Story by Dave Anthony
Players have made their way to town, exhibition games have begun and coaches are optimistic with sights set high, it’s time to start the new season!
We asked each head coach a number of questions as they prepare for the season and here’s what they had to say!
Dauphin Kings – 2020/21 (3-3-0-0)
Leading scorers: Grady Hobbs (7g, 4ast for 11pts), Charles Massey (7g, 3ast for 10pts)
Key graduating players: Grady Hobbs, Charles Massey, Vincent Nardone
Season outlook: Not since 2011-12 when Jesse Sinatynski scored 59 goals in 60 games has there been a player that could score at that kind of clip. The Kings would have had someone close in Grady Hobbs had there been a full season in 2020/21. While they may not have that kind of scoring punch this year, the Kings look like a balanced, well rounded team with studs Parker Malchuk and Colby Jaquet on the backend. If the Kings can hit on a couple of their lotto tickets they’ve brought in, coupled with the local young guys, this team could be the team to beat in their division.
Q & A with Dauphin Kings Head Coach & General Manager, Doug Hedley
Question: Which team are you most looking forward to developing/continuing a rivalry with?
Answer: We had some great games with Wayway and Swan last season so looking forward to both match ups
Q: What kind of team can fans expect?
A: Focus in recruiting has been size speed and work ethic so like to think we will be a hard working team that is physical and uses speed tp put pre4ssure on opponents game in and game out.
Q: Which returning player should fans be really excited to see?
A: Colby Jaquet, Parker Malchuk and Kaden Bryant
Q: Is there a new player that fans will come to love?
A: Tanner Brouwer, Lucas Hand and Jeriah Shantz
Q: What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A: Really looking forward to getting our players back on the ice expecting to play, practice and chase their goals
Q: Which visiting arena are you most looking forward to playing in again?
A: Virden always seem to bring out the best in our guys.
Q: On the road, which restaurant are you most looking forward to eating at for pre or post game meal?
A: Why not Johnny’s in Swan has always been great to us.
Q: What movie do you hope the team puts on for a long bus ride home after a big win?
Q: Do you have your first game suit all picked out already? What color will it be? What color is the tie? Shoes?
A: Of course – pass