Around 70 players attended this weekend’s Dauphin Kings Spring Camp.
With games from Friday to Sunday afternoon the Kings split the younger and older players up and it allowed them to focus in on who they want to invite back for Fall Camp and players they may be looking at when it comes to the MJHL Draft which is in Selkirk this year.
It was tough to judge the younger players when it came to the weekend, but there were a few of the older skaters that stood out I thought. Locally (Parkland), Andrew Liwiski looked good showing solid speed and puck movement on the back end and I think Evan Gullett has a very bright future as well. Meanwhile, both Quin and Grady Hobbs (Southwest) looked strong playing on a line together and I’m a big fan of Kyle Oleksiuk (Winnipeg) and the way he plays on both sides of the ice.
Along with games throughout the weekend the Kings and their coaches held goalie sessions on Friday and Saturday. They also held a number of meetings with players in the older age groups.
There were of course some players that were absent from Kings Spring Camp, mostly because their seasons either just finished or they are nursing minor injuries. Some key absent players were Kayle Tosh (Eastman), Brad Goethals (Eastman), Brendan Kochanski (Winnipeg) and Branden Storey (Parkland) to name a few.
Brendan Arnold, Ian Briscoe & Matt Radomsky were not at camp as their Winnipeg Wild took part in the Midget West Regional for the Telus Cup. Sunday afternoon saw the Wild fall 4-3 in overtime of the championship game to the Saskatoon Contacts, the hosts of the event. Arnold had a goal in the affair for Winnipeg. The Telus Cup is in Quispamsis, New Brunswick this year in case you’re wondering.
Below is an interview with Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marc Berry, beginning with his thoughts on Spring Camp overall…
The Dauphin Kings are getting set to host their Annual Spring Camp this weekend.
Last year the event was held at the Rotary Arena. Even though it was deemed to be successful, Spring Camp will return to Credit Union Place this year.
The schedule starts on Friday at 9am with check-in in the lobby at Credit Union Place. After that the first game happens at 10am. The full schedule will be available for pickup at the arena.
Here’s another FREE interview with Kings Head Coach and GM Marc Berry talking about Kings Spring Camp. A lot of questions will be answered in this chat. We begin with the amount of players expected to attend this years event…
After about a month of searching the Dauphin Kings have come to the conclusion that former Assistant Coach Marc Berry is the best fit for the MJHL club moving forward, and I couldn’t agree more.
Berry has been with the Kings as long as I have and knows the team from the inside and out. Although the transition last year was a bit difficult as the club battled down the stretch, I believe with a chance to have a full season under his belt Berry will do just fine. Four months from this past season was not a long enough opportunity for Berry to show what he can do for the Kings organization, especially when most of those months were after the trade deadline.
Below is an interview with Berry. Also, be ready for a Spring Camp Preview as Dauphin begins to move forward towards the 2016-17 campaign, their 49th season.
Below is the release from the Dauphin Kings…
Dauphin, MB – After a great deal of interest and an intensive selection and interview process, the Dauphin Kings Junior A Hockey Club has signed a new Head Coach and General Manager. Dauphin Kings fans will see Marc Berry behind the bench as they take to the ice this fall.
Berry is no stranger to the hockey club, having been the Assistant Coach and Marketing Director for the past 6 seasons, and interim Head Coach and GM since December. He has now signed a 3-year contract that will see him lead the team through to the 2018-19 season.
“The Selection Committee had a tough task ahead of them in choosing a new leader for this team”, stated Kings President and Governor, Randy Daley. “We had many strong, qualified candidates but Marc put forward an impressive application and blew us away with his preparedness, as well as with his contacts, plans, and passion for the Kings. It was a unanimous decision and we are confident that Marc can lead and develop this team.”
For Berry, it is a dream come true. “I’m excited. Getting the opportunity to be a Head Coach in the MJHL has been a goal of mine. Being named Head Coach and GM of the Dauphin Kings, a team with such a rich history, is an incredible honour. There will be some great challenges ahead and I can’t wait to get started.”
“I want to thank the Dauphin Kings Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank Marlin Murray for giving me a chance six years ago, and all of the support I’ve received from the community since I took over in December. Lastly I want to thank my wife Michelle and our boys, Joe and Josh, for all of their support, understanding and patience.
The Kings are also in the process of hiring a full-time Marketing Director, and hope to make an announcement regarding that in the coming weeks.
The 2015-16 hockey season came to an end for the Dauphin Kings Tuesday night at Credit Union Place with a 4-2 loss to the Selkirk Steelers.
For the second straight game in their best-of-three survivor series the Kings opened up the scoring in the first period when Kirklan Lycar (1) tallied on a sharp angle shot.
After that, however, the Kings took three straight undisciplined penalties and it led Selkirk to three unanswered goals. One of them on the Power Play.
