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RBC Cup Preview

May 4, 2015

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The RBC Cup starts this Saturday in Portage and the five team picture is set after regional tournaments wrapped up this weekend.

Since I’ll be doing colour for all the games on FASTHockey I decided to write a preview for the tournament. Last year the RBC Cup in Vernon was 100% free to watch on the tournament’s section on Hockey Canada’s website, so be sure to tune in!

Here’s a FREE preview that you can also see on the MJHL’s website later this week…

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WEST 1 Representative

Penticton Vees

Their WCC Story:
The Penticton Vees continued their dominant play at the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray Alberta last week. The BCHL club rolled to victory at the five team tournament, edging the RBC Cup host Portage Terriers 4-3 in overtime. Don’t worry, the two teams will meet again for a rematch in the RBC Cup’s opening contest Saturday afternoon. Penticton won the RBC Cup in 2012, this is their first time back at the national tournament since then.

Western Canada Cup Rundown (4-1):
Beat Spruce Grove (AJHL) 11-3
Beat Fort McMurray (AJHL) 6-0
Lost to Portage (MJHL) 3-2
Beat Melfort (SJHL) 3-1
Championship Game: Beat Portage 4-3 in OT

Top WCC Scorer:
Dakota Conroy (2G & 6A in 5GP)
Neat: Conroy (20 years) played in the BCHL for the first time this season. Before this year he spent his time in the WHL, he had stints with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Prince Albert Raiders and Victoria Royals. In that span in the WHL he racked up 137 points in 214 games.  

Top WCC Goalie:
Hunter Miska – 4-1 / 1.99 GAA / .932 SV% / 1 SO
Neat: Miska, a University of Minnesota-Duluth commit, was named Top Goaltender and Most Valuable Playerof the Western Canada Cup.

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WEST 2 Representative

Melfort Mustangs

Their WCC Story:
The SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs were happy the Portage Terriers came to the Western Canada Cup. With the RBC Cup host in the event it meant that three teams would go to the national tournament. The game the Mustangs needed to win was the Saturday afternoon affair against the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons. They did, beating them 4-2 to advance.  Melfort’s record at the WCC was 2-4, although you shouldn’t put too much into that, considering the last game they played was a meaningless one. Give the Mustangs credit though, they won the games they had to to get into the RBC Cup.  Melfort is back at the RBC Cup for the first time since 1996 when they hosted the five team tournament.

Western Canada Cup Rundown (2-4):
Lost to Portage (MJHL) 6-3
Beat Spruce Grove (AJHL) 4-3 in OT
Lost to Penticton (BCHL) 3-1
Lost to Fort McMurray (AJHL) 3-2 in OT
Berth Game: Beat Fort McMurray 4-2
Lost to Portage 4-2
Neat: Despite grabbing RBC Cup berth, the Mustangs were the fourth place team at the WCC with an overall record of 2-4.

Top WCC Scorer:
Justin Boyer (3G & 2A in 6GP)

Top WCC Goalie:
Richard Palmer – 2-3 / 2.91 GAA / .910 SV%

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HOST Team

Portage Terriers

Their WCC Story:
Even though they didn’t bring home the Western Canada Cup it was a successful tournament for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers. They finished the round robin atop the standings and were one goal away from taking the title. The Terriers also saw a couple players win awards at the event, including Landon Peel who was named one of the tournament’s Top D-men. Portage is back at the RBC Cup for the first time since 2012 in Humboldt.

Western Canada Cup Rundown (4-2):

Lost to Fort McMurray (AJHL) 3-1
Beat Melfort (SJHL) 6-3
Beat Penticton (BCHL) 3-2
Beat Spruce Grove (AJHL) 4-2
Championship Game: Lost to Penticton 4-3 in OT
Beat Melfort 4-2

Top WCC Scorer:
Brad Bowles (1G & 6A in 6GP)
Neat: Bowles was named a Top Forward at the Western Canada Cup.

