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  • Interesting summer ahead in the SJHL

    As the Chilliwack Chiefs continute to celebrate their unlikely run to the RBC Cup championship earlier this month, every other Junior A franchise is ploting their course to reaching the 2019 event . . .

    Lucas PunkariMay 30, 2018

  • Counting down the best events of 2017

    As ever, it was another exciting year in the sports world, with a ton of classic games along the way. That’s especially true here in the Battlefords, with the Battlefords North Stars winning . . .

    Lucas PunkariJanuary 3, 2018

  • 2017-18 SJHL season preview

    If you go by what the ever-subjective Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings are projecting, it would appear that the Battlefords North Stars are runaway favourites to repeat as Canalta Cup . . .

    Lucas PunkariSeptember 13, 2017

  • Previewing the Western Canada Cup

    Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m still pretty much in disbelief that the Battlefords North Stars became the first team since the 1976 and 1982 Prince Albert Raiders to go out and run the table on their way. . .

    Lucas PunkariApril 29, 2017

  • Previewing the SJHL final

    The two teams that will be playing for the Canalta Cup have taken differing paths to reach Friday’s series opener. For the Battlefords North Stars, it’s been a walk in the park so far through the. . .

    Lucas PunkariApril 12, 2017

  • How I voted for the 2017 SJHL awards

    A couple of weeks ago, members of the media around the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League were given ballots to vote for this year’s award winners. Now that the league has announced the results, I. . .

    Lucas PunkariMarch 6, 2017

  • Checking in on AAA Stars alumni

    When defenceman Luke Reid announced his commitment to the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks men’s hockey program earlier this month, it was another feather in the cap for the Battlefords . . .

    Lucas PunkariJanuary 19, 2017

  • Breaking down the Canadian Open

    It’s not often that a massive sporting event happens just three days into the year in a town like North Battleford. That’s the scenario that will be playing here starting Tuesday and lasting . . .

    Lucas PunkariJanuary 2, 2017

  • The best sporting events of 2016

    To say that this past year was an emotional roller coaster for sports fans would be a huge understatement. We saw the passing of sporting legends in Gordie Howe, Muhammed Ali and Arnold Palmer, . . .

    Lucas PunkariDecember 30, 2016

  • Dawe taking the road less travelled

    Of the five players in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League that are committed to play for NCAA Division I college hockey programs in the United States, Notre Dame Hounds forward Adam Dawe stands . . .

    Lucas PunkariDecember 14, 2016

  • Pats performance worth keeping an eye on

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in this space about how the standings were very close in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. That’s still the case at the moment, even as the Battlefords North . . .

    Lucas PunkariNovember 16, 2016

  • Game 7 of World Series a true instant classic

    Apparently other sporting events have taken place since Wednesday night. In all honesty, however, it’s going to take quite awhile for something to matchup to the wildness that was Game 7 of the . . .

    Lucas PunkariNovember 8, 2016

  • Parity prevalent in SJHL

    So what have we learned so far from the first month or so of the 2016-17 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season? Well for starters, trying to predict the results of the games on any given night. . .

    Lucas PunkariOctober 31, 2016

  • Homan should return to form

    Let’s be honest, competitive curling has been back in full swing for almost a couple of months now. However, since televised action of “the roaring game” officially gets underway Thursday with . . .

    Lucas PunkariOctober 27, 2016

  • Passing of Fernandez truly shocking

    Normally when I get a text from my former co-worker at the Moose Jaw Times-Herald and current Brandon Sun sports reporter Nathan Liewicki, it’s about one of three topics. Either Nolan Patrick has. . .

    Lucas PunkariSeptember 26, 2016

  • Memorial Cup race could be wide open

    When I finish up my time as a sports reporter, there will be a number of events that I will consider myself to be very lucky to have had a chance to cover. One of them without a doubt will be . . .

    Lucas PunkariSeptember 19, 2016

  • Previewing the rest of the SJHL

    Unless you have just arrived in town, you already know the storylines for this year’s Battlefords North Stars. After a dazzling regular season, the North Stars’ quest for the Canalta Cup ended in. . .

    Lucas PunkariSeptember 14, 2016

  • The highs and lows of early NHL draft rankings

    With the Labour Day weekend now officially past us, it’s starting to actually feel like hockey season is here. Pre-season games are in full swing across the country in Junior A and Major Junior . . .

    Lucas PunkariSeptember 6, 2016

  • How I became a diehard college football fan

    Thursday is almost like a national holiday for me. After about eight months or so of waiting, though it feels like I’ve waited eight years for this, the college football season officially gets . . .

    August 31, 2016

  • Trouble at the henhouse

    Saturday was an emotional night. More than likely you were watching The Tragically Hip’s possible last concert in Kingston, which was an absolute tour de force as singer Gord Downie gave . . .

    Lucas PunkariAugust 24, 2016

  • Premier League season should be wide open

    So what can you do for an encore? A little over three months since arguably the most improbable run to a championship in sports history, Leicester City will begin it’s defence of their English . . .

    Lucas PunkariAugust 12, 2016

  • The emotions of being a racing fan

    Normally I’d be really fired up for what’s about to take place this week. Starting on Wednesday is the 56th Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa, which is the biggest sprint car race in the. . .

    Lucas PunkariAugust 8, 2016

  • Stray thoughts on NFL quarterbacks

    Personally speaking, I'm more into college football and you'll hear a lot about my passion for that in the coming weeks. However, there's no denying that the National Football League, is the . . .

    Lucas PunkariAugust 3, 2016

  • Number of Canadian athletes to watch in Rio

    Since it's now August we can finally start to really focus on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Okay I guess we already have focused on that in recent months, but it's been . . .

    Lucas PunkariAugust 2, 2016

  • Catching up on the SJHL summer moves

    After being burned to a crisp over the weekend while at the Baseball Saskatchewan Midget AA Tier 1 Provincials at Beavers Lions Stadium, I needed to figure out a way to cool myself off a bit.. . .

    Lucas PunkariJuly 25, 2016

  • Lloydminster arena talk providing plenty of intrigue

    You can find the oddest things on the Internet in the midnight hour. After I came back from Tuesday's dramatic 6-5 win for the Wilkie Brewers over the Border City Blue Jays in North . . .

    Lucas PunkariJuly 20, 2016

  • Brewers make dramatic comeback in playoff opener

    Through the first five innings Tuesday night, it seemed like the Wilkie Brewers couldn't get anything going. They were getting runners on base and had chances to score, but they weren't able . . .

    Lucas PunkariJuly 20, 2016

  • Say hello to the new guy

    I'm still in the middle of unpacking my life out of boxes but I guess I should take some time to introduce myself. My name is Lucas Punkari and I'm your new sports reporter here for The . . .

    Lucas PunkariJuly 15, 2016

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