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Nighthawks News

Nighthawks relieve Kelvin Cech of his responsibilities
On February 12, the Niverville Nighthawks announced that they had relieved Kelvin Cech of his responsibilities as Coach and General Manger of  the team. Ty Dilello “We want to thank Kelvin fo [...]
Nighthawks Gala a Resounding Success
Brenda Sawatzky The Heritage Centre resonated with life and energy on February 10 as hundreds of attendees converged for the Niverville Nighthawks’ second annual fundraising gala. It was an eveni [...]
Nighthawks Lose Big to Virden
Ty Dilello There’s not much to say as the Niverville Nighthawks fell 7–1 to the Virden Oil Capitals on Friday night after one of their poorest performances of the season. With the loss, the Nig [...]
Nighthawks Come Back to Win Over Freeze
Ty Dilello The Niverville Nighthawks got back in the win column on Wednesday night at the CRRC with a come-from-behind 6–5 victory over the Winnipeg Freeze to snap a four-game losing streak. With [...]
Niverville Falls in Overtime
Ty Dilello The Niverville Nighthawks led for most of the game but found a way to fall 5–4 in overtime to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines on Saturday night on the road. With their fourth straight lo [...]
Niverville Loses Third in a Row
The Niverville Nighthawks failed to muster any offence again on Friday evening at the CRRC, dropping their third game in a row with a 3–1 loss to the Selkirk Steelers. With the loss, the Nighthawks [...]
2nd Annual Niverville Nighthawks Gala Fundraiser
The Niverville Nighthawks invite you to our 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser Dinner Meet the Niverville Nighthawks and Coaching Staff! Get autographs and have a personal experience during the program, as d [...]
Steinbach Gets the Best of Niverville
Ty Dilello The Niverville Nighthawks put up another stinker at home on Wednesday night with a 6–1 loss to the Steinbach Pistons. With the loss, the Nighthawks stay in fourth place in the MJHL [...]

Assistant General Manager & Director of Scouting | Mike McAulay

“I spent three seasons with the Winkler Flyers as their assistant general manager and head scout working alongside a good friend and mentor Jeff Jeanson, who gave me my start in administration and scouting at the Junior A level. It was in Winkler where I also had the chance to work with Coach Cech, so the transition to the Nighthawks has been relatively seamless. It’s a privilege to have an opportunity to be a part of something this special.”

Mike McAulay was born in Winnipeg and currently resides in La Salle. He counts his minor hockey days as some of his most cherished, particularly a provincial championship in Stonewall, three Zone Four championships in Carman, and a silver medal in the Western Canadian Championships with the St. Malo Warriors under legendary coach Ralph Collette.

His playing career wrapped up at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, where he considers his career to have come full circle after winning an MCHA championship.

Together with his scouting team, McAulay was successful in finding and recruiting players to the MJHL who have gone on to make impressive contributions in their junior days and beyond.

Assistant Coach | Ben Micflikier

Ben Micflikier was born and raised in Winnipeg. He played AAA hockey for the Monarchs and Wild, for St. Paul’s High School, and then for two years of junior hockey mainly with the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL.

Micflikier was the defensive assistant coach for St Paul’s and helped them win both city and provincial championships in 2018.

In the 22/23 season he was the offensive assistant coach for the St. Boniface Riels of the MMJHL, who made their first playoff appearance since 2018.

“I’m incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the Niverville Nighthawks and continue building a successful team culture of accountability and support. Leading up my hiring I heard so many great things about the players, staff, volunteers, community, and organization in general. I really can’t wait to get to work!”


Assistant Coach | Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson was born and raised in Niverville. The chance to contribute to the new team and his community is one he’s not taking for granted. Anderson played for the Eastman Selects when he was growing up and now he gets to help usher in the next wave of young players moving into their junior hockey years.

“I’m looking forward to grow the player development side of the game, especially in young defensemen.”

A defenseman himself, Anderson graduated from Eastman and moved on to Junior A with stops in the SJHL with the Kindersley Klippers and the BCHL with the Prince George Spruce Kings and West Kelowna Warriors, a team with which he won a national championship.

Following junior hockey, Anderson attended a Washington Capitals development camp before embarking on a Division 1 college career with the Superior State Lakers, a team that won the GLI Cup.

“It is awesome to finally have a team here in Niverville. As a local, it’s something I wish we would have had back in my junior days. I think it will really bring the community together and it will be a fun night out on the town for local families. It’s especially important for the younger kids to see this quality of hockey and look up to it. Billets will have a player move in, who will turn into an older brother for the young kids living in the house, and you’ll have a friend for life. This will help put Niverville on the map.”