Top WCC Goalie:
Justin Laforest – 2-2 / 2.74 GAA / .905 SV%
Neat: Laforest will meet his former team at the RBC Cup, the CCHL’s Carleton Place Canadians.

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EAST Representative

Carleton Place Canadians

Their Story:
Back at the RBC Cup for a second straight season fans will remember the Carleton Place Canadians as the team that bumped the Dauphin Kings out of the national tournament last year in Vernon BC. The CCHL club then went on to blow a 3-1 lead in the third period to fall to the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers in the championship contest. This year Carleton Place is fuelled by thoughts of redemption, they finished with a 3-1 record at the Fred Page Cup.

Fred Page Cup Rundown (3-1):

Beat Dieppe (MHL) 3-2
Lost to Cornwall (CCHL) 3-2
Beat Longueuil (QJHL) 4-2
Championship Game: Beat Dieppe 3-1

Top Fred Page Cup Scorer:

Craig Pefley (1G & 5A in 4GP)
Neat: Like a number of players on the Carleton Place Canadians this will be the second straight RBC Cup for Pefley. Last year he had two assists in the six contests he played in.

Top Fred Page Cup Goalie:
Guillaume Therien – 3-0 / 1.92 GAA / .933 SV%
Neat: Therien has very good numbers when it comes to playoffs and tournaments. In his career with the Carleton Place Canadians he’s only had a goals against average above 2.50 once, that was at last year’s RBC Cup (2.82).

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CENTRAL Representative

Soo Thunderbirds

Their Story:
The Soo Thunderbirds, like Portage and Penticton, return to the RBC Cup for the first time since 2012 in Humboldt. That season they lost in the semi finals to Penticton. Soo only lost once at the Dudley Hewitt Cup last week. It was in overtime and to the winner of last year’s event, the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. Soo doubled their opponents at the tournament, outscoring them 20-10 and finishing with a 3-1 record.

Dudley Hewitt Cup Rundown (3-1):

Beat Dryden (SIJHL) 8-1
Beat Fort Francis (SIJHL) 6-3
Lost to Toronto Lakeshore (OJHL) 4-3 in OT
Championship Game: Beat Fort Francis 3-2

Top Dudley Hewitt Cup Scorer:

Boris Katchouk (3G & 3A in 4GP)
Neat: Katchouk spent 12 games in the OHL this season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he notched two assists. The 16 year old had 45 points in 29 games for the Thunderbirds during the regular season.

Top Dudley Hewitt Cup Goalie:
Mario Culina – 2-1 / 2.53 GAA / .904 SV%
Neat: Culina had a very strong playoff run with Soo, his numbers were sparkling and included a 1.23 goals against average and a .945 save percentage.

RBC Cup Schedule
(All times CDT)

Saturday May 9

Penticton vs. Portage – 2:00pm
Soo vs. Carleton Place – 7:00pm

Sunday May 10

Melfort vs. Penticton – 2:00pm
Portage vs. Carleton Place – 7:00pm

Monday May 11

Melfort vs. Soo – 7:00pm

Tuesday May 12

Carleton Place vs. Penticton – 2:00pm
Soo vs. Portage – 7:00pm

Wednesday May 13

Carleton Place vs. Melfort – 7:00pm

Thursday May 14

Penticton vs. Soo – 2:00pm
Portage vs. Melfort – 7:00pm

Saturday May 16

Semi Final 1– 2:00pm
Semi Final 2 – 7:00pm

Sunday May 17

Championship Game – 7:00pm

Two Locals Commit To Dauphin Kings

May 1, 2015
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Two photos on left via Dallas Rudkavitch. For more solid pics go to dallasrfoto.com 

The Dauphin Kings made a key announcement today when it comes to moving forward over the next few hockey seasons.

The MJHL club announced the commitments of forwards Matthew Greening and Tyler Derkach, both from Dauphin.

