Dauphin, Canada

The busy times for the Dauphin Kings are continuing, as they've picked up Landon Russell.

Russell from Mission, BC, is getting set for his second season of Jr. A hockey, after spending a part of last year with OCN, followed by English River. 

"I recruited him to come to OCN last year, but we had depth on the back end, so he just wasn't going to get enough ice-time," said Doug Hedley, HC/GM for the Kings. "So, I moved him to English River on a loan. When the opportunity came up, he wanted to join us in Dauphin. I reached out to the GM in OCN, and we made a deal for Landon.

Going OCN's way is Future Considerations. 

"He's going to come in here as a 19-year-old defenseman," said Hedley. "He's got a right-handed shot, that's going to give us some good depth on the back end."

Fun Fact:

Landon's born on December 24.

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Things always start to heat up after June 1 in the MJHL, and that's definitely the case for the Dauphin Kings organization.

Over the course of the last three weeks, the Kings have got three commitments from very good Midget players, and now they're bringing some veteran presence back to the lineup.

The first veteran that will be back in the lineup next season is Riley Shamray.

Shamray:

His final season as a Jr. A hockey player will be back in the City of Sunshine, the exact place the past two seasons started.

Regarded as one of the best defenders in the league, Shamray was dealt to the OCN Blizzard at the trade deadline last season, as the Blizzard looked to make a push.

The hard-hitting defender also presents a heavy offensive upside. In 41 games last season with the Kings, he put up 29 points (8G) and added another 12 points (4G) in 20 games with the Blizzard in the regular season.

Shamray put up two more assists in six playoff games with OCN before they were ousted from the playoffs.

"He's one of the top defensemen in the league," said Doug Hedley, HC/GM for the Kings. "He's a guy who's going to be in a leadership role for us. He's going to help the young guys get through some tough times, and we expect him to up his consistency and be one of our guys who plays a lot of minutes."

Shamray

The second veteran that will be back in the lineup is Matt Pitchenese.

Pitchenese:

Matt Pitchenese only played 15 games for the Kings this past season, but, he became a household favourite in those contests and always had fans on the edge of their seats waiting for a sick deke that Pitchenese made happen on more than one occasion.

In those 15 games, Matt had seven points (2G), but the bulk of his success came with the Dryden Ice Dogs when he was traded there on November 7.

He put up 23 points (6G), in 29 games with the Ice Dogs. 

He's also not afraid to go in the corners and get dirty, which makes him a very versatile player.

"He's a guy that has to figure a few things out," said Hedley. "We're very interested in getting him back here. He's a big power forward, that has some skill to go with his size. He's tough to play against. If we can figure things out with him, and try to get him back in the program, that's great. We're very happy to get him back for sure."

Pitchenese

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The Parkland Source for Sports Midgets we’re down 9-1, but, they never gave up and came back in a huge way. 

They ended up beating Ste. Rose tonight, 13-12 in a wild game. 

A rematch between the two teams is set for Friday at Vermillion Sportsplex at 7:00 p.m.

The Stanley Cup is just one win away from coming to Dauphin.

Dauphin's Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights tonight, 6-2, to move within one game of winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Caps scored the games first four goals before the Golden Knights scored two straight to bring the game within two,  but that's as close as they'd get.

TJ Oshie continued his dominance in the series, with three points, while Evgeny Kuznetsov also had three points.

Game five goes on Thursday in Sin City.

Carter Sawchuk and Mitchell Joss are already two players Dauphin Kings fans should get used to seeing as they committed to the organization late last month.

Now, it's Alex Cattani's turn. The Kings announced earlier this morning that the Winnipeg forward has committed to the organization for the upcoming 2018-19 season. 

After taking part in Kings Main Camp last fall, Cattani spent the season with the Central Plains Capitals, where he put up 49 points in 48 games (21G).

"Alex is a player definitely with some size being 6'1, 195 pounds," said Doug Hedley, HC/GM for the Kings. "He's got a good skillset, and he can score. He's got a great bottom hand and a great shot. We want to develop him as a player. We're very happy to have him as a part of our group."

Cattani became a part of the Kings system when he was picked up by Dauphin, after being initially drafted 20th overall by Winkler in 2016.

With the commitment, the Kings have added another important piece to what should be an exciting season on the ice next campaign.

"Our list is in good shape," said Hedley. "Mitch Kirkup has done a great job. If you look at some of the talent that has committed already, we're going to have a very good group of young kids coming in and pushing the vets for a spot.

Cattani also added three goals in four playoff games this past season with the Caps.

The Manitoba High School Rodeo wrapped up yesterday in Gilbert Plains.

In case you didn`t know, here are the results:

Day One:

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Day Two:

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Swan River's DJ Taylor-Luke is one of the newest members of the OCN Blizzard family.

He was drafted yesterday by the team, in the sixth round-63rd overall.

"Being drafted has always been a dream of mine," said Taylor-Luke. "It means the world to me. It was a really good draft this year, and I'm really looking forward to playing with those players."

Being just 14-year-old, DJ knows he may not be playing in the MJHL for a few years, but he knows what he has to do in the meantime to get prepared for it.

"I just have to keep playing the way I'm playing," he said. "I gotta go to the gym, and keep getting mentally and physically prepared for it. Playing Midget AAA will help me prepare as well."

Taylor-Luke is coming off a very successful season with the Bantam Parkland Rangers, where he averaged more than a point-per-game. In 34 contests, he had 35 points (20G, 15A).

Now as he makes his jump up the ladder en route to Jr. A hockey, he believes he'll be ready to play when he gets his chance.

