Brayden Dube was drafted by the Seattle Thunderbird’s 29th overall in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. This is after completing a season that will go down as one of the best in U15 AAA history in Manitoba.
Playing with the Parkland Rangers, Dube scored 74 times in 36 games and his 56 assists gave him 130 points. Only Jonathan Toews has recorded more points in a single season, he scored 98 times in the 2002-03 season while playing with the Winnipeg Warriors. Toews ended that season with 193 points. The Roblin native sits second in all-time scoring in a single season in the U15 AAA league and there’s a good chance that no one will be touching Dube’s 130 point total anytime soon and it is highly unlikely that anyone ever touches Toews’ 193 points.
Dube then followed that up by scoring four times in just seven games with the Parkland U18 Rangers last season playing as a 15-year-old. He ended up with six points and seven games is all that was played as the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the remainder of the season in November.
This year, Dube made his way to Seattle to compete in his first WHL camp and he stayed in the Emerald City for just about a month. And now, the young superstar is back home in the Parkland playing for the team he grew up watching. Dube made his MJHL debut on Sunday, October 3 as Dauphin beat OCN, 4-1.
“I’m really happy to be a King,” said Dube. “I always watched this team growing up and to be able to wear the crest, it’s a dream come true.”
Fast forward a few days and Brayden opened up many eyes and showed just how effective he can be by using his speed and having a knack at being in the right spot at the right time. He scored his first MJHL goal 6:17 into a game against OCN and less than 40 seconds later, the Roblin native scored another.
Then 13:18 into the second period, while on the powerplay, Dube took a beautiful backdoor pass from Colby Jaquet as he completed his first-ever junior hat-trick. Dube also had the primary assist on Tyson Pauze’s goal in the second period as the young star finished with four points in only his second game as a member of the Kings. Dauphin went on to win the game 7-2 and they followed that up with a 7-3 win 48 hours later.
Now, Dauphin will open a four-game series with the Virden Oil Capitals, starting with a game on Friday night at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. Then on Saturday, Dube and the Kings are back at Credit Union Place for a rematch with Virden.
Despite being the youngest player in the dressing room, Dube says he’s really enjoying being a part of the organization and everything is going well.
“We’re really solid and we have a great dressing room,” offered Dube. “I think there’s something special that can happen with the team we have.”
Get to know Dube:
What are your hobbies? I love to be outside, it’s one of my favourite things. I also love golf, I’m not the best but I really enjoy it.
Any aces on the course? I don’t have any aces but I have one eagle which was pretty cool to get
Favourite NHL team? The Edmonton Oilers but I follow pretty much every team. With that said, I love watching Connor McDavid play, he’s super special
Pregame meal? I’m really not picky, I’ll eat pretty much anything