Congratulations to the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings' Blake Zabinski for being awarded the MnJHL's December Player of the Month.
Blake ranks twelfth on the League points leaderboard, earning thirteen points in eight December games. With four multiple point efforts, Zabinski logged a point in all but one game this month, including six goals and seven assists, to complete a twelve game point streak. With 17 goals and 29 assists on the season, including three game winners, Zabinski in his second year in the MnJHL has surpassed his 2013-14 numbers (24gp, 8g, 17 assists, 2gw) Zabinski ranks first in the league (tie) in short handed goals scored (3) and averages 1.59 points per game. With 46 points on the season, Zabinski has played a part in over 33% of the Riverkings season goals.
Congratulations, Blake! It's an honor well deserved!
It would be foolish to say that this is going to be the last home series of the year... So we'll just say this is definitely going to be the last "regular season" home series of the year...
The 11-20-0-2 Royales are coming to the South Wood County Recreation Center looking to help the Riverkings spread the love for Fan Appreciation Weekend.
Be sure to bring your loved ones to the games and help us honor our Fans, our Host Families, and our Players' Parents. And you'll even get yourself a sweet token of our appreciation in return...
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night, and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Stick around for Skate with the Riverkings after Saturday and Sunday's Game, brought to you by TLC Travel. Admission is Free, and it's only $2 to rent some skates if you left yours at home.
See you at the rink!
Saturday at South Wood County Recreation Center was a special night for Riverkings goalie Ryan Gill and his family. Ryan's grandfather, Doug "Boola" Gill, is a Wisconsin Rapids native and one of greatest athletes ever to walk the halls at Lincoln High School.
Boola was the Captain of the 1951 Lincoln HS State Championship basketball team, and is a member of the Lincoln High School Hall of Fame. Boola also won at State competing in the Pole Vault, in addition to a State Championship in Baseball. Boola went on to play basketball at the University of Marquette, coached by Tex Winter, and lettered three times during his tenure.
(Left to Right) Riverkings Captain Dave Landau, LHS Captain Luc Krueser, Ann Felker, LHS Captain Cassey Esselman, LHS Captain Grant Scharmer, Riverkings Head Coach and GM Marty Quarters
On Friday, January 30th, 2015, the Riverkings honored our Team Counselor from Lincoln High School, Ann Felker. Throughout the year, Ann has shown both her expertise and devotion while spending countless hours assisting and ensuring that Riverkings Players are succeeding to their fullest potential. The Riverkings organization would like to thank Ann for everything she has done for us and continues to do. It is support from people like Ann that enables the Riverkings to fulfill our promise of "Building Hockey Up and Down the River".
We're coming down to the home stretch fans! Be sure to head down to the South Wood County Recreation Center this weekend as the Riverkings take on the St. Louis Frontenacs.
For all you Students out there, this is YOUR weekend. All students wearing their school's shirt (or a Riverkings one!) will get into the game get for FREE! And as an added bonus, like you don't get enough of them during the week, all Lincoln High School Teachers and Staff get into the game for just $2. Why not show your school pride, support the Riverkings, and have a blast all at the same time!
Game times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with the final game's puck drop on Sunday at Noon.
We'll see you all there!
(Left) Austin Luxford, (Top Right) Simas Gorelis, (Bottom Right) Simas Gorelis and Adrien Sebag
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are pleased to announce the addition of two new players, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native Austin Luxford, and Lithuania U20 National member, Simas Gorelis. Both players are a welcome addition as the Riverkings get ready for an end-of-season push heading into the playoffs. With the recent addition of French player Adrien Sebag, all three will ensure that the Riverkings remain one of the elite teams in the MnJHL.
Welcome to the team, guys!
It's just another example of the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings "Building Hockey Up and Down The River..."
Riverkings players recently participated in the Kiwanis Youth Outdoors Day at Lake Nepco in Wisconsin Rapids. The boys had a great time joining in on a little bit of pond hockey and broom ball, as well as helping youth learn how to skate.
