A pair of Manitobans will return to held defend Canada's title at the Spengler Cup, to be played in Davos, Switzerland, Dec. 26-31.
Both Notre Dame's J.-P. Vigier and McCreary's Kirby Law have been selected as part of the 21-man team, and two of the six returnees, Hockey Canada announced yesterday.
Both Vigier and Law have been playing for different teams in Switzerland.
SAINT GRABS HONOUR
Blair Macaulay of the Winnipeg Saints, who had 10 assists in three games, was named the Manitoba Junior Hockey League player of the week yesterday.
The 20-year-old beat out Adam Stoykewych of the Winnipeg South Blues and Pierre-Olivier Lemiuex of the Neepawa Natives.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Joel Edmundson has been named the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League defensive player of the week.
The 6-foot-2, 171-pound Grade 10 Crocus Plains High School student recorded an impressive plus-14 in a three-game stretch, including a plus-7 in one game against the Kenora Thistles.
Edmundson's teammate, Wheaton King, was named offensive player of the week. The 6-foot-2, 178-pound forward scored six goals and 13 points in three games. The Grade 11 Vincent Massey Brandon student scored a hat trick in two of those games -- one against the Thistles and one versus the Yellowhead Chiefs. King was also plus-8 in those three outings.
PLAINSMEN, CRUSADERS TOPS
The Crocus Plains Plainsmen girls basketball team has been ranked No. 1 in the AAAA high school basketball rankings. They are followed by: the Oak Park Raiders, Vincent Massey Trojans (Winnipeg), Glenlawn Lions, St. Mary's Academy Flames, River East Kodiaks, Sisler Spartans, College Louis Riel Voyageurs, Lord Selkirk Royals and Miles Macdonell Buckeyes, in that order.
The St. Paul's Crusaders got the nod as the top team on the boys side. They are followed by: the Oak Park Raiders, Garden City Fighting Gophers, Glenlawn Lions, Sturgeon Heights Huskies, Fort Richmond Centurions, River East Kodiaks, Dakota Lancers, Mennonite Brethren Hawks and Vincent Massey Trojans (Winnipeg), in that order.