In the second period Dauphin played well and Tyler Garrioch (1) was rewarded on the team’s second Power Play of the night. The Kings out played Selkirk for a good amount of the second period and for the first half of the third, getting numerous chances to tie things up in the final frame. The closest they came was when Riese Gaber hit a post on a rush up the ice. Not too long after that the Steelers went up the ice and scored to put the game away.
Both teams ended the night 1 for 3 on the Power Play.
Brandon Holtby (0-2) took the loss between the pipes for the Kings. He played well enough to give the club a shot at winning, but was left out to dry a couple times. Holtby stopped 26 of 30 shots while Dauphin had 31 on Hayden Dola.
The outcome brings an end to a very up and down season for the Dauphin Kings. At the start of the year the team had high expectations but after two straight losses to Neepawa to begin their schedule it seemed like they could never really get rolling. The longest win streak Dauphin had during the campaign was two games and they had a number of lengthy losing skids.
Other key points of the season were when Marlin Murray stepped down as Head Coach and General Manager and when 20 year old goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn went down with a significant leg injury in November. The team as a whole was injury riddled throughout the year and was never really 100% healthy.
Despite the tough season there were bright spots for Dauphin. Kirklan Lycar’s play got better down the stretch which was good to see and same goes for Trevor Kavanaugh on the back end. I also think guys like Kelby Picard and Aaron Kellogg will be important pieces to this club moving forward.
On the coaching side I don’t think Marc Berry and Cody Nelson deserve to be judged on just under four months of work. I think they could both be good for this team if they are given a real shot. But that decision is not up to me and sometime over the next month the club will sign someone to a Head Coach and General Manager contract, it may or may not be Marc Berry.
There were four 20 year olds on the Dauphin Kings this season. Congratulations to Tyler Garrioch, Chance Thomas, Romano Morrison and Jarrod Schamerhorn on great Junior careers. I wish you all the best in future endeavors.
Here’s the post game interview I had with Kings Head Coach & GM Marc Berry after this evening’s affair…
I’ll have more on the Kings as the off season develops. Thanks for following tonight and this season…
Dauphin Kings at 6:10 – Kirklan Lycar from Sam Schultz and Oliver Lester
Selkirk Steelers at 6:45 – Ty Kraus from Dexter Kuczek and Jake Dudar
Selkirk Steelers at 16:34 – Dallas Starodub from Riley Derlago and Taylor Fisher
Selkirk Steelers at 19:13 – Mark Wilson from Braden Lozinski and Riley Derlago
Dauphin Kings at 10:04 (PP) – Tyler Garrioch from Landon Plett and Kirklan Lycar
Selkirk Steelers at 10:01 – Ezra Hall from Austin Douglas
Tonight’s Dauphin Kings Lineup
Number – Position – Player – Status
#35 – G – Jarrod Schamerhorn – Backup
#29 – G – Brandon Holtby – Starting
#35 – G – Connor Shaw – Scratched
#3 – D – Hayden Pierce – In
#4 – D – Aaron Kellogg – Scratched
#5 – D – Trevor Kavanaugh – In
#7 – FW – Kelby Picard – In
#8 – D – Sam Schultz –In
#9 – D – Brandon Young – In
#10 – FW – Tyler Garrioch – In
#11 – FW – Stephen Sisco – In
#12 – FW – Riese Gaber – In
#13 – FW – Graeme Hore – In
#14 – FW – Romano Morrison – In
#15 – FW – Keaton Leininger – In
#16 – FW – Daniel Chartrand – Scratched
#17 – FW – Landon Plett – In
#18 – FW – Chance Thomas – In
#21 – FW – Kirklan Lycar – In
#22 – FW – Tyler Derkach – In
#23 – FW – Matthew Greening – In
#24 – D – Oliver Lester – In
#39 – D/FW – Thomas Lenchyshyn – In
The Dauphin Kings will try and get their best-of-three MJHL Survivor Series to a third and deciding game tonight when they host the Selkirk Steelers at Credit Union Place.
The series shifts to the City of Sunshine after the Kings fell 6-5 in overtime to the Steelers on Sunday night in Selkirk. Dauphin had a lot of positives in the game, including their comeback in the third period to force the game to overtime.
Now players will be looked at to step up tonight and possibly play the role of hero if Dauphin is to fight another day. The key question coming into the affair is who will start in goal. Jarrod Schamerhorn didn’t start Sunday’s game off well and was replaced by Brandon Holtby in the first period. It’s unclear who will get the nod between the pipes tonight for the Kings.
Listen to tonight’s game on 730 CKDM and 730ckdm.com, the Parkland Source for Sports Pre Game Show kicks off at 7:15pm on CKDM and on FASTHockey. Opening face off is a bit later than usual, 7:30pm. If you cant watch or listen then follow me on Twitter for updates (@ChristianCKDM)!
