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Tomorrow’s paper

You don’t want to miss tomorrow’s Unity Wilkie Press-Herald – it has far too many pictures of cute babies in it! Yes, the February 8th issue is the annual baby issue. In the paper, you will also find:

  • exciting news about Unity being the Canadian pilot project site for an Australian-invented water treatment system;
  • just in time for Valentine’s Day, financial planning tips for new couples (and Found Treasures in Unity is advertising 30% off engagement rings!);
  • lots of career opportunity ads; and
  • a cancer diary update from Helena.

And yes, hockey reports, a story on Unity dancers and information about a COP (Citizens on Parol)  program starting in Unity too.

On the hockey side, the Miners played their last game of the season Friday night, losing to the Biggar Nationals and putting the Unity SK team out of the SWHL playoffs. Congratulations to the team of local “boys” on a good season and we look forward to next year!  Below Miners goalie Stephen Wolf, before his jersey number changed to 70,  smothers the puck in an early season game.Stephen Wolf


Next week’s paper

2016 has well begun when we’re looking at the last Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for January already! Check it out for:

  • a story on a province-wide competition being organized by the UCHS Positive School Climate Committee;
  • an update from Helena in a new Cancer Diary excerpt;
  • scoring stats for the Unity Midget AA Lazers; and
  • Federated Co-op’s results for 2015.

Of course, there’s also the RCMP and SWHL reports, along with ads from local businesses – Delta Co-op is having a window sale and Wildeman Sports Excellence is featuring a hockey equipment sale for the month of January. Innovation and Luseland Credit Unions are looking for nominations for their board of directors.

The Miners would love to have a good crowd out to cheer them on tonight as they take on the Wilkie Outlaws in the teams’ last game of the regular senior men’s hockey season – 8 pm, Unity arena, today, January 23. Below, Alex David skates up the ice watching for the pass in an early season game against the Mallards:

Unity Miners' Alex David


Next week’s paper

Disfigured and a survivor of a roadside blast  in Iraq on his fourth tour of duty, Bobby Henline today is a standup comedian and motivational speaker who travels across North America speaking to audiences to create awareness about burn survivors and to inspire people to live life to the fullest. He was at Unity Composite High School November 6 – read all about it in the November 16th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald.

Also in next week’s paper:

  • photos from Remembrance Day services in our community;
  • find out who some of the locals are who will be taking on the Canadiens alumni;
  • a report and a photo from the Miners’ home opener, when Luseland/Dodsland came to town; and
  • a high school journalism student reports the success of We Scare Hunger, the UCHS food bank drive.

There are also many new events being advertised so be sure to check out our calendar page for the events and dates and the paper for additional details.

Below, Sask West Hockey League action – defending the Unity Miners’ goal against the Luseland/Dodsland Mallards, in Unity SK, November 6, 2015.

Mallards vs. Miners, SWHL

Can the Unity Miners repeat?

With the regular Sask West Hockey season over, playoffs are set to begin February 6. Finishing in sixth place in the league, the Unity Miners take on the third place Kindersley Red Lions in the first round of playoffs.

Last year, similarly sitting near the bottom of the league standings, the Miners pulled off a surprise upset and knocked out the then reigning league champion Red Lions. They then carried on through the playoffs, ultimately winning the SWHL 2014 championship. Can they repeat?

The Miners travel to Kindersley SK Friday, February 6 and play at home Saturday, February 7 at 8 pm.

Below are scenes from Unity’s last home game of the regular season, co-incidentally also against the Kindersley Red Lions. The game, played January 24, ended with a 3-1 victory for the Kindersley team.

Unity Miners, seniors men's hockey miners boards miners puck battle miners around the net miners faceoff puck miners pushing and shoving miners shoot or pass miners surrounded


Trophies, plaques and accolades at Miners’ Awards Night

Starting out with the Rookie of the Year award, won by Dustin McAleer, and ending with the Playoffs’ Most Valuable Player trophy going to Cory Grant, a total of 11 awards were handed out to members of the 2013-14 Unity Miners at their awards night March 28, held at the community centre hall in Unity, SK. The Rookie of the Year award was sponsored by the Jim Lee family and Gilbert Agencies sponsored the playoff MVP award.

The Miners claimed the Sask West Hockey League championship the weekend before, sweeping the Lloydminster Border Kings in three straight games.

miners behn1Forward Behn Robertson was the biggest winner, as the Miner’s top scorer of the season, sponsored by Wildeman’s Sports Excellence and as the best defensive forward, sponsored by Unity Motor Products.

Robertson was called to the stage at the Unity Community Centre a third time by MC and Miners’ manager Brent Weber as a co-winner of the season MVP award, along with goalie Cory Grant. The Miller brothers sponsored that award.

Best Defenceman, sponsored by the Peter Gartner family, went to Bobby Davey, while Brett Mosher was this year’s Unsung Hero, sponsored by Don Fesiuc. Dillon Belliveau was named the Most Improved Player, sponsored by Sperle’s Tire and Battery. The Delta Co-op’s Most Sportsmanlike Player award was won by Cody McCubbing.

Unity, SK men's hockey

Captain Adam Shirley was chosen by the players as Most Popular; the award was sponsored by Cinema Satellite.

The coach and executive chose Michael Shirley as the recipient of the Lawrence Gordon Fesciuc Memorial Award, which goes to the player showing the most perseverance and dedication throughout the year.

With the Miners finishing the regular season in the Sask West Hockey League in fifth place with six wins and 14 losses, fans may have regarded their march to the championship victory as a bit of a Cinderella story. Manager Brent Weber, MC for the evening, said he always believed the championship was possible, even though there “were a few bumps along the way.”

Co-manager Jake Senger told the players, family members and fans it takes a “true team effort to win a championship. We do have a great team and we definitely want to see you guys back next fall.”

Coach Lorne Nielsen, who coached the Miners for the first time this year, said he knew the team had some top-end talent but had to ask himself whether he wanted to be dealing with some of the drinking and discipline issues which can come up in senior men’s hockey. He “stuck with it” and said, “I’m glad I did.”

With some injuries to key players in the playoffs, 50-year-old Nielsen and the rookies had to “fill some holes and give the front line a breather.” Nielsen concluded, “It’s pretty satisfying when you win something you’re not supposed to.”