Cal Ripken Jr. is coming to Winnipeg.
Baseball's iron man will be the headline guest speaker for the 38th annual Y Sports Dinner, which will be held on Tuesday, June 23, at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
The event is the annual fundraiser for the Rady Jewish Community Centre. Previous guest speakers have been Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman.
Ripken is one of only eight players in baseball history to record 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. The two-time AL MVP for the Baltimore Orioles appeared in a record 2,632 consecutive games and 19 all-star contests.
Ripken retired from baseball in 2001.
PICKERL STRIKES GOLD
University of Manitoba Bisons swimmer Riley Pickerl won a gold medal at the Canada West championships over the weekend in Lethbridge.
Pickerl won the 400-metre freestyle, and he also captured silver in the 1,500-metre freestyle. He broke Bison records in both races.
The men's team finished fifth, while the women were sixth.
WHEATIE PLAYER OF WEEK
Brandon Wheat Kings forward Scott Glennie has been named the WHL player of the week.
The 18-year-old Winnipeg native had seven points, including two goals and five assists, in three games. The Wheat Kings had a 2-1 record in those games.
NATIVES FORWARD TOPS
Neepawa Natives forward Wes Pawluk is the MJHL's player of the week.
The 20-year-old Petersfield native had four goals and two assists in three victories.
Thanks to Pawluk's play, the Natives have moved to within a point of the fourth-place Portage Terriers in the Sher-Wood Division.
Meanwhile, the MJHL's Dauphin Kings dropped from fifth to seventh in the latest Canadian Junior A Hockey League rankings.
PARENT HEADLINE SPEAKER
Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent will be the headline speaker at the Selkirk Steelers annual dinner on Feb. 4.
Parent guided the Philadelphia Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cups in the 1970s.
The Hockey Night in Selkirk event is the MJHL team's annual fundraiser. It will be held at the Selkirk Rec Complex.
Visit selkirksteelers.com for more information.
WESMEN TOP ATHLETES
Justin Duff and Ariel Smith are the University of Winnipeg Wesmen athletes of the week.
Duff, a fourth-year middle with the men's volleyball team, had 35 kills in a pair of wins over the fifth-ranked Trinity Western Spartans.
Smith, a second-year left side with the women's volleyball squad, had 31 kills and 27 digs in two losses against Trinity Western.
SUCCESSFUL ROAD TRIP
Manitoba teams had strong weekends on the road in National Ringette League play.
The Manitoba Jets won two of three games against the Calgary Rath, securing victories of 5-2 and 3-1 before falling 7-1 in the series finale. Carrie Nash, Kayla Krentz and Lisa Timmerman all scored two goals for the Jets.
The Prairie Fire, meanwhile, took six of a possible eight points from the host Fraser Valley (B.C.) Avalanche. The Fire won 6-1, 8-5 and 4-0, and lost 4-0. Sheena MacDonald led the way with four goals for the Fire.