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Get To Know The Flyers Executive

This is the conclusion of a deeper dive into the Winkler Flyers Junior A Hockey Club Executive, the structure of
board positions, and getting to know more about those at the helm of the Orange and Black for this upcoming
season. With over 40 years in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, the Flyers are grateful for the many dedicated
and passionate supporters that lead this team at an Organizational Board Level. A Junior Hockey program that
remains viable under this community’s support and leadership from these individuals, it has been exciting to share
with you the Executive Board moving forward for this upcoming year.

Caleb Suderman

Position on board – President & Alt MJHL Governor

Board member since 2021

Caleb played hockey for four seasons patrolling the Winkler Flyers blue line, as he enjoyed a successful Manitoba Junior Hockey League career totalling 131 games from 2006-2010. The highly skilled left shot defenseman went on to earn a 4-year college career at Concordia College, completing a degree in Finance. Currently he is the Relationship Manager with Farm Credit Canada. Winkler Born and raised, when he is not spending time with his wife Emily and two dogs Copper and Triggs, Caleb spends his summers on the golf course and winters helping coach the Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks hockey team.

Marlin Froese

Position on board – Vice President

Board member since 2021

Marlin was born and raised in Winkler, and now resides in Morden. He spent one season with the Winkler Flyers in 2006-07. That season with the Flyers led him to finish out a four year degree at Castleton University in Vermont, competing in NCAA Div III hockey and baseball. He has been involved in many community minded organizations including the Genesis House Board where he was chair, and also served on the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Currently he is the Treasurer for Falk Fehr Foundation and Winkler Royals. Marlin currently works as the VP of Business Integration for Access Credit Union. In the summers Marlin loves to golf, camp, and spend time with his family. In the winter months you will find him at the rink. His favorite thing about the Orange and Black are the memories of going to games as a kid, and how much they as kids cared about the team and players.

Cam Wiebe

Position on board – Treasurer

Board member since 2021

Cam is from right here in Winkler, where he is controller for Janzen Chevrolet. He has been a treasurer for the Flyers from 1992-94 and sat on the Winkler Minor Hockey exec from 2000-2008.

Nathan Elias

Position on board – Secretary Past President & Member at large

Board member since 2011

Nathan was born and raised in Winkler and is currently involved in a number of areas in Winkler. He owns and operates Essen Transport and RGA Canada is a Community Member of the Winkler Centennial Golf Course and was instrumental in helping get the new clubhouse built. Nathan was announced as a mental health hero by Eden Mental Health Services along with 3 others in 2017 when he shared his powerful story. In his spare time you’ll find him on the golf course and spending time with his family and also his horses! Nathan also played in the Winkler Minor Hockey system until he was 15.

Matt Bestland

Position on board – Director and MJHL Governor

Board member since 2021

Matt currently resides in Sanford MB and enjoyed 3 years in the MJHL with the Winnipeg South Blues from 1985-88, where he was a Turnbull and Anavet Cup Champion. He has sat on many local boards, including the Hockey Manitoba Executive, Pembina Valley Minor Hockey Association as a director and the Macdonald minor hockey association as a board member. Currently he is an airline transport licensed pilot and multiple private business owner and investor with Bestland Group of Companies. In his spare time, he enjoys recreational flying sight seeing and international travel, but most importantly spending time with his wife Anita, and their children Hannah, Everett, and Abby. The Winkler Flyers have always been a respected and successful organization within the Pembina Valley region and the junior hockey community. As a past flyer parent, his family is grateful for the experiences and everlasting friendships we made, and he is proud to assist in the Flyers in its ongoing success and future.