Head Strength & Conditioning Coach | Crystal Stott

Crystal Stott was born and raised in Niverville. She has always loved the game of hockey and has been a fan since she the time she was a kid. She has enjoyed watching her daughters play the sport as well throughout the years.

Stott’s favourite hockey moment was attending the 2005 World Juniors bronze and gold medal games.

The Nighthawks hired Crystal Stott to be the team’s head strength and conditioning coach in the spring of 2022. Her hiring represented an official partnership between the team and ShopGym, the facility that Stott owns.

ShopGym has a distinct college-like atmosphere, which is ideal for Junior A hockey as most players are looking to move on to college hockey in the future.

Stott has owned and operated ShopGym for 12 years and has trained numerous AA and AAA hockey teams. A certified functional strength and nutrition coach, she has a special focus on hormone health and nutrition for athletic performance.

“To be involved with a team from the ground up is a real honour,” said Stott. “I am so excited to be able to contribute to the team’s and individual athletes’ success in their inaugural season and I can’t wait to get started.”


Head Physiotherapist | Justin Giesbrecht

Justin Giesbrecht was born and raised in Niverville. He grew up playing for the Eastman Selects and then played four years of Junior A hockey in the MJHL for the Winkler Flyers and Swan Valley Stampeders, as well as in the SJHL for the Yorkton Terriers. Giesbrecht then played two years at Briercrest College in the ACAC and then some semi-professional hockey in the SPHL (Mississippi) and FHL (Connecticut and New York).

“On my return home, I began coaching in the Niverville/Eastman area, coaching the U18 Eastman Selects and most recently with the U15 Female Eastman Selects team.”

Giesbrecht is excited at getting things going this season as the Nighthawks’ physiotherapist.

“To me it’s very important to give back to the community that raised me as a young hockey player. I’m very excited that Niverville has this opportunity to become a Junior A hockey community and put us on the map as a hockey town. I also get the chance to share some of my knowledge, skills, and experiences as a former professional hockey player as well as help with my skills in the medical field as a physiotherapist.”


Player Development & Sport Science Coach | Rob Pambrun

Rob Pambrun was born and raised in Winnipeg. He played AAA hockey for the Winnipeg Warriors and the U18 Winnipeg Wild. From there, he moved on to playing junior hockey in the MJHL for the Portage Terriers, the Southeast Blades (now called the Steinbach Pistons), and the Winnipeg Saints (now called the Virden Oil Capitals).

“One of my main goals as a player was to play junior hockey at a young age. When I managed to crack the line-up as a teenager, I was extremely proud, and this was hands down my favourite moment in hockey.”

Due to an unforeseen knee injury, Pambrun’s hockey career was cut short. Since then, he has become a fitness professional—a performance and physique specialist, to be exact—and he currently owns a global fitness consulting corporation named Team Prep Starz.

“Joining the Nighthawks organization was important for me because. The knowledge and skills I’ve gained in the fitness industry have allowed me to find my way back into the hockey world. The Nighthawks organization values the knowledge and experience that I bring to the table, and I’m extremely excited for this opportunity. As the player development and sports science coach, I’m looking forward to working with all the players and becoming a member of the community.”


Skills Coach | Jarret Oster

Bio coming soon!


Goalie Coach | Tyler Oswald

Tyler Oswald was born and raised in Sanford. He grew up playing minor hockey in the MacDonald hockey system. He played U18AAA as a goaltender for the Pembina Valley Hawks before playing junior hockey with the Winkler Flyers. His favourite hockey memory was winning the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey Championship with Pembina Valley.

Oswald has been coaching ever since he stopped playing around ten years ago. He coached for GDI in Winnipeg for four years before moving to Calgary to pursue a degree in Sports and Recreation Management.

“While in Calgary, I worked for GDI as well as being an assistant/goalie coach for the Calgary Northstars U18AAA team for three years. After completing my schooling, I moved back to Winnipeg to rejoin RINK Goalie Development, formerly known as GDI.”

Oswald has been at the RINK for over three years now and have been coaching the RHA U18 prep team as the goalie coach. He has also worked with the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues in 2019–20 as their goalie coach.

“I’m really looking forward to the being involved in the inaugural season for the Niverville Nighthawks. Being part of a team in the MJHL is an exciting opportunity for myself. It’s even more of an exciting challenge to be part of growing a brand-new team and culture.”


Equipment Manager | Mitch David

Mitch David grew up in Île-des-Chênes and started playing hockey in his town’s minor hockey program at eight years old. The following year, he became a goalie and has been one ever since.

After his second year of bantam, he went on to play three years at the AAA level through the U17 and U18 Eastman Selects program. Through those years, he attended two WHL camps with the Prince Albert Raiders and Everett Silvertips.

