Following the folding of the Arborg Fussy P’s, the IRHL has experienced an influx of young, talented UFAs this summer. GM Gunner Gislason spent many hours on his cellular phone penetrating the IRHL UFA market. After everything was said and done, Gislason locked up Ryan Pochailo and Ethan Chwaliboga to one-year, two-way contracts. Gislason hopes this addition of young blood can add some ‘swagger’ to the aging Aardvarks lineup.
The Shooters were also busy this off-season, signing the reigning 2017-2018 IRHL MVP.
The 2018/19 IRHL Schedule has just been released. Make sure to download your copy to follow your Aardvarks throughout this upcoming season.
Caleb Kanteluk is the official Athletic Mechanic for the Aardvarks. His mechanic bag includes booster cables, a tire iron, a crescent wrench, a hammer, a flat-head screwdriver, a skate sharpening stone and WD-40.
As of September, 27th 2018, the Aardvarks have officially relocated to the Arborg & District Arena for the upcoming 2018/2019 IRHL season.
We were fortunate enough to get a hold of GM Gunner Gislason this morning, who happens to be celebrating his 43rd birthday. “Yes, it is true. The Aardvarks are returning home to Arborg. We are turning the page and starting a new chapter to our storied history. Yes, it is also true that today is my birthday, but I am treating just like any other day. As we speak, I am finishing my glass of pineapple juice and about to jog the district of Framnes in preparation for puck drop”.
The Aardvarks would like to welcome Joel Fridfinnsson as the new IRHL Commissioner. A former player in the IRHL, Fridfinnsson is an invaluable member of the community donating much of his free time to make the Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton a better place.
Aardvarkshockey.ca was fortunate to sit down with Fridfinnsson and ask him five questions in five minutes.
Aardvarks Hockey:Why do you think you will be a successful commissioner of the IRHL?
Commissioner F: Because of my overwhelming hatred of rec hockey and my fierce desire to make it less terrible for all those involved.
Aardvarks Hockey: What is your first act of business as the Commissioner of the IRHL?
Commissioner F: Without a doubt, putting the red-line back into the game. I am sick of this cherry picking nonsense.
Aardvarks Hockey: Chris Plishka and his ownership group are keen on entering a Hodgson, MB expansion team into the IRHL as early as the 2019-20 season. What is your stance?
Commissioner F: I am in full support of league expansion and look forward to cutting the ribbon at the unveiling of any new arena.
Aardvarks Hockey: Do you see any new trends in the IRHL?
Commissioner F: The one insidious trend that concerns me most is the switch to white tape on stick blades and butt ends. I will not rest until all players return to black. And, don’t even get me started on the tucking of the skate tongue into the knee pad business.
Aardvarks Hockey: What is one thing that you would change in the league?
Commissioner F: Back checking. I am taking it out. It’s rec hockey, for crying out loud!
Aardvarks Hockey: Thanks for your time. We look forward to hearing more from you when the 2018-19 season commences.
Commissioner F: My pleasure.
The Aardvarks finished the 2017-18 season five games under 0.500, posting a 13-18-3 record.
The Aardvarks’ overall record is a direct result of the adversity they faced throughout the season, leading the IRHL in man/woman games lost at 137.
To lighten the mood, Associate Captain and General Manager, Gunner Gislason gave each Aardvark a Kinder Surprise containing the following message of encouragement inside: ‘When you stand before God at the end of your life, I would hope that you would not have a single bit of talent left and can say, “I used everything you gave me”‘.
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The Aardvarks would like to congratulate Tanner Reznik of the Arborg Fussy P’s for winning the 2017/18 IRHL Hart Memorial Trophy.
Following the Fussy P’s IRHL bye week, Reznik went on a goal-scoring tear, racking up the points to become the league’s leading scorer. IRHL critics credit his success on his week spent in Mexico, where he roamed the sandy beaches searching for a deeper inner strength.
The 2017-18 IRHL Save of the Year goes to Aardvark’s back-up Gunner Gislason.
On one damp, foggy March evening in the Riverton Memorial Arena, Gislason robbed Rifles’ Dueck of his third goal of the game. The Aardvarks’ may not have took home the ‘W’ but Gislason showed the guys that he is willing to fill any position for the team.
Tonight, the Aardvarks battle The Pointers for the IRHL C-side Banner. If successful, the Varks will bring home their 14th league banner over their 33 years of existence. We asked Aardvark go-getter Jason Gulay how they are going to approach the big match.
‘I am sure tonight’s game will be a barn burner, it usually is against these guys. But we have the intimidation factor on our side…Gunner Gislason’s 75 mph wrist shot. We plan to set him up between the red line and blue line and let him just rifle that puck against the boards during warm-ups until the game begins. That will sure give Triska the willies.’
Fans can catch the C-side final at 8:30 pm at the Riverton Memorial Arena.
See you there!