The Grunthal Red Wings, who have won four Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League championships in the past 10 seasons, have taken a one year leave of absence.

HTJHL president Ray Laing says the entire league is disappointed to see the Wings miss out on the 2017-2018 season.

"Grunthal has always been a bit of a hockey town but there's a gap in their player availability. They still have a good minor hockey program so we're hoping they have a team in the future. Sometimes it's best to take a year off and come back again stronger."

The Red Wings recorded a 7-15-2 record last season and were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs by the Steinbach Huskies.

"We already do have a system in place where we can bring players in from outside the region on an as needed basis just to help smaller communities and other teams fill up their rosters," said Laing. "In this case Grunthal is just a little bit too short so they felt it was better to take a year off."

The Huskies, Lorette Comets, Red River Mudbugs, St. Adolphe Hawks, Mitchell Mohawks and defending champion Springfield Xtreme will play a 25-game schedule starting in the middle of October.

"We're heading into the 31st season," said Laing. "We have six strong teams. We'll hopefully be around for a number of years and we'll be ready to welcome Grunthal back into the fold."

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Friday, February 23rd

MJHL
Steinbach 7 Swan Valley 3
Dauphin at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Waywayseecappo 4 OCN 3

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Thrashers 4 Eastman 2
Southwest vs Parkland
@ Souris, 8 p.m.
Wpg Bruins 8 Norman 2
Pembina Valley vs Brandon
@ Morden, 8 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Lethbridge, 8 p.m.

NHL
Winnipeg 4 St. Louis 0
Minnesota 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
Pittsburgh 6 Carolina 1
San Jose at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Vegas, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Milwaukee 122 Toronto 119 (OT)
Indiana 116 Atlanta 93
Boston 110 Detroit 98
Charlotte 122 Washington 105
Cleveland 112 Memphis 89
New Orleans 124 Miami 123 (OT)
Houston 120 Minnesota 102
L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Portland at Utah, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Denver, 8 p.m.
Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 24th

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Red River at Ste. Anne, 7 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)
Grunthal at Lac du Bonnet, 7:30 p.m.
(Blues lead series 1-0)

MJHL
Dauphin at Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
OCN at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.
Virden at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.

KJHL
St. Malo at OCN, 8 p.m.
(1st game in best of 5 quarterfinal)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Central Plains at Kenora, 8 p.m.
Interlake at Wpg Thrashers, 3:30 p.m.
Yellowhead at Wpg Wild, 2 p.m.
Wpg Bruins vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Brandon
@ Morden, 2:30 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Medicine Hat, 8:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs Chicago
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

NHL
Philadelphia at Ottawa, 1 p.m.
Colorado at Calgary, 3 p.m.
Buffalo at Washington, 6 p.m.
Winnipeg at Dallas, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Florida, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Montreal, 6 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

NBA
Orlando at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
Boston at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Memphis at Miami, 6:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Utah, 8 p.m.
Portland at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 9 p.m.

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