There are some eager hockey fans in Dauphin that are cheering extra hard for the Canadian Men's Hockey Team, as they get set for their semifinal tomorrow morning against Germany.
Chay Genoway is originally from Morden and has played professional hockey all over the world, but the 31-year-old is making his Olympic debut at the PyeongChang Games, and no one is more eager for his success than his aunt, Janice Nybo who lives in Dauphin.
"It's totally surreal getting to watch him play in the Olympics," said Nybo. "We've been watching all the games at 6:00 a.m., so it's kind of tough to get a bunch of people together, but we try out best. My mom is 96-years-old and she got up to watch her grandson play in the QF when the Canadians beat Finland."
Genoway has suited up in all four games that the Canadians have played in PyeongChang, and the defender has one assist and is a +4.
"I think he's been playing really good," said Nybo. "I don't know what he thinks about it, but I think he's doing well. He's always been a pretty awesome hockey player."
Genoway began his pro hockey career in 2011-2012 where he played one game with the Minnesota Wild, before finishing that season with the Houston Aeros.
After playing two more full seasons in the AHL, Genoway headed overseas and is now in his fourth season in the Kontinental Hockey League.
"I never really expected Chay to play in the Olympics because the NHL players always used to go," said Nybo. "But, when the talks began about the NHL players not going to the Olympics, we had high hopes because we knew he was playing well in the KHL."
In 54 games with Lada Togliatti this season, Genoway has 20 points. The puck drops between Canada and Germany tomorrow morning at 6:10 a.m.