After U18, David went on to play for the Portage Terriers, Winnipeg South Blues, and Steinbach Pistons in the MJHL. He then played one and a half seasons with the Charleswood Hawks in the MMJHL, capturing back-to-back championships with a 24–0 playoff record. That record has yet to be broken.

He also captured Playoff MVP and Goaltender of the Year awards in his final season of junior hockey (2010–11).

David is a current Niverville resident and is very passionate about his town’s newest hockey team.

“Creating a unique and driven culture is crucial to attracting current and new players. Things like team values and traditions, good billets, having a ton of fans at games, being role models for younger hockey players, a dressing room stall that has your name on it, a solid rink to play in, etc. These are all the little things that make the biggest difference in enjoying your career and make you want to be where you are. As a goaltending scout, I don’t often get to hit the ice with the athletes. But finding individuals who share this aspect of their Junior A career dreams is what I will aim to bring to this organization and the community of Niverville.”

Director of Broadcast Operations | Kevin PaulsThe Nighthawks would like to introduce our Director of Broadcast Operations and the new voice of the Niverville Nighthawks, Kevin Pauls. Pauls has been doing play by play since he was a kid in one form or another. Pauls has worked with the MJHL, AAAU18, SEMHL, and more over the past 15 years. Over the last six years or so, Pauls was a major player with the Winkler Flyers where he helped design and run their Hockey TV identity and online radio. Pauls brings a passion to help provide the best possible platform for the players to showcase their talents.

When asked why Pauls wanted to be a new member of the Nighthawks’ team, Pauls expressed the following, “I want to be a part of the Nighthawks because it’s such an amazing opportunity to be a part of a brand-new organization, and to work with such amazing and talented people. I get to call the first ever game and be a part of that forever. How cool is that?”

One of the things that Pauls looks forward to the most is the ability to share this experience with his daughter, Lua. Together they will share a front row seat on this exciting journey with the new Niverville Nighthawks!

To watch or listen to Kevin Pauls deliver an exciting play-by-play, visit:

Hockey T.V.

Online Broadcast

Billet Coordinator | Gail Chornoboy The team’s billet coordinator, Gail Chornoboy, has been a Nivervillian for life and grew up watching her brother Kurtis Wiebe play for the Niverville Northstars. Chornoboy got into figure-skating as a youngster and did so competitively for many years. She then started to teach figure skating and coached at competitions in Niverville and the surrounding area.

“I joined the organization because I needed something else to focus on as we are empty nesters and winters are long on the couch! Watching our town grow and change so much over many years, it’s great to see something like a junior hockey team come together. I feel like it will bring our whole community closer.”

Her favourite moment in hockey would be teaching her son to skate and how to play hockey. She is now teaching her grandson to skate. And he’s already telling her that he wants to be a Nighthawk one day.

“Niverville has always been an ink spot on a map. People used to say, ‘Where is Niverville?’ And I would say, ‘South of Winnipeg.’ But now we are becoming a bold dot on the map!”

League Governor, Chair of the BOD, Public and Media Relations, Ownership Communications, Founders and Legacy Club

Clarence Braun has lived in Niverville his entire life. He started playing hockey in 1965 on the outdoor rink where the Niverville Community Fellowship Church presently is located, then graduated to playing minor hockey at the Niverville Centennial Arena when it opened in 1967. He also played for the junior Northstars and the senior Clippers.

In addition, he played some junior in Steinbach and tried out for the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1971 and the St. Boniface Saints in 1975. As a lifelong fan of the game, his favourite moment was watching the Winnipeg Jets beat the vaunted Red Army team from Russia in the Winnipeg Arena.

Braun started the Chicken Chef in Niverville in 1980 and sold it in 1986. He was also involved in church leadership at Maranatha Church in Niverville from 1987 to 1994. He then was key to developing the 72-lot subdivision called South Park Estates with some other investors in the mid-1980s.

In 1994, he opened Clare’s Family Restaurant (where Subway is found today) and operated it until 2001.

Braun was elected mayor of Niverville in 1995 and served through 2002. He was also president of the Niverville Chamber of Commerce for two terms. He then received his real estate license in 2003 and has been involved in The Highlands development since its inception in 2004.

“When I left council after two terms in 2002, our population was around 2,200 and we were starting to see the growth coming. In 2007, I had my first meeting with the commissioner of the MJHL, Kim Davis. Subsequently I brought my son-in-law Ray Dowse and my nephew Jeremy Braun into meetings in the following years. This all culminated with the announcement of a new recreational facility back in 2016. From 2016 to 2021, we began to add a few more people to our group and after many meetings we were able to secure a MJHL franchise in June of 2021.”

Corporate Sponsorship Chair, Team Marketing, Promotion and Advertising, Merchandise, Ownership Communications, Founders and Legacy Club

Ray Dowse was born in the St. Boniface neighbourhood of Winnipeg and moved out to a rural property outside Niverville when he was ten years old. He has lived in the area ever since.