Not only are both Greening and Derkach from the City of Sunshine, they’ll also be important ingredients if the team is to win a championship over the next handful of years.

The announcement, as of right now, means Dauphin has four local players on the club. There could potentially be more come opening night, but that’s still to be determined of course.

You’ll hear a bit more about it in the interview at the BOTTOM of this page with Marlin Murray, but this is a big day for the Dauphin Kings. Both Greening and Derkach had options in other provinces but elected to stay in their home town, where they will likely become faces of this franchise for the next few years.

Here are Derkach and Greening with a quick chat on committing to the club they’ve watched for many years, starting with Tyler Derkach…

TYLER DERKACH

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Picture via Dallas Rudkavitch. For more solid pics go to dallasrfoto.com

Tyler Derkach finished the 2014-15 Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League season with 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points in 40 contests. He was a Co-Captain with Matthew Greening during the season and playoffs. That leadership role will carry over to the Dauphin Kings, especially when he gets older. Derkach is the type of player that can generate energy for his team with a big hit or a big play and is strong on the fore check and down low.

DERKACH STATS

 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 12-13 PKD Rangers MMHL 38 10 6 16 30 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 2  
 13-14 PKD Rangers MMHL 39 16 21 37 32 |              
 14-15 Dauphin Kings MJHL 2 0 0 0 2 |              
PKD Rangers MMHL 40 16 15 31 80 |   Playoffs  

You can take a ride with Tyler Derkach through Parkland Rangers warmups from earlier this season…

Here’s some quotes from the article on the Dauphin Kings website…

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The Dauphin Kings are excited to announce the commitments of local Dauphin products and former Parkland Rangers Matthew Greening and Tyler Derkach to the hockey club. Kings fans should be very familiar with these two prospects as both players were affiliate players with the Kings the last 2 seasons and were both very successful players at the AAA Midget level.

Matthew Greening has been consistently a point a game player for the Parkland Rangers. Last season in 45 games, Greening notched 23 goals and 37 assists for 60 points. Greening is also known to play with some fire as he picked up 122 PIMs as well. In 118 career games with the Rangers Greening picked up 43 goals and 63 assists for 106 points. Greening was a Co Captain for the Rangers last season.

“Matthew will be able to play in key situations right from the start.” Stated Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray. “He has a very high compete level and excellent skill set to go along with ability to play with an edge”

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MATTHEW GREENING

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Picture via Dallas Rudkavitch. For more solid pics go to dallasrfoto.com

Matthew Greening, I believe, has the potential to be a top player in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League by the time his junior career comes to an end. Greening was second on the Parkland Rangers in scoring with 23 goals and 34 assists for 57 points, which was fifth in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League. As mentioned above, he shared the captaincy with fellow Dauphinite Tyler Derkach. Greening comes with speed and skill along with a strong work ethic.

GREENING STATS

 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 12-13 PKD Rangers MMHL 35 2 6 8 126   | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 2  
 13-14 PKD Rangers MMHL 41 18 23 41 122   |              
  Dauphin Kings MJHL 1 1 0 1 0   |  
 14-15 Dauphin Kings MJHL 2 0 1 1 4   |              
  PKD Rangers MMHL 42 23 34 57 106   |   Playoffs 16   

In honour of Matthew Greening committing to the Kings, relive his first MJHL goal in his first MJHL game two seasons ago…

Here’s some quotes from the article on the Dauphin Kings website…

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Tyler Derkach was the other Co – Captains of the Parkland Rangers with Greening last season. The 5’11”, 190 lb forward, plays a responsible two way game and can put up numbers as well. In 43 games with the Rangers, Derkach had 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points. In 117 career games with the Rangers, Derkach piled up 42 goals and 42 assists for 84 points.

“Tyler plays the game the right way.” says Murray “Hard on pucks, finishes checks and competes at a high level.  We feel once he gains experience at the Junior level he will put up some decent numbers.”

