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Owen Murray Delivering for Terriers When It Really Matters

By Carter Brooks 

Photo courtesy of the Portage Terriers

Portage Terriers' defenceman Owen Murray had had himself a big week of hockey, at a time in which his team needed him the most.

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Five Manitobans Listed on Final NHL Draft Rankings

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Marissa Baecker

The 2019 NHL Entry Draft is fast approaching.

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Jets Blow 2-0 Lead, Lose 3-2, Trail 3-2

By Scott Taylor

Photo by James Carey Lauder

It was just about the most disappointing loss in the eight-year history of the Winnipeg Jets 2.0.

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Jets Tie it Up, Series Shifts Back to Winnipeg Thursday

By Carter Brooks

Photos by James Carey Lauder

The Winnipeg Jets travelled to St. Louis down 2-0, and have since left for Winnipeg after tying the best-of-seven first round playoff series at two games apiece. 

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Stampeders One Win Away From First-Ever MJHL Title

By Bill Burfoot

Photo courtesy of the Swan Valley Stampeders

The Swan Valley Stampeders are one win away from winning their first Manitoba Junior Hockey League title after a thrilling triple-overtime win over the Portage Terriers Tuesday night. 

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Canucks Strike First in MMJHL Final

By Bill Burfoot

Photo courtesy of the St. James Canucks

The St. James Canucks picked up their third overtime win of the postseason on Wednesday night, opening up the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League final with a 4-3 win over the Pembina Valley Twisters.

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Hunt Earns Spot on U-18 Canadian Team

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Marc Smith

Brandonite Daemon Hunt will be one of two underage players on Canada's national under-18 team facing off in Sweden this week.

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Canadians Win Bronze, Finns Nearly Win Gold

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Mikko Stig

The 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship came to a close Sunday afternoon in Espoo, Finland. 

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Canadian Women Lose Heartbreaker, Finns Go For Gold

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Jussi Nukari 

The Canadian Women's team participating at the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship in Espoo, Finland will play for bronze on Sunday. 

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Schneider, Hunt, Krebs Travel to Finland for World Under-18s

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Marissa Baecker

The World Under 18 tournament will be held in Sweden from April 18th to 28th this year, and three players with Manitoba connections have cracked the preliminary roster.

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Twisters Await Opponent in MMJHL Final

By Bill Burfoot

Photo courtesy of St. James Canucks

The Pembina Valley Twisters have booked their spot in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League final with a 4-2 series win over the Stonewall Jets. 

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By Scott Taylor / Photos courtesy Alyssa Selman

Alyssa Selman is back on a horse. She still finds it difficult to watch the riders at Assiniboia Downs, but on her farm near Carman, she’s riding again.

On June 27, 2015, Selman was paralyzed from the chest down when she was thrown from a horse during a race at Winnipeg's Assiniboia Downs. A young jockey with a very bright future, Selman’s career ended that day. However, her life didn’t end and now, nearly three years later, she’s driving a car, riding her new horse and helping run a small five-acre family farm with chickens, ponies, horses, goats, three dogs, three cats and two rambunctious kids.

In 2015, Selman was a jockey at the Downs. Friendly, popular and talented, she had a bright future in the irons, but horse racing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world, and Selman fell off her mount suffered an horrific injury as a result of the fall.

Doctors told her family that she’d suffered a fracture of the T-5 vertebrae along with some spinal cord damage and the prognosis was not favorable. It was a terrible injury and even Downs CEO Darren Dunn said at the time that he’d never seen anything like in more than 35 years in the business.

But if there is one thing you can say about Alyssa Selman, it’s that she’s no quitter. Despite all the adversity, she’s built a life for herself on the farm and now that she’s back on her horse, it’s a lot easier to smile.

“I got a new Paint-Belgian cross, he’s a really good horse,” said an upbeat Selman this week. “He doesn’t even mind carrying the extra 50 pounds for my saddle. My sister, who helps me get on the horse, and my 10-year-old son Amar and a girl from Carman named Chloe, ride together. The other day, we did a full country block – one mile by one mile by one mile by one mile. The other day we were riding and Amar’s horse threw him. He was lying in the ditch saying things that a 10-year-old shouldn’t say and he walked the horse home. It’s all part of riding.

“For me, the best thing is that I’ve started to gallop. When I get bouncing around, it’s pretty tough because I don’t have my legs to support me and my insides get bouncing up and down, but it was nice to be able to do it. Riding is just so much fun.”

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These days Selman and husband Rumesh spend a lot of time tending to 10-year-old Amar and seven-year-old daughter Ari. As Amar becomes a better hockey player each season, she admits to becoming a rather vocal hockey mom. She also tends to her animals (her goat just had three babies) and is getting set to bring a two-year-old thoroughbred to the Downs next year.

“My yearling is huge,” she said proudly. “My mare is 17 hands. My yearling is about 16 hands. The mare was bred to Honor Devil, who is 16 hands. We have a big yearling. She’s huge, a really big baby.”

By her own admission, it won’t be easy going back to the Downs next season, even with a horse in the race.

“It’s just really hard,” she admitted. “It’s hard to watch. I’d so much rather be on the horses than watching them. But I’ll be out for the season opener and now, when I get home, I can get back on a horse again.”

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