Dowse started his young hockey career when he was four years old in Winnipeg, and played for Glenwood, Oxford Heights, and East End Wings in Transcona. When he moved to Niverville, he started to playing local minor hockey. Dowse was eventually drafted by the Selkirk Steelers but didn’t make the team that first year, so he came back and played in the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League for the Niverville Clippers and promptly won the league championship.

After that, he stopped playing competitively to focus on school and his career. Since having kids of my own, he has been a minor hockey coach in Niverville.

“My favourite moments in the game have been as a coach. Just watching a team of young kids develop their individual skills and grow an understanding of how success comes from working together as a team! Seeing each of their different personalities come together and gel, and each of the players recognizing how they each could contribute to the team’s success, is amazing.”

Dowse and his leadership were big factors in bringing the Nighthawks to Niverville.

“I have really appreciated the opportunity to be part of creating something that will make a positive impact at so many levels. Canada continues to be a nation where the game of hockey is intertwined with our identity. To look across a map of the country, many of the towns and communities are recognized by their respective junior hockey teams. The new MJHL team in Niverville will contribute to the identity of this community, proudly representing this region on a provincial stage, and hopefully someday at the national tournament.”

Financial and Accounting Chair, Team Marketing, Liquor and Lotteries, Crop Program, Ownership Communications, Founders and Legacy Club

Jeremy Braun was born in Winnipeg, lived in Niverville until he was two, moved to Winnipeg, and then moved back to Niverville when he was 23 for a bit. Afterward he built a home in Winnipeg that he moved into… but then he moved back to Niverville when he started his family.

Are you keeping up with this game of hot potato?

“I’m probably one of the few board members that didn’t play hockey at a high level. I grew up playing road hockey in the streets on Fort Garry in Winnipeg almost every day after school. It was a vibrant young community, and we would often have 12 to 15 kids playing every day. I also went to the local outdoor arena on the weeks, strapped the skates on in the cold, and played pick-up hockey there. Great memories.”

Braun owned a book/gift distribution company in Winnipeg for almost 20 years and sold it in 2016. He’s also had a real estate development company that he started with his dad and brother that has been building homes, condos, and rental properties locally for the past 15 years.

“This has been a journey that I joined Clarence Braun and Ray Dowse to work on about two and half years ago. I’ve been part of this community for past 18 years. My kids have grown up here, I’ve coached sports here, we’ve invested here, we love Niverville, and we are grateful for the people and opportunities it has afforded our family. We have great friends here, and we’re now seeing our kids have opportunities to create futures here as well. The chance to work with a dynamic group of local business owners to create a community team is the way to go. It’s been amazing to see our community pull together to create and support the Nighthawks. It’s been a ton of work, but I’m super excited to see our team launch and to start to develop some great rivals throughout the league.”

Secretary and Game Day Chair, Team Marketing, Fundraising Events and Ticketing, Security, Social Media, Founders and Legacy Club

Dylan Wiens was born and raised in Niverville and has lived in town for his entire life.

Wiens has been playing hockey since he was four years old. He played minor hockey in Niverville until he was 18 years old and then proceeded to play in the local junior hockey league (HTJHL) for four years. Wiens has continued to play hockey in the local Good Time Hockey League in Niverville and plans to play as long as possible.

Wiens is a third-generation owner of Wiens Furniture, a family business. He’s been working there since he was 14, folding flyers for mailers. He graduated to working in the warehouse and on the delivery truck and then moved his way into sales. Now he co-owns the business with his father and manages the day-to-day operations.

“The opportunity to help bring the Nighthawks to Niverville was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. This community keeps growing, and to have a chance to bring our town together for a common cause seemed like a no-brainer to me. Niverville is a young town and to see my kids and their friends be able to experience MJHL hockey is something I look forward to. I truly believe that this will be more than just hockey, as it will bring more visibility to our town as we strive to become national champions. Not only that, but to show everyone involved in the team that Niverville is a fantastic place to play and to live. I am super pumped to get things started.”

Billeting Chair, Team Special Projects, Parent Communication, Founders and Legacy Club

Bryan Trottier was born in Winnipeg and spent the first 11 years of life in Dominion City before moving to Niverville around the age of 12. He has been in town ever since.

Trottier played minor hockey in Niverville, Junior C in Niverville, and senior in Niverville until he was 35 years old. His favourite hockey moment was either when the Winnipeg Jets came home or when his team won the CSHL championship.

“I am proud to be part of the Nighthawks organization. It has been a big undertaking, but after seeing it come to fruition and seeing the community get excited about it, it feels like it will all be worth it.”

