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Wanna Be a Stamp?

IAN LOWE
A TESTIMONIAL ABOUT HIS TIME IN SWAN VALLEY BEFORE ACCEPTING A NCAA DIVISION 1 SCHOLARSHIP!

 
 
"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!

The best the thing about swan river were the people, especially my billets, Craig, Marni, Coral and Crystal Zamzow! They took me in and treated me like there son, and taught a lot of things about life in my 4 years living with them! I really enjoyed Swan River and the Stampeder organization, it was first class!

The board members and fans were always involved and really cared about the team! The Swan Valley Stampeders also helped me get a NCAA D1 scholarship and earn my degree at Bemidji State University, which was the best choice ever coming out of junior hockey!

I would like to thank the Swan Valley Stampeder organization and the people of Swan River, especially the whole Zamzow family, Grant, larry, Leonard, Del, Guy and all the other people I couldn't mention!"
 

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
There are newer buildings in the MJHL, but time and time again the Stampeder Arena is rated as one of the most fun to play at. With the arena filled to 85% capacity on average, and the fans right on top of the action, you'll feel the adrenaline pump through your body as you race up the ice.

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.

Player Relations
The Stampeder organization places a premium on insuring that players are given the tools to succeed and are treated properly. The team works with a housing coordinator to make sure that players are staying with the best billet families in the league and work closely with the SVSD (Swan Valley School Division) for high school age players.

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!

Fan Support

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.

Education
For players still in high school, the Stampeders have a long standing relationship with the SVSD. Teachers and administrators have been working with Stamps' players for decades and are committed to providing an excellent education, including information on all NCAA requirements.

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.

For more information on the Swan River community please visit here