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Spend five minutes in the lunchroom at any workplace in the province and you’ll find out real quick that Manitobans love their sports!
Whether it’s from the professional level to university, on the field or on the ice, there’s plenty to cheer for in Manitoba all year round, which is why we’ve decided to put together a monthly round-up of some of the must-see sporting events going on across the province.
Hockey is back!
Winnipeg Jets Home Opener
October 9 at 7:00pm
Hockey is back, and the Jets are looking to ride momentum from their breakthrough playoff run last spring to inch even closer to their ultimate goal of hoisting the Stanley Cup. Fans will be out in full force for the season opener against the Los Angeles Kings, where you can feel almost five months of pent-up fandom explode to the rafters of Bell MTS Place. If you can’t get tickets, keep your jersey on and head out to a sports bar to take in the game at one of many packed establishments ready to welcome our team back onto the ice. Go Jets Go!
Manitoba Moose Home Opener
October 12 at 7:00pm
Once fall hits, Bell MTS Place becomes a house of hockey. Midway through the month, the Manitoba Moose will follow the Jets lead by hosting their own home opener later on in the week against the Belleville Senators. Moose games are an excellent option for family fun and good hockey, and this will be a great opportunity to get to know the new team, and help them off to a hot start. The first 6,000 fans will receive LED thundersticks, so you can bet it’s going to get loud!
Big Fan on Campus
University athletics have proven to be one of the best bangs for your your buck a sports fan can get. The storylines, competition level, and fan experience you get watching university athletes compete always makes for a wonderful (and inexpensive) way to spend your weekend! Here’s what’s on deck this month:
Bisons Women’s Hockey Banner Celebration
October 5 at 7:00pm
The University of Manitoba women’s hockey team stole our hearts after their magical championship-winning playoff run last season, which saw the team come home as U SPORTS National Champions. The celebration comes to full fruition this month in their home opener against the Calgary Dinos, where the team will see their conference and national title banners be lifted to the rafters of Wayne Fleming Arena. It’s going to be a packed house and emotional night that you won’t want to miss!
Duckworth Challenge at Investors Group Field
October 6 at 2:00pm
Regardless of the sport, whenever the University of Manitoba Bisons and the University of Winnipeg Wesmen compete against each other there’s always going to be fireworks. This cross-town rivalry is historic and multi-generational, but this one’s extra special because not only is it the only soccer game played on Investors Group Field this season, but it also kicks off the Duckworth Challenge, a multi-sport competition held throughout the year between the two teams in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and hockey.
Manitoba College Athletic Conference Final Four
Every year, the Final Four in the MCAC proves to be a packed weekend full of some of the best soccer players our province has to offer. Come watch athletes from Canadian Mennonite University, Red River College, Providence University College, Brandon University, Université de Saint-Boniface, and Assiniboine Community College battle it out for the MCAC title at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex.
Family Day with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
October 13 at 1:00pm
Bring the whole family to witness one of the best rivalries in the country, as the Bombers take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in this crucial Week 18 match-up. If the rivalry wasn’t enough, the game is also the Winnipeg stop of a CFL series of Family Day’s, where kids can meet their favourite TV characters (SpongeBob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer, and more!), get their faces painted, participate in games and contests, and even run the field after the game!
2018 Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
November 3 at 5:00pm
Manitoba is home to a rich sport heritage, and this year the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame is adding seven individuals and one team to an already star-studded list of legends. This year’s slate includes two-time world champion curler Jeff Stoughton, as well as Winnipeg Jets 1.0 legend and three-time AVCO Cup champion Joe Daley. The annual event is always inspirational, and an excellent opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the greatest athletes in Manitoba’s history.