He adds that he’s always made it a point to support fun activities for kids in town, especially through volunteerism.

“I think the benefits for the kids with the Nighthawks coming to town are immense. And I’ve seen lots of young smiles at the arena already, as I remember how we used to look up to the senior Clippers as kids. We can only hope this exceeds that.”

Team Community Relations, Team Billeting, Founders and Legacy Club, Consultant to the Board

Carl Fast has lived in Niverville his entire life. He has played hockey since he was four and still puts on the skates occasionally at 57 to play in the GTHL. He thinks he’s the oldest player in the league.

“I’ve played in our community hockey program from Atom and finishing in the HTHL and grew up as a rink rat shovelling snow between periods during HTHL games—no Zambonis back then—so I could watch the games for free. All my memories within the hockey world are great, but going to one last Jets game with my dad before he left this world was the best memory. The smile on his face was priceless.”

Fast and his wife are proud to be owners of a third-generation family business, Wm. Dyck and Sons, that was started by his grandfather and will move into the fourth generation under his son Ryan’s leadership in the future.

“Although I was not involved in any of the hard legwork that brought this team to our community like some of other key board members, I appreciated the opportunity to become involved as one the community owners and also serve on the board. I expect that bringing Junior A hockey to Niverville will be exciting for those who enjoy watching young athletes show their skills playing a great game, especially in our new arena. It should provide some very affordable entertainment in our community that everyone can enjoy. Let’s go, Nighthawks! I’m very much looking forward to the first Steinbach/Niverville game.”

Hockey Operations Chair, Team Budgeting, Player Education and Scholarships, Hockey TV and Production, Founders and Legacy Club

Kevin Lansard was born and raised in the RM of Ste. Anne, Manitoba, where he still resides with his wife and two children.

Shortly after graduation from high school, Kevin started a company called Lansard Computers. He custom-built computers and performed repairs alongside offering network services. He then worked on connecting Ste. Anne residents to the internet, as well as those in surrounding communities.

Not long after this, Kevin purchased Lansard Bros Roofing Ltd., a company founded by his father Leo-Paul and Uncle Roger in 1978. Kevin has since been the president and CEO of the Winnipeg-based company.

Lansard has always been involved in hockey. He played minor hockey in Ste. Anne as well as senior hockey. He has now been running the Senior Aces team for many years. Lansard has been head coach since 2016, and with the help of others the senior team has won four league championships and two provincial championships.

“The opportunity to bring Junior A to the community of Niverville is very exciting for everyone. The most exciting part will be seeing the finished product on opening night. I’m very fortunate to meet new people and create new friendships along the way and thankful for everyone involved.”

Legal Affairs Chair, E-Filing and Process, Team Special Projects, Founders and Legacy Club

Scott Wallace was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Île-des-Chênes. He moved to Niverville in 1999. He grew up playing minor hockey in Île-des-Chênes, usually beating Niverville in the playoffs.

“I was a goalie and played until I was thirty-five. My favourite moments, besides winning, were developing the lifelong friendships with those I played with—and also against.”

Wallace is a senior superintendent with PCL Construction (22 years) and has also invested in numerous properties in Niverville. He’s on the Niverville Chamber of Commerce board of directors, on the board for NHCSI (Niverville Health Care Services Committee), and was on the Clipper Ice Sports board for eight years.

“It was important for the community to be involved. The thought of having a community-owned team is what really got my attention. The fact that the younger generation will have mature hockey players to help in their development is also exciting. In my mind, this investment was never about the monetary return but about seeing the results in our own community. At some point, when you become ingrained in a community, you need to give back. This is one way I believe is essential in creating a great synergetic community.”

Alternate Governor, Alumni and Mentorship Program, League Relations, Consultant to the Board

Tom Kleysen was born in Winnipeg. His grandfather, Harry, founded Kleysen Transport Ltd. in 1935. Tom’s entrepreneurial spirit and involvement with the family business began at a young age. In order to ensure that his knowledge of the industry was diversified, he spent more than three decades working in every aspect of the organization, from mechanic to eventually president and chief operating officer.

Kleysen is a former director of the Winnipeg Blues MJHL hockey team and governor for the MJHL. He was also with the Fort Garry North Hockey Association (FGNHA) as a coach, team manager, and board member; served on the Twins AA Hockey board of directors; and was coach and general manager of the Winnipeg Falcons AAA Female Hockey program (2011–2013).

Always mindful of giving back to the community during his time with the Winnipeg Blues and the MJHL, Kleyson formed very strong views of what a Junior A hockey team should encompass.

“Firstly, the MJHL must be focused on keeping our good players playing in Manitoba—reducing expenses for players, increasing revenue for the team, and staying closer to home for further personal development, all while ensuring that Manitoba players, playing in Manitoba, get the opportunity to advance their careers. While only very few players will make a career in the hockey world, the players, through their Junior A experience, learn their discipline of hard work, sacrifice, teamwork, and leadership, enabling them to be successful contributors to our society.”