“Both players will be big pieces to our club for the next 3 years. They were auto protect players in the 2012 MJHL Bantam draft. It’s exciting time for them”

With the commitment of Travis Kilbrei on Wednesday, along with the commitments of local products Tyler Derkach and Matthew Greening, the future is looking bright for the Dauphin Kings. Expect more announcements in the coming weeks. Kings Fall Camp opens September 3rd-6th.

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TRAVIS KILBREI

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Also, in case you missed it, the Kings announced on Wednesday that forward Travis Kilbrei has committed to the club as well.

Kilbrei joined Dauphin for a couple of contests last season and didn’t look out of place. Like Greening and Derkach he’ll be a strong addition to the team and is a good two way forward. More about Kilbrei in the interview below!

KILBREI STATS

 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 11-12 Interlake Lightning WBAAA 29 19 12 31 38   |              
  Interlake Lightning  WCML 3 1 0 1 0   |              
 12-13 Interlake Lightning MMHL 40 15 15 30 32   | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 4  
 13-14 Interlake Lightning MMHL 40 13 23 36 63   |              
 14-15 Dauphin Kings MJHL 8 0 0 0 2 |              
 

Below is the release from the Kings…

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The Dauphin Kings hockey club are pleased to announce they have committed to 1997 born forward Travis Kilbrei.  

Kilbrei, who played a few games last season with the Dauphin Kings as an “affiliate player” dominated the Keystone Junior Hockey League by compiling 40 goals and 32 assists in 36 games with the Arborg Ice Dogs. In 2012 as a major bantam Kilbrei was originally a Kings Draft pick, going in the 3rd round 24th overall. Kilbrei was also a member of Team Manitoba U16 with current Kings forward Kirklan Lycar. 

Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray comments on the Kings addition. “Travis is a great kid.  He is well liked in the room by our returning players and will fit in very well.  He’s a very smart two way player that can play in a lot of situations.  He gained a lot of confidence last season playing Jr. B as a 17 year old and was put in a lot of key situations and did very well”.

The Dauphin Kings would like to welcome Travis and his family to City of Sunshine!

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Here’s a FREE interview with Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray on these three commitments, beginning with Travis Kilbrei…

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Two photos on top via Dallas Rudkavitch. For more solid pics go to dallasrfoto.com

 

Western Canada Cup Preview

April 21, 2015

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For those interested!

I wrote this up for the MJHL Website and figured I’d share on here as well, especially considering the RBC Cup will be in Portage this season.

In case you haven’t heard I’ll be in Portage doing colour commentary for the RBC Cup on FASTHockey. So I needed to do some research anyway, enjoy!

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BCHL Representative

Penticton Vees

Their Story:
The Penticton Vees (Like every other team except Fort McMurray) were the top team in their league during the regular season. They finished the BCHL campaign with a record of 44-9-3-2. In the playoffs they were just as strong, going 15-4-3. Things got a little interesting for the 2012 RBC Cup Champions in the BCHL Final, they were down 2-0 on the road but won four straight to take the title.

Playoffs:
Round 1 (Best of 7): Beat West Kelowna in five.
Round 2 (Best of 7): Beat Vernon in seven.
Round 3 (Round Robin): Finished first with record of 3-1.
BCHL Final (Best of 7): Beat Nanaimo in six.

Top Playoff Scorer:
Demico Hannoun – 8G, 13A = 21PTS
Neat: Hannoun has been to two RBC Cups (Summerside in 2013 with Surrey & Vernon in 2014 with Vernon) and one Western Canada Cup (Nanaimo in 2013 with Surrey). In all three of those tournaments the 19 year old has 13 points (6G, 7A).

Top Playoff Goalie:
Hunter Miska – 15-6 / 2.24 GAA / .925 SV% / 2 SO
Neat: Miska had the top Goals Against Average (1.88) and Save Percentage (.931) in the BCHL this season. He played in 46 contests (34-9-3).