A thank you goes out to the South Wood County Recreation Center rink manager, Jim Arnold, for helping our boys to connect with this great event!
The Riverkings extended their win streak to six with a 3-game sweep of the St. Louis Frontenacs the weekend of January 9th. This brings their season record to 24-6-0 (.800). With nine games left on their schedule, each series against teams with a record below .500, the Riverkings look to stay on top of the Central Division Standings.
The successful advancement of league goal leader Tyler Harkins to the BCHL shows the Riverkings have proven they are able to develop players to succeed at higher levels. Harkins accounted for over 25% of the teams goals this season and his 35 goals remains the best in the MnJHL even since his departure.
The United States Premier Hockey League (“USPHL”) is pleased to announce the formation of the USPHL Mid-West Junior Hockey Division for the 2015-16 season. The Division will be comprised of the Dell Ducks, Minnesota Owls, St Louis Frontenacs, Ironwood Yoopers, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings, Wooster Oilers, Illiana Blackbirds, Marquette Royals, Fort Wayne Federals, Tri City Icehawks, Chicago Rampage and Hudson Crusaders. The teams will be integrated into the USPHL by playing inter divisional games at USPHL showcases to be located in the East and expanded to for the first time to the Mid-West.
“These additions will continue to develop and expand the USPHL and its goal of providing a new national opportunity for hockey at the Junior and 16U/18U Midget Levels” said Richard Gallant. “In our 2013/2014 inaugural season, the USPHL had well in excess of 150 participants that went on to play collegiate hockey with approximately 70 committed to play NCAA Division One hockey. The expansion of our footprint to the Mid-West will further help all our league’s players obtain every opportunity to achieve their personal hockey goals.”
Upon completion of this process, the USPHL membership will consist of approximately 50 members fielding over 100 teams with a geographic reach that spans the complete Eastern Seaboard through to the Mid-West United States. As the case with all USA Hockey Junior expansion, the Mid-West Division remains subject to any final applicable USAH approvals.
Pictured L to R: Dave Landau (Riverkings Captain), Marty Quarters (Riverkings Head Coach), Mike Staloch (MnJHL Leaque Commissioner), Dean Brandt (MnJHL Director of Officials), Shane Wagner (Crusaders Head Coach), Kyle Gonzalez (Crusaders Captain)
The MnJHL Showcase that took place this past weekend at the South Wood County Recreation Center gave hockey fans more than they could have asked for this holiday season. Over the course of three days, the action was nonstop and we were able to witness to some of the best talent in MnJHL.
The Riverkings showed once again that they have what it takes to bring home the Championship... They edged the Steele County Blades 6-4 on Saturday, handed it to the Forest Lake Lakers in a 5-2 win on Monday morning, and cleaned up the ice with a 4-1 win against the Hudson Crusaders in the Showcase finale on Monday night. The only loss of the weekend came on Sunday. They fought a hard battle, but the Riverkings were unable to come out victorious as they lost 6-7 to the Maple Grove Energy in a game-ending shoot out. Everything said and done, the Riverkings still took home the best Showcase record in the Central Division with a final tally of 3-0-1. The boys did a great job and they definitely deserve their break!
Thank you to all the fans who made it down to the rink to watch the boys in action. There's no better feeling than having you all out there cheering the boys on. Without you, none of this would be possible!
Another big THANK YOU goes out to all of the volunteers who devoted their time and energy to making our half of the MnJHL Showcase first class! The list is extensive, and it's too long to list here. But you all know who you are... Thank you!
- The Riverkings
Sure to be a thriller, this weekend the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (18-6-0-0) play host to the Wooster Oilers (17-8-0-2), and it looks to be a matchup that won't easily be forgotten... Both teams are looking to take control of the top spot in the MnJHL Central Division.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the series finale on Sunday at Noon.
