIS University of Lethbridge Pronghorns- Forward- #6

GP- 26       G- 3       A- 3       Total pts- 6       PIM-6

Megan has completed 2 years with the Pronghorns and is looking to have a break out year next year.

SHERYL KASKIW- 2ND year- NCAA University of Wisconsin- Superior Yellowjackets- Defense- #10

GP- 28     G- 2     A- 19       Total pts-21       PIM-18

Sheryl will be going into her 3rd year next season. Sheryl had a real breakout season offensively this year.

BRIGETTE LACQUETTE- 1ST year- NCAA University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs- Defense-#88

Brigette will be entering her 2nd year next season with the Bulldogs and was an offensive contributor in her freshman year.

SARAH WILLIAMS- 1ST year- ACAC Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans –Defense-#2

GP- 24       G-3       A-3       Total pts-6           PIM-50

Sarah finished her 1st year with SAIT and was a contributor offensively and as well provided a physical presence.

KIARA DEKEZEL- 1st year- NCAA University of Wisconsin- Superior Yellowjackets- Forward- #18

GP- 27       G- 10       A- 13       Total pts- 23         PIM-12

Kiara completed her 1st year with the Yellowjackets and had a solid season at both ends of the rink.

KAYLEIGH CHAPMAN- 1ST year- NCAA Bemidji State University Beavers – Defense- # 27

GP- 28       G-0         A-2         Total pts- 2             PIM-12

Kayleigh finished her 1st year with Bemidji . It was a very solid season for both Kayleigh and the team.

Mar 24, 2012, 1:43 pm

Westman Wildcats Prospect Camp Day 3
Mar 24, 2012, 1:31 pm
The coaching staff did a great job making the two teams at the Annual Prospects camp very even as the inter-squad game went down to the final buzzer with Team Blue hitting the cross bar trying to tie it up and force the game to a shootout. However Team White came from behind and came out ahead for a final score of 3-2. Scoring for Team White with two goals was KJ Wallace of Oak Lake. Chipping in with one of her own was Teagan Pringle of Glenboro. Kirkup assisted on the first and last goals for Team White. Scoring for Team Blue, to get the early lead, was Jessica Vallotton of Ninette with assists going to Magwood and Elise Badiou of Wawanesa. Magwood rounded out the scoring late in the 3rd period for Team Blue. Well this wraps up the Westman Wildcats Annual Prospects camp for another year and by the look of how young and how good the players coming out of Peewee and bantam are, the future looks very bright for the Wildcat organization. Never be satisfied current and future Wildcats. We will see you in the fall.

Westman Wildcats Prospect Camp Day Two
Mar 23, 2012, 12:16 pm

 Westman Wildcats Prospect Camp 2012


The pace at the second inter-squad game of the Spring Prospect camp was a lot quicker as the players were getting comfortable with each other.

Team Blue beat Team White 4-2. Jaycee Magwood of Killarney scored 4 unanswered goals after Team White got out to a 2-0 lead. Team Blue forward Keisha Robertson of Virden had a nice assist on Magwood's second goal. Pacing Team White's attack was Karissa Kirkup of Virden with a goal and an assist. Scoring her first goal of the Prospects was Haley Husmann of Fairfax going to the net and burying a rebound from a shot from the point. Also picking up an assist on Kirkup’s first goal was Jossa Danis of Brandon.

In the second period goalie Rachelle Lougheed of Melita made a spectacular save on Lexie Kalynuk of Virden to keep the score close. Kaitlyn Crowe of Deloraine and Brianna Williams of Souris were very solid defensively for their respective teams.

The Final matchup goes Friday night at 7:30. This is the last chance for the girls to make a good 

impression to the coaching staff before tryouts in September.

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