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AJHL Representative

Spruce Grove Saints

Their Story:
For the second straight season the Spruce Grove Saints head into the Western Canada Cup, but this time they’ll be looking for a better result. After getting off to a slow start last year the Saints ended up losing to the Dauphin Kings in the RBC Cup Berth Game. This year they’re back with experience and playing just outside their own backyard. In the regular season the Saints were the top team in Alberta at 48-7-5. In the playoffs they went 12-6-0. Spruce Grove never really got pushed to the brink in the post season; all of their series went six games.

Playoffs:
Round 1: BYE
Round 2 (Best of 7): Beat Sherwood Park in six.
Round 3 (Best of 7): Beat Bonnyville in six.
AJHL Final (Best of 7): Beat Brooks in six.

Top Playoff Scorer:
Parker Mackay – 10G, 12A = 22PTS
Neat: Mackay is one of a number of players on the Saints that’s returning to the Western Canada Cup for a second straight year. Last year in Dauphin he had three goals.

Top Playoff Goalie:
Matthew Murray – 8-4 / 2.05 GAA / .917 SV%
Neat: At the ripe age of 17 Matthew Murray went 14-1-3 in the AJHL’s regular season. That included an eight game winning streak.

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SJHL Representative

Melfort Mustangs

Their Story:
It was the Melfort Mustangs most successful season in almost 20 years, but despite that you could consider the club an underdog at this year’s edition of the Western Canada Cup. In the regular season the Mustangs finished at 39-8-9, first overall. They suffered just two losses in the playoffs, both in overtime. Their record was 12-0-2. They swept the Notre Dame Hounds in the SJHL Championship Series. Like the Spruce Grove Saints, Melfort was never REALLY challenged in the playoffs. Their longest series went five games.

Playoffs:

Round 1 (Best of 7): Beat Weyburn in five.
Round 2 (Best of 7): Beat Nipawin in five.
SJHL Final (Best of 7): Beat Notre Dame in four.
Neat: Mustangs outscored their opponents 67-30 in the playoffs.

Top Playoff Scorer:
Adam Fauchoux – 14G, 9A = 23PTS
Tristan Frei – 9G, 14A = 23PTS

Top Playoff Goalie:
Richard Palmer – 14-2 / 2.07 GAA / .922 SV% / 2 SO
Neat: Palmer played the second most minutes in the SJHL playoffs at 869.

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Picture via Dallas Rudkavitch. For more solid pics go to dallasrfoto.com

MJHL Representative

Portage Terriers

Their Story:
The RBC Cup host Portage Terriers made it look easy during the MJHL regular season and playoffs. In total they finished with a franchise record of 53-3-4 on the season. They followed that effort up by going 12-0-0 in the playoffs. Portage really has nothing to lose at the Western Canada Cup, but we all know teams that host events prefer to go in the front door, rather than the back.

Playoffs:

Round 1 (Best of 7): Beat Waywayseecappo in four.
Round 2 (Best of 7): Beat Virden in four.
MJHL Final (Best of 7): Beat Steinbach in four.
Neat: The Portage Terriers went to overtime just once in the MJHL playoffs; it was a 4-3 victory over the Virden Oil Capitals. In the 12 playoff games the Terriers outscored their opponents 62-14, they enter the WCC on a 15 game winning streak.

Top Playoff Scorer:
Jordyn Boyd – 6G, 11A = 17PTS

Top Playoff Goalie:
Justin Laforest – 11-0 / 1.24 GAA / .946 SV% / 4 SO
Neat: Laforest was with the CCHL’s Carleton Place Canadians last season. The club went to the Fred Page and RBC Cups, but he did not play in any games as he was the back up to Guillaume Therien.