In partnership with Toys For Tots, the Riverkings are sponsoring a toy drive this weekend. On Friday and Saturday night, the first 150 in attendance who donate a toy will receive a cowbell to help cheer on the team. As a special bonus, everyone who brings a toy will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Riverkings T-Shirt. Bring those toys people! We need more cowbell! A big thank to Visit Wisconsin Rapids for their cowbell donation!
Sunday is Boys & Girls Club Day! All Boys and Girls Club members who attend the game get in for Free! All you have to do is bring your Club Membership Card to Sunday's game! Friends and family of the membership card holder will be required to pay the regular gate fees.
And don't forget to lace up your skates for Skate with the Riverkings on Saturday night when the boys take the ice after the game, brought to you by TLC Travel. Admission is free, so be sure to join in on the fun! If you forget your skates, there will be rentals available for only $2 a pair. And for those Boys and Girls Club membership cardholders attending on Sunday, the Riverkings will take the ice after Sunday's game too.
There's lots of good stuff happening this weekend with the Riverkings... We hope to see you there!
This coming Wednesday, the Riverkings join the Cross Ice Mites and their families for a little bit of pizza and some Christmas fun!
A little bit of glue… Perhaps some google eyes and buttons… Maybe even a few carrots and a little dab of coal… Who knows what the kids and the Riverkings will come up with?
It's sure to make the parents walk away with a smile!
Time to think outside the box and truly see the big picture of what's happing in our community… It's just another glimpse at what the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are doing to help Build Hockey Up and Down the River…
We hope you all made it down to the South Wood County Recreation Center a few weekends ago and witnessed the Riverkings sweep the Tri City Icehawks in a fantastic 3-game home series. The boys outscored the Icehawks 14-6 and tore up the ice in Riverkings' winning fashion. This weekend, the Riverkings look to improve their three-game winning streak as they head out on the road to confront the Icehawks once again. And this time... It's on the Icehawks' home turf in Bay City, Michigan... What's that, you say? You don't feel up to the 9 hour drive, the busted belts, the blown tires, and the deadlocked traffic in Chicago? Well, save yourself some trouble and catch all of this weekend's action on MSBN! It looks like it's going to be another good one...
Hey everyone, a little birdie told me that the Tri City Icehawks are coming to town this weekend! The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and the series finale face-off is on Sunday at Noon! Get on down to the South Wood County Recreation Center and make sure you don't miss out on any of this weekend's action!
This weekend, the Riverkings are sponsoring a food drive, and all items we receive will be donated to one of Wisconsin Rapids' finest pantries. If you are coming to this weekend's games, please set aside a little time before you leave to rummage through your cupboards to see if you have any nonperishable food items you can bring with. If you bring something to donate, you will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win yourself a Riverkings T-Shirt. Make sure you bring something each night, because we will have a giveaway at each game...
Also up for grabs are some cool 2014-2015 Magnetic Schedules provided by Quality Plus Printing at 3515 8th Street South in Wisconsin Rapids. Everyone in attendance gets one!
And don't forget to lace up your skates for Skate with the Riverkings on Saturday night when the boys take the ice after the game, brought to you by TLC Travel. Admission is free, so be sure to join in on the fun!!! If you forget your skates, there will be rentals available for only $2 a pair.
Help out your community and win some stuff! This weekend, The Riverkings!
Building Hockey Up and Down the River!
Don't miss out on the action this weekend as the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings return to MnJHL competition when they host the Illiana Blackbirds.
In case you missed their first match up, you couldn't have asked for more… The Riverkings out shot the Blackbirds 82-75 with a combined 9.7% shooting to Illiana's 11.8%. Both teams walked away from the series evenly matched with 9 goals each. When it was all said and done, the Riverkings took the series 2-1…
Make sure you head down to the SWCRC this weekend and witness what could be billed as the "Rivalry of the Year"!
We've seen how fans act in Indiana… Let's show them what real Fans are like! Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday finale at Noon. All at the SWCRC! We'll see you there!