Listen to a playoff edition of the One Hour Power Play Show on 730 CKDM today. The show begins at 4:00pm LIVE from MR MIKES in Dauphin. There’ll be lots from the Kings including talk on season tickets for next year, reaction from game one in Selkirk, talk on the Dauphin Clippers and their season, Grandview Comets and of course a preview of tonight’s contest at Credit Union Place. Tune in, it’s FREE!!!
Intermissions: Tonight in the first intermission it’s the latest edition of RAPID FIRE with Kings D-man Oliver Lester. The Alberta product has 60 seconds to get through 20 questions. Also in the first intermission, and in the second, it’s the out of town scoreboard. The other MJHL Survivor Series is in Waywayseecappo with the Swan Valley Stampeders looking to finish off the Wolverines. Also tonight are games in the NHL, including the Winnipeg Jets who are home to the Nashville Predators and the Tim Hortons Brier marches on in Ottawa. So listen for all that in the intermissions.
Kings (0-1): With their season on the line the Dauphin Kings will look to replicate their play from the third period on Sunday. They dominated the Steelers and scored the frame’s only three goals which eventually got them to overtime. Since the start of December the Kings have been much better on the Credit Union Place ice surface, going 9-6-4. Power Plays in the opening game of this series were a non factor, although Selkirk did have a three minute man advantage in game one and couldn’t capitalize. The Kings Power Play had good and bad moments, but finished game one 0 for 3. At home this season the Kings PP was ranked last in the MJHL but in their last three games at Credit Union Place Dauphin has scored four man advantage goals, going 4 for 14 in that span, which is just under 30%. Four players are on top of the Kings when it comes to playoff scoring. Thomas Lenchyshyn (1G, 1A), Landon Plett (1G, 1A), Keaton Leininger (1G, 1A) and Romano Morrison (0G, 2A) all have two points.
Sam Schultz is on a 6 game point streak (0G, 8A).
Tyler Derkach is on a 3 game point streak (3G, 0A)
Trevor Kavanaugh is on a 3 game point streak (3G, 0A).
Romano Morrison is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 4A).
Daniel Chartrand is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 2A).
Steelers (1-0): Selkirk comes into Dauphin with one day of rest after they beat the Kings on Sunday. The goal for the Steelers is to get this series over and done with as soon as possible, not just for the obvious factors, but because the team will be running low on gas with this affair being their fourth in five nights. Selkirk will not want to play again tomorrow, if they do it’ll be a tough turnaround with the long bus ride home this evening. The Steelers start is just as important as Dauphin’s tonight. Selkirk’s Power Play was much like Dauphin’s in game one, it didn’t score and went 0 for 2. It looked ok at times but didn’t generate much. Dexter Kuczek (2G, 0A), Victor Knaub (1G, 1A) and Taylor Fisher (0G, 2A) lead Selkirk in points through one post season game with two.
The Dauphin Kings will have their season on the line Tuesday night at Credit Union Place as they play game two of their best-of-three survivor series with the Selkirk Steelers.
Selkirk took game one of the set on Sunday night with a 6-5 overtime victory. Despite Dauphin’s great push in the third period they couldn’t come away with the extra time win.
Earlier in the week the Kings picked up three of a possible four points in OCN against the Blizzard. Dauphin dropped the first contest on Tuesday, falling 4-3 in a shootout. They then rebounded on Wednesday with a 4-1 decision over the Blizzard to close out the regular season.
Don’t forget, the One Hour Power Play Show is back on CKDM Tuesday to get you set for game two of the survivor series between the Kings and Steelers. The show goes live at 4:00pm from MR MIKES in Dauphin!
TICKETS FOR GAME 2
Fans can get tickets at the Parkland Rec Complex Reception Desk Monday until 4:30pm. You can also get tickets Tuesday from 8:30am until puck drop which is at 7:30pm!
NOTE: The Parkland Rec Complex Reception Desk is across from the Pool Desk, see you Tuesday night!
It’s the latest edition of RAPID FIRE with Kings’ D-man Oliver Lester…
Three ★‘s Of The Week
3. Sam Schultz
Sam Schultz continues to go quietly about his business as the Dauphin Kings entered the post season. The D-man is currently on a six game point streak with eight assists in that span. Schultz is the top scorer on defence for the Kings, he had 27 points in the regular season (4G, 23A) and picked up an assist in Dauphin’s first playoff game.
2. Tyler Derkach
Local forward Tyler Derkach has got hot at the right time. In his last three games the former Parkland Ranger has three goals including a key one in game one of the Kings’ survivor series with Selkirk. Derkach had six points (4G, 2A) in the regular season.
1. Trevor Kavanaugh
If you talk about the Kings’ best players right now Trevor Kavanaugh would probably be in the mix of that conversation. Like Tyler Derkach, Kavanaugh has picked up three goals in his last three games, including the game tying goal Sunday in Selkirk. In his last seven games Kavanaugh has six goals. Since January 15th the 18 year old has picked up 11 goals in 24 games.