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Exclusive: New IRHL Commissioner gives first interview!

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.


End of year report

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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Finnson has swapped hockey gloves for work mitts, missing 19 regular season games.

2017/18 IRHL Save of the Year

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.



The Aardvarks battle The Pointers for the IRHL C-side Banner

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 usual is against these guys. But we have the intimidation factor on our side…Gunner Gislason’s 75 mph wrist shot. We plan to line 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!

February 2018 report

The Aardvarks posted a 3-3-1 record over the month of February.

With playoffs out of sight for the Aardvarks, they dressed a few affiliated players to see how they jelled with the veterans. Some notable standouts were Mitch Johnson and Darren Sigurgeirson. Johnson notched a whopping 11 points over 3 games played while Sigurgeirson sniped in 7 goals in his one game tryout. It will be interesting to see if either one of them can crack the 2018-19 Aardvark line-up.

In other news, GM Gunner Gislason is currently negotiating with the Commissioner of the RCMP to extend Evan Kassay’s contract for the 2018-19 IRHL season. The commissioner is a tough negotiator but Gunner is willing to sign Kassay at all costs, even offering the Aardvark roster to take turns patrolling the Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton in place of Kassay when he takes his summer holidays.

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Kassay continually works to improve and refine his skills.

January 2018 Report

The Aardvarks struggled to get their overall record above 500 this January recording a 2-3-2 record over the month.

With the 2017-18 season coming to a close, it is looking like the Aardvarks are going to be sellers, rather than buyers, this upcoming trade deadline. The lads have struggled to find their true form this season. The only Aardvark safe from negative criticism is netminder Jayde Barkman, who is currently on pace to break former Aardvark Curtis Chyzy’s 2009-10 team record of facing 1218 shots in a single season.

In other news, Aardvark’s shut-down D-man Jon Finnson is sacrificing the remainder of the IRHL season to work in the oilfields of Alberta to increase the Aardvark’s petty cash fund. He is determined to make enough money to supply the team with post game Reuben sandwiches for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign.

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Not only is Finnson known to work hard on the ice, he is also known to give’r at every task at hand. Image source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=638322226178532&set=t.1304252891&type=3&theater


December 2017 Report

The Aardvarks posted a 3-3-0 record this past December.

The Aardvarks have yet to hit full stride this 2017/18 IRHL Season. The team greatly misses having forward Caleb Kanteluk in the lineup on a consistent basis, as they are 4-1-0 with him on the ice. Kanteluk has been missing games due to the outrageous prices of pork at the Arborg CO-OP. To battle these inflated prices, Kanteluk has purchased pigs that he has to take care of most nights when the Aardvarks are in action. After the upcoming butchering of his pigs, the team expects Kanteluk to return on a regular basis.

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November 2017 report

The Aardvarks are off the mediocre start this 2017/18 campaign, posting a 4-5-0 record.

New acquisition Evan Kassay has brought some more size and muscle to the Aardvark’s lineup. He is doing a good job filling the void of Parker Abuda, who is currently holding out for more money and more ice time.

Like the beginning of last year, Cory Johannesson is off to a sluggish start, performing well below his 2.5 goals/game career average. The absence of Abuda could have an impact with his current point production. Johannesson has to up his performance this December, as his 22 year contract is expiring at the end of this season. He is currently at the top of this year’s IRHL trade bait list.

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Gislason’s Quest for the Double

Associate Captain Gunner Gislason begins his quest to win back-to-back league and provincial championships on Sunday October 22nd 2017 at 19:15 at the Arborg and District Arena. Tickets are available at the front door for $5, but if Gislason is your favourite Aardvark, admission is free!

Gunner Gislason, pictured with Stanley Cup Champions Reggie and Jamie Leach, is a champion in his own right.

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”.