Coming back to Niverville August 2024!

 

The Niverville Nighthawks are thrilled to team up with RINK Winnipeg to offer an exciting, challenging, and most of all fun hockey school for minor hockey players right here in Niverville!

Hockey school will be operated by RINK staff as well as Nighthawks players and coaches and happens every August. Watch this space for hockey school information as soon as it happens!

Information about schedules and details will be sent to camp participants via email. All events will take place at the Niverville Community Resource and Recreation Centre.

2023 Groups
U9 DEVELOPMENT
U11 ADVANCED
U13 HIGH PERFORMANCE

 

 

The Nighthawks boast one of the most electric atmospheres in the MJHL. Find ticket details below and join the action at the CRRC!

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Questions? Send an email to tickets@mjhlnighthawks.ca 

Single Ticket Pricing

Adult (18+) Season : $15 + fees
Student/Child (3-17) Season: $10 + fees

Season Ticket Pricing:

Adult (18+) Season : $335 + fees
Student/Child (3-17) Season: $190 + fees

 

Niverville Nighthawks Gala Fundraising Dinner

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Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration and support at the Niverville Nighthawks’ Annual Gala Dinner Fundraiser!

Date: February 10, 2024: 6 PM with Cocktails starting at 5PM Location: Niverville Heritage Center

Step into a world of hockey magic as we gather to champion the Niverville Nighthawks, our beloved non-profit hockey team! This gala promises to be a night of glamour, camaraderie, and most importantly, a powerful rallying point for our community to come together in support of our team.

Event Highlights:
1. Silent Auction Extravaganza: Indulge in the thrill of bidding on an array of exclusive items, from signed memorabilia by your favorite Nighthawks players to unique experiences that money can’t buy.
2. Live Auction Spectacle: Our live auction promises to be the crown jewel of the evening, featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences, VIP packages, and the chance to claim ownership of one-of-a-kind Nighthawks memorabilia.
3. Meet the Heroes: Get up close and personal with the stars of the Niverville Nighthawks! Our players and coaching staff will be present, sharing stories, signing autographs, and providing you with the opportunity to connect with the heartbeat of our team.
4. Gourmet Dining Experience: Indulge your taste buds with a delectable gourmet dinner prepared by the Niverville Heritage Center, ensuring that your evening is a feast for all the senses.
5. Community Spirit: Celebrate the power of community as we come together to support a cause that unites us all – the Niverville Nighthawks. Your attendance and contributions will directly impact the growth and success of our team.

Ticket Information:
• Individual Tickets: $175
• Table (8 Tickets): $1400

Why Support the Niverville Nighthawks? The Nighthawks represent more than just a hockey team; they embody the spirit and unity of our community. By joining us at the gala, you are not only supporting the growth and success of our players but also investing in the future of our community.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Become a vital part of our journey by exploring sponsorship opportunities. Your business can align with a team that stands for excellence, sportsmanship, and community pride.

Dress Code: Elegance meets the spirit of the game. Dress to impress in your finest attire with a hint of hockey flair!

Save the date and secure your tickets early! Let’s make this night a legendary celebration of community, hockey, and the Niverville Nighthawks!

For more information, and sponsorship details, or to purchase tickets, visit tickets.mjhlnighthawks.ca or contact tickets@mjhlnighthawks.ca. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of something extraordinary! #NighthawksGala #CommunitySpirit #NivervillePride #mjhlnighthawks

 

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To become a partner of the Niverville Nighthawks, e-mail marketing@mjhlnighthawks.ca

Hey there, we’re glad you’re considering the Niverville Nighthawks as your potential sponsorship partner! We understand that choosing the right team to align your brand with is crucial. Here’s why the Nighthawks stand out:

  1. Community Connection: At the Niverville Nighthawks, we’re more than just a hockey team – we’re a tight-knit community. Our games bring families, friends, and neighbours together, creating a unique atmosphere where your brand can genuinely connect with local audiences. Our players actively engage in community initiatives, fostering a sense of belonging that resonates with fans and potential customers alike.
  2. Passion and Ambition: Our team’s relentless drive mirrors your own ambition.. We’re not just playing for the game; we’re playing for success. Our determination to rise in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) parallels your pursuit of becoming the best in your industry. By partnering with us, you’ll be associated with a team that embodies the same qualities of perseverance and success that your businesses represents.
  3. Visible Exposure: The Nighthawks have a strong presence on and off the ice. From our compelling social media campaigns to our thrilling game-day experiences, we ensure your brand receives maximum exposure. We’re committed to helping you grow your businesses and increase the value of your equity holdings. Your sponsorship investment won’t just be a transaction – it’ll be a strategic collaboration that amplifies your brand’s reach and impact.

