Dauphin, Canada

Roblin's Jayce Hawryluk hopes to play in the NHL one day soon, but for now, he's playing with the Springfield Thunderbirds in the AHL.

After a slow start to the season, Hawryluk and the T-Birds have picked it up, especially as of late as they've gone 5-0-2 in their last seven games.

"Things are going not bad," said Hawryluk. "It's been a struggle lately producing offence, but the team is playing better as of late so that's the main thing."

In 55 games this year with the T-Birds, the Roblin native has 30 points (eight goals), and 70 penalty minutes.

"I feel like I'm playing well, and getting chances but I just can't seem to finish them right now," said Hawryluk. "It happens to everyone. I just need to find my groove here and stick with it and things should turn around."

Hawryluk is in his second year of professional hockey, and before he spent a few seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

"Playing pro hockey is what you dream of when you're a kid," said Hawryluk. "I get paid to play the sport I love. Every day is a great day for me."

With their 27-28-3-1 record, the T-Birds will have to get red-hot down the stretch if they hope to make the playoffs.