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GoPro At Kings Spring Camp

April 13, 2015

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Three Dauphin Kings prospects fired up GoPros over the weekend at Spring Camp for the Junior A Hockey Club.

Go for a ride with each of them…

Matthew Greening

Braydee Prokopchuk

Ben Kirton

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Former King Wins NCAA Hockey Championship

April 13, 2015

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In case you missed it over the weekend former Dauphin Kings Captain and Ste.Rose product Shane Luke helped the Providence Friars capture the hockey program’s first National Championship on Saturday night.

The Friars won the national tournament in a nail biting affair, beating Boston College 4-3. Luke notched an assist on the opening goal in the first period for Providence. Boston College then went on to break an NCAA record, scoring two goals in just four seconds to take the lead into the 1st intermission.

The two teams each grabbed a goal in the middle frame setting up for a tight finish. At the 11:24 mark in the third the Friars tied things up on a weird one. D-man Kyle McKenzie flipped the puck into the offensive zone to get a change in. The puck went high in the air and was then juggled by BU goaltender Matt O’Connor, who dropped it and allowed it to find its way into the BU net. Providence scored two and a half minutes later off a face off. Then held on for the 4-3 victory.

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Here’s a FREE interview with Shane Luke…

As you heard, this was Luke’s final season with the Friars. In 128 games the Ste.Rose product had 33 goals and 48 assists for 81 points since 2011.

Before Providence, Luke played four seasons for the Dauphin Kings. He served as team captain for the 2010-2011 season and led the MJHL in scoring during his last two seasons, including the 2009-10 campaign when he recorded 29 goals and 72 assists for 101 points. He was named 2010-11 MJHL MVP and 2010 RBC Cup MVP.

Kings Spring Camp Wrap

April 12, 2015

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Dauphin Kings Spring Camp concluded Sunday afternoon at the Rotary Arena in town.

You’ll hear it in the interview below in a moment, but overall I thought it was a very successful weekend especially considering the event was in the Rotary which is a smaller rink. It actually seemed like it was the perfect size. In Credit Union Place dressing rooms are much more spread out and it’s a little harder for players to get the attention they need. In the Rotary all dressing rooms are within 50 feet of each other or less. I guess you could say, from a spectator point of view, the Rotary Arena is much colder than Credit Union Place. However that works out better for the players with the ice being much harder and better to skate on. So there are positives and negatives from the Kings holding Spring Camp in the Rotary Arena, but I’d say things went very well from talking to parents and players.

From a hockey point of view all the games were fun to watch. There were a few shenanigans here and there but for the most part games were competitive. As expected the 17 and 18 year olds were some of the best players over the weekend, and a good amount were from the Parkland Rangers. Which is a nice sign for local products.

Below is an interview on Spring Camp with Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray. We begin with the success of the event…

Stay tuned, later on will be three FREE videos as the GoPro was in action this weekend…

Frozen Four

April 9, 2015

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In honour of what’s going on tonight (Thursday) at the Frozen Four in Boston I am restarting the voting for Saturday’s GoPro extravaganza at Kings Spring Camp.

In case you didn’t know…

Two former Dauphin Kings are in action at the NCAA’s Frozen Four in Boston this evening.

Former Captain Shane Luke is on the ice with the Providence Friars as they take on the Omaha Mavericks in the first semi final at 4:00pm.

Then tonight at 7:30pm Luke’s former line mate Bryn Chyzyk and the University of North Dakota face Boston University.

The two winners square off Saturday at 6:30pm for the National Championship.

Luke and Chyzyk played on a line with Kyle Johnson during the 2010-11 MJHL campaign. They combined for 79 goals and 137 assists. The team itself lost to the Portage Terriers in six games in the MJHL semi finals that season.

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GoPro Battle

On Saturday one player will wear a GoPro on his helmet at Dauphin Kings Spring Camp.

The FROZEN FOUR have been announced:

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FW – Ben Kirton (Linden Christian Wings)

FW – Braydee Prokopchuk (Parkland Rangers)

FW – Bradley Schoonbaert (Brandon AAA Wheat Kings)

FW – Matthew Greening (Parkland Rangers)

VOTING ENDED

Kings Spring Camp This Weekend

April 8, 2015

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Over the last two hockey seasons the Dauphin Kings have had Spring Camp taking place in Dauphin, but their full attention wasn’t focused on the event. This year that won’t be the case.

Last year Dauphin was taking part in the MJHL Final against the Winnipeg Blues, the year before it was the same thing against the Steinbach Pistons. So some coaches and staff were away for at least one of the days during the weekend.

Over 60 players are expect to attend this weekend’s edition of Dauphin Kings Spring Camp. Including a bucket full of local players from the Parkland Rangers and Junior Rangers.

Check out the schedule for the weekend below. Plus, come back at the end of the weekend for a wrap up interview with Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray and some other neat treats.

Now, here’s a FREE interview with Marlin Murray on the weekend ahead and the off season so far. We begin with talk on the fact that the staff of the Kings are looking forward to seeing their on ice product…

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SPRING CAMP SCHEDULE

FRIDAY APRIL 10

9am = CHECK IN/REGISTER/PICK UP ITINERARY

11am-12:30pm = Game 1 – 1 vs 2

1pm-2:30pm = Game 2 – 3 vs 4 

Break

5pm-6:30pm = Game 3 – 1 vs 4

7pm-8:30pm = Game 4 – 2 vs 3

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SATURDAY APRIL 11

9:30am-11am = Game 5 – 1 vs 3

11:30am-1pm = Game 6 – 2 vs 4

Break 

2:30pm-4pm = Game 7 – 1 vs 2

5:30pm-7pm = Game 8 – 3 vs 4 

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SUNDAY APRIL 12

9:30am-11am = Game 9 – 1 vs 4

11:30am-1pm = Game 10 – 2 vs 3 

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April 5, 2015

 

Midget West Regional: Final Day Recap

April 5, 2015

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The Regina Pat Canadians used a strong second period to roll to a 7-1 victory over the Pembina Valley Hawks in the final of the Telus Cup Midget Regional.

Regina got goals from five different players with Tyran Brown and Riley Woods notching two in the contest. Woods’ goal at the 8:55 mark of the middle frame turned out to be the winner.

Starting goaltender Curtis Meger took the victory between the pipes for Regina. He faced just 18 shots, including four in the first period and five in the second. Round robin MVP Travis Klassen was given the loss for Pembina Valley but couldn’t be faulted on any of the goals. He stopped 34 of 41.

There were a lot of Power Plays in the affair, Regina had eight, scoring on five of them. Pembina Valley had just two. I would credit Regina for being very disciplined in the contest and that’s why the infractions were so one sided, at least in my opinion.

The Pat Canadians are now off to the Telus Cup which takes place in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec April 20-26.

NEAT STAT: In it’s now 32 year existence the Midget West Regional has been won by Saskatchewan 23 times, North Western Ontario has taken the title five times and Manitoba four.

Players of the Game

Regina – (F) Riley Woods (2 Goals + 1 Assist)
Pembina Valley – (F) Michael Wirth (1 Goal)

After the contest I spoke with Regina’s Head Coach Brad Herauf. We start with his reaction to winning the tournament after his team was on life support Friday night against the Parkland Rangers…

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Sandy Ellingson was one of the Co-Chairs for the Midget West Regional. I spoke with her on the event overall and how it looks like it was a great success…

Congratulations to everyone involved in the tournament for the successful event. This blog will return to Dauphin’s Kingdom on Monday morning. The Kings are getting set for Spring Camp which fires up this Friday in Dauphin.

Stay tuned…

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