We’d love to discuss how we can tailor a sponsorship package to meet your goals. Let’s join forces and make an impact in the MJHL and in the business world!

Purchase your Nighthawks 50/50 Tickets right here!

2023-24 Tickets

Regular season

  • 02-17-24   #C-1389   $657.50   Claimed – Karl Falk
  • 02-16-24   #C-2000   $632.50   Claimed – Dan Jensen
  • 02-10-24   #C-1996   $970.00   Claimed – Gary Biglow
  • 02-07-24   #C-1235   $465.0      Claimed – Nelson Boles
  • 01-26-24   #C-1729   $667.50   Claimed – Jason Reimer
  • 01-24-24   #C-1327   $517.50   Claimed – Clare Braun
  • 01-14-24   #C-1280   $800.00   Claimed – Jason Propp
  • 01-13-24   #C-1479  $655.00    Claimed – Noneehel Samiuto
  • 01-06-24   #C-1073   $462.50   Claimed – Tyler Dunn
  • 12-20-23   #C-1641   $530.00   Claimed – Doug Pauls
  • 12-15-23   #C-1282   $487.50   Claimed – Koreen Ogg
  • 12-09-23   #C-1248   $367.50   Claimed – Elton Desnomie
  • 12-06-23   #B-1312   $337.50   Claimed – Brad Wiebe
  • 11-29-23   #C-1629   $622.50   Claimed – Cory Enns
  • 11-25-23   #B-1507   $557.50   Claimed – Randy MacDonald
  • 11-24-23   #B-1289   $387.50   Claimed – Nelson Boles
  • 11-22-23   #C-1352   $372.50   Claimed – Brian Chornoboy
  • 11-15-23   #C-1629   $622.50   Claimed – George Sumka
  • 11-11-23   #C-1107   $385.00   Claimed – Jadon Russo
  • 11-03-23   #C-1278   $460.00   Claimed – Bailey Greene
  • 10-27-23   #C-1511   $430.00  Claimed – Jason Reimer
  • 10-21-23   #C-1515   $395.00  Claimed – Jeff Mayer
  • 10-11-23   #B-1047   $350.00  Claimed – Brad Cox
  • 10-06-23   #C-1256   $422.50  Claimed – Carly Wark
  • 09-23-23   #C-1585   $452.50  Claimed – Holly Cure
  • 09-22-23   #C-1469   $625.00  Claimed – Steve Fast

 

2022-23 Tickets

Playoffs

  • 03-30-23                      #9986332                     $887.50                    Claimed
  • 03-25-23                      #9986294                     $1,085.00                Claimed

 

End of the Regular Season

  • 03-19-23                      #850014                        $777.50                   Claimed
  • 03-17-23                      #8382407                      $545.00                   Claimed
  • 03-05-23                      #836722                        $367.50                   Claimed
  • 03-01-23                      #836361                        $305.00              Unclaimed
  • 02-26-23                      #859960                        $397.50                   Claimed
  • 02-25-23                      #860402                        $572.50                   Claimed
  • 02-18-23                      #244353                        $482.50                   Claimed
  • 02-17-23                      #850744                        $835.00                   Claimed
  • 02-12-23                      #850421                        $302.00                   Claimed
  • 02-05-23                      #453906                        $417.50                   Claimed
  • 01-28-23                      #453082                        $560.00                   Claimed

 

“All previous 50/50 have been claimed”

Hespeler’s 7th Skater

Want to skate with the Nighthawks as they take the ice for a home game? Contact us today to nominate your Hespeler’s 7th skater! 

Skate with your favorite player on the ice, carry the Nighthawks flag, and stand on the blue line with the players before the puck drops.

Children age 7-14 are eligible, contact us today and experience being a part of the Nighthawks.

Get in the game with the Niverville Nighthawks and become a Volunteer!

There are several volunteer opportunities that are available and we hope that you’ll join us! Opportunities range in the following areas:

Game Day

Merchandise

Events and Fundraising

Marketing (Social Media, Web design etc.)

Sponsorship and Legacy Membership

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Have a specific area you can help? Contact us today!

Connect with our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@mjhlnighthawks.ca

Becoming a billet is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring a young man into your home and create an everlasting relationship amongst your family. The Nighthawks believe in two primary attributes when it comes to building our first roster: character and compete. We believe character never compromises, and the truly special people with whom we’re surrounding ourselves on and off the ice will have the internal drive to compete each and every day.

