2017/2018 Interlake Recreational Hockey League Schedule

The 2017/2018 schedule has just been released. Make sure to download your copy to follow your Aardvarks throughout this upcoming season.

We recently asked associate captain Gunner Gislason how he feels about this upcoming season. “I usually do not look too closely at the schedule, just take one game at a time, but this year I am busy coaching my Midget team, who are defending league and provincial champions, and noticed that I will be missing 9 Monday night games this year. But I am very confident the boys will pull out a few ‘W’s’. My point total will not reflect my usual numbers, but one has to sacrifice playing for coaching success”.

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2016-17 IRHL Goal of the Year

The 2016-17 Interlake Recreational Hockey League Goal of the Year goes to the Aardvarks’ own Cory Johannesson.

There were many candidates for this year’s award, but none could compete with Johannesson’s low five-hole thriller. The fan favourite started off in his own end, out manoeuvring all five Fussy Puckers with his lightning fast speed, finishing things off with his signature move to lead the Aardvarks to victory.

 

End of year report

The Aardvarks finished the 2016-17 season with a 16-10-3 record, a big improvement from last year.

To keep their momentum rolling, the Aardvarks took part in the inaugural spring training at the Arborg and District Arena. The Aardvarks experimented with some new line combinations and set breakouts with great success. The only downside of the spring training was the loss of their star player Gunner Gislason who suffered a broken collar bone during a match-up with the Shooters. Thankfully Gunner has the entire off-season to heal and get back to tip-top shape.

The Aardvark’s top brass want to see the team keep up their winning ways next season. In doing so, they informed each Aardvark that they have to post at least  a 10 second time in the 20-yard dash portion of the 2017 Interlake Recreational Hockey League Combine. If the 10 second result is not obtained, one of the Aardvark’s many affiliated players may have a chance to crack the line-up on a full-time basis during the 2017-18 season.

Make sure to follow aardvarkshockey.ca to receive up-to-date reports about the team.

Guess that Aardvark winner #10

The winner of Guess that Aardvark is Daryl Fuz who correctly guessed his brother Jeff was the mystery Aardvark. Daryl wins an all inclusive trip with Jeff to Bangalore, India to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, a festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers.

Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for future contests with the Aardvarks.

“Which Aardvark has the best chance to win the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the end of this season” poll results

The sports editors of the Interlake Spectator and the Express Weekly News have selected Aardvark’s Gunner Gislason as winner for the 2016/17 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.

Gunner may have played a career low 25 games this season, but he still tallied 35 goals while coaching the Teulon Midgets to the Interlake league title and gold in the Manitoba Midget B/C Provincials. With Gunner’s coaching success, the Aardvarks have a tough decision to make for the 2017/18 season, to assign Gunner behind the bench as their coach or on the bench as a player. Either way, Gunner’s presence is greatly reflected in the Aardvarks success.

Thanks to all of those that participated. Make sure to cast your vote in the next Aardvark poll.

 

 

Guess that Aardvark #10

It’s time to play Guess that Aardvark!

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How it works…simple…we ask a series of questions to a particular Aardvark…you examine their answers…and you tell us who it is! If you guess that Aardvark correctly, you will receive a complimentary autograph!

Need a reminder of our players? Have a look at the roster.

OK…here we go!

Interviewer: Rate the following activities in order from most important to least important: watching TV, playing hockey, going on vacation, washing dishes and mowing grass.

Aardvark in question: Hockey, mowing grass, watching TV, vacation and washing dishes. The dish soap makes my hands too soft.

Interviewer: What is your favourite pre-rec game meal?

Aardvark in question: A&W Teen Burger.

Interviewer:  How many rolls of sock tape do you go through in a rec season?

Aardvark in question: Not many. Usually just borrow from Gunner.

Interviewer: Who was your favourite hockey player growing up?

Aardvark in question: Steve Yzerman. I admired how he played his final few years with bad knees and still produced. I know from painful experience that it is difficult.

Interviewer: What member of the Aardvarks reminds you most of a NHLer from  past or present?

Aardvark in question: Travis Bobbee reminds me of Tyson Barrie. Both excellent puck movers.

Interviewer: What is your greatest hockey moment?

Aardvark in question: Winning the MMJHL  Hockey Hutch Player of the Week Award in the 96-97 season. I tallied 4 goals and 3 assists on a Sunday afternoon against the Portage Terriers. I can’t remember if I was drunk, hungover or just normal. But, it was an honour.

Interviewer: Where should the Aardvarks hold training camp for the upcoming 2017-18 season?

Aardvark in question: MTS Centre. I am sure we would draw a couple thousand dedicated ‘Vark fans.

Interviewer: What is your least favourite arena to play in? What is your favourite arena to play in?

Aardvark in question: Arborg is my favourite. Gimli is my least. Too humid. Makes my hair curly.

Interviewer: Thank you for your time!

Aardvark in question: Yes.

To play, fill in the form below. Good luck!

Vote in the latest poll!

Guess that Aardvark winner #9

The winner of Guess that Aardvark is Jóel Friðfinnsson. Joel won a Sunday afternoon stroll with Jason to Kirkjuból on Hecla Island.

Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for the next edition of Guess that Aardvark.

 

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“Will Parker Abuda break Aardvark legend Carey Finnson’s single season record of 216 points this year” poll results

It seems as though Parker Abuda will not surpass Carey Finnson’s record of 216 points in a single season. Abuda has taken time off to raise and nurture two future Aardvark prospects.

Aardvarkshockey.ca asked Carey Finnson, the legend himself, how he feels about his record staying intact:

“That 216 point season was a season to remember. It will be very difficult for anyone to break that record. I was down to one pack a day that year.”

Thanks to all of those that participated. Make sure to cast your vote in the next Aardvark poll.

Guess that Aardvark #9

It’s time to play Guess that Aardvark!

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How it works…simple…we ask a series of questions to a particular Aardvark…you examine their answers…and you tell us who it is! If you guess that Aardvark correctly, you will receive a complimentary autograph!

Need a reminder of our players? Have a look at the roster.

OK…here we go!

Interviewer: Rate the following activities in order from most important to least important: shovelling snow, hockey, picking potato bugs, grocery shopping and watching TV.

Aardvark in question: Hockey, grocery shopping, shovelling snow, watching TV and picking potato bugs. Those bugs really stain your hands.

Interviewer: What is your favourite pre-rec game meal?

Aardvark in question: BBQ ribs. Pork or Beef.

Interviewer:  How many times do you wash your towel a rec season?

Aardvark in question: Wash it after every game.

Interviewer: Who was your favourite hockey player growing up?

Aardvark in question: I had a few in my day, but I really enjoyed watching Mike Shachtay. I admired his good defensive stick.

Interviewer: What member of the Aardvarks reminds you most of a NHLer from  past or present?

Aardvark in question: Jayde Barkman reminds me of Darren Pang. They have identical career GAAs.

Interviewer: Which Aardvark is most likely to star in a Hollywood film?

Aardvark in question: Jeff Fuz. He is clutch in big time situations. I can picture his Hollywood Walk of Fame star right next to Tom Cruise’s.

Interviewer: What is your best hockey moment?

Aardvark in question: Best hockey moment was witnessing Gunner Gislason score 4 goals in the must win against the Rifles 4 years ago. I was very proud of him that night.

Interviewer: What is your least favourite arena to play in? What is your favourite arena to play in?

Aardvark in question: All the rinks have a positive. Riverton has fast ice, Arborg has good fries…

Interviewer: Thank you for your time!

Aardvark in question: Yes.

To play, fill in the form below. Good luck!