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One of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s most exciting graduating players has been named MJHL Player of the Month for February.

By Scott Taylor
Photos by James Carey Lauder
STEINBACH – Braden Purtill is having a blast.
He’s the captain of a first place team -- a team that wrapped up a playoff berth before the first of February -- he’s been Manitoba Junior Hockey League player of the week twice this season, he’s second in the league in scoring and he’s playing on a first-place team that came out of the Christmas break with a sparkling record of 30-7-1.
It’s a far cry from where he was midway through the 2015-16 season.

After a little more than 2 ½ seasons in the Western Hockey League, Purtill was done. Hockey just wasn’t any fun anymore and he was tired of it all. After struggling through nearly three years of injuries and disappointment in the WHL, Purtill told his coaches in Red Deer that he was calling it quits and heading home to Winnipeg.

Written by gpunzalanPublished: 19 Nov 2017
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE – As defending league champions, it almost goes without saying that the Portage Terriers will be in everyone’s crosshairs when the puck drops on the 2017-18 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season. The Terriers scored a 4-2 series win over a pesky OCN Blizzard squad in last year’s league championship round to claim their third consecutive Turnbull Memorial Trophy. It marked the eighth time since 2005 that the club was crowned MJHL champs. With a strong nucleus of returning players from last year’s championship team, the Terriers are considered an early favourite to once again rule the 11-team loop. But Can the Terriers make it four in a row?

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