If you have further questions about billeting or you're interested in learning more, please contact our Billet Coordinator Gail Chornoboy.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Billeting a junior hockey player is rewarding but demanding at the same time. These players are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal development, but they’re still young and excited to be away from home. They’ll be hungry for guidance (and food) and an understanding voice that’s not their coach. They’ll be trusting and they’ll work to earn your trust and respect as well. At the end of the day, most billet families exit the experience with a new member of the family for years to come.

What if I go on vacation?

This is a common situation. Junior hockey players are not pets, they’re capable of feeding themselves (most of the time). If you’re going on holidays during the season then it comes down to your comfort and trust as well as the understanding of hockey ops. Older players are usually fine on their own as a lot of them have billeted with other teams before. Regardless of your concern, we’ll work with you to find a solution.

What do I get out of this?

The team will provide you with a monthly stipend to assist with the cost of food, which doubles if you bring two players into your home. Junior hockey players are hungry, and this might not cover all of your grocery expenses, which is an important reality to be aware of before you commit to billeting. The team will also provide home game VIP passes for homes with one player and three for homes with two players. These will be good for every regular season and playoff game during the time your billet child is with you.

What if my billet child gets traded?

This is a reality of junior hockey across the country. The players are made aware of this possibility early in their junior tenure, but it’s still a shock when it happens. Trades are made solely for the betterment of the team. It’s important to understand that the Nighthawks are loyal to the team and the town of Niverville. Often players get traded because they’re unhappy with their situation and there’s potential to play more on a different team. It’s difficult because families get very attached to their billet brothers. Some players are here for a good time, not a long time, and these situations are out of their control and out of your control as a potential billet family.

Who sets the rules for the players?

The rules of the house always overrule the rules of the team. Our culture allows for some freedom for the players to enjoy the company of their teammates as long as intentions are communicated to the coaches and management. Junior hockey in a small town on the prairies is a positive, life-altering experience for these players, and we want them to create lasting memories, but we’re also bringing in a team of players focused on getting better every day and, ultimately, winning. A healthy process will yield healthy results, and there’s nothing healthier than a group of teammates who works and plays for each other.

What does a normal schedule look like?

Sample schedule, non-game days

  • 9-10am: arrival at rink
  • 11am - 1pm: practice
  • 1 - 3pm: workout/meetings
  • Evenings: minor hockey practices, volunteer hours, school visits, rest

Game Days

  • 10am: arrival at rink for meetings and stretch
  • 11:00am - noon: practice
  • Home for pregame meal/nap
  • 3pm - 5pm: arrival at rink or bus for game
  • 7:00pm: puck drop
  • 11pm - 12pm: arrive home after home games (road games will be later)

When are the players here?

Players begin arriving in late August. Players who make the team out of training camp will require homes beginning in the middle of September. The national Junior A championship occurs in mid-May each season, so that’s the latest a player would stay in your home. That’s the ultimate goal, so if they’re still in your basement in May then we’re doing something right!

What am I responsible for?

Feeding the player, supporting, and being a fan. You are never responsible for approaching hockey ops about anything. It is the player’s responsibility to do their job. You don’t need to hold their hands or babysit. This is called the privilege of personal responsibility. Some players will have cars, some will want to live with a teammate, some will want to live alone. It’s important for us to match players with the right families. Young families who bring in a billet brother bond very quickly (which makes the aforementioned reality of trades even more difficult), but this is also a person who can help with baby-sitting, homework, and tasks around the house. You are also encouraged, but not responsible for, helping your billet son learn the value of communication. If they’re not going to be home for dinner, they need to tell you. Communication can slip through the cracks, but it’s up to the player to build a relationship with his billet family.

The history of the Niverville Nighthawks isn't long (yet), but we're proud of the accomplishments of our graduating players. 

2023 College Commitments

Desmond Johnson: Wentworth Institute of Technology

Chris Fines: University of Providence

Kayden Skulmoski: SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)

Josh Paulhus: University of Manitoba Bisons

Evan Bortis: University of Saskatchewan Huskies

Dane Couture: Concordia College

 

 

2023 Awards

 

MVP: Josh Paulhus

Best Defenceman: Evan Bortis

Best Forward: Braden Panzer

Outstanding First Year Performance: Carson Reed

Fan Favourite: Merik Boles

Humanitarian Award: Brett Tataryn

Coach's Award: Carter Spirig

Mailing Address:

Niverville Nighthawks
P.O. Box 335
501 Centre St. Niverville 
MB, R0A 1E0

 

 

Dwight Hirst
HEAD COACH
dwight.hirst@mjhlnighthawks.ca

Mike McAulay
GENERAL MANAGER/HEAD SCOUT
mmcaulay@mjhlnighthawks.ca

Sarah Hunt
DIRECTOR OF TEAM COMMUNICATIONS
sarah.hunt@mjhlnighthawks.ca