"I do believe I'll be ready for it," said Taylor-Luke. "I think I have the potential to do great things over there, and that's what I'm going for. Playing at that level takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and I'm always committed to those things. I give everything I have into the game of hockey, and when the time comes, the OCN Blizzard will get everything I have."

Taylor-Luke was expecting to be drafted by the Neepawa Natives heading in.

"They said they were interested in me," said Taylor-Luke. "So when I saw I was drafted by OCN, it was a bit of a surprise. OCN is a great organization, and I'm super excited to play there."

Another Parklander was also drafted by the OCN Blizzard, so stay tuned to find out who.

The MJHL held their AGM this past weekend, and of course, the draft yesterday, and Dauphin Kings HC/GM Doug Hedley is pleased with how things went.

"The meetings were very good," said Hedley. "There are no big changes, but I think the discussions we had during the meeting were very positive. The league is definitely moving in the right direction and getting to become one of the premiere leagues in Canada. It showed this past season when an MJHL team won the Anavet Cup."

Hedley and the Kings chose seven times at the draft yesterday, and Doug is happy with the team's picks.

"There were a couple disappointing things because you're always trying to get the best talent around the area," said Hedley. "We were really targeting Aidan Brook, and we were just one pick away. But, that's a part of the draft. Overall, we're definitely happy with how the draft went. We brought some quality talent into our organization."

With the draft now come and gone, the organization will continue their off-season, and it's looking like it's going to be a busy one. 

"We have a couple things in the works right now," said Hedley. "Recruiting is a big part of summer, and we're trying to get better. We're hoping to get some commitments in the near future, to make us better."

Stay tuned for more Kings news very soon.

I don't think anyone's happier than Russell's Keaton Ziprick the day after the MJHL Draft.

The 15-year-old was drafted by the Dauphin Kings, 57th overall yesterday.

"It feels really special," said Ziprick. "There were only three goalies drafted, so to be a part of the three it's pretty darn special."

"Getting drafted definitely came as a surprise to me," he added. "I wasn't really expecting it. It feels pretty good that I'll be able to play so close to home, and it'll be a lot of fun there if I make the team in the future."

The 5'10 goalie is coming off an all-star type of season with the Bantam Parkland Rangers.

He went 19-3 with a .881 save percentage, and a 3.51 G.A.A. He also racked up two shutouts.

Moving into next season, Ziprick knows things he has to work on, but also shares some things he likes from his game.

"I'm pretty good at communicating with my teammates, and making their play simpler," said Ziprick. "I need to work on playing the puck better, and challenging forwards when they're coming down the wings."

"I just need to keep playing as hard as I can every single game," he added. "Hopefully that'll take me far into the future, but, only time will well."

Out of the three goalies chosen, Keaton was picked second.

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It was a busy Sunday for a few Parkland baseball teams.

Here's how they did:

Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy Mosquitos:

Beat Ste. Rose White, 16-9.

Beat Ste. Rose Red, 25-9.

Strilkiwski Contracting Peewees:

Beat Ste. Rose # 2, 16-3.

Beat Winnipegosis, 14-1.

Grandview Lakers:

Lost to E & S Yankees, 14-1.

Lost to Canora Supers, 6-4.

The 2018 Bantam MJHL Draft has come and gone, and the Dauphin Kings picked seven times, and two of the picks were Parkland players.

Here's a full list of their picks:

1st Round - 2nd Pick - Sloan Stanick.

Sloan was also drafted in the WHL Bantam Draft, 145th overall by the Everett Silvertips.

He enjoyed a breakout season with the Bantam AAA Yellowhead Chiefs this past season, recording 59 points in 36 games. 28 of the 59 points were goals.

Stanick

2nd Round - 13th Pick - Dawson Pasternak.

Dawson's played for the Winnipeg Hawks AAA program for the past two seasons and put up 45 points in 31 games this past campaign. 

Pasternak

3rd Round - 24th Pick - Ashton Romaniuk.

The 15-year-old from La Broquerie was a near point per game player for the Eastman Selects Bantam AAA team this past season.

In 34 games, he chalked up 22 goals and 10 assists.

Romaniuk

3rd Round - 26th Pick - Jayden Jubenvill.

Everyone in the Parkland knows lots about the 26th overall pick in this year's draft.

Playing on one of the best Bantam AAA teams in the province this past season, he also produced nearly a point per game.

Over his 36 regular season games, he found the back of the net 13 times and assisted on 21 others.

Jubenvill

4th Round - 35th Pick - Nolan Wickham.

With their fifth pick, the Dauphin Kings chose another forward in Nolan Wickham.

Playing for the Southwest Cougars team this past season, he recorded 31 points. The 31 points were 29 more than the previous season with the Cougars.

Wickham

5th Round - 55th Pick - Branden Thiessen.

The Kings had to wait 20 more picks before they were back on the clock, and when they were, they picked up another forward who had a very good season.

Thiessen scored in 50% of his games this past season with 17 in 34 games. He also added 13 assists for a 30 point total in 34 games.

Thiessen

6th Round - 57th Pick - Keaton Ziprick.

Ziprick was the Kings final pick in the 2018 Bantam MJHL Draft, and he's the second Parklander the team chose.

The hardworking goaltender was one of the leaders on the Rangers this past year, providing the team with very good netminding as they won a bronze medal at the Rural Provincial Championships.

He's also now waiting to see if he advances to the next stage of Team Manitoba tryouts, a team that'll represent the province at the Canada Winter Games in 2019.

Zipper

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