It was a hard fought battle this past weekend in Wooster, Ohio, as the Riverkings took on the Oilers in a matchup that would ultimately determine the sole holder of the Central Division. In the end, the Riverkings took the weekend series 2 games to 1.
On Friday, with his family in attendance, Tyler Harkins scored the Hat Trick as the Riverkings came out on top with a 5-3 win.
Saturday night's game proved to be a gritty battle… Things didn't work out as planned, and the boys fell 2-1, but their come-from-behind 3-1 win on Sunday elevated them to 1st place in the Central and improved their record to 10-2 overall.
Well, fans, if you didn't get a chance to make it down to the South Wood County Recreation Center for the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings home opener this past weekend, all we can say is "Sorry you didn't..."
Coming off a sweep of the Marquette Royales, the Riverkings came home looking to put a little extra KAPOW! in the BAM!...
Final tally... 8-2 on Friday, 12-0 on Saturday, and 8-1 in the finale!
Nitsche with 2 goals on Friday, Hatfield, Harkins, and Walsh each notched 2 on Saturday, then Landau and Legere finished up with 2 each on Sunday. All said and done, the Riverkings outscored the Frontenacs 28-3, and they sit perched on top of the MnJHL Central Division after the weekend.
If you weren't able to attend and you missed out on the action, our multimedia galleries are what you're looking for... Our friends from RCCA Media in Wisconsin Rapids were on hand for our inaugural game, and you can get a replay of all of Friday night's action here. Or, find some time and take a look at the weekend's game photos, all taken by the Riverkings Photographer, Tammy Scharmer.
Up next, the Riverkings head out on the road to take on the Illiana Blackbirds October 10th, 11th and 12th. Don't miss out on any of the action! Watch the games here...
The Riverkings are proud to announce our partnership with the United Way of Inner Wisconsin's Reading Mentor Program in an effort to ensure that all children are able to read at the proficient level by the end of third grade. Through this partnership, our players will spend time throughout the week reading to children at Mead Elementary.
In addition, the players will spend time with the children during lunch time recess and help out with other opportunities like morning meetings, school assemblies, and family fun nights.
You may have heard the saying, "it takes a village to raise a child." It is true now more than ever, and the Riverkings are stepping up to support the Wisconsin Rapids community!
A big Thank You goes out to Kim Kinsey @ SUP The Rapids. The boys had a great day out on the Wisconsin River, doing their best to keep dry. What better way to enjoy an end-of-summer day than to soak up some sunshine and try to keep your boat afloat?
SUP the Rapids provides tours, rentals, and lessons for all your Stand Up Paddleboarding needs! Wander peacefully, explore Wisconsin from a different perspective, and get a great workout! At the end of the day, the boys were all smiles. Check out a few of our action photos below!
This past weekend, the Riverkings travelled up to Northern Michigan University (NMU) in Marquette, Michigan, to tour the University and face off against the Wildcats club hockey team for a few exhibition games at the Berry Event Center.
The Riverkings came out on top with a win Friday night 5-2 in a hard fought battle. Jake Nitsche had two goals and one assist, line mate Blake Zabinski had one goal and three assists, and Dave Landau and Blake Anderson scored as well. Cody Stein was outstanding in net, stopping over 50 shots. He helped hold off an early NMU attack while the the boys found a way to tilt the ice in the Riverkings favor.
Saturday night's game is scheduled for 8 p.m..
A few pics from Friday night's game and the Riverkings' campus visit...
If you weren't down at The Grand Affair in downtown Wisconsin Rapids on September 7th, you probably missed the live music, the food, the farmers market, the car cruise-in, and all the other cool events. You also missed the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings! Check out a few photos of your Riverkings Building Hockey Up and Down the River!
1st Team- All MnJHL Team
Forward- Blake Zabinski
Defense- Dave Landau
2nd Team- All Mnjhl Team
Defense- Blake Anderson
Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are proud of these accomplishments !!
Mayor Vruwink Dropping the Puck on Opening Night