Austin Seibel's parents met in Dauphin in 1991. Now some 30+ years later, Seibel is less than a year away from calling Dauphin his new home.
The Dauphin Kings announced the commitment of Austin ahead of the 2023-24 season. From Coldstream, B.C., the 17-year-old is currently playing with the North Okanagan Knights of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and he has been impressive.
"It's very exciting for me, I'm thrilled to join such a great organization like the Kings," offered Seibel. "Dauphin showed a lot of interest and when I took part in a previous camp with the team, I loved the atmosphere and the coaches. It's the best decision for me to join the team.
In 25 games this year with the Knights, Seibel has won 14 games with a 3.06 goals-against average to go along with a solid .923 save percentage. Of goalies that have played at least 20 games in the KIJHL, only four of them have a superior save percentage compared to Austin’s. In a pair of wins over the weekend, Seibel turned away 63 shots and he gave up just three goals.
"Things have been going very well, I'm pushing myself to get ready for next season," said Seibel. "I'm doing the best I can to give my team a chance to win games."
Seibel became a goalie because his dad was one as well. He also was also a part-time player, but when the decision had to be made where he wanted to play, Seibel decided being between the pipes was the best decision that he could make.
"I have been giving it my everything for a long time now," ended Seibel. "I am very motivated and I'm very excited to see what the future holds for me."
North Okanagan has clinched a playoff spot as they're 19-16-3-2 on the campaign.