"I was in the Swan River Valley for 4 years! I enjoyed every minute of it! I came as a 17 year old kid, I learned a lot as a rookie from guys like Jordan Oakley, Trevor Derlago and Shaun McIvor!
Are you a hockey player dreaming of gaining a collegiate scholarship or playing pro hockey? Then by now you've heard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
The Swan Valley Stampeders is one of the most progressive franchises in MJHL history with numerous playoff appearances and an alumni base that includes such NHLers as Justin Falk and Barry Brust. We also have connections to nearly every college program in the CIS and many in the NCAA. Still, while their is plenty of tradition to the team, there is much more that separates the Stampeders from the rest of the league.
Swan River as a Town
The town of Swan River is perfect for a junior hockey player as the community/surrounding area of 6,500 has all the amenities of being a regional town while maintaining a small-town charm. The town boasts a vibrant downtown, familiar chain-restaurants and stores, numerous concerts, an aquatic/fitness center and more.
Swan River Centennial Arena
The Stampeder locker room recently received custom built stalls, a stretching/bike area, and coaching offices. In fact, the entire arena has been under going a modernization over the last few years with updates being made to the bathrooms and stands.
All players have access to a fitness facility, a strength and conditioning coach and certified trainer.
On the road, the Stampeders stay at clean, comfortable hotel rooms and supply players with hearty meals.
Throughout the course of the season, in conjunction with housing parents and the booster club, the organization puts on various team-sponsored events including banquets, holiday parties and more!
For 15 years, Swan Valley Stampeder fans have supported the team and continue to do so with many season ticket holders having been diehards for more than 10 years. Being the "Big Ticket" in town, you will experience the same support any minor league hockey game receives with fans wearing player jerseys, bringing signs into the building, heckling the opponents and asking for your autograph.
Players out of high school, but still looking to get a jump on their college studies, may take classes at the University College of the North.