Three seasons ago Dauphin's Drayson Kruk hit the ice to try out for the Dauphin Clippers hockey team and he made it.
Now we fast forward to Saturday, March 3 when Kruk's high school hockey career came to an end with a 5-4 loss to Killarney.
"It was the best three years of my life," said Kruk. "I saw big improvement each season I played. I wasn't playing a whole lot in grade 10, then I got more ice time in grade 11 which helped me, and then this season I played the most I ever had and had a really good season."
In 22 regular season games this year, Kruk had 42 points (27 goals) which were a team-high for goals.
Playing high school hockey allowed Kruk to bond with his teammates every day.
"It was amazing," said Kruk. "We had the school support always behind us. It was really good getting to see my friends who were also teammates every single day. We were able to build stronger relationships at school, which helped us win games on the ice."
Kruk now hopes to continue his competitive hockey career at the next level.
"I'm going to try and try out for some teams in the MJHL," said Kruk. "I'm not sure which team yet, but hockey will always be a part of me. I'll work my hardest to try and get there."
The 17-year-old had several great memories during his time as a Clipper, including the following.
"Scoring my first goal in my first game three seasons ago was huge for me," said Kruk. "And, getting the chance to go to Dallas with the team this year was amazing."
Kruk had one goal in six playoff games this season.