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HOST Team

Fort McMurray Oil Barons

Their Story:
It was a disappointing regular season and playoffs for the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons. After finishing in the middle of the pack in the North Division during the campaign (31-23-6 = 4th), the MOB went on to fall in the first round of the playoffs. All can be forgotten when it comes to their season and playoffs if they can advance to the RBC Cup. It won’t be an easy start though; their first game is against Portage.

Playoffs:

Round 1 (Best of 5): Lost to Sherwood Park in four.

Top Playoff Scorer:

Jetlan Houcher – 2G, 2A = 4PTS
Trent Lofthouse – 1G, 3A = 4PTS

Top Regular Season Scorer:
Jetlan Houcher – 39G, 32A = 71PTS (3rd in AJHL)

Top Playoff Goalie:
Zach Fortin – 1-3 / 3.34 GAA / .895 SV% / 1 SO

Top Regular Season Goalie:
Zach Fortin – 20-16-4 / 2.72 GAA / .924 SV% / 4 SO

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Western Canada Cup Schedule
(All times CDT)

Saturday April 25

Penticton vs. Spruce Grove – 3:30pm
Portage vs. Fort McMurray – 8:30pm

Sunday April 26

Melfort vs. Portage – 3:30pm
Fort McMurray vs. Penticton – 8:30pm

Monday April 27

Spruce Grove vs. Melfort – 8:30pm

Tuesday April 28

Penticton vs. Portage – 3:30pm
Spruce Grove vs. Fort McMurray – 8:30pm

Wednesday April 29

Melfort vs. Penticton – 8:30pm

Thursday April 30

Portage vs. Spruce Grove – 3:30pm
Fort McMurray vs. Melfort – 8:30pm

Saturday May 2

4th vs. 3rd – 3:30pm
2nd vs. 1st – 8:30pm (Winner gets first RBC berth)

Sunday May 3

Winner of 3/4 vs. loser of 1/2 – 5pm (Winner gets second RBC berth)

NOTE: If Portage wins either of the RBC Cup qualifying games, the losing team in that contest gets a berth to the national championship.

Kings’ Hull To NCAA Div III

April 20, 2015
Picture via Dallas Rudkavitch. For more solid pics go to dallasrfoto.com

Picture via Dallas Rudkavitch. For more solid pics go to dallasrfoto.com

Dauphin Kings D-man Ben Hull has committed to Norwich University NCAA Div III for the 2015-16 season.

The 20 year old was another one of those players that I wish could have been around for more than one year. He was entertaining to watch and fun to be around. Plus being from the United States meant he always had a few interesting things to say. Hull always had a smile on his face and seemed to really enjoy his time in the City of Sunshine.

Relive some Ben Hull moments from this past season, including when he was mic’d up…

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Below is the release from the Dauphin Kings…

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via dauphinkings.com

The Dauphin Kings are pleased to announce that 20 year old graduating defenceman, Ben Hull, has committed to Norwich University NCAA Div III for the 2015-16 season.

Hull was a force on the Kings blueline this season. The 6’2”, 227 lb native of Littleton, CO, tied for the league lead in goals by defencemen with 17. Which included a league leading 11 goals on the power play by a defenceman. The big right hander finished the season with 17 goals, 20 assists for 37 points. Hull was named one of the co-receipients of the Dauphin Kings MVP trophy at season’s end. 

“Hullsy was very good for us this season.” stated Kings Assistant Coach Marc Berry. “There were some adjustments for him to make at the start of the season being new to the league, but once he found his comfort zone he took off. Hull has a big body and can pass and shoot the puck like a pro player. He should have a smooth transition into Div III hockey. We’re very happy for him and wish him all the best.”

“Really big thank you goes out to the Dauphin Kings organization and the Dauphin community for the support and helping me become a better player/person.” Stated Hull. “This year has helped me mature on and off the ice and prepare me for the future”

The Dauphin Kings pride themselves on promoting players to the next level and would like to wish Ben all the best in his hockey and academic future!

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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…