Dave Neubuhr

Position on board – Director

Board member since 2021

Dave is a Manitoba boy at heart.  Being born and raised in Flin Flon, MB, Dave grew up in the shadow of a smokestack and the Whitney Forum; home of the SJHL Flin Flon Bombers and hockey names like Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach. The defensive defenceman lived and breathed hockey, advancing not only through divisions but from bunk to bunk (ODR) around the city to play pick up hockey when he wasn’t on the ice with his team. Dave has a love for music – rock n’ roll and classic country, classic cars and a variety of other sports including fast pitch, baseball, football and bandy, but they only fill the time between the first skate hitting the ice and the last playoff game of the season (NHL, WHL & CJHL – ask him, he likely has the current stats).
Dave and his spouse April have resided in Winkler since 2010.  Dave spends his days as the Operations Manager for the Specialized Division of Payne Transportation in Winkler. Together Dave and April have volunteered for the MJHL Winkler Flyers for 9 years and the along with their pup, Skye; have been billet parents for Winkler Flyer Players for the last 5 seasons.
Dave is looking forward to collaborating with the newly restructured Winkler Flyer board in continuing to bring exciting hometown hockey to Winkler and surrounding area.
One of Dave’s favourite things about the Winkler Flyers is being able to walk through the arena doors and lose himself for 2-3 hours in the corner battles and competition on the ice. “I get to be a kid again, if only in my own mind; but what a fantastic time it is!”

Kevin Braun

Position on board – Director

Board member since 2021

Kevin was born and raised in Winkler, and has played in many bush league hockey games, where he claims he was best at filling a spot on the ice to provide rest for the “all stars.” Currently Kevin is the President at Centennial Supply in Winkler. When he’s not supplying our community with the tools and equipment, they need he loves to take his family camping and fishing on the lake and is involved in motorsport events such as drag racing.

Ryan Kehler

Position on board – Director

Board member since 2021

Ryan was born and raised in the small town of Altona, where he played his minor and high school hockey for the Maroons and Aces. He spent a year coaching the Pembina Valley AAA Hawks and is currently working for Green Valley Equipment in parts sales. When he has free time family is number 1, spending it with his wife Shayna, daughter Scarlett and soon to be son(they’re expecting next month). He also loves to watch hockey of any level, golfing and spending time camping at the lake with his family. Ryan is excited to join the Flyers board as he believes they provide a competitive product year in and year out thanks to community support, and because the players serve as big role models for the younger generation to look up to!

Andrew Froese

Position on board – Director

Board member since 2021

Andrew was born and raised right here in Winkler Manitoba and was able to play hockey for the MMJHL Pembina Valley Twisters where they won a championship in 2008. After the championship year he came back to Winkler to play with the Royals of the SEMHL from 2008-2015. Currently Andrew is Operations Manager at Lode King Industries and is on the City of Winkler Council. He’s coached many minor hockey and baseball teams and served on a variety of boards for The City of Winkler. (Ask him for the list, he says it is too long for this bio) In his spare time he enjoys hockey golf and baseball. But his favorite thing to do is camping and travelling with his wife Brittney and two children Mason and Lachlan

Mike St Croix

Position on board – Director

Board member since 2021

Mike was born and raised in Winnipeg, and has seen a highly successful hockey career, being drafted to the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings 4th overall in 2008 where he played from 2008-2013 and won a WHL championship in 2011. This success saw him drafted to the New York Rangers 106th overall in the 2011 entry draft. He played on a Rangers contract for Hartford (AHL) and Greenville (ECHL) from 2013-2016 and then went on to play for the University of Manitoba Bisons in 2017 while attending the Asper School of Business. Currently he works in the financial industry as a partner with Covello Financial Group Inc. He has spent time on the junior board of directors for CanU Canada and has helped his father in hockey camps coaching young hockey players. In his spare time, he’s an avid musky fisherman, golfer and a family man, spending time with his 9 nieces and nephews all under the age of 9. During his professional hockey career, he trained at the Winkler Arena and fell in love with the city and people.

Steve Doell

Position on board – Director

Board member since 2021

Steve was born and raised in Winkler. His hockey career has seen him spend 10 years playing in the SEMHL. Currently he is the Vice Principal of Miami School and head coach of the Northlands Parkway Collegiate Nighthawks hockey team. He has also been involved coaching local baseball, badminton and golf for the Winkler and Miami communities. In his spare time Steve loves to hit the links, or anything to do with enjoying nature, hiking, and exploring